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  • FR CPA's and EA's Tax Bill Comments Tread

    11/12/2017 11:46:43 AM PST · by taildragger · 14 replies
    11/12/17 | taildragger
    Calling all Free-Republic CPA's and Enrolled Agents, and like professionals to chime in on the House and Senate Tax Bills. I spoke to my CPA this past week, and my comments are here: This thing needs to see the light of day, good, bad, or indifferent. I look forward to all FR responses!
  • New cyberattacks threaten tax professionals

    09/06/2016 9:54:02 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 3 replies
    Journal of Accountancy ^ | September 2, 2016 | Alistair M. Nevius, J.D.
    The IRS warned tax practitioners on Friday of a new wave of cyberattacks that allow criminals to remotely access practitioners' computers and file fraudulent tax returns. The attacks come as practitioners prepare for the Oct. 17 extended filing deadline for individual returns; the IRS reported similar attacks before the April 15 deadline. The IRS says that the attacks allow thieves to take control of practitioners' computers, access client data, and complete and e-file tax returns, directing the resulting refunds into the criminals' own accounts. Victims become aware of the attacks when reconciling e-filing acknowledgments.
  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • IRS Loses Lawsuit Challenging Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers

    01/22/2013 5:55:26 AM PST · by tired&retired · 20 replies
    Accounting Today ^ | JANUARY 18, 2013 | MICHAEL COHN
    In a stunning blow to the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to regulate the tax preparation profession, a federal judge struck down the IRS’s licensing requirements for tax preparers on Friday, including testing and continuing education. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg ruled against the IRS and in favor of the tax preparers in enjoining the agency against enforcing its Registered Tax Return Preparer requirements. “Today’s ruling is a victory for hundreds of thousands of tax preparers across the country and the tens of millions of taxpayers who rely on them to prepare their taxes,” said lead attorney Dan Alban....
  • The Abandoned Army: War Returns to Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

    07/03/2011 12:52:56 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 7/1/2011 | Andrew McGregor
    The people of South Kordofan have become caught up in the unresolved contradiction of the post-John Garang Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), which is now leading South Sudan into independence; what happens when a national federalist political movement becomes an ethnic separatist political movement? This is the problem in several areas of Sudan outside the new borders of South Sudan, areas in which the then federalist SPLM/A recruited fighters to combat the Khartoum regime in the interests of creating a federal “New Sudan.” With South Sudan declaring full independence on July 9, a force of roughly 40,000 Nuba SPLA fighters...
  • UN opens new camp in Ethiopia for Sudanese refugees

    10/08/2011 9:02:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Wire Update ^ | Saturday, October 8th, 2011 | BNO News
    A new camp has been opened in western Ethiopia as deadly fighting continues to displace tens of thousands of people in Sudan's Blue Nile, which lies on the border with the newly-independent nation of South Sudan, the United Nations said on Saturday. The new camp is located in the town of Tongo, from the border areas of Kurmuk, Bamza and Almahal. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards said 533 refugees have already been moved to the new camp. The camp has a capacity for 3,000 people and has the possibility of being expanded if necessary. Over...
  • (Cain Accuser Link?) Cracker Barrel PAC Employee Indicted

    11/04/2011 12:41:29 AM PDT · by parksstp · 59 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11-04-2011 | AccessNorthGa
    LEBANON, TENNESSEE - The former treasurer of a political action committee operated by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Incorporated has been arraigned on charges of stealing more than $70,000 from the organization...... "Forth was manager of political affairs for the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C., from January 1997 until April 1998."
  • Parents won’t get Nazi-named kids back

    08/06/2010 12:38:46 PM PDT · by Justaham · 57 replies · 1+ views ^ | 8-6-10 | BETH DEFALCO
    A New Jersey couple who gave their children Nazi-inspired names should not regain custody of them, a state appeals court ruled Thursday, citing the parents’ own disabilities and the risk of serious injury to their children. The state removed Heath and Deborah Campbell’s three small children from their home in January 2009. A month earlier, the family drew attention when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for their son, Adolf Hitler Campbell. He and siblings JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell have been in foster care.
  • Saint Shirley Sherrod: Shut Down for Good of the Country

    07/22/2010 6:57:33 AM PDT · by kristinn · 352 replies · 9+ views
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Kristinn
    Former USDA official Shirley Sherrod, who claims she was falsely smeared as a racist while she herself falsely smears Republicans and Fox News as racists, said this morning that she would like to see, the website that made her famous, shut down for the good of the country.CNN's American Morning reported on Sherrod's demand:She said if Breitbart's site were shut down, "That would be a great thing, because I don't see how that advances us in this country ... at a time when we should be trying to look at how we can make space for all of us...
  • Health Care for CPAs

    04/05/2010 10:19:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 553+ views ^ | April 5, 2010 | Bruce Bialosky
    As a politically involved person, I have often been asked why I became a CPA. My answer has always been clear and simple – the public policy of this country runs through the tax code and I wanted to understand that code. Never in my 35-year practice has anything validated that decision like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This is not health care reform; it is a full-employment act for CPAs. In an era where Congress changes the tax law more frequently than a Hollywood actress gets Botox shots, nothing has ever come along like this behemoth. My...
  • Man Pleads Guilty to Filing 250 Tax Returns for Dead People

    02/05/2010 12:59:00 PM PST · by Beloved Levinite · 21 replies · 865+ views
    WebCPA ^ | January 27, 2010 | WebCPA Staff
    Man Pleads Guilty to Filing 250 Tax Returns for Dead People Riverside, Calif. (January 27, 2010) By WebCPA Staff A California man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. after he was accused of filing at least 250 tax returns of deceased individuals. Haroon Amin of Upland, Calif., pleaded guilty Monday to the charges. He was indicted, along with Ather Ali of Diamond Bar, Calif., in December 2008. The two were accused of filing the returns in 2002 and 2003 falsely stating that the deceased individuals earned wages from which income tax was withheld. The false returns claimed...

    11/03/2009 5:41:12 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 46 replies · 2,754+ views
    Watertown Daily News (District 23, New York State) ^ | 3 November 209 | Jude Seymour, Staff Writer
    Hoffman's supporters stage big rallyDouglas L. Hoffman's first congressional campaign stop in Watertown had more campaign staff — three — than attendees. Three months later, the Conservative Party candidate in the 23rd Congressional District race was a bigger draw here than the vice president of the United States. Mr. Hoffman's raucous rally Monday at the Jefferson County Agricultural Society Exhibition Hall drew more than 300 and featured speeches by former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson and a soundtrack by country music star John Rich. Mr. Thompson, revered in conservative circles, wasted no time reminding the crowd of what was at stake...
  • Wells Fargo requesting letter from CPA for mortgage underwriting - vanity

    09/23/2009 1:08:47 PM PDT · by AlmaKing · 30 replies · 913+ views
    AlmaKing ^ | 9-23-09 | AlmaKing
    Hello - I have a question for which I'm having a hard time finding the answer, so here goes. I applied for a residential home loan (FHA) with Wells Fargo. I work both full time at one job, and I have a side business that I 100% own. I used only my full time salary for the qualifying income. Debt-to-income ratio is fine. To cover 2/3 of the down payment and closing costs, I took a shareholder distribution from my side business. Wells Fargo is requesting that the CPA who did my corporate taxes write a letter to them indicating...
  • Husband of Former Army Officer Pleads Guilty to Laundering Money Stolen From Iraq

    08/06/2009 2:04:28 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 1 replies · 471+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | August 5, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of Columbia
    WASHINGTON—A New Jersey accountant pleaded guilty today to laundering portions of more than $300,000 stolen from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in the Republic of Iraq and brought back to the United States by his wife, a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. William Driver, 45, of Trenton, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Mary L. Cooper in the District of New Jersey, Trenton Division. At the plea hearing, Driver admitted that his wife, former Lt. Col. Debra Harrison, was assigned to the CPA - South Central Region...
  • OLSON: Red ink [Accounting firms cannot be trusted]

    01/08/2009 5:10:32 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 5 replies · 547+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Jan. 9, 2009 | Carl Olson Op-Ed
    The odds 10,000 to 1 are not good for the public's financial health. Every one of the well-known debacle companies had CPA auditors who said the financial statements were just fine. For AIG it was PricewaterhouseCoopers. Lehman Brothers (the largest bankruptcy in American history) had Ernst & Young. Fannie Mae's fiascos were OK'd by Deloitte & Touche. KPMG was responsible for Countrywide. The $50 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme somehow could not be detected by numerous CPA auditors for its investors. Is the loss to the investing public $1 trillion, $2 trillion, or more? How many life savings are destroyed? How...
  • 10 Wackiest Tax Deductions

    03/24/2008 6:21:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 1,134+ views
    Did you hear the one about the pot dealer's tax return? The New Yorker who claimed the whole city as a dependent? The exotic dancer who deducted ... well ... you know? That's right, it's time once again for Bankrate's 10 craziest tax write-offs you've ever heard, presented as a shot of levity to help make filing your annual federal income tax return a little less tedious. In our first installment, taxpayers sought deductions for everything from ostrich breeding to sperm donations. In round two, a high-tech breast pump and a pimped-out Amish buggy led the list of questionable claims....
  • Facts for Feith - CPA history.

    03/19/2008 5:54:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 387+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 19, 2008 | L. Paul Bremer III
    March 19, 2008, 0:00 a.m. Facts for FeithCPA history. By L. Paul Bremer III A recent article in the Washington Post previewed the forthcoming book by former undersecretary of defense Douglas Feith. In his book Feith apparently alleges that I was responsible for what he calls the single biggest mistake the United States made in Iraq. He claims that I unilaterally abandoned the president’s policy, promoted by Feith and others before the war, to grant sovereignty to a group of Iraqi exiles immediately after Saddam’s defeat. On March 16, Richard Perle of the American Enterprise Institute elaborated on this...
  • US made the right decisions in Iraq

    05/13/2007 3:29:48 PM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 23 replies · 836+ views
    Times-Washington Post ^ | By L. Paul Bremer
    <p>Once conventional wisdom congeals, even facts can't shake it loose.</p> <p>These days, everyone "knows'' that the Coalition Provisional Authority made two disastrous decisions at the beginning of the US occupation of Iraq: to vengefully drive members of the Baath Party from public life and to recklessly disband the Iraqi army.</p>
  • What We Got Right in Iraq (by Paul Bremer)

    05/13/2007 7:14:01 AM PDT · by RDTF · 25 replies · 1,159+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2007 | L. Paul Bremer
    Once conventional wisdom congeals, even facts can't shake it loose. These days, everyone "knows" that the Coalition Provisional Authority made two disastrous decisions at the beginning of the U.S. occupation of Iraq: to vengefully drive members of the Baath Party from public life and to recklessly disband the Iraqi army. The most recent example is former CIA chief George J. Tenet, whose new memoir pillories me for those decisions (even though I don't recall his ever objecting to either call during our numerous conversations in my 14 months leading the CPA). Similar charges are unquestioningly repeated in books and articles....
  • Pallets of US cash sent to Baghdad before handover

    02/06/2007 6:10:08 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 1,902+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | February 6, 2007 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve sent record payouts of more than $4 billion in cash to Baghdad on giant pallets aboard military planes shortly before the United States gave control back to Iraqis, lawmakers said on Tuesday. The money, which had been held by the United States, came from Iraqi oil exports, surplus dollars from the U.N.-run oil-for-food program and frozen assets belonging to the ousted Saddam Hussein regime. Bills weighing a total of 363 tons were loaded onto military aircraft in the largest cash shipments ever made by the Federal Reserve, said Rep....