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    1. FASB modification accounting for share-based payments

      In a new accounting standard issued Wednesday, FASB hopes to provide clarity by offering guidance on the scope of modification accounting for share-based payment awards. Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-09, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting, gives direction on which changes to the terms or conditions of these awards require an entity to apply modification accounting in ASC Topic 718, according to a news release.

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    2. Accenture study: Atlanta No. 12 U.S. city for 2017 college graduates

      A new study by Accenture says Atlanta is the No. 12 U.S. city for where 2017's college graduates would prefer to start their career. The No. 1 ranked city was New York. Rounding out the top 10 are Chicago, southern California, Washington D.C., Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Denver, and Houston and Austin tied at 10. Atlanta was No. 12, with Charlotte, N.C., No. 13; Raleigh-Durham, N.C., No. 14 and Minneapolis-St. Paul No. 15.

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    3. Federal Remote Seller Legislation-Here we go Again!

      It was just a matter of time before the U.S. Congress would take up the initiative of giving states the ability to compel remote sellers, with the force of state law, to collect sales tax on all sales that originate in one state but are delivered to another state unless such sales are exempt from tax in the destination state. The current House Bill is H.R. 2193 and is named ‘Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2017.

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    4. Economic Confidence Hits Record High for Mid-Market Companies

      Economic Confidence Hits Record High for Mid-Market Companies

      Confidence in the U.S. economy among middle market companies has reached a new high in early 2017, according to the Q1 2017 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) released today by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM). With nine in 10 middle market leaders indicating a positive perception of the country’s economy, this level of confidence represents the highest recorded in the MMI’s five-year history.

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    5. How Much Does the Skills Gap Cost Businesses? | CPA Practice Advisor

      How Much Does the Skills Gap Cost Businesses? | CPA Practice Advisor

      It's one of today's most vexing economic puzzles: Why can't employers find workers to fill their positions when approximately 7.5 million Americans are unemployed, and millions more are working part-time because they can't find full-time positions or have given up looking for work altogether? According to a new CareerBuilder survey, nearly 60 percent of U.S. employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer.

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    6. Trump’s tax reform priorities unveiled - Journal of Accountancy

      Trump’s tax reform priorities unveiled - Journal of Accountancy

      The White House on Wednesday issued President Donald Trump’s goals and key features for tax reform, including slashed corporate tax rates, flattened individual marginal income tax brackets, and repeal of the estate and alternative minimum taxes. Trump outlined his proposals in a one-page sheet of bullet points headed “2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs” and “The Biggest Individual and Business Tax Cut in American History.” Speaking to reporters at the White House, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn described the president’s priorities, but repeatedly rebuffed requests for details, saying those would ...

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    7. AICPA sees dip in Americans’ financial satisfaction | Accounting Today

      Interest rate increases and inflation fears are causing a slight decline in the American Institute of CPAs’ Personal Financial Satisfaction Index in the first quarter of the year, despite positive news in the stock market and promises of tax reform. The AICPA’s Personal Financial Satisfaction Index saw a 1.6 point decline in Q1, while a related measure, the Personal Financial Pain Index, increased 3.2 points.

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    8. Atlanta ranks No. 17 for Hispanic-owned enterprise

      Hispanic and Latino community’s contributions to the U.S. economy are growing.

      Not only is this demographic expected to make up a third of the U.S. population by 2050 — translating into immense buying power — this group is also creating businesses at 15 times the national rate, according to a study released in 2105 by Geoscape, a provider of business intelligence technology, data and analytics, and published in partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

      To see where Hispanic…

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    9. Gov. Deal signs two tax credit bills

      Gov. Nathan Deal signed two bills Tuesday expanding tax credits offered to Georgia's film and gaming industries and giving Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center a tax break to help finance renovation of the Alliance Theatre. House Bill 199 will provide a 20 percent tax credit for post-production companies with at least a $250,000 payroll in Georgia. The companies must also spend at least $500,000 per tax year to qualify. While the state has offered generous tax credits to the film industry since 2008,…

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    10. Payroll Internal Controls Checklist | CPA Practice Advisor

      Payroll Internal Controls Checklist | CPA Practice Advisor

      No matter the size of the company or how employees are paid, internal controls are a necessity. Here are my suggestions for payroll-related internal controls that can protect you and your data. Separation of duties. With payroll, a separation of duties is a necessity both to lessen the likelihood of potential fraud and to catch unintended errors. For example, HR may be responsible for setting up new employee information, assigning the wage rate and creating the work schedule.

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    11. ASB addresses auditor reporting on ERISA plan financial statements

      The AICPA Auditing Standards Board issued a proposal Thursday that would create a new auditing standard for auditors reporting on audits of the financial statements of employee benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). An exposure draft, Proposed Statement on Auditing Standards, Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements of Employee Benefit Plans Subject to ERISA, contains the proposed guidance.

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