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German Treaty Favors S Corporations

In its decision on June 26, 2013, the German Federal Fiscal Court (“the Court”), cited I R 48/12, IStR 2013, p.880, overruled a lower court case and found in favor of the taxpayer. Using logic similar to Canada Revenue Agency’s established position that an S corporation is a U.S. resident corporation that has elected not to be subject to tax, the Court concluded that an S corporation holding at least 10 percent interest in a German GmbH suffers withholding on dividends from the GmbH at a rate not to exceed 5 percent. Were the treaty not to apply, the rate. Read More.

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Next FAF Quarterly Meeting Set for May 21st

Providing updates to the Foundation’s trustees, the Financial Accounting Foundation (“FAF”; “the Foundation”) will hold its quarterly meeting on May 21st. Taking place in Washington D.C., the meeting will discuss recent accounting standard-setting happenings by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”). FAF Chairman Jeffrey Diermeier, and President and CEO Teresa Polley, FASB Chairman Russell Golden and GASB Chairman David Vaudt are scheduled to share their reports, as well as the FAF’s Standard-Setting Process Oversight Committee Chairman and treasurer. Along with the updates, the Foundation plans to review concerns over its estimated $3 million donation. Read More.

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Conflict Minerals’ Effective Date Gets a Stay

Announced on May 2nd, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“the Commission”; “SEC”) issued a stay of the effective date for companies to comply with parts of its final rule, Conflict Minerals. The stay affects parts of Exchange Act Rule 13p-1 and Form SD, which mandates public disclosure of a company’s use of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighboring countries. Due to last month’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“the Court”), such disclosure was ruled as violating the First Amendment. As companies move forward applying the final rule. Read More.

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Financial Instruments Proposal Concerns NCBA Members

As external auditors for the North Carolina Bankers Association (“NCBA”), Cherry Bekaert’s Financial Services Group responded to the Reference 2012-260: Financial Instruments – Credit Losses proposal on May 7, 2014. Submitted by the NCBA on behalf of its membership, the letter expresses concern over the proposed accounting standard from several perspectives. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board proposals are not converged standards, which result in different accounting models. The proposed standard appears to be a departure from the FASB’s conceptual framework for assets reported at amortized cost. There are also concerns around the complexity of implementation, as well as the reliability. Read More.

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SEC Approves Amendments to PCAOB Rules

With most taking effect June 1st, amendments to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s rules (“PCAOB”; “the Board”) conforming to the Dodd-Frank Act have been approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Adopted by the PCAOB, the rules reference audits, and auditors of brokers and dealers in the Board’s provisions. Further, the rules make certain that the PCAOB can carry out its oversight power, which was established under the Dodd-Frank Act regarding audits, and auditors of brokers and dealers registered with the SEC. The amendments include provisions such as: Adding references to audits and auditors of broker-dealers in. Read More.

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Growing Call for SBA Control Over Vets First Program

A bill brought before the House of Representatives last summer may soon bring significant changes to the Vets First Program. The 2013 Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Act, which was introduced in July 2013 by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), calls for the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) to take over control and administration of the Vets First Program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”). This transfer of control would include the responsibility for verification of service disability. Under the Vets First Program, the VA issues set-aside government contracts to eligible Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small. Read More.

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