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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Take charge of your student debt repayment plan

Written by Forefield, INC.

Outstanding student loan debt in the United States has tripled over the last decade, surpassing both auto and credit card debt to take second place behind housing debt as the most common type of household debt. Today, more than 44 million Americans collectively owe more than $1.4 trillion in student debt. Here are some strategies to pay it off...

Thursday, 20 September 2018

On the road to retirement, beware of these five risks

Written by Forefield, INC.

On your journey to retirement, you'll likely face many risks that have the potential to throw you off course. Following are five common challenges retirement investors face. Take some time now to review and understand them before your journey takes an unplanned detour. 1...

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Market Outlook -- September 2018

Written by The Rehmann Team

Economy The U.S. labor market was in focus during August. Over the course of the month, 201,000 jobs were added, slightly beating forecasts and improving the average gain to 192,000 jobs during the last six months...

Monday, 17 September 2018

Risk Report -- September 2018

Written by The Rehmann Team

Back to school tips on protecting your child’s personal identifying information | Schools require mountains of paperwork and sensitive personal identifying information (PII) about your children. Is that data safe? The Federal Trade Commission shares a few tips on keeping sensitive information out of the hands of hackers and fraudsters: Safeguard your child’s Social Security number (SSN). Do not carry your child’s Social Security card with you or share it unless you know and trust the other party...

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

How spouse-owned businesses can reduce self-employment taxes

Written by Thomson Reuters

If you own a profitable, unincorporated business with your spouse, you probably find the high self-employment (SE) tax bills burdensome. An unincorporated business in which both spouses are active is typically treated by the IRS as a partnership owned 50/50 by the spouses. (For simplicity, when we refer to “partnerships,” we’ll include in our definition limited liability companies that are treated as partnerships for federal tax purposes.)  For 2018, that means you’ll each pay the maximum 15...

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Loan losses: It’s time to sync the FASB and SEC guidance

Written by Thomson Reuters

In August, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officials announced plans to update the interpretive guidance for estimating loan loss allowances to reflect the updated credit loss standard. The accounting standard goes into effect in 2020 for public financial institutions.   Changes under U.S...

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Loan losses: It’s time to sync the FASB and SEC guidance

Written by Thomson Reuters

In August, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officials announced plans to update the interpretive guidance for estimating loan loss allowances to reflect the updated credit loss standard. The accounting standard goes into effect in 2020 for public financial institutions.   Changes under U.S...

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Reporting for business segments

Written by Thomson Reuters

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is looking for public companies to participate in its study about the prospects of improving the guidance for aggregating business segments and the reportable segments process. The study is the first phase of its outreach on segment reporting.  To aggregate or not to aggregate? The FASB doesn’t want to rewrite FASB Accounting Standards Codification Topic 280, Segment Reporting...

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Have you started implementing the new lease standard?

Written by Miranda Junga

Large public companies that have already implemented the new lease standard are reporting that it takes much more legwork than they’d anticipated. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently approved amendments to the standard that were designed to aid implementation. However, many companies that lease assets are still running behind in terms of implementing the changes.  The updated lease standard is effective in 2019 for public companies and 2020 for private ones...

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Play or pay update: Coordinating the ACA with the SCA

Written by Thomson Reuters

This past June, the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel released an information letter on employer shared responsibility under Internal Revenue Code Section 4980H as set forth under the Affordable Care Act. The letter serves as a response to an inquiry from a legislator on behalf of a constituent who owns a small business. The constituent’s company is subject to federal prevailing wage laws under the Service Contract Act (SCA) and has grown to become an applicable large employer (ALE) under the Affordable Care Act for purposes of employer shared responsibility. ALEs may be subject to penalties under Sec...

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