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The Five Things Business Owners Need to Know

Do you have entrepreneurial clients? Here's a simple checklist to go over with CEOs to get them started on the right track to running a successful, fiscally responsible business.
A&A

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Did Lois Lerner Really Use That Word?

The menu for July 31 features yet another attempt on the estate tax, the revelation of Lois Lerner's salty language, Bank of America's mortgage fines, possible SEC reforms, and more.
Practice

Document Management Tips for Accounting Offices

Document management software is essential for accounting offices. With the right paperless office solution, you can organize all of your electronic and paper documents and keep them close by.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Auditing Cash Classifications—Part 1

Learning "how" to audit cash is mainly learning "when" to audit cash and to "what extent" cash auditing procedures should be applied.
A&A

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Are Restatements Becoming a Thing of the Past?

The menu for July 30 features bills on the highway fund, a study on the reduction of restatements, an examination of banks and ethics, a proposal to eliminate the IRS Commissioner and more.
Practice

What Documents Every Woman Should Have

One financial professional had to deal with a client who brought 25 pounds of paper to her first appointment. Here's how to stop that kind of behavior and get clients to act logically.
Tax

See How Tax Credits Can Save That Ancient House

There it stands, your client's 100-year-old, rickety, vermin-infested barn. Federal and state tax incentives can offset the costs of rehabbing an old building and make it valuable again.

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Late-Night TV Wins Tax Breaks

The menu for July 29 features yet another twist on inversions, controversial TV tax breaks, new data on who's fleeing high-tax states, an ASB amendment, another chance at energy tax breaks, and more.
A&A

Can Software Really Replace Accountants?

Changes are on the horizon that could empower accounting software users to the point when they don't need accountants any longer, and reduce the process to a turnkey program.
Tax

Disasters Come with Tax Breaks—Know the Rules

The tax code allows you to claim tax deductions for household damage caused by thefts, vandalism, fires, floods, hurricanes, and more. But the law imposes several restrictions.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Canada Finds FATCA Costs Them

The menu for July 28 features still more on the inversion argument, an analysis of why Canadian banks are unhappy with FATCA, Congress-White House disagreement on child care credits, banking regulations, and more.

The Death Tax That Wouldn't Die

There doesn't seem to be any end to the fight over the federal estate tax. Now legislation proposed in Congress is resurrecting calls to dismiss this tax that has long plagued wealthy individuals.
Practice

Use a Menu of Services as an Overview of Your Value Priced Offerings

Whenever I speak to accountants about creating a cloud practice, the most common question is, “How do I charge my clients?” The answer has usually been "hourly billing," but that model is changing.
Education & Careers

Mastering the Three Phases of Successful CPA Project Management

Meet budgets and client expectations using project management skills geared toward the unique challenges faced by CPAs. Kristen Rampe will share how knowing the keys to structuring and executing a successful project can make the difference between success and repeated failures.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Obama on Inversions: ‘I Don’t Care If It’s Legal, It’s Wrong’

The menu for July 25 features specials on House approves bill to expand and simplify tax breaks for education, IRS releases draft forms on Obamacare employer mandate, Paul Ryan’s plan to expand the EITC, and more.
Practice

How to Form a CPA-Financial Advisor Alliance

Developing a strategic alliance with a financial advisor may be just the ticket to grow your accounting practice, particularly if many of your clients are affluent. But do it right.
Practice

Survey: Cybersecurity Is Keeping More Corporate Directors Up At Night

While reputational risk is the No. 1 nonfinancial concern among corporate directors, cybersecurity/IT risk is gaining steam. According to the results of a new survey from EisnerAmper, cybersecurity/IT risk ranked second at 62 percent, up almost 10 percent from last year’s poll.
Practice

Tax Pros Have High Hopes for IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Tool

Many senior US tax professionals believe that a streamlined audit process will be the top benefit resulting from the IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap, a toolkit organized around a notional 24-month audit timeline, according to the results of a new KPMG survey.
A&A

FASB Unveils ‘More Visual’ Technical Agenda Web Page

The updated web page groups the standard-setting board's technical agenda into project “families” and informs visitors at a glance on where any given FASB project stands, the steps it took to get there, and what is coming up.

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