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Patient Safety initiative targets malpractice law
San Francisco ChronicleNovember 1, 2013

California's trial attorneys play an important role in our legal system, but when they start advocating wholesale changes in our health care policy in the name of patient safety, voters should be wary. Their most recent deceit is a proposed initiative ...more »

Brazil's Eike Batista: From billionaire to bankruptcy
Los Angeles TimesNovember 1, 2013

On Wednesday, his flagship oil company, OGX, filed for bankruptcy. A personal fortune once valued at $30 billion had collapsed into a personal debt estimated at more than $800 million. Some Brazilians, long since soured on his cocky persona, responded ...more »

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Audit Defence
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Obama's 'Society of Fear'
The Moral LiberalNovember 16, 2013

They fear having their computers hacked by government bureaucrats and lawyers, being audited by the IRS, or even being ticketed for rolling through a stop sign one midnight months ago. So, to avoid making trouble, citizens opt to “be on their best ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Going after 'Mr Big'
Trinidad & Tobago ExpressNovember 10, 2013

He said FACTA now requires US persons with offshore accounts to file a new IRS form 8938 with the IRS along with their annual income tax return if their accounts hold more than US$50,000. Failure to comply such persons will have to pay a penalty of up ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Tri-Town gets positive follow-up review after scathing state audit
Wicked LocalNovember 15, 2013

Town Auditor Richard Swanson found South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. had proper backup for payments to consultants and law firms during budget years 2012 to the present, according to the new report. The agency did make payments to a Boston ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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IRS Workforce Turnover Part of Tea-Party Scrutiny Fallout: Taxes
BusinessweekNovember 19, 2013

Preparers representing groups who have or are seeking tax-exempt status frequently are working with IRS employees who have little experience in such matters, said Marcus Owens, a partner with the Caplin & Drysdale (PFE:US) law firm. Most senior ...more »

Property Taxes
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Property tax timing set by law
Mail TribuneNovember 26, 2013

You are suggesting that it would be better to have to pay property taxes at the same time as many receive their income tax returns. We see one flaw in that idea, Claudia and Don. Many people have to pay more to the IRS around April 15. Add to that a ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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How The Affordable Care Act Pays For Insurance Subsidies
NPR (blog)November 7, 2013

The new health care law will provide around $1 trillion in subsidies to low- and middle-income Americans over the next decade to help them pay for health insurance. Johanna Humbert of Galien, Mich., was pleasantly surprised to discover that she ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Colorado Springs has first year-over-year sales tax decline since December 2011
Colorado Springs GazetteNovember 21, 2013

Sales tax collections so far this year are up 5.68 percent from a year ago to $93.5 million. Use tax collections, which comes from tax paid on manufacturing equipment, building materials and other items bought outside the city, surged 25.57 percent to ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Tax oddities live on amid budget impasse
PoliticoNovember 6, 2013

It's a cliche to say the tax code is dysfunctional, but less well-appreciated is how random it can be. It's loaded with provisions, many approved decades ago, that favor one group or another for reasons that can be difficult to discern. “The Internal ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Hoeness goes to trial for alleged multi-million tax evasion
euronewsNovember 4, 2013

Investigators decided he had a case to answer for tax evasion following months of sifting through the former World Cup winner's accounts after he reported an error voluntarily to the authorities, hoping to avoid severe punishment. “First of all I want ...more »

International Taxation
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State tax law dispute comes to Longview court
Longview News-JournalNovember 3, 2013

Longview becomes the temporary epicenter this week for a statewide tax dispute that has spurred hundreds of lawsuits over heavy equipment values in Texas — and could eventually impact most taxpayers. “We have, like, 195 of these cases statewide right ...more »

Tax Planning
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Webinar Will Highlight Smart Investments and Year-End Tax Planning
AgWebNovember 6, 2013

What should farmers invest now to maximize Social Security benefits later? That's one question that will be covered in a free webinar Nov. 8 at 12 p.m.. "Because so many farmers use the cash method of accounting, their incomes are artificially low ...more »

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