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As the temperatures start to rise in July 2012, so does Congressional posturing over the future of federal tax policy. Both the Democrats and the Republicans are on record as being in favor of tax reform, but they remain far apart on just what type of reform is best for the country. This issue will highlight some of the present differences in their respective tax reform visions as demonstrated by the bills they have most recently introduced. We will also discuss the increase in Medicare taxes facing many Americans beginning in 2013, now that, at least for the present, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as the 2010 Health Care Reform Act) is still with us, based on the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Act's constitutionality.

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UHY Advisors' David Barton, an expert on information security issues, talks with Atlanta's WBS Fox 5 News about the DNSChanger virus.

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June 26, 2012 – UHY Advisors' principal David Barton talks with WSB Radio's Pete Combs about data mining and online marketing in relation to the news that Orbitz directs users on Macs to higher-pricing hotels than PC users.

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June 2012 was another relatively quiet month on the Tax front. The principal developments involved (1) an unexpected, but welcomed, relaxation of the rules that the IRS follows in evaluating Offers in Compromise, (2) ASPPA's opinion that any fundamental tax reform, or even tax reform aimed at taxing tax-qualified retirement contributions, will probably not happen in 2012, and (3) a proposal by the Republicans to make Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts more taxpayer friendly. These developments are discussed below:

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May 2012 was relatively quiet on the Tax front. There were, however, some important developments worth noting, specifically regarding (1) the new health care law, (2) distributions from IRAs, (3) the new 3.8% Medicare Tax, (4) the Republicans stated intention of extending for at least another year the “Bush Tax Cuts, and (5) proposed legislation restricting the ability of states to subject non-residents to their state income tax:

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Please join us for this quick hitting lunch hour geared towards petroleum and c-store business owners, chief executives and chief financial officers. Tune in as our experts address current trends in M&A activity affecting the industry and you. Webinar will conclude with an open discussion.

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UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

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UHY strengthens presence in EMEA as firm in Tunisia joins the network

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Increase in Business Startups Over 40 Times Faster in BRIC Countries Than Other Nations, Study Finds

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April 2012 saw a dramatic decline in any meaningful discussion of fundamental tax reform. Congress was nevertheless active in attempting to enact incremental tax law changes. First up were efforts to curtail various tax breaks now enjoyed by the oil industry. Next on the Congressional agenda was consideration of Representative Eric Cantor's (R-VA) "Small Business Tax Cut Act," discussed in last month's Newsletter. This legislation would give certain small businesses a tax deduction of up to 20% of the business' active income. The Senate's Democrats countered with their own small business tax cut bill, the "Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act of 2012." And, Democrats in the Senate are trying to advance President Obama's "Buffett Rule" through the "Paying A Fair Share Act" (S. 2230).

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