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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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IRS Responds to TIGTA Report on Bonuses

The agency said it is developing a policy linking conduct to performance awards for executives and senior-level employees – and a similar policy for all IRS employees will be considered.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS May Want to Fix Its Bonus Policy

The menu for April 23 features specials on the London Stock Exchange changing audit firms, IRS heading to US Supreme Court, co-signers causing surprise defaults on student loans, and more.
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How to Get Tax Breaks on Your Home

Consider the tax implications of decisions your clients may be making about their homes in 2014. The rules are complicated and the decisions could have major repercussions.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GAO Sheds Light on IRS Budget Woes

The menu for April 22 features specials on the IRS denying group’s tax-exempt status, what the airline industry and the IRS have in common (and it’s not good), if sales taxes will doom Amazon, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lease Accounting Talks Scheduled to Start Back Up Later This Week

The menu for April 21 features specials on PwC looking at corporate clawback policies, SIFMA wanting FATCA delay, property tax collections rising, and more.
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Presidential Tax Return: Obama Gets Hit by Obamacare

The Obamas squeezed under the bar for the highest marginal tax rate on their federal tax return. But they couldn't dodge the new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Ex-Accountant Whose Last Name is Bunny Wins Easter Contest

The menu for April 18 features specials on the IRS auditing fewer large business partnerships, SEC being vulnerable to hackers, scary-looking Easter bunnies, and more.
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Change May Come for Disaster Insurance

Legislation coming out of D.C. just might reduce homeowners' burden for disaster insurance. Think of it as a 401(k) plan for your home that covers preventive and rebuilding costs.
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How to Get Tax Breaks on Divorce

Divorce is hard, and the IRS isn't going to make it any easier. The IRS generally says "no" to tax deductions that might ease the pain of divorce—but there are exceptions.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Happy Tax Day!

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 15.
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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.
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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.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Audits Are Sparse This Year

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

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