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Elder Abuse: If We Don't Take Care of Each Other, Who Will?
10,000 CouplesDecember 1, 2013

This is elder abuse. A same-sex couple may not be permitted to live together in a healthcare or housing facility. This is elder abuse. A partner may not be allowed to show public affection for, or even visit, their partner in a nursing or long-term ...more »

What Beacon Hill has in store for you this week
Cape Cod TodayDecember 1, 2013

House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week expressed hope that conference committees working on compounding pharmacy regulation, veterans services and welfare reform bills can find common ground during December so those issues can be dispensed of quickly ...more »

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Audit Defence
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How To Make Sure Your Dark Money Group's Million-Dollar Donors Stay Secret
Huffington PostDecember 5, 2013

They navigate the overlapping rules of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission with the advice of lawyers who specialize in stepping up to, but not over, the lines. Watchdog groups have challenged these legalistic contortions ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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IRS Releases New 1099-MISC E-File Specs, W2 Mate® Updated
PR Newswire (press release)December 2, 2013

Several states have implemented W2 and 1099 electronic filing regulations, using the IRS and SSA reporting requirements as a basis. W2 Mate users who file 1099s for recipients who live or work in the states that comply with IRS publication 1220 can ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Judge rules against disclosing fraud audit of NM mental health agencies
ModernHealthcare.comDecember 8, 2013

A judge in New Mexico has ruled that government agencies don't have to disclose an audit of more than a dozen mental health providers under investigation for possible overbillings and fraud, because the audit contains law enforcement materials that are ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Supreme Court Sides With IRS In Tax Shelter Penalty Case
ForbesDecember 3, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Internal Revenue Service and socked a taxpayer who used a 1990s tax shelter with a 40% penalty in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia released today. The decision, U.S. v. Woods, reversed a 5th ...more »

Property Taxes
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2013 tax-planning guide highlights important tax law changes
EIN News (press release)December 3, 2013

They should also consider their future estates, as married couples are allowed to transfer unlimited assets to each other under federal law, free of federal gift and estate taxes. High-income earners: Lower ordinary-income tax rates are now permanent ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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2013 Tax Guide Highlights Tax Law Changes
CPA Practice AdvisorDecember 3, 2013

Tax planning was challenging last year because of uncertainty about whether significant tax increases scheduled for 2013 would go into effect. This year, numerous new tax laws set guidelines for a variety of business and personal tax issues. To give ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Attention Cyber Monday shoppers: you still have to pay stae sales tax
Waterbury Republican AmericanDecember 2, 2013

The state reminded consumers today on Cyber Monday -- the busiest online shopping day of the year -- that items bought online are still subject to the state's 6.35 percent sales and use tax. “When online retailers fail to collect and remit tax on sales ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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IRS not fully ready for law against offshore tax evasion: watchdog
WTAQDecember 5, 2013

The TIGTA report suggests FATCA should be delayed, said Michael Hirschfeld, chairman of the American Bar Association tax section and a lawyer at Dechert LLP. "This is more fuel for the fire to delay things," he said. (Reporting by Patrick Temple-West; ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Brielle Man Pleads Guilty To $1.3 Million Tax Evasion
Patch.comDecember 13, 2013

The tax evasion count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 20, according to the release. Migliore admitted to using unreported bank accounts in Trinidad to deposit personal income ...more »

International Taxation
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State revenue chief Mike Kadas expects busy 2014 with reappraisals, new tax law
The MissoulianDecember 1, 2013

Past employment: Worked as a carpenter, 1983-86; owned and operated small construction company, 1989-1996; elected mayor of Missoula and served from 1996-2006; Worked from 2008-2012 for Rivertop Renewables, a Missoula-based business producing ...more »

Tax Planning
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School Board: Tax plan nixed for lack of support
The AdvocateDecember 4, 2013

The tax recommendation came from a community education planning committee that began meeting in March under a charge from the board to find a way to fund district needs and mesh facility needs with the district's educational plan. The committee ...more »

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