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NSAC Installs new Board of Directors, Officers, announces membership campaign recipients and recognizes members with years of service to the Society.

Published on December 03, 2018

During our time in Austin we introduced the new elected leadership team for 2018-19, they are as follows:

President, William Miller, CPA Electric Chapter
Vice President, Nick Mueting, CPA, CFE Mid-West Chapter
Secretary/Treasurer Dave Antoni, Capitol Chapter
Past President, Jeff Brandenburg, CPA, CFE Great Lakes Chapter
Executive Committee Member, Erik Gillam, Pacific Northwest Chapter
Executive Committee Member, April Graves, Texas Chapter

Directors
Jo Ann Fuller, South Atlantic Chapter
Emery Lewis, Mississippi Valley Chapter
Tucker Lemley, Electric Chapter
Christy Norton, CPA Far Western Chapter
Mark Feldman, Mississippi Valley Chapter
Michael Mayhew, CPA North Central Chapter
Lynn Smith, North Central Chapter
Eric Krienert, CPA Far Western Chapter
Kent Erhardt, Great Lakes Chapter
Jeff Krejdl, Mid-West Chapter

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How to Master Performance Reviews

Published on November 19, 2018

Express gratitude for any kind of feedback you receive, because it presents opportunities to improve. 

Traditional Performance evaluations are going extinct. The rapid pace of change in the modern business landscape has decreased the utility of formal, once-a-year reviews, which once loomed large over workers' careers and earnings. 

Most employees won't miss those dinosaurs, experts say, noting that younger workers especially crave more frequent feedback. They tend to be happier with the continuous performance review systems evolving to fill the void, which are "more frequent, more employee-centric, more coaching-in-nature conversations between manager and employees," says Anna Tavis, clinical associate professor of human capital management at New York University. 

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FASB Expands Private Company Consolidation Relief

Published on November 19, 2018

FASB addressed an area of accounting that has long been a concern for private companies with the issuance of a standard designed to improve consolidation accounting for private companies. 

The standard-setting board also amended for all entities the guidance for determining whether a decision-making fee is a variable interest. 

The changes were published in Accounting Standards Update No. 2018-17Consolidation (Topic 810): Targeted Improvements to Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities. The standard is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of financial reporting associated with variable-interest entities (VIEs), which are organizations in which consolidation is not based on a majority of voting rights. 

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It's Crunch Time for Private Companies on Revenue Recognition

Published on November 19, 2018

It’s understandable that FASB’s new revenue recognition standard might not be top-of-mind for private company finance personnel despite the impending effective date. 

The standard takes effect for private companies for annual reporting periods beginning after Dec. 15, 2018, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019. So effectively, private companies must adopt by the 2019 year end.

That doesn’t give them much time to work on implementation, but it’s still easy for them to overlook the importance of this new standard.  In this case, it may be tempting to give minimal attention to the implementation because the timing and amount of revenue that companies report under the new standard may not be much different from the previous numbers. 

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Auditors See Challenges in New Leasing Standard

Published on November 19, 2018

The new lease accounting standard that takes effect for public companies next year poses obstacles for the audit firms that have begun implementing it for their clients. 

The leases standard, which was jointly developed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board but has some differences under U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards, will put operating leases on the balance sheet of many companies for the first time. 

A new survey from the lease accounting software company LeaseCrunch polled auditors from 77 different CPA firms in the U.S. about the upcoming changes. Of those auditors who have started conversations with clients about the new lease accounting requirements, the number one problem is determining which practical expedients should be applied (21 percent), followed by book vs. tax implications (17 percent), determining the incremental borrowing rate (14 percent) and accounting for operating leases (11 percent).  

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Social Security Wage Base Set for 2019

Published on November 19, 2018

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the maximum amount of wages subject to the old age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI) tax will increase to $132,900 for 2019. The OASDI tax rate is 6.2%, so an employee with wages up to or above the maximum in 2019 would pay $8,239.80 in tax and the employer would pay an equal amount. Self-employed individuals pay tax at a 12.4% rate up to the limit. The 2018 wage base is $128,400, for a $7,960.80 maximum amount of OASDI tax. 

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What You Should Know About The 2018 W-2, 1099 & 1095 Filing Season

Published on November 19, 2018

Businesses are gearing up for a busy W-2, 1099 & 1095 filing season in the months ahead, navigating through an accelerated reporting season and getting re-acquainted with specific state and federal requirements. 

Deadlines & Timing

For 2019, the PATH (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes) Act requires businesses to file W-2, 1099 and 1095 forms before the January 31 deadline. In previous years, the IRS has provided leniency to businesses filing 1095 (Affordable Care Act) forms, but at this time IRS has yet to announce an automatic extension. Therefore, don’t expect the IRS to extend the ACA filing deadline this year just because they have in the past. Be prepared to file your forms before the January 31 recipient deadline to remain in compliance and avoid potential fines. 

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Inflation Adjustments and Tax Tables Issued for 2019

Published on November 19, 2018

The IRS issued the 2019 annual inflation adjustments for many tax provisions as well as the 2019 tax rate tables for individuals and estates and trusts (Rev. Proc. 2018-57). These adjusted amounts will be used to prepare tax year 2019 returns in 2020. 

Many amounts are increasing for inflation in 2019. The standard deduction will increase to $24,400 for married individuals filing joint returns or surviving spouses, $18,350 for heads of household, and $12,200 for unmarried individuals (other than surviving spouses) and married individuals filing separate returns. 

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If You Think What You Do On Your Work Computer Is Private, Think Again

Published on October 22, 2018

It's possible you could be kissing that bonus goodbye.

Just as your digital imprint can snarl up your job hunt, what you do at work can impact your professional persona.

Most employees know they shouldn't be spending much time at work sending personal emails or shopping on Amazon.

Those who think of it may take the trouble to clear their browsing history, according to a survey by Simply Hired, a job-search site. But that may not do as much to protect privacy as employees think.

Some two-thirds of companies monitor employees for e-mail infractions, and half have fired workers for those infractions, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

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The Potential of Blockchain: What Accounting Execs Need to Know

Published on October 22, 2018

In its 2017 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, Gartner estimates it will take five to 10 years before there's mainstream adoption of blockchain. However, major players in the financial services industry are already seeing benefits from the technology, using blockchain as a game-changing “trust protocol” for financial transactions and keep pace with regulatory processes.

In addition, many companies are starting to work with blockchain technology along their supply chain to control sourcing together with their OEM partners. Regulatory agencies are tapping into the prospective use of blockchain to better understand revenue and cost streams of taxpaying companies. This increase in adoption has pushed accounting and finance executives to look at blockchain as a potential technology disruptor in their space, recognizing that there are several key business benefits to leveraging the technology.

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