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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.

The Death Tax That Wouldn't Die

There doesn't seem to be any end to the fight over the federal estate tax. Now legislation proposed in Congress is resurrecting calls to dismiss this tax that has long plagued wealthy individuals.
Practice

Use a Menu of Services as an Overview of Your Value Priced Offerings

Whenever I speak to accountants about creating a cloud practice, the most common question is, “How do I charge my clients?” The answer has usually been "hourly billing," but that model is changing.
Education & Careers

Mastering the Three Phases of Successful CPA Project Management

Meet budgets and client expectations using project management skills geared toward the unique challenges faced by CPAs. Kristen Rampe will share how knowing the keys to structuring and executing a successful project can make the difference between success and repeated failures.
A&A

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

How to Form a CPA-Financial Advisor Alliance

Developing a strategic alliance with a financial advisor may be just the ticket to grow your accounting practice, particularly if many of your clients are affluent. But do it right.
Practice

Survey: Cybersecurity Is Keeping More Corporate Directors Up At Night

While reputational risk is the No. 1 nonfinancial concern among corporate directors, cybersecurity/IT risk is gaining steam. According to the results of a new survey from EisnerAmper, cybersecurity/IT risk ranked second at 62 percent, up almost 10 percent from last year’s poll.
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.
A&A

FASB Unveils ‘More Visual’ Technical Agenda Web Page

The updated web page groups the standard-setting board's technical agenda into project “families” and informs visitors at a glance on where any given FASB project stands, the steps it took to get there, and what is coming up.
A&A

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.
Education & Careers

How To Develop Qualified Prospects For Your Practice

In this session we'll review best practices for how to generate interest in your firm’s services.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Tests of Balances

Risk assessment procedures, tests of controls, systems walk-through procedures, analytical procedures and tests-of-balances procedures produce substantive evidence for an auditor.
Education & Careers

What are the 'Adaptive Challenges' for CPE?

According to "The Work of Leadership," adaptive work is required when “our deeply held beliefs are challenged, when the values that made us successful become less relevant, and when legitimate yet competing perspectives emerge.” All of these are true for CPE.
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.
A&A

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.
Practice Management

The 16 Ways to Screw Up Delegation

We've all tried to make our work-lives more efficient, transfer knowledge to newer team members and leverage our practices. Sometimes delegation works, and sometimes, well—it doesn't.
Practice

Learn to Relax in High Pressure Situations and You Just Might Win More Business

You have a big presentation forthcoming that might enable you to land a huge client for your firm. Are you sufficiently relaxed to be at your best? Let me offer a story and some observations that drive home a crucial point.
A&A

Big Data Cited as Top Issue for Some CPAs

Accountants who specialize in forensic and valuation services point to electronic data analysis, or big data, as the most pressing issue they’ll face in the coming months, according to results of a new survey released on Tuesday by the AICPA.
A&A

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.

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