Tips for converting stress into a positive force | Beware potential tax issues with 401(k) loans | Taxpayers may deduct casualty losses in prior years
October 15, 2019
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Tips for converting stress into a positive force
How you perceive stress makes a big difference in how you deal with it. Crack your personal "stress code" so you treat difficult situations as challenges, rather than threats.
Fast Company online (10/14) 
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Propel your continuous audit evolution
The biggest challenge facing the audit profession is the constant ability to adapt in the face of change. Read this e-book to understand how having a plan to acknowledge and quickly adapt to change will help you survive, thrive, and grow. Read now >
Financial Focus
Beware potential tax issues with 401(k) loans
Several court cases have shown potential pitfalls with taking a loan from a 401(k). Such loans can become taxable distributions and be subject to early-distribution penalties if all conditions are not met.
Financial Planning online (10/11) 
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More Payroll Profit, Less Pain
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Tax Spotlight
Taxpayers may deduct casualty losses in prior years
The Internal Revenue Service has finalized regulations permitting taxpayers to deduct disaster losses in the tax year immediately preceding the tax year the disaster occurred.
Journal of Accountancy online (10/14) 
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Tax law changes add complexity to year-end planning
Get your clients ready for tax season with these year-end tax planning strategies, which address how to make the most of recent tax law changes, such as the new deduction for qualified business income, the higher standard deduction, and the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes.
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A 4-phase process for developing critical thinking skills
Critical thinking skills are essential in the workplace, but research suggests that many workers have gaps in this area. This article offers a four-part process for evaluating and fine-tuning your team's aptitude for critical thinking.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (10/11) 
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The current state of small business
Jeff Hofmann, a managing drector of Small Business Lending at Chase, shares his insights into the current state of small business. He discusses the 2019 Business Leaders Outlook survey, the rise of U.S. small business lending, and what emerging small businesses should be mindful of.
How to access Excel's revived real-time stock prices
Microsoft has brought back real-time stock prices, although the steps for creating such a link are different, as illustrated in this simple example from the Journal of Accountancy's Technology Q&A column.
Journal of Accountancy print issue (10/2019) 
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Windows 10's latest update creates problems, users say
Users have reported issues related to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update and the latest cumulative update. Some users, for example, say they are unable to run Microsoft's Edge browser after the cumulative update.
TechRadar (UK) (10/14) 
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Be wary of adware when installing apps
Sophos has found multiple apps on Google Play that engage in problematic practices to launch ads on mobile devices while making it difficult for users to find and remove them. More than 1.3 million devices have installed at least one of these apps, data shows.
Forbes (10/13) 
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AICPA Conference on SEC and PCAOB Developments
Join us on December 9 - 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. for an update on the latest accounting and reporting issues affecting SEC registrants and their auditors at the 2019 AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments. Save $100 through Oct. 26th.
Strategic Focus
How to make clients love your firm
Clients who feel an emotional connection to your firm can be your greatest asset, especially at a time when accounting work is increasingly commoditized. In this podcast, with full transcript, Julie Littlechild, founder and CEO of Absolute Engagement, discusses what her organization's research reveals about how clients become truly engaged with an accounting practice.
Journal of Accountancy online (10/14) 
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Policy & Regulatory
SEC revamping whistleblower program
The Securities and Exchange Commission is changing its whistleblower program, with final adoption of the plan expected this month.
The Associated Press (10/12) 
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Advisory Services
Advisers need to offer coaching to demonstrate value
Advisers should offer clients coaching, rather than simply stressing commonsense moves such as saving more. Personalized coaching differentiates advisers and demonstrates value to clients.
Financial Advisor online (10/10) 
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A solution to complex accounting standards
As a recent episode of the Small Firm Philosophy podcast explains, the Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs) may be a good fit for your small business clients.
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