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The Tax and Other Costs of Paying Executives the Big Bucks
The Experts: Sheryl VanderBaan and Julie Collins

Tax reform legislation expanded the one-million-dollar annual deduction limitation applied to certain compensation paid to top executives of publicly held companies. The result? More disallowed compensation deductions for more companies and on more employees, a higher financial statement cost of compensation, and more work to account properly for the new… Read more »

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Tax Reform Is in the Books

Another interim reporting period is rounding the corner, which means it is time to update the feature story in many of today’s Notes to the Financial Statements—the income tax footnote and the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Believe it or not, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s… Read more »

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Changing of the Guard, Starting a New Chapter

On a beautiful June day in Huntington Beach, California, back in 2014, our lives were changed forever, and the emerging tax professionals (ETP) subcommittee (though unnamed at the time) was officially born. What an incredible four years it has been. We could never have imagined how many outstanding people we… Read more »

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John Mann

John Mann has distinct childhood memories that foretold his current career in tax. One involved attending a meeting with his mother and the tax advisor who prepared her tax return. Another was having that same advisor prepare his own tax return for part-time work during high school. “It’s funny how… Read more »

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What a Year. Where Did the Time Go?

At the start of my presidential year, I had a few core objectives for the upcoming twelve months. I wanted to make a difference personally, positively impact our members, and, above all, contribute to the betterment of the tax community. Those objectives were reflected in my overall theme of “Getting… Read more »

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Practical Insights for Combatting New York’s Expansion of Sales Tax Law
The Experts: Zach Gladney and Matthew Hedstrom

Much has been written about the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s positions on the taxation of software, software as a service (SaaS), and other software-based services. The critiques have concerned, in part, the department’s guidance on the sales and use tax consequences of cloud computing and other… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Tasheaya Warren Ellison

Tasheaya Warren Ellison entered law school to become a white-collar criminal defense attorney. But then fate intervened. Ellison registered for a tax course solely to prepare for the Oregon State Bar. The next thing she knew, she was chasing after a degree in taxation. “I had an incredible tax professor… Read more »

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State Tax Updates 2018

As the world of federal tax was shaken up by the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, U.S. tax departments across the country continue to adjust. One of the main pieces of the new tax bill is the lowered corporate tax rate, which had not been… Read more »

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How CFOs Can Mitigate the Risk of Ransomware

Over the past year, a surging cybersecurity threat has infiltrated the computers of individuals and organizations around the world. Known as ransomware, this type of cyberattack holds sensitive data hostage and then forces victims to pay up to get it back or to stop it from being released or destroyed.… Read more »

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Michael Bernard

When Michael Bernard was a sophomore at Creighton University, he took a business law class. It was the start of something big—a notable career in tax, including almost three decades at Microsoft Corporation. He is now the chief tax officer at Vertex Inc. “The cases in the book covered a… Read more »

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