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Accounting

A Last-Ditch Plan To Avoid Paying Taxes

Sometimes the solution to a problem falls into a tax preparer's lap, the Smith School's Samuel Handwerger says. And sometimes that solution is a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

Apr 04, 2018
Boost Accounting Transparency

Accounting information that individual firms report can have a big impact on the economy. Smith School professor Rebecca Hann says the reason is because economic forces prevent markets from weeding out under-performing firms.

Mar 13, 2018
How the New Tax Law Could Affect Your 2017 Returns

While the newly adopted tax code didn't go into effect until 2018, it might actually create a soft spot in the 2017 tax returns Americans are filing now. And it's all because of the things that the new law strips from the tax code, says the Smith School's Samuel Handwerger.

Mar 08, 2018
A Tax Loophole You Could Drive an Uber Through

There are two certainties, the old saying goes: Death and taxes. And though there are no known loopholes for death, tax professionals do discover tax loopholes from time to time. Like this one, involving Uber drivers.

Feb 14, 2018
How Sales Tax Ended Up in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is poised to take up an issue that states have wrestled with since before the earliest days of online retail sales. It's the issue of whether states may collect sales tax from out-of-state retailers. Sam Handwerger explains why it's a bigger deal than ever.

Jan 18, 2018
14 Signs the GOP May Be Ready for a Flat Tax

Among the pages and pages of proposed changes in the still-evolving Republican tax plan, the Smith School's Sam Handwerger detects some signs that the party is becoming more open to a flat tax.

Nov 09, 2017