Articles by Jason Bramwell

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Small Business Owners Have a Good Feeling About 2015: Survey

A new survey from online accounting software provider Xero found that nearly 90 percent of small businesses are forecasting an increase in revenues next year, while 21 percent are expecting growth of more than 100 percent.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Tax Subsidy Rules Take Another Hit in Court

The menu for Oct. 1 features specials on drug makers are using another tactic to cut tax bills, FASB simplification project sees early support, IRS collection efforts again under scrutiny, and more.
Tax

IRS to Issue EITC Due Diligence Letters Next Month

Starting in October, the IRS will send warning letters to tax return preparers who appear not to be complying with the Earned Income Tax Credit due diligence requirements.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: BofA Smacked with $7.65M SEC Fine Over Accounting Flub

The menu for Sept. 30 features specials on BKD LLP and Wolf & Co. merge, EU reveals details of Ireland/Apple tax probe, Indian citizens can now take the CPA Exam in the Middle East, and more.
Tax

TIGTA Finds Flaw in IRS Collection Efforts for Unpaid Taxes

In a report released on Monday, the IRS watchdog found that the tax agency may not be completing the required research steps in collecting delinquent taxes before considering the cases “not collectible.”
Practice

Internal Complexity Top Challenge CFOs Are Facing: Report

According to a new Accenture study, dealing with legacy systems and environments, managing the complex needs of all stakeholders, new and complex business risks, and supporting increasingly complex operating models were the top four issues cited by CFOs.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Mum on Tax Cuts This Election Season

The menu for Sept. 29 features specials on EY’s fiscal-year revenue up 6 percent, EU criticizes Apple’s tax deals in Ireland, banks cash in on tax trade, Boehner says tax reform “doable” in next two years, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Kansas Is Recouping Lost Taxes Through Sex Toy Auction

The menu for Sept. 26 features specials on IRS needs to better handle complaints against tax preparers, P&G and Hasbro targets of Mexico tax probe, Brady to challenge Ryan for Ways and Means gavel, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Deloitte Made A lot of Money in FY 2014

The menu for Sept. 25 features specials on the AICPA has concerns with IRS e-signature standards, AbbVie-Shire inversion deal still seems likely, “The Situation” indicted on tax fraud charges, and more.
Education & Careers

Study: CFO Pay Up 7 Percent for S&P 500 in 2013

A new report from financial services consulting firm Mercer LLC found that the median total direct compensation for CFOs at S&P 500 companies increased by 7 percent last year to $3.13 million.
Tax

IRS Alerts Foreign Banks about a New FATCA-Related Scam

The tax agency on Wednesday warned foreign financial institutions of a "phishing" scam in which fraudsters posing as the IRS are trying to solicit account-holder identity and financial account information under the new US law.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Miffed Over Lois Lerner Interview

The menu for Sept. 24 features specials on SASB issues new standards for transportation sector, Bill Clinton won’t call inversions “unpatriotic,” Tesco fast-tracks new CFO, CohnReznick and Watkins Meegan to combine, and more.
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The Finance Pro's Role in Natural Capital Accounting

A report recently identified the five ways that CFOs and management accountants can support the adoption of natural capital accounting in their organizations.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Treasury Reveals Plan to Curb Inversions

The menu for Sept. 23 features specials on Tesco’s accounting woes, IRS doled out more than $5 billion in tax refunds to fraudsters in 2013, SEC announces largest-ever whistleblower award, and more.
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PCAOB Urges Auditors to Follow Standards on Going Concern

In a staff audit practice alert issued on Monday, the US audit regulator reminded auditors that they should continue adhering to the board’s existing standards when considering an organization’s ability to operate as a going concern.
Tax

2014-15 Per Diem Rates for Travel Expenses Set by IRS

The IRS has announced the special per diem rates for substantiating certain business expenses taxpayers incur when traveling away from home in 2014 and 2015. The new per diem rates go into effect Oct. 1.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Auditor Naming Plan Sparks Debate

The menu for Sept. 22 features specials on Lois Lerner breaks her silence, a roundup of last week’s IRS technical guidance, two Senate Democrats propose exit tax for inverting companies, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Here’s Some 2015 Tax Year Projections

The menu for Sept. 19 features specials on John Boehner says fixing “the whole tax code” is a top GOP priority, Senate passes short-term extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act, the 20 most overrated things in accounting, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Supersized IRAs Under Scrutiny

The menu for Sept. 18 features specials on ex-DOJ tax head Kathryn Keneally has a new gig, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says action on inversions coming “very, very soon,” dissecting the OECD’s recommendations, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Kenny G Is a Habitual Stockpicker

The menu for Sept. 17 features specials on OECD unveils recommendations to curb corporate tax avoidance, McGladrey to acquire Battelle Rippe Kingston, AICPA presses Congress for action on tax extenders, and more.

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