Tax Policy: Not boring anymore

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According to the New York Times, tax policy used to be fairly boring and predictable. But in the past decade, it has become dynamic in a way that tax advisers don’t like: It changes with the political party in power. Questions: According to the article, changes for tax advisers with the political party in power… Read more »

New IRS tax law focuses on top paid coaches

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According to Accounting Today, highly paid college sports coaches (and some hospital executives) are are targets of a 21 percent excise tax by the IRS if these nonprofit employees receive $1 million or more in salary. Questions: What is the big loophole in the law? Who pays the tax? Employee or nonprofit organization? What is… Read more »

Watch this FDIC development

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According to Bloomberg, Amazon, Facebook, Walmart and other corporate giants may soon give Wall Street a run for its money as a key U.S. regulator smooths the path for nonbanks to get into lending. Questions: Why is the banking industry against this? List at least two reasons. What is the loophole that the article talks… Read more »

China’s New Tough Stance on Tech

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According to the New York Times, despite the fact that Jack Ma and other entrepreneurs have prospered under Beijing’s laissez-faire attitude toward the business side of the internet, new investigations by China’s authoritarian government indicate that the dynamic is shifting as the companies have grown in power. Questions: What is the investigation into Alibaba about?… Read more »

COVID Disclosures

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According to a new KPMG report, audit committees will have fuller plates than usual in the coming year as a result of managing agendas packed with new risk management responsibilities amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and other crises of 2020 Questions How many issues has KPMG identified that audit committees will have to… Read more »

GE owes $200 Million fine

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According to Accounting today, General Electric Co. was fined $200 million for allegedly misleading investors about the finances of its gas-power unit, as well as a run-off insurance business. Questions: According to the article, what did GE fail to explain to its shareholders? What is GE required to report for the first year to the… Read more »

Scamdemic

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According to the Department of Justice, three family members were arrested in New York for misrepresenting employee payroll figures to receive COVID-19 loan funds for a chain of family-owned nail salons. Questions: According to the report, how was the payroll misrepresented by this family? What federal organizations were involve in the identification of these fraudsters?… Read more »

AICPA fires back!

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The AICPA takes issue with Charles Rettig, IRS Commissioner, for penalizing taxpayers and businesses when the IRS is failing to process returns on time. Questions: Who is the Congressional member who entered the AICPA letter into the Congressional Record, regarding this issue? What is the aggregate backlog of mail at the IRS? Why isn’t the… Read more »

What Type of Accounting Firm Would You Like to Start?

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Kyle Walters asks the question: ” As an accountant, would you rather be a dentist or a surgeon?” Questions: What does Walters’ question have to do with establishing an accounting firm? Which structure of an accounting firm best fits your goals and work habits? What is scope creep? What are the three components to consider… Read more »

Remote Work has Consequences for Taxes

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According to the New York Times, if you decided to ride out the pandemic at your out-of-state vacation house or with your parents in the suburbs, you may be in for an unpleasant reality: a hefty tax bill. Questions: What are the rules if you work in one state and live in another? Is there… Read more »