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Amid immigration setbacks, one Trump strategy seems to be working: fear
Chicago TribuneMay 1, 2017

"The decline at the border is not something that happened on its own — it's a reaction to concerns Trump is going to restore the enforcement of immigration laws," Krikorian said. "It won't last if that fear isn't realized, but if it is, if Trump ...more »

Australia's supply chain challenge
World GrainMay 1, 2017

... Australia's supply chain is a key part of keeping competitive, particularly as its competitors in Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina and the United States may tap into the profitable Asian market via low sea freight rates and lower ...more »

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Audit Defence
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Lawyers as “Gate Keepers” – The European Parliament Examines the Roles of Attorneys in Tax Evasion and ...
JD Supra (press release)May 2, 2017

We will focus here only on the issue of lawyers serving as advisors and intermediaries for clients who are potentially pursuing tax evasion or money laundering schemes; this issue is addressed in the fourth and fifth studies noted above (particularly ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Aspen man's false tax returns lead to Housing Authority ban
Aspen TimesMay 4, 2017

But there was no escaping that he gave APCHA tax returns from 2014, 2015 and 2016 that weren't filed with the IRS until March — and only after APCHA qualifications specialist Julie Kieffer became suspicious about the return he provided her Jan. 31. In ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Audit Faults Empire State Development Reporting
New York Law Journal (registration)May 17, 2017

A new audit from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development agency for failing to meet more than half of the reporting requirements for its highly touted tax credit and job creation programs.more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Private investigator accused of seeking Trump's tax records through financial aid website
Washington PostMay 22, 2017

Someone pretending to be a student could start the financial aid process, provide a false Social Security number and give permission for the IRS to automatically populate the FAFSA form with tax information. [Identity thieves may have hacked files of ...more »

Property Taxes
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Your property tax bill, explained
DeKalb Daily ChronicleMay 6, 2017

If it hasn't hit your mailbox yet, it will soon: the annual property tax bill. After a long series of somewhat confusing calculations, the bottom line likely says you owe local governments thousands of dollars. Everything you see on your tax bill is ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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This is one of the sweetest tax breaks around
MarketWatchMay 4, 2017

Since this stuff is expensive, it can generate big credits. And there are no income limits. Even billionaires are eligible. As the tax law currently reads, the 30% credit is available through 2019. But who knows what will happen if big tax changes are ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Act 465 of 2017: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Repair and Replacement of Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment
Lexology (registration)May 9, 2017

In conjunction with the phased in exemption, Act 465 also sunsets two Arkansas Economic Development Commission sales and use tax refund and credit programs. ... The exemption enacted under Act 465 will eliminate a distinction under current law between ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Column: Repealing law prohibiting churches from endorsing candidates would hurt faith groups' core mission
Fredericksburg.comMay 8, 2017

PRESIDENT Trump wants to overhaul the nation's tax code. While details of Trump's plans are unclear, one change could involve the Johnson Amendment, a six-decade-old tax law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from either ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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UK Introduces Criminal Offence For Facilitating Tax Evasion
Tax-news.comMay 4, 2017

The UK has made law the Criminal Finances Bill, which creates a new criminal offence for corporations that fail to prevent their staff from facilitating tax evasion. Enacted on April 27, the bill makes senior management responsible for introducing ...more »

International Taxation
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Grand Forks property taxes could shoot up 7 percent under new law
Grand Forks HeraldMay 5, 2017

But the bill also ends a property tax buydown through which the state paid 12 percent of the tab on all locally assessed property taxes. And County Auditor Debbie Nelson said that, when it's all added up, the net change in property taxes for Grand ...more »

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