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Former Minister Paroled after Child Sex Abuse Conviction
KATVFebruary 1, 2012

A state representative wants to make sure the law that allowed his release is changed. David Pierce worked at First Baptist Church for about 3-decades. He was beloved and looked up to by many members, but in 2009 men started coming forward with details ...more »

Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Aiken Public Safety Officer Killer's ...
WJBF-TVFebruary 1, 2012

... Monday by 26-year-old Joshua Tremaine Jones, many people are wondering if the behavior of the man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandra Rogers was the result of a mental condition, or an act.more »

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Audit Defence
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2012 Employment Law Update : New Developments in Employment Law 2012
JD Supra (press release)February 9, 2012

Depending on the circumstances, simply disciplining an employee for airing a complaint about working conditions may be insufficient for the NLRB to find an unfair labor practice. However, if a group of employees are terminated for protesting a change ...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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Federal Tax Dodgers Owe $3.4 Billion
The Fiscal TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Under federal labor law, it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee on the basis that their earnings are garnished for any one debt, including owing taxes, except in case of IRS employees who can be terminated for unpaid taxes.more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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6 Ways to Increase Your Chances of an IRS Tax Audit
JD Supra (press release)February 14, 2012 Website | Blog | LexisNexis You can read the News Blog at 6 Ways to Increase Your Chances of an IRS Tax Audit February 13, 2012 By Jennifer King The deadline for filing your income tax return is rapidly ...more »

Property Taxes
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Final tally: Property taxes rise 4.7 percent in 2012
Minnesota Public RadioFebruary 3, 2012

In other words, after local officials were Forced to Choose, the tax bill for property owners is rising by 4.7 percent to a total of $8.2 billion, according to the state Department of Revenue. Many local officials did react to taxpayer unhappiness over ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Mitsubishi Electric Reports Tax Costs Following Revised Corporate Tax Law
Business Wire (press release)February 2, 2012

Deferred tax assets and liabilities for the first 9 months of fiscal 2012 have been re-evaluated for the reduction of corporate tax rates to be effective as of April 2012, which follows the promulgation in December 2011 of the "Act for Partial Revision ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Maryland's Son of Obama
Wall Street JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Most states have improved their financial condition coming out of the recession and so new taxes are generally off the table this year. Then there's Maryland. Here's another case of a failed tax increase on "millionaires.more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Legislator seeks end to tax breaks on some church property
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 2, 2012

According to the municipal assessor's office, only one Anchorage church currently benefits from the 2006 amendment to the state tax code, and it's the same church that sought the amendment: the Anchorage Baptist Temple. Rep. Berta Gardner, a Democrat ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Stillwater couple pleads guilty to mortgage fraud, tax evasion
Pioneer PressFebruary 3, 2012

James Hoffman, 51, pleaded guilty to an illegal monetary transaction and tax evasion, which could put him behind bars for about five to six-and-a-half years. Teresa Hoffman, 52, could spend 18 months to two years in prison for her guilty plea to one ...more »

International Taxation
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Tax Trivia Giveaway #3: High Income Taxpayers
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Tax Planning
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When You Should Plan For A Tax Refund
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

There are conflicting opinions on whether one should plan to receive a tax refund, instead of owing nothing or more in income tax. However, as with any financial or tax planning decisions, what is right for you depends on your preference, ...more »


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