There's still time to contribute to an HSA for 2018 | Opinion: First-year challenges of TCJA implementation require broader penalty relief | 4 key tax-reform provisions for not-for-profits
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March 18, 2019
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Protecting productivity in the age of email
Email is essential to business life, but it can cause distractions and suck up time. Following these nine tips can help you maintain productivity.
Entrepreneur online (3/15) 
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Free webcast: Rethink Reform With Smart Technology
Reform is here, with new rules and big expectations for your firm. Focus on growing client relationships even when your firm is dealing with big picture changes like tax reform without the added pressure. Learn how smart technology choices can turn today's uncertainty into tomorrow's opportunity.
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Financial Focus
There's still time to contribute to an HSA for 2018
People can still affect 2018 tax bills by contributing to health savings accounts. This article offers answers to common questions about HSAs and a description of paperwork involved.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/15) 
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Get paid for your hard work this tax season
As you're hard at work this tax season, make getting paid for your hard work as easy as possible. This free guide gives you easy steps for updating billing and payment practices in your firm to make this tax season a success!
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Tax Spotlight
Opinion: First-year challenges of TCJA implementation require broader penalty relief
Despite generally lower tax bills, many taxpayers are seeing smaller-than-expected refunds -- or no refunds at all. And some taxpayers are subject to underwithholding penalties, despite limited relief from the Internal Revenue Service. Here's what should be done.
Journal of Accountancy online (3/15) 
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4 key tax-reform provisions for not-for-profits
Four key provisions in the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have significant ramifications for not-for-profits. Learn more in this podcast.
Journal of Accountancy online (3/15) 
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Solve the lease accounting challenge
The challenges of the new lease accounting standard have been pervasive to say the least. In this free, independently-written report, you'll learn effective adoption strategies as well as resources for easing the transition to the new standard. Get the FREE report >
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Career Development
How to act confident despite anxiety
Here are six ways to project confidence when you are actually nervous. They include making eye contact and slowing the pace of speech.
Fast Company online (3/15) 
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Is a stretch assignment worth it?
Stretch assignments can jump-start career advancement, but there are several questions you should ask before accepting this type of task.
Forbes (3/14) 
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How digitally fit are you?
Flex your digital muscles and test your knowledge of the hottest topics in the profession: cybersecurity, blockchain, data analysis and robotic process automation. Spend less than 2 minutes and earn a free (yes, free) course.
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Leadership
How to cultivate constructive conflict
Businesses often try to avoid conflict on teams, but addressing disagreement is key to preventing problems and to establishing a positive culture.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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Technology
Let your humanity disrupt your technology use, not the other way around
Our lives are subject to constant change. Today, in the disruption age, this change is fueled by innovative -- yet addictive -- technology. Amy Vetter, CPA, CGMA, a yogi, shares important tips to living mindfully and in harmony with tech in this special edition of the "Go Beyond Disruption" podcast honoring Women's History Month.
AICPA Insights (3/15) 
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Market Update
US job openings climbed in January
Job openings in the US rose 102,000 in January to a seasonally adjusted 7.58 million, the Labor Department reported. Information, real estate and wholesale businesses were among those with the most vacancies.
Reuters (3/15) 
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May warns further delay could make Brexit impossible
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, writing in The Telegraph, appeals to lawmakers to support her Brexit plan, which Parliament has twice overwhelmingly rejected. She warns that if Parliament is unable to approve a Brexit agreement before Thursday, when the European Council meets, "we will not leave the EU for many months, if ever."
Politico (3/17),  The Guardian (London) (3/17),  The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/16) 
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AICPA News
Get the FAQs on Sec. 199A
Tax reform's most famous deduction has final regulations, but several key parts of Sec. 199A are still a little up in the air. Get in-depth information and the latest insight on the qualified business income deduction with these FAQs. Available to AICPA Tax Section members only.
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Management accounting: The right decisions at the right time
A record-breaking quarter doesn't happen by accident. It takes a series of strategic decisions fueled by processes, tools and techniques. That's the strength of CGMA Strategic Management Accounting program -- helping you examine the components of strategy so your enterprise achieves its objectives.
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