Articles by Jason Bramwell

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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The SEC’s Grammar Police

The menu for Sept. 16 features specials on AgFeed reaches $18 million settlement in accounting fraud case, SEC offers early revenue recognition relief, US ranked third worst in international tax competitiveness, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: White House Action on Inversions This Week?

The menu for Sept. 15 features specials on Hertz and Carl Icahn make amends, Akorn is next US company to consider an inversion, Grover Norquist questions IRS audit of Breitbart News, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Accounting Is an Underrated Job

The menu for Sept. 12 features specials on House majority wants to save cash method of accounting, Buffett called Hatch to gauge US inversion policy, M&T Bank unit reaches $18.5 million settlement in SEC accounting case, and more.
Tax

IRS Reaches Direct Pay Milestone in 2014

More than 1 million tax payments have been processed, and more than $1.7 billion have been received, so far in 2014 through IRS Direct Pay, a free online payment system that debuted earlier this year, the tax agency announced on Wednesday.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Chief Chastised Over Remark Made During Hearing

The menu for Sept. 11 features specials on Munger defends Buffett on Burger King deal, PwC and Crowe Horwath face lawsuit over Colonial Bank collapse, US Chamber gauges voter sentiment on tax code, and more.
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Poll: US Voters Back Congressional Action on Inversions

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that 59 percent of registered voters think Congress should enact legislation that would “penalize and discourage” US companies from shifting their headquarters overseas to cut their US tax bill.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: S&P Weighs In on Inversion Craze

The menu for Sept. 10 features specials on REITs swell under new IRS rules, Breitbart News claims IRS harassment, 10 new AICPA/Accountemps scholarship winners announced, and more.
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Frequent Deficiencies in Auditing Revenue Focus of PCAOB Alert

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspectors are finding “significant audit deficiencies” in the area of revenue, the US audit watchdog stated in a staff audit practice alert issued on Tuesday.
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Study: Audit Committee Transparency on the Rise at Fortune 100 Firms

The 2014 proxy season saw significant growth in audit committee transparency, continuing a recent trend of Fortune 100 companies going beyond the minimum disclosures required, according to a new Ernst & Young report released on Monday.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lew Remains Coy on How Inversions Will Be Nixed

The menu for Sept. 9 features specials on number of jurisdictions that don’t use IFRS now at 7, IRS sued again over tax preparer regulation, House passes bill to crack down on tax return ID theft, and more.
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9 Keys to Creating a ‘Risk Challenge Culture’ at Your Firm

Developing a challenge culture for risk management is the next logical evolution for finance leaders as they seek to reduce risk in their organization, so says the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants in a new report.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Hertz Chief Resigns Amid Pressure from Investors

The menu for Sept. 8 features specials on Audit Analytics examines large US public company auditor market share, Sen. Charles Schumer’s plan to curb inversions, Sen. Carl Levin blasts TIGTA over Tea Party report, and more.
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CMA Holders’ Average Salary Increased Slightly in 2013

Accounting and finance professionals with a CMA credential reported an average annual salary of $115,952 in 2013, up from $115,290 reported in 2012, according to a survey released on Thursday by the Institute of Management Accountants.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Most Annoying Business Buzzwords

The menu for September 5 features specials on DC appeals court to rehear Obamacare tax subsidies case, IRS slow in processing complaints against tax return preparers, Francine McKenna’s take on Andersen brand revival, and more.
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CPA Executives Have a Positive Outlook on Hiring: AICPA Study

According to the AICPA's third quarter 2014 "Business and Industry US Economic Outlook Survey," released on Thursday, hiring is expected to increase by 20 percent in the coming year, up from 17 percent last quarter and 13 percent at the end of 2013.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Andersen Tax Looks to Rebuild Tainted Brand

The menu for September 4 features specials on proposed lease accounting rules could trip up bank loans, how AstraZeneca turned to Washington to fend off Pfizer’s inversion plan, Hospira/Danone inversion talks on hold, and more.
Tax

IRS: Interest Rates Remain Unchanged for Q4 of 2014

The interest rates announced by the IRS on Wednesday are computed from the federal short-term rate, which was determined during July 2014 to take effect Aug. 1, 2014, based on daily compounding.
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ParenteBeard and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Join Forces

The combined firm, which will keep the Baker Tilly Virchow Krause name, will employ approximately 2,500 professionals across 29 cities in the United States, with total annual revenue of $475 million. The merger becomes effective Oct. 1.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Free Lunch? The IRS Won’t Put Up With It

The menu for September 3 features specials on PwC’s role at Standard Chartered under microscope, experts say BK deal will definitely reduce burger chain’s taxes, Colorado’s missing pot taxes, and more.
Practice

IRS Releases Draft Instructions for ACA Employer Mandate

The US Treasury Department and the IRS on August 28 released draft guidance on the reporting requirements for forms 1094-B and 1095-B, as well as forms 1094-C and 1095-C.

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