Former IRS APMA Program Director Joins Ernst & Young LLP

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Richard McAlonan, Jr. has joined the firm as Director of National Tax Transfer Pricing Controversy in Washington, DC, and will also act as the Americas Director of Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) after serving as the Director of the IRS’s Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement (APMA) Program.

As director of the recently formed APMA program, McAlonan led a team of 120 lawyers, economists, accountants and staff. He was tasked with integrating the APA program staff with the Tax Treaty IRS group, improving productivity and efficiency while maintaining the high standards and strong image of the APA and mutual agreement programs. During his tenure, the IRS significantly increased the number of APAs completed.

Dicks experience with the new APMA program will bring tremendous value to our clients as they consider the most appropriate opportunities for increased tax certainty, said Michael Mundaca, co-director of Ernst & Young LLPs National Tax Department.

Prior to joining the IRS, McAlonan spent two years as an Executive Director for Ernst & Young LLPs transfer pricing controversy practice, where he advised clients on transfer pricing controversy risk management and resolution (including audit dispute resolution) as well as APAs, competent authority procedures and tax treaties.

He has spoken at industry conferences and authored a series of articles comparing APA procedures in different countries.

McAlonan received his Master in Business Administration from Temple University and his Master of Science in Taxation from Pace University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.

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Over £13million rates assistance provided to lone pensioners in Northern Ireland.

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson pictured at the Young at Heart Exhibition with Holywood ladies (L-R) Mary Hall, Ena McKeown and Grace Minnis. Since 2008 over £13 million has been distributed to pensioners by Land and Property Services through the Lone Pensioner Allowance, which entitles persons aged 70 or over who live alone to a 20% discount on their rate bill.


25 May 2010

Over £13million rates assistance provided to lone pensioners in Northern Ireland

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has welcomed the take up of almost £13.5million of assistance to pay rates by lone pensioners across Northern Ireland.

£13,488,820 has been distributed to pensioners since April 2008 by Land & Property Services through the Lone Pensioner Allowance, which entitles persons aged 70 or over who live alone to a 20% discount in their rate bill.

Welcoming this, the Minister said: “The Lone Pensioner Allowance is an example of the tangible help that the Executive is providing to one of our most vulnerable groups in society. It is encouraging that nearly 25,000 people have availed of this assistance which I am sure is of particular use in this current economic climate.”

The Minister, who was attending the Young at Heart Exhibition at St George’s Market for retired people in Northern Ireland, encouraged all those who qualify for the assistance to apply.

The Minister continued: “If you are aged 70 or over and are living alone, I urge you to apply for the Lone Pensioner Allowance. If you are eligible you will receive this help irrespective of income or savings because this allowance is not means tested. Therefore you don’t have to tell us about your savings or income when you apply.

“Older people, who do not live alone, may also be eligible for help with paying their rates. I would encourage all older people to check out what help they are entitled to.”

Getting help to pay your rate bill is not exclusive to older people. People on low incomes may be eligible for a reduction in their rates through the Housing Benefit Scheme or Rate Relief Scheme. The Disabled Persons Allowance scheme entitles a household to a 25% reduction in their rates if the property has been suitably adapted or has additional facilities to meet the special needs of a resident disabled person.

Full details of all these reliefs are available at or by telephoning 101 (028 9151 3101). Calls cost 10p.

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The challenge involved generating extra stock, helping to raise the shop’s profile locally, attracting more customers on the day and ultimately increasing sales and money raised.

Picture taken by: Heather Thompson (DFP) – 27/09/2012