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Social Security wage base set for 2019

The Social Security Administration said that the amount of wages subject to the old age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI) tax for 2019 will be $132,900, increased from 2018’s maximum of $128,400.

Tax preparer due diligence rules are finalized

The IRS issued final regulations on the penalty that applies to tax return preparers who fail to exercise due diligence in preparing returns for taxpayers who are claiming head-of-household filing status, the earned income tax credit, the child tax credit, the additional child tax credit, or the American opportunity tax credit.

Disclosures by audit committees continue to rise

Audit committees for public companies are providing more information to the public on their procedures for oversight of external auditors, according to an analysis conducted by the Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics.

IASB clarifies definition of ‘material’

The IASB revised its definition of “material” in an effort to make it easier for companies to decide which information is important enough to include in their financial statements.

FinREC issues working draft on credit loss issue

The AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) issued a working draft of an accounting issue related to the implementation of FASB’s new standard on accounting for credit losses.

Association addresses digital economy tax issues

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants released a policy paper urging global solutions to the tax treatment of transactions in the digital economy, emphasizing its own Guiding Principles of Good Tax Policy.

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