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A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Auditing Investments—Part 2

The difference between principles in U.S. GAAP and FRF for SMEs is just the beginning. Auditors also need to consider the effects of these differences on auditing procedures.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Kenny G Is a Habitual Stockpicker

The menu for Sept. 17 features specials on OECD unveils recommendations to curb corporate tax avoidance, McGladrey to acquire Battelle Rippe Kingston, AICPA presses Congress for action on tax extenders, and more.
Wealth management

How to Steer Clear of the Mutual Fund Tax Trap

Accountants are not wealth managers, but wealth management decisions have important tax consequences. It's good business to help clients avoid unnecessary investment-oriented tax bills.
Technology

Timesaving File Menu Tricks in Excel 2010/2013

In Excel 2013, frequent actions like Opening and Saving files require time-consuming extra mouse clicks. Here are a few tricks you can use to take back a tiny portion of your day.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The SEC’s Grammar Police

The menu for Sept. 16 features specials on AgFeed reaches $18 million settlement in accounting fraud case, SEC offers early revenue recognition relief, US ranked third worst in international tax competitiveness, and more.
Practice

How to Build Your Practice with Outsourced Payroll

If handled right, outsourcing payroll can be a strategic initiative for your accounting firm—and it can build client relationships. Be aware of both the challenges and opportunities.
Practice

3 Steps to Becoming the Steve Jobs of Accounting

The Apple founder became successful by focusing on a niche. You may not strive to become world-famous, but developing a niche can be a steppingstone to a new level of success for you, too.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: White House Action on Inversions This Week?

The menu for Sept. 15 features specials on Hertz and Carl Icahn make amends, Akorn is next US company to consider an inversion, Grover Norquist questions IRS audit of Breitbart News, and more.
A&A

The Unqualified Opinion: Hackers Steal Images of Nude Work Papers

You thought Hollywood had a monopoly on scandal? The same hacking horror could hit the accounting world, as this 'what if' scenario shows. It's funny now, but not if it happened to you.

Editor's Picks: Letters After Your Name; Making Employees Happy; Vocation Value

Here's some (working?) weekend reading for you.
Tax

How to Pay Your Bitcoin Taxes

How do you calculate taxes owed on what the IRS calls convertible virtual currency? Experts may argue about what virtual currencies are, but at the end of the day, the IRS wants its cut.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Accounting Is an Underrated Job

The menu for Sept. 12 features specials on House majority wants to save cash method of accounting, Buffett called Hatch to gauge US inversion policy, M&T Bank unit reaches $18.5 million settlement in SEC accounting case, and more.
Practice

Marketing Plan Is the Key to Prioritization

As a marketing professional, I caution you to learn to prioritize. No matter how small your firm may be, you need to make time to write a marketing plan that can guide your activities. Create a blueprint that can provide consistency and structure.
Tax

IRS Reaches Direct Pay Milestone in 2014

More than 1 million tax payments have been processed, and more than $1.7 billion have been received, so far in 2014 through IRS Direct Pay, a free online payment system that debuted earlier this year, the tax agency announced on Wednesday.
Practice Development

What Happens When Accountants Get Religion

Many professionals find themselves worshipping on weekends, saying thanks and being involved in the community. Can this lead to business? Yes—if you don't directly prospect and keep it low-key.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Chief Chastised Over Remark Made During Hearing

The menu for Sept. 11 features specials on Munger defends Buffett on Burger King deal, PwC and Crowe Horwath face lawsuit over Colonial Bank collapse, US Chamber gauges voter sentiment on tax code, and more.
Practice

The 4 Ways to Attract Top Recruits to Your Firm

Don't think that all new accountants only want to work for the Big Four. Small and midsized firms have plenty of advantages. The trick is knowing what to offer the best candidates.
Tax

Poll: US Voters Back Congressional Action on Inversions

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that 59 percent of registered voters think Congress should enact legislation that would “penalize and discourage” US companies from shifting their headquarters overseas to cut their US tax bill.
Technology

Microsoft Adds Key Features to Excel for iPad

Our Excel expert takes a fresh look at Excel for iPad and happily discovers that in the past months Microsoft has added some key elements. Mobile spreadsheet users are now in a much better place.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: S&P Weighs In on Inversion Craze

The menu for Sept. 10 features specials on REITs swell under new IRS rules, Breitbart News claims IRS harassment, 10 new AICPA/Accountemps scholarship winners announced, and more.

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