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  • The Indian Budget 2015 will be the first opportunity for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government to set out in detail how it hopes to create more tax-friendly conditions for investors. Many questions need clarification: Will the GAAR start on schedule? What favourable changes can be made to the direct tax regime to encourage investment? What are the implementation plans for GST and when are they likely to happen? Let Dhruva Advisors and DhruvaVox take you through the main points of the announcement and help you find the answers to these and other issues.
  • The risks and opportunities which digital technologies, devices and media bring us are manifest. Cyber risk is never a matter purely for the IT team, although they clearly play a vital role. An organisation's risk management function need a thorough understanding of the constantly evolving risks as well as the practical tools and techniques available to address them
  • The Indian Budget 2015 will be the first opportunity for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government to set out in detail how it hopes to create more tax-friendly conditions for investors. Many questions need clarification: Will the GAAR start on schedule? What favourable changes can be made to the direct tax regime to encourage investment? What are the implementation plans for GST and when are they likely to happen? Let Dhruva Advisors and DhruvaVox take you through the main points of the announcement and help you find the answers to these and other issues.
  • In this session Grant Abbott will highlight some leading technical strategies and be taking questions from attendees. Upfront case studies or questions may be sent to kim@nowinfinity.com.au for discussion on the call in.
  • Did you know that most AP functions waste hours chasing down invoices? By getting a better handle on invoice management, your organization can increase insight into spend, enhance productivity and save money. We'll show you how.
    Register for this exclusive webinar to learn how Concur Invoice can help your company:

    •Achieve full visibility into all liabilities
    •Maximize productivity across your business
    •Reduce errors and fraud
    •Maintain profit margins via accurate cost measurements and controls
  • ASIC company management is set for a shake up with the NowInfinity Corporate Messenger system built with direct linkage to ASIC from any mobile and computer device enabling speed, efficiency and cost savings. In this session Amreeta Abbott and Vitalii Symon - head developers at NowInfinity will backgrounding attendees on the system including features, multiple company lodgements, business name registration and so much more.
  • Ross Belhomme and Peter Grant will present a 45 minute webinar on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and its impact on global exchange of information regimes, including the development of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) by the OECD. Ross and Peter will discuss how clients and advisers have adapted to the new landscape and what they can expect to see in future from the increasingly complex reporting requirements.
  • The Commissioner of Taxation has released two interpretive decisions on related party loans where the lender lends at a less than market interest rate or terms rate. The decisions will create problems for ALL related party loans. In this webinar Grant Abbott of NowInfinity will review the ATO decisions and consider what they mean for existing users, whether they are right at law, how to structure on-going related party loans.
  • This webinar addresses the aims of risk identification and analysis Workshops and majors on tangible advice and rehearsals of Risk Workshop techniques
  • Year-end tax activities can be overwhelming and put extra stress on you and your tax team. Corporations are often challenged to clarify what their priorities need to be when planning for year-end tax activities. As 2014 comes to a close, there are a number of important items that should be taken into consideration as part of your planning efforts. This 60-minute webinar will update participants on the latest federal, state and international tax developments.

    By attending this session, participants will:

    - Learn about international tax updates including corporate inversions legislation, transfer pricing, and income tax accounting issues and the potential impact on your organization.
    - Understand the latest developments in federal tax requirements including uncertain tax benefits, recent FASB tax accounting agenda and tax accounting considerations for the new revenue recognition rules.
    - Be aware of critical state income tax legislative modifications and plan how to address these changes.
  • In this session Grant Abbott, Australia's leading SMSF author, who has been poring all over the Murray Report will show, for the most part the Murray Report into Financial Services is good for SMSFs. And for those where there may be difficulties how to protect your clients from any future adverse changes.
  • Roy Saunders will present a 45 minute round up of the key factors affecting corporate acquisitions. Topics to be discussed include 2014 M&A activity, US inversions, the impact of the OECD BEPS initiative and reforms by the US legislature, plus issues around corporate migration, intellectual property and reputational risk.
  • Join this short 20 minute webinar to learn about some of the incredible benefits you can gain by implementing a Corporate Card Program in your business.

    These include how you can:
    • Help positively impact your bottom line
    • Streamline expense payment and offer benefit to your travelers
    • Help simplify and improve your expense reporting process

    Who should attend: Finance leaders (best suited to companies with annual revenue >$4 million)
  • Financial institutions face regulatory change and pressure from many directions. Managing in the environment requires more than a nimbleness to respond. Organizations need to meet current requirements while simultaneously building efficient compliance structures that can be sustained over time.

    Join us as we provide real-world examples of how to address these challenges in Audit, AML/BSA operations and financial reporting. After participating in this 60-minute session, you'll be able to:

    • Apply real-world lessons for meeting current and rapidly changing requirements from a General Auditor who has met these challenges
    • Describe how to deploy AML risk assessments, program governance and systems validations to strengthen required programs, and
    • Identify the impact of the new revenue recognition accounting standard and other recent changes to GAAP and leverage a simple, practical approach to implementing the new financial reporting requirements.

    Our Presenters:

    1. Janine Pappas, General Auditor, EverBank
    2. Robert Colatarci, Engagement Manager, AML/BSA Team Leader
    3. Michelle Search, National Director, Technical Accounting & Financial Reporting, Experis
  • If you ever have found yourself “stuck” with a tricky dilemma we will show you how to use a simple framework to bring structure to your thinking and incorporate those all important personal and corporate values for a sound solution which you can stand behind.

    What will you do different after this webinar?

    •Analyse a difficult decision holistically
    •Appreciate the importance of knowing your values
    •Understand how people make AND take decisions
    •Recognise that listening to others’ viewpoints is crucial
    •Responsible decisions start and end with YOU!
  • In this session Grant Abbott - Australia's leading SMSF presenter and author will finish the year off with some great, practical technical SMSF strategies to lead in 2015. Start the year on the front foot!
  • Does your organisation overlook the human factor?

    Join our webinar Addressing the full risk agenda: Human Factor Risk at 11 am on 28th October 2014 and learn how to broaden your organisation's risk management approach to take in human behaviour rather than just procedures and regulations.
    You will discover a tool for measuring how people perceive, and therefore act on, risk. You will identify your own propensity for risk-taking, and find out how to both evaluate and influence other people's behavioural biases.
    What you learn from the webinar, intended for professionals at all levels, can be usefully incorporated into your risk tool kit and make an immediate impact on your organisation's risk strategy.
  • How safe is your organization? With many recent, highly-publicized security breaches, it’s clear that we’re all at risk. Join Experis for a complimentary webinar designed to provide insights into some key underlying causes that link recent breaches. Plus, learn what strategies your organization can adopt to successfully manage information risks in this era of increasing breaches.

    Hacking has literally become a global business, with personal data at the top of the list of commodities being put up for sale. With all the breaches in the news, many media outlets have focused on the susceptibility of companies to malware, while ignoring other critical flaws that likely contributed to the success of these breaches. Among these are failures in common IT processes such as change management, software release control, and access control to production environments. A common thread in these flaws is most often the lack of effective governance and oversight of the information risks inherent in these processes. Recognizing how they impact your organization, and taking appropriate actions, are critical steps in reducing your vulnerability to security breaches.

    By participating in this webinar you will:
    • Learn about some common flaws in security and IT practices that connect recent security breaches.
    • Understand the critical role a partnership between Security and Internal Audit has in breach prevention.
    • Recognize the evolving role of security governance and internal audit’s role.
    • Identify some practical steps your information security and audit teams can take to reduce risk.
    • Gain insights and recommendations to integrate proven security strategies in your organization.

    Your experts for this informative webinar are Mike Gerdes, Director, Information Security Center of Expertise, Experis, and Molly Talafuse, Manager, IT Risk Advisory Practice, Experis.
  • You already understand the process of risk management. The next step is to equip yourself to fully integrate business risk and opportunities for innovation into your organisation's corporate governance model.
  • Project Risk management is the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities.
  • SMSFs have grown by $80Bn in the last 14 months and continue to rack up blistering growth. But tapping into tried and true business success principles specifically tailored for SMSFs is rare. In this session Grant Abbott will be rolling out some key SMSF business fundamentals to implement easily and watch your SMSF business grow. He will be supported by Ben Gill who will look at business development and Amreeta Abbott on the new SMSF collaboration game changer that is coming to town. The session is next Tuesday 7 October at 12.30 pm for a lunchtime. The session is free and has one CPD point. Don’t miss out on changing your business to take advantage of the next $100Bn in SMSF growth. To register simply go here:
  • U.S companies expanding abroad face a number of international tax planning and compliance reporting challenges. Many businesses that do expand into foreign markets may not be aware of what issues need to be addressed either before or after expansion. Combined with the fact that all taxing jurisdictions, including the IRS, are focusing on international transactions and aggressively prosecuting offshore tax evasion, it can be a difficult and costly task for any organization to expand into a foreign market without careful tax planning and consideration of U.S. tax rules. While the international tax and reporting regulations imposed on U.S. entities can be daunting, they can also be managed if careful planning consideration is undertaken.

    Join our panel of global tax experts for a 60-minute webinar to learn what international tax issues and opportunities could arise and what you need to do.

    After attending this session, participants will be able to:
    • Understand what challenges companies face and identify the potential tax impact of expanding into a foreign market including U.S. and foreign compliance requirements.
    • Learn key U.S. international tax concepts including; permanent establishment rules, foreign tax credits, export incentives, outbound transaction planning and entity structure analysis.
    • Describe additional new taxes to consider for global operations — value-added taxes, withholding taxes and other treaty concepts under the U.S rules and OECD standards.
    • Identify international tax traps to avoid or minimize in terms of a company’s worldwide tax costs and effective tax rate.
  • Does your organisation have a crisis response plan? Is it robust enough to safeguard your reputation? Did the last review of the plan put the right emphasis on reputational risk?

    This 30-minute webinar shows you how to troubleshoot a crisis and create a communications strategy that protects reputation. It explains how a crisis can escalate, steps to manage the media in a crisis and the factors involved in protecting your organisation’s reputation. In 30 minutes you will gain a good handle on the essentials, from allocating responsibility to preparing spokespeople and managing social media.

    The new insights you gain will put your organisation in a better position to audit and assess its reputational risks and to create or review its crisis communications strategy, as well as to establish a social media policy.

    The webinar is delivered by a highly knowledgeable practitioner with a track record of training professionals from many industries in crisis management.
  • John Timpany and Roy Saunders will be presenting a 45 minute webinar comparing the limitation of benefit provisions of various double tax treaties. Find out which treaties contain remittance and limitation of benefit clauses, permanent establishment exemptions and how an absence of participation exemptions in the US are driving the trend for corporate inversions.
  • Like most professional services organizations today, your workforce burns through too much time and effort trying to accurately track and manage their project time, travel, and expenses. Consultants get distracted from their core mission of delivering client excellence. Your admin group incurs high overhead costs and produces more billing errors than you’d like.

    It’s time to put an end to the heartache. Join this webinar to learn the 7 best practices to simplify and streamline your travel, time, and expense tracking for smoother operations and higher margins. You’ll learn:

    •How to ensure consultants enter billable time accurately and on time
    •Important tips for optimizing your time and expense tracking processes
    •Why a unified time and expense management system can make all the difference
  • IRM is leading the debate on risk culture. Drawing upon the wealth of practical experience and expert knowledge across the institute, we have developed guidance for organisations wanting a greater understanding of their own risk culture and practical tools that can be applied to drive change.

    As seen in the business press every day, embedding risk management into an organisation to the extent that it reliably makes a difference is a difficult task. To achieve this, boards must keep how to manage risks high on their agenda, and to continue asking themselves, whether they have the right culture, people and processes.

    What do we mean by risk culture?

    Risk culture is a term describing the values, beliefs, knowledge, attitudes and understanding about risk shared by a group of people with a common purpose, in particular the employees of an organisation. This applies to all organisations from private companies, public bodies, governments to not-for-profits.

    What does a good risk culture look like?

    An effective risk culture is one that enables and rewards individuals and groups for taking the right risks in an informed manner.
  • Risk management is an increasingly important
    business driver and stakeholders have become
    much more concerned about risk. Risk may be a
    driver of strategic decisions, it may be a cause of
    uncertainty in the organisation or it may simply be
    embedded in the activities of the organisation. An
    enterprise-wide approach to risk management
    enables an organisation to consider the potential
    impact of all types of risks on all processes,
    activities, stakeholders, products and services.
    Implementing a comprehensive approach will
    result in an organisation benefiting from what is
    often referred to as the ‘upside of risk’.
    The global financial crisis in 2008 demonstrated
    the importance of adequate risk management.
    Since that time, new risk management standards
    have been published, including the international
    standard, ISO 31000 ‘Risk management –
    Principles and guidelines’. This guide draws
    together these developments to provide a
    structured approach to implementing enterprise
    risk management (ERM)
  • Join us to review the emerging risks for 2015 as executives facing an environment of unprecedented volatility: market conditions change rapidly and new risks continue to proliferate. To navigate the continually changing and complex risk environment,

    The webinar will be led by Ian Beale, Senior Director, CEB Risk
  • Stress testing is a useful method for determining how a portfolio will fare during a period of financial crisis...