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Please note the AAA-CPA offices will be closed on Dec. 24-25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. We wish you and your families a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

Start of the new year with AAA-CPA at the 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. This program will provide 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. Attorney-CPAs, both members and nonmembers, are encouraged to attend and bring their families.

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.

Stop by the AAA-CPA booth for your chance to win a Kindle
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The AAA-CPA will be exhibiting at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Jan. 14-18, in Orlando, Fla. Stop by our booth (number 215) and enter your business card for a chance to win a Kindle. Also, don't forget to sign up for our free luncheon for members and prospects on Jan. 15. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Seeking attorney-CPA for Houston speaking engagment
The American Society of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants is a for-profit subsidiary of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants Inc. They are looking for an attorney-CPA to be part of a presentation of speakers in Houston at an event on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Hotel Granduca in the uptown (Galleria) area of Houston from 6-9 p.m.

Joe Cordell on the executive committee will be leading the presentation in Houston. He is looking for a Texas attorney-CPA who primarily practices as a CPA with a lot of experience in handling divorces. If one of you has anyone in mind that would be a good fit to present at this event, the AAA-CPA would appreciate it.

Getting Business Owners to Create a Succession Plan

Recent surveys indicate that most business owners do not have a succession plan. Learn how to motivate your business clients to engage in succession planning by attending this one-hour, complimentary Thought Leader Series webcast featuring estate planning expert Eric A. Manterfield, Esq. Brought to you by WealthCounsel. Register now.

For business owners, higher taxes could mean fewer new hires — Or more
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Every time President Barack Obama explains why he wants to increase taxes on the richest 2 percent, Republicans have a ready answer: Most small business owners file their taxes as individuals, and a rate hike would discourage them from hiring new workers. So when Obama visited the K'NEX factory in Pennsylvania recently to push for his tax plan, House Republicans countered with a campaign-style video, also featuring a Pennsylvania business. More

Service charge treatment compliance extended to 2014
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The Internal Revenue Service has given businesses an extra year to make sure they are compliant with new rules on how to treat service charges. The rules were released in the summer to help companies properly distinguish between tips and service charges. Businesses were originally expected to be in compliance by Jan. 1, but the IRS had also sought comment on whether that would give enough time for companies to modify their practices and change their systems. More

Mortgage break no longer sacred as US tightens tax belt
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The U.S. tax code has many politically sacrosanct tax breaks, and few rank higher than the deduction for home mortgage interest. For decades, politicians have feared even to speak its name, let alone debate putting limits on it, because of its status as a cherished mainstay of the American dream of home ownership. More

Despite economic rebound, fights over taxes, spending cuts and government role will carry into 2013
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The U.S. economy is slowly digging out of its deepest economic hole since the 1930s. And if nothing else, the next four years should be better than the last four. But American policymakers, newly re-elected President Barack Obama and a still-divided Congress could either speed that progress or derail it. More

Taxes on big gifts slated to soar
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Wealthy Americans are scrambling to transfer their riches before the end of the year when gift taxes are set to jump. Currently, gifts and estates of up to $5.12 million are exempt from taxes, but as part of the fiscal cliff, any bequest of more than $1 million will be taxed next year — and at a 55 percent rate (currently the rate is 35 percent). That will kick in unless Congress and the president agree to extend the current exemption or agree on a new one. More

CEOs: Alright, alright, raise our taxes
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The country's top business leaders are coming around. The Business Roundtable, an association of leading corporate executives, says it's OK with President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on the rich as part of a fiscal cliff deal. The announcement, which follows the White House meeting with a more than a dozen top bankers and financiers, is the latest sign that Obama is likely to get his way on the issue. More

Jan. 8
11th Annual Northern New Jersey Working Together Conference
2013 Federal Tax Landscape

Jan. 9
Northern California Chapter Networking Event

Jan. 10
State & Local Tax Appeals

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

Jan. 16
Effective Interview Techniques

Jan. 25
Southwestern Regional Education Conference

Feb. 14
Proposed Changes to Capital Lease Accounting

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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