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Latest Articles

  • Companies Race to Pay Down Debt as Recession Looms

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 9, 2022
    Anticipating a recession and further rises in interest rates, U.S. companies are paying down their debts to reduce their expenses.
  • CFOs Request a Return to Immediate R&D Deductability

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 8, 2022
    Claiming that a provision of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act puts them at a competitive disadvantage, 178 chief financial officers (CFOs) have asked Congress to allow them, once again, to deduct their research and development (R&D) costs immediately.
  • Supreme Court Considers Allowing Challenges to SEC and FTC

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 8, 2022
    The U.S. Supreme Court has hinted that it may consider giving companies and individuals the constitutional right to go straight to federal court when facing charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
  • As Private Equity Increasingly Seeks to Invest in Accounting Firms, Legal Questions Arise

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 7, 2022
    Private equity firms' interest in investing in accounting firms has increased in the past year, presenting opportunities and posing legal questions for all concerned.
  • IRS Independent Office of Appeals Releases FY23 Focus Guide

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 7, 2022

    The IRS Independent Office of Appeals has released its FY2023 Focus Guide, which highlights initiatives to improve taxpayer service.

  • Regulatory Roundup - November 1-7

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 7, 2022

    With so many regulators out here, it can be tough to keep track of all the decisions being made. This is the NYSSCPA's regular series that collects relevant regulatory announcements from the past week and puts them in one place to help you stay on top of the issues.

  • Report: IRS Criminal Investigation Achieved 90.6% Conviction Rate in FY22

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 4, 2022
    The IRS Criminal Investigation unit (CI) initiated more than 2,550 criminal investigations, identified more than $31 billion from tax and financial crimes, seized assets valued at approximately $7 billion, and obtained a conviction rate of more than 90 percent during fiscal year 2022 (Oct. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2022), according to its most recent annual report.
  • Treasury Report: Russia-Related Ransomware Primarily Responsible for Increase in Attacks

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 4, 2022
    The number of ransomware attacks doubled between 2020 and 2021, with Russia being the main culprit, according to a report from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
  • Conference Speaker Advocates Integrating ESG Values into Financial Reporting

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 3, 2022
    Vania Borgerth, a board member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), spoke about the importance and evolution of environmental, social and governance (ESG) values in financial reporting at Part 2 the Foundation for Accounting Education’s Auditing Standards Conference Webcast on Nov. 3.
  • Central Bank Raises Interest Rates by Another 0.75%

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Nov 3, 2022

    On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates by another 0.75 percentage point, as it continues to battle the fastest inflation in four decades. It was the fourth consecutive meeting, and the sixth time this year, that the Fed has done so.