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National Rifle Association sues Seattle over ‘gun violence’ tax

National Rifle Association sues Seattle over ‘gun violence’ tax

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups sued Seattle on Monday over a new tax on firearms and ammunition sales, arguing the city had violated a Washington state law barring municipalities from enacting local firearms regulations. Earlier this month, Seattle City Council unanimously approved a “gun violence tax” on sellers of firearms […]

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Puerto Rico’s PREPA to ask creditors to take some pain

Puerto Rico’s PREPA to ask creditors to take some pain

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Puerto Rico’s debt-ridden power authority PREPA is expected to ask bondholders to take some pain as part of a turnaround plan it will present to creditors on Monday, kicking off what could be heated negotiations over terms, sources familiar with the situation said. PREPA and its creditors must reach agreement quickly […]

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Disaster victims in Florida and more disaster victims in Mississippi qualify for tax relief

Disaster victims in Florida and more disaster victims in Mississippi qualify for tax relief

IRS has announced on its website that victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that began on Apr. 28, 2014 in counties of Florida that are designated as federal disaster areas qualifying for individual assistance, and that additional victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began on Apr. 28, 2014 […]

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Disaster victims in Alabama and more disaster victims in Arkansas qualify for tax relief

Disaster victims in Alabama and more disaster victims in Arkansas qualify for tax relief

IRS has announced on its website that victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that began on Apr. 28, 2014 in counties of Alabama that are designated as federal disaster areas qualifying for individual assistance, and that additional victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began on Apr. 27, 2014 […]

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Disaster victims in Arkansas and Mississippi qualify for tax relief

Disaster victims in Arkansas and Mississippi qualify for tax relief

IRS has announced on its website that victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in counties of Arkansas and Mississippi that are designated as federal disaster areas qualifying for individual assistance have more time to make tax payments and file returns. Certain other time-sensitive acts also are postponed. This article summarizes the relief that’s […]

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Washington state lawmakers pass tax breaks, aiming to win Boeing work

Washington state lawmakers pass tax breaks, aiming to win Boeing work

As reported in Reuters, Washington state lawmakers pass tax breaks, aiming to win Boeing work, OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – The Washington state legislature passed a measure to extend nearly $9 billion in tax breaks for Boeing through 2040 in an embattled effort to entice the company to locate production of its newest jet, the 777X, […]

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Employers in 13 states will face higher 2013 FUTA rates

Employers in 13 states will face higher 2013 FUTA rates

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the final list of states for which employers will not be eligible to claim the maximum amount of state unemployment tax credits on their 2013 federal unemployment (FUTA) tax return because the state has had an outstanding federal unemployment insurance (UI) loan for at least two years. […]

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State Parole Boards Use Software to Decide Which Inmates to Release

State Parole Boards Use Software to Decide Which Inmates to Release

As reported in the WS Journal, State Parole Boards Use Software to Decide Which Inmates to Release. At the age of 13, Michael T. Murphy went into the woods near his home in rural New York with the 10-year-old boy who lived next door and stabbed him to death. Last year, having rejected Mr. Murphy’s […]

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States’ online ‘Amazon tax’ fight may land in U.S. Supreme Court -lawyers

States’ online ‘Amazon tax’ fight may land in U.S. Supreme Court -lawyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Diverging high court rulings in New York and Illinois over ‘Amazon taxes’ point to a possible U.S. Supreme Court case to settle questions about the legality of states taxing online retail sales, lawyers said on Monday. With Congress failing to take action on the issue, courts have been intervening case-by-case in a […]

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IRS adopts “state of celebration” rule in recognizing same-sex marriages: IR 2013-72; Rev Rul 2013-17, 2013-38 IRB

IRS adopts “state of celebration” rule in recognizing same-sex marriages:  IR 2013-72; Rev Rul 2013-17, 2013-38 IRB

We blogged that “Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes; Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples.” This blog expands on that announcement. In IR 2013-72; Rev Rul 2013-17, 2013-38 IRB, IRS has issued much anticipated guidance explaining the […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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