Pension Accounting Standard Stays on Course: GASB

The implementation of a pension accounting standard for state and local governments is still on schedule, after the Governmental Accounting Standards Board last week decided not to delay the timetable of when the new pension guidelines take effect.

IRS Updates FAQs For Same-Sex Couples

Check the recently updated official word on the complex regs for same-sex marriages.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: How Accounting Trick Profits Banks

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

MF Global Files $1 Billion Lawsuit Against PwC for Malpractice

MF Global Holdings claims PwC's “erroneous accounting advice” resulted in its failed investment in billions of dollars of European sovereign debt instruments and contributed to the brokerage firm filing for bankruptcy in 2011.
Practice Management

Help to the Finish Line: How to Read What You Have to Read

Got too much to read? Maybe you're not doing it right.

IRS: Beware of New E-mail Phishing Scam

This latest phishing scheme involves e-mails to taxpayers that appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. The bogus e-mails direct the recipient to click on links to web pages that solicit personal information.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Ex-Dewey Head of Finance Admits to Shady Accounting

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 28.
Education & Careers

High Impact Excel: Pivot Tables Redux

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!

What to Do When Sparklines Are Disabled

Readers are confused about Excel's Sparklines; explanations and a simple trick make this powerful spreadsheet feature work.

Editor's Picks: Burnout, Happiness at Work and Talking to Regular People About Professional Skepticism

You may not be aware of it, but AccountingWEB has several sister sites that publish great content as well. Here's a taste of some recent posts at other Sift Media publications.
Practice Management

How to Make It Through the SALT Mines

State and local tax rules can be tangled, and the penalties for errors are severe. Some basic info can help.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Koskinen Gets an Earful from GOP

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 27.

Audits of Special Purpose Frameworks: the Pre-engagement Planning Meeting

Shock and embarrassment are what happen when the in-charge accountant and engagement leader fail to communicate in advance.
Practice Management

New Major IRS Phone Scam Highlights Dangers

Well-disguised con artists lurk all over the Internet with plausible, but dangerous, schemes centered on the IRS and other entities. Be very careful.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Speaketh – Bitcoin Will Be Taxed as Property

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 26.
Practice Management

How Couples Can Maximize Social Security Payouts

Married couples have multiple options for tapping into their Social Security accounts; shrewd planning is needed to pick the right one.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Taxes in 140 Characters?

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 25.
Practice Management

How to Avoid Violating Wage and Labor Laws

Payroll may look simple, but the regulations are complicated and the penalties are severe.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Media General’s Got Deal-Making Down

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 24.

Social Media Risk Is a Concern for Internal Auditors

A top priority for chief audit executives and internal auditors this year is preventing risks – such as hits to the bottom line and a loss of productivity – that could result from social media use within their organizations, according to a survey released last week by global consulting firm Protiviti.