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Economic Optimism Among CPAs Climbs Upward: AICPA

The number of CPAs and financial executives who are optimistic about the US economy has surpassed the 50 percent mark for the first time since the recession, according to a new AICPA survey released on Thursday.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: PCAOB Will Consider Standard on Related Parties Next Week

The menu for June 5 features specials on the SEC extending settlement schedule with Big Four firms in China, a health insurance strategy the IRS may not approve of, Fortune 500 companies’ tax shelters, and more.
A&A

Many Companies Slow to Implement 2013 COSO Framework

According to a new Protiviti survey, 48 percent of the more than 600 audit executives and professionals surveyed reported that their organization had not yet applied the new internal control framework as of the first quarter of 2014.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: BEPS Rollout Won’t Be a Piece of Cake

The menu for June 4 features specials on Senate tax extenders bill stalled until November, tax-evasion probe targets another Swiss bank, tactic Walmart uses to slash its tax bill, PwC resigns as Annie’s auditor, and more.
A&A

Revenue Recognition Transition Group to Convene Next Month

The group will be tasked with informing the FASB and the IASB about potential implementation issues that could arise when companies and organizations implement the new accounting standard.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Big Four in China Talk Settlement with SEC

The menu for June 3 features specials on KPMG standing by Phil Mickelson, rankings of top audit firms in China, IBM avoiding accounting penalty from SEC, new buzz phrase in audit failures, and more.
A&A

Lawmakers Oppose Proposed Changes to Accounting Method

In a letter last week, a bipartisan group of more than 110 House legislators urged Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp not to repeal the last in, first out inventory accounting measure in his tax reform plan.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Would KPMG Bail On Phil Mickelson?

The menu for June 2 features specials on how taxes could curb consumption of sugary drinks, tax question looms over Illinois governor’s race, roads – not gas – should be taxed, Donald Sterling’s huge tax bill, and more.
Education & Careers

What an Experienced Accountant Can Tell a Newbie

There are seven things I would tell my younger self. We can't go back in time, but we can pass our wisdom on to the next generation of accountants. Reflect on what's important.
A&A

Deal with Rothstein Kass Makes KPMG US Hedge Fund Leader

KPMG officials said the acquisition, which will be finalized in the coming weeks, will boost the Big Four firm’s presence in the alternative investments industry and capital markets, including hedge funds.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Bonus Depreciation Gets House Backing

The menu for May 30 features specials on Hong Kong’s concern over auditing ban proposal, California lawmakers pass film and TV tax credit bill, Moss Adams helps Washington mudslide victims, and more.
Practice

AAM Marketing Ideas: The Firm Scorecard

Competition today is tougher, expectations are higher, and costs are increasing. To sustain growth and profitability, firms need to put an easy-to-use scorecard in place. Uncover what needs to be done and measured at your firm.
Practice

Don't Get Caught in an EEOC Discrimination Nightmare

Whether accountants are firm owners, business executives, or just employees, a little knowledge of the EEOC can save money and avoid legal proceedings.
A&A

FASB, IASB to Hold Revenue Recognition Webcast on June 5

The one-hour broadcast will provide an overview of the new accounting rule, as well as information on such topics as recognizing revenue over time, contract costs, disclosures, transition, and effective date.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: CFOs Give Their Take on New Revenue Rule

The menu for May 29 features specials on California lawmakers reject bill tying CEO pay to state’s corporate tax rate, DC Council backs large tax cut, a profile of Xero CEO Rod Drury, and more.
Practice

The Hows and Whys of a Cool Logo

Accounting firm owners spend many hours, and many dollars, obsessing about their first impressions. It's about more than a well-pressed suit and firm handshake: You need an eye-catching logo. A leading brand expert shares his insights.
A&A

FASB, IASB Unveil Final Standard on Revenue Recognition

The two standard-setting boards announced the release of the converged standard on the recognition of revenue from contracts with customers on Wednesday morning – the culmination of a joint project that has been in the works since 2008.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Maryland Tax Case Heads to US High Court

The menu for May 28 features specials on House Ways and Means Committee to consider six tax breaks on Thursday, why a carbon tax is needed, harnessing the US tax code to promote college affordability, and more.
Practice

How to Handle the Executive Client

Senior corporate executives make fast decisions. They typically don't pushback on fees. They usually aren't high maintenance. But working with them is a high-wire act. Learn their psychology.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Revenue Recognition Rules Almost Here

The menu for May 27 features specials on Pfizer calls off AstraZeneca deal, IRS bars employers from dumping workers into health exchanges, other Swiss banks eye Credit Suisse deal, and more.

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