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Key Details of IRS’s Voluntary Preparer Education Program

The IRS on Monday issued final rules for its new Annual Filing Season Program, an initiative announced last week that will enable paid tax return preparers to voluntarily fulfill continuing education requirements and obtain a record of completion.
A&A

Audits of Special Purpose Frameworks: Error Analysis

Good error analysis should be performed as an auditor evaluates the results of specific auditing procedures, and should contain both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The 411 on ‘Critical Audit Matters’

The menu for July 1 features specials on many states cut taxes as their fiscal years’ begin, PCAOB finds deficiencies in 19 of 59 PwC audits, challenge of Colorado’s sales tax law heads to Supreme Court, and more.
Practice

How to Master the 'Soft Sell'

You can make the case for not having your business radar switched on 24/7, but it's a good idea to raise your visibility in your local leisure and community activities. Everyone should know who you are.
A&A

Many Finance Execs Like Way Economy Is Heading: Survey

For the first time since 2006, more than 50 percent of CFOs believe the economy will show signs of improvement over a six-month span rather than remain the same or worsen, according to a new study from Grant Thornton LLP.

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Tax

Depreciation Alternative Can Lead to Big Savings

Countless tax-challenged entrepreneurs mistakenly believe that depreciation is the only way to deduct equipment purchases. As a result, they pay far more in taxes than legally required.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Ready or Not, FATCA Is Almost Here

The menu for June 30 features specials on GOP Rep. Darrell Issa says Lois Lerner violated agency regulations and laws regarding emails, SEC suspends two KPMG auditors, AICPA launches new future of learning site, and more.
Tax

Property Taxes: State-by-State Highlights

Traditional property tax bills may not continue to be a certainty. Nationwide, there are increasing efforts to seek alternatives to a tax bite that draws a lot of crossfire.

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Practice

How to Be One of the Gang

If you want to form a stronger relationship with office co-workers, or simply get to know them more quickly, you have many strategies. You can also up your friendship quotient in the office.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A Look at Hertz’s Accounting Red Flags

The menu for June 27 features specials on US/China agree to terms on FATCA pact, Big Four firms oppose Hong Kong protest, KPMG buys boutique investment bank, Deloitte names new CEO of audit practice, and more.
Tax

Divide and Conquer: A Partial Home Sale Exclusion

Half a loaf is better than none. Although the IRS is strict about its rules for excluding home sale gains, it's not always an all-or-nothing situation. Compromises are possible.
Tax

IRS Moves Ahead with Voluntary Preparer Certification Plan

The IRS announced a new program on Thursday that will allow paid tax return preparers to receive certification if they voluntarily complete certain continuing education requirements.

PCAOB Issues Audit Guidance on Brokers and Dealers

The staff guidance released on Thursday will help auditors of brokers and dealers registered with the SEC plan and perform audits under PCAOB standards as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and SEC rules.
A&A

Finance Teams’ Roles Continue to Expand: AICPA Survey

The responsibilities of the CFO and other finance professionals have moved beyond corporate accounting and financial reporting, and now include strategic business planning, IT development, and cybersecurity, among other areas.
Technology

The Cloud: One Company's Case Study

We've published many articles about the cloud. Here, one company relates why it decided to move its accounting and financials to the cloud, and explains how it did it—including its errors.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: House Panel Checks Off More Tax Breaks From Its List

The menu for June 26 features specials on vote on Wyden’s highway fund plan on hold, ex-lawyer gets 15 years in tax fraud case, Regions Financial to pay $51 million to settle accounting error, and more.
Education & Careers

High Impact Excel: Table Edition Redux

In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA revisits the Excel feature you should be using, but probably aren't. The Table feature offers the ability to both boost the integrity of your spreadsheets, but reduce maintenance as well.
Practice

AAM Marketing Ideas: Building Client Loyalty

"Loyalty" isn't just a word. Researchers have found that loyalty refers to how are brains are hardwired, and taps into survival instincts that have been honed over thousands of years.

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