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5 hurdles most finance departments run into at year-end

  Year-end: There’s more than just W-2s and 1099s to get through. Your finance staffers have a slew of tasks to complete by December 31. Unfortunately, there’s a lot working against them. Not only do they have to complete all their usual work in addition to closing the year, but many processes are bogged down […]

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Making sense of new benefit rules under Obamcare

Chances are your HR and Benefits staffers have been trying to make heads or tails of “excepted benefits.”  Under the Affordable Care Act – aka Obamcare – allows for excepted benefits that: don’t count as employer-provided healthcare benefits are offered as additional benefits, or aren’t coordinated with benefits under another plan. Some common examples that […]

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Have facility upgrades coming up? Don’t forget this step

How could making facility improvements, especially the kind that boost your site’s appearance and comfort, cause your company trouble?  Simple: If the job stirs up dust, dirt and contaminants, you could be looking at indoor air quality complaints. The last thing you need is people staying home from work or filing workers’ compensation claims because […]

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Some states are more ‘taxing’ than others

There’s more than one way of measuring how onerous a state’s tax policies are.  Case in point: The Tax Foundation measures all 50 states’ tax burdens every year. It ranks each state on different types of taxes, namely: corporate tax rate individual income taxes sales tax rate unemployment insurance, and property taxes. You can check […]

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2 in 3 cash flow forecasts are inaccurate – are yours?

Quick: How accurate would you say your company’s cash flow forecasts are? If you said “somewhat accurate” you’d be in good company – more than half (53%) of companies admitted their current forecasts fall into that category. And another 8% admit they are “very inaccurate.” That’s the finding of a recent survey by Kyriba. Which […]

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Why top staffers aren’t always the best choice for a promotion

A supervisor position opens up at your company. You immediately think of a top staffer as the perfect for the job. Good move – right? Maybe not. Reason: Not everyone is hunting for a promotion to “the next level.” There are some staffers who enjoy what they do, feel challenged and have no desire to […]

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Latest retirement plan limits feature a ton of changes

You don’t have to wait another minute for the feds’ latest retirement plan limits for 2015. Accounting and Benefits pros have the latest limits ahead of schedule (for once) from the feds. There are some key changes in contribution limits for employer-provided retirement plans. Here’s what you need to know: •  401(k), 403(b) and 457 […]

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productivity times

Are you making the most of Finance’s peak productivity times?

Productivity – of course you want to do everything you can to maximize it in your finance department.   And much of that comes down to timing. That’s the finding of a recent survey of employees by The Creative Group. It specifically surveyed marketing professionals, but the learning can apply to any type of office […]

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