Articles by Jason Bramwell

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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Who Better Really to Talk About Ethics Than Scott London?

The menu for May 22 features specials on Senate tax break bill still stalled, watchdog panel thinks private debt collector proposal is a bad idea, Credit Suisse punishment not big enough, and more.
Tax

AICPA Opposes IRS Voluntary Program to Regulate Preparers

In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday, AICPA officials wrote that the agency's proposed voluntary certification program would cause confusion among the tax administration and tax preparation community.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Camp Opines About the Tax Code

The menu for May 21 features specials on Madison Square Garden’s sweet property tax deal, inversion legislation misses real problem, Issa subpoenas DOJ on IRS probe, accountant injures a crocodile, and more.
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More Transparency in Government Finances Focus of House Bill

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday would bring more transparency and accountability to US government financial statements by making the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board more independent.
Practice

Bills in Senate and House Look to Limit ‘Inversion’ Deals

Legislation introduced by Democrats on Tuesday is aimed at curbing mergers that result in US companies paying less in taxes because their new legal tax residence is overseas – a tactic known as an “inversion.”
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Will Guilty Plea Really Hurt Credit Suisse?

The menu for May 20 features more on Credit Suisse’s guilty plea, including the names of tax-dodging customers remain secret, statements from Credit Suisse CEO Brady Dougan and US Attorney General Eric Holder, and more.
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CPA2Biz Has a New Name: CPA.com

To more closely align with its mission of “empowering CPAs and businesses for the digital age,” CPA2Biz, the business and technology services subsidiary of the AICPA, has been renamed CPA.com, effective immediately.
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GASB Clarifies How Fair Value Should be Defined and Measured

A proposal issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on May 15 explains how fair value measurement should be defined for state and local government financial reporting.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Credit Suisse Guilty Plea Could Come Today

The menu for May 19 features specials on AstraZeneca says no to “final” Pfizer deal, Harry Reid wants control of Senate amendments, China cracks down on foreign auditors, AICPA hands out awards, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Senators Sink Tax Extenders Bill

The menu for May 16 features specials on PCAOB issues staff guidance on economic analysis standard setting, Beswick to leave SEC, CAQ and George Washington University start financial disclosure project, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Inversion Bill Is on the Way

The menu for May 15 features specials on Citibank cleans house over Banamex loan fraud, why hedge fund managers don’t use corporate tax loophole, two questions loom over Senate tax break bill, and more.
Tax

IRS Not Continuing Legal Fight Over Regulating Preparers

The agency decided not to file a petition with the US Supreme Court by the May 12 deadline to continue a court battle on whether it has the legal authority to mandate testing and continuing education of paid tax return preparers.
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Alert Highlights Big Changes for Audits of Broker-Dealers

A member alert issued by the Center for Audit Quality and the AICPA outlines regulatory changes for audits and attestation engagements of brokers and dealers and futures commission merchants that are effective June 1.
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Reconciliation of Accounts Still Mostly Done by Hand: Report

Fifty-nine percent of US companies and 66 percent of Canadian businesses are still reconciling their general ledger accounts manually, according to a new report from Robert Half and the Financial Executives Research Foundation.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: New EU Audit Rules Could Be a ‘Challenge’ for US Banks

The menu for May 14 features specials on tax proposal could beef up highway fund, no veto threat on Senate tax extenders bill – yet, GOP wants medical devices tax eliminated, and more.
Tax

Senate Advances Tax Break Legislation

By a vote of 96 to 3, the Democrat-controlled Senate took its first step in reviving a plethora of expired tax breaks by advancing a bill on Tuesday that would extend the provisions for two years, adding nearly $85 billion to the deficit.
Tax

Report: IRS Made Up to $15.6 Billion in Faulty EITC Payments in 2013

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that 22 to 26 percent of all EITC payments were issued improperly by the IRS last year, costing taxpayers between $13.3 billion to $15.6 billion.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Tax Break Ball Back in Senate’s Court

The menu for May 13 features specials on Credit Suisse deal with US could reach $2 billion, financial restatements pack less of a punch, Audit Analytics examines SEC case lengths and settlements, and more.
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New Study: Paid-For Analyst Reports Can Benefit Investors

Recently published research by three accounting professors found that reports from paid-for stock analysts offer nearly the same relevant information to investors as reports from sell-side firms.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SEC to Hear Appeal From Big Four’s China Affiliates

The menu for May 12 features specials on Pfizer/AstraZeneca deal: more about drugs or taxes, Credit Suisse CEO losing support, the House won’t arrest Lois Lerner, and more.

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