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  • A Question of Balance

    The much-maligned 401(k) plan is being beefed up. So are the penalties for failing to manage it well. December 1, 2009

  • Accounting Alchemy Earns Lessee a Capital Deduction

    The tax court sides with a Sheraton partnership company that successfully defends its accounting methodology against an IRS complaint to win a deduction for capital expenditures. November 30, 2009

  • No Future Tax Shock for Bristol-Myers

    Bristol-Myers Squibb should not suffer a tax hit for splitting off Mead-Johnson, even if the smaller company is scooped up within the two-year "prohibited" period. Here's why. November 25, 2009

  • Congress Waters Down FASB-Oversight Plan

    An amendment to the in-progress Financial Stability Improvement Act would allow financial regulators to review accounting standards but give them no final authority. November 23, 2009

  • Possession Is 100% of the Tax Law

    The accrual of some disputed payments may garner a deduction. But a company has to have control of the deferred funds. November 23, 2009

  • IFRS: Jekyll or Hyde?

    U.S. adoption of global accounting standards would be intended to create a level global playing field, but within U.S. borders, its benefits would differ dramatically from company to company. November 20, 2009

  • CFOs High-five on 404 Rollback Bill

    But some accounting experts despair over a resulting lack of checks on management's assessment of internal controls of financial reporting. November 18, 2009

  • Herz: U.S. Convergence Ball Is in SEC's Court

    The decision about whether the nation's corporations should report under international accounting standards has foundered amid a change of Presidents and a corresponding change of leadership at the Securities and Exchange Commission. November 17, 2009

  • Keep Bank Regulators Away from FASB: SEC Commissioner

    Commissioner Elisse Walter hopes to squelch a legislative proposal that would make FASB subject to oversight by banking regulators. Other critics say the proposal might allow banks themselves to influence accounting. November 17, 2009

  • Ghosts of Barbarians Limit New NOL Carrybacks

    A specter of the old Barbarians at the Gate era emerges as companies hoping to take advantage of the net-operating-loss tax rules enacted last week may be limited by a 20-year-old law passed after the RJR Nabisco leveraged buyout. November 16, 2009

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