April 23, 2021
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The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance on a safe harbor permitting qualifying taxpayers who have Paycheck Protection Program loans who have not deducted expenses related to those loans paid or incurred in 2020 on 2020 tax returns to deduct the expenses on returns for the immediate subsequent tax year, instead of on an amended return or an administrative adjustment request for the 2020 tax year.
Full Story: Journal of Accountancy online (4/22) 
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Evolve Your Firm with Confidence
Whether it's adapting to new technology or evolving with client needs, firms that embrace change will be more profitable and be able to grow their businesses. Read this new e-book to learn how you can evolve your firm with confidence. Learn more
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Tax Spotlight
Filing options for claiming the employee retention credit, an extension of penalty relief and key unresolved questions are discussed in this podcast episode with transcript. A preview of an episode with advice on delegation also is included.
Full Story: Journal of Accountancy online (4/22) 
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In some cases, tax refunds are taking longer than the usual 21 days or less to be processed by the Internal Revenue Service, creating problems for people who depend on the money. Here is a closer look at the situation and factors contributing to the issue.
Full Story: Detroit Free Press (4/22) 
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Make your write-up 30-40% more profitable
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Career Development
The oldest millennials are turning 40, and as they move into management, many are wondering whether climbing the corporate ladder is truly worthwhile. The pandemic could change millennials' career trajectories as flexible work options become mainstream.
Full Story: CNBC (4/22) 
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Grab your credits. Grow your potential.
With a 9 out of 10 rating for course expertise, Becker's CPE instructors are some of the best in the industry. Explore CPE with the brand that 2,900+ firms, corporations, universities and agencies choose as their trusted partner. Learn more today.
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Leadership
One strategy to retain valuable workers is to hold stay interviews, which are designed to uncover ways to improve the work environment. Here are five questions to ask during a stay interview that keep employees engaged in their jobs.
Full Story: Inc. (tiered subscription model) (4/21) 
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With the Annual Webcast Pass, our experts sort through the important headlines and updates in the industry so that you have all the information needed to become a trusted partner to businesses. Subscribe today →
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Technology
This approach lets spreadsheet users determine the optimized economic life of a noncurrent asset held for continuing use in a business.
Full Story: FM (4/22) 
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Amazon is adding a system at a Whole Foods store that lets customers pay by scanning a palm print linked to a payment card. Amazon plans to roll out the system, called Amazon One, at other stores and to sell the technology to other companies.
Full Story: CNBC (4/21) 
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Pandemic-era challenges in accounting and audit
The COVID-19 pandemic brought new issues in applying existing guidance, and new or proposed standards could make significant changes in current practice. Learn about accounting and audit issues that have risen in importance during the pandemic and those that organizations and auditors should be aware of going forward. Free access >
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Policy & Regulatory
The Biden administration is developing a proposal to raise the capital gains tax to 39.6% for individuals with annual income above $1 million, nearly double the current rate, sources say. The increase would put the effective top rate at 43.4% when including a surtax imposed under the Affordable Care Act.
Full Story: The Hill (4/22),  Bloomberg (4/23),  CNBC (4/22) 
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Senate Republicans have released an infrastructure plan that would cost an estimated $568 billion, far less than the package proposed by the Biden administration.
Full Story: Reuters (4/22),  Politico (4/22),  CNBC (4/22),  The Hill (4/22) 
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6 scorecard templates for process tracking
This deck built by Workiva, in collaboration with Journal of Accountancy, outlines how your team can utilize scorecards to update your stakeholders. Get six customizable templates to track submissions, status, accounting pacing, trends, and action items for your processes.
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Market Update
Climate change could remove $23 trillion from the global economy by 2050, according to a report from Swiss Re. This risk can be managed with "more policy action on carbon pricing coupled with incentivising nature based and carbon-offsetting solutions," the report states.
Full Story: The Hill (4/22),  The New York Times (4/22) 
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AICPA News
Panel discussion: Help clients think strategically with forecasting
Join our panel discussion on how leading firms are integrating financial forecasting into their client advisory services (CAS) offerings. Attend the April 28 webinar and earn 1 free CPE credit.
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Mentioning the "E" word to clients
Do you still have clients that could use the extension talk? Use this extension reminder letter for clients as a guide, compliments of the AICPA Tax Section.
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