5 ESG Investment Benefits for Management

At a glance Investor expectations: In today’s rapidly changing climate, investors are demanding companies take an active approach towards implementing a robust ESG program. Sustainability matters: In a three-part series, we explore the case for ESG investing and the shift towards corporate social responsibility. Partner with ESG advisors: Aprio’s ESG team provides tangible support and resources to help…

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Ransomware: King of Cybersecurity Threats

At a glance The main takeaway: The fastest-growing threat facing businesses today is ransomware. There are numerous methods threat actors use to compromise networks, yet phishing, malware and hacking are the primary risks that need to be addressed. A 2021 study from Verizon found phishing increased to 36% of incidents, while malware doubled in frequency,…

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Part I: Are Your Business’s Intellectual Property Rights Protected?

At a glance The main takeaway: Business owners need to be more vigilant about protecting their intellectual property (IP) in today’s digitally driven world, in which infringement can be harder to detect. Impact on your business: In part one of our two-part series on IP infringement, we provide a baseline introduction to some of the most common…

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The Pulse on the Economy and Capital Markets: Jan 17 – Jan 21, 2022

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At a glance: The markets had another rough week as stocks declined 4% globally, and investors favor lower-risk assets. Investors continue to worry about inflation and how quickly the Fed will respond. The video game industry takes a giant leap towards the Metaverse as Take Two Interactive and Microsoft announce huge merger and acquisition deals.…

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The Pulse on the Economy and Capital Markets: Nov 29 – Dec 3, 2021

At a glance: Overall, the markets struggled with commodities and crypto declining and Bitcoin fell 15 percent over the weekend. The defensive nature of the bond markets makes them the MVP over the last week. Investors are keeping an eye on how the Federal Reserve will address inflation. Technology markets saw semiconductors hold on strong…

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Catch Them if You Can: Fraud in the Film Industry

At a glance: The main takeaway: The film industry creates an environment that is uniquely vulnerable to fraud – especially tax-related fraud schemes like tax evasion and payroll fraud. Be aware: Know the signs of fraud in the film industry so you can protect yourself. Knowing what to look for means you can implement controls that stop…

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Building a Better AML Program for Money Services Businesses

At a glance: The main takeaway: Businesses that provide any kind of financial services are subject to strict anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, including Money Service Businesses, or MSBs. Impact on your business: If your business qualifies as an MSB, failure to build an effective and compliant AML program could result in steep legal and financial repercussions. Next…

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5 Ways to Close the Labor Gap in Cybersecurity

At a glance Job security growing pains: With the increase of daily cyberattacks, cybersecurity jobs have become more challenging as pressure and demands rise. Root of the issue: Technology professionals are in the driver’s seat and are seeking remote opportunities with more flexibility. Next steps: Organizations need to modernize their working models and perks to keep and attract…

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IRS Launches New Quality Review Tool for Form 1042-S

At a glance The main takeaway: The Internal Revenue Service’s new quality review tool for Form 1042-S will help withholding agents comply with reporting responsibilities regarding Form 1042-S. Impact on your business: Withholding agents, in general, must file an information return on Form 1042-S to report amounts paid from U.S. sources to foreign persons. Next steps: Aprio’s team…

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The Pulse on the Economy and Capital Markets: Nov 8 – Nov 12, 2021

At a glance: Overall higher than expected inflation caused the stock market and bond market to decline while bitcoin and emerging markets increased last week. GE and Johnson & Johnson take significant action and break up their company’s structure. The ability to work remotely is reshaping the housing market and causing rent increases among warmer…

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