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CPAs Call for More Financial Literacy Education After U.S. Students Disappoint on OECD Test

Your teen may be tech-savvy enough to help you stream episodes of “Game of Thrones,” but chances are you can’t expect them to display the same level of sophistication when it comes to understanding even the most basic financial concepts, according to a recent financial literacy survey.
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PCAOB Reaches Deal with Denmark’s Audit Regulator

The US audit regulator's agreement with the Danish Business Authority, which was announced on July 18 and takes effect immediately, provides a framework for joint inspections and allows for the exchange of confidential information under the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Detroit CPA Firms Give Top Prospects the ‘Detroit Experience’

The menu for July 21 features specials on some liberal groups oppose moratorium on Internet access taxes, lawmakers urge SEC not to allow choice of accounting rules, Tea Party groups’ lawsuit vs. IRS moves ahead, and more.
Tax

Sales Tax Confusion: Either Way, You're Screwed

If you don't collect enough sales tax, you're in trouble with the state. Collect too much and the lawyers will be after you. Vendors may feel they're in a no-win situation.
Tax

IRS: Assess Changes Now That May Affect Your Premium Tax Credit

Certain “changes in circumstances,” such as in household income or family size, could alter how much eligible taxpayers receive in health insurance premium tax credits, the IRS cautioned on Friday.
Practice

Editor's Picks: Management Theories That Work; Mistakes by Small Firms; Making Flex Time Work

A link a day (on average) keeps the doctor away. We invite you to stay healthy.
Tax

How to Manage the 'Stealth Tax' Today

ATRA revived partial disallowances of write-offs for dependency exemptions and most itemized deductions. The provision affects higher-income individuals. What's the deal right now--including the 2014 exemptions?
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: DOJ Says It Learned of Lost IRS Emails Through Media Reports

The menu for July 18 features specials on House extends charitable giving tax breaks, a potential divide between two House panels in IRS probe, AbbVie gets its wish of a lower tax rate, and more.
Practice

Stop! Delete Circular 230 Disclaimer from Client Emails

You know all that Circular 230 disclaimer copy you thought you had to put in all your emails? That small-print notice every single one of your clients ignored? The IRS wants you to stop.
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FASB OKs New Rules on Consolidations

New accounting guidance intended to increase transparency and consistency of financial reporting about consolidations was agreed upon by members of the standard-setting board on Wednesday. The final standard will be released in the coming months.
Practice

Marketing 101: What Every Small Firm Should Know

Large firms have in-house marketing and PR teams to take care of business development. Small firms, however, need to be strategic in their marketing efforts. Here's how to match the big boys.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Budget Cuts Run Deep in US House

The menu for July 17 features specials on revenue recognition group holds first meeting on Friday, DOJ now investigating lost IRS emails, White House threatens veto on charitable giving tax breaks, SEC chair remarks on 4th anniversary of Dodd-Frank Act, and more.
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Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Analytical Procedures

When more substantive evidence is obtained from risk assessment and analytical procedures, less evidence is required from more costly tests of balances procedures. See our examples of analytical procedures.
Tax

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.
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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.
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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.

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