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Federal Circuit Provides Guidance

On Patent Damages and Apportionment In two recent cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided important guidance when applying apportionment principles to calculate reasonable royalty damages.  See Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., 879 F.3d 1299 (Fed. Cir. 2018); Exmark Mfg. Co. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC, 879 F.3d 1332 (Fed. Cir. 2018).  The Federal Circ ...

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How AI, Blockchain, and Automation Will Reinvent Accounting

The accounting profession sits on the cusp of unprecedented change.  Transformative technologies will reshape virtually every corner of the accounting world.  For CPAs to survive and thrive, they will need to learn—and unlearn—on a scale and at a pace that can seem overwhelming.  To help CPAs prepare, the JofA gathered three of the profession’s top technology experts for its annual accounting technology rou ...

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Ten Key Findings: Sexual Harassment in the Professional Workplace

This article highlights a broad, industrywide study of the impact and implications of sexual harassment across professional communities, including banking, payments, mortgages, financial advisory, accounting, health care, employee benefits and capital markets (including municipal finance and M&A advising). To read the full article in FinancialPlanning, click: Ten Key Findings: Sexual Harassment in the P ...

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No One’s Sure Who Qualifies for this $415B Tax Deduction

Congressional Republicans created a juicy new tax break for clients when they rewrote the U.S. tax code late last year.  Three months later, hundreds of thousands of them still do not know if they qualify.  The IRS has said it will provide guidance detailing exactly who is allowed to take the so-called pass-through deduction.  With billions of dollars at stake, business groups are lobbying for the agency to ...

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How is the Section 199A Deduction determined?

Underlying Policy Identified The pass-through entity, that legal entity structure that has given valuators consternation over the years, is back in the news thanks to the Tax Cut and Jobs Acts (TCJA) signed into law at the end of 2017. According to the Joint Commission on Taxation, business owners filed 35.3 million pass-through returns in 2015. Another 1.6 million returns were file by C corporations. The T ...

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“Left of Bang”

Behavior Detection in Forensics The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has deployed behavior detection techniques for years, most recently in counterterrorism actions. Marines are taught the techniques during their Combat Hunter Course so that bad guys can be detected before they can do bad things. “Left of bang” means before the bad things happen; “right of bang” means that bad things have already happened, ...

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Accountants Reveal What Inspires Them Every Day

Day in, and day out, how do you stay inspired?  We asked nine accountants what inspires them and what advice they would give to help others in the profession find that inspiration. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Accountants Reveal What Inspires Them Every Day. ...

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FINRA Helpline Aims to Aid Smaller Firms, but Concerns Arise

FINRA has launched a helpline to provide firms with direct assistance and answers to general and routine FINRA related questions, as well as direct callers to the proper regulatory staff and other departments. The effort is part of its FINRA360 organizational improvement program. To read the full article in FinancialPlanning, click: FINRA Helpline Aims to Aid Smaller Firms, but Concerns Arise. ...

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The New Tax Bill

A Run-Down on What is Changing President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) presented to him by Congress on December 22, 2017. Debate on the provisions of the bill dominated the last quarter of 2017. It was first presented on November 2, 2017 by Texas Congressman Kevin Brady, chair of The House Ways and Means Committee. Two weeks later, November 16, the House passed the Bill and forwarded ...

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Risk Tolerance: The Misperception that Keeps Hurting Clients

Before investing client assets, advisors are required to assess a client’s risk tolerance. If the investor takes on more risk than they can endure, they are likely to lose more money than they can stomach when the inevitable bear market comes. And even if the market recovers, there’s a risk that the investor will panic sell at the bottom of the market. To read the full article in Financial Planning, click: ...

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How to Create More Quality Family Time

The world is more hectic than ever.  Busy professionals often struggle to escape the career treadmill, and omnipresent technology keeps us working around the clock.  Dinnertimes eaten up by e-mails and weekends lost to client calls create a costly intrusion.  When free time becomes scarce, family activities frequently get moved down the to-do list. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, cli ...

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Wealth Management Fares Worst in Broad Study of Sexual Harassment

When a male co-worker got too close for comfort, he drove a financial advisor to leave a regional brokerage firm where she had been working for years.  He gave other female colleagues shoulder rubs that they “did not want, nor ask for," said the advisor, who requested anonymity to share her story. To read the full article in FinancialPlanning, click: Wealth Management Fares Worst in Broad Study of Sexual Ha ...

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