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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?
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Canadian Government Sued Over FATCA Deal with US

The menu for August 13 features specials on EY seeks affirmation on Lehman accounting decision, some of Obama’s biggest donors are also behind inversion deals, top issues facing young CPAs, IMA has had a stellar FY 2014, and more.
Wealth management

Getting 'Down and Dirty' With a PIG

Clients may want to invest in a Passive Income Generator to absorb some of their suspended losses from other passive activities. This strategy is a twist on the classic tax shelter
A&A

IASB’s Decision Won’t Change FASB’s Plans for Leases Standard

The FASB remains unwavering in its support of a dual-model approach to bringing leases onto corporate balance sheets, despite its UK-based counterpart saying last week that it decided “tentatively” to back a single-lessee model.
Practice

Yes—You Too Can Be a Big-Shot Blogger!

If the thought of blogging makes you as nervous as an executive facing an IRS audit, stop worrying. It's easier that you thought to start a blog, and the payoff may be larger than you expected. Your clients will be your guide.
Practice

The Cutting-Edge Accounting Office

In this session we'll discuss the types of technologies and their uses in a small accounting firm office.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Obamacare Tax Forms Look ‘Very Daunting’ for Taxpayers

The menu for August 12 features specials on MF Global doesn’t want its lawsuit against PwC thrown out, Kinder Morgan deal could mean big tax bill for investors, Hertz delays quarterly earnings on accounting review, and more.
Technology

High Impact Excel: Dashboard Edition

In this jam-packed presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA will give you a crash-course in creating spreadsheet-based dashboards. A dashboard condenses large amounts of data into a compact space, yet enables the end user to easily drill down into details when warranted.
Practice

Expert Says Specialization Only Option for CPAs

Niche CPAs started showing appearing about five years ago when roughly 10% considered themselves specialists. Today, almost 33% now consider themselves specialists or are planning to.
A&A

CPA Groups Ask for Clarification on Net Investment Income Tax Rules

In an August 7 letter sent to Congress, the AICPA and CPA societies from the US Virgin Islands and Guam sought clarification on the applicability of the net investment income tax to bona fide residents of the US territories.

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