Cost to freeze credit depends on where you live | Gender wage gap narrows | Program helps employers offer student-loan repayment
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September 18, 2017
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Cost to freeze credit depends on where you live
The cost of freezing your credit ranges from free -- if you live in one of seven states -- to about $10 for each report you lock. Equifax is waiving lock fees until Nov. 21.
CNBC (9/15) 
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Financial Focus
Gender wage gap narrows
The female-to-male earnings ratio shrank last year, reaching 80.5%, according to the Census Bureau. Wages are stagnating for men, while pay is rising for certain groups of women.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/15) 
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Corporate Finance
Program helps employers offer student-loan repayment
Fidelity Investments will roll out a program this year that lets employers make after-tax contributions toward employees' student loans. Only 3% of companies surveyed by Aon Hewitt offer student-loan repayment as an employee benefit, while 5% say they are likely to add the perk.
CNBC (9/14) 
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Tax Spotlight
State tax considerations for foreign companies with inbound US investments
Foreign businesses that want to expand operations in the US should be aware of the various taxes that states impose, including corporate income taxes, net-worth taxes, gross-receipt taxes and sales-and-use taxes, as well as business activities that could subject them to taxation.
The Tax Adviser (9/2017) 
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Career Development
Inspiring the next generation: How CPAs can contribute on campus
CPAs can pass on their knowledge through teaching, speaking to students or serving on an advisory board. Here's how to get involved.
Journal of Accountancy print issue (9/2017) 
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How to quicken the hiring process
The average time it takes to get hired increased between 2014 and 2017, according to Glassdoor. Here are tips for speeding up the process.
U.S. News & World Report (9/15) 
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Policy & Regulatory
CFPB deal could lower student-loan balances
A potential agreement between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts could lower student-loan balances owed by hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Bloomberg (9/15) 
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Mnuchin: Revamp of Fannie, Freddie must wait
An effort to overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will have to wait until next year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says.
Bloomberg (9/14) 
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Market Update
S&P 500 surpasses milestone of 2,500
The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed above 2,500 for the first time Friday. The index is up 12% this year and is on track for the largest annual increase in four years.
Bloomberg (9/15),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/15),  Reuters (9/15) 
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Ministers mixed on EU tax on global internet firms
A proposal to tax revenue that global internet firms generate within Europe has gained support from over a third of EU states. However, some ministers say that the tax would be difficult to implement and that continuing without global backing would be risky.
Reuters (9/16),  Politico Pro (subscription required) (9/18) 
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AICPA News
The enhanced CPA Exam is coming
Get a firsthand look at the AICPA's next-generation user experience software, which is slated to launch in 2018. Final testing will be conducted in October, and the AICPA is seeking CPA Exam candidates to help give it a "test drive" at select Prometric test centers.
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Find the right cybersecurity program for your organization
Another data breach, another headline. What's clear: Cybersecurity cannot be ignored. The AICPA's "Cybersecurity Risk Management Program Essentials" webcast, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. ET, helps you establish a baseline for critical components and identify frameworks that meet your needs.
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