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A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Obama on Inversions: ‘I Don’t Care If It’s Legal, It’s Wrong’

The menu for July 25 features specials on House approves bill to expand and simplify tax breaks for education, IRS releases draft forms on Obamacare employer mandate, Paul Ryan’s plan to expand the EITC, and more.
Practice

How to Form a CPA-Financial Advisor Alliance

Developing a strategic alliance with a financial advisor may be just the ticket to grow your accounting practice, particularly if many of your clients are affluent. But do it right.
Practice

Survey: Cybersecurity Is Keeping More Corporate Directors Up At Night

While reputational risk is the No. 1 nonfinancial concern among corporate directors, cybersecurity/IT risk is gaining steam. According to the results of a new survey from EisnerAmper, cybersecurity/IT risk ranked second at 62 percent, up almost 10 percent from last year’s poll.
Practice

Tax Pros Have High Hopes for IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Tool

Many senior US tax professionals believe that a streamlined audit process will be the top benefit resulting from the IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap, a toolkit organized around a notional 24-month audit timeline, according to the results of a new KPMG survey.
A&A

FASB Unveils ‘More Visual’ Technical Agenda Web Page

The updated web page groups the standard-setting board's technical agenda into project “families” and informs visitors at a glance on where any given FASB project stands, the steps it took to get there, and what is coming up.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: No Convergence for Accounting Rules on Financial Instruments

The menu for July 24 features specials on SEC approves final rules on money-market funds, GAO says it’s too soon to draw conclusions on Obamacare tax credit fraud, IRS no longer probing missing emails, Senate to vote on phasing out gas tax, and more.
Education & Careers

How To Develop Qualified Prospects For Your Practice

In this session we'll review best practices for how to generate interest in your firm’s services.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Tests of Balances

Risk assessment procedures, tests of controls, systems walk-through procedures, analytical procedures and tests-of-balances procedures produce substantive evidence for an auditor.
Education & Careers

What are the 'Adaptive Challenges' for CPE?

According to "The Work of Leadership," adaptive work is required when “our deeply held beliefs are challenged, when the values that made us successful become less relevant, and when legitimate yet competing perspectives emerge.” All of these are true for CPE.
Practice

Don’t Leave Money on the Table When You Suspect IRS Error

The IRS isn't always perfect in its calculations of underpayment interest and refund interest. Two BDO USA professionals, Cathy Stopyra and Todd Simmens, provide advice so you don't walk away from overpayments that are rightfully owed to your company.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: California Soda Tax Measures – Whose Is Better?

The menu for July 23 features specials on FASB looks at revamping income statement, two courts issue conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies, Senate advances bill to end tax breaks for outsourcing, and more.
Practice Management

The 16 Ways to Screw Up Delegation

We've all tried to make our work-lives more efficient, transfer knowledge to newer team members and leverage our practices. Sometimes delegation works, and sometimes, well—it doesn't.
Practice

Learn to Relax in High Pressure Situations and You Just Might Win More Business

You have a big presentation forthcoming that might enable you to land a huge client for your firm. Are you sufficiently relaxed to be at your best? Let me offer a story and some observations that drive home a crucial point.
A&A

Big Data Cited as Top Issue for Some CPAs

Accountants who specialize in forensic and valuation services point to electronic data analysis, or big data, as the most pressing issue they’ll face in the coming months, according to results of a new survey released on Tuesday by the AICPA.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: ACA Tax Subsidies Take Major Hit in Federal Appeals Court

The menu for July 22 features specials on Renaissance hedge fund escaped more than $6 billion in taxes, Lois Lerner’s emails may exist after all, Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on inversions, and more.
Practice

How to Go Solo Without Going Crazy

You should be investing your limited time and financial resources in areas that are likely to bear fruit and not in chasing after ideas that force you to spread yourself too thinly.
Tax

Poll: Smokers Fired Up Over Increases in Cigarette Taxes

A new Gallup survey found that 58 percent of smokers in the United States see increased state and federal taxes on cigarettes as an act of unjust discrimination, while 39 percent believe the tax hikes are justified.
A&A

CPAs Call for More Financial Literacy Education After U.S. Students Disappoint on OECD Test

Your teen may be tech-savvy enough to help you stream episodes of “Game of Thrones,” but chances are you can’t expect them to display the same level of sophistication when it comes to understanding even the most basic financial concepts, according to a recent financial literacy survey.
A&A

PCAOB Reaches Deal with Denmark’s Audit Regulator

The US audit regulator's agreement with the Danish Business Authority, which was announced on July 18 and takes effect immediately, provides a framework for joint inspections and allows for the exchange of confidential information under the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Detroit CPA Firms Give Top Prospects the ‘Detroit Experience’

The menu for July 21 features specials on some liberal groups oppose moratorium on Internet access taxes, lawmakers urge SEC not to allow choice of accounting rules, Tea Party groups’ lawsuit vs. IRS moves ahead, and more.

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