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Between the last three quarters of 2012 and first quarter of 2013, UHY LLP's Michigan offices added 41 employees to their team and its growth is far from over. This top accounting firm is always scouting seasoned financial professionals who seek to take charge of their careers.

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UHY LLP, a leading national certified public accounting firm, recently announced a series of promotions; one senior manager, seven managers, three senior accountants, ten senior staff accountants and one client service associate.

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Now that the Budget Sequester brouhaha is behind us, Congress and President Obama are rattling their tax reform sabers. And, if that is not enough to get the attention of taxpayers, the U.S. Tax Court recently issued two decisions in favor of the IRS's denial of a federal income tax charitable deduction solely because of a charity's failure to technically comply with the requirements on substantiating a charitable contribution. These developments and more are summarized below.  

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The decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Quality Stores, Inc., et al., 110 AFTR 2d 2012-5827 (6th Cir., 2012), has opened the door to file a claim for refund for employers who have paid and withheld FICA taxes on "supplemental unemployment compensation benefits" ("SUB") which are a type of severance payments made as a result of an employee's involuntary separation.

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Since the enactment of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief and Reconciliation Act of 2001 ("EGTRRA") up until the enactment in December 2012 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("ATRA"), estate planners have had to plan around tax provisions that were expressly stated to be temporary in nature. ATRA has now provided rules governing the estate tax, the gift tax, and the generation skipping transfer tax ("transfer taxes") that are,  at least according to ATRA, permanent (i.e., not subject to "sunsetting" at some fixed date in the future). 

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With the Budget Sequester still set to take effect on March 1, 2013, unless Congress acts to again "kick it down the road", both Republicans and Democrats are trying to position themselves as the voice of reason. 

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The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) continue to issue guidance to employers regarding those provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“ACA”) which are scheduled to become effective for 2013 and 2014.

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By enacting the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Congress managed to avert, at the last minute, the "Fiscal Cliff". Unfortunately, this legislation left many issues unresolved. 

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As the United States was leaning over the edge of the "Fiscal Cliff", the Senate and the House passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) on January 1, 2013, with President Obama signing the legislation into law on January 2, 2013.

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As we get closer to January 1, 2013 and the looming "Fiscal Cliff", Congress and President Obama are stepping up their negotiations in an attempt to reach some sort of agreement. As of the date of this article, there is still no agreement. However, Congress has already decided to work through the week of December 17 in an effort to hammer out an agreement on the pressing tax and spending issues.

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