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8 Ways to Break Down Silos in Succession Planning

The crucial succession planning process benefits from the perspectives, insights, and hands-on involvement of a broad range of stakeholders who often are left out. It's time to work as a team.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Most Annoying Business Buzzwords

The menu for September 5 features specials on DC appeals court to rehear Obamacare tax subsidies case, IRS slow in processing complaints against tax return preparers, Francine McKenna’s take on Andersen brand revival, and more.
Practice

The 5 Forgotten Venues for the R&D Tax Credit

For CPAs looking to provide even greater value to their business clients, it would be wise to take another look at the R&D Tax Credit. It's often forgotten—but shouldn't be. Many businesses can take advantage of it.
A&A

CPA Executives Have a Positive Outlook on Hiring: AICPA Study

According to the AICPA's third quarter 2014 "Business and Industry US Economic Outlook Survey," released on Thursday, hiring is expected to increase by 20 percent in the coming year, up from 17 percent last quarter and 13 percent at the end of 2013.
Technology

When Excel Dates Mysteriously Shift by 4 Years

Sometimes the most mundane tasks, such as copying and pasting a series of dates from one workbook to another, can send you down a mysterious rabbit hole where things become frustrating.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Andersen Tax Looks to Rebuild Tainted Brand

The menu for September 4 features specials on proposed lease accounting rules could trip up bank loans, how AstraZeneca turned to Washington to fend off Pfizer’s inversion plan, Hospira/Danone inversion talks on hold, and more.
Practice

What 5 Character Traits Do Accountants Need?

Your clients and potential clients have certain traits they want to see in their accountants. Here's a list, which shows how characteristics work and fit into your daily life.
Tax

IRS: Interest Rates Remain Unchanged for Q4 of 2014

The interest rates announced by the IRS on Wednesday are computed from the federal short-term rate, which was determined during July 2014 to take effect Aug. 1, 2014, based on daily compounding.
A&A

ParenteBeard and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Join Forces

The combined firm, which will keep the Baker Tilly Virchow Krause name, will employ approximately 2,500 professionals across 29 cities in the United States, with total annual revenue of $475 million. The merger becomes effective Oct. 1.
Wealth management

How to Strategize Your Charitable Contributions

Charitable contributions provide great flexibility: You can use checks and credit cards down to the wire, and donated property can give you a lot of tax-savings bang for your buck.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Free Lunch? The IRS Won’t Put Up With It

The menu for September 3 features specials on PwC’s role at Standard Chartered under microscope, experts say BK deal will definitely reduce burger chain’s taxes, Colorado’s missing pot taxes, and more.
Practice

The 5 Priorities for Managing Partners in 2015

A global accounting association has put together a list of five important "to-do items" that managing partners must address within their firms if they want to support continued growth.
Practice

IRS Releases Draft Instructions for ACA Employer Mandate

The US Treasury Department and the IRS on August 28 released draft guidance on the reporting requirements for forms 1094-B and 1095-B, as well as forms 1094-C and 1095-C.
A&A

Revised CPA Exam Is Expected to Launch in 2017

The AICPA is asking the accounting profession for its feedback on potential changes to the exam that are being considered as part of a practice analysis. The comment period began on Tuesday and runs through December 2.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Auditing Inventories—Part 2

As RMM increases, more and better evidence is needed to evaluate financial statement assertions. Possible effects of high and low risk are outlined in this article.
Education & Careers

Using Leadership Assessments to Drive Organizational Behavior

Amber Setter will show the value of leadership assessments as tools for individual and organizational leadership development initiatives.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Arthur Andersen Name Is Making a Comeback

The menu for September 2 features specials on Treasury secretary to speak on tax reform and inversions next week, public pension funds stay quiet on inversions, some Swiss banks pull out of US tax program, and more.
Education & Careers

Leadership Behavior: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

In this course, Amber Setter will shine the light on different types of leadership behavior- an integral part of everyone's career.
Tax

With Freelancers' Tax Returns, It's All About Timing

As part of end-of-year financial planning, the self-employed should review perfectly legal tax-trimming tactics that must be taken by December 31 if they aren't to be lost forever.
A&A

Comment Period Opens for Proposed 2015 GAAP Taxonomy

Interested individuals have until October 31 to provide comments to the FASB about the taxonomy, which is a list of computer-readable financial reporting labels coded in XBRL.

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