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Food producers sue to stop ethanol boost in gas

Livestock producers and food industry groups filed a suit on Tuesday seeking to overturn a U.S. decision to allow higher levels of ethanol in gasoline, saying it could push up food prices.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Meat Association and other groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying regulators overstepped their authority when they ruled last month that gasoline retailers could sell fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol, up from 10 percent now. Get the full story »

IRS to clarify rules for tax professionals

The Internal Revenue Service is trying to make the rules clearer for attorneys, certified public accountants and other tax professionals who practice before the agency.

The tax authority on Thursday proposed changes to the rulebooks for tax professionals,  a set of Treasury standards known as Circular 230. A goal is to better define what tax advisers can and cannot do and to establish new rules on preparing tax returns. Get the full story »