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Avalara Buys Telecom Tax Automation Provider

Avalara has purchased EZtax, broadening its tax content for the telecom industry and accountants that serve this vertical.

Hubdoc and ZenPayroll Get Accountants' Vote at Xerocon

The Xero add-ons Hubdoc and ZenPayroll won the plaudits from a panel of accountants at Xerocon earlier today.

New Resource Can be Used by Audit Committees to Evaluate External Auditors

The tool includes 18 sample questions that can be asked to gauge audit quality and performance, among other things.

Survey: Financial Services Industry Still Afflicted by Unethical Behavior

Report says many industry professionals are “in the midst of – and losing – an ethical battle of the highest order.”

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Company 10-Ks Are Getting Pretty Wordy

The menu features specials on tech firms fret over revenue rule, Microsoft and the IRS are fighting again, and more.

Five Tips on How CPAs Can Improve Client Engagement Year-Round

Leveraging online tools to engage clients before and after tax season can improve client preparation and retention.

IIA Updates Internal Audit Practice Advisories on Quality Assurance

Guidance is intended to help internal auditors and CAEs manage a quality assurance and improvement program.

PCAOB May Revise Standards Surrounding Auditors’ Use of Specialists

Audit regulator seeks feedback by July 31 on whether its standards adequately govern the use of specialists’ work.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: How Aerial Photography is Helping Local Tax Assessors

The menu features specials on 4 more Swiss banks reach deal in US tax program, execs too busy for vacations, and more.

FASB Proposal Aims to Make Accounting for Business Combinations Less Complex

Proposal is part of FASB initiative to make areas of US GAAP easier and less costly for financial statement users.

With Apologies to Dear Amy: Tax Advice for Couples with Marital Problems – Part 2

Marriage is taxing – in more ways than one. Here are some more examples of tax issues when relationships go awry.

Our Friday Wrap-Up: What You May Have Missed This Week

God-fearing accountants, engaging the disengaged manager, five tools to manage a remote team, and more.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Former House Speaker Tried to Hide Money From the IRS

The menu features specials on CohnReznick picks Longobardi as CEO, FBI to probe IRS data breach, and more.

Editor’s Corner: What’s the Big Deal With Thought Leadership?

You have undoubtedly heard the term thought leadership by now, but what is it and why should it matter to accountants?
Practice Management

Advice for Accountants Transitioning to Business Advisors

Like it or not, accountants are transitioning to a more consultative role. But taking those first steps can be difficult.

Clarified Auditing Standards: Evaluation of Misstatements Identified During the Audit

The process of performing an effective error analysis, as required by AU-C Section 450, is explained in this article.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS May Know Where Massive Data Breach Originated

The menu features specials on FINRA says broker rule “not the way to go,” Dewey & LeBoeuf’s cooked books, and more.

FASB Makes Improvements to Disclosure Requirements for Insurance Companies

Insurers that issue short-duration contracts will now have to provide more information about claim-related liabilities.

IRS to Send $10 Million in Refunds to Return Preparers

Agency is reimbursing tax return preparers who paid to take a competency test as part of IRS regulations that were ultimately struck down in court.

5 Potentially Costly Problems of Sales Tax Collection

Here are five common, and potentially costly, pitfalls to help your clients avoid when dealing with sales tax collection and filing.


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