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Cities snuffing out hookah lounges
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2012

City licensing staff said hookah lounges were taking advantage of the lack of definition for "sampling" in state law to "justify the operation of exclusive smoking nightclubs." Justin Jahangiri said the city ordinance will put him out of business.more »

Chambers County woman convicted of conspiracy involving destructive devices
Your Houston NewsApril 1, 2012

Pamela Leggett, 31, of Anhuac, Texas, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to illegally receive, make and possess unregistered firearms and destructive devices and to aiding and abetting illegal possession of an unlawful machine gun, ...more »

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Audit Defence
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IRS commissioner won't stay for second term
GovExec.comApril 5, 2012

Responding to a more personal question, Shulman said his own tax returns are done by a paid preparer, and he considers them as having been audited because the government's top tax lawyers looked at his past returns when he was nominated to be the IRS' ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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IRS Audits May Dip This Year Because of Staffing Shifts
CNBC.comApril 12, 2012

As millions of Americans prepare for the April 17 federal tax filing deadline, the IRS is watching. Coping with federal budget cuts, a hiring freeze, staffing reductions, an increasingly complex tax code and a surge in tax refund identity fraud, ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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7 tax audit red flags
MarketWatchApril 2, 2012

For example, one Chicago-based hot-dog-stand owner said his cost of goods sold was 50% of gross receipts, said Robert McKenzie, a partner in the law firm Arnstein & Lehr. “I know Chicago hot dogs are great, but he had a high cost.more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Lawyer sentenced to 23 years for securities fraud
Daily CometApril 5, 2012

By MICHAEL BIESECKER AP RALEIGH, NC - A former securities lawyer was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for his role in a massive fraud scheme that targeted about 200 investors in 21 states, including several Baptist churches.more »

Property Taxes
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No more school property taxes?
Philadelphia InquirerApril 1, 2012

Thomas Caltagirone is a cosponsor of the proposed Property Tax Independence Act for Pennsylvania. JASON MINICK / Associated Press On Monday, Pennsylvania legislators from both parties will step up a campaign to kill your local school property taxes.more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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NH Senate considering amendment to ban income tax
Boston.comApril 4, 2012

CONCORD, NH—New Hampshire has no personal income tax and a proposed constitutional amendment seeks to keep it that way. The Senate Internal Affairs Committee is holding a hearing Wednesday on the House-passed amendment to prohibit new taxes on income.more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Kentucky tax revenues for March up 8.4 percent
Louisville Courier-JournalApril 10, 2012

“We are seeing tangible and encouraging signs of a continued recovery in state tax receipts, as evidenced by the performances of the individual income and sales and use taxes,” Lassiter said. “However, general fund receipts grew 9.6 percent in the ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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States fight back against Amazon.com's tax deals
The Seattle TimesApril 3, 2012

By Jim Brunner RICH PEDRONCELLI / AP California Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who authored an Internet sales-tax measure, urged Amazon.com last summer to drop its referendum that would have repealed her law. By fall, Amazon had agreed to ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Lawsuits Test UBS Advice on Offshore Bank Accounts
Accounting TodayApril 2, 2012

Tax lawyers describe the suits, emerging from a crackdown by federal authorities on Swiss banks, as the first of their kind in the United States to assert that Swiss bankers made improper assertions to their US clients about the tax implications of ...more »

International Taxation
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ID theft victims need to see bogus tax returns: ABA
ReutersApril 3, 2012

The ID thefts related to taxes are typically one of two types - either someone seeking to profit from refund payments or else illegal immigrants motivated mainly by a desire to obtain a legal, albeit forged, identity. In January, US Immigration ...more »

Tax Planning
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FAU quickly plans for Obama's visit
Sun-SentinelApril 7, 2012

He'll make the case for the "Buffett Rule" a tax proposal the White House says would bring fairness between what millionaires and the middle class pay in taxes. Students, faculty and staff at FAU will be able to enter into an online lottery to get ...more »

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