Retailers evaluate effect of new revenue recognition standard | 6 ways to minimize retirement-savings disruptions | The challenge of maximizing the foreign tax credit on qualified dividends
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August 16, 2017
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Retailers evaluate effect of new revenue recognition standard
Here is a look at how the new revenue recognition standard could affect large companies such as Amazon, Starbucks and Nordstrom. One major change many retailers could feel involves the treatment of the unused portion of gift cards.
MarketWatch (8/15) 
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6 ways to minimize retirement-savings disruptions
Events that adversely affect a person's retirement plan, such as job loss, sickness or divorce, are nearly inevitable during working life, according to a report from the National Endowment for Financial Education. This article outlines six steps people can take to minimize the impact, such as aiming for a fully funded 401(k) account.
Forbes (8/14) 
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Tax Spotlight
The challenge of maximizing the foreign tax credit on qualified dividends
With more Americans living and working abroad, a big challenge for tax practitioners is getting those clients the biggest foreign tax credit. Here's how qualified dividends can complicate that task and what can be done.
The Tax Adviser (8/2017) 
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Leadership
Why mandatory vacation can be better than unlimited vacation
Unlimited vacation sounds good, but employees are often anxious about actually using it. One small startup figured out how to improve the creativity and happiness of employees by forcing them to take a vacation week at regular intervals.
Inc. online (8/15) 
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6 tactics that make for happy employees
Employees who are satisfied in their jobs are more likely to be retained by their employer and to be productive at work. These strategies can lead to a happy, motivated workforce.
CGMA Magazine online (8/10) 
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Technology
Create local backups of your data
Even if your computer lives in a cloud-based world, it's probably still a good idea to have local backup. An automated online backup system might provide the service you need.
Journal of Accountancy print issue (8/2017) 
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Policy & Regulatory
CBO: Ending insurer subsidies would mean higher premiums
Ending subsidies to health insurers would mean many customers would see premiums that are 20% higher, according to the Congressional Budget Office. President Donald Trump has described the payments as a bailout for insurers, and the administration has been deciding month to month whether to continue them.
Reuters (8/15) 
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Trump looks to speed infrastructure permitting
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order with the aim of accelerating approval of permits for pipelines, bridges and other infrastructure projects.
Reuters (8/15) 
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Market Update
US retail sales post biggest gain in 7 months
Retail sales in the US jumped 0.6% in July, the biggest one-month gain since December. Consumers' discretionary spending and motor vehicle purchases drove the trend, suggesting the economy may be picking up momentum.
Reuters (8/15) 
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China again world's biggest foreign owner of US debt
China once again owns more US government debt than any other foreign country. China's holdings of US bonds, notes and bills rose to $1.15 trillion in June, according to the US Treasury Department, putting Japan in second place with $1.09 trillion.
Bloomberg (8/15) 
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