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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Rules, Smules – More Inversions On the Way

The menu for Oct. 14 features specials on Tesco suspends three more workers amid accounting probe, Swiss banker faces feds in tax evasion trial, new survey finds that aggregate goodwill impairment at lowest level since 2008, and more.
Practice

6 Steps to Becoming a Star CFO

Sure, your job is to control costs and the way you divvy out precious cash resources is bound to ruffle feathers sometimes. But is that all you’re doing? Or are you helping corporate goals?

How to Go Backwards with a Roth IRA

In the tax world, you usually can't take things back. But the tax law provides an exception for retirement-savers who convert funds from a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA this year. That's right: the IRS is letting you correct a mistake.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A $14.7 Billion Tax Increase Is Lurking

The menu for Oct. 10 features specials on AICPA wants IRS to make changes to tangible property regs, CAQ survey finds investor confidence pretty high right now, inverted company buys US firm, and more.
Education & Careers

Bitcoin Is Going Mainstream

Bitcoin is not just a flash-in-the pan. There are over 5 million holders of bitcoin, and 100,000 merchants accepting the virtual currency, with 1,000 more signing up each week. Don't get left out.
A&A

New Hiring Forecast Predicts High Demand for Accountants

According to a new Q4 jobs outlook by staffing firm Brilliant, 28 percent of businesses are planning to increase hiring of accountants and other finance professionals in the next 12 months; temp hiring is expected to go up by 16 percent.
Practice

4 Ways to Market Your Firm's Niche

If your firm has, or is cultivating, an industry niche, you're already ahead of many other firms. You just have to take the next steps and let everyone know. Here's how to reach out to your niche.
A&A

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.

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