Articles by Jason Bramwell

A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A Look at Hertz’s Accounting Red Flags

The menu for June 27 features specials on US/China agree to terms on FATCA pact, Big Four firms oppose Hong Kong protest, KPMG buys boutique investment bank, Deloitte names new CEO of audit practice, and more.
Tax

IRS Moves Ahead with Voluntary Preparer Certification Plan

The IRS announced a new program on Thursday that will allow paid tax return preparers to receive certification if they voluntarily complete certain continuing education requirements.

PCAOB Issues Audit Guidance on Brokers and Dealers

The staff guidance released on Thursday will help auditors of brokers and dealers registered with the SEC plan and perform audits under PCAOB standards as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and SEC rules.
A&A

Finance Teams’ Roles Continue to Expand: AICPA Survey

The responsibilities of the CFO and other finance professionals have moved beyond corporate accounting and financial reporting, and now include strategic business planning, IT development, and cybersecurity, among other areas.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: House Panel Checks Off More Tax Breaks From Its List

The menu for June 26 features specials on vote on Wyden’s highway fund plan on hold, ex-lawyer gets 15 years in tax fraud case, Regions Financial to pay $51 million to settle accounting error, and more.
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FASB Fills Hole in Stock Compensation Accounting Rules

The standard-setting board last week finalized new accounting guidance on stock compensation – specifically on how to account for share-based payments, which is absent from current US GAAP.
Practice

JDJ Resources Corp. Leaders Split from Rothstein Kass

The founders of JDJ Resources Corp. said on Wednesday they have left the Rothstein Kass Family Office Group to launch JDJ Family Office Services, which will provide administrative multifamily office and personal CFO services.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The IRS Has Got the Archivin’ Blues

The menu for June 25 features specials on DC Council approves “yoga tax,” AICPA sends second letter to IRS against proposed voluntary preparer certification program, Walgreen won’t rule out inversion, and more.
Practice

Two Large Ohio Cities Most Tax-Friendly for US Businesses: Study

According to a new KPMG report, the top five US cities with populations above 2 million that have the most favorable tax climate for businesses are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.
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Joint Accounting Rule on Leases May Not Happen in 2014

During a speech at the IMA's 95th Annual Conference and Exposition on Monday morning, FASB Chairman Russell Golden said he did not expect the converged leases standard to be finished "until the latter half of 2015."
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: KPMG Gobbles Up Another Tech Business

The menu for June 24 features specials on IRS chief grilled again over lost emails, Shire puts an end to AbbVie’s inversion plans, not much support for gas tax hike, “Yoga Tax” vote today in DC, and more.

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Rep. Mocks IRS with New Bill Proposal

The menu for June 23 features specials on FATCA effects already being felt, Treasury says Lois Lerner never talked Tea Party with the department, Arizona accountant wants to help world’s worst businesses, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: No Apology From John Koskinen Over Lost IRS Emails

The menu for June 20 features specials on ParenteBeard and Baker Tilly talk merger, US Supreme Court rules in favor of IRS on summons issue, CAQ releases auditor reporting field-testing findings, and more.
Practice

Why Extending R&D Credit Should Matter to Small Businesses

Despite the credit’s current uncertainty in Congress, experts say that small business owners should pay attention to lawmakers’ discussions because of the provisions the tax break could provide their companies once a compromise is reached.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A Bipartisan Pitch for a Gas Tax Hike

The menu for June 19 features specials on BDO USA names new CFO, lost Lois Lerner emails likely gone for good, House Ways and Means aide subpoenaed in trading probe, Medtronic investors will take big tax hit, and more.
Tax

IRS Chief Highlights Changes to Offshore Disclosure Initiative

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen outlined a number of changes to the agency's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program on Wednesday, which he believes will lead to a surge in US taxpayers coming forward to report on undisclosed foreign accounts.
Tax

House Panel Approves Lasting Moratorium on Internet Access Taxes

By a 30-to-4 vote, the House Judiciary Committee backed a bill on Wednesday that would make permanent a moratorium that bans state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Medtronic Deal Spurs More Tax Reform Talk

The menu for June 18 features specials on lost IRS emails could hurt GOP’s inquiry, SEC puts more emphasis on combating financial reporting and audit fraud, Madoff’s ex-accountant likely to plead guilty, and more.
Tax

Camp and Boustany: IRS Lost More Emails Than Just Lerner’s

The two House Republican leaders alleged on Tuesday that the IRS cannot produce emails from six other agency employees connected to the Tea Party scandal due to computer malfunctions.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Issa and Koskinen to Square Off Next Week Over Lost Emails

The menu for June 17 features specials on 13 companies that paid no taxes in Q1 of 2014, states offering businesses an abundance of tax credits, ex-Medtronic CEO defending former employer’s tax inversion deal, and more.

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