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    1. Non-profit Tax Round-Up: Challenges, Trends and Business Opportunities for Charities - Windham Brannon

      Non-profits have faced business challenges as long as they’ve been part of our society. Although laser-focused on their missions, many have struggled to overcome the same obstacles from one year to the next, as they continually work with lean operating budgets and small staffs. While some challenges are recurring, there are new ones, along with different trends and business opportunities, that will make the current non-profit landscape very interesting for directors and their boards moving forward.

      Currently, the biggest issues and problems impacting non-profit organizations are:

      • Fundraising is becoming increasingly harder. With big donors, it’s not as easy ...
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    2. LONGEVITY ANNUITIES NOW PERMITTED INSIDE 401(K)s and IRAs - Windham Brannon

      If you’re worried about outliving your retirement savings and have a large part of your net worth inside 401(k) plans or IRAs, you might now feel some relief. As of July 2, 2014, the Treasury Department changed its rules to allow participants in these retirement plans to invest in longevity annuities which start paying out at an advanced age, say 85, and continue throughout the participant’s life.

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    3. Insight from AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference Part I: DOL Emerging Issues - Windham Brannon

      Insight from AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference Part I: DOL Emerging Issues - Windham Brannon

      In May 2014, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) held its Employee Benefit Plans Conference in Las Vegas.  Leading industry experts, including those from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL), led discussions on the latest trends, topics and updates related to employee benefit plans community.

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    4. Changes Are Coming to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

      Sweeping changes to revenue recognition are coming to US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) under one of the most consequential parts of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) convergence project with the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). While some companies will feel no impact from this change in accounting principles, some industries and companies will experience greater impact than others.

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    5. Corporate Tax Round-Up: Windham Brannon’s Denise Mummert Talks About the Sticky Issues, 2014 Changes and Impact on CFOs

      Perhaps the greatest tax issue impacting CFOs is uncertainty, which tremendously affects the ability to project corporate profits, effective tax rates, cash flows, and borrowing needs. This uncertainty is aggravated by Congress’s inaction, widely differing approaches to tax reform and legislation in the House and the Senate, and the retirement or resignation of key leaders of Congressional committees.

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    6. Corporate Tax Round-UP: Sticky Issues, 2014 Changes and Impact on CFOs

      Perhaps the greatest tax issue impacting CFOs is uncertainty, which tremendously affects the ability to project corporate profits, effective tax rates, cash flows, and borrowing needs. This uncertainty is aggravated by Congress’s inaction, widely differing approaches to tax reform and legislation in the House and the Senate, and the retirement or resignation of key leaders of Congressional committees.

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    7. WINDHAM BRANNON’S BRAD DICKSON SHARES DETAILS ON HOW THE IRS HAS CUT PENALTIES AND STREAMLINED ITS OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE PROGRAM

      The IRS has announced sweeping changes to its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (Program) for U.S. taxpayers who have previously been noncompliant.  In its 2014 Program effective July 1, 2014, the IRS reduced penalties to 5%, and in some cases to 0%, in the case of taxpayers whose conduct was not willful.  Non-willful conduct includes a failure to disclose information on foreign financial accounts due to negligence, inadvertence, a mistake, or a misunderstanding of the law.

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    8. IRS CUTS PENALTIES AND STREAMLINES ITS OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE PROGRAM

      The IRS has announced sweeping changes to its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (Program) for U.S. taxpayers who have previously been noncompliant.  In its 2014 Program effective July 1, 2014, the IRS reduced penalties to 5%, and in some cases to 0%, in the case of taxpayers whose conduct was not willful.  Non-willful conduct includes a failure to disclose due to negligence, inadvertence, a mistake, or a misunderstanding of the law.

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    9. SOC 2 “Plus” – More Opportunities to Demonstrate Your Compliance Efforts | Windham Brannon

      Today’s heavily regulated business environment often requires service organizations to achieve compliance with different security standards and frameworks that may vary across industries. While many businesses have their own IT departments, they may not have the in-house expertise to develop sound business practices and controls to demonstrate the proper corporate governance and compliance, much less for multiple regulations or standards.  While some regulations may afford service organizations the option to self-certify compliance, often times audit firms are engaged to render an independent opinion of the design and operating effectiveness of an IT system’s internal control for a Type ...

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    10. Good Law, Now Bad Policy? Comments on the Senate Tax Hearings | Windham Brannon

      The on-going Senate hearings on “Offshore Profit Shifting” have publicized and politicized long-standing tax laws used by American businesses with international trade.  The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, under the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is in the midst of a multi-year study to spotlight how U.S. multinational corporations – including stalwarts Apple, Microsoft, HP and Caterpillar — are shifting profits outside the U.S. tax base.   The hearings are intended to expose how taxpayers are using provisions of international tax law to drive results contrary to the policymakers’ objectives.

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    11. It May Be a Question of When, But It’s Not a Question of If. The Time is Now to Put ICD-10 Plans In Place.

      Let’s face it, we all have a little doubt that ICD-10 will actually move forward in October of 2015.  The government has created this doubt by continually delaying the go-live date.  All this doubt, and the cost of moving forward, has really created a situation where providers are unsure of what to do next.  Here are some recommendations:

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    12. Valerie Barckhoff Joins Windham Brannon’s Healthcare Practice

      Windham Brannon is pleased to announce the hiring of Valerie Barckhoff as a principal in our Healthcare practice. Valerie will join practice leader Cheryl Yarbrough in providing Windham Brannon clients—including physician groups, hospitals, home healthcare organizations and medical technology companies—access to unparalleled expertise from across the healthcare landscape.

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    13. ICD-10 Delay and Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Fix

      ICD-10 Delay and Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Fix

      On March 31, 2014, the Senate passed a bill that both delays a reduction in Medicare payments and delays the ICD-10 compliance date until October 1, 2015.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has stated on many occasions that there would be no delay in the October 2014 date, but Congress listened to many providers about the concerns and anticipated cash flow impacts.

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    14. Panel Recap: Economic Incentives to Drive International Growth in Georgia

      Last week, a group of Atlanta’s top business leaders gathered for an informational roundtable on the “Use of Economic Incentives to Drive International Growth in Georgia” at an event co-sponsored by Windham Brannon and Global Atlanta. Panelists included: Elmer Stancil, Community and Government Relations Manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Brad Dickson, Tax Principal, Windham Brannon; and John Gornall, Jr., Partner, Arnall, Gordon, Gregory.

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    15. Georgia Manufacturers to Receive Exemption on Purchase of “Consumable Supplies”

      The Georgia Legislature passed HB 900 on March 20, 2014, which will further expand the sales tax exemptions afforded to manufacturers to include “consumable supplies” used in the manufacturing process.  Consumable supplies are generally items used in the manufacturing process, but are not part of the finished product.  Examples of consumable supplies include abrasives, various gases, chemicals, machinery lubricants and other short lived property that does not qualify as “raw materials” or as a “repair parts”.

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    16. SOC 2 Reporting: Building Efficiencies to the Examination Approach

      Since the transition from Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) 70 to Service Organizational Controls (SOC) examinations, many service organizations (and auditors alike) have struggled with the interpretation of the new standards, namely with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s (AICPA)  Trust Services Principles (TSP) in support of SOC 2 examinations.  Designed for service organizations that provide a non-financial reporting service, TSPs provide a framework of control criteria centered on five key principles: availability, confidentiality, processing integrity, security, and privacy.  One of the early concerns by SOC auditors was that certain control criteria appeared redundant across multiple principles.  For ...

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