Articles by Jason Bramwell


Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Letter Takes Lawmaker to Task Over IRS Budget

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 28.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Bad Grade for Audits

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 27.

Six Business Groups Protest Accrual Accounting Proposal

In a letter sent to the Senate Finance Committee last week, a coalition of six business organizations, including the American Institute of CPAs, emphasized their opposition to a proposal that would force many of the groups’ members to use the accrual method of accounting instead of the cash method of accounting for tax purposes.

KPMG Settles SEC Charges Over Violating Auditor Independence Rules

KPMG LLP has agreed to shell out $8.2 million to settle charges from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which found that the Big Four firm violated auditor independence rules by providing certain nonaudit services, such as bookkeeping, to affiliates of companies whose books KPMG was auditing.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Wants to Scrap FATCA

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 24.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Merits of Mentoring

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 23.
Education & Careers

Becker Education Now Accepting Applications for CPA Scholarships

February 5, 2014, is the deadline for CPA candidates who are planning on submitting an application for the Becker Professional Education second annual Newton D. Becker Scholarship Program.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: If 123456 Is Your Password, You May Want to Change It

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 22.

Print Version of FASB Codification Updated

The Financial Accounting Foundation announced on January 21 that is has updated the four-volume print edition of the Financial Accounting Standards Board "Accounting Standards Codification" – recognized as the authoritative source of US GAAP for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Honesty Is the Best Policy

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 21.

FASB Makes Tweaks to Goodwill, Interest Rate Swap Standards

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on January 16 issued updates for two accounting standards – one on goodwill and the other on interest rate swaps – both of which FASB Chairman Russell Golden said address issues that “private company stakeholders have told us are priorities.”

IRS Opens Free File Ahead of Tax Season

Tax-filing season doesn’t begin until January 31, but starting today, the estimated 100 million individuals and families with adjusted gross incomes of $58,000 or less for 2013 can prepare, complete, and file their federal tax returns electronically at no cost.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: CPAs Prevail Over Computers – For Now

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 17.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Municipality's Boot Stipend Under Review by IRS

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 16.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: What’s With All of the Mergers in Cincinnati Lately?

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 15.

NTEU Chief Colleen Kelley on Spending Bill: ‘True Investment’ in the IRS Needed

The head of the union representing IRS employees said on January 14 that the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill House and Senate negotiators unveiled Monday night for the balance of fiscal year 2014 does not do enough to help the underfunded IRS.

SEC Sets July 1 as Start of Municipal Advisor Registration

July 1, 2014, is the date when the first set of municipal advisors will be required to register under new rules the US Securities and Exchange Commission finalized last year.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: FBI Unlikely to File Charges in IRS Targeting Scandal

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 14.

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: What Company Pays the Most Taxes?

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 13.

Ex-IRS Chief Miller Joins Alliantgroup

Steven Miller, the former acting commissioner of the IRS who resigned from his post last year after the agency admitted it had improperly scrutinized the federal tax-exempt status of certain conservative groups, has landed at Houston-based alliantgroup as its national director of tax.


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