IRS commissioner: Equifax hack may not affect tax season | Fellow CPAs offer their budget tips for travel | How to survive a stock market downturn
October 18, 2017
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IRS commissioner: Equifax hack may not affect tax season
The Equifax data breach is unlikely to have a significant impact on the 2018 filing season, said Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. Many of the people involved may have already had their personal information stolen by other hackers, he noted.
The Hill (10/17) 
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A&A Report
8 issues auditors should consider this year
Businesses are constantly evolving, driven by changes in technology, by economic trends and by the regulatory environment. Here is a look at eight issues executives and financial committees should watch for in the upcoming audit cycle.
CFO (10/16) 
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Live event: Exponential growth strategies
In this exclusive accountants-only event, renowned business and marketing guru Jay Abraham will show you how to leverage factors within your firm for sustainable exponential growth. November 17, New York City. Seats are limited. Register today.
Financial Focus
Fellow CPAs offer their budget tips for travel
A few globe-trotting CPAs share advice on cutting vacation expenses.
CPA Insider (10/16) 
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How to survive a stock market downturn
People planning for retirement should be prepared for an eventual end to the current bull market. One way to weather a downturn is to divide retirement savings into three accounts: one for cash and short-term investments and the other two for longer-term investments.
Next Avenue (10/17) 
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Tax Spotlight
Recent developments in estate planning: Part 2
The second part of this annual update discusses generation-skipping transfer and trust tax developments, as well as tax-reform proposals and inflation adjustments for 2017 that affect trusts and estates.
The Tax Adviser (10/2017) 
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The AICPA's trusted tax CPE courses
AICPA has lineup of update courses to help you prepare for the upcoming tax season. Designed by the profession's top tax experts, these programs will put you and your clients on a winning path. To learn more, Visit
Career Development
A cluttered desk can make it harder to focus
If you have trouble focusing at work, a cluttered work area may be part of the problem. Simplify your workspace, and avoid the temptation to leave sticky notes and other visual cues around your desk where they can be a distraction.
U.S. News & World Report (10/16) 
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Get your clients ready for tax season
This independently written report includes tips for advising clients, developing a year-end communication plan, expired provisions, and more. Free report >
How photography can unite your team
Evocative images can be used to great effect in a team-building exercise, because our brains are hardwired to react to visual information. Here is a six-step process that involves providing several photographs and allowing team members to select and discuss meaningful images.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (10/16) 
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Policy & Regulatory
Negotiators extend time frame for NAFTA talks
Representatives from the US, Canada and Mexico say negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement will extend into March. The next round of discussions will be Nov. 17 to 21 in Mexico City.
Bloomberg (free registration) (10/17) 
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Advisory Services
Study: RIAs on track to set M&A record
At the current pace, mergers and acquisitions among registered investment advisers will surge to a record this year, according to a study from Echelon Partners. Based on the trend this year, deals will post a 23% increase from a year earlier, reaching 169 deals by year-end, the company said.
Financial Advisor online (10/17) 
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Here & There
Quiz: Catch these sneaky sound-alike words in your writing
Grow or refresh your knowledge of homophones -- words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings.
Journal of Accountancy online (10/12) 
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Free webcast: Cybersecurity expert and "Shark Tank" star talks data protection
He became a household name on "Shark Tank," but by day Robert Herjavec is a cybersecurity expert who runs a global IT security business. On Nov. 1 at noon ET, he will sit down with Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, for "Beat the Breach," a free webcast in which they will discuss cybersecurity trends and best practices. Register now.
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