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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Canada Finds FATCA Costs Them

The menu for July 28 features still more on the inversion argument, an analysis of why Canadian banks are unhappy with FATCA, Congress-White House disagreement on child care credits, banking regulations, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Obama on Inversions: ‘I Don’t Care If It’s Legal, It’s Wrong’

The menu for July 25 features specials on House approves bill to expand and simplify tax breaks for education, IRS releases draft forms on Obamacare employer mandate, Paul Ryan’s plan to expand the EITC, and more.
Practice

Tax Pros Have High Hopes for IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Tool

Many senior US tax professionals believe that a streamlined audit process will be the top benefit resulting from the IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap, a toolkit organized around a notional 24-month audit timeline, according to the results of a new KPMG survey.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: No Convergence for Accounting Rules on Financial Instruments

The menu for July 24 features specials on SEC approves final rules on money-market funds, GAO says it’s too soon to draw conclusions on Obamacare tax credit fraud, IRS no longer probing missing emails, Senate to vote on phasing out gas tax, and more.
Practice

Don’t Leave Money on the Table When You Suspect IRS Error

The IRS isn't always perfect in its calculations of underpayment interest and refund interest. Two BDO USA professionals, Cathy Stopyra and Todd Simmens, provide advice so you don't walk away from overpayments that are rightfully owed to your company.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: California Soda Tax Measures – Whose Is Better?

The menu for July 23 features specials on FASB looks at revamping income statement, two courts issue conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies, Senate advances bill to end tax breaks for outsourcing, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: ACA Tax Subsidies Take Major Hit in Federal Appeals Court

The menu for July 22 features specials on Renaissance hedge fund escaped more than $6 billion in taxes, Lois Lerner’s emails may exist after all, Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on inversions, and more.
Tax

Poll: Smokers Fired Up Over Increases in Cigarette Taxes

A new Gallup survey found that 58 percent of smokers in the United States see increased state and federal taxes on cigarettes as an act of unjust discrimination, while 39 percent believe the tax hikes are justified.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Detroit CPA Firms Give Top Prospects the ‘Detroit Experience’

The menu for July 21 features specials on some liberal groups oppose moratorium on Internet access taxes, lawmakers urge SEC not to allow choice of accounting rules, Tea Party groups’ lawsuit vs. IRS moves ahead, and more.
Tax

Sales Tax Confusion: Either Way, You're Screwed

If you don't collect enough sales tax, you're in trouble with the state. Collect too much and the lawyers will be after you. Vendors may feel they're in a no-win situation.
Tax

IRS: Assess Changes Now That May Affect Your Premium Tax Credit

Certain “changes in circumstances,” such as in household income or family size, could alter how much eligible taxpayers receive in health insurance premium tax credits, the IRS cautioned on Friday.
Tax

How to Manage the 'Stealth Tax' Today

ATRA revived partial disallowances of write-offs for dependency exemptions and most itemized deductions. The provision affects higher-income individuals. What's the deal right now--including the 2014 exemptions?
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: DOJ Says It Learned of Lost IRS Emails Through Media Reports

The menu for July 18 features specials on House extends charitable giving tax breaks, a potential divide between two House panels in IRS probe, AbbVie gets its wish of a lower tax rate, and more.
Practice

Stop! Delete Circular 230 Disclaimer from Client Emails

You know all that Circular 230 disclaimer copy you thought you had to put in all your emails? That small-print notice every single one of your clients ignored? The IRS wants you to stop.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Budget Cuts Run Deep in US House

The menu for July 17 features specials on revenue recognition group holds first meeting on Friday, DOJ now investigating lost IRS emails, White House threatens veto on charitable giving tax breaks, SEC chair remarks on 4th anniversary of Dodd-Frank Act, and more.
Tax

Taxpayer Advocate Wants Exam Added to IRS Voluntary Tax Preparer Program

In her annual midyear report to Congress on Wednesday, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said she wants the IRS to develop a competency exam for preparers by 2016 as part of the agency's Annual Filing Season Program.
Tax

A Kinder, Gentler IRS Is More Willing to Compromise

The IRS recently announced changes to its "offer-in-compromise" program that should improve the chances of such an offer being accepted. The IRS has also revised Form 656, used for OIC requests.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Obama Administration Is Tired of Inversions

The menu for July 16 features specials on House passes short-term highway fund fix, US inspection of Chinese audit firms may happen this year, Senate has other plans for Internet Tax Freedom Act, Crowe Horwath names new CEO, and more.
Tax

Permanent Ban on Internet Access Taxes Backed by US House

All that was needed on Tuesday was a voice vote for the House of Representatives to pass a bill that would prevent state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Now the ball is in the Senate's court to pass its bill before the Nov. 1 deadline.
Tax

AICPA Files Lawsuit to Stop IRS Voluntary Preparer Education

The federal lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, said the IRS’s new Annual Filing Season Program is “unlawful” and an attempt to bypass two courts’ rulings that prevent the agency from mandating continuing education and competency testing of unlicensed tax return preparers.

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