Berlusconi Sentenced For Tax Fraud, On Trial For Sex Crimes

Che scandalo! It feels like something out of a Hollywood movie: a once powerful world leader in court on a series of charges including tax fraud, sex crimes and a police cover-up, a Moroccan dancer as the victim and the hunky actor, George Clooney as a potential witness (honestly, how many times do you see … Read more

More On Romney’s Tax Returns

Here’s the thing about taxes: every bit of our current tax policy offers some insight into our collective approach to social behavior. Specifically, a lot of tax focuses on what we value – and why. It’s why I find tax policy so fascinating and why the tax geeks among us continue to hone in on … Read more

IRS Commissioner To Step Down Following Presidential Election

As expected, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Doug Shulman, the 47th commissioner to serve, has officially announced his plans to step down at the end of his term. That makes November 9, 2012, his last day in office. Shulman has served as IRS Commissioner since March 24, 2008. Shulman had already indicated earlier in the … Read more

What The VP Debate Taught Us About Romney/Ryan – And Didn’t Tell Us About Tax

Two minutes isn’t a lot of time to talk about taxes. It’s even less time when you’re trying to get in zingers and tout your platform. That’s what makes debates both fun and frustrating. During the Vice Presidential debate, VP hopeful Paul Ryan referred to his tax plan but didn’t offer any specifics. There was … Read more

Getting To Know You Tuesday: Christopher J. Wittich

This week, we head out to the midwest to meet our tax pro. Christopher J. Wittich is a supervisor in the tax department at Boyum & Barenscheer PLLP with offices in Minnesota (see how I totally didn’t mention the Vikings there and I could have?). Christopher also blogs for the firm at www.BoyBarCPA.com/blog. Here’s what … Read more

Getting To Know You Tuesday: Dr. Casey Carder

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite bits about the GTKYT series is that it runs the gamut from attorneys to accountants to enrolled agents from all over the world and all stages of career life. This week is no different. I’m happy to introduce Dr. Casey Carder who is the Deputy Director for … Read more

Judge Wants Tax Increase To Defend Against (Possible) Civil War

In Lubbock County, Texas, there’s talk of a tax increase. The increase is to be 1.7 cents per $100 for the next fiscal year, boosting the rate to 34.6 cents from the current rate of 32.9458 cents. The increases have been touted for a number of reasons. This week, on Fox TV, Lubbock County Judge … Read more

Getting To Know You Tuesday: Jennifer L. Lamb

One of the things that I love about being able to do this series is that it runs the gamut from attorneys to accountants to enrolled agents from all over the world and all stages of career life. This week, I get to focus on a relative “newbie”, Jennifer L. Lamb, CPA. Jennifer got her … Read more

Getting To Know You Tuesday: Scott Kregel

I hate to fly. I hate the whole waiting in lines and getting jostled about like cattle and being treated fairly poorly by folks who sometimes make me wonder how they actually managed to land a job with that particular set of social skills (yes, I’m talking to you, cranky TSA woman at the Chicago … Read more

Getting To Know You Tuesday: Bree G. Vopelak

I’m not the only tax professional hooked on the Olympics this year. The next tax pro in my Getting to Know You Tuesday series, Bree G. Vopelak, has copped to watching the trials earlier in the season. When not cheering on Team USA, she works at a law firm, Hamilton | Vopelak P.C., in Grapevine, … Read more