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Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Auditing Accounts Receivable—Part 2

This article will focus on relevant financial statement assertions for accounts receivable and the impact of risk of material misstatement (RMM) on specific auditing procedures.
A&A

PCAOB: Deficiencies Continued in 2013 Broker-Dealer Audits

Seventy-one of 90 broker-dealer audits inspected by the PCAOB in 2013 were found to have audit deficiencies or audit-independence issues, according to a new report released on Monday. Deficiencies were also found in 56 of 60 firms that conducted broker-dealer audits.
Practice

The 10 Best Cities for Accountants

Where are the best cities for accountants to pursue their careers? There are some obvious answers here—but also some surprises. Accountants have a variety of choices from coast to coast.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: New York Levies Penalties Against PwC

The menu for August 18 features specials on Joe Echevarria is stepping down as Deloitte CEO, state tax revenues declined in Q1 for the first time in four years, holding auditors blameless, and more.
Tax

New Bill May Change the Sales Tax System

If your clients include retailers, pending federal legislation allowing states to tax Internet sales could mean big changes in the way they process and account for their sales and use taxes.

Editor's Picks: Twitter's 10-Q; Client Threats; Science Behind Happy Employees

Our links are here to stay. Not for a year, but forever and a day.
Tax

Lawmaker Lashes Out at IRS Over Latest TIGTA Findings

Representative Diane Black (R-TN) blasted the IRS on Thursday after a new watchdog report found that the agency had not conducted background checks on some contractors who had access to sensitive taxpayer data.
Practice

With CPA Services, It Ain't About the Price

Instead of thinking about price, consider transitioning from compliance-related work, such as taxes, payroll and general bookkeeping, to Type 2 services, which add real value to the client.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Mmmm, Craft Beer. Mmmm, Tax Breaks.

The menu for August 15 features specials on Alibaba Pictures delays results on possible accounting errors, Wyden hopes for September bipartisan anti-inversion legislation, Atlanta accountant charged by SEC with insider trading, and more.
Practice

Small Firms Can Market Like the Big Guys

You cannot be all things to all people but you can develop a well-recognized name, no matter what size you are, when you pursue a structured and consistent process. Just stay targeted.
Tax

Telephone Tax Scam Continues to Rear Its Ugly Head

US tax authorities have determined that 1,100 victims have lost an estimated $5 million due to a sophisticated nationwide phone scam, in which the fraudsters claim to be from the IRS and demand money.
Wealth management

Last Chance For Multiple IRA Rollovers

A surprising Tax Court case has shut down a tax planning technique that savvy retirement-savers have been using for years. But there's still a small window of opportunity if you need it, until the new year, to give investors time to adjust.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IASB’s Mackintosh Thinks Adopting IFRS is the Only Way to Go

The menu for August 14 features specials on FTC to refund customers of American Tax Relief, Senate Dems push plan to curb inversions, Obama will keep cash from donors who profited from overseas tax deals, and more.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Auditing Accounts Receivable

You must know the maximum required procedures for auditing accounts receivable and how to perform only the procedures required for each engagement based on the assessed levels of RMM.
Tax

IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights Now Available in Six Languages

Newly revised versions of Publication 1, "Your Rights as a Taxpayer," are available on the IRS website in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese, the nation's tax agency said on Tuesday.

High Impact Excel: Shortcuts Edition

Do you work Excel? Or does it work you? In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA focuses exclusively on how to perform repetitive tasks more efficiently in Excel. Hidden techniques abound in Excel, as a simple double-click or right-click with your mouse can uncover hidden functionality.

High Impact Excel: Error Prompt Edition

In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA tackles what to do when bad things happen to good spreadsheets. Users often get stopped in their tracks by disabled features, inscrutable error prompts, or just quirky behavior in Excel.
Technology

High Impact Excel: Linked Workbooks Edition

Many Excel users have a love-hate relationship with workbook links. For the uninitiated, workbook links allow you to connect one Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to other spreadsheets, Word documents, databases, and even web pages.
Tax

Tax-Exempt Groups Owe Millions in Tax Debt: Report

More than 64,200 tax-exempt organizations owed nearly $875 million in back taxes to the federal government, 69 percent of which were payroll taxes and related penalties and interest, as of June 16, 2012, according to a TIGTA report released on Wednesday.
Practice

Constant Time Pressure is not Your Fate

Every career professional today potentially faces unrelenting time pressure. This is true across the board, for newbies as well as for veterans in the workplace. What can you do about it?

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