2019

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The Not-So-Beaten Path To B2B Payments Real-Time Ubiquity

PYMNTS

The global payments ecosystem’s path to faster and real-time payments ubiquity is an evolution, not a revolution. That is to say, mass adoption will take time, and the factors driving that adoption will almost certainly continue to change and shift as end users’ needs do the same. Among corporates, there is an increasing demand that their global payment activity is able to keep up with the pace of doing business.

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Scrap Everything You Knew About Withholding Allowances: The New W-4 Form Is Here

Patriot Software

Have you just started getting acclimated to the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? You may have the updates to the tax withholding tables down pat, but there’s another curveball coming each employer’s way. The long-awaited new W-4 form is here to shake up how you handle income tax withholding. If you’re like […]. The post Scrap Everything You Knew About Withholding Allowances: The New W-4 Form Is Here appeared first on Patriot Software.

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Accounting Jokes, Videos, Puns and Humor

AdviceForTaxpreparers

Advice for Tax Preparers Making tax preparers lives easier one blog at a time HOME. ABOUT. CONTACT. BOOK. Accounting Jokes, Videos, Puns and Humor. by Bill Meador, CPA, JD. If you are going to be an accountant then you have to be able to laugh at yourself. I put together this post to bring together any funny and entertaining accounting and tax videos, puns, jokes, pictures, etc. that might brighten your day.

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ID2020 Alliance Unveils Digital ID Program

PYMNTS

At its annual summit in New York , the ID2020 Alliance announced the roll out of a digital identity program with the Government of Bangladesh ; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and new partners in academia, government and humanitarian relief. “Digital ID is being defined and implemented today, and we recognize the importance of swift action to close the identity gap,” said Dakota Gruener, executive director of ID2020, in an announcement.

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How to Easily Navigate Crypto Accounting in the Web3 Era

Speaker: Aaron Jacob, VP of Accounting Solutions & Reagan Cook, GTM Lead

Are you struggling to navigate the complexities and challenges that come with crypto accounting? 🤔 This new webinar will cover everything businesses need to know to get started with crypto accounting after incorporating crypto into their business models! Industry experts Aaron Jacob and Reagan Cook of TaxBit will thoroughly explore the prevalent operational hurdles encountered by accounting teams when interacting with crypto on the books, and detail how software solutions can effectively

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Why Small Business Owners Should Always Have An Exit Strategy

PYMNTS

Hundreds of thousands of new small businesses (SMBs) open their doors every year in the U.S., be them physical or digital. The latest estimates from the Small Business Administration (SBA) peg the number of new SMBs at 414,000 each year, spurring job creation and economic growth for the country, with millennial entrepreneurs at the helm. The high failure rate of a new small business has entrepreneurs focused on simply surviving their first few years in operation.

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Nigeria Turns To FinTechs To Boost Financial Inclusion

PYMNTS

In an effort to expand access to financial institutions (FIs), the Central Bank of Nigeria is planning to license more payment providers, Bloomberg reported on Saturday (Nov. 30). . The goal is to improve Nigeria’s financial inclusion rate by 20 percent, bringing it to 80 percent by the end of 2020. “The provision of licenses to several players will help support innovation and competition as all parties work to increase their customer base,” Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele said

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Swedish Cybersecurity Firm Raises $23M To Enhance ‘Ethical Hacker’ Network

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Sweden-based Detectify, a crowd-based online security company that incentivizes “elite hackers” to help developers stay abreast of security issues, has raised €21 million in a funding round, according to a report. The funding round was led by London-based VC firm Balderton Capital, with participation by Paua Ventures, Insight Partners and Inventure.

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US Faster Payments Council Expands With ACI Worldwide

PYMNTS

Membership in the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC) is growing with the addition of ACI Worldwide, as the electronic payments and banking solution provider announced this week. The company is joining the FPC to support U.S. initiatives of innovating in faster payments capabilities and promoting adoption of real-time payments. ACI Worldwide noted it already has a strong foothold in the real-time payments space, with integrations with 18 real-time domestic payment networks around the globe.

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Credit Unions Step Up During Government Shutdown

PYMNTS

There is no shortage of headlines about the partial government shutdown that is now on its 27th day, and no shortage of articles speculating how long it will go on, what will be affected and (most often) what it will take to finally bring it to an end. There is, yet, one simple takeaway from all of them: So far, there is no end in sight. While that can — and hopefully will — change any day now, the reality is that the longer the government remains partially closed for business, the longer 800,00

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Automakers Worry That Qualcomm Appeal Could Boost Cost Of 5G Cars

PYMNTS

If microchip supplier Qualcomm wins its case on appeal, the cost of connected cars using 5G technology will skyrocket, automakers and suppliers said in court filings on Friday (Nov. 29), Reuters reported. Judge Lucy Koh ruled in May that Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile phone chips, is a monopoly and has to change the way it does business.

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Live Demo: How to Achieve Reconciliation Zen

Speaker: Nancy Wu, Head of Sales and Customer Success at SkyStem

Automation generally supercharges any process and brings its value to the forefront. See how infusing automation such as ART (our month-end close solution), into your close can get you to the next level of closing. We will share a live demo of SkyStem's solution, ART and share the key elements of month-end close automation. Through ART, we'll take a look at: What month-end close automation entails Which process steps can and should be automated Benefits of achieving process automation, and Why i

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How Retailers Are Gearing Up For Contactless Payments Via mPOS

PYMNTS

With the use of contactless payments heating up around the world, small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and their solution providers have to prepare for their acceptance. Mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) terminals that are enabled for contactless have to meet certain specifications to gain EMVCo 3.0 certification: They must, for instance, resolve issues when a payment reader’s too-powerful field strength results in damaged smartphones and cards.

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People’s Bank Of China: Hundreds Of Country’s Banks At Risk

PYMNTS

This past year has been difficult for Chinese banks, and the country’s central bank, People’s Bank Of China, said that about 13 percent of the country’s financial institutions were considered “high risk,” according to Bloomberg. . People’s Bank Of China ran a report — its 2019 China Financial Stability Report, published on Monday (Nov. 25) — and found that about 586 banks and financial institutions were highly risky, and in need of some sort of change.

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MoneyGram, Wing Team Up On Cambodian Digital Wallet 

PYMNTS

MoneyGram has announced a partnership with Cambodian bank Wing on a digital wallet venture that will allow funds to be deposited directly into customers’ accounts. “With 80 percent of our online transactions being made on a mobile device, we are looking to provide even more options for our customers using our digital platforms,” said MoneyGram President and CEO Alex Holmes.

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France’s Central Bank Latest To Ponder A Digital Currency

PYMNTS

The First Deputy Governor of the central bank of France, Denis Beau, spoke in support of a blockchain-based settlement system that would allow for faster transfers of euros, as well as be more cost-efficient, according to a report by Yahoo! Finance. Beau wants to use distributed ledger technology (DLT), and France is considering a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

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New DOL Final Overtime Rules: Quickstart Guide for Employers

There’s a new overtime salary threshold that will impact employers across the country. If you have an employee making less than $43,888 on July 1 or less than $58,656 on January 1, you’re going to have to start paying overtime. Download Paycor’s guide to learn: Which groups of employees are affected? How should you classify employees? Best ways to mitigate risk.

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Building The Tire Shop Of The Future With On-Demand Service

PYMNTS

When Zohr Co-Founder and CEO Komal Choong and Co-founder and COO Anoop Choong were in college, they would flip cars and car parts on the side. While they were buying and selling a lot of those vehicles, Komal told PYMNTS in an interview that “we realized how painful the experience was for the consumer going into a traditional tire shop or repair facility.

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Walmart To Expand Delivery Unlimited Program

PYMNTS

With an expansion of its Grocery Delivery membership option for customers, Walmart plans to grow the reach of Delivery Unlimited to 1,400 stores later this autumn. The offering allows shoppers to pay a monthly or yearly fee to get unlimited Walmart Grocery Delivery orders. Shoppers, however, can still pay a per-delivery fee without a membership, the company said in an announcement.

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Visa: EMV Cuts Card-Present Counterfeit Fraud By 80 Pct

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Merchants saw a drop in card-present fraud due to the increased adoption of Europay, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) chip cards, Visa said. Merchants who have upgraded to chip technology saw a decrease of 80 percent in counterfeit fraud dollars in September of 2018 when compared to September of 2015. Also, total counterfeit fraud dollars went down by 48 percent.

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PayPal Closes On GoPay Acquisition, Enters China

PYMNTS

For PayPal, eyeing growth and eyeing new markets, the gaze is, at least in part, turned eastward. News came Thursday (Dec. 19) that the company has closed its deal to buy a majority equity stake in China’s GoPay (the formal, official name of the company is Guofubao Information Technology Co. Ltd.). The deal had originally been announced at the end of September.

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Planning Your Restaurant's Path to Profitability

Speaker: James Kahler, COO of Full Course

Ever wondered where to splurge and where to safely conserve when it comes to operating and growing your restaurant? 🤔 Join James Kahler, COO of Full Course and industry visionary, in this new webinar where he'll talk all about best practices to invest in your restaurant's success! Whether you're a new business or an established restaurant, a seasoned pro or a rookie, you'll learn the keys to sustainable success in this competitive industry.

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MoneyGram Expands Digital Services To Hong Kong, New Zealand

PYMNTS

MoneyGram has announced that it’s continuing its worldwide digital expansion with greater options for its overseas customers, especially in the Asia Pacific area and New Zealand. The MoneyGram website and MoneyGram Plus Rewards program is now available to the company’s Hong Kong customers, and users in New Zealand are now able to use the MoneyGram app to send money to friends and family. .

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Voice Recognition Could Take A Bigger Role In Retail

PYMNTS

Voice recognition could soon play a bigger role in retail — especially in the world of quick service restaurants. That’s the signal sent recently by McDonald’s. The fast food operator recently announced an agreement to acquire Apprente. The company said in an announcement that the arrangement is another bold step in advancing employee- as well as customer-facing innovations while bolstering the technological capabilities of the chain.

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FTC Officials Look Into Amazon’s Use Of Market Power

PYMNTS

To find out if Amazon is utilizing its market power to hurt competition, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) team of investigators has started to interview small businesses that sell items on Amazon. Multiple attorneys, as well as one economist at a minimum, have been conducting interviews that tend to last roughly an hour and a half that cover many topics, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday (Sept. 11), citing unnamed merchants.

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How Video Games Are Helping Retailers Grow And Innovate

PYMNTS

Video games are helping to drive retail innovation and growth, and that includes the hot area of subscription commerce. Video games have changed a lot since the early days of home gaming in the late 1970s and early ’80s. The graphics improved, the games got more expensive and elaborate, and a whole lot more people from every walk of life are playing them.

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How Automation is Driving Efficiency Through the Last Mile of Reporting

Speaker: Jamie Eagan

As organizations strive for agility and efficiency, it's imperative for finance leaders to embrace innovative technologies and redefine traditional processes. Join us as we explore the pivotal role of digitalization and automation in reshaping what is commonly referred to as the “last mile of reporting”. We’ll deep-dive into why digitalization is no longer a choice, but a necessity for finance departments to stay competitive in a fast-paced environment touching on: 2024 trends for the Office of

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Amazon Hit With Cyberattack; Money Stolen From Sellers

PYMNTS

Amazon was the target of an “extensive” cyberattack in which hackers stole money from merchant accounts and funneled them into their own, according to a report by Bloomberg. The attacks occurred between May and October of 2018. Amazon said the hackers compromised about 100 seller accounts, taking cash from either loans or sales and putting it into their own accounts.

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Do Grocery Stores Need Happy Hours?

PYMNTS

While in many places, the “best” time of day for a trip to the grocery store is a matter for debate, for some shoppers in Finland, the answer is easy. It’s between 9 p.m. and midnight – when grocery “happy hour” begins at S-market’s 900 stores around the nation, at which point grocery items that are scheduled to expire at midnight tumble into deep-discount mode.

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GoExpedi Closes $25M Funding Round Led By Top Tier

PYMNTS

GoExpedi , an eCommerce, supply chain and analytics startup, has raised $25 million in Series B funding led by Top Tier Capital Partners. CSL Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Bowery Capital, Blue Bear Capital and other current investors also participated in the round. GoExpedi provides more than 200,000 critical parts and supplies, offering complete transparency on price, supplier choice and availability.

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Retailers Are Getting Smarter About Artificial Intelligence

PYMNTS

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are starting to play a bigger role in retail, foreshadowing what’s to come in the new decade of the 2020s. Walmart , for instance, hopes to reduce checkout theft by turning to cameras powered by AI, with deployments underway in some 1,000 stores. “The retailer began investing in the surveillance program, dubbed Missed Scan Detection, several years ago in an effort to combat shrinkage – loss due to several causes including theft, scanning err

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Join the Instant Payment Revolution: Read 7 Must-Know Facts for Small Businesses

Technology evolves at lightning speed, and as finance keeps changing, instant payments emerge as a game-changer for small businesses. By 2030, instant payments are projected to surge by 289% and will become the new norm in financial transactions. Our whitepaper reveals seven must-know facts about instant payments, offering to help you navigate this financial revolution effectively.

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Walmart To Pilot Third-Party Fulfillment Strategy

PYMNTS

Walmart has revealed it is testing out a fee-based service called “Fulfilled by Walmart.”. The company’s U.S. eCommerce chief, Marc Lore, announced the news at an industry conference this week, explaining the service aims to help Walmart’s online unit generate more revenue, as well as enable it to move more items from third-party merchants. Lore did not provide any further details, according to Bloomberg.

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Serving Mobile P2P Payments To The Gen X Crowd

PYMNTS

Financial providers worldwide are working to give small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) quick access to their funds. Digital banks , for one, are teaming up with technology providers to accelerate settlement times for payments collected at the point-of-sale (POS). Legacy banks are similarly at work, with one major FI seeking to beat out FinTech competition by offering same-day access to credit card deposits.

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Serving Up A Competitive Offering In The Crowded Meal Kit Market

PYMNTS

For a consumer who wants to cook at home, but doesn’t necessarily want to spend a lot of time preparing for that process, there are no shortage of options on the market. The meal kit space has been crowded with an unending hit parade of “dinner delivered in a box” options for consumers served up by a host of startups, established brands and even celebrities looking to cash in on the trend.

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Amazon Expected To Debut New Alexa Hardware At Annual Event

PYMNTS

Amazon will host an event on Sept. 25 in Seattle to introduce new products and services. According to CNBC , the eCommerce giant is expected to debut new hardware for its Echo family, as well as launch new products. At last year’s event, Amazon announced 15 Alexa-enabled products, including a microwave, new Amazon Echo products, a wall clock with Alexa built-in and more.

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How CPA Firms Can Profit From Payroll Services Without the Extra Work

"Offer payroll and do it yourself,” they said. “It’ll be fun!” Spoiler alert: It was not fun. Most CPA firms know that they need to offer payroll services to their clients or risk losing them to another firm that will. However, many don’t really want to. It is often time-consuming and complex due to changing tax laws and regulations, and with the growing staffing shortages, most just don’t have the resources.