Articles by Jason Bramwell

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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Tax Break Ball Back in Senate’s Court

The menu for May 13 features specials on Credit Suisse deal with US could reach $2 billion, financial restatements pack less of a punch, Audit Analytics examines SEC case lengths and settlements, and more.
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New Study: Paid-For Analyst Reports Can Benefit Investors

Recently published research by three accounting professors found that reports from paid-for stock analysts offer nearly the same relevant information to investors as reports from sell-side firms.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SEC to Hear Appeal From Big Four’s China Affiliates

The menu for May 12 features specials on Pfizer/AstraZeneca deal: more about drugs or taxes, Credit Suisse CEO losing support, the House won’t arrest Lois Lerner, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Wyden Wants to Plug ‘Inversion’ Loophole

The menu for May 9 features specials on US likely to join six-nation tax alliance, Pfizer shareholders could face tax hit in AstraZeneca deal, IRS to give Ways and Means all Lois Lerner e-mails, and more.
Tax

R&D Tax Credit Bill Moves Through House

In a vote of 274 to 131, the House passed a measure on Friday that permanently extends the popular business R&D tax credit – which will add $156 billion to the deficit – despite a veto threat earlier this week from the White House.
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PCAOB Seeks Input on Reorganization of Auditing Standards

Comments on the proposal – which would reorganize the existing interim and PCAOB-issued auditing standards into a topical structure with a single integrated numbering system – are due by July 8.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SEC in ‘Tough Spot’ With Alibaba IPO

The menu for May 8 features specials on fewer tax audits = $3 billion less for US government, PCAOB hands out sanctions, FASB proposes new requirements on "pushdown accounting," and more.
Tax

House Votes to Hold Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt

Contempt citation was passed by a vote of 231 to 187, almost a year after the IRS first acknowledged and apologized for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of some conservative groups.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: White House Opposes House R&D Tax Bill

The menu for May 7 features specials on Missouri gets an income tax cut, Congress’ struggles over web tax, new House Dems IRS scandal report, most US millionaires think inequality is a problem, and more.
Tax

Did Ways and Means Violate Section 6103 of the Tax Code?

An article posted yesterday by the website Tax Analysts questions whether the House panel broke the law when it publicly disclosed confidential taxpayer information in a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder last month.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A ‘Sensible Fix’ to Corporate Tax Rules

The menu for May 6 features specials on non-GAAP disclosures on the decline, recent internal control report deficiencies, cities and states to lose big if highway fund isn’t replenished, and more.
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Starting Salary for 2014 Accounting Grads Is $52,900: Report

The average starting salary for students graduating this year with a business major – including accounting – has declined slightly over the last year, according to the latest salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Highway Fund’s Rocky Road Ahead

The menu for May 5 features specials on BofA shareholder meeting this week could be subdued, IRS challenging Caterpillar overseas parts deals, Swiss to US: treat our banks fairly in tax probe, and more.
Practice

Foreign Banks Given Transition Period for FATCA Compliance

New IRS guidance treats 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for foreign banks that have shown “good faith efforts” in their compliance of the US tax-evasion law, which goes into effect on July 1.
Tax

House Contempt Vote for Lois Lerner Is Expected Next Week

A proposal calling for US Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel in the investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups will also be considered in the House next week.
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Xero, H&R Block Form New Partnership

The small business online accounting platform from Xero will now be the preferred core software used in H&R Block’s Small Business Program suite of services, the two firms announced last week as part of a new strategic alliance.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lack of Accounting Queries Stumps SEC

The menu for May 2 features specials on the tax extenders really ARE tax cuts, AstraZeneca nixes new Pfizer bid, revenue recognition crunch time, PCAOB looking to fill Standing Advisory Group terms, and more.
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AICPA Issues 3 Audit Interpretations on Pension Standards

The interpretive guidance is intended to assist both plan and employer auditors who are auditing state and local government entities that have implemented recent GASB pension accounting standards.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SASB Adds Heavy Hitters to Its Board

The menu for May 1 features specials on bills rolling out to stop IRS bonuses to delinquent workers, IRS chief addressing US companies’ offshore tax deals, CFOs bracing for new revenue recognition standard, and more.
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Number of Accounting Class Actions Steady Over Last Two Years

According to a new report from economic and financial consulting firm Cornerstone Research, 47 accounting class-action lawsuits were filed against companies in 2013, up slightly from the 46 filed in 2012.

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