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New Rules—and Lawsuits—for Reverse Mortgages

Although reverse mortgages can help aged homeowners, they come with a lot of pitfalls, as recent rules and law cases show. Read the fine print before signing up.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: More on Pfizer’s Tax ‘Inversion’ Deal

The menu for April 30 features specials on SEC updating conflict minerals guidance, criminal charges against two large global banks may be on the horizon, eBay’s $3 billion tax charge, and more.
Practice

When Your Firm Goes to the Dogs

Some accounting firms have found that the need for a good belly rub and the ability the play a good game of fetch separate them from, well, the rest of the pack.
Tax

House Panel Votes to Restore Six Expired Business Tax Breaks

The Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee passed a measure on Tuesday that would make six expired business tax breaks permanent, including the research and development credit.
A&A

DATA Act Awaits Obama’s Signature

The legislation, which was supported by the AICPA, was passed in the Senate earlier this month and in the House yesterday. The bill will make federal government spending data publicly available online.
Practice

The Great Multitasking Myth

At no time should our general organization, resource management and time management skills be confused with the current ill-advised phenomenon known as multitasking.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: BofA Makes ‘Weird’ Capital Blunder

The menu for April 29 features specials on Pfizer looking to save billions in taxes, Lerner lawyer’s letter to GOP, SEC accounting probes underway, the sanctity of a tax break, and more.
Tax

Topless Dancer Redefines 'Ordinary and Necessary'

Yes, it's one of the Tax Court's racier cases, but beyond the salacious details are some sober lessons on the government's idea of tax deductions.
Tax

IRS Readies for Slew of Amended Returns

The agency estimated last week that approximately 5 million taxpayers will amend their federal income tax returns by filing Form 1040X this year. Those who need to amend their returns should do so only after filing the original return.
Practice

What CFOs Need to Know About Gen X and Gen Y

Say goodbye to the baby boomers as they gradually ease into retirement. Say hello to Gen X and Gen Y, and realize your company will never be the same.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A History Lesson on Double-Entry Accounting

The menu for April 28 features specials on NY Rep. Michael Grimm indicted on tax fraud charges, House contempt vote for Lois Lerner slated for May, US banks taking swaps business overseas, and more.
Practice

How to Prepare for the Tax Rush a Year in Advance

Let's fix the problems of the 2015 tax season today. Accountants should help their clients develop good habits now, so there's no hassle next April.
Tax

Ask and You Shall Receive: E-filing Up This Tax Season

The IRS strongly encouraged taxpayers to file their 2013 federal income tax return electronically versus mailing a paper return to the agency. So far, 88 percent of the returns the IRS received this tax season were e-filed.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: CAQ Ready to Pilot Test Set of Audit Quality Indicators

The menu for April 25 features specials on France objecting to Google’s European tax structure, House Ways and Means Committee ready to move next week on tax extenders, and more.
Practice

How to Make Everyone a Marketing Manager

Not everyone in your firm may seem to have the skills to be involved in marketing—but there's still a role for each staff member, from receptionist to partner.
A&A

Former KPMG Partner Scott London Gets 14 Months in Prison

The ex-KPMG senior audit partner was sentenced on Thursday for providing inside information about several of his firm’s clients to a friend, who used it to make at least $1.6 million in illicit profits.
Tax

GAO Report Links IRS Problems to Budget Cuts

The IRS could do a better job if it had more resources at its disposal, says the GAO, which has recommendations for the IRS on how it can improve its performance.
A&A

Earn CPE Credits at 2014 IRS Tax Forums

Enrolled agents and CPAs can earn as much as 18 credits by attending one of five IRS Nationwide Tax Forums this summer. The three-day events feature seminars, workshops, and a two-day expo.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lawmakers Weigh In on IRS Bonuses Issue

The menu for April 24 features specials on Russia scrambling on FATCA, arrests in ID theft and fake tax return scheme, could the US implement a tax lottery like Slovakia, and more.

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