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Accounting Today Announces Top 100 Firms
Accounting Today recently announced its Top 100 Firms. The top firms in the Gulf Coast region (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi) – with a total revenue of $816.56 million and an average firm growth of 5.8% – were: Carr,...
What To Know About Taxes And Health Care
It has caused a lot of taxpayers who enrolled in the Affordable Care Act some confusion and has even affected people who have private insurance. However, with this added confusion, there are some things people need to know. First, if you have...
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Four to Continuing Care Advisory Council
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced one appointment and three reappointments to the Continuing Care Advisory Council. Marshall “Trey” Gunn II, 30, of Jacksonville, is a partner at Gunn Chamberlain. He succeeds Dennis Schelper...
Tax Refund Service Signs Promise Big Returns, But Do They Deliver?
OCOEE – Tax refund signs are all over, promising big money returns, especially if you’re claiming children Twenty-five-year-old Kelly Stephenson has two kids and says, "If you had two kids they said they can get you, like, $5,000."
A Special Announcement for the USF Muma College of Business
Dear Friend of USF, The University of South Florida announced today that its School of Accountancy will be named for Lynn Pippenger, a long-time supporter. The change was made official this morning by a vote of the USF Board of Trustees. The...
Falsifying Income To Claim Tax Credits Hits The IRS "Dirty Dozen" List Of Tax Scams For The 2015 Filing Season
The Internal Revenue Service recently warned taxpayers a-bout schemes to erroneously claim tax credits is on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” again for the 2015 filing season. “Scam artists don’t...
IRS Offers Extra Fraud Protection - But Only to a Few
Starting this year, most taxpayers in three areas that have seen high levels of tax-related identity theft—Florida, Georgia and Washington, D.C.—are eligible for an extra layer of protection from the Internal Revenue Service. People...
CPA Firm Administrators Wear Many Hats
Thirty-five years ago, Celia Cue was the first hire at Miami CPA firm Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants. During those early years, Celia did a little bit of everything while serving as administrative assistant to firm CEO Richard...
The 'Dirty Dozen' Tax Scams to Avoid
The IRS recently released its "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, and phone calls from scammers posing as IRS agents top the list. Fake emails or phishing schemes, identity theft and tax return preparer fraud followed...
IRS Launches Directory of Tax-return Preparers
The IRS today announced the launch of a new online public directory of tax-return preparers. The searchable Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications (the Directory) on IRS.gov will help taxpayers find a...
2014 MAP Survey: CPA Firms Show Modest Growth
Mirroring the broader economy, results of the biennial National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey show that in 2013 CPA firms experienced modest growth over the prior year. The survey, which is conducted by the AICPA’s...
IRS Issues Warning As Tax Season Begins
With tax season arriving, people may be planning to hire someone to prepare their returns for you. The IRS urges you to be cautious when hiring a preparer, because some have scammed victims out of refunds or even stolen their identities.
10 Things To Know About Scott's Budget Proposal
Gov. Rick Scott is calling it his "Keep Florida Working" budget, a $77 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year that he presented at a forum Wednesday at the State Capitol.
New Bill Removes 'hidden' Florida Sales Tax, Could Save Consumers $140m A Year
A small change in a huge number in financial transactions, like those going on every day in Florida, can result in millions of dollars saved over an average year.
Turbotax's Database Knows Your Secrets
TurboTax customers are already outraged with a stealth 50% price hike in the software this year. But more secrets are coming out that might be equally surprising to some.
IRS Offers Identity Theft Protection, Sort Of
If you are worried about tax-related identity theft, and you should be, you might want to think about getting an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) from the IRS. The six-digit number, once it is assigned, must be used...
Offseason Tax Site A Refuge For Errant Taxpayers
Choose wisely, the Internal Revenue Services warns. The small band of volunteers who help taxpayers at a downtown St. Petersburg social service agency have seen it all, including those victimized by unscrupulous preparers, some peddling their...
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Board of Accountancy
Today,Governor Rick Scott announced three reappointments to the Board of Accountancy. David Dennis, 57, of Longwood, is a partner with KPMG LLP. He is reappointed for a term beginning January 15, 2015, and ending October 31, 2018. Martin Fennema,...
Retirement: What The New Congress Has In Store
Exactly what do they have in store for older Americans and retirees? Are changes to Social Security and Medicare on the table, as some activists wonder? And, are changes in store for the tax advantages of our retirement savings accounts, like...