News

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

The best technology for your practice, what you should be charging for tax prep, accounting job trends, the secrets of college student exemptions, growing through alliances, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Skinny on 2015 Pension Plan Limits

The menu for Oct. 24 features specials on federal judge throws out lawsuits against IRS, KPMG audit deficiency rate was 46% in 2013, another tax inversion deal dies, Mary Crotty is new COO of FAF, and more.
Tax

Does TIGTA Foretell a Smooth Tax Season?

TIGTA finds the IRS performed admirably throughout 2014 tax filing season, despite the distractions, although split refund option problems and EITC misunderstandings remain.
Practice

3 Rules to Getting Referrals from Other Professionals

Where do you get your referrals from? You probably have a couple of good sources, but chances are you don't know about all the referral possibilities. Don't leave money on the table.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: KPMG Finally Joining the Strategy Party

The menu for Oct. 23 features specials on SEC and Big Four Chinese firms continue talks over audit documents, Tesco chair resigns amid accounting mess, Mylan and Abbott tweak tax deal, and more.
Practice

Firm Issues List of the Best Tech for Accountants

Some IT companies are advancing while others are stuck in ivory towers. What does that say about them—and what do your technology choices say about your firm? Are you going with the winners?
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Average Fees for Tax Preparation

The menu for Oct. 22 features specials on IRS chief warns of complicated 2015 filing season, FASB continues efforts to reduce complexity, AICPA elects new board chair, inversion lobbying booms, and more.
Practice

Breaking News: What's Happening with QuickBooks?

News from the QuickBooks Connect conference in San Jose. Intuit has given QuickBooks Online Accountant (QBOA) a major overhaul with features that will gladden the hearts of professional users.
Practice

Why QuickBooks' Cloud Bet Matters to Everyone

Technology has a record of disrupting tried-and-true methods of operation in ways that we often don't foresee. It happened to TV thanks to HBO, and now it's happening in accounting.
A&A

Accounting Principles Lists the Top Jobs Trending Upward

According to the staffing firm's recently released "2015 Salary Guide," some of the most in-demand accounting and finance jobs are bookkeeping clerk, accountant, and financial analyst.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Auditing Revenues—Part 2

The first part discussed the principles of revenue recognition under the FRF for SMEs. This part will focus on auditing issues, including some common questions auditors should ask.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: AICPA About to Roll Out SSARS No. 21

The menu for Oct. 21 features specials on AICPA responds to EEOC scrutiny of firms’ retirement-age policies, AbbVie-Shire inversion deal officially bites the dust, IRS behind on ID cards, and more.
Tax

College Students: The Gray Area of Exemptions

Parents pay their tuition, keep a room for them, and even do their laundry. But can they still deduct them as children? The rules can be dauntingly complex.
Practice

How to Grow through Alliances

Strategic alliances can enable you grow your practice by providing access to new prospective clients with the potential of taking your business to a higher level than you might achieve on your own.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Now Is the Time to Renew Your PTIN

The menu for Oct. 20 features specials on Tesco accounting probe finds “inappropriate behavior” by staff, AICPA launches new diversity and inclusion tools, ex-PwC employee sues Comcast, and more.
Education & Careers

What CPAs Need to Say to Get a New Job

Many accountants go into a death spiral when discussing during the interview why they left or got fired. Newsflash: no one cares. Here's the bottom line, on resume gaps and more.
Practice

Assessing AMT Liability: Crazy Like a Fox

Did you ever feel as if you're preparing taxes in the Twilight Zone? You may be more right than you think, thanks to the AMT. Start preparing your clients to mitigate what could be bad news.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Deep Dive Into Public Company Non-audit and Audit Fees

The menu for Oct. 17 features specials on the split over accounting convergence, middle-market tax burden is rising, US business leaders remain optimistic about economy, and more.
Practice

4 Ways to Handle Gen X

They've made mistakes and may have money troubles, but it's not too late for their accountants to help them achieve a happy ending with a comfortable retirement. Sit down and have a good talk with your Gen X clients.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Auditing Revenues—Part 1

Recognizing revenue under the FRF for SMEs requires completion of performance of a transaction and reasonable assurance of collection of invoices and billings.

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