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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

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Audit Defence
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Teacher's union told IRS funds missing
Delmarva NowFebruary 2, 2012

This is a portion of the typed letter submitted by the Worcester County Teachers Association to the IRS. OCEAN CITY -- In a routine tax filing to the IRS last spring, the Worcester County Teacher's Association made a startling disclosure: Its leaders ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Will IRS Get Fat Off FATCA?
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

The IRS, Treasury Department, and Congress are sticking to their guns about implementing the dreaded law. They appear to have high expectations–Just think of all of that tax information! A Treasury official says the US hopes agreements with other ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Shepherdsville finances still unclear
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

State law requires an annual city audit to be completed by Feb. 1 and presented to the legislative body 10 days afterward. The Department for Local Government sent a delinquency notice on May 1 and began withholding road money on May 31.more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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SLED plans crackdown on gambling machines in South Carolina
Hilton Head Island PacketFebruary 1, 2012

Jim Griffin, a Columbia lawyer representing gaming machine interests, said: "Mark Keel is wise to be cautious. The new generation of gaming machines might have the look of the old games of chance, but they are a new breed - a different animal.more »

Property Taxes
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Rules dispute holding back REITs
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 7, 2012 rules governing REITs, the offer of more incentives and even changes to the REIT law. Republic Act 98501, passed into law in 2009, allows for the formation of stock corporations that will pool investor funds and manage real estate assets.more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Clayton State accounting students to help eligible taxpayers with free income...
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

Accounting students from Clayton State University are offering free income tax assistance for certain eligible taxpayers. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program has been hosted by the College of Business for 22 years. Taxpayers who make less than ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Even unused tax breaks tough for legislators to plug
The Seattle TimesFebruary 5, 2012

The Legislature has enacted 640 tax exemptions over the years. Many of them are protected under state law, such as limits on the growth of property taxes, or are required by the state constitution. However, a state Department of Revenue analysis found ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Find Out: Thirteen silly tax provisions
Moneycontrol.comFebruary 1, 2012

In spite of the fact that year after year the Government is trying to simplify and rationalize the Income-tax Law but still there are innumerable provisions in the Income-tax Act which make them appear silly by a large number of tax paying public of ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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NSE in the dock for tax evasion
Times of IndiaFebruary 4, 2012

KOCHI: The Directorate-General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) has registered a case against the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) for evading taxes to the tune of Rs 10 crore. The DGCEI's office at Kochi booked NSE for violating ...more »

International Taxation
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Obama's Buffett prop only complicates Americans' tax misery
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The headache-inducing complexity of the tax code is also a major reason for the unfairness Obama decries. Yet the policies he recommends would only make the problem worse. There seem to be two main factors that explain why Bosanek pays a larger share ...more »

Tax Planning
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Planning the Unknowable
Financial-Planning.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Scott Wenger As all savvy advisors know, smart tax planning is not only about choosing the right strategy at the right time, it's also about avoiding bush league mistakes. That's what Financial Planning senior editor Ann Marsh found in preparing ...more »


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