Articles by Jason Bramwell

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AICPA Adds Two More Audit Interpretations on GASB Pension Rules

The AICPA's Auditing Standards Board this week issued two new audit interpretations intended to help auditors navigate GASB's pension accounting guidelines for state and local governments.
Tax

Key Details of IRS’s Voluntary Preparer Education Program

The IRS on Monday issued final rules for its new Annual Filing Season Program, an initiative announced last week that will enable paid tax return preparers to voluntarily fulfill continuing education requirements and obtain a record of completion.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The 411 on ‘Critical Audit Matters’

The menu for July 1 features specials on many states cut taxes as their fiscal years’ begin, PCAOB finds deficiencies in 19 of 59 PwC audits, challenge of Colorado’s sales tax law heads to Supreme Court, and more.
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Many Finance Execs Like Way Economy Is Heading: Survey

For the first time since 2006, more than 50 percent of CFOs believe the economy will show signs of improvement over a six-month span rather than remain the same or worsen, according to a new study from Grant Thornton LLP.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Ready or Not, FATCA Is Almost Here

The menu for June 30 features specials on GOP Rep. Darrell Issa says Lois Lerner violated agency regulations and laws regarding emails, SEC suspends two KPMG auditors, AICPA launches new future of learning site, and more.
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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.
A&A

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.

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