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Practice Management

Know the Roth 401(k) Rules—Or Get Left Behind

Half of all employers now offer Roth 401(k)s, and they're proving popular with young affluent employees. Accountants should educate themselves on their provisions.
Tax

IRS Direct Pay Hits the Ground Running

More than 150,000 taxpayers have paid more than $340 million in taxes so far through the new web-based IRS Direct Pay system, the IRS announced on Thursday.
Tax

The IRS Is Helping You Move to a New Home

No, the IRS won't send agents to help you carry your couch out the door, but it will give a tax break that can save you some money, if you meet certain time and distance thresholds.
Practice

New IRS Program to Give Penalty Relief to Small Business Retirement Plans

The one-year pilot program that will start in June is intended to help small businesses with retirement plans that owe penalties for unknowingly failing to file reporting documents.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Who Better Really to Talk About Ethics Than Scott London?

The menu for May 22 features specials on Senate tax break bill still stalled, watchdog panel thinks private debt collector proposal is a bad idea, Credit Suisse punishment not big enough, and more.
A&A

Thomson Reuters Checkpoint Wins SIIA Software CODiE Award for Best Consumer Mobile Application

Thomson Reuters on May 22 announced that its Checkpoint Pocket Assistant was named Best Consumer Mobile Application at the 2014 SIIA Software CODiE Awards. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries.
A&A

Advanced Mobile Technology Solution From Wolters Kluwer, CCH Wins Prestigious SIIA CODiE Award

Wolters Kluwer, CCH announced on May 22 that its CCH Mobile app has won the 2014 SIIA Software CODiE Award in the Best Enterprise Mobile Application category. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Walk-Through Procedures

The system's walk-through procedure is often the most cost-efficient, annual risk assessment procedure auditors can use. Familiarize yourself with our checklist.
Tax

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.
Practice

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.
A&A

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.
A&A

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.
Practice

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.
Practice

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.
A&A

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.
Practice

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.”
Tax

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.
A&A

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.
Practice

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.
A&A

CPA2Biz Has a New Name: CPA.com

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 CPA.com, effective immediately.

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