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T-Mobile back to school promotions
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T-Mobile is offering new additions to their phone discounts, including a $5 promotion to add a line until 2014 (normally $9.99) that is valid through Sept. 4. Click here for more information or to scan a QR code to instantly find out the value of your phone if you wish to trade it in. More

Sarasota, Fla., attorney and CPA Jo Ann Koontz outlines exemptions to garnishment in deficiency judgments via Koontz & Associates    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Homeowners continue to lose their property to foreclosure. As if this weren't embarrassing enough, the lender can still come after them for the deficiency balance after they foreclose on the home. A deficiency balance in a mortgage foreclosure is the difference between the outstanding balance due on the loan and the fair market value of the property on the date of the foreclosure sale. Click here for the full story.

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Stein Sperling named a 2012 Best-Run Company by SmartCEO
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SmartCEO magazine has selected the law firm Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC as a 2012 SmartCEO100 Best-Run Company. This prestigious accolade honors 100 proactive and successful companies that are leaders within their industries and have experienced consistent growth. Click here for full details. Congratulations to the AAA-CPA members who work for Stein Sperling on this honor.

States ask help collecting Internet sales taxes
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More than 21 states have simplified how they collect taxes in hopes of recovering an estimated $20 billion in sales taxes that go uncollected by out-of-state online merchants every year. But the nation's governors say they still need help from Congress. Speaking on behalf of the National Governors Association, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told the House Judiciary Committee that it isn't fair to local businesses that online sellers are not required to collect and distribute state sales taxes for purchases made where they don't have a physical presence. More

IRS audits of S corporation tax returns often produce little result
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The Internal Revenue Service closes an unusually high percentage of audits of S corporation tax returns with no recommended adjustments, suggesting that many of the audits are unnecessary and unproductive, according to a new government report. The report, by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, cited IRS statistics showing that 62 percent of the returns of S corporations selected for auditing by the IRS's Discriminant Index Function were closed by the IRS with no recommended changes to the items reported on the return in fiscal year 2011. More

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Estate tax debate heats up in US tax fight
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The partisan fight in the U.S. Congress over the "death tax" — the Republicans' moniker for federal taxes levied on estates passed on by individuals to their heirs — is back. Debate is ramping up because the estate tax is part of the mass of tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003 that are now set to expire at the end of 2012. More

Senate passes Democrats' tax cut plan
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Democrats pushed a yearlong extension of tax cuts for all but the highest-earning Americans through the Senate, giving Democrats a significant political victory on a measure that is fated to go no further in Congress. Senators approved the Democratic bill by a near party-line 51-48 vote, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the chamber in case his vote was needed to break a tie. More

Department of Treasury gives countries new models for tax reporting rules
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The U.S. Department of Treasury has published new rules for international tax reporting requirements, offering countries options for their domestic banks to comply with pending U.S. tax laws. The department announced two model agreements countries can sign to give their home banks flexibility in reporting U.S. client information on assets held abroad to the Internal Revenue Service. More

Carbon tax gets unusual support
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VideoBrief Calls for a carbon tax on fossil fuels like gasoline and coal are coming from a surprising quarter these days — Republicans. In recent weeks, several prominent Republican thinkers have floated the idea of imposing higher taxes on gasoline, coal and natural gas. The increases, they say, would be offset by tax cuts on paychecks, dividends or corporate taxes. More

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