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A&A

New Study: Paid-For Analyst Reports Can Benefit Investors

Recently published research by three accounting professors found that reports from paid-for stock analysts offer nearly the same relevant information to investors as reports from sell-side firms.
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.
Practice

How to Set Up Your Firm in the Correct Model

You probably have a model of how your firm should run. You probably think it's a profitable way of doing business. Unfortunately, you're wrong. But you can fix it.
Practice

How to Make a Stranger a Client

Where are your new clients coming from? Maybe you need to think a little out-of-the-box. It's all about engaging new people, and here are some examples of how to do that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Practice

How to Bring in New Clients

It's no longer enough just to keep your current clients; you have to bring in new ones. The key is differentiating your firm—you have to stand out from the crowd to succeed.
A&A

Starting Salary for 2014 Accounting Grads Is $52,900: Report

The average starting salary for students graduating this year with a business major – including accounting – has declined slightly over the last year, according to the latest salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
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

How to Get Leadership Buy-In

Are you trying to change things in your company? You can if you start small and have a genuine conversation. Persuasion is needed, and it doesn't happen overnight.
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.
Education & Careers

AICPA Works to Make CGMA More than Just Four Letters

The AICPA has taken some heat over its CGMA designation—is it really worth it? A new set of standards shows an attempt to put some meat on its bones.
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

AICPA Issues 3 Audit Interpretations on Pension Standards

The interpretive guidance is intended to assist both plan and employer auditors who are auditing state and local government entities that have implemented recent GASB pension accounting standards.
Practice

Internet Explorer Opens Doors to Hackers

Reading this article with Internet Explorer? Stop! It has a security flaw so major that the government is issuing warnings, and Windows XP users are especially vulnerable.
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.
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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