Thomson Reuters Releases Affordable Care Act Content Marketing Solutions for Tax, Accounting, and Employee Benefits Firms

Thomson Reuters has released a tax act overview and monthly client marketing newsletter focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The overview provides a summary of key tax-related provisions of the ACA that employers should prioritize in their planning.

How Accountants Can Really Market Themselves

When it comes to “accounting marketing,” you're getting serious—this isn't about some late-night infomercial or selling Girl Scout cookies door-to-door. You are your brand. It's time to ask yourself the big questions.

More Transparency in Government Finances Focus of House Bill

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday would bring more transparency and accountability to US government financial statements by making the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board more independent.

Bills in Senate and House Look to Limit ‘Inversion’ Deals

Legislation introduced by Democrats on Tuesday is aimed at curbing mergers that result in US companies paying less in taxes because their new legal tax residence is overseas – a tactic known as an “inversion.”

How the IRS Tells a Hobby from a Business

Do you like to mold pottery, run chartered fishing trips, bake and decorate cupcakes, or restore antique cars? These are all hobbies that you can turn into businesses—if the IRS says you can.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Will Guilty Plea Really Hurt Credit Suisse?

The menu for May 20 features more on Credit Suisse’s guilty plea, including the names of tax-dodging customers remain secret, statements from Credit Suisse CEO Brady Dougan and US Attorney General Eric Holder, and more.

Have You Reviewed Your SWOT Today?

It's time to take a close look at your firm: How are you faring? What are your problems? Are there any outside threats? What needs to be fixed? There's a system for addressing these.

CPA2Biz Has a New Name:

To more closely align with its mission of “empowering CPAs and businesses for the digital age,” CPA2Biz, the business and technology services subsidiary of the AICPA, has been renamed, effective immediately.

GASB Clarifies How Fair Value Should be Defined and Measured

A proposal issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on May 15 explains how fair value measurement should be defined for state and local government financial reporting.
Education & Careers

Louisiana CPA Reaches Out to Youngest Students

Do you make sure your clients are financially responsible when they get out of college? Get their first job? Get married? One CPA thinks second grade is the right time.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Credit Suisse Guilty Plea Could Come Today

The menu for May 19 features specials on AstraZeneca says no to “final” Pfizer deal, Harry Reid wants control of Senate amendments, China cracks down on foreign auditors, AICPA hands out awards, and more.
Practice Management

Find Your Next Job the Modern Way

Accountants do everything electronically. So why are so many still searching for jobs the old-fashioned way? Hard-copy resumes have become the green ledger paper of the job search world.

Editor's Picks: 1031 Like-kind Exchanges Are Funny; Keeping Passwords Secure; Employee Survey Frequency

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Wealth management

TIGTA Investigates 'Missing' Alimony Payments

There's a $2.3 billion difference between what payers of alimony say they've shelled out and what recipients say they've received. TIGTA is very unhappy about this.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Senators Sink Tax Extenders Bill

The menu for May 16 features specials on PCAOB issues staff guidance on economic analysis standard setting, Beswick to leave SEC, CAQ and George Washington University start financial disclosure project, and more.

A Guide to the Tax Rules of Mortgage Refinancing

On the roller coaster that's the U.S. mortgage market, we may be seeing an opportunity to refinance once again. But beware the IRS—the tax rules are tricky and strict.

How Accountants Can Get a Good Night's Sleep

Yeah, we know all the excuses: it's busy season, the clients are demanding, this is what you signed up for. But you still need to sleep at night. Here are some tips on making sure you sleep when you go to bed.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Inversion Bill Is on the Way

The menu for May 15 features specials on Citibank cleans house over Banamex loan fraud, why hedge fund managers don’t use corporate tax loophole, two questions loom over Senate tax break bill, and more.

When Does the IRS Consider Education Deductible?

If you're thinking of taking a course to improve your skills, the tuition may be tax deductible. But there are gray areas, and IRS guidance is far from clear. Would-be students have to pass a multipronged test.

IRS Not Continuing Legal Fight Over Regulating Preparers

The agency decided not to file a petition with the US Supreme Court by the May 12 deadline to continue a court battle on whether it has the legal authority to mandate testing and continuing education of paid tax return preparers.