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High Impact Excel: VLOOKUP Edition

In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom introduces beginners to the VLOOKUP function, and then go beyond the basics with a discussion of with the MATCH, CHOOSE, INDEX, SUMIF, SUMIFS, and SUMPRODUCT functions.
A&A

FASB Codification Can Now Be Viewed on Tablets

Subscribers can now access the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) "Accounting Standards Codification" on iOS and Android-based devices.
Tax

Tips on How You Can Stand Out From Other Tax Professionals

Eva Rosenberg explains a few things you can do to make sure your clients don't go anywhere else for professional tax help.
A&A

Comment Period for Engagement Partner ID Proposal Extended

Businesses, organizations, and individuals now have until March 17 to provide comments to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board on its reproposed standard that would require public accounting firms to disclose the name of the engagement partner, as well as information about certain other audit participants, in the auditor’s report.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS: Don’t Call Us

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 3.
A&A

FASB Reorganizes Its Future Priorities

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) used the results of a recent survey of stakeholders as a guide for the reorganization of its future project agenda. The FASB also targeted several research projects that will be included in its prioritization initiative.
Practice

AICPA Issues Practice Standards for CPAs on Personal Financial Planning Services

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) earlier this month released additional guidance, "Statement on Standards in Personal Financial Planning Services," that ensures the profession’s “rigorous code of professional conduct” applies to all CPA financial planners.
Technology

Do Your Best to Tame the Technology Beast This Busy Season

It seems you can’t go anywhere or do anything without technology. I know that’s a big Homer Simpson “Doh!,” but it’s true.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Psst … You Can File Your Taxes Now

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 31.
Tax

Super Bowl Money and Tax Facts You May Not Know

NFL players are well-paid, even the rookies. But the biggest winners this year – the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks – are playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. However, all of the Denver and Seattle players will owe the state of New Jersey taxes, thanks to the “jock tax.”
Practice

New Kid on the Block: The ‘MyRA’

A new type of retirement account, "MyRA," which President Obama proposed during his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28 and authorized the creation of yesterday, is intended to encourage retirement savings by workers who currently aren’t participating in an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
Education & Careers

High Impact Excel: Pivot Table Edition

In this exciting presentation Excel expert David H. Ringstrom, CPA shares tricks that you can use with pivot tables every day. Remember, either you work Excel, or it works you!
Practice

Could Accounting Firms Operate Without Job Titles?

I'd imagine having no job title makes it difficult to explain what you do at parties.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Accrual for the Government

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 30.
Practice

For CPAs, Workplace Wellness Programs Transcend the Fiscal Bottom Line

A recent study by RAND Corporation revealed that when it comes to workplace wellness programs, there may be a distinct difference in the type of programs that reduce costs and lower net savings. However, many accounting firm leaders say their workplace wellness programs do not have costs or savings in mind. Instead, they are designed to keep employees engaged, healthy, and happy.
Tax

New Medicare Surtax Form Makes Its Debut

With just a few scant days until the official start of tax-filing season, the IRS approved a final draft of new Form 8960, "Net Investment Income Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts." This form will be used to compute the new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income on 2013 federal income tax returns.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SOTU Roundup

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 29.
A&A

FAF to Offer Up to $3 Million Toward Joint FASB/IASB Projects

The Financial Accounting Foundation could contribute as much as $3 million this year to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation in support of several convergence projects that the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board are working to complete.
A&A

What's the Password? Five Possible Answers for Accounting Regulators

Password was a popular TV show back in the day, in which TV personalities teamed up with regular Joes and competed for prizes based on giving one-word “passwords” to their teammates to guess the “Password” that only the studio audience and TV viewers saw.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks - Part 6

In the newest installment of his series, CPA Larry Perry looks at how lease accounting and income tax accounting differ within US GAAP and the American Institute of CPAs "Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities."

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