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Jonathan Rauch guest-blogging next week about his 'Kindly Inquisitors'
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2014

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms ...more »

Award-winning photojournalist, a Staples grad, visits Westport
Minuteman News CenterFebruary 1, 2014

Her collection of photos of women and children in Afghanistan features images of women in jail for seeking divorce, the terrible or non-existent medical conditions for women in childbirth, the despair faced by women under strict laws that force women ...more »

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Audit Defence
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IRS is PPACA enforcer, lawyer says
BenefitsProFebruary 27, 2014

William Schiffbauer, a lawyer in private practice, raised that point in a comment on new draft regulations posted on the Regulatory Framework Task Force section of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners website. The NAIC is updating ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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New IRS chief says budget crunch, understaffing taking its toll
FederalNewsRadio.comFebruary 6, 2014

While the decision to start the filing season later was a result of hopefully one- time events, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency he took over a little more than a month ago faces big-picture problems that directly are tied to declining ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Knox County audit committee chairman calls open meeting concerns 'baseless'
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 8, 2014

A letter from Elisha Hodge, open records counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, said that meetings of the Knox County Audit Committee may have violated the state's open meetings law.more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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The IRS Scandal Mushrooms to Monstrous Proportions
Right Side NewsFebruary 18, 2014

Winter 2010-2011: Judith Kindell, senior advisor to IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner, tells IRS attorney Carter Hull, who oversaw the review of some tax-exemption applications by conservative Tea Party groups, that the IRS Chief ...more »

Property Taxes
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Bill Wolf: Property taxes fund mostly local efforts
La Crosse TribuneFebruary 2, 2014

Does she realize that cutting state tax funding and shared revenue often creates a potential “trickle down” of unfunded mandates at the county, municipal and school district levels? The balance of property taxation is for local spending on roads ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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IRS Fails to Pay Income Tax on Travel Expenses, Has Resource Issues
Tax Law Home (blog)February 23, 2014

Per the Internal Revenue Code, such expense reimbursements paid to any employee should be considered taxable income and are subject to state, federal, Medicare, and Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes. However, the Treasury Inspector General ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Phone area code changes will affect some HOAs
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 1, 2014

The association will receive credit for the sales tax paid on its initial purchase of the $25 gate controller Associations who mark up their gate remotes will need to register with the Taxation Department and obtain a sales and use tax permit. You can ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Society warning on LLP tax reform
Law GazetteFebruary 3, 2014

The Law Society will today warn parliament about damaging consequences of new partnership tax rules due to come into force in April. Critics of the measures – designed to cut tax avoidance in limited liability partnerships – say they will put UK-based ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Florida man gets 18 months in prison for tax evasion on Kentucky cigarette sales
The Courier-JournalFebruary 3, 2014

He then sold the cigarettes around the country while pocketing bigger profits by avoiding the Kentucky tax. The Associated Press reported last year that Bello had been on the radar of federal investigators since at least 2002, when prosecutors in Texas ...more »

International Taxation
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This Simple Tax Error Is Costing You $2800
TIMEFebruary 3, 2014

There not like the rich and powerful who can find a place to hide more income so that their accountants and lawyers can lessen the tax burden. The only thing stupid about the people that overpay is that they continue to support politicians who allow a ...more »

Tax Planning
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What to Know About the Gift and Estate Tax in 2014
NASDAQFebruary 8, 2014

Few tax laws cause as much confusion as those that apply to the gift and estate tax, and 2014 is no different. Fortunately, the ... You can also reduce your potential estate tax burden by making good use of trusts, charitable trusts, and life insurance ...more »


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