Articles by Jason Bramwell

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Tax Pros Have High Hopes for IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Tool

Many senior US tax professionals believe that a streamlined audit process will be the top benefit resulting from the IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap, a toolkit organized around a notional 24-month audit timeline, according to the results of a new KPMG survey.
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FASB Unveils ‘More Visual’ Technical Agenda Web Page

The updated web page groups the standard-setting board's technical agenda into project “families” and informs visitors at a glance on where any given FASB project stands, the steps it took to get there, and what is coming up.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: No Convergence for Accounting Rules on Financial Instruments

The menu for July 24 features specials on SEC approves final rules on money-market funds, GAO says it’s too soon to draw conclusions on Obamacare tax credit fraud, IRS no longer probing missing emails, Senate to vote on phasing out gas tax, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: California Soda Tax Measures – Whose Is Better?

The menu for July 23 features specials on FASB looks at revamping income statement, two courts issue conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies, Senate advances bill to end tax breaks for outsourcing, and more.
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Big Data Cited as Top Issue for Some CPAs

Accountants who specialize in forensic and valuation services point to electronic data analysis, or big data, as the most pressing issue they’ll face in the coming months, according to results of a new survey released on Tuesday by the AICPA.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: ACA Tax Subsidies Take Major Hit in Federal Appeals Court

The menu for July 22 features specials on Renaissance hedge fund escaped more than $6 billion in taxes, Lois Lerner’s emails may exist after all, Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on inversions, and more.
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PCAOB Reaches Deal with Denmark’s Audit Regulator

The US audit regulator's agreement with the Danish Business Authority, which was announced on July 18 and takes effect immediately, provides a framework for joint inspections and allows for the exchange of confidential information under the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Detroit CPA Firms Give Top Prospects the ‘Detroit Experience’

The menu for July 21 features specials on some liberal groups oppose moratorium on Internet access taxes, lawmakers urge SEC not to allow choice of accounting rules, Tea Party groups’ lawsuit vs. IRS moves ahead, and more.
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IRS: Assess Changes Now That May Affect Your Premium Tax Credit

Certain “changes in circumstances,” such as in household income or family size, could alter how much eligible taxpayers receive in health insurance premium tax credits, the IRS cautioned on Friday.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: DOJ Says It Learned of Lost IRS Emails Through Media Reports

The menu for July 18 features specials on House extends charitable giving tax breaks, a potential divide between two House panels in IRS probe, AbbVie gets its wish of a lower tax rate, and more.
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FASB OKs New Rules on Consolidations

New accounting guidance intended to increase transparency and consistency of financial reporting about consolidations was agreed upon by members of the standard-setting board on Wednesday. The final standard will be released in the coming months.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Budget Cuts Run Deep in US House

The menu for July 17 features specials on revenue recognition group holds first meeting on Friday, DOJ now investigating lost IRS emails, White House threatens veto on charitable giving tax breaks, SEC chair remarks on 4th anniversary of Dodd-Frank Act, and more.
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Taxpayer Advocate Wants Exam Added to IRS Voluntary Tax Preparer Program

In her annual midyear report to Congress on Wednesday, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said she wants the IRS to develop a competency exam for preparers by 2016 as part of the agency's Annual Filing Season Program.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Obama Administration Is Tired of Inversions

The menu for July 16 features specials on House passes short-term highway fund fix, US inspection of Chinese audit firms may happen this year, Senate has other plans for Internet Tax Freedom Act, Crowe Horwath names new CEO, and more.
Tax

Permanent Ban on Internet Access Taxes Backed by US House

All that was needed on Tuesday was a voice vote for the House of Representatives to pass a bill that would prevent state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Now the ball is in the Senate's court to pass its bill before the Nov. 1 deadline.
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AICPA Files Lawsuit to Stop IRS Voluntary Preparer Education

The federal lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, said the IRS’s new Annual Filing Season Program is “unlawful” and an attempt to bypass two courts’ rulings that prevent the agency from mandating continuing education and competency testing of unlicensed tax return preparers.
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FASB Wants to Wipe Out Requirements for Extraordinary Items

As part of a new initiative to make US accounting rules less complex, the standard-setting board on Tuesday also proposed new guidance that would simplify the measurement of inventory.
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Ex-CA Tax Preparer Gets 18 Months in Jail for Defrauding the IRS

According to court documents, Rene R. Lopez of Van Nuys, California, prepared and filed at least 85 fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS, claiming $130,797 in false income tax refunds, from 1998 through 2001.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Mylan/Abbott Labs’ ‘Spinversion’ Deal

The menu for July 15 features specials on EY to pay $4 million fine in lobbying case, House backs cuts to IRS budget, NASCAR tracks lobby for tax cuts, Citigroup to get a tax break as part of settlement, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Hedge Fund’s Tax Maneuvers Under Scrutiny by Lawmakers

The menu for July 14 features specials on UK to tighten rules on foreign takeovers, House likely to vote on highway fund bill this week, another judge wants answers on lost IRS emails, and more.

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