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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Skinny on 2015 Pension Plan Limits

The menu for Oct. 24 features specials on federal judge throws out lawsuits against IRS, KPMG audit deficiency rate was 46% in 2013, another tax inversion deal dies, Mary Crotty is new COO of FAF, and more.
Tax

Does TIGTA Foretell a Smooth Tax Season?

TIGTA finds the IRS performed admirably throughout 2014 tax filing season, despite the distractions, although split refund option problems and EITC misunderstandings remain.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: KPMG Finally Joining the Strategy Party

The menu for Oct. 23 features specials on SEC and Big Four Chinese firms continue talks over audit documents, Tesco chair resigns amid accounting mess, Mylan and Abbott tweak tax deal, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Average Fees for Tax Preparation

The menu for Oct. 22 features specials on IRS chief warns of complicated 2015 filing season, FASB continues efforts to reduce complexity, AICPA elects new board chair, inversion lobbying booms, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: AICPA About to Roll Out SSARS No. 21

The menu for Oct. 21 features specials on AICPA responds to EEOC scrutiny of firms’ retirement-age policies, AbbVie-Shire inversion deal officially bites the dust, IRS behind on ID cards, and more.
Tax

College Students: The Gray Area of Exemptions

Parents pay their tuition, keep a room for them, and even do their laundry. But can they still deduct them as children? The rules can be dauntingly complex.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Now Is the Time to Renew Your PTIN

The menu for Oct. 20 features specials on Tesco accounting probe finds “inappropriate behavior” by staff, AICPA launches new diversity and inclusion tools, ex-PwC employee sues Comcast, and more.
Practice

Assessing AMT Liability: Crazy Like a Fox

Did you ever feel as if you're preparing taxes in the Twilight Zone? You may be more right than you think, thanks to the AMT. Start preparing your clients to mitigate what could be bad news.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Deep Dive Into Public Company Non-audit and Audit Fees

The menu for Oct. 17 features specials on the split over accounting convergence, middle-market tax burden is rising, US business leaders remain optimistic about economy, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: As the Inversion World Turns

The menu for Oct. 16 features specials on WHO backs higher tobacco taxes, FASB looks to improve stock option accounting, former UBS manager testifies against Raoul Weil in tax evasion trial, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Time’s Up! Tax-Filing Extension Ends Today

The menu for Oct. 15 features specials on IRS says business e-file up 10 percent in 2014, AbbVie may back out of Shire inversion deal, Grant Thornton revenues reach an all-time high, and more.
Wealth management

How to Alleviate the Cap Loss Tax Problem

It may look like the IRS caps loss deductions at $3,000, but that ceiling is not the whole story for tax-savvy investors. Julian Block shows how a clever Victoria's Secret model took full advantage of the IRC.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Rules, Smules – More Inversions On the Way

The menu for Oct. 14 features specials on Tesco suspends three more workers amid accounting probe, Swiss banker faces feds in tax evasion trial, new survey finds that aggregate goodwill impairment at lowest level since 2008, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A $14.7 Billion Tax Increase Is Lurking

The menu for Oct. 10 features specials on AICPA wants IRS to make changes to tangible property regs, CAQ survey finds investor confidence pretty high right now, inverted company buys US firm, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: States with Highest Cellphone Tax Rates

The menu for Oct. 9 features specials on two tax officials express doubt about FATCA, healthcare tax credit shrinking for some small tax-exempt employers, Hillary Clinton dodges issue of medical-device tax, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Tax Break Inaction Could Delay 2015 Filing Season

The menu for Oct. 8 features specials on PwC’s revenues up 6.1%, Paul Ryan slams IRS in re-election ad, video surfaces of Lois Lerner avoiding blogger’s interview, and more.
Tax

How to Take It to the Brink with Yearend Payments

Those planning to make end-of-year payments to move deductions into the current year for tax reasons should know that the IRS has strict and strange rules for dating these payments.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Who’s Janet Yellen?

The menu for Oct. 7 features specials on EU investigates Amazon’s tax practices, current and former KPMG female staff offered chance to join lawsuit, H&R Block’s new tax-time savings program, AICPA awards scholarships to 92 minority students, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Valuing Fine Art for Tax Purposes

The menu for Oct. 6 features specials on fear of annual mansion taxes on the wealthy causing ripples in luxury housing in London and New York, IRS has FOIA backlog, Americans for Tax Fairness calls US Chamber poll “misleading,” and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: What’s the Deal with Earnings Stripping?

The menu for Oct. 3 features specials on Canada’s top two national accounting groups unite, Salix nixes inversion deal with Cosmo, IRS advisory panel has vacancies to fill, married reality TV show stars get jail time for fraud, and more.

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