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Retail sales slow in March as inflation takes a toll

Retail sales slow in March as inflation takes a toll

March's retail sales added substantial downside risks to our forecast for economic growth that will most likely dip below 1% in the first quarter.
Initial jobless claims remain low as consumer sentiment rises unexpectedly

Initial jobless claims remain low as consumer sentiment rises unexpectedly

Initial jobless claims last week rose to 185,000 yet remained significantly below the pre-pandemic level. At the same time…
Proposed rules would include certain market participants as “dealers”

Proposed rules would include certain market participants as “dealers”

Proposed SEC rules would further define what it means to be buying and selling securities “as a part of a regular business.”
SEC proposes rules regarding security-based swap execution facilities

SEC proposes rules regarding security-based swap execution facilities

The SEC has proposed rules to create a regime for the registration and regulation of security-based swap execution facilities.
Accounting for obligations to safeguard crypto-assets

Accounting for obligations to safeguard crypto-assets

SAB 121 includes guidance for entities that have obligations to safeguard crypto-assets held for their platform users.
Back-office transformation

Back-office transformation

Maximize value in your post-merger business through people, process, technology and data transformation for your back-office functions.
Domestic producer prices rose 11.2% in March amid Ukraine war

Domestic producer prices rose 11.2% in March amid Ukraine war

The producer price index for final goods and services rose 11.2% from a year ago, posting double digit growth for the third month in row. For March alone…
The illusion of inventory and price controls in the current economy

The illusion of inventory and price controls in the current economy

Disruptions of supply chains have renewed calls for political authorities to do something about soaring prices. Is this the time for price controls? No.
Beware of traps with paid time off policies

Beware of traps with paid time off policies

Some common paid time off (PTO) policy features cause taxable income to unexpected parties at unexpected times. Learn more here.
9 frequently asked questions about phantom stock plans

9 frequently asked questions about phantom stock plans

RSM identifies nine frequently asked questions (FAQs) about phantom stock plans, an incentive compensation tool.
ASC 740: Q1 2022 Provision Considerations

ASC 740: Q1 2022 Provision Considerations

A roundup of global income tax considerations and changes in tax law for corporations preparing income tax provisions under ASC 740 for the first quarter of 2022.
SAS 136: Changes to the auditor’s report

SAS 136: Changes to the auditor’s report

For employee benefit plans subject to ERISA, Statement on Auditing Standards No. 136 changes the look of the auditor's report.
White House releases budget; Treasury releases FY 2023 Greenbook

White House releases budget; Treasury releases FY 2023 Greenbook

Treasury Greenbook highlights fiscal year priorities of the Administration. It includes $2.5 trillion in revenue proposals and continues the theme of increases in high-income and corporate taxation.
The Best in Employee Benefit Plan Reporting

The Best in Employee Benefit Plan Reporting

At Vasquez & Company LLP, we see the importance of having a credible business advisor and partner to evaluate your organization’s efficiencies and fiscal fitness for future operations.
Executive Order provides path to regulation of digital assets

Executive Order provides path to regulation of digital assets

Executive Order provides an outline for next steps related to guidance and regulation in the digital asset space.