February 10, 2015

Protecting Confidential Client Files

Accountants need to make sure they are keeping their clients' files safe, especially during tax season when the threat of identity theft only seems to be getting more prevalent every year.

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February 6, 2015

Financial Execs Object to Proposed Changes in Accounting for Income Taxes

Financial Executives International has sent a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board taking issue with FASBís recent proposed changes in the accounting standards for income taxes.

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February 3, 2015

How Business Structure Affects Taxes

As Congress begins to digest President Obamaís proposals for changes in how to tax the foreign earnings of U.S. multinational companies, a brief refresher on business structure might be useful.

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February 2, 2015

IIA Readies Internal Audit Survey

The Institute of Internal Auditors is sending out a survey in 23 languages to internal auditors around the world in an effort to gauge the opinions of audit professionals across the globe.

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January 30, 2015

U.S. Multinationals Repatriate $12 Billion+ Tax Free

A new study finds that U.S.-based multinational corporations move an average of $12 billion in taxable income back into the country each year without paying taxes, thanks to complex mergers and acquisitions.

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January 29, 2015

The Burden of Accounting and Taxes on Small Business

The small business mentoring organization SCORE has compiled some new statistics demonstrating how much time and money small businesses spend each year on accounting, taxes and payroll administration.

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January 27, 2015

10 Conversation Starters Clients Love to Answer

Itís often a challenge to get clients to open up when they come in for their annual appointment during busy season. Maureen Schwartz, executive director of the global public accounting firm association BKR International, offers these 10 conversation starters to ask your clients.

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January 26, 2015

Deflationary Spending: PwC Expects Super Bowl to Generate $206 Million for Phoenix

PricewaterhouseCoopers is forecasting Super Bowl XLIX will generate approximately $206 million in direct spending in the greater Phoenix area, and thatís not adjusting for deflation, so to speak.

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January 23, 2015

IRS and Treasury Plan Rules for Charter School Employee Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have issued a notice saying they anticipate issuing proposed regulations that would permit a state or local retirement system that is a governmental plan to cover public charter school employees if certain requirements are satisfied.

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January 22, 2015

Prepare for New Revenue Recognition Standard, Even if It’s Delayed

The Financial Accounting Standards Board is still in the process of deciding whether the revenue recognition standard that it converged last year with the International Accounting Standards Board should be delayed to allow more companies to adjust to it before the new rules take effect in 2017. But that doesnít mean companies should wait in case thereís a postponement.

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