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April 8, 2010    
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IRS delays causing increased taxpayer penalties
IRS Headache The Internal Revenue Service should improve the way it deals with balance-due payments from delinquent taxpayers, according to a recent TIGTA report. Unnecessary delays are resulting in extra penalties and interest costs to taxpayers.
Reasons behind bigger tax refunds depend on who you ask
Just when America needs a financial boost, income tax refunds are up an average of nearly 10 percent, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
SEC opens broad inquiry into accounting-for-repurchase transactions
Chief financial officers from 24 financial institutions received a Dear CFO letter from the chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission last week asking for detailed information about their accounting-for-repurchase agreements classified as sales, and their disclosures of these arrangements.
IRS trust fund investigations: The best defense is a good offense
In today's difficult economic environment, expect more businesses to resort to using payroll tax money to stay afloat and a corresponding increase in IRS enforcement measures.
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From country to rhythm and blues to rap: tax trouble has no favorite genre
IRS Rockin' Grammy winning country singer Dwight Yoakam might have new material for a sad, sad song now that the Internal Revenue Service has filed a lien against him for nearly half a million dollars.
Tax collections: The basics and beyond
My purpose in writing this article is not to debate the constitutionality of the tax laws or the legitimacy of the Internal Revenue Code. This article will discuss the history and legal basis for tax collections and some of the practical aspects of tax delinquencies.
Survey: Promotions, salary increases are most popular retention tools
More than three-fourths of executives are willing to sweeten the pot to avoid losing their best employees when economic conditions improve, according to survey findings.
Live Webcast on Hiring Incentives (HIRE) Act
Vern HovenDon’t miss tax expert, Vern Hoven in this upcoming live webcast as he examines the impact of the new HIRE Act. Make sure you understand how your business clients can benefit from this collection of tax incentives and credits. Hosted by CPE Link, this “hot-off-the-press” one-hour webcast is a convenient way to get a quick update on the new tax law.
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Taking steps toward workplace wellness
Gregory & Appel Employees Gregory & Appel Insurance in Indianapolis has had a wellness program for years, but always felt it was missing some of the elements needed to be the successful program company officials were envisioning.
SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant selects accounting fellows
The Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of the Chief Accountant recently has selected eight professional accounting fellows for two-year terms beginning in 2010.
Veihmeyer named U.S. chairman, CEO of KPMG LLP
KPMG LLP recently announced that its CEO, John B. Veihmeyer, has been elected chairman and chief executive of the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm for a five-year term, beginning June 10, 2010.
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Who Wants To Take Over Your 401(k) – Uncle Sam?
The Social Security and Medicare trust fund has over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. How will Washington pay for this or make up the shortfall? One option would be to take the suggestion of the Service Employees International Union, which wants to centralize all retirement plans for American workers, including private 401(k) plans, under one new retirement system.
Tax Credit Helps Small Employers Provide Health Insurance Coverage
Many small businesses and tax-exempt organizations that provide health insurance coverage to their employees now qualify for a special tax credit, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
IRS Will Get Report on Your Client's Merchant Account Sales
The inevitable has happened. Buried in the Housing Assistance Act of 2008 was a new Internal Revenue Code Section 6050W, which requires "payment settlement entities" to send out a new Form 1099-K showing monthly and annual gross sales.
Reducing the High Cost of Audit Confirmations
What does a confirmation cost? To answer this question, we need to review the confirmation process.
Q&A
What is a good resource to get details on calculating overhead rate?
We bill on our fees for projects and this is always a hotly debated issue. I think it is adding direct cost and indirect costs and dividing to find the amount. We need to stop the debate because we are either charging too much or not enough. Any place you can point me to find my answer?
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For the tax gurus: Please help
My friend and I have a LLC together but, because he is overseas, we decided that he does not have a percentage of the company. I did, however, prepare a 1065 and send him a K-1 with zero for his record. But my K-1 shows the ordinary income (profit). Since it appears everything flows straight to me, can I just file a 1040 form with a schedule E because the company did have income?
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