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October 11, 2012
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Questions about tax reform for the 2012 presidential candidates
By Annette Nellen, CPA, Esq.
Now that we are in the midst of the presidential debates, what questions should we ask the presidential candidates to gain a better understanding of their tax reform plans?
IRS eases rules on written advice on tax shelters
By Thomas R. Wechter, J.D.
IRS proposes revoking the covered opinion rules in Circular 230 and substituting new rules for written advice.
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Preparing Your Client for the 2013 Tax Increases: Tools, Tips, and Tactics
The Tax Adviser magazine
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Recent developments in estate planning: Part II
By Justin P. Ransome, J.D., CPA, and Frances Schafer, J.D./The Tax Adviser
This article examines developments in estate planning and compliance between June 2011 and May 2012.
Plan now for inside buyouts
By Scott D. Miller, CPA/ABV/Journal of Accountancy
Business owners and their advisers must weigh consequences, tax cliff or not, when considering a sale.
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Special per diem rates updated for 2012–2013
The IRS issued the annual update of special per diem rates for use in substantiating certain business expenses taxpayers incur when traveling away from home.
IRS issues interim ITIN procedures for 2011 tax returns on extension
The IRS posted special instructions for certifying acceptance agents to use when assisting taxpayers with individual taxpayer identification numbers.
TIGTA shines light on large tax delinquencies of federal government agencies
A report highlights the problem of federal government agencies that are delinquent in paying their employment taxes.
Draft instructions to Form 706 provide guidance on portability election
Election is made by the executor of the deceased spouse's estate, Form 706 must be filed to make the election, and even estates that would not otherwise be required to file must file to make the election.
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  Inside Buyout Basics and the Tax Cliff—A Timely Combination (A Journal of Accountancy Webcast)
Various buyout types can help sellers avoid a possible sharp increase in capital gains taxes by executing the sale before Jan. 1, 2013. In this webcast, Scott D. Miller, CPA/ABV, president of Enterprise Services Inc., will discuss buyout structures and their tax implications for your clients. Discount for Tax Section members.
  AICPA National Tax Conference
The AICPA National Tax Conference occurs one day after the presidential election and will address the election results and what they mean to you and your tax clients. Prominent national tax professionals and government leaders offer sessions that will provide information on expiring and likely legislation, the deficits, international competitiveness of U.S. firms, and the increasingly large tax gap. Nov. 7–8, 2012, Washington.
  AICPA Sophisticated Tax Planning for Your Wealthy Clients (conference)
Learn the latest techniques to help your wealthy clients retain, accumulate, and transfer wealth. Experts, hand-picked by Sid Kess, will share cutting-edge strategies and changing government regulations that affect your wealthy clients. Oct. 22–23, 2012, New York.
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CPA News to Know
1 PTIN information release concerns aired
1 What can CPAs do about tax identity theft?
1 Tax Court defines gross receipts for the research credit
1 AICPA urges Congress to quickly fix tax cliff
Building your practice on the golf course
Joan Pharr, CPA, CGMA, with some advice on building relationships with clients on the golf course.

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