In the blogs: Obamacare up in the air

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The implications of delaying ACA repeal, getting media exposure during filing season, and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers.

Reform school

  • Tax Vox (http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org): A look at the tax reform implications of delaying ACA repeal – the latter itself a concept with “significant implications for a big 2017 tax bill.”
  • Tax Analysts (http://www.taxanalysts.org/tax-analysts-blog): And another thing: “Reform is in the eye of the beholder.” That’s followed by one of our favorite lines of the week, “The elements of any given effort at tax reform resemble a tub of Play-Doh, before the stuff becomes an actual thing. What ultimately emerges from the pliable, sweet-smelling goo depends on the vision and skill of the crafters.”

Here’s how

  • IRS Problem Solver (http://www.getirshelp.com/irsblog/): Part one of a look at good marketing ideas for small accounting firms, starting with a key question: “How successful do you want to be in your tax career?”
  • H&R Block (http://blogs.hrblock.com/): Wouldn’t at least some of your clients like to have put away a grand by the end of 2017? Here’s how to help them.
  • Solutions for CPA Firm Leaders (http://ritakeller.com/blog/): You’ve probably already fixed a destination for your practice such as going truly paperless, but making a living being what it is, something always distracts you. Here’s how to remember to stay focused.
  • Taxjar (http://blog.taxjar.com/): How to make e-mail marketing automation work for your practice.
  • Sageworks (https://www.sageworks.com/blog/default.aspx): Exactly what does it mean to be an entrepreneurial accountant?
  • Intuit Proconnect (http://taxprocenter.proconnect.intuit.com/): Tax Pro Andrew Poulos offers his opinions on “How to Get Media Exposure During Tax Season.”
  • Liberty Tax (https://www.libertytax.com/tax-lounge/): Seven tax-saving tactics to pass on to clients. Remember: They never listen the first time.

Trickling down

  • Procedurally Taxing (http://www.procedurallytaxing.com/): Guest blogger Carl Smith analyzes the 7th Circuit’s recent opinion in Tilden v. Comm’r. The opinion discusses two issues: whether the time to file a petition in Tax Court in a deficiency case is jurisdictional, and the proper application of the timely mailing regulations.
  • Mauled Again (http://mauledagain.blogspot.com/): This week’s entry opens with the Facebook meme: “Put $100 in the hands of a poor person, and that person will spend it because that person needs to do so. Put the $100 in the hands of a rich person, and the rich person doesn’t do anything, because that person doesn’t need to do anything.” In short, “Who Pays the Price for Trickle-Down Tax Policy Failures?
  • Rubin on Tax (http://rubinontax.blogspot.com/): A look at a recent private letter ruling determining that a large grant at the time a new organization had begun operations qualified as an unusual grant.
  • Summing It Up (http://blog.freedmaxick.com/summing-it-up): How FASB’s recent ASU 2016-16 “adds transparency and simplifies reporting” to the prescribed method of accounting for income taxes on the sale of assets between affiliated companies.


Last call

  • Due Diligence (http://www.mahanyertl.com/mahanyertl/): In this week’s collection: “Ocwen’s Newest Lie?”; “ ‘Banks Pump Up?’ So Do Whistleblower Lawyers!”; “FCPA Foreign Bribery Active Investigations – Last Call for Whistleblowers”; “Kaiser Health News”; “First Loan Officers, Now PNC Asst. Managers Win FLSA Suit”; “When Whistleblowers Do Things Their Way”; and “Freedom Mortgage Found Guilty of Defrauding Homeowner.”
  • ClientWhys (http://www.clientwhys.com/blog.iml): Tax pros are the target of the latest phishing scam in which crooks ask for help preparing a return or with a similar service. Do not visit the site, do not log in and do not provide legitimate details.
  • Federal Tax Crimes (http://federaltaxcrimes.blogspot.com/): Nuggets from the IRS Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report to Congress, including amounts collected – which, believe it or not, may be low compared with future years now in the pipeline.
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