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Room rates ending — Make sure to reserve today and join us at the AAA-CPA Southwestern Regional Education Conference
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What better way to relax ahead of the busy tax season than a weekend getaway to the AAA Four Diamond Barton Creek Resort & Spa? Join us Jan. 25-27 at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. While staying in the lap of luxury, you can earn up to nine hours of CPE and CLE/MCLE on a 50-minute hour track and 7.5 hours of CLE/MCLE on a 60-minute hour track on representation in connection with an IRS audit and implementing technology in your practice. Don't miss this great opportunity to start 2012 with AAA-CPA.

The AAA-CPA has secured a block of rooms at the Barton Creek Resort for the evenings of Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26. Rates are $205.65 for a single/double room, including resort fee. Reservations can be made by calling the Barton Creek Resort directly at 800-604-6563. Reservations must be made by Friday, Jan. 4, in order to guarantee our group rate. This rate will be available three days before and after the conference for those who wish to extend their travel. When making reservations, please mention that you are with the AAA-CPA.

For more details about the conference and to register, click here.

New year = New ways to join the AAA-CPA
The AAA-CPA is excited to announce our new Affiliate Status categories. Each Wednesday in January, we will be featuring one of four new ways to join the AAA-CPA.

Affiliate Status gives professionals the opportunity to network with our dually-licensed members, along with other great benefits such as:
  • Access to the AAA-CPA Google Group Listserv
  • Complimentary study groups (nominal fee for CPE/(M)CLE credit)
  • Ability to submit articles for free in the AAA-CPA Weekly Update
  • Free listing in the 2013-2014 AAA-CPA Networking & Referral Directory
  • Affiliates receive a $200 voucher towards full meeting registration to the 2013 AAA-CPA Annual or Fall Meeting & Education Conference
For a complete list of Affiliate Status benefits, please click here.

To be eligible for Affiliate Status, individuals must meet one of the following credentials:
  • Be a member in at least one Synergy Summit group or a state bar
  • be a licensed CPA in at least one state and must have earned one of the following credentials: CFP, CFA, AEP, ABV, CAP, CVA, CTFA, PFP, PFS, MST, LLM or board certified by a state bar in taxation of estate planning
Now is your chance to belong to the only association in the nation whose members are comprised of professionals who are dually qualified as both attorneys and CPAs. Click here to join today for half price.

The AAA-CPA welcomes our new members from October-December
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Please click here to view the list of new members. Interested in joining the AAA-CPA? Visit us online at to apply for membership, or email for more information.

Getting Business Owners to Create a Succession Plan

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22 Stein Sperling attorneys recognized in Maryland Super Lawyers magazine
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Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. More

Federal tax update — December 2012
by David De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 continued the current rate brackets, except recreated a 39.6 percent bracket effective 2013 for taxable income in excess of $450,000 (married, filing jointly), $425,000 (heads of household) and $400,000 (unmarried) indexed in 2014 and succeeding years.

Tax breaks extended for special interest
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VideoBriefHedge fund and private equity managers came out of the fiscal cliff agreement with a better tax setup than many affluent taxpayers. It largely keeps in place a practice that allows them to have their earnings taxed at a capital gains rate rather than at a higher rate for ordinary income. More

Online tax filing popular with taxpayers and thieves
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The vast majority of Americans filed their tax returns electronically last year, taking advantage of e-filing systems that offer convenience for taxpayers but also have opened up a major new avenue for tax fraud. About 81 percent of taxpayers filed their returns electronically in 2012, the independent Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board said in a report. That represents about 119 million taxpayers and is an increase of four percentage points from 2011. More

Major companies push the limits of a tax break
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It began more than 90 years ago as a small tax break intended to help family farmers who wanted to swap horses and land. Farmers who sold property, livestock or equipment were allowed to avoid paying capital gains taxes, as long as they used the proceeds to replace or upgrade their assets. More

Fiscal cliff deal stops many tax hikes, but leaves big issues pending
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The fiscal cliff compromise approved by the House will mute much but not all of the negative economic impact of going over the cliff. Most prominently, it will extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the vast majority of Americans and spare millions from the alternative minimum tax. More

IRS proposes truncated taxpayer identification numbers to curb identity theft
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The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations to create a new taxpayer identifying number, known as the IRS truncated taxpayer identification number, that can be used instead of a Social Security number in response to the growing problem of identity theft-related tax fraud. The truncated taxpayer identification number would provide an alternative to using a Social Security number. More

Increased payroll taxes pinch some middle-class families
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VideoBriefEven though Congress struck a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, taxes are still going to go up for millions of Americans in the new year. That's because payroll taxes are scheduled to revert to where they were in 2010. Most workers will see an increase of 2 percent, which could mean up $100 less each month for some families. More

Jan. 8
11th Annual Northern New Jersey Working Together Conference

Jan. 9
Northern California Chapter Networking Event

Jan. 10
State & Local Tax Appeals
2012 Federal Tax Update

Jan. 15
AAA-CPA luncheon in conjunction with the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

Jan. 16
Effective Interview Techniques

Jan. 17
Members Only Study Group: Issues in Tiered Partnerships

Jan. 24
Members Only Study Group: Compensation Issues in Entity Tax Planning

Jan. 25
Southwestern Regional Education Conference

Feb. 14
Proposed Changes to Capital Lease Accounting

Feb. 26
Georgia Chapter Meeting

March 14
Ethics & the Unauthorized Practice of Law

April 11
IFRS & GAAP — International vs. US Accounting Standards

April 25
Florida Association Meeting in conjuction with the Florida Bar Tax Section

May 3
Northeastern Regional Education Conference

May 9
Electronic Discovery

June 13
Merger & Acquisition Litigation

July 3
AAA-CPA Annual Meeting & Education Conference

July 11
PA/DE Chapter Meeting

Aug. 8
PA/DE Chapter Meeting

Sept. 12
PA/DE Chapter Meeting

Nov. 6
AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference


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