Articles by Jason Bramwell

Education & Careers

PwC Takes Top Spot in Vault Accounting 50 for 2015

For the second-straight year, the Big Four firm was named the No. 1 accounting employer in North America, according to Vault.com's latest rankings that were released on Tuesday.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Are Audits Suffering Due to Data Analysis?

The menu for April 16 features specials on when disclosure is appropriate in internal audit reports, root causes of audit deficiencies, taxpayers being left the tab on tax havens, and more.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Happy Tax Day!

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 15.
A&A

GASB Sets Guidelines for Measuring Assets and Liabilities

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board on Monday defined two approaches for measuring assets and liabilities, intended to guide the standard-setting organization in establishing accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments.
Practice

Survey: Work Hours and Resources Not Spared From Tax Preparation

According to a new Accountemps survey, 30 percent of respondents believe it is not unusual for employees to spend time on personal income tax preparation during the workday – and use company resources to do it.
Tax

IRS Ramps Up ID Theft and Refund Fraud Enforcement Efforts

Nearly 300 new identity theft and refund fraud investigations have been launched during this tax-filing season, bringing the number of active cases to almost 1,900, the IRS announced last week.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Audits Are Sparse This Year

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 14.
A&A

FASB Tweaks Rules for Discontinued Operations Reporting

Under the new US GAAP guidance, a discontinued operation is a disposal of part of an organization that has a major effect on its operations and financial results. Examples include a disposal of a major geographic area, a major line of business, or a major equity method investment.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Audit Flaws Are a Global Problem

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 11.
Tax

House Panel Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today voted in favor of holding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress because she had twice refused to answer the panel’s questions regarding the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Contempt Vote Coming Today Against Lois Lerner

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

GAO: 89 Percent of Paid Preparers Made Mistakes on Returns

During undercover site visits to 19 randomly selected commercial tax-preparation businesses, only two preparers calculated the correct refund amount on a taxpayer’s return, according to a new study released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: CVS Is Now $20 Million Poorer Over Accounting Misdeeds

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 9.
Tax

Koskinen Calls on Congress to Give IRS Oversight of Tax Return Preparers

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, the head of the IRS urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would authorize the agency to regulate the nation’s estimated 600,000 to 700,000 paid tax return preparers.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Some Tax Pros Prey on the Poor

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 8.
Tax

Senate Schedules Hearing on ‘Unethical’ Tax Preparers

Two sets of panelists will discuss what to do with tax return preparers who lack proper certification during a Senate Finance Committee hearing that begins at 10 a.m. ET on April 8.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Whistleblowers Get Rewarded by IRS

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 7.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Them’s the (Tax) Breaks

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

Finance Committee OKs Extending Most Expired Tax Breaks

The Senate panel voted today to revive about 50 of the 55 tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013, including benefits for auto-racing tracks, wind energy, and bonus depreciation for businesses. The package of tax "extenders" still needs the support of the full Senate and House.
A&A

New SASB Standards Target Technology and Communications Companies

A new set of provisional accounting standards released Wednesday by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) provides guidance to companies in the technology and communications sector on how to disclose environmental, social, and governance material issues.

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