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CCH Presents Audio Seminar: New Tax Breaks for the Economic Downturn and Housing Crisis

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., August 5, 2008) – CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and a leading provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services is presenting a two-hour audio seminar by CCH Principal Federal Tax Analyst Mark Luscombe entitled New Tax Breaks for the Economic Downturn and Housing Crisis: Practical Review of the 2008 Tax Legislation, on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 1 p.m. Eastern; noon Central, 10 a.m. Pacific (

“This year’s flurry of legislation has added dozens of new and sometimes little-noticed provisions to the tax code and nearly every taxpayer is affected,” said Joseph Gornick, CCH Seminar Manager. “Mark Luscombe, who has tracked and analyzed each of these bills for CCH, is the perfect person to sort through the key changes and explain the implications of them for practitioners and their clients.”

Program Agenda

Among the topics and developments Luscombe will address are:

  • The Continuing Saga of the Economic Stimulus Payments;
  • Mortgage Debt Relief Exclusion;
  • First-Time Homebuyer Credit;
  • Additional Standard Deduction for Real Estate Taxes;
  • Changes to the Exclusion on Sale of a Principal Residence;
  • Mortgage Insurance Deduction;
  • Tax Breaks for Military Personnel, Reservists and Their Employers;
  • Tax Breaks for Farmers and Agricultural Energy;
  • Tax Relief for the Housing Industry;
  • Enhanced Code Sec. 179 Expensing;
  • Bonus Depreciation; and
  • What Is Still to Come.

In addition, the session will include ample opportunity for participants to ask their most pressing questions to Luscombe.

About the Speaker

Mark Luscombe, a CPA and attorney, is the principal federal tax analyst for CCH and a key member of the company’s Tax Legislation team tracking and analyzing legislation before Congress. Luscombe is the current developments chair of the Partnership Committee, American Bar Association Tax Section, and regularly speaks on a wide range of tax topics. In addition, Luscombe co-authors a biweekly tax strategies column for Accounting Today and authors a monthly tax trends column in CCH’s TAXES: The Tax Magazine. Prior to joining CCH, he was in private practice for more than 20 years with several Chicago-area law firms where he specialized in taxation.

How the Audio Seminar Works

CCH’s live audio seminars require nothing more than a telephone connection. For the $249 per-site fee, an unlimited number of listeners at a site can participate and get up to speed and in-the-know on these important topics.

CPE Credit

Two hours of CPE credit are also available for the seminar for an additional $25 for each person wishing to receive a CPE certificate for participation in the seminar.

Special Bonus

Along with detailed handout materials, each site registering for this audio seminar will receive a free copy of CCH’s Heartland, Habitat, Harvest, and Horticulture Act of 2008; Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (Law, Explanation and Analysis) and a copy of Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 (Law, Explanation and Analysis) as a special bonus.

How to Register

To register online using a credit card, go to To register by phone, call CCH Customer Service at 1-800-775-7654. For more information, go to

About CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business

CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business ( is a leading provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services. It has served tax, accounting and business professionals since 1913. Among its market-leading products are The ProSystem fx® Office, CorpSystem®, CCH® Tax Research NetWork™, Accounting Research Manager® and the U.S. Master Tax Guide®. CCH is based in Riverwoods, Ill.

Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services globally for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2007) of €3.4 billion ($4.8 billion), maintains operations in over 33 countries across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific and employs approximately 19,544 people worldwide. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit

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EDITORS’ NOTE: Members of press can attend this audio seminar for free by contacting Brenda Au (; 847-267-2046) or Leslie Bonacum (; 847-267-7153).


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