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  • MIMICS recently traveled on-site to do some work for our long-time client, The Central Bank of The Bahamas (CBOB).

    CBOB had recently outsourced the management of a portion of its External Reserves Portfolio to a fund manager. As the central bank uses the MIMICS Portfolio module to track its external reserves, MIMICS went onsite to implement an interface.

    This custom interface imports the periodic positions and transactions from the external fund manager. The MIMICS module then automatically posts accounting entries based on those transactions, and also includes the valuation in the overall external reserves valuation.

    While onsite, MIMICS also provided guidance on IFRS 9 Accounting, also recently implemented by CBOB. IFRS 9 regulations effectively replaced IAS 39 as of January 1, 2018.

    MIMICS would like to thank CBOB for its hospitality during the implementation.

    On-site visits are an excellent means of efficient collaboration and relationship building. If you are interested in having us come to your location, please contact us.

  • Google has been fined 50 million Euros ($57 million USD) by the French data regulator CNIL for violating data protection rules mandated by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

    Two complaints were filed by separate, non-profit privacy rights groups - None of Your Business (noyb) and La Quadrature du Net (LQDN) - on the day GDPR went into effect, May 25th, 2018.

    CNIL said that the fine was levied on January 21st, 2019 was for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalization,” specifically during the onboarding process for new Android users.

    Part of the alleged violations regarding consent include “pre-ticking” the option to personalize ads, and they did not make clear to users that this covered many other services such as YouTube and Google Maps.

    Other alleged violations include having a box checked by default that reads “I agree to the processing of my information as described above and further explained in the Privacy Policy.” Also, according to the allegations, “essential information” was “disseminated across several documents,” sometimes requiring several clicks to access.

    The GDPR was implemented across the European Union on May 25th, 2018, to help safeguard users’ data in the digital age. Read more about the changes and how MIMICS can help HERE

  • The General Data Protection Regulation was implemented by the European Union in May, 2018. The measure mandates a set of standards for companies that handle EU citizens’ data to better safeguard the processing and movement of personal data, including safely handling the transfer of data across borders and anonymizing data collected to protect privacy.

    For more details on GDPR regulations, click HERE.

    MIMICS can help you to be GDRP-compliant in the following ways:

    ·        MIMICS fully encrypts our full databases for all of our software modules.

    ·        Based on your specifications, MIMICS can tokenize data fields, such as account numbers, to ensure anonymity.

    ·        We work with you to ensure that saving sensitive data is not being unnecessarily entered in the database.

    ·        All MIMICS web portals can be programmed to not use cookies, or can be configured to display a consent form for cookie usage.

    Contact us for more information.

  • As we close the books on another tax year, it is once again time to start thinking about 1099s. Here is a handy checklist to help you see the process through to completion:

    1.     Prep your MIMICS system for Year-End. This includes finishing all data processing and payments.

    2.     Convert your MIMICS system data into 1099-ready data.

    3.     Import your 1099 data to the MIMICS IRS Tax Reporting module.

    4.     Review your 1099 data to confirm totals.

    5.     Generate your 1099 tax forms and electronic files and send to clients.

    The MIMICS 1099 software update and training session are now available. Please contact us directly through the support portal to get set up with yours.

  • As we close the tax books on 2018, there are very minimal changes to 1099 reporting. The most significant changes apply to one type of dividend. The changes include:

    1.     199A dividends. These are defined as “a deduction for qualified business income from a qualified trade or business operated directly or through a pass-through entity.” HERE is a full description from the IRS.

    2.     For combined federal/state filing, code 50 (Vermont) has been removed.

    Publicaction 1220, from the IRS, is a comprehensive reference for filings. It can be found HERE.

    The MIMICS 1099 software update and training video are now available. Please contact us via the portal for assistance.

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