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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

Tax Law News and Stories

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 »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Rajat Gupta, JC Flowers, Muni Bonds, Full Tilt Poker: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

The government also said yesterday that the insider-trading conspiracy continued beyond when Gutpa's lawyer has said his client's friendship with Rajaratnam deteriorated. Gupta still faces the same charges, five counts of securities fraud and one count ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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State: Risky action on Ramapo ballpark could cost taxpayers $60M
The Journal News | LoHud.comFebruary 2, 2012

Auditors stand firm on earlier findings that the town “inappropriately mingled its activities” with the Ramapo Local Development Corp. it created to finance the stadium, allowing officials to circumvent laws. For the first time, auditors called on the ...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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Thompson & Knight Names Emily Parker as Managing Partner
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

From 2002 to 2004, Parker was Deputy Chief Counsel and later Acting Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where she was ultimately responsible for all legal matters within the IRS and leadership of the agency's more than 1500 attorneys.more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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PolitiFact NJ: Christie's income tax cut plan blasted as his "second tax cut ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comFebruary 5, 2012

Chris Christie's proposed income tax cut is just more of the same: It's another tax break for wealthy New Jerseyans. Sarlo (D-Bergen) made that claim at the start of the Jan. 30 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting, when he and other ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Avalara OEM Partnerships Increase a Record 41% in 2011 Sales Tax Leader ...
PR Web (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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IRS Slaps New Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers
ShopfloorFebruary 3, 2012

Although one might think that it was near impossible, the US tax code just got worse for manufacturers of medical devices. Manufacturers lament the IRS's issuance of a new regulation to implement 2.3% excise tax on medical devices that was included in ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Swiss Bank Wegelin Charged in US With Aiding Tax Evasion
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

“Wegelin Bank aided and abetted US taxpayers who were in flagrant violation of the tax code,” Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. The US and Switzerland are in talks to resolve a US probe of offshore tax evasion.more »

International Taxation
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Thompson & Knight Recognized in 2012 Tax Directors Handbook
Citybizlist (press release)February 1, 2012

Texas -- The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP has been recognized as a leading tax law firm in the United States by the 2012 Tax Directors Handbook, a directory that analyzes the tax capabilities of law firms and includes statistics and thought ...more »

Tax Planning
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Barry Rascovar: Final tax picture won't mirror O'Malley proposals
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Proposing a broad package of taxes in the midst of a prolonged recession should only be done with extreme trepidation — and months of careful planning. Unfortunately for Gov. Martin O'Malley, he forgot to focus on the basics and instead surprised ...more »


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