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Decrease in Tax Collections Spells Trouble for New England State Budgets
Posted by Cap Willey on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 08:22 AM

Tax collections were lower than expected in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, leaving the states scrambling to minimize the damage to their budgets. New England isn’t alone in state taxation troubles. The National Association of State Budget Officers reported last fall that 25 states had collections below their budget forecasts in the 2016 fiscal year and 24 reported lower-than-estimated general fund revenues for 2017.

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Topics: Massachusetts, State tax, Cap Willey, Rhode Island Budget, state and local tax (SALT), new england state and local tax, Grafton Cap Willey, RI Budget, MA Budget, Connecticut

Cybersecurity Risks to Benefit Plans
Posted by Kyle Konopasek on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 07:39 AM

Headlines tell the story about the cybersecurity threats facing consumer or customer data, but employee data can be an information security target as well. Employee data carries a lot of the information that cyber criminals seek, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, financial and medical information, bank account details, beneficiary information and confidential emails. Former employee data may also be vulnerable if your plan has weak employee off-boarding procedures which may inadvertently result in storing old information off-network.

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Topics: employee benefit plan, cybersecurity, ebp, cyber risks, cyber attacks

Implementing Revenue Recognition Triggers Accounting & Tax Considerations
Posted by Carl Giardino on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

By: Carl Giardino and Patrick Quinn

New revenue recognition standards for U.S. and international financial reporting will require careful planning and education to develop an implementation strategy. In addition, the standard affecting U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) may bring about substantial income tax consequences. Historically, many entities found that the financial reporting standards and tax rules regarding revenue recognition ran parallel and produced identical results; under the new standard this may no longer hold true.

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Topics: accounting, tax, Revenue Recognition Standard, Carl Giardino, Patrick Quinn, Revenue recognition

Trump's Tax Plan Eyes Dynamic Scoring to Finance Tax Cuts
Posted by Michael Corrente on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 08:40 AM

How much economic growth will tax cuts create? The President’s outline of his tax proposals is based on the premise that tax cuts pay for themselves by stimulating the economy to create additional and offsetting tax revenues. There are varying ways to project the effect of tax policy on economic growth and tax revenue; the most popular method is called dynamic scoring. To bring dynamic scoring into focus, it is necessary to understand what it is, how it is calculated, and why it matters.

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Topics: Michael Corrente, Donald Trump, Trump, Tax Plan, Trump Tax Plan

Understanding the Leasing Standard: Transitioning to the New Standard
Posted by Larry Kaplan on Fri, Jun 2, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

The effective date of the update to lease accounting is drawing closer. In this blog, we will discuss lease modification and the transition guidance. To prepare for the standard, entities should be evaluating their adoption process and how it will affect their operations.

How leases are transitioned to the guidance under FASB ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) will depend on the types of leases in place at the date of adoption and whether electing available practical expedients makes sense for the organization.

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Topics: Larry Kaplan, lease accounting changes, Lease Standards, Leasing, Leaseback Accounting, leasing standard

AICPA Introduces the SOC Report for Cybersecurity
Posted by John Robichaud on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 @ 08:21 AM

As the world, organizations and individuals become increasingly more information technology dependent and inter-connected, with other organizations and individuals, cybersecurity poses one of the largest threats in the current operating environment. Extending beyond the information technology sphere, information security incidents and data breaches are a daily occurrence in the news and can do major damage to operations. The recent WannaCry ransomware incident hit hospitals in Great Britain, telecom providers in Spain and major companies in China, the United States and several other countries. It locked users out of critical systems, grinding business—and in the case of the hospitals, patient care—to a halt.

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Topics: John Robichaud, AICPA, cybersecurity, SOC Reports, SOC

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