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'Massive' Credit Card Data Breach Involves All Major Brands
KRCRTV.COMApril 1, 2012

By Julianne Pepitone and Leigh Remizowski NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A data breach at a payments processing firm has potentially compromised credit and debit card information from all of the major card brands. Global Payments, a company that processes card ...more »

Jacksonville homicide detectives investigating death of Northside man
Florida Times-UnionApril 1, 2012

By Jim Schoettler Jacksonville homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man found submerged in a water-filled ditch behind a home Saturday night. Homicide Sgt. TK Waters said a woman who lives at 6246 Restlawn Drive flagged down a police ...more »

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Audit Defence
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The People vs. the IRS
BusinessWeekApril 5, 2012

On a March Friday, after a week that included briefing Capitol Hill staffers about identity theft, meeting with IRS lawyers about domestic partnership laws, and working on a blog post about her latest gripes with the agency, Olson gave a keynote speech ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Ohio tea party groups irked by IRS
Marion StarApril 2, 2012

WASHINGTON - Ohio tea party groups and the Internal Revenue Service are locked in an escalating showdown, with Cincinnati-area conservative activists refusing to answer some queries from the federal tax agency. But even as Ohio conservatives raise the ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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At Large and Small Companies, Internal Controls Matter
New York TimesApril 5, 2012

The new law is a boon to small companies because it will lower costs by allowing them to avoid the attestation and outside auditor review requirements for internal controls. All publicly traded companies have to make accurate financial reports, ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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No Taxes, No Travel: Why the IRS Wants the Right to Seize Your Passport
The AtlanticApril 17, 2012

By Jacoba Urist Does the Tax Man have the right to prevent us from traveling, even without a formal charge of evasion or another crime? Maybe we're about to find out. You're standing at the airport. The ticket agent clacks away on the keyboard.more »

Property Taxes
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House passes bill imposing fines for improper homestead tax credits
Baltimore SunApril 8, 2012

By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun A bill imposing steep penalties on homeowners caught getting homestead property tax credits they're not entitled to is headed to Gov.Martin O'Malley's desk after final passage Saturday by the House of Delegates.more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Governor Schweitzer releases 2011 income tax returns
The MissoulianApril 6, 2012

Brian Schweitzer and his wife, Nancy Schweitzer, paid $21987 in federal and state income taxes in 2011 on an adjusted gross income of $157990. Tax records released by the governor's office showed the Schweitzers paid $16152 in federal income taxes and ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Tax Zappers and Sales Tax Exemptions
Accounting TodayApril 4, 2012

That's what happened this past Sunday in New York State, where clothing and footwear items under $110 are now exempt from the 4 percent sales and use tax. New York City and several counties around the state are also exempting clothing and footwear ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Pranab defends proposed IT Act amendment, says India not a tax haven
Hindustan TimesApril 1, 2012

Defending the proposed amendment of the Income Tax (IT) Act with retrospective effect, union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that India cannot be a tax haven. "India is not a no-tax country; it has a determined tax rate.more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Greek tax collectors hit back over corruption charges
MSN Philippines NewsApril 3, 2012

Government experts charged with rescuing Greece's desperate public finances have said tax collectors not only tolerate evasion, but often take bribes from tax transgressors in exchange for lighter penalties. Greece, under immense pressure from its ...more »

International Taxation
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French Socialist's big idea: tax the rich
KFVSApril 3, 2012

"The problem is not the level of taxation you suffer," said Hazan, who heads the tax department at law firm Salans. "The problem is when you cannot anticipate how much you will be paying." The French tax code has long been unpredictable, she said, ...more »

Tax Planning
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Last Minute Tax Planning Discussed by Certified Public Accountant Sanjiv Gupta
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)April 2, 2012

Sanjiv Gupta recommends proper record keeping and planning to maximize the reduction in tax liability. "Small business owner with $100000 in income can reduce tax liability to ZERO by properly planning and taking advantage of various tax deductions and ...more »

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