Latest Accounting, tax preparation and payroll services News

Oregon business tax greeted with confusion, consternation

Feb. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ross Stock has known since last spring that his softwood lumber mill in Toledo would be subject to Oregon’s new, $1 billion business tax. Nine months later, though, he still doesn’t know what it will cost him. The new corporate activity tax, which went into effect...

Oklahoma governor appoints new regents to OU, OSU boards

Feb. 21, 2020 4:21 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed one regent on Friday to the governing boards of each of the state's top two public universities. Stitt named Anita Holloway of accounting firm Ernst & Young to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, which oversees OU, Cameron University in...

Honolulu council approves correctional center relocation

Feb. 21, 2020 12:02 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Councilhas approved a plan to relocate the Oahu Community Correctional Center. The council unanimously approved a permit to move the facility from Kalihi to Halawa, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The project still requires funding from state lawmakers....

Construction firm official admits stealing more than $2.5M

Feb. 20, 2020 11:28 AM EST

A former construction company official has admitted stealing more than $2.5 million from the firm over a 14-year period. Charles Esposito, 79, of Hainesport, pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft by deception and failure to pay state income taxes. In return for his plea, the Burlington County Prosecutor's office will...

Audit shows IT security problems across Kansas agencies

Feb. 20, 2020 10:32 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature’s auditing division says state agencies have significant information technology security weaknesses and haven't made progress since previous reports showed the same problems. The Topeka Capital Journal reports that more than half of 19 state agencies...

In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, a malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. Houthi rebels in Yemen have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Yemen's Houthi rebels impeding UN aid flow, demand a cut

Feb. 19, 2020 2:33 PM EST

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according...

Kansas Marine killed during island battle in WWII identified

Feb. 18, 2020 9:58 AM EST

SILVERDALE, Kan. (AP) — The remains of a Kansas Marine who died in World War II fighting in the Gilbert Islands have been identified. U.S. Marines Corps Reserve Pfc Raymond Warren was 21 when he was killed in 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. After his burial site was discovered in 2015, his nephew,...

Woman pleads guilty to stealing from the disabled

Feb. 14, 2020 10:05 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 72-year-old Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $850,000 from people with physical and mental disabilities. Sheila Grochowski, of Winsted, entered her plea to larceny and forgery charges Thursday just before her trial was scheduled to start, the Hartford...

FILE - In this Spet.17, 2014 file photo a police vehicle reads the license plates of cars in a parking lot in San Marcos, Calif. A new report from the California Auditor's Office on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, found four law enforcement agencies in California are not following the law to protect the privacy of drivers monitored by automated license plate readers. The audit examined the Fresno Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Marin County Sheriff's Office and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. It found the departments do not have adequate policies in place to protect privacy, often storing images for longer than necessary and not ensuring the data is used appropriately. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)

Audit criticizes privacy of some California police data

Feb. 13, 2020 4:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four police departments in California have compiled massive amounts of data while tracking drivers' movements through their jurisdictions, but a new audit says those agencies aren't following the law when it comes to protecting people's privacy. California Auditor Elaine Howle on...

FILE - In this March 19, 2012, file photo, Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, discusses a bill during a House floor session in Nashville, Tenn. Outraged Tennessee lawmakers have been grilling state education officials over the handling of a much-debated school voucher program. Hill demanded answers Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, from the education agency, comptroller's office and finance officials on who approved the contract and why and why legislators didn't get a chance to review it. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

Tennessee lawmakers demand answers over voucher program

Feb. 12, 2020 7:25 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outraged Tennessee lawmakers grilled state education officials Wednesday about the handling of a much-debated school voucher program, and a key Republican lawmaker made a surprise admission that he regretted voted for the measure. At issue is the Department of Education's decision...