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June 4, 2013

Getting Ready for the Marketplace Fairness Act

It isn’t clear whether the House will follow the lead of the Senate and pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, the legislation requiring online vendors to collect sales taxes from their customers, but it’s still a good idea for clients who are e-commerce merchants to prepare themselves for changes in the tax laws.

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May 31, 2013

U.N. Encourages Corporate Sustainability Reporting

The United Nations has issued a report from a high-level panel tasked with developing a post-2015 development agenda in which it calls for all companies to include corporate sustainability reports with their financial reports.

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May 30, 2013

PCAOB Deal with China Seen as Just the First Step

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s long-awaited agreement with Chinese authorities doesn’t really give the PCAOB everything it has been seeking, such as the ability to inspect auditing firms in China, but it does take the PCAOB closer to its eventual goal.

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May 28, 2013

Former FASB Chairman Herz Sees Advances in Private Company Reporting

Robert Herz, the former chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, stopped by the Accounting Today offices last week to talk about his new book, “Accounting Changes,” and film a video interview.

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May 23, 2013

IRS Releases More Draft FATCA Forms for Comment

The Internal Revenue Service has released for public comment draft versions of three forms for complying with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA.

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May 21, 2013

AICPA Aims for Greater Diversity in Accounting

The American Institute of CPAs has created a National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion that has been working to address the disparities in representation of minorities in the accounting profession.

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May 13, 2013

Tax Fairness Coalition Issues Twitter Challenge to Grover Norquist

On the heels of a new Twitter page and Web site for tax reform launched by the leaders of Congress’s two main tax committees, a coalition of advocacy groups has issued a Twitter challenge to Grover Norquist’s influential lobbying group, Americans for Tax Reform.

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May 10, 2013

CPACA Releases Succession Planning Video and Study

The CPA Consultants' Alliance has produced an animated video to accompany a research study on CPA firms’ challenges when their leaders contemplate succession planning.

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May 9, 2013

New Jersey CPA Shows off His Unusual “Crib”

For Martin Abo, home decorating might mean a trip to the local novelty shop.

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May 6, 2013

Government Reduces Man’s Tax Refund Because of Social Security Overpayment in 1971 to His Mother

A strange story of bureaucratic overzealousness emerged in Florida last week when a local media outlet reported that a Jacksonville man had his tax refund cut by $895 because the Social Security Administration found it had overpaid his now-deceased mother by that amount 42 years ago.

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