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2018 Group Five Stock Plan Administration Benchmarking Results and What’s Ahead in Stock Compensation Reporting

For the fifth consecutive year, Equity Methods leads the industry in client loyalty and overall satisfaction with financial reporting services.

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Deferred Tax Assets after Tax Reform and IRS Notice 2018-68

Which outstanding equity awards would be grandfathered under the 162(m) updates? IRS Notice 2018-68 gives an answer to this question.

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Top Themes for 2019 Award Design Season

Here are some broader governance, design, and proxy themes to watch out for as we enter award planning season and begin preparing for the 2019 proxy season.

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How Behavioral Biases Affect Executive Compensation

Behavioral biases like loss aversion, mental accounting, and confirmation bias can make or break an equity compensation award. Here are three examples of behavioral biases at play, how they impact compensation, and what we can do about them.

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The Use and Valuation of Contingent Consideration (Earnouts) Under the New Appraisal Guidance

How should contingent consideration, also known as earnouts, be valued? A dozen specialists will likely give a dozen different answers. Ten years after FASB released Statement of Financial Accounting Standards…

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Nonemployee Awards Subject to ASC 718 after ASU 2018-07

ASU 2018-07 is a welcome change that brings the accounting for share-based payments to nonemployees under the ASC 718 umbrella.

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Tax Settlement Forecasting: The Best Response to Income Statement Volatility

Like it or not, corporate finance and tax teams are now on the hook for forecasting excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation. Here’s a refresher on the current deferred tax model, along with perspectives on the different ways a tax settlement forecasting process can be designed.

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June 2018 Webcast Survey Results: Effects of Regulation, Taxes, and Activism on Compensation

We asked 227 people for their thoughts on tax reform, the IRS 162(m) revision, ASU 2016-09’s effect on tax withholding, performance metrics, and pay equity.

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Diluted EPS for Convertible Debt Securities: A Primer

Convertible securities can be an attractive source of capital for mature and early-stage companies alike. But their dilutive impact is a potentially complicated issue. In this issue brief, we take a closer look at that impact and introduce the “if-converted method” as an elegant way to determine the dilutive impact of convertibles. 

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Gender Pay Equity: 15 Questions and Answers for You and Your Compensation Committee

By popular demand—from attendees, that is—here’s an FAQ on gender pay equity following up our discussion at the 2018 WorldatWork Total Rewards conference.