Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 23

Federal Court Overturns IRS Tax Preparer Program

Effective August 12, 2011, the IRS required all tax return preparers who prepare and file tax returns for a fee to (i) pass an exam, (ii) pay an annual fee, and (iii) do 15 hours of continuing education each year [see: IRS Regulations].  Attorneys, CPA’s and Enrolled Agents were exempt from this new regulation.  The …

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Jan 21

Please stop capitalizing “the internet”

A mild dispute with a colleague over capitalizing “internet” led me to grammargirl.com, which explained why “internet”, as in, “I found it on the internet”, should be capitalized. Grammar Girl states: “Most language experts including the Associated Press and the editors of the Chicago Manual of Style and the Yahoo Style Guide, believe the Internet …

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Jan 11

Expired Payroll Tax Cut “Holiday”: New Survey Data Indicates Not Good News for the Economy

Despite both Congress’ and the White House’s constant rhetoric of “maintaining current tax rates for a majority of working Americans during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, most working Americans are now taking home less pay as a result of the new 2013 legislation.  The two-year 2011-2012 payroll tax “holiday” failed to make its way into the final …

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Jan 06

First Statistics on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) just released its first annual report of the “Securities Whistleblower Incentives and Protection” (Section 922) created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka “Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program”).  To reportedly encourage employees to report complaints without fear of retaliation by their employer (e.g., getting fired), the …

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Jan 03

Signs of Sanity in the Fed?

The minutes from the most recent December FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting were made public today, and revealed a potential light at the end of a seemingly endless dark tunnel.  Although more quantitative easing was supported in the meeting (aka QE4-Ever), the minutes unveiled that more than the usual lone dissenter expressed concerns and …

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Jan 02

Twitter Activity Believed to Have Negatively Impacted Damage Award

Attorneys in a recent case related to injuries stemming from a car accident are blaming the reduced damage award on the plaintiff’s Twitter activity.  In the case of Daniels vs. Atlanta Refrigeration, Ms. Daniels sought over $1 million, including about $800,000 for pain and suffering and $300,000 in diminished earning capacity and medical expenses related to a …

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Jan 01

Actress Claims Lost Profits Damages from IMDb Revealing Her True Age

An actress’ age is often a well guarded secret. Whether it is also covered under privacy laws is the subject of current litigation between Huong Hoang (aka Junie Hoang for acting purposes) and IMDb, the Internet Movie Database used by many in Hollywood to view an industry player’s profile, resume, photos and filmography.  In Ms. …

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