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Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

10 top tips on becoming a franchisee
Mirror.co.ukFebruary 1, 2012

1 Find out what franchises are available: There are franchise exhibitions, directories, magazines, all devoted to franchising and starting a business. Start by visiting the British Franchise Association website, www.thebfa.org.more »

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Audit Defence
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DPS teacher and former accountant indicted on money laundering and program ...
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

The case was investigated by numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Education. The DPS Office of Inspector General “developed and investigated dozens of leads, which led to collaboration with the FBI and US Attorney's...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Feds targeting tax return fraud
Gainesville TimesFebruary 6, 2012

In all, there were 939 criminal charges filed and 69 indictments. "IRS auditors and investigators conducted extensive compliance visits to money service businesses in nine locations across the country, including Georgia," said Green.more »

Business Audit Defence
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Radio upgrade questioned Talk to WSP? It may not be cheap
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 6, 2012

... program that is described in a new federal audit as having poor oversight of money and an uncertain future. The Department of Justice has worked 13 years to upgrade its law enforcement radios, starting with a pilot project in Washington and Oregon.more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Lawsuit: Social Security number stolen
The Salem NewsFebruary 3, 2012

"Our suspicion is that they were using my client's Social Security number for someone who may have been undocumented," lawyer Josef Culik said yesterday. Hernandez, of Lynn, is originally from Puerto Rico and is an American citizen.more »

Property Taxes
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Wirth tax bill clears hurdle, heads to tough committee
Santa Fe New Mexican.comFebruary 2, 2012

Wirth has repeatedly framed his bill as a way to help New Mexico businesses, and he did that again Wednesday night, arguing that local businesses, both small and large, are at a disadvantage because of New Mexico's tax code. His bill would require all ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Free tax help available for modest income earners
CBS NewsFebruary 3, 2012

(AP) Tax laws are so complex many taxpayers don't feel comfortable filing out their own returns, but getting professional help can be expensive. Believe it or not, the Internal Revenue Service wants to help. In addition to its online Free File service, ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Idaho House passes aviation tax exemption
AOPA PilotFebruary 2, 2012

The bill, strongly supported by AOPA and the general aviation community, is now headed for Senate committee. Idaho House Bill 417 passed the house 69-0 Feb. 1, just days after being introduced by the Revenue and Taxation Committee.more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

In addition, Mr. Yatrakis has extensive experience advising investors on issues related to inbound and real estate investments, including the application of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act ("FIRPTA") and of the US withholding rules.more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Dunmore woman admits to tax evasion, federal prosecutor says
Scranton Times-TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

SCRANTON - A Dunmore woman has pleaded guilty to income tax evasion, US Attorney Peter J. Smith said. Dawn Albert, 49, operator of Dickson City-based Medical Hair Transplant, admitted in federal court on Friday to under-reporting more than $80000 of ...more »

International Taxation
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Indiana University law, business students providing free tax assistance to low ...
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University law and business school students are providing free tax assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled residents. The students are participating in the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax ...more »

Tax Planning
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15 Top Tax Strategies For 2012
Financial-Planning.comFebruary 1, 2012

Quite a few of these strategies are geared specifically to this year's low-tax-rate environment. Others are tried and true, and bear repeating in any tax year. For as any good planner knows, smart tax planning is not only about choosing the right ...more »

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