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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: States with Highest Cellphone Tax Rates

The menu for Oct. 9 features specials on two tax officials express doubt about FATCA, healthcare tax credit shrinking for some small tax-exempt employers, Hillary Clinton dodges issue of medical-device tax, and more.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Stockholders' Equity

When an entity redeems or acquires shares of its own stock, the transactions are usually recorded as capital transactions. Management can elect the cost method or constructive retirement method.
Practice

Don't Let Traffic Stop You

Jeff Davidson explains how an early encounter with Washington's nightmarish traffic patterns—and his eventual triumph—became a metaphor we all can use in moving ahead in our careers, and in life.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Tax Break Inaction Could Delay 2015 Filing Season

The menu for Oct. 8 features specials on PwC’s revenues up 6.1%, Paul Ryan slams IRS in re-election ad, video surfaces of Lois Lerner avoiding blogger’s interview, and more.
Tax

How to Take It to the Brink with Yearend Payments

Those planning to make end-of-year payments to move deductions into the current year for tax reasons should know that the IRS has strict and strange rules for dating these payments.
A&A

US Audit Firms Still Vexed by Fair Value Measurement

A new survey from CPA firm Acuitas Inc. found that the percentage of fair value measurement audit deficiencies attributed to business combinations were on the rise in 2012, while those related to financial instruments declined.
Education & Careers

How to Prepare to Be Fired

Many current and future tax CPAs think they can control the flow of their careers when in most cases they are merely in the eye of the hurricane. But that doesn't mean you're without options.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Who’s Janet Yellen?

The menu for Oct. 7 features specials on EU investigates Amazon’s tax practices, current and former KPMG female staff offered chance to join lawsuit, H&R Block’s new tax-time savings program, AICPA awards scholarships to 92 minority students, and more.
A&A

Audit Fraud: The Confirmation Angle

Sponsored Content from Confirmation.com: AccountingWEB takes a look at confirmations in audit engagements, how they can serve as a doorway to fraud, and what you can do about it. Today, auditors have to fight fire with fire.
A&A

CPA Firm Revenues Continue Steady Climb Upward: Report

Annual revenues last year increased 6.7 percent, marking the third straight year of continued growth at CPA firms in the United States, according to the "2014 Rosenberg Survey."
Education & Careers

EY Talks about Coaching: the Keys to Its Success

The use of executive coaching as a leadership development tool is becoming increasingly popular within the accounting profession. EY shows how coaching makes good managers great.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Valuing Fine Art for Tax Purposes

The menu for Oct. 6 features specials on fear of annual mansion taxes on the wealthy causing ripples in luxury housing in London and New York, IRS has FOIA backlog, Americans for Tax Fairness calls US Chamber poll “misleading,” and more.
Practice

10 Reasons Your Friends Won't Do Business with You

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we explore working with friends. Here, we list workarounds to various barriers. Next week, we discuss some good reasons for friends to work together.
A&A

Accounting Starting Salaries Projected to Rise 3.5% in 2015

According to a new forecast released on Thursday by staffing firm Robert Half, strong demand is expected next year for such professionals as staff accountants, senior financial analysts, and business systems analysts.
Practice

CPAs Join Forces, Give Back During Day of Service

Last month, thousands of accountants across the country stepped away from their spreadsheets to plant gardens for seniors, clean beaches, serve meals to the hungry and homeless, and more.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: What’s the Deal with Earnings Stripping?

The menu for Oct. 3 features specials on Canada’s top two national accounting groups unite, Salix nixes inversion deal with Cosmo, IRS advisory panel has vacancies to fill, married reality TV show stars get jail time for fraud, and more.
Practice

10 Questions Young CPAs Should Ask Firm Partners

Many young professionals are eager to build strong relationships with partners and senior managers. The best route is through questions that show a personal interest—but in a professional manner.
A&A

Survey: Public and Private Company Audit Fees Went Up in 2013

Public companies' audit fees increased 4.5 percent last year, while audit fees for private companies were 3.7 percent higher in 2013, according to the results of a new survey released on Thursday by the Financial Executives Research Foundation.
Practice

Not So Fast: Cloud Hits Roadblocks

What's stopping small-business cloud adoption? Survey finds that cloud-friendly products may lag, while many still feel doubtful about cloud's reliability. The industry may be awaiting a certain critical mass to grow further.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: New Twist in PCAOB’s Auditor Naming Plan

The menu for Oct. 2 features specials on Britain’s financial watchdog launches Tesco accounting probe, GOP at odds over whether to pursue tax reform, IRS tax revenue increased 13% in 2013, and more.

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