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Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

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Audit Defence
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Local authorities investigate teacher's association funds
Delmarva NowFebruary 7, 2012

Earlier than that, in March, the union had told the IRS its finances were in crisis. According to a WCTA tax filing dated March 13, 2011, the union documented $111589 in what it called "misappropriated funds" and noted the amount was pending an audit...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Software Daten Service and Swiss Detecon cooperate concerning FATCA
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Based on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), all banks and financial services providers worldwide are obliged to meet the new and stricter reporting requirements of the American Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as of 2013.more »

Business Audit Defence
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How an Internet and Website Legal Audit Can Protect Your Business
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Violations of the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act can result in fines between $1000 and $100000 per domain name. Legal Issues • Advertising Problems: The Federal Trade Commission has very specific guidelines regarding advertising for ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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National commentary: GOP presidential campaign
Herald Times ReporterFebruary 2, 2012

Under public pressure, the Ethics Committee — made up of equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats — took up the case and hired an outside counsel, Washington lawyer James Cole, to conduct the investigation. It is hard to convey today how much the ...more »

Property Taxes
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WeiserMazars LLP announced today that Demetri G. Yatrakis has joined the firm as a tax principal in its Real Estate Services Group. Mr. Yatrakis will be based in the firm's New York City office. He brings expertise both from ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Need free income tax help?
Winston-Salem JournalFebruary 5, 2012

You don't need an appointment for these free tax-assistance sites in Winston-Salem, offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service. But you will need to bring these items: picture ID, last year's tax returns, Social Security cards (or ...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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SEC's Owner Threshold, MF Global Hearing, Tax Plan: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

Though the committee also considered advising the SEC to consider allowing crowdfunding -- the soliciting and pooling of small investments, often online -- it postponed that vote because of concerns about limiting possible fraud.more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Is the UK serious about tackling tax evasion?
Channel 4 NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Taxing civil servants is one thing, but experts tell Channel 4 News that, if it is serious about tackling tax evasion, the UK should look to the US, which is waging "economic war" against Switzerland. It is also in the process of sealing an agreement ...more »

International Taxation
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Why expiring tax cuts should actually expire
Christian Science MonitorFebruary 2, 2012

TaxVox is the Tax Policy Center's tax and budget policy blog. If you need help sleeping, download the Joint Committee on Taxation's (JCT's) annual list of expiring tax provisions—tax laws that have built in sunset dates. The latest list is here.more »

Tax Planning
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Kiss defends tax district, rejects city council vote to remove TIF from March ...
vtdigger.orgFebruary 4, 2012

The audit argues that Milton now owes $3.4 million to the state tax department due to confusion over the handling of education taxes. No decision has been made about whether any money will have to be paid. Vermont laws have been updated since the ...more »


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