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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Koskinen’s 15-Second Decision

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 10.
Tax

IRS Is Handing Out Bigger Refunds This Year

Tax refunds are up, as the IRS computers pull the Service ahead of last year's numbers.
Tax

The Lowdown on Tax Audits

New IRS guidance and various studies explode some myths on the dreaded tax audit and give hints on who gets audited and why.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Bad Day for Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf Executives

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 7.
Education & Careers

High Impact Excel: Chart Edition

In this session Excel expert David H. Ringstrom, CPA shares numerous techniques that you can use to work with charts more efficiently.
Practice

Economic Forecast Seems Sunnier for CPAs and Executives

There is increased optimism about the US economy among business executives, as more are anticipating modest growth in recruitment, staff training, and targeted capital spending in the next year, according to results of a new survey released today by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).
Practice

Everyone Grapples with 6 to 8 Problems

As you go through tax season with your basket of problems, remember that all the people you deal with have theirs.
Tax

Why Enhancing the Earned Income Credit Is a Bad Idea

The EIC may be designed to help the poor, but it is causing nothing but headaches for tax preparers caught in the middle.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Risks and Rewards of Interest Rate Swap Standard

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 6.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks - Part 11: Overview of the Pre-Engagement Planning Process

Here is a table that provides a chronological approach to pre-engagement planning for audits of special purpose and other reporting frameworks. Future articles will present further details.
Tax

IRS Would Receive More Funding in Obama’s 2015 Budget

A proposed fiscal year 2015 budget released by President Obama yesterday would provide the IRS with $12 billion in base funding, up 6.3 percent over the 2014 enacted level. The budget would also allot $165 million to improve IRS customer service.

Obama’s Tax Plan Favors the Poor Over the Rich

Buffett rule, limits on itemized deductions, retirement plan limits, estate tax increases: they're all on the table in Obama's new budget.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lois Pleads the Fifth at Hearing

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 5.
A&A

FASB Unveils Draft Disclosure Framework

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on Tuesday issued an exposure draft on its proposed disclosure framework, which addresses the standard-setting organization’s process for identifying relevant information and the limits on information that should be included in notes to financial statements.
Practice

How to Gain Six Minutes a Day

Time is money. So if every day we can pick up six minutes of productivity, over the year we'll gain 24 more hours. Here's a host of best practices for staying focused and getting more done.
Education & Careers

Summer Programs Increase Diversity for CPA Students

This summer, leaders in the CPA profession will once again join forces with colleges and universities to further their diversity goals when they host two summer leadership programs for accounting and business students from diverse backgrounds.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Is Consulting Hurting Audit Quality?

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 4.
Tax

Tax Returns Keep Rolling In to the IRS

The IRS noted last Thursday that, as of February 21, it has received nearly 49.6 million individual income tax returns – about one-third of the amount the nation’s tax-collection agency projected before the start of the 2014 filing season on January 31.
A&A

New GAAP Hierarchy for State and Local Governments Urged by the GASB

A proposal made by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) last week would give state and local governments new guidance to follow under US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) when preparing financial statements.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Will IRS Pare Back 501(c)(4) Rules?

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 3.

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