How to Reduce Common Payroll Errors

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), almost one-third of companies see penalties due to payroll issues. Understanding a few examples, according to the NFIB, of how companies can better comply and avoid penalties is essential to smoother operations. Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Corporations Penalty As

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Insider Threats: Identifying, Mitigating and Preventing Internal Security Risks in Organizations

One of the most devious and often underestimated dangers in cybersecurity comes from within an organization. These dangers originate from individuals within the organization who have access to sensitive data and systems, making them potentially dangerous adversaries capable of causing significant harm. Understanding, identifying, mitigating, and preventing these internal security risks are paramount for safeguarding

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Compensating Service Members and Establishing Rules and Procedures for Ethical Matters

CADETS Act (S 467) – This bipartisan bill was introduced on Feb. 16 by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). The purpose of this bipartisan bill is to change the age requirements (previously limited to age 25 and younger) for the Student Incentive Payment Program. This program provides financial support to cadets of state maritime academies who

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Increased Tax Bills Hitting Private Companies – Big and Small

Private companies both large and small are feeling the tax pinch due to changes in the law. With rampant inflation, labor shortages, lingering supply chain issues and increased borrowing costs due to rising interest rates, tax problems are the last thing struggling companies need to face. While tax rates themselves remain largely unchanged, business’ taxable

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How Businesses Can Identify and Increase Efficiency with Managerial Accounting

Managerial accounting is a form of internal reporting that helps business owners and others involved in the organization’s decision making. It looks at individual processes and products to see how they are functioning via practical data points. This is done in hopes of applying data analysis to improve the business’ operational efficiency. It is important

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New Personal Finance Provisions in the 2.0 Secure Act

The Continuing Appropriations Act, enacted at the end of 2022, included several provisions that impact retirement plans going forward. Specifically, the legislation enacts SECURE 2.0, an updated version of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019. The following provisions are financial planning considerations that affect individuals. Increases Catch-up Contributions Beginning in

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Raising the Debt Ceiling, Protecting Air Travel and Repealing the Iraq AUMF

Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 (HR 3746) – This Act represents a compromise reached by House Republicans and President Biden. Republicans negotiated concessions in exchange for voting to raise the debt ceiling to maintain solvency of the federal government. These concessions included universal cuts to federal spending, the suspension of student loan repayments that began

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End of Covid Emergency Declarations Put Work from Home Benefits at Risk

The end of the federal emergency declaration for Covid-19 came on May 11. As a result, there are various public health policy changes. For example, vaccines and treatments will remain available, but at-home tests may no longer be covered by insurance and national CDC data reporting is subject to change. Administratively, there are also changes

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Upholding Human Agency in an Era of Evolving Digital Systems

Technology has greatly contributed to improving and streamlining everyday life. However, as technology advances, there is an increased reliance on digital tools powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Unfortunately, these technologies are also challenging the fundamental notion of human agency. As a result, there are rising concerns about humans losing the ability to make

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Increasing the Federal Debt Limit, Improving Disaster Resources and Attempting to Reduce Government Waste

Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023 (HR 2811) – This bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) on April 26. It would authorize and increase the federal debt limit as well as specific cuts in spending, such as repealed energy tax credits, expanded work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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I Needed to Repay Part of My Compensation; Will I Get a Refund on My Taxes?

So, you filed and paid all your taxes on the money you earned in 2021. Now, the company you work for finds itself in trouble, and you are forced to pay back part of your compensation. The big question is, will the IRS refund you for the taxes you already paid related to this compensation?

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What Is Web 3.0? Understanding The Next Generation of the Internet

The internet keeps evolving. It started with static web pages in Web 1.0 before evolving to interactive and dynamic content in Web 2.0. A new phase of technology is now introducing Web 3.0, or the third generation of The World Wide Web. Although it is a work in progress, it is necessary to understand the

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Shoring Up Services for Veterans, Energy Production and Cybersecurity Risks

Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on March 13, 2020 (HJ Res 7) – On March 13, 2020, then-President Trump declared a national emergency relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, emergency status has continued until the passage of this resolution. The national emergency status relaxed many healthcare rules, such as training

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The Importance of Global Collaboration in Regulating Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, and biotechnology, greatly transform society and reshape the global economy. However, these technologies also come with a significant challenge regarding ethical and social implications. Global collaboration by governments, regulators, and industry leaders can help ensure that emerging technologies are developed and deployed responsibly. Challenges of

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Transparency for the Coronavirus, Federal Settlements, Smart Appliances and Public Education

COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023 (S 619) – This bill would authorize the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to declassify all information relating to the origin of COVID-19 and any correlation with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The ODNI would be required to redact the report as necessary to protect sources and

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