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The US Treasury Department and the IRS on August 28 released draft guidance on the reporting requirements for forms 1094-B and 1095-B, as well as forms 1094-C and 1095-C.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

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Could BK Deal Put Buffett and Obama at Odds?

The menu for August 29 features specials on EY audit deficiency rate was 49% in 2013, hedge funds look for clues on Treasury’s inversion crackdown, SEC issues whistleblower award, and more.
Practice

How to Wear the 'Business Advisor' Hat

Never overlook the importance of promoting your role as a trusted business advisor for your own clients. With a well-earned reputation as a trusted advisor, you are more competitive in your niche.
Tax

How to Take Business Convention Deductions

You generally get a good deduction but be careful, especially when travel outside of North America is involved. The IRS has some strict rules and a "reasonableness test."
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: FASB Puts Onus on Management for Going Concern Disclosures

The menu for August 28 features specials on MF Global lawsuit against PwC will go to trial, CAQ releases new judgment tool for auditors, KPMG faces criticism for Espírito Santo audit work, and more.
Education & Careers

Top Female Exec Suggests Rethinking Work-Life Success

The work-life balance myth may be hopelessly flawed, but its most insidious deception is its implication that work and family are separate lives. There are other approaches.
Education & Careers

Developing Successful Associates and Managers

Transfer your knowledge and experience to prepare your team for the challenges and opportunities of an accounting career.

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