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AICPA Unveils 6-Point Plan to Improve Audit Quality

The action plan, released on May 14, focuses on private company financial statement audits, employee benefit plans, and US governmental entities.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SEC Appoints Wesley Bricker as Deputy Chief Accountant

The menu features specials on Toshiba to restate profits after accounting errors, millennials and 401(k)s, and more.
Practice

Avalara Unveils SALT Program for Accountants

SALT-in-a-Box is a new Avalara program aimed at accountants and bookkeepers who want to help clients address state and local tax compliance issues.
Practice Management

Three Key Reasons Why There Is Still Value Pricing Hesitation

Longtime value pricing proponent Ron Baker discusses why there is still resistance to the practice among accountants.
A&A

NASBA: Private Company Standard-Setting Process is ‘Effective and Efficient’

But NASBA officials urged the FAF not to limit the Private Company Council’s role in that process.
Practice

Eight Lessons Accountants Can Learn from the TV Show ‘Mr. Selfridge’

The PBS Masterpiece Theatre program casts the company accountant, Arthur Crabb, as the hero. Here are his best traits.
Technology

Sage and Salesforce Ink Cloud Accounting, Payroll Deal

Sage Life, a new platform as a service, allows for accounting, payroll, finance data, and client connection in the cloud.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SEC is About to Lose Another Commissioner

The menu features specials on overseas action fuels US tax fears, GOP backers oppose corporate tax deal, and more.
Practice

Making New Tax Year’s Resolutions – and Sticking to Them

Here are five resolutions for expanding your client relationships and providing more value in this New Tax Year.
A&A

AICPA to FAF: Full Steam Ahead on Private Company Accounting Matters

Comments sent as part of an assessment of the Private Company Council’s effectiveness in standard-setting process.
A&A

FASB Proposes Improvements in Two Areas of New Revenue Standard

Stakeholders have until June 30 to comment on the proposed rule changes to performance obligations and licensing.
A&A

New AICPA Not-for-Profit Section is Chock-Full of Resources for Practitioners

Practical tools to help simplify and streamline tasks include work-paper templates, checklists, and sample reports.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Divide Between Financial Advisors and Millennials

The menu features specials on SEC gets many audit independence queries, Chris Christie’s income tax plan, and more.
Tax

IRS Issues 2016 Deduction Limits for Health Savings Accounts

Limitation is $3,350 for individuals with self-only coverage under high-deductible plan; $6,750 for family coverage.
A&A

Study Finds SOX 404 May Not be Fulfilling its Purpose

Academic research shows companies that are transparent about internal-control problems incur a variety of “penalties” than those that don’t report weaknesses.
Practice

Technology a Core Asset for CFOs, Research Says

Economic volatility and competition for the smartest staff will also have a big effect on finance departments, according to a study from the IMA and ACCA.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Florida Jury Says Deloitte Not Liable in Auditing Case

The menu features specials on Tesco drops PwC as its auditor, SEC issues new guidance on venues for cases, and more.
Technology

Sage Adds Bank Recs, Free Version to Sage One

Sage North America has upgraded its U.S. version of Sage One Accounting, including full bank reconciliations and new pricing that includes a free version.
A&A

PCAOB Highlights Key Issues for Audit Committees in New Communication Tool

Audit Committee Dialogue gives committee members insight on key recurring areas of concern and emerging audit risks.
Tax

The IRS Doesn’t Take Pity on Home Sellers Who Suffered a Loss

The tax code bars deductions for losses on sales of things considered personal assets, such as principal residences.

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