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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. FEI Outlines Top Ten Financial Reporting Challenges for 2005
  2. New Study Sheds Light on Corporate Tax Shelters
  3. IRS Warns Businesses and Retirement Plans Against Abuses
  4. Top Trends in Banking, Securities and Asset Management for 2005
  5. The Kinder, Gentler Law Firm? Trends to Emulate
  6. Balanced Workload is Best, Underworked Employees Are Less Happy
  7. Investor Resource Guides Now Available Online
  8. Workplace Wellness Tips for This Coming Busy Season
  9. IRS Selects Advisory Council, Information Reporting Program Members
  10. SBA Implements New Policy for Small Business Federal Contracting
  11. CFOs Frustrated with Impact of Pensions on Companies' Financial Health

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  1. Creating a "Stress Free" Busy Season
  2. Overcoming Resistance to Change in Your Organization
  3. Helping Your Employees See the Bigger Picture

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THIS WEEKS RESOURCES
  1. FEI Outlines Top Ten Financial Reporting Challenges for 2005

Financial Executives International has identified the top 10 financial reporting challenges for 2005. These challenges will impact the way companies manage their businesses, report their financial results, and compensate their employees.

  1. New Study Sheds Light on Corporate Tax Shelters

A study by researchers from Duke University and Pace University found that use of corporate tax shelters not only allows organizations to avoid billions of dollars in annual tax payments, it may also help companies artificially enhance their attractiveness to investors by reducing levels of debt. The study also explores some commonly used tax shelters and the characteristics of firms that have employed these shelters.

  1. IRS Warns Businesses and Retirement Plans Against Abuses

The Internal Revenue Service has issued letters to approximately 1,700 businesses and retirement plan sponsors alerting them to new income and excise taxes applicable to S corporation employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and warning of the consequences of participating in abusive schemes involving ESOPs and S Corporations.

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  1. Top Trends in Banking, Securities and Asset Management for 2005

Deloitte & Touche's annual Global Financial Services Industry Outlooks examine the trends that industry executives, investors and consumers can anticipate in 2005.

  1. The Kinder, Gentler Law Firm? Trends to Emulate

When you think of words to describe a law firm's culture, what comes to mind? Formal? Competitive? Not so, say attorneys. Greater work/life balance is a priority for employees in all professions, and many law firms are responding by reassessing their corporate cultures and providing family friendly benefits and a more relaxed atmosphere at the office.

  1. Balanced Workload is Best, Underworked Employees are Less Happy

When employees return to work from the holiday break, their natural tendency is to put in a full day's work - or even work a little extra. Contrary to what some believe, people who have too little work are actually less satisfied with their jobs than those who are burdened with too much work.

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. Investor Resource Guides Now Available Online
  2. Workplace Wellness Tips for This Coming Busy Season
  3. IRS Selects Advisory Council, Information Reporting Program Members
  4. SBA Implements New Policy for Small Business Federal Contracting
  5. CFOs Frustrated with Impact of Pensions on Companies' Financial Health

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  1. Creating a "Stress Free" Busy Season

You can thrive, not just survive, during this upcoming busy season. You just need to do five things.

  1. Overcoming Resistance to Change in Your Organization

A generation has grown up since the scientist and novelist C.P. Snow wrote that, until this century, social change was "so slow that it would pass unnoticed in one person's lifetime.

  1. Helping Your Employees See the Bigger Picture

The rate of change has increased so much that our imagination can't keep up. Most organizations rise or fall based on how well they manage the introduction of change and the control of uninvited changes in their environment.

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  5. IRS Updates Ethical Standards For Accountants, Tax Attorneys

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