HR’s culture shift: Tackling workplace sexual harassment while navigating legal definitions

Human resources professionals are looking to fight bad behavior driven by upper management.

Source: Does Silicon Valley’s ‘bro culture’ pervade IT elsewhere?:

Many workers in the technology departments across a range of industries describe behavior that may fall short of a legal definition of sexual harassment, but is still disturbing and could contribute to low employee morale and high turnover.

Sexual harassment in the professional workplace: behind the research: An industry-wide study of the impact and implications of sexual harassment reveals striking implications for the modern workplace and a path forward.


Preparing for the new lease accounting standard

Companies need to realize that the challenge ahead is bigger than accounting.

via U.S. posts biggest budget deficit since 2012 as tax income falls:

The Treasury recorded a $215 billion shortfall in February—its largest in six years—as revenue declined after passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Sexual harassment is a bigger problem than accountants think: Men and women who work in accounting say there’s a low prevalence of sexual harassment in the profession; the numbers suggest otherwise.

No one’s sure who qualifies for this $415B tax deduction

Congressional Republicans created a juicy new break for business owners when they rewrote the U.S. tax code late last year. Three months later, hundreds of thousands of U.S. employers still don’t know if they can claim it.

Source: Unifying Financials and Inventory

White paper on understanding the value of managing financials and inventory on a single integrated business management system.

Problems found in 40 percent of audits worldwide: The International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators reported on issues with how firms are scrutinizing accounting estimates, testing internal controls, checking revenue recognition and more.

The accounting profession: The year ahead

Pre-tax season update

via With tax season just around the corner, this web seminar will cover the latest regulatory and legislative developments, including last-minute year-end activity in Congress.

Internal audit profession making tech advances:  Internal auditors are getting more involved in technology initiatives like cybersecurity and data analytics, according to several new reports.

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Jeffrey B. Travis is currently practicing as an accountant in the Chicagoland area specializing in health care professionals, restaurants, real estate and construction, and manufacturing companies. The majority of his clients are physicians. Since the majority of Jeff’s clients are also “start-up” companies, his expertise in accounting software, consulting and taxes makes his services an excellent choice for any entrepreneur.

His career in public accounting started at a mid-size CPA firm. After ten years working for another mid-size suburban CPA firm, Jeffrey B. Travis started his own firm in July 1995. At this time, Jeff’s interpersonal skills of presenting tax and accounting seminars at many hospitals in Chicago in front of resident, fellow and attending physicians blossomed into a practice niche for individual and business clients throughout the United States as many of clients moved out of the area and began their careers in other states.

Because of this, Jeff’s knowledge of taxes of a variety of states is valuable to understand the tax ramifications of moving to a different state, including the US territories.

Jeffrey B. Travis is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B A in Accountancy. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is the son of an immigrant father and his mother was born in Chicago as well. Jeffrey B. Travis lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.



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6 myths about tax refunds


IRS warns of new scam involving erroneous tax refunds. | The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers Tuesday to beware of a quickly proliferating scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited in their bank accounts, after a data breach on their tax preparers’ computers gives them access to sensitive client information.

IRS didn’t notify 458,658 identity theft victims. | The Internal Revenue Service failed to tell nearly half a million victims of identity theft last year their information was being used by others for employment purposes, according to a new report, which attributed the failure to a computer programming error.