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The Treasury Department’s Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) advises savings associations to consult it before they consider transferring to an external entity their high-risk assets—such as nonperforming loans—when the bank retains significant credit risk related to those assets and simultaneously provides considerable funding to the receiving entity ( www.ots.treas.gov/docs/25156.pdf ). In order to remove troublesome assets from their balance sheets, the watchdog agency says, some banks have executed such transactions and inappropriately accounted for them as sales.

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Get your clients ready for tax season with these year-end tax planning strategies, which address how to make the most of recent tax law changes, such as the new deduction for qualified business income and the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes.

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Robotic process automation is like an Excel macro that can work on multiple applications, says Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA. RPA can complete routine, repetitive tasks such as data entry, freeing up employee time from lower-level chores.