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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Happy Tax Day!

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 15.
Practice

Survey: Work Hours and Resources Not Spared From Tax Preparation

According to a new Accountemps survey, 30 percent of respondents believe it is not unusual for employees to spend time on personal income tax preparation during the workday – and use company resources to do it.
Tax

IRS Ramps Up ID Theft and Refund Fraud Enforcement Efforts

Nearly 300 new identity theft and refund fraud investigations have been launched during this tax-filing season, bringing the number of active cases to almost 1,900, the IRS announced last week.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Audits Are Sparse This Year

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 14.
Tax

Further Details on Lerner's DOJ and Contempt Problems

About the process: just how much trouble is Lois Lerner facing?
Tax

House Panel Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today voted in favor of holding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress because she had twice refused to answer the panel’s questions regarding the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Contempt Vote Coming Today Against Lois Lerner

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 10.
Tax

GAO: 89 Percent of Paid Preparers Made Mistakes on Returns

During undercover site visits to 19 randomly selected commercial tax-preparation businesses, only two preparers calculated the correct refund amount on a taxpayer’s return, according to a new study released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday.
Wealth management

How FATCA Compliance Just Got Easier

Those who have to deal with the Treasury Department's mind-bending international tax rules have just caught a break.
Tax

Koskinen Calls on Congress to Give IRS Oversight of Tax Return Preparers

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, the head of the IRS urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would authorize the agency to regulate the nation’s estimated 600,000 to 700,000 paid tax return preparers.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Some Tax Pros Prey on the Poor

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 8.
Practice Management

How to Evaluate 529 Plans

There's a bewildering array of these powerful college savings plans; here are some tips on how to pick one.
Tax

Senate Schedules Hearing on ‘Unethical’ Tax Preparers

Two sets of panelists will discuss what to do with tax return preparers who lack proper certification during a Senate Finance Committee hearing that begins at 10 a.m. ET on April 8.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Whistleblowers Get Rewarded by IRS

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 7.
Practice Management

Help to the Finish Line: How to Manage Your Time as April 15 Approaches

A few rational choices when you're in seemingly irrational situations.
Community News

Why Is This CPA Walking 2,826 Miles?

Frank Ryan talks to AWEB as he walks from coast to coast for atonement and gratitude and charity.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Them’s the (Tax) Breaks

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 4.
Practice Management

Ignorance is Bliss? Not When It Comes to Tax Prep

We should be afraid of the lack of awareness and familiarity and sheer laziness among unqualified tax preparers.
Tax

Finance Committee OKs Extending Most Expired Tax Breaks

The Senate panel voted today to revive about 50 of the 55 tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013, including benefits for auto-racing tracks, wind energy, and bonus depreciation for businesses. The package of tax "extenders" still needs the support of the full Senate and House.
Tax

Senate Takes a Fresh Look at 'Dead' Tax Breaks

Senate Finance Committee proposes new tax extender legislation—do the provisions have a chance?

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