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Video Explains New FSA Flexibility Rules

In a new video on health care FSAs, the IRS shows flexibility on the old "use it or lose it" rules. You now have a choice between a grace period and carryover.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SEC to Hear Appeal From Big Four’s China Affiliates

The menu for May 12 features specials on Pfizer/AstraZeneca deal: more about drugs or taxes, Credit Suisse CEO losing support, the House won’t arrest Lois Lerner, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Wyden Wants to Plug ‘Inversion’ Loophole

The menu for May 9 features specials on US likely to join six-nation tax alliance, Pfizer shareholders could face tax hit in AstraZeneca deal, IRS to give Ways and Means all Lois Lerner e-mails, and more.
Tax

R&D Tax Credit Bill Moves Through House

In a vote of 274 to 131, the House passed a measure on Friday that permanently extends the popular business R&D tax credit – which will add $156 billion to the deficit – despite a veto threat earlier this week from the White House.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SEC in ‘Tough Spot’ With Alibaba IPO

The menu for May 8 features specials on fewer tax audits = $3 billion less for US government, PCAOB hands out sanctions, FASB proposes new requirements on "pushdown accounting," and more.
Tax

House Votes to Hold Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt

Contempt citation was passed by a vote of 231 to 187, almost a year after the IRS first acknowledged and apologized for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of some conservative groups.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: White House Opposes House R&D Tax Bill

The menu for May 7 features specials on Missouri gets an income tax cut, Congress’ struggles over web tax, new House Dems IRS scandal report, most US millionaires think inequality is a problem, and more.
Practice

A Do-It-Yourself Peer Review for Tax Preparers

How do small tax prep firms handle peer review? If you're the sole professional, whom can you rely on to cast a second glance on your work? There are several solutions.
Tax

Did Ways and Means Violate Section 6103 of the Tax Code?

An article posted yesterday by the website Tax Analysts questions whether the House panel broke the law when it publicly disclosed confidential taxpayer information in a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder last month.
A&A

CCH Small Firm Services Earns Top 25 Call Center Award from BenchmarkPortal

The CCH Small Firm Services' customer support call center has been ranked among the top 25 medium-sized centers in the United States and Canada, according to the latest Top 100 Call Center annual rankings by BenchmarkPortal.
Tax

How to Take a Tax Deduction on Your Good Name

Is the cost of defending your reputation tax deductible? Yes, if it's a business expense, but the IRS sets a high bar for what it considers "business."
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A ‘Sensible Fix’ to Corporate Tax Rules

The menu for May 6 features specials on non-GAAP disclosures on the decline, recent internal control report deficiencies, cities and states to lose big if highway fund isn’t replenished, and more.
Tax

IRS Simplifies Tax-Exempt Applications for Small Nonprofits

As investigations continue into the "Tea Party scandal" involving applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS is releasing a new, simpler Form 1023-EZ.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Highway Fund’s Rocky Road Ahead

The menu for May 5 features specials on BofA shareholder meeting this week could be subdued, IRS challenging Caterpillar overseas parts deals, Swiss to US: treat our banks fairly in tax probe, and more.
Practice

Foreign Banks Given Transition Period for FATCA Compliance

New IRS guidance treats 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for foreign banks that have shown “good faith efforts” in their compliance of the US tax-evasion law, which goes into effect on July 1.
Tax

House Contempt Vote for Lois Lerner Is Expected Next Week

A proposal calling for US Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel in the investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups will also be considered in the House next week.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lack of Accounting Queries Stumps SEC

The menu for May 2 features specials on the tax extenders really ARE tax cuts, AstraZeneca nixes new Pfizer bid, revenue recognition crunch time, PCAOB looking to fill Standing Advisory Group terms, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SASB Adds Heavy Hitters to Its Board

The menu for May 1 features specials on bills rolling out to stop IRS bonuses to delinquent workers, IRS chief addressing US companies’ offshore tax deals, CFOs bracing for new revenue recognition standard, and more.
Wealth management

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.

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