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Controversial Contingency Fee Audit Firm Suing City of Alameda

Municipal Auditing Services is suing the City of Alameda. (File photo)

Alameda City Council meets in closed session next week to discuss a lawsuit by Municipal Auditing Services, a contingency fee tax audit firm that the city contracted with in 2013, and then broke-off with in embarrassment.

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City of Alameda Discontinues Business Tax Audit With Contingency Fee Firm

The City of Alameda is discontinuing it’s business tax audit with Municipal Auditing Services. (Alameda City Hall West. File photo.)

One day after neighboring San Leandro splashed the local media again with news of its 2014 business license tax holiday, previously announced last September, the City of Alameda announced that it was discontinuing a controversial […]

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We Got This One Wrong

Dear Editor,

City Management apologizes to the business community for the way in which the Business License Tax Audit was conducted. We heard from many of you and want you to know we listened. As a result of your feedback, we have decided to discontinue the business license audit program through Municipal Auditing Services (MAS). […]

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Municipal Auditing Services Begins Contingency Fee Based Audit

The City of Alameda announced today that Municipal Auditing Services has begun its contingency fee based audit of local businesses.

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City of Alameda Moves Forward With Contingency Fee Business Tax Audit Effort

Last week, without discussion, Alameda City Council approved an effort proposed by City Manager John Russo that would see a for-profit firm, on a contingency basis, conduct a business license and tax audit that would identify businesses operating in Alameda who have not paid the necessary business permit fees and taxes.

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Alameda to Launch Business License Audit

The City of Alameda is set to launch an audit expected to capture roughly $151,000 in delinquent or otherwise unpaid local business taxes.

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Crackdown on Business Licenses Coming, City Manager Says

Depending on your viewpoint, City Manager John Russo’s announcement at this week’s City Council meeting that the City of Alameda will be aggressively cracking down on business licenses may be either a promise or a threat.

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