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    1. Severe Weather Threatens Businesses. It’s Time to Measure and Disclose the Risks

      Severe Weather Threatens Businesses. It’s Time to Measure and Disclose the Risks

      The weather affects consumers’ behavior in terms of what products they buy, where they buy them, and in what quantity. Even if a business knows how normal weather affects its earnings, unexpected abnormal weather present their own risks. Today, weather risk management is still in its early days. The majority of businesses do not hedge against weather risks, nor do they have an accurate view on how much is at risk.

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    2. Why States Are Struggling to Tax Services | CPA Practice Advisor

      Why States Are Struggling to Tax Services | CPA Practice Advisor

      As states struggle to align their tax codes with the modern service economy, expanding sales taxes to include activities like personal care, home repair, funeral services, computer maintenance and similar enterprises would seem to be a logical move. But states are finding it's not so easy. Twenty-three state legislatures considered proposals this year to impose taxes on at least some services. But so far, none has made it into law intact -- and most died outright.

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    3. FASB's clarification of the definition of a business has wide implications | Accounting Today

      A recent accounting standards update helps entities evaluate whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions or disposals of assets or as businesses. The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update 2017-01 “Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business,” states that a business has the following: 2. Processes applied to those inputs; and 3.

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    4. IRS eases retirement plan loans and distributions to Hurricane Irma victims | Accounting Today

      The Internal Revenue Service streamlined the rules Tuesday to make it easier for 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans to make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Irma and members of their families. The relief is similar to relief provided recently to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The IRS is also providing tax-filing and payment relief to Irma victims (see IRS offers tax filing relief to Hurricane Irma victims in Florida and Puerto Rico).

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    5. 5 Smart Fundraising Tips From Wealthy Donors

      5 Smart Fundraising Tips From Wealthy Donors

      Fundraising season never really ends, but with the busiest months of the year for major-gift officers right around the corner, now is a good time to brush up on the best ways to attract wealthy donors. High-net-worth philanthropists are often bombarded with gift requests from nonprofits they don’t know well. The Chronicle mined its recent coverage of big donors for the best suggestions on how fundraisers can elevate their organization’s pitch above the din of the crowd.

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    6. Better Understanding Business Models in the Nonprofit Sector

      Better Understanding Business Models in the Nonprofit Sector

      In talking with the leaders of nonprofit organizations across the sector, there is a single truism that undergirds all of our conversations: limits on overhead create a pressure that deeply impacts the choices and tradeoffs leaders wrestle with every day. At Bridgespan, we have spent the last decade hearing this story from nonprofit leaders, and in turn, working with funders to counter the “overhead myth.”

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    7. COSO released updated enterprise risk management framework | Accounting Today

      The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission released a long-awaited update Wednesday to its ERM Framework: Enterprise Risk Management–Integrating with Strategy and Performance, the first since 2004. The updated framework, developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers under the direction of the COSO board, aims to help organizations improve their approach to managing risk.

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    8. 72% of Small Businesses Don't Have Succession Plan

      72% of Small Businesses Don't Have Succession Plan

      There may be nothing more certain than death and taxes, but Americans like to push thoughts of that first topic away. Perhaps that's why almost three-fourths of U.S. small businesses don't have a succession plan and most small business owners don't have a will. That's according to the 2017 Make-A-Will-Month survey by Rocket Lawyer, an online provider of legal services.

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    9. U.S. Business Executives Cite Scarcity of Skilled Personnel as Top Con

      – Business executives maintained their generally upbeat view of prospects for the U.S. economy, and have upgraded expectations for profit and revenue growth over the next 12 months, according to the third-quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey , which polls chief executive officers, chief financial officers, controllers and other certified public accountants in U.S. companies who hold executive and senior management accounting roles.

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    10. Winning by Losing? Getting the Supreme Court to review Quill.

      Winning by Losing? Getting the Supreme Court to review Quill.

      By Adam Thimmesch

      The Supreme Court of South Dakota heard oral arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. earlier this week. That case involves a challenge to a South Dakota statute that requires vendors to collect the state’s use tax based solely on their economic connections with the state—a requirement that seems to directly contradict the rule embraced by the Supreme Court in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota. What was unusual about the case is that the state argued that it should lose.

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    11. Companies shouldn't rush to adopt new hedge accounting standard | Accounting Today

      The Financial Accounting Standards Board released its long-awaited hedge accounting standard this week, but companies may want to be careful about adopting it early, or else they could miss out on some one-time benefits. The accounting standards update for hedging, which FASB issued Monday, allows companies takes effect for public companies in 2019 and private companies in 2020 (see FASB releases hedge accounting standard).

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    12. Google’s Secret Formula for Management? Doing the Basics Well

      Google’s Secret Formula for Management? Doing the Basics Well

      Google has opened its trove of management processes to one and all, for free. It might not feel that surprising – after all, Google has created plenty of other free tools for the world to use. And it also follows Google’s many years of work in people analytics. But in fact, there is something surprising in the details of what they revealed: Their management tools focus on some pretty basic stuff like how to run meetings, have conversations, and set goals.

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    13. Getting Ready for Assurance Has Its Benefits

      Getting Ready for Assurance Has Its Benefits

      In recent months, sweeping global cyberattacks have taken thousands of businesses offline, compromising valuable data and blocking access to critical services and information assets. If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: cybersecurity is a business imperative with direct implications for overall company value. Prior to this spring, and without a common language or benchmark for cybersecurity, how do you quantify and communicate your cybersecurity risk in a meaningful way?

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    14. New Guide Focuses on Revenue Recognition | CPA Practice Advisor

      New Guide Focuses on Revenue Recognition | CPA Practice Advisor

      Thomson Reuters has released PPC’s Guide to Revenue Recognition, providing in-depth and practical guidance for accountants and their clients on the new requirements for how and when revenue is recorded. These changes will impact financial reporting for all entities and for some will significantly alter their accounting practices, prompting the need for early preparation.

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    15. What Is ASEAN? If Nothing Else, a Job Creator for Georgia - Global Atlanta

      What Is ASEAN? If Nothing Else, a Job Creator for Georgia - Global Atlanta

      To those uninitiated in the lingo of global trade, ASEAN might look like a capitalized misspelling of “Asian.” But in reality, it represents an economically vibrant bloc in that very region that is home to nearly a tenth of the global population, some 625 million people. And according to a new report, U.S. trade with these 10 countries on the other side of the world resonates significantly back here at home.

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    16. It’s Time to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

      It’s Time to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

      In the 1980s, when quality became a significant issue for manufacturers, many of them added quality metrics to their executive compensation plans. Over the next decade, quality levels improved substantially. It’s time for companies to start doing the same thing for sustainability. Companies should tailor their sustainability efforts to their commercial priorities. For example, Coca-Cola devotes many resources to creating cleaner water supplies in developing countries.

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