Articles by Jason Bramwell

Tax

R&D Tax Credit Bill Moves Through House

In a vote of 274 to 131, the House passed a measure on Friday that permanently extends the popular business R&D tax credit – which will add $156 billion to the deficit – despite a veto threat earlier this week from the White House.
A&A

PCAOB Seeks Input on Reorganization of Auditing Standards

Comments on the proposal – which would reorganize the existing interim and PCAOB-issued auditing standards into a topical structure with a single integrated numbering system – are due by July 8.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SEC in ‘Tough Spot’ With Alibaba IPO

The menu for May 8 features specials on fewer tax audits = $3 billion less for US government, PCAOB hands out sanctions, FASB proposes new requirements on "pushdown accounting," and more.
Tax

House Votes to Hold Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt

Contempt citation was passed by a vote of 231 to 187, almost a year after the IRS first acknowledged and apologized for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of some conservative groups.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: White House Opposes House R&D Tax Bill

The menu for May 7 features specials on Missouri gets an income tax cut, Congress’ struggles over web tax, new House Dems IRS scandal report, most US millionaires think inequality is a problem, and more.
Tax

Did Ways and Means Violate Section 6103 of the Tax Code?

An article posted yesterday by the website Tax Analysts questions whether the House panel broke the law when it publicly disclosed confidential taxpayer information in a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder last month.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A ‘Sensible Fix’ to Corporate Tax Rules

The menu for May 6 features specials on non-GAAP disclosures on the decline, recent internal control report deficiencies, cities and states to lose big if highway fund isn’t replenished, and more.
A&A

Starting Salary for 2014 Accounting Grads Is $52,900: Report

The average starting salary for students graduating this year with a business major – including accounting – has declined slightly over the last year, according to the latest salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Highway Fund’s Rocky Road Ahead

The menu for May 5 features specials on BofA shareholder meeting this week could be subdued, IRS challenging Caterpillar overseas parts deals, Swiss to US: treat our banks fairly in tax probe, and more.
Practice

Foreign Banks Given Transition Period for FATCA Compliance

New IRS guidance treats 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for foreign banks that have shown “good faith efforts” in their compliance of the US tax-evasion law, which goes into effect on July 1.
Tax

House Contempt Vote for Lois Lerner Is Expected Next Week

A proposal calling for US Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel in the investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups will also be considered in the House next week.
A&A

Xero, H&R Block Form New Partnership

The small business online accounting platform from Xero will now be the preferred core software used in H&R Block’s Small Business Program suite of services, the two firms announced last week as part of a new strategic alliance.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lack of Accounting Queries Stumps SEC

The menu for May 2 features specials on the tax extenders really ARE tax cuts, AstraZeneca nixes new Pfizer bid, revenue recognition crunch time, PCAOB looking to fill Standing Advisory Group terms, and more.
A&A

AICPA Issues 3 Audit Interpretations on Pension Standards

The interpretive guidance is intended to assist both plan and employer auditors who are auditing state and local government entities that have implemented recent GASB pension accounting standards.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SASB Adds Heavy Hitters to Its Board

The menu for May 1 features specials on bills rolling out to stop IRS bonuses to delinquent workers, IRS chief addressing US companies’ offshore tax deals, CFOs bracing for new revenue recognition standard, and more.
A&A

Number of Accounting Class Actions Steady Over Last Two Years

According to a new report from economic and financial consulting firm Cornerstone Research, 47 accounting class-action lawsuits were filed against companies in 2013, up slightly from the 46 filed in 2012.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: More on Pfizer’s Tax ‘Inversion’ Deal

The menu for April 30 features specials on SEC updating conflict minerals guidance, criminal charges against two large global banks may be on the horizon, eBay’s $3 billion tax charge, and more.
Tax

House Panel Votes to Restore Six Expired Business Tax Breaks

The Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee passed a measure on Tuesday that would make six expired business tax breaks permanent, including the research and development credit.
A&A

DATA Act Awaits Obama’s Signature

The legislation, which was supported by the AICPA, was passed in the Senate earlier this month and in the House yesterday. The bill will make federal government spending data publicly available online.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: BofA Makes ‘Weird’ Capital Blunder

The menu for April 29 features specials on Pfizer looking to save billions in taxes, Lerner lawyer’s letter to GOP, SEC accounting probes underway, the sanctity of a tax break, and more.

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