AICPA Opposes IRS Voluntary Program to Regulate Preparers

In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday, AICPA officials wrote that the agency's proposed voluntary certification program would cause confusion among the tax administration and tax preparation community.

How to Help Clients with Credit Problems

Maybe your job description doesn't include "credit repair specialist," but some of your clients likely have credit problems, and you should know how to give them some first aid. Help them separate the good advice from the bad.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Camp Opines About the Tax Code

The menu for May 21 features specials on Madison Square Garden’s sweet property tax deal, inversion legislation misses real problem, Issa subpoenas DOJ on IRS probe, accountant injures a crocodile, and more.

Thomson Reuters Checkpoint Learning Launches Online Continuing Education Subscription Package for Corporate Tax and Accounting Professionals

Thomson Reuters on May 21 announced the launch of a new annual CPE subscription package that provides a complete training and continuing education solution for corporate tax and accounting professionals.

Thomson Reuters Releases Affordable Care Act Content Marketing Solutions for Tax, Accounting, and Employee Benefits Firms

Thomson Reuters has released a tax act overview and monthly client marketing newsletter focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The overview provides a summary of key tax-related provisions of the ACA that employers should prioritize in their planning.

How Accountants Can Really Market Themselves

When it comes to “accounting marketing,” you're getting serious—this isn't about some late-night infomercial or selling Girl Scout cookies door-to-door. You are your brand. It's time to ask yourself the big questions.

More Transparency in Government Finances Focus of House Bill

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday would bring more transparency and accountability to US government financial statements by making the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board more independent.

Bills in Senate and House Look to Limit ‘Inversion’ Deals

Legislation introduced by Democrats on Tuesday is aimed at curbing mergers that result in US companies paying less in taxes because their new legal tax residence is overseas – a tactic known as an “inversion.”

How the IRS Tells a Hobby from a Business

Do you like to mold pottery, run chartered fishing trips, bake and decorate cupcakes, or restore antique cars? These are all hobbies that you can turn into businesses—if the IRS says you can.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Will Guilty Plea Really Hurt Credit Suisse?

The menu for May 20 features more on Credit Suisse’s guilty plea, including the names of tax-dodging customers remain secret, statements from Credit Suisse CEO Brady Dougan and US Attorney General Eric Holder, and more.

Have You Reviewed Your SWOT Today?

It's time to take a close look at your firm: How are you faring? What are your problems? Are there any outside threats? What needs to be fixed? There's a system for addressing these.

CPA2Biz Has a New Name:

To more closely align with its mission of “empowering CPAs and businesses for the digital age,” CPA2Biz, the business and technology services subsidiary of the AICPA, has been renamed, effective immediately.

GASB Clarifies How Fair Value Should be Defined and Measured

A proposal issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on May 15 explains how fair value measurement should be defined for state and local government financial reporting.
Education & Careers

Louisiana CPA Reaches Out to Youngest Students

Do you make sure your clients are financially responsible when they get out of college? Get their first job? Get married? One CPA thinks second grade is the right time.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Credit Suisse Guilty Plea Could Come Today

The menu for May 19 features specials on AstraZeneca says no to “final” Pfizer deal, Harry Reid wants control of Senate amendments, China cracks down on foreign auditors, AICPA hands out awards, and more.
Practice Management

Find Your Next Job the Modern Way

Accountants do everything electronically. So why are so many still searching for jobs the old-fashioned way? Hard-copy resumes have become the green ledger paper of the job search world.

Editor's Picks: 1031 Like-kind Exchanges Are Funny; Keeping Passwords Secure; Employee Survey Frequency

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Wealth management

TIGTA Investigates 'Missing' Alimony Payments

There's a $2.3 billion difference between what payers of alimony say they've shelled out and what recipients say they've received. TIGTA is very unhappy about this.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Senators Sink Tax Extenders Bill

The menu for May 16 features specials on PCAOB issues staff guidance on economic analysis standard setting, Beswick to leave SEC, CAQ and George Washington University start financial disclosure project, and more.

A Guide to the Tax Rules of Mortgage Refinancing

On the roller coaster that's the U.S. mortgage market, we may be seeing an opportunity to refinance once again. But beware the IRS—the tax rules are tricky and strict.