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Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Tax Law News and Stories

Audit Defence
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Why Geezers Are Occupy Wall Street's True Enemy
Big GovernmentFebruary 2, 2012

The IRS decides to audit Grandpa, and summons him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney. The auditor said, 'Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- February 6, 2012
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; House of Representatives; Executive Branch; Federal Reserve; Treasury; DOL; CFTC; IRS; International; and Upcoming Hearings. It was only fitting that in a week where we honor America?s worst weatherman, ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Bartlett wants forensic audit of alleged election irrgularities
Jamaica ObserverFebruary 2, 2012

Stewart, who is also alarmed over what he felt were blatant irregularities in polling division 50, has advised his team of attorneys-at-law, including Clayton Morgan, to take the matter to the Supreme Court for a solution. However, Morgan says he is ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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If You Don't File, Beware the Ghost Return
New York TimesFebruary 12, 2012

That's because the IRS uses data from only the income side when it creates such a return, which means that it doesn't include all kinds of items that might offset that income, according to Julian Block, a tax lawyer in Larchmont, NY The IRS works from ...more »

Property Taxes
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Burlington councilors reconsider tax district
BurlingtonFreePress.comFebruary 3, 2012

Tax increment financing lets municipalities invest in improvements to infrastructure such as roads and utilities to attract development -- and then finance those improvements with a portion (the "increment") of subsequent increases in property taxes.more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Sunday Dialogue: Time for Tax Reform?
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

One step would be to return to the Reagan days and once again tax capital gains and ordinary income at the same rate. STEVEN M. ROSENTHAL Washington, Jan. 31, 2012 The writer, a tax lawyer, is a visiting fellow at the Tax Policy Center of the Urban ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Hain Celestial Reports Sales and Earnings Records in its Second Quarter Fiscal ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

In the United States, we continue to drive sales growth in our core distribution channels. We are pleased and delighted to see that consumers continue to be attracted to our more healthful food and personal care products," said Irwin D. Simon, Founder, ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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The difference between budget realism and current law
Washington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

As I mentioned Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office's annual budget outlook includes two possible scenarios: An unrealistic one that pretends Congress will follow the law as written and a more realistic one in which Congress extends the Bush tax...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Harry Redknapp lied to News of the World reporter, tax evasion trial hears
MetroFebruary 2, 2012

The Tottenham Hotspur manager, taking to the stand for the second day in his tax evasion trial, said he misled News of the World reporter Rob Beasley to avoid a story appearing ahead of the 2009 League Cup final against Manchester United.more »

International Taxation
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Caldeira: Franchises Offer a Valuable Avenue to Job Creation
Roll Call (subscription)February 1, 2012

For every $1 million lent to franchise businesses, 34 new jobs are created. Regarding regulations, the House has already passed bills addressing the overreach of the National Labor Relations Board and the health care law. A recent Hudson Institute ...more »

Tax Planning
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Giving It Away
Financial-Planning.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Deena Katz Charitable tax planning for clients may peak in the later months of the year, but it is really a year-round activity, and the first quarter is not too soon to start thinking about it. Texas Tech University recently approved a new online ...more »

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