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Practice

How to Be One of the Gang

If you want to form a stronger relationship with office co-workers, or simply get to know them more quickly, you have many strategies. You can also up your friendship quotient in the office.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A Look at Hertz’s Accounting Red Flags

The menu for June 27 features specials on US/China agree to terms on FATCA pact, Big Four firms oppose Hong Kong protest, KPMG buys boutique investment bank, Deloitte names new CEO of audit practice, and more.
Tax

Divide and Conquer: A Partial Home Sale Exclusion

Half a loaf is better than none. Although the IRS is strict about its rules for excluding home sale gains, it's not always an all-or-nothing situation. Compromises are possible.
Tax

IRS Moves Ahead with Voluntary Preparer Certification Plan

The IRS announced a new program on Thursday that will allow paid tax return preparers to receive certification if they voluntarily complete certain continuing education requirements.

PCAOB Issues Audit Guidance on Brokers and Dealers

The staff guidance released on Thursday will help auditors of brokers and dealers registered with the SEC plan and perform audits under PCAOB standards as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and SEC rules.
A&A

Finance Teams’ Roles Continue to Expand: AICPA Survey

The responsibilities of the CFO and other finance professionals have moved beyond corporate accounting and financial reporting, and now include strategic business planning, IT development, and cybersecurity, among other areas.
Technology

The Cloud: One Company's Case Study

We've published many articles about the cloud. Here, one company relates why it decided to move its accounting and financials to the cloud, and explains how it did it—including its errors.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: House Panel Checks Off More Tax Breaks From Its List

The menu for June 26 features specials on vote on Wyden’s highway fund plan on hold, ex-lawyer gets 15 years in tax fraud case, Regions Financial to pay $51 million to settle accounting error, and more.
Education & Careers

High Impact Excel: Table Edition Redux

In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA revisits the Excel feature you should be using, but probably aren't. The Table feature offers the ability to both boost the integrity of your spreadsheets, but reduce maintenance as well.
Practice

AAM Marketing Ideas: Building Client Loyalty

"Loyalty" isn't just a word. Researchers have found that loyalty refers to how are brains are hardwired, and taps into survival instincts that have been honed over thousands of years.
A&A

FASB Fills Hole in Stock Compensation Accounting Rules

The standard-setting board last week finalized new accounting guidance on stock compensation – specifically on how to account for share-based payments, which is absent from current US GAAP.
Practice

JDJ Resources Corp. Leaders Split from Rothstein Kass

The founders of JDJ Resources Corp. said on Wednesday they have left the Rothstein Kass Family Office Group to launch JDJ Family Office Services, which will provide administrative multifamily office and personal CFO services.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: To Sample or Not to Sample?

The sampling requirements in the Clarified Auditing Standards are applicable when sampling populations are material and other procedures are not used to satisfy audit objectives.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The IRS Has Got the Archivin’ Blues

The menu for June 25 features specials on DC Council approves “yoga tax,” AICPA sends second letter to IRS against proposed voluntary preparer certification program, Walgreen won’t rule out inversion, and more.
Tax

Knowing the Three Tax Scenarios for Vacation Homes

Using your vacation home? Renting it out to others? Doing a mix of both? The tax situation is different in each case, and you need to keep careful records and know all the rules.
Practice

Two Large Ohio Cities Most Tax-Friendly for US Businesses: Study

According to a new KPMG report, the top five US cities with populations above 2 million that have the most favorable tax climate for businesses are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.
A&A

Joint Accounting Rule on Leases May Not Happen in 2014

During a speech at the IMA's 95th Annual Conference and Exposition on Monday morning, FASB Chairman Russell Golden said he did not expect the converged leases standard to be finished "until the latter half of 2015."
Practice

Getting New Clients Through Speaking Engagements

Public speaking is a low-key but highly effective way of getting new clients. Here's how to set yourself up with the right talks at the rights venues, working with other professionals.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: KPMG Gobbles Up Another Tech Business

The menu for June 24 features specials on IRS chief grilled again over lost emails, Shire puts an end to AbbVie’s inversion plans, not much support for gas tax hike, “Yoga Tax” vote today in DC, and more.
Education & Careers

Boosting Women Accountants Boosts the Bottom Line

A new report makes it clear that a good women's initiative will not only grow the next generation of leaders, but increase firm revenue. Some firms have already shown it works.

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