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Practice

Internal Complexity Top Challenge CFOs Are Facing: Report

According to a new Accenture study, dealing with legacy systems and environments, managing the complex needs of all stakeholders, new and complex business risks, and supporting increasingly complex operating models were the top four issues cited by CFOs.
Tax

How to Handle Start-Up Costs

The school year is off and running—have your start-up clients launched as well? It may make a big difference in tax status. Know the rules, phase-outs, and timing—and the limits for 2014.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Mum on Tax Cuts This Election Season

The menu for Sept. 29 features specials on EY’s fiscal-year revenue up 6 percent, EU criticizes Apple’s tax deals in Ireland, banks cash in on tax trade, Boehner says tax reform “doable” in next two years, and more.
Practice Development

The 8 Questions to Picking a Niche

If you're choosing a one-size-fits all approach to growing your accounting firm, it could mean that you're missing out on a valuable, and potentially lucrative, opportunity to develop a niche.

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Practice

Time to Think About College Funding

Now is the time for accountants to think about 529 plans. The start of the school year means education is on the minds of all clients with children, and tax prep season is around the corner. There are financial implications you may not be aware of.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Kansas Is Recouping Lost Taxes Through Sex Toy Auction

The menu for Sept. 26 features specials on IRS needs to better handle complaints against tax preparers, P&G and Hasbro targets of Mexico tax probe, Brady to challenge Ryan for Ways and Means gavel, and more.
Practice

How to Get Referrals from Friends

You don't want to work with friends—that's a recipe for ruining the relationship. But that doesn't mean you can't get referrals from friends. As with all referral scenarios, keep it low-key.
Practice

The 7 Secrets to Creating an E-Newsletter

Fill your clients' inboxes with fun tips and advice all year round with an e-newsletter. These publications are also a great way to inform your clients of all the services you can offer.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Deloitte Made A lot of Money in FY 2014

The menu for Sept. 25 features specials on the AICPA has concerns with IRS e-signature standards, AbbVie-Shire inversion deal still seems likely, “The Situation” indicted on tax fraud charges, and more.
Practice

How to Motivate Staff and Partners

We CPAs are great at finding faults, but cautious about praise. This lack of motivation has led, I believe, to the outflow of some of our most outstanding future leaders and workers.
Education & Careers

Study: CFO Pay Up 7 Percent for S&P 500 in 2013

A new report from financial services consulting firm Mercer LLC found that the median total direct compensation for CFOs at S&P 500 companies increased by 7 percent last year to $3.13 million.
Tax

IRS Alerts Foreign Banks about a New FATCA-Related Scam

The tax agency on Wednesday warned foreign financial institutions of a "phishing" scam in which fraudsters posing as the IRS are trying to solicit account-holder identity and financial account information under the new US law.
Tax

NJ Senator Aims to Tackle Football Tax Break

Sen. Booker would remove the NFL's tax-exempt status, but it may not be a touchdown. Still, it's kicked off numerous discussions and press coverage—just in time for football season, too.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Miffed Over Lois Lerner Interview

The menu for Sept. 24 features specials on SASB issues new standards for transportation sector, Bill Clinton won’t call inversions “unpatriotic,” Tesco fast-tracks new CFO, CohnReznick and Watkins Meegan to combine, and more.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Auditing Property and Equipment

Property, plant, and equipment are recorded under the FRF for SMEs in a similar manner to U.S. GAAP—that is, at acquisition costs. These costs include purchase prices and more.
A&A

The Finance Pro's Role in Natural Capital Accounting

A report recently identified the five ways that CFOs and management accountants can support the adoption of natural capital accounting in their organizations.
Tax

How to Time Itemized Deductions

Savvy tax planning is about more than knowing what to write off. Just as essential is knowing when. Choosing one tax year as opposed to another bears directly on how much winds up with the IRS.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Treasury Reveals Plan to Curb Inversions

The menu for Sept. 23 features specials on Tesco’s accounting woes, IRS doled out more than $5 billion in tax refunds to fraudsters in 2013, SEC announces largest-ever whistleblower award, and more.
Education & Careers

How Corporate Finance Got Its Groove Back

Take a step back from GAAP. For senior managers in corporate finance, the word of the day is "agile." Today's finance leaders are no longer in the back office, but are helping companies grow. Companies that embrace financial best practices lead in other areas as well.

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