The time and money costs of regulatory compliance, abetted by a reliably steady flow of new tax and accounting rules, pose a challenge to competitiveness. Current political and legislative uncertainty only adds to the complexity of the decisions confronting management. Additionally, you can explore all of PwC's publications covering current business issues and industry trends.

10Minutes on the OECD's BEPS project

The OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project is likely to spur the most significant changes to the taxation of international business in nearly 30 years. Multinational companies may see an increased tax burden around the world, and there’s a strong likelihood that rule changes will affect the optimal structure for your global operations. Over the next several years, BEPS-related law changes likely will cause your company to see upward pressure on effective tax rates and cash tax outlays. While the OECD BEPS project will be finalizing recommendations through December 2015, some countries have already begun implementing changes to their tax systems. Companies will need to begin assessing the impact on business operations now.

The quarter close: Publication and video perspectives

This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q1 publication and view our new video perspectives.

2014 Revenue Recognition survey: Are you prepared for change?

In this survey report, PwC and FERF teamed up to gain an understanding of where companies are relative to implementing new revenue recognition standard. While many companies do not know what the implementation journey fully looks like yet in terms of implementation processes, costs, timing, contract reviews, IT and systems, operations, quantification and reporting, they understand they should start preparing now.

Revenue recognition

After much deliberation, the FASB and IASB are set to release a final global revenue recognition standard in the coming months that will do away with current industry-specific accounting and instead apply a single set of principles to all revenue transactions. Changes to practices, processes and systems could ripple through your business. 10Minutes on revenue recognition provides information about the standard as well as insight into ways in which some companies are preparing for the broader impact.

Resolution planning: Category 3 debrief

The public portion of Category 3 US resolution plans reveal strikingly similar strategies.

Resolution planning: FDIC’s single point of entry

The FDIC's proposal contains little new information, but shines light on the outstanding key issues even if only by its silence.

Resolution planning: Bail-in debt rule slowly taking form

A bail-in debt proposal is expected from US regulators in the coming months.

Resolution planning: A public peek into the plans

Regulators released the public sections of the 11 Category 1 firms' annual resolution plans.

Derivatives: Global convergence becomes global confusion

The CFTC offers a road map and timeline for cross border derivatives regulation, but much uncertainty remains.

The widespread reach of FATCA: How will it affect your business?

Understanding its impact and the path forward for nonfinancial multinational businesses.

Draft FATCA-related IRS forms: A snapshot of those released so far

A closer look at the significance of recently released drafts of certain FATCA-related forms.

BMF announces the release of the German Intergovernmental Agreement for implementing FATCA

This Newsbrief provides an overview of the key elements of the German-U.S. IGA and how it compares to the Model 1 IGA.

European Commission seeks to expand automatic information exchange between EU Member States

Understanding the effects of the European Commission’s proposed amendments to the automatic exchange of information (“AEOI”) between EU Member States.

10Minutes on lease accounting

After three years of outreach and deliberation, the IASB and FASB recently issued a revised proposal to overhaul the rules on accounting for leases, a move that could significantly boost US companies' reported debt.

Conflict minerals

10Minutes on conflict minerals provides insight into the strategic benefits and risks companies will want to focus on as they comply with the SEC's conflict minerals rule. The rule is effective for 2013 calendar year operations, so regardless of whether companies view conflict minerals as a supply chain opportunity, risk to their brand or another regulatory to-do, they should act now to prepare.

Applying FATCA to captive insurance arrangements: Surprising results may occur

In this Newsbrief, we take a closer look at the potential impact of FATCA on the global captive insurance market.

IRS releases draft FATCA registration forms and additional information regarding FFI lists

Form 8957, when issued in final form, may be used by foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to register for FATCA purposes.

The insurance industry and FATCA – Moving from assessment to implementation: Top 13 in ’13

The final FATCA regulations released in January brought clarity on some issues the insurance industry had identified in the proposed regulations. While some provisions in the final regulations attempt to simplify the impact on the insurance industry, other provisions have ultimately complicated FATCA's impact.

Hearing provides insight on regulatory timetable: But uncertainty remains the norm

The US Senate Banking Committee held oversight hearings on the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. The hearing provided an update on the regulatory timetable.

To the point: Current issues for boards of directors

This edition of To the point: Current issues for boards of directors, reviews guidance from the SEC and DOJ about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and policy updates from the ISS on executive compensation, board response to proposals with majority shareholder support, hedging of company stock, and what directors should know about data security and cyberattacks.

Derivatives reform for non-financial services companies

For non-financial services companies, regulations introduced by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Basel III will result in significant changes to the derivatives market. Every aspect of a corporation using derivative to manage risk will ultimately be affected—from risk strategies and corporate funding to operations and accounting. This 10Minutes provides insight on the impacts of new regulation on corporate entities and what those entities need to do now in order to meet impending reform deadlines and ensure they're well equipped to manage increased costs and compliance responsibilities.

Washington National Tax Services Insight: IRS issues guidance related to final "repairs" regulations and delay of effective date

Final regulations regarding deduction and capitalization of expenditures related to tangible property (the final repairs regulations) are expected to be released in 2013.

Washington National Tax Services Insight: New IRS/Treasury "business plan" calls for important research credit guidance

The government is working on guidance to address three important and long-standing topics related to the section 41 research credit.

Washington National Tax Services Insight: 2012 election results point to continued divisions over tax policy

Can compromises be reached before the end of this year to avoid the 'fiscal cliff' effect of scheduled tax increases and spending reductions

Washington National Tax Services Insight: UN transfer pricing guidance for developing countries could increase burdens on multinationals

UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (the Subcommittee) approved the current unedited version of the UN Transfer Pricing Manual

Washington National Tax Services Insight: Court rejects research credit claim for customization and configuration of software

US v Davenport judgment to the government with respect to the taxpayers' claims for research credits related to certain software customization

Eurozone sovereign debt crisis: Minimizing surprises despite Eurozone uncertainties

How will the effects of the European debt crisis impact US businesses? PwC shares its views on what companies can do to manage the changes that lie ahead.

Point of view: Mandatory audit firm rotation: Why other changes would be better for investors

Objectivity, independence, and professional skepticism are fundamental to audit quality. Mandatory audit firm rotation would not enhance audit quality.

Point of view: PCAOB Proposed Auditor Reporting Model Changes: Evaluating auditor assurance on information outside of the financial statements

PwC examines, and shares our views on, the PCAOB's concept release on the auditor's reporting model including auditor assurance on information outside of the financial statements.

Point of view: PCAOB Proposed Auditor Reporting Model Changes: Evaluating expanded use of emphasis paragraphs

PwC examines, and shares our views on, the PCAOB's concept release on the auditor's reporting model including the expanded use of emphasis paragraphs.

Is It Time for the United States to Consider the Patent Box?

PwC Tax leaders examine the patent box regimes adopted by six EU countries and consider key issues to be addressed in designing a similar tax regime for intellectual property (IP) in the United States that would attract and retain domestic IP development and ownership.

PwC 2012 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study

PwC’s 8th annual examination of the internal audit profession, focuses on this rising importance of risk management and internal audit's contribution by taking a closer look at how stakeholders and board members view critical risks and the role internal audit could be playing.

How credible is your sustainable reporting?

CEOs and boards know the benefits of corporate responsibility reporting included increasing profitability, reducing supply chain risks and costs, and garnering sustainability ratings and recognitions. Overall, companies need this information to drive operational efficiencies and facilitate innovation. Ultimately though, to win stakeholders’ trust, companies need to be credible with respect to sustainability. How do they achieve it?