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  • Pulitzer Prize­-Winning Journalist Argues for Renewed Prosecution of Individuals Responsible for Financial Crimes

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 27, 2018
    Jesse Eisinger, in his most recent book, The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, laments the current state of the Department of Justice’s fight against white-collar crime, particularly in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis—a far cry from the DOJ’s rapid response to financial fraud scandals like Enron and WorldCom in the early 2000s. Eisinger took the time to talk to The Trusted Professional about what’s changed since the early 2000s and how authorities can once more pick up the fight against high-level financial crimes. The following Q&A has been edited for length and clarity.
  • TIGTA Says IRS Business Identity Theft Protection Has Hole: Employment Taxes

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 27, 2018
    Since business identity theft was first identified as an issue in 2015, the IRS has implemented a number of filters to detect and prevent it, but the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says that there is a gaping hole in the process, as forms for employment tax returns do not get the same level of scrutiny. 
  • Proposed IRS Guidance Nixes Charitable Deductions as SALT Cap Workaround

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 24, 2018
    The IRS has released proposed guidance that, if implemented, would effectively nullify the use of charitable contributions to get around the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • SEC Enforcement Against Auditors Drops, But PCAOB Action Has Surged

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 24, 2018
    Enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission against auditors have declined to a three-year low, but at the same time, enforcement by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which the SEC oversees, has reached historic highs. 
  • SEC Declares Mulligan for Dozens of Cases After SCOTUS Ruling

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 23, 2018
    The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to retry dozens of cases that had been heard before administrative law judges in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that found that the way the judges had been appointed was unconstitutional. 
  • IRS Announces Newer, More Secure Tax Transcripts

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 23, 2018
    The IRS announced that it is introducing a new format for individual tax transcripts that, it says, will be less vulnerable to identity theft. 
  • Supreme Court’s Internet Sales Tax Ruling Creates Compliance Hurdles for Many Retailers

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 22, 2018

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that a state government can require retailers to collect sales tax even if they have no physical presence in the state overturns decades of precedent and exposes online merchants to a complex web of compliance decisions. 

  • CPAs See Proposed W-4 as ‘Invasive’ and a Burden on Employers

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 22, 2018

    A new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, proposed by the IRS in June, asks for potentially sensitive personal financial information, leading some preparers to view it as a needlessly complicated violation of taxpayer privacy.

  • Proposed 1040 Is Postcard-Sized, but Attached Schedules Retain Complexity

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 22, 2018

    A proposed change to the Form 1040, designed to make filing taxes easier, might paradoxically complicate the process for certain taxpayers. Released in late June, the new form is physically smaller than the current one, as the Treasury Department said it is meant to be the size of a postcard. But in order to fit onto the postcard-sized space, more than half of the 78 line items on the current Form 1040 would be moved to six separate schedules that would need to be attached to the new form.

  • CPA Exam Results Show NYS With Second Highest Number of Exam Sections Taken

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 22, 2018
    New York state, in 2017, had the second highest number of CPA exam sections taken at 30,123, just a little bit behind the number one state, California, which had 31,695.