October 18, 2021
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Corporate culture prizes standout employees, but it is important to recognize that average workers who meet expectations also are critical to team success. This group should be celebrated to boost retention and engagement.
Full Story: BBC (10/14) 
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Navigating the aftermath of COVID-19 relief
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A&A Report
The road to a digital audit can be a long journey, but it starts with simple tasks. Good places to start with automation include repetitive jobs such as creating standard client letters and scanning contracts. Learn more in this podcast episode with transcript.
Full Story: Journal of Accountancy online (10/12) 
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Financial Focus
Certain trends are shifting the nature of retirement for many Americans. These include the ability to find flexible work in retirement and the growing use of technology to care for older adults.
Full Story: Kiplinger (9/28) 
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The majority of people with health savings accounts keep the full balance in cash, with only 9% investing any of the funds, according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Investing at least a portion of the balance can let HSA savers better prepare for health care costs in later years.
Full Story: CNBC (10/15) 
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Corporate Finance
Finance professionals don't need to know how to code, but they perform an important service to the business when they serve as a bridge between the business and the IT department.
Full Story: FM (10/15) 
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Ask the expert: Surcharging
Dustin Hall, director of CPACharge in Austin, Texas, discusses credit card surcharges. Learn more >
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Tax Spotlight
Taxpayers who reasonably rely on FAQ posted by the Internal Revenue Service will have a reasonable-cause penalty defense under a policy announced by the agency. The IRS will also keep original versions of FAQ on its site after it updates them.
Full Story: Journal of Accountancy online (10/15) 
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Leadership
Policies that factor in pandemic disruption can reduce employee resistance to returning to the office. Strategies include redefining the office as a collaboration tool and maintaining flexibility.
Full Story: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge (10/14) 
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Policy & Regulatory
The White House has issued a report that identifies climate change as a systemic threat and that lays out strategies that could affect investment disclosures, insurance policies and other aspects of the financial system. The country requires a road map for "measuring, disclosing, managing, and mitigating climate-related financial risk across the economy," according to the report.
Full Story: CNBC (10/15),  The Wall Street Journal (10/15),  The Hill (10/15) 
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Market Update
Executives at banks including Bank of America and Morgan Stanley have voiced concerns about inflation, with Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon noting "real wage inflation across all aspects of the economy."
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (10/15) 
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Here & There
Raleigh, N.C., claims the top spot in a LendingTree ranking of the best cities in which to start a business. The ranking accounts for factors such as state corporate tax rates and local housing costs.
Full Story: CNBC (10/17) 
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Let's leverage tech to set the crooked straight
Listen to the Forensic and Valuation Services podcast episodes on topics such as how blockchain and cryptocurrency are used to commit fraud and how crooks are using cryptocurrency to hide assets. Learn how emerging technologies such as blockchain can also help mitigate these risks.
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