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Phillip Brent's 50th Anniversary Video
For those that were unable to attend our welcome reception at the 50th Fall Meeting & Education Conference in Washington, D.C., please click here to watch AAA-CPA founder and former President Phillip Brent's video presentation on how the AAA-CPA was founded.
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PA/DE Valley Chapter Meeting Postponed
Please note that the PA/DE Valley Chapter Meeting scheduled for Dec. 11 is being postponed. A notice will be sent when a new date is determined for the program Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits.
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AAA-CPA to Co-Sponsor the 2015 USC Gould Tax Institute
The 2015 USC Gould Tax Institute will be held Jan. 26-28 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The institute features over 70 speakers, including keynote speakers professor Michael Graetz, Karen Hawkins, professor Edward Kleinbard and returning favorites Mark Silverman, Blake Rubin and professor Jeffrey Pennell. Learn the latest tax law developments for corporations, privately held businesses, individuals, partnerships and real estate transactions. Also learn important tax ethics, compliance and enforcement and estate planning issues. Your registration also includes continuing education credits for attorneys (MCLE/legal specialization), accountants (CPE) and financial planners (CFP® certificants). Register now. Discounts on the institute hotel rooms are available until Jan. 5. To book your room, visit or call the Westin Bonaventure at 800-937-8461 and mention the USC Gould School of Law 2015 Tax Institute. The Westin Bonaventure is a no smoking hotel. For more information about registering, exhibiting or sponsoring the institute, visit the institute website at, call the USC Gould Continuing Legal Education Office at 213-821-3580 or
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5 Cities With the Lowest Local Tax Burden in the US
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
In November, the Office of Revenue Analysis for the District of Columbia released a report on the tax rates and tax burdens of the largest city in each state in the country. The report is designed to give policymakers and curious wonks an idea of how the Washington, D.C., tax environment compares against the tax environment in other major cities in the U.S., but we can use the image it contains of the national tax situation — as described by the largest city in each state — to look at which states have the lowest general tax burden and why.
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What's at Stake in Congress' Debate Over Tax Extenders?
USA Today
They go by an obscure title — "tax extenders" — and they always seem to get lost in congressional debate every year until the very last moment. But if these five dozen or so expired tax deductions and credits aren't renewed, it will have a huge financial impact on people and businesses — from taking $250 out of the pockets of teachers who spend their own money for classroom supplies to higher tax bills for companies that spend heavily on research and development.
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Fresh Look at Tax Code Awaits as Ways and Means Shuffles Leadership
Bloomberg BNA
The House Committee on Ways and Means' idea of a tax overhaul at the beginning of 2015 probably won't be the same as its idea at the end, the new chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures told Bloomberg BNA. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington, named Dec. 4 to lead the subcommittee, said rewriting the U.S. tax code is a little bit like police work: The reality on the ground changes as you respond to the call.
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House Approves $42 Billion Tax Break Package
USA Today
The U.S. House approved a short-term fix for dozens of expired tax breaks that would cost nearly $42 billion over the next decade. The Senate and White House have signaled they will not oppose the plan, which is on track for approval before Congress adjourns. The bill passed with overwhelming support, 378-46.
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Nobody Escapes US Taxes — Even Astronauts
Americans just cannot escape the Internal Revenue Service — even by strapping on a space suit and blasting themselves into outer space. Yes, that's right. Astronauts are on the hook to file taxes by April 15, even if they're orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth on a long-term mission.
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Bloomberg BNA Publishes Federal Tax Guide
Accounting Today
Bloomberg BNA has released the inaugural edition of the Bloomberg BNA 2015 Federal Tax Guide, a quick-reference guide for tax practitioners to help with preparing 2014 individual and business tax returns and 2015 planning. The over 1,300-page guide is available online and in print, and as part of the Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Year-end Gifting Rules Revisited (Accounting Today)
$1 Billion: That's How Much Walmart Avoids Paying in Taxes Each Year Through Loopholes (The Nation)
Are Criminals Outsmarting the IRS? (Forbes)
Future AAA-CPA Study Groups Announced (AAA-CPA)

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Dec. 10
31st Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and 4th National Institute on Tax Controversy

Dec. 11
Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits

Dec. 18
Study Group: The New AICPA Conflict of Interest Scheme

Dec. 19
Federal Tax Update for Individuals and Small Businesses

Jan. 8
13th Annual Northern New Jersey Working Together Conference

Jan. 13
AAA-CPA Luncheon in Conjunction With the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

Jan. 20
Study Group: Inherited IRAs — What Assets Are Safe?

Jan. 26
USC Gould Tax Institute

Jan. 27
Study Group: Community Property for the Migrating Client

Feb. 5
Study Group: International Operations of Partnerships

Feb. 10
Study Group: Overview of Nexus

Feb. 26
Study Group: Bad Debt Deductions and Sales Tax Compliance Best Practices

March 10
Study Group: Marketplace Fairness Act

June 30
2015 Annual Meeting & Education Conference

Nov. 11
2015 Fall Meeting & Education Conference

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