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Blockchain is a technology that’s often associated with Bitcoin. However, two are not one and the same. Blockchain’s potential to transform commerce and the digital chain of custody has been compared in magnitude to the impact of the Internet itself. What is Blockchain? How does it work, where is it used and what’s the future of this technology that has everyone so excited?
The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. It calls for all Massachusetts employers, irrespective of size, to pay men and women the same for comparable work. The law imposes strict liability, i.e., even if one believes in good faith that they are compliant but are not, one is liable for damages under the bill as enacted. Find out what this means for you, your practice and your clients.
Over the last few years, there have been several major accounting standards updates that have been issued. With implementation dates fast approaching for updates such as revenue recognition, lease accounting and the nonprofit financial reporting model, we will provide an overview of these standards, among others, with an emphasis on understanding the impact and practical tips to prepare for implementation.
This session on tax reform will discuss the final provisions, implications and effective strategies about how it will affect individuals and trusts. The various changes we will cover will include the income tax rates and brackets, income and adjustments components, itemized deductions and credits, and state, estate and gift tax changes to address. With each topic we will discuss the changes to the law as well as planning techniques to consider as we begin to navigate this new tax landscape.
This session will focus on a) ASU 2016-14 Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-For-Profit Entities; b) the portions of the 2017 Tax Law changes affecting tax exempt organizations, c.) and a general discussion to share ideas to implement these changes, especially, related to the smaller nonprofit organizations typical in Western Massachusetts.
Recruiting and Retaining Employees - Brenda Olesuk, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Technology - Susan Lowe, CPA, CGMA, Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Service
Development of Staff/Succession Planning - Julie Quink, CPA, Burkhart Pizzanelli
Keeping Up with New Standards/Tax Reform - Keith Purcell, Downey, Sweeney, Fitzgerald & Co., P.C.