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Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority eyes $13.4 million Shipyards ...
Florida Times-UnionMay 1, 2014

The Downtown Investment Authority board is asking for a piece of the city's recent $13.4 million settlement with the bankrupt company that failed to develop the controversial Shipyards project. If the Office of General Counsel finds it an allowable ...more »

Judges issue stay against Powertech uranium license
Rapid City JournalMay 1, 2014

The ruling, made by three administrative judges on the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, suspends the first official approval Powertech has gotten to operate its proposed Dewey-Burdock mine near Edgemont. The stay, which both uranium supporters and ...more »

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Audit Defence
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The Obama Administration's Ethics Problem
RealClearPoliticsMay 22, 2014

Eric Holder is the first attorney general to have been held in contempt of Congress. Aside from his divisive language (he called America “a nation of ... He has failed to bring to account rogue IRS officials. Holder is the most morally compromised ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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The Morning Risk Report: FATCA Delay Gives Banks Breathing Room
Wall Street JournalMay 6, 2014

The U.S. Treasury Department said, according to a Wall Street Journal report late Friday, it wouldn't enforce many of the requirements of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act for two years after it goes into effect July 1, so long “as firms are ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Global HR Hot Topic—May 2014: globally auditing human resources compliance
Lexology (registration)May 3, 2014

(See "The Return of the Global Employment Audit," Law 360, 12/21/09). Cross-border HR compliance initiatives have many facets. A multinational has obvious incentives to verify that its overseas HR operations comply both with foreign local laws and with ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner faces contempt vote next week
PoliticoMay 1, 2014

If the Republican-controlled House approves a contempt charge, as expected, the vote would be the most serious repercussion against any IRS employee handed down as part of a nearly yearlong probe into the agency's targeting of conservative groups.more »

Property Taxes
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Sounding Off: Rockwall-Rowlett readers tell us if they think property tax...
Dallas Morning NewsMay 4, 2014

Irving mayoral candidate Herbert Gears speaks to seniors about eliminating property taxes for the elderly during an April 11 luncheon at Heritage Senior Center in Irving. According to state law, seniors may defer payments on property taxes until death, ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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A Well-Fed Junkyard Dog Is Less Dangerous Than a Hungry One Is
MoneynewsMay 5, 2014

I know this seems a bit bewildering, but expecting any government agency to administer a complex tax law that is, by any fair measure, unintelligible and hated is a daunting proposition. It is Congress that establishes tax policy and the law. The IRS ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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'Disappointing' turnout for use tax meeting Wednesday
Fulton SunMay 8, 2014

According to Schmidt, a use tax is imposed on retail sales of tangible personal property and certain services and applies to purchases made outside the state and is intended to eliminate the unfair economic advantage interstate sellers have over ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Recapping important 2014 tax relief laws
Fremont TribuneMay 13, 2014

In the two weeks since the 2014 Unicameral Session closed, many of you have contacted me seeking information on the tax bills considered in this past session. The bills are sometimes confusing because there were several different enacted bills ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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US, Israel reach anti-tax evasion agreement: Treasury
ReutersMay 1, 2014

Set to take effect on July 1, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2010 (FATCA) will require foreign banks, investment funds and insurers to hand over information about Americans' accounts that have more than $50,000 to the U.S. Internal Revenue ...more »

International Taxation
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Lawsuit challenges Washington's ability to tax pot; author of pot law says she ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneMay 9, 2014

SEATTLE — A federal lawsuit is challenging Washington state's authority to tax marijuana as long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The case arises from the state's attempt to collect sales taxes from a medical marijuana dispensary. But ...more »

Tax Planning
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WTTC urges African Union to reconsider damaging tourism tax plans and get its ...
Sierra Express MediaMay 20, 2014

Plans by members of the African Union to implement a new tourism tax on air passengers and hotel guests in Africa could have a detrimental effect on the long-term economic growth and should be scrapped, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.more »

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