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The 7 Ways to Transition Your Practice

Accountants without a succession plan are hurting not only themselves but their clients as well. Here are seven ways to see your practice continues after you retire—some of them are better than others.
A&A

James Schnurr is the New Chief Accountant at the SEC

A former partner and vice chairman with Deloitte LLP, Schnurr, who recently retired from the firm, will head the SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant. He begins his new post in October.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Burger King’s Whopper of a Deal

The menu for August 26 features specials on two top House Republicans profited from inversion deal, GOP charges IRS with conflict of interest, judge questions shareholder deal in HP/Autonomy accounting fraud case, and more.
A&A

SEC Cracks Down on the Golf Course

Summer is a time for kicking back and playing a few round of golf with friends, for example. But if you're on the green, you'd better be careful: The SEC may be looking over your shoulder.
A&A

Issues Persist With GASB Standard on Impairment of Capital Assets

A review team recently concluded that accounting guidance for governments on capital asset impairments and insurance recoveries does provide pertinent information to financial statement users but does not resolve all issues underlying its purpose.
Practice

Don't Be Afraid to Sell…and Quote a Price

To set up the right value pricing for your client, you need to know what questions to ask first so you can later sell your value. Here are some tips on how you can better understand your client.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Is an Inversion Next on Burger King’s Menu?

The menu for August 25 features specials on the specter of Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts is haunting Republicans, a tax-avoidance strategy not as scrutinized as inversions, now’s the time to open a charitable-gift fund, and more.
Tax

Tax Forms: The 'Miscellaneous' Strategy

Yes, Schedule A is where itemizers claim deductions for miscellaneous expenses. But Schedule A is also a good place for some sophisticated tax planning—if you know the strict IRS rules.
Tax

Breaker 1-9: Highway Use Tax Returns Due September 2

The highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, which generally includes trucks, truck tractors, and buses. The Labor Day holiday pushed the due date for Form 2290 back two days.
Tax

Koskinen Places Blame for Long IRS Wait Times on Congress

During a speech at the National Society of Accountants' Annual Meeting on Thursday, the head of the IRS said wait times for phone service will increase through the rest of the year because of a lack of staff due to the agency's budget being slashed.
Practice

Can Project Management Be Poetic?

We're not sure if financial project management advice lends itself to poetry, but here's an attempt. Please enjoy this collection of project management verses with our compliments.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Meet the Treasury’s Inversions Point Man

The menu for August 22 features specials on PCAOB’s struggles with conflicts in audits, settlement forces Bank of America to set aside borrower tax relief, one accountant’s daily routine, and more.
A&A

Study Highlights Corporate Compliance Issues

When it comes to regulatory compliance and other key issues, the vast majority of companies are not operating at their highest financial planning and analysis potential, according to new report.
A&A

FASB Share-Based Payment Rule Gets Mostly Positive Review

However, private company stakeholders told a Financial Accounting Foundation review team that the 2004 accounting standard is sometimes difficult to understand and is costly to apply.
A&A

New SEC Initiative Examines Municipal Advisor Compliance

Launched earlier this week, the examination initiative will enable the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations to evaluate whether municipal advisors are complying with new agency rules that went into effect on July 1.
A&A

FASB Gets into the Cloud Game

GAAP addresses accounting principles for cloud service providers, but there is no specific guidance for a customer's accounting of fees paid to the provider. Proposed guidance would change that.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Quite the Guarantee Offered to Davenport University Accounting Students

The menu for August 21 features specials on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge charitable donations, Bank of America settles, Rep. Paul Ryan backs cut to mortgage tax break, and more.
Tax

A Fair Tax Shake on Quid Pro Quo Contributions

A taxpayer can deduct contributions made to a qualified charity. These donations are typically made "with no strings attached." But what happens when you receive something of value in return?
A&A

PCAOB Seeks Input on Auditing Accounting Estimates, Fair Value Measurements

The US audit regulator on Tuesday issued for public comment a staff consultation paper on possible standard-setting activities related to those areas. Comments are sought by November 3.

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