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Aug 17, 2016
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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...

Jun 08, 2016
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to announce some favorite books in the "13th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders" for 2016, as recommended by members of its faculty and administrators.

May 10, 2016
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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.

Apr 07, 2016
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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....

Mar 23, 2016
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"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...

Mar 10, 2016
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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...

Feb 29, 2016
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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.

Jan 14, 2016
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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.

Jan 07, 2016
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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.

Dec 10, 2015
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Yahoo announced on Wednesday that it was reversing course on a plan to spin off its stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba — shares worth more than $30 billion. Yahoo shareholders would like to be able to cash in some of that stake, but they face substantial taxes if they do so. Smith School accounting lecturer Samuel Handwerger explains the accounting logic....

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