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Advisers Can Offer Lifeline to Older Out-of-Work Clients

More than half of older workers experience an involuntary job loss between age 50 and when they retire, an analysis found. Advisers should support clients by showing empathy, assisting with short-term planning, and helping them tap into home equity if necessary. Financial advisers are a valuable resource during trying times, and are in a unique position to help clients navigate the situation while minimizin ...

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Smashing the Barriers to Employee Engagement

Firms may boost productivity and satisfaction by taking actions on three fronts. There is a disconnect when it comes to what business leaders say about employee engagement and what the employees themselves say they are experiencing. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Smashing the Barriers to Employee Engagement. ...

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How Firms Are Holding Back Innovation

An example of outdated industry practices, says the chief product officer, is how some brokers still need a canceled check from a client to transfer money. To read the full article in Financial Planning, click: How Firms Are Holding Back Innovation. ...

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Account Management: Avoid Commonly Used Passwords

Some CPAs consider themselves clever for coming up with easy-to-remember passwords, but hackers are often wise to this tactic. Each year, SplashData compiles a list of millions of stolen passwords and sorts them in order of popularity. For 2017, here is a list of the top 10 most commonly used stolen passwords. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Account Management: Avoid Commonly ...

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Small Firm Spotlight: How I Recruit and Hire New Accountants

CPAs in small firms face many of the same operational challenges when it comes to running their firms. This is the first in an occasional series highlighting how individual practitioners tackled common issues. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Small Firm Spotlight: How I Recruit and Hire New Accountants. ...

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Putting Skills-Based Promotion in Motion

A competitive job market and emerging technology have made seniority only part of the advancement equation. As co-managing partner at accounting and consulting firm Friedman LLP, Harriet Greenberg, CPA, PFS, uses seniority as a factor in deciding whom to promote. But that's just one piece of the puzzle: She also believes in skills-based promotion—now more than ever. To read the full article in the Journal o ...

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Finance Leaders Feel Good but Ready for a Downturn

The Association’s quarterly survey finds that staffing is still a top worry. Finance executives in the United States continue to feel good about growth in their respective industries, despite creeping concerns that the good times could be coming to an end in the near future. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Finance Leaders Feel Good but Ready for a Downturn. ...

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Finding Value in Revenue Recognition Implementation

The challenges associated with FASB’s new revenue recognition standard have been substantial for many companies, but at least they’re gaining valuable data and process improvements as a result of the implementation. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Finding Value in Revenue Recognition Implementation. ...

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Author of ‘Jesus Christ, Money Master’ Charged in $19.6M Ponzi Scheme, SEC Says

A self-styled “Money Doctor” who promoted his services on a Christian radio station penned a self-help guide to “share the benefits of putting Christ back in the center of our personal spending habits.” In pitches to clients, the ex-advisor allegedly promised guaranteed risk-free returns of five to eight percent per year. To read the full article in Financial Planning, click: Author of ‘Jesus Christ, Money ...

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New FASB Standard Clarifies Lease Accounting Issues

FASB addressed two lessor implementation issues and clarified an exemption for lessors and lessees from a certain interim disclosure requirement associated with adopting the board’s new lease accounting standard. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: New FASB Standard Clarifies Lease Accounting Issues. ...

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Taxpayers Will File QBI Deduction Computation with IRS Next Year

The IRS posted a draft of a form that affected taxpayers will submit with their 2019 tax returns showing how they computed their qualified business income (QBI) deduction under Sec. 199A. Taxpayers who have QBI, qualified real estate investment trust (REIT) dividends, or qualified income from a publicly traded partnership (PTP) will use Form 8995, Qualified Business Income Deduction Simplified Computation, ...

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Why Regulators Are Taking Aim at Robo Advisors

Riding a decade-long bull market, robo advisory firms have proved investors are willing to let complex and proprietary algorithms be at the heart of their investment advice. Assets under management at digital platforms are expected to top $1 trillion in the next few years. To read the full article in Financial Planning, click: Why Regulators Are Taking Aim at Robo Advisors. ...

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Here are Five Ways the Super-Rich Manage to Pay Lower Taxes

Tax planning is a constant consideration for wealthy individuals, not a once-a-year process, said Lisa Featherngill, CPA, PFS. Wealthy clients can use several strategies to manage their tax bills, including creating conservation easements, setting up LLCs to manage investments, and using defined-benefit plans. Looking for more tax strategies for your clients? Use this checklist to help find tax and financia ...

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Understanding the FDII Deduction

C corporations with foreign-derived intangible income can benefit from a 37.5% deduction. This article provides guidance and dispels general misconceptions or mistaken impressions regarding this new deduction. Further, the article provides an overview of the FDII concepts and pertinent definitions and terminology, as well as practice tips and implications for claiming the FDII deduction, for which many comp ...

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Salesman’s Termination Payment Held Not For Goodwill

The Tax Court also denies capital gain treatment but allows business deductions for a taxpayer's subsequent shooting activity. Recently, the Tax Court ruled that an individual who received income as a nominee of a C corporation was not subject to the hobby loss rules of Sec. 183. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Salesman’s Termination Payment Held Not For Goodwill. ...

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What Advisors Can Do About Inheritance Exploitation

Advisers have a few options for protecting elderly clients from people who may try to exploit them, such as abusive family members or caregivers. Here is a look at three scenarios in which clients may be victimized and advice for dealing with each one. To read the full article in Financial Advisor, click: What Advisors Can Do About Inheritance Exploitation. ...

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Reboot, Rewire or Retire? Personal Experiences with Phased Retirement and Managing a Life Portfolio

In addition to healthy financial portfolios, clients can benefit from "life portfolios" that can promote well-being and provide purpose in retirement. Life portfolios should address factors such as where retirees will live, their health needs, and the people who can give them support and companionship. Use The Adviser's Guide to Retirement and Elder Planning: Practical Retirement Planning to explore more pl ...

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Current Developments in S Corporations

This annual update on recent developments in taxation on S corporations from The Tax Adviser includes cases and rulings on eligible shareholders, electing small business trusts, inadvertent S election terminations, and changes made by the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To read the full article in The Tax Advisor, click: Current Developments in S Corporations. ...

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Financial Elder Fraud Reports Quadruple; Amount Reaches $1.7 Billion

The number of reports of financial fraud against older adults has quadrupled since 2013, with 63,500 filed reports describing more than $1.7 billion in actual losses or attempted thefts in 2017, according to a report released by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. To read the full article in McKnight’s Senior Living, click: Financial Elder Fraud Reports Quadruple; Amount Reaches $1.7 Billion. ...

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How Advisors Should Approach Outsourcing

Outsourcing tasks such as technology, compliance and investment management can improve advisers' productivity and efficiency, a study found. Performing due diligence is key when choosing a provider. To read the full article in Financial Planning, click: How Advisors Should Approach Outsourcing. ...

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