Articles by Jason Bramwell

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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The US Treasury Department and the IRS on August 28 released draft guidance on the reporting requirements for forms 1094-B and 1095-B, as well as forms 1094-C and 1095-C.
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Revised CPA Exam Is Expected to Launch in 2017

The AICPA is asking the accounting profession for its feedback on potential changes to the exam that are being considered as part of a practice analysis. The comment period began on Tuesday and runs through December 2.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Arthur Andersen Name Is Making a Comeback

The menu for September 2 features specials on Treasury secretary to speak on tax reform and inversions next week, public pension funds stay quiet on inversions, some Swiss banks pull out of US tax program, and more.
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Comment Period Opens for Proposed 2015 GAAP Taxonomy

Interested individuals have until October 31 to provide comments to the FASB about the taxonomy, which is a list of computer-readable financial reporting labels coded in XBRL.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Could BK Deal Put Buffett and Obama at Odds?

The menu for August 29 features specials on EY audit deficiency rate was 49% in 2013, hedge funds look for clues on Treasury’s inversion crackdown, SEC issues whistleblower award, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: FASB Puts Onus on Management for Going Concern Disclosures

The menu for August 28 features specials on MF Global lawsuit against PwC will go to trial, CAQ releases new judgment tool for auditors, KPMG faces criticism for Espírito Santo audit work, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Inventory Surfaces as Top Accounting Issue

The menu for August 27 features specials on seven US companies whose effective tax rates are shrinking, CFOs running the numbers on inversion, GOP Senate candidate calls for gas tax reduction, and more.
Tax

Study: Airlines Get $1 Billion in Fuel Tax Breaks Per Year

The report, released on Tuesday by UNITE HERE International Union, found that the US airline industry received tax breaks on more than 12 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2013 through obscure tax codes in 37 states.
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James Schnurr is the New Chief Accountant at the SEC

A former partner and vice chairman with Deloitte LLP, Schnurr, who recently retired from the firm, will head the SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant. He begins his new post in October.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Burger King’s Whopper of a Deal

The menu for August 26 features specials on two top House Republicans profited from inversion deal, GOP charges IRS with conflict of interest, judge questions shareholder deal in HP/Autonomy accounting fraud case, and more.
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Issues Persist With GASB Standard on Impairment of Capital Assets

A review team recently concluded that accounting guidance for governments on capital asset impairments and insurance recoveries does provide pertinent information to financial statement users but does not resolve all issues underlying its purpose.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Is an Inversion Next on Burger King’s Menu?

The menu for August 25 features specials on the specter of Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts is haunting Republicans, a tax-avoidance strategy not as scrutinized as inversions, now’s the time to open a charitable-gift fund, and more.
Tax

Breaker 1-9: Highway Use Tax Returns Due September 2

The highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, which generally includes trucks, truck tractors, and buses. The Labor Day holiday pushed the due date for Form 2290 back two days.
Tax

Koskinen Places Blame for Long IRS Wait Times on Congress

During a speech at the National Society of Accountants' Annual Meeting on Thursday, the head of the IRS said wait times for phone service will increase through the rest of the year because of a lack of staff due to the agency's budget being slashed.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Meet the Treasury’s Inversions Point Man

The menu for August 22 features specials on PCAOB’s struggles with conflicts in audits, settlement forces Bank of America to set aside borrower tax relief, one accountant’s daily routine, and more.
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FASB Share-Based Payment Rule Gets Mostly Positive Review

However, private company stakeholders told a Financial Accounting Foundation review team that the 2004 accounting standard is sometimes difficult to understand and is costly to apply.
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New SEC Initiative Examines Municipal Advisor Compliance

Launched earlier this week, the examination initiative will enable the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations to evaluate whether municipal advisors are complying with new agency rules that went into effect on July 1.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Quite the Guarantee Offered to Davenport University Accounting Students

The menu for August 21 features specials on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge charitable donations, Bank of America settles, Rep. Paul Ryan backs cut to mortgage tax break, and more.

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