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Taxpayer Advocate Wants Exam Added to IRS Voluntary Tax Preparer Program

In her annual midyear report to Congress on Wednesday, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said she wants the IRS to develop a competency exam for preparers by 2016 as part of the agency's Annual Filing Season Program.
Tax

A Kinder, Gentler IRS Is More Willing to Compromise

The IRS recently announced changes to its "offer-in-compromise" program that should improve the chances of such an offer being accepted. The IRS has also revised Form 656, used for OIC requests.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Obama Administration Is Tired of Inversions

The menu for July 16 features specials on House passes short-term highway fund fix, US inspection of Chinese audit firms may happen this year, Senate has other plans for Internet Tax Freedom Act, Crowe Horwath names new CEO, and more.
A&A

FRF for SMEs Series--Measurement and Disclosure Principles for various Consolidations and Business Combinations, Part 4B

This webcast will focus on accounting and disclosure policies for various types of consolidations and business combinations.
Practice

Practice Checklist: How to Succeed When You Start a New Job

People often make early-impression mistakes or fail to size up the new environment and set of colleagues. Here are some tips to build a solid foundation for long-term success.
Tax

Permanent Ban on Internet Access Taxes Backed by US House

All that was needed on Tuesday was a voice vote for the House of Representatives to pass a bill that would prevent state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Now the ball is in the Senate's court to pass its bill before the Nov. 1 deadline.
Tax

AICPA Files Lawsuit to Stop IRS Voluntary Preparer Education

The federal lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, said the IRS’s new Annual Filing Season Program is “unlawful” and an attempt to bypass two courts’ rulings that prevent the agency from mandating continuing education and competency testing of unlicensed tax return preparers.
A&A

FASB Wants to Wipe Out Requirements for Extraordinary Items

As part of a new initiative to make US accounting rules less complex, the standard-setting board on Tuesday also proposed new guidance that would simplify the measurement of inventory.
Tax

Ex-CA Tax Preparer Gets 18 Months in Jail for Defrauding the IRS

According to court documents, Rene R. Lopez of Van Nuys, California, prepared and filed at least 85 fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS, claiming $130,797 in false income tax refunds, from 1998 through 2001.

The 5 Key Small Biz Tax Issues

Midway through the year, whether you work for a small business or have small business clients, it's a good time to pauses and take stock of your tax situation. Consider these five tips.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Mylan/Abbott Labs’ ‘Spinversion’ Deal

The menu for July 15 features specials on EY to pay $4 million fine in lobbying case, House backs cuts to IRS budget, NASCAR tracks lobby for tax cuts, Citigroup to get a tax break as part of settlement, and more.
Practice

How Small Businesses Can Use Cloud-Based Virtual Desktops

The virtual desktop approach gives small and medium-sized businesses control over their environment, as well as customization options, while reducing labor overhead and hardware expenses.
Practice

Hiring Forecast Has Good News for Accountants

Despite the economy's steady, albeit somewhat unhurried, recovery, businesses in accounting, finance, and IT are reporting a significant increase in unfilled staff positions, says forecast.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Hedge Fund’s Tax Maneuvers Under Scrutiny by Lawmakers

The menu for July 14 features specials on UK to tighten rules on foreign takeovers, House likely to vote on highway fund bill this week, another judge wants answers on lost IRS emails, and more.
Tax

The Strange Case of the Blood Deduction

Few tax rules are as long standing and as stringently enforced as the blanket prohibition of deductions for the costs of commuting between home and work. Then came the woman who sold blood and presented novel interpretations of the tax code.

Editor's Picks: Milking the Staff; Taking Over a Small Practice; Wellness and Performance

Here are some of the latest items from our sister sites that you might enjoy, because after a week off, absence of links makes the heart grow fonder.
Education & Careers

Kentucky Students Attend CPA Summer Camp

The Kentucky CPA Society has been running a summer camp for teens interested in becoming accountants, immersing the students in everything from auditing to business etiquette.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Rep. Steve Stockman Wants Lois Lerner Thrown in Jail

The menu for July 11 features specials on IRS to take oath on missing emails, short-term highway fund fix gets support on both sides of Congress, Ventas dismisses EY as auditor due to inappropriate relationship, and more.
Tax

House Passes Bonus Depreciation Bill

By a 258-to-160 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday morning that would permanently extend the bonus depreciation tax break for businesses. Thirty-four Democrats voted for the legislation; two GOP lawmakers voted against it.
Practice

AAM Marketing Ideas: The Step-by-Step Marketing Plan

Today, deals are done, prospects are sought out and existing clients are nurtured, based on relationships. People do business with people—especially with people they like and trust.

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