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Latest Articles

  • Gensler: SEC Prepared to Defend Final Climate Disclosure Rule in Court, if Necessary

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 14, 2024
    As the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) prepares to issue its final rule on climate disclosures, Chair Gary Gensler said that potential lawsuits challenging the rule would be part of the democratic process.
  • Taxpayers Should Look out for Seven Warning Signs of Bad Employee Retention Credit Claims

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 14, 2024
    As has been well-documented by now, the IRS has been coping with fraudulent claims for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), going so far as to announce a moratorium on processing claims last year. As it works toward resolving the issues surrounding the ERC, the IRS has shared seven warning signs of an incorrect ERC claim.
  • Proposed Bill Would End Federal Taxation of Social Security Benefits

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 13, 2024
    Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) has introduced a bill to eliminate federal taxes on Social Security income, beginning in 2025.
  • House Bipartisan Tax Bill May Change in the Senate

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 13, 2024
    The tax legislation passed by the House of Representatives last month contained extended tax breaks for businesses and an enhanced child tax credit for millions of lower-income families, but the latter may be changed when the Senate takes up the bill.
  • AICPA's Melancon Discusses Pipeline Challenges and Pending Tax Changes

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 12, 2024

    In his annual speech to the Accountants Club of America on Feb. 1, AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon presented an overview of the accounting profession, including some of its challenges, as well as a summary of pending tax legislation.

  • Study: 150-Hour Rule Presents Barrier to Minority CPA Candidates

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 12, 2024
    The 150-hour requirement for obtaining a CPA license has led to a 26 percent decline in entry of minority CPAs, a research study found.
  • Tax Bill Ending Employee Retention Credit Could Affect Some Financial Advisers

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 12, 2024
    A bipartisan tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month would be paid for by ending the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) and increasing penalties against promoters involved with submitting faulty ERC claims, and those two changes could affect some financial advisers.
  • Regulatory Roundup: February 6-12

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 12, 2024

    With so many regulators out there, it can be tough to keep track of all the decisions being made. This is the NYSSCPA's regular series that collects relevant regulatory announcements from the past week and puts them in one place to help you stay on top of the issues.

  • CBO: Debt Ceiling Deal Will Reduce Growth of Deficit by $1.4 Trillion Over Next Decade

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 9, 2024
    The agreement on the debt ceiling that was struck in May by President Joe Biden and then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy of the U.S. House of Representatives will help slow the growth in the federal deficit by roughly $1.4 trillion over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported.
  • IRS Warns Tax Pros of Scams Targeting EFINs

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Feb 9, 2024

    The IRS and its Security Summit partners have raised an alert about fraudulent mails that impersonate various software companies in an attempt to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs).