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He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

Federal MS-13 informant who lied about murders granted new trial
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

Acosta was recruited as an undercover informant by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2005 and gave federal agents information about the gang's activities in San Francisco, including murders and planned murders. It was not immediately clear ...more »

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Audit Defence
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Beware of IRS tax refund check thefts
NorthFulton.comFebruary 3, 2012

28, a victim in the 3200 block of Sweetwater Drive called authorities to report a check fraud in the amount of $1542. "She received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating the check had been cashed," a deputy said. The check's signature was ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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5 Nations Join US In Tax Evasion Crackdown
ForbesFebruary 10, 2012

... Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) framework. With nice timing, this notice was paired with the parallel release of massive proposed regulations to implement FATCA. See Treasury, IRS Issue Proposed Regulations for FATCA Implementation.more »

Business Audit Defence
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Legislative scrutiny increases on traffic-fine revenue
Richmond Times DispatchFebruary 5, 2012

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, Virginia's courts collected $95 million in fines and court costs from the enforcement of local ordinances — most involving traffic laws — that parallel state statutes, the audit shows.more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Thompson & Knight Names Emily Parker as Managing Partner
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

In response to the Tax Court's decision in that case and because of concerns about the potential loss of revenue resulting from the ruling, the US Congress amended the underlying law. "I'm honored to serve the clients and attorneys of Thompson & Knight ...more »

Property Taxes
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Providence taxes slide
The Spokesman Review (subscription)February 5, 2012

Providence Health Care is shaving $550000 from its Spokane property tax bill each year as nonprofit hospitals across the state take advantage of a court ruling that extended them new exemptions. The tax cut for Providence amounts to about a third of ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Major relief for foreign companies
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 7, 2012

Article 67 of the Income Tax Law provides that the expenses of the HO which are in the nature of technical consultancy, research and development, data processing, general administration expenses and other similar expenses shall be allowable as a ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Avalara OEM Partnerships Increase a Record 41% in 2011 Sales Tax Leader ... (press release)February 3, 2012

Avalara is the leader and visionary in sales tax automation for businesses of all sizes. It simplifies the complexity associated with sales and use tax and – in the process – makes compliance achievable by all. Avalara partners with more than 145 of ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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States to get socked with Medicaid tax under health care law
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Harry Redknapp tax evasion trial: Day 8 LIVE - Spurs boss to give evidence today 1, 2012

Harry Redknapp is expected to give evidence today at his tax evasion trial. The Tottenham manager will give his version of events to a jury after being accused of taking £189000 bungs in a Monaco offshore account. Jurors have been told how the ...more »

International Taxation
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Arizona to Amazon: About That Sales Tax…
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 3, 2012

The bill, which has the support of the Arizona Retailers Association, is being presented as a tax-equity issue. As we mentioned a few months ago, Amazon is supporting a plan for federal legislation aimed at letting states collect sales taxes from ...more »

Tax Planning
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Will Mark Zuckerberg Ever Pay Taxes Again?
CNBC.comFebruary 2, 2012

He also received $90850 in estate and financial planning from Facebook. Can Zuckerberg really live without income? He almost certainly can. There's no evidence that he has an exceptionally expensive lifestyle. His biggest annual expense is probably all ...more »


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