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  Financial Focus 
  • Some companies borrow to pay for sought-after dividends
    Shareholders are pushing companies to issue dividends, or even special dividends, before 2012 closes because of concern that Washington will increase taxes on dividends to avert the "fiscal cliff." And some companies are even taking on debt to make the payments. MarketWatch (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SEC examines how companies account for virtual goods
    Consumers bought about $2.3 billion in virtual goods last year and the Securities and Exchange Commission wants to know more about how companies account for these sales. "The sale of a virtual good represents a service, not the sale of an actual good," Brad Skinner, senior assistant chief accountant at the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, said at an AICPA conference this week. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Complying with the new group health plan rules
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act made many changes to the rules for group health plans, and over the past year, the Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance clarifying those rules. This article looks at the new rules, including Form W-2 reporting on group health plan coverage, how to determine who is a full-time employee, and the maximum 90-day waiting period, and discusses how to comply with the new guidance. The Tax Adviser (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 9 ways employers can keep the best talent
    Promoting from within, providing stimulating work and linking employee work to bottom-line success are all ways that companies can hang onto the best talent, Samuel Bacharach writes. "Employees won't stay because of the size of the paycheck. They'll stay because they feel they are recognized, engaged, challenged, and part of a team," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Technical questions and answers issued regarding audits of group financial statements
    Twenty-three Technical Questions and Answers have been included in new TIS section 8800, "Audits of Group Financial Statements and Work of Others" (AICPA, Technical Practice Aids), to provide nonauthoritative guidance regarding the implementation of AU-C section 600, Special Considerations -- Audits of Group Financial Statements (Including the Work of Component Auditors) (AICPA, Professional Standards). The TPAs are based on the questions and answers included in the Audit Risk Alert "Understanding the Responsibilities of Auditors for Audits of Group Financial Statements -- 2012." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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