Accounting & Information Assurance

IRS Puts ‘Jaundiced Eye’ on MBAs

A recent tax court overruling of the Internal Revenue Service marks "a big win for all MBA students" — according to a Wall Street Journal source. But Smith School accounting professor Samuel Handwerger says not so fast. "MBA students should not automatically expect the IRS to back off on its scrutiny over tuition deductions," he says. "The case represents the latest in a history of cases where the IRS looks at the MBA with a jaundiced eye." Read more...

TerpTax Students Serve Community, Build Expertise

For a second year in a row, TerpTax “made a big impact” on the campus and local community, say its organizers. The program’s 70-plus student volunteers from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business prepared tax returns yielding about $200,000 in federal refunds collectively for more than 300 UMD students, staff members and off-campus community members.

'Panama Papers' Reveal Global Network of Secret Accounts

This week the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists began publishing articles drawing on more than 11 million documents from a Panamanian law firm that show the extent to which the global elite has set up secret bank accounts and shell companies, to stash their assets. A Smith School expert, David P. Weber, helped the journalists make sense of the records. Read more ...

Is Twitter Playing Accounting Games?

"Twitter has a brain-drain problem, which it's fighting it by issuing stock and stock options to employees it wants to retain. Such payments come on top of the stock those employees already own, which has underperformed expectations. The expense represented by that compensation may or not be worth it, but we can all agree it's an expense, right? Actually, no. For accounting purposes, Twitter, like most tech companies, does not consider stock compensation to be an expense. Read more...

You Say 'Employee,' They Say 'Contractor'

In some places, they're called 1099'ers, after the tax form on which their income is reported: People who do work for a corporation but are classified as independent contractors. Companies don't have to pay the employer share of Social Security taxes to contractors, who are also denied the right to unionize. Recently, the National Labor Relations Board and the IRS have been cracking down on companies that wrongly categorize employees as contractors. Read more ...

Giving Day is March 3

Giving Day returns to the University of Maryland on Thursday, March 3, giving all members of the Robert H. Smith School of Business community the opportunity to boost their contributions through several hourly contests held across campus. From noon until 2 p.m., the Smith faculty and staff’s donations will be eligible for an extra $3,000 prize to be awarded to the Smith School - if they can donate the most money of any on-campus unit within that timeframe.

Cybersecurity Forum Imagines a World Without Secrets

Cybersecurity experts hired to lock down technology often overlook the vulnerability of another machine: the human brain. That was the warning of David Balenson, a senior computer scientist at SRI International, during the 12th annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity, sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Robert H. Smith School of Business.

12th Annual Cybersecurity Forum on Jan 13

Cyber attacks on companies worldwide increased by 48 percent from 2013 to 2014 as roughly 42.8 million data security breaches cost firms hundreds to potentially millions of dollars (according to this recent study). With cybercrime against organizations flourishing, researchers and senior executives from business and government agencies will engage in a daylong Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective on Jan. 13, 2016, in Van Munching Hall at the University of Maryland.

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