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November 10, 2017
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Senate tax-reform bill differs from House version in many ways
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act released by the Senate Finance Committee contains many differences from the bill put out by the House. These include different tax rates, different treatment of various deductions and a delay in the reduction of the corporate tax rate.
Journal of Accountancy online (11/9) 
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A&A Report
Improving internal control over segment reporting
Here's how preparers can keep segment disclosures consistent with objectives of segment reporting, an area of high regulatory scrutiny.
Journal of Accountancy print issue (11/2017) 
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2017 State of the SOX/Internal Controls Market
How does your SOX process compare to your peers? Download the 2017 State of the SOX/Internal Controls Market Report to see how leading SOX, internal control, and internal audit professionals are managing regulatory uncertainty and changing requirements. Access the report now.
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Financial Focus
Be thankful, not broke: Friendsgiving on a budget
This Thanksgiving, spend less time worrying about money and more time eating turkey. Why not host a frugal Friendsgiving?
AICPA Insights (11/9) 
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Chaos, Meet Order
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Career Development
CPA firms find that advancement programs boost recruiting, retention
In an environment with intense competition for skilled professionals, CPA firms are finding that programs promoting mentoring, sponsorship, and gender and minority initiatives help them recruit and retain good people.
Journal of Accountancy online (11/9) 
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The impact of bans on salary-history questions
New York City law prevents companies from asking about salary history, and other jurisdictions are adopting similar measures. Here are four implications for job seekers to consider.
CNBC (11/9) 
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Accountants Liability - Tax Focus
Join practitioners, the AICPA and CNA, on November 17 for a panel discussion webcast about professional liability exposures arising from the delivery of tax and related services. CNA policyholders may earn up to a 7.5% premium credit! Register Now
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Leadership
Know what types of public speaking make you uncomfortable
When people say public speaking makes them anxious, they often are referring to a specific audience size and familiarity with that audience. Each situation -- big or small audience, familiar crowd or strangers -- requires a different approach and practice regimen.
Manner of Speaking (11/5) 
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The AICPA helps women soar.
We offer networking opportunities, interaction with role models, and resources to help women advance into leadership positions.Learn more about everything we're doing to help women soar in the profession.
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Technology
How AI and chatbots could reshape the workplace
Chatbots are becoming more common in our personal lives, and the technology could be useful for HR organizations as well. Here are five factors to consider as HR leaders embrace artificial intelligence.
Forbes (11/9) 
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Strategic Focus
Effective strategies are all about making choices
Defining a business strategy is about more than identifying goals; it requires a company to decide what it will and will not do. This article discusses the need for clear communication, plus input from employees.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (11/8) 
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Policy & Regulatory
Mester: Interest rates should increase gradually
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester says "a gradual path" to interest-rate increases is the best way to keep economic expansion going.
CNBC (11/9) 
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Market Update
China further opens financial sector to foreigners
China said it will lift restrictions on foreign ownership of banks and asset-management firms and open the door to offshore investors acquiring majority interests in domestic insurance and securities companies. The People's Bank of China also said it would allow foreign investors to trade in bond derivatives in the interbank market.
Bloomberg (free registration) (11/10),  Reuters (11/9),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/10) 
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AICPA News
Resources available to help health care entities implement FASB's not-for-profit standard
Are you overwhelmed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board's new not-for-profit standard? Check out nonauthoritative issues analyses on natural and functional class presentation, liquidity and availability, and net asset presentation. These were developed with health care entities in mind.
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Applying ethics in the real world
The principles behind the standards may hold steady, but it's a new world for ethics pronouncements and interpretations. The "AICPA Code: Ethics in Practice" webcast, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. ET, covers actual cases to help you uphold the profession.
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