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2013 M&A Surge Seen if Fiscal M&A Resolved —CBS Marketwatch

Deal Activity Will Likely See a Surge in 2013 if a Meaningful Deficit-Reduction Compromise Can Be Reached  Wallace Witkowski at Marketwatch reported in mid-December that deal activity will likely see a surge in 2013 if a meaningful deficit-reduction compromise can be reached.  Otherwise the market will remain stunted as it was in the past year.   Democrats and Republicans didn't come to a full agreement by ...

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Estate of Gallagher Tax Court Case is a Valuation Tutorial

The Tax Court Speaks Loudly and Firmly on the Responsibilities of Business Appraisers Hempstead & Co. has published "Estate of Gallagher is a Valuation Tutorial."  The article emphasizes the importance of providing the court with a clear and convincing explanation of the assumptions and arguments you have employed in carrying out a business appraisal. It discusses the recent Tax Court Memorandum opinion ...

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Federal Court Rules Against IRS Regulation of Tax Preparers — Journal of Accountancy

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday struck down the IRS’s registered tax return preparer program and enjoined it from enforcing the regulations Alistair M. Nevius at the Journal of Accountancy reports that a federal district court has struck down the Internal Revenue Service's registered tax return preparer program as exceeding the IRS' statutory authority. The court gran ...

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Health Law Pinches Colleges —Wall Street Journal

Some Schools Cut Hours of Hard-Pressed Adjuncts to Avoid Rules on Insurance Mark Peters and Douglas Belkin at the Wall Street Journal report that the federal health-care overhaul is prompting some colleges and universities to cut the hours of adjunct professors, renewing a debate about the pay and benefits of these freelance instructors who handle a significant share of teaching at U.S. higher-education ins ...

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Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law — Top Downloads: Premarital Agreements, Posthumous Conception, and “Occupy the Tax Code: Using the Income Tax to Reduce Inequity”

SSRN Journal of Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law — Top 10 Papers Downloaded Nov-January Include Pieces on Valuation Discounting, Tax-Deductible Conservation Easements,  and More The Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog reports  the top downloads from November 21, 2012 to January 20, 2013 from the SSRN Journal of Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law for all papers announced in the last 60 days.  Here are the to ...

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10 Overlooked Tax Breaks —Accounting Today, Bankrate.com

Sweet Tax Deductions for Individuals That Often Get Forgotten  With October 15 behind us and April 15 still comfortably far away, it’s a good time to start boning up on ways to save your clients money once things start getting serious. With that in mind, Bankrate.com identified 10 great deductions that individual taxpayers should use – but often forget.  Accounting Today passes on the good news.  Here's the ...

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New Appraisal Standards Approved for Higher-Risk Mortgages —Appraiser News, Bloomberg, Housing Wire, Mortgage News Daily, Appraisal Scoop, Real Estate Advantage

Rule Will Require a Second Appraisal in Situations Where a Home is Being Flipped for a Quick, Higher Resale  A new rule passed Jan. 15 gives mortgage lenders an additional year to institute appraisal standards for higher-risk loans, Bloomberg reported, and Appraiser News Online highlighted.  The extension is one of the revisions that regulators made to the Dodd-Frank Act to address concerns from financial f ...

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“Health Scare for Small Businesses” — WSJ Law Blog — Growing Trend — Stories in NYT, Economist, WaPo, CNN, Forbes, US News & World Report, The Hill, & More.

Ahead of the new health-care law, small firms worry about crossing the crucial 50-person threshold — and about rising premium rates  Emily Maltby at the WSJ Law blog reports on increasing concerns about the forthcoming healthcare laws among small business owners.  This seems to be a prominent issue and concern among small business owners, and has been noted in most every major media outlet in recent weeks, ...

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Afraid of Being Sued? 4 Ways to Keep Lawyers at Bay —Inc.com

Here are four surprising ways to protect yourself in a law suit and keep legal fees to a minimum. Kevin Daum at Inc. advises:  "Shakespeare said, "First kill all the lawyers." Maybe this seems a tad aggressive, but then again, for most people the last thing you look forward to is someone showing up at your door with a subpoena. Whether a lawsuit is business related or personal, the thought of engaging an at ...

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FAF Review Team On FASB Statement 131 Segment Reporting —MarketWatch

Some Stakeholders Suggest Improvements to Segment Reporting Information  A 1996 accounting standard established to improve the way public companies report financial information about their business segments generally achieves that purpose, although some stakeholders suggest improvements. That was the overall conclusion of the post-implementation review (PIR) of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) St ...

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What the New Tax Law Means for You and Your Clients —Accounting Web

Beyond The Fiscal Cliff:  Details to Act On Gail Perry at Accounting Web introduces a set of articles on the effect of the "fiscal cliff." A first article – New Tax Law Emerges Beyond the Fiscal Cliff – provides an overview of the key tax provisions that will affect your individual and business clients. It's followed by coverage of how the new law will impact federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping ta ...

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12 Metrics All CPAs Should Track —AICPA Insights

Consider Lifetime Client Value, Cost of Client Acquisition, and Retention Rate Is your CPA firm making the most of current relationships and doing all it can to expand into new ones?   While there are many metrics CPA firms use to evaluate quantitative performance, AICPA Insights suggests 12 metrics than can provide more qualitative feedback. These metrics can help CPA firms measure their reach with clients ...

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Manage Organizational Change Carefully, Avoiding Pitfalls —Practice Management Solutions

Engage Employees with Teamwork and Consensus; Look Beyond Your Own Industry, and Execute Carefully In a recent issue of the Financial Planning Association’s Practice Management Solutions, Paul R. Brown identifies important factors successful business owners pay careful attention to when managing substantial change in their organizations successfully. Here’s what to pay attention to. ...

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Rob Slee at MidasNation: “Economic Armageddon Day is Here!” —MidasNation

The U.S. Must Cut $800 or $900 billion From Our Annual Government Spending to Maintain Mid-term Economic Solvency.  And That's Just the Beginning.     Flooding the system with trillions of dollars and deficits has bought the U.S. economic stagnation, writes Rob Slee in an August 20, 2012 post at MidasNation.   "What a lost opportunity. One thing we learned in MidasNation over the past few years is that when ...

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2011 Goodwill Impairment Study —Duff & Phelps

In 2009 Duff & Phelps and the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) first published the results of their comprehensive Goodwill Impairment Study. The 2009 Study examined U.S. publicly-traded companies’ recognition of goodwill impairment at the height of the financial crisis (the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009), and featured a comparative analysis of the goodwill impairments for over 5,0 ...

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ValuSource Introduces: The Richest and Most Comprehensive Comparables on the Web: IBA Data, 24/7

The Richest and Most Comprehensive Comparables: IBA Data, 24/7. Log On Today. Business valuation has often been called an art, not a science. Revenue multiples are one key method; another is the use of comparables. Many valuators use both. KeyValueData offers NACVA members access to the IBA comparables, which are the richest and most comprehensive set of comparable available in the valuation world. Here’s a ...

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Did you see the news? NACVA has partnered with the American Institute of Expert Witnesses (AIEWE)

Did you see the news?  NACVA has partnered with the American Institute of Expert Witnesses (AIEWE), the organization dedicated to training and mentoring professionals in the art of delivering effective courtroom testimony, withstanding grueling cross-examination, and communicating persuasively to judges and juries. AIEWE courses will be offered through the Consultants’ Training Institute (CTI), NACVA’s trai ...

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