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May 28, 2015 - 11:57 AM EDT
The IRS Fails at Job One
by Christopher Bergin
This week we learned that criminals raided the IRS’s online Get Transcript service 200,000 times between mid-February and mid-May, gaining unauthorized access to about 104,000 taxpayers’ accounts. This is obviously a small percentage of all taxpayers, but it is also more than a simple data heist.
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May 27, 2015 - 8:53 AM EDT
Scalia Is Right
by David Brunori
Justice Antonin Scalia issued a scathing dissent in the Wynne case last week; he was right.
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May 20, 2015 - 3:32 PM EDT
Republicans Should Embrace the Gas Tax – After All, They Invented It
by Joseph J. Thorndike
The Highway Trust Fund is about to run out of money. Again. This manufactured crisis may be Washington’s most regular – and predictable – demonstration of failure.
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May 20, 2015 - 12:33 PM EDT
Tax Reform Laboratories
by Cara Griffith
States truly are laboratories for tax reform. Ideas are proposed, debated, discarded, and occasionally enacted.
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May 19, 2015 - 12:40 PM EDT
Hawkins Casts Powerful Shadow Over OPR
by Jeremy Scott
Karen Hawkins will probably always face at least some criticism because of the overreach of the preparer regime, and some accusations that she was too favorable to the large practitioner groups such as the ABA and the AICPA. But she should more properly be remembered as the person who brought coherence to IRS Circular 230 enforcement and essentially rebuilt OPR from scratch.
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May 18, 2015 - 1:00 PM EDT
As in Florida, Rubio Pursues 'Big, Hairy' Goals in the U.S. Senate
by Martin A. Sullivan
Sen. Marco Rubio fought and lost his battle for sweeping property tax relief in Florida. But he continues to think big and continues to challenge fellow Republicans on tax policy.
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April 24, 2015 - 8:46 AM EDT
Bernie Sanders: Swimming Against the Tide
by Robert Goulder
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to eliminate tax subsidies for big business, but he faces an uphill challenge.
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September 19, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Renouncing the Dogma of Surrey’s Infallibility
by Ajay Gupta
Treasury’s export of Stanley Surrey’s arm’s-length standard was perhaps the most successful case of ideological conversion in the arena of international tax policy. Even as the United States inches away from that construct, the OECD clings to it with a zeal befitting a convert. Treasury may very well have to renounce the dogma of Surrey’s infallibility before true reform in the global transfer pricing regime can take place.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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For Friday, May 29, 2015

Departure From Continuous Audits Creates Penalty Avoidance Worry

IRS Defends Guidance on Acquisition of Reinsurance Business

Don't Expect Insurance Guidance Before End of June, Hubbard Says

Official Questions Treatment of U.S. on OECD Reporting Standard

Former Territory Manager Discusses Transfer Pricing Changes

Finance Committee's Small-Bore Tax Bills Stall in Senate

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MTC Cites Wynne in Texas Compact Case

New England Region Imposed the Highest Property Taxes in 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Reject Another Budget Fix

Arizona DOR Working to Meet Sales Tax Reform Deadline

California BOE Approves New State-Assessed Property Tax Values

New Jersey Lawmakers Propose Tax Breaks for Bitcoin Industry

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U.S. Announces Non-Prosecution Agreements With 4 More Swiss Banks

Italian Court Indicts Bulgari Scions for Tax Evasion

Ukraine Lists New Low-Tax Jurisdictions for Transfer Pricing Purposes

Slovakia Issues Transfer Pricing Documentation Guidelines

Bahrain, Portugal Sign Tax Treaty

Netherlands Approves Ratification of Tax Treaty With Germany

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May 29, 2015
Finance Committee's Small-Bore Tax Bills Stall in Senate
by Stephen K. Cooper
Seventeen pieces of small-bore tax legislation passed by the Senate Finance Committee in February are awaiting approval from Senate leadership to move ahead while the Senate has debated weightier matters such as trade, executive nominations, and foreign policy.

May 28, 2015
104,000 Taxpayer Transcripts Stolen in Data Theft, Koskinen Says
by William Hoffman
Criminals using personal identifying information from outside sources raided the IRS's online Get Transcript application 200,000 times between mid-February and mid-May, gaining unauthorized access to about 104,000 taxpayers' accounts, Commissioner John Koskinen announced during a call with reporters May 26.

May 28, 2015
Pataki's Tax Cuts: Did the Shine Come Off?
by Paul C. Barton
During his last year in office in 2006, former New York Gov. George Pataki said at a press conference, "I've never met a tax cut I don't like," describing a tax cutting career the nation will likely hear plenty about if Pataki, as expected, enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on May 28.

May 26, 2015
You Know Scalia's Right
by David Brunori
In this viewpoint, Brunori dissects Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent on the dormant commerce clause from last week's Wynne decision.

May 26, 2015
SALT Community Reacts to Michigan Judge's IBM Order
by Amy Hamilton
In A Sharper Focus, senior reporter Amy Hamilton asks practitioners and a former chair of the Multistate Tax Commission about the significance of a trial court judge's order applying Michigan's retroactive repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact to IBM Corp.

May 20, 2015
IRS Announces Spinoff Ruling Pause; Yahoo Implicated?
by Amy S. Elliott
The IRS Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) announced May 19 that it may hold in abeyance any new letter ruling requests involving some section 355 tax-free spinoff active trade or business requirement questions while it studies how much active trade or business is enough.

May 19, 2015
Hawkins to Retire as OPR Director
by William R. Davis
IRS Office of Professional Responsibility Director Karen Hawkins on May 6 announced that she will resign effective July 11, 2015, marking an end to her six-year tenure at the position.

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