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CFO Vs CPA: Which One is Right for You?

Summit CPA

Many business owners looking for an experienced financial professional aren’t sure about what the real difference between a CPA ( Certified Public Accountant ) and a CFO ( Chief Financial Officer ) is. Let’s start by defining both a CPA and CFO , and then dive into why they aren’t distinctly different roles.

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Auditors prioritizing tech for fieldwork phase

Accounting Today

A recent survey from Thomson Reuters said auditors find new technology that assists during the execution/fieldwork phase of an engagement to be most useful.

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Yo, Where Are the Rainbows?

Going Concern

It’s now June 6 and the four biggest and most prestige-iest professional accounting services providers in the world should have their logos covered in rainbows by now. It’s tradition. Slap the rainbows on on June 1, tweet a bunch of out and proud PR fluff about your LGBT staff, and then quietly pack the rainbows away on June 30 until the following year.

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SEC, FASB officials stress tone at the top, new standards

Accounting Today

Officials discussed some of the latest accounting standards and advice for auditing firms during a USC and FEI conference.

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Live Demo: How to Achieve Reconciliation Zen

Speaker: Nancy Wu, Head of Sales and Customer Success at SkyStem

Automation generally supercharges any process and brings its value to the forefront. See how infusing automation such as ART (our month-end close solution), into your close can get you to the next level of closing. We will share a live demo of SkyStem's solution, ART and share the key elements of month-end close automation. Through ART, we'll take a look at: What month-end close automation entails Which process steps can and should be automated Benefits of achieving process automation, and Why i

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Accounting Firms of All Sizes Care Less About IRS Headaches and More About Finding and Retaining Staff, Says AICPA Survey

Going Concern

In the latest pspspsps , er PCPS survey (that’s Private Companies Practice Section) put out by the AICPA every two years, talent is winning as the biggest worry for every size firm surveyed except for sole practitioners. The “sole” in sole practitioner meaning people who work for themselves and don’t have staff so yeah, if they too were worried about finding talent we might really be in trouble.

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The tax consequences of digital nomadism

Accounting Today

The freedom of working remotely while traveling the world doesn't include freedom from tax compliance issues.

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Tax Fraud Blotter: Smoothie operator

Accounting Today

No relief in sight; just plane crooked; no fool like a gold fool; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

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Finding Qualified Staff Is the Top Issue Facing Most CPA Firms In 2024

CPA Practice

This week at the ENGAGE conference in Las Vegas, topline results of the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) CPA Firm Top Issues Survey were revealed during the AICPA Town Hall. What was discussed were the biggest issues facing accounting firms of differing sizes in 2024—and which of those challenges were the most common. Survey respondents were asked to rank the impact of a host of issues on a 1 to 5 scale, with one being “minimal” and five being “extreme.

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Rescheduling may have cannabis businesses choosing different structures

Accounting Today

The timing of restructuring will be critical, though, thanks to its significant tax implications.

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Mid-Year Marketing Checklist for Accounting Firms

CPA Practice

As we reach mid-year, it’s an opportune time for you to evaluate your firm’s marketing strategies and make necessary adjustments to drive continued growth. Focusing on the middle of the marketing funnel , where potential leads are weighing their options and seeking more information, can significantly enhance your ability to convert prospects into engaged clients.

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New DOL Final Overtime Rules: Quickstart Guide for Employers

There’s a new overtime salary threshold that will impact employers across the country. If you have an employee making less than $43,888 on July 1 or less than $58,656 on January 1, you’re going to have to start paying overtime. Download Paycor’s guide to learn: Which groups of employees are affected? How should you classify employees? Best ways to mitigate risk.

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US lawmakers accuse Nigeria of taking Binance executive hostage

Accounting Today

Tigran Gambaryan is accused alongside the company of charges including nonpayment of value-added tax and corporate income tax, and complicity in aiding customers to evade taxes through its platform.

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Companies Undertake More Aggressive Tax Positions When IRS Budget is Cut

CPA Practice

A new academic study found that companies increase their tax risk profile—thus more tax aggression and a higher likelihood of tax fraud—when they believe IRS scrutiny will be lower due to budget cuts. For the study, which appears in the American Accounting Association’s Journal of Forensic Accounting Research , researchers looked at data from 10,992 companies between the years of 2011 and 2021.

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AICPA updates digital assets guidance

Accounting Today

The practice aid provides information on auditing the valuation of cryptoassets and audit procedures surrounding their existence, rights and obligations.

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AICPA Updates Practice Aid for Auditing Digital Assets

CPA Practice

The AICPA has updated its free practice aid for the accounting and auditing of digital assets, adding new guidance on auditing their valuation and auditing procedures surrounding their existence, rights, and obligations. The practice aid is regularly updated to keep accounting professionals and audit practitioners informed of rapidly evolving developments in the digital assets field.

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Thinking About How To Lessen Your Burden During Month-End Close? Skystem Can Help!

Most people dread the nearing of the month-end close and reconciliation process, and who can blame them? It's typically a tedious, long, stressful process; but it doesn't have to be. Implementing automation into your month-end process can significantly reduce this headache by automating up to 40% of your reconciliation and saving nearly 30% of your time spent.

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What's New in QBO: Invoices via Text Message

Insightful Accountant

QuickBooks Payments recently added the ability for QuickBooks users to send their customers invoices via Text-message.

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Where Is the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem Headed? Securing Funding and Workforce Top Concerns and Opportunities

Anders CPA

As the St. Louis startup ecosystem grows, it needs an occasional audit to ensure it’s moving forward in a way that benefits investors and startup founders. The inaugural Anders Startup Funding and Outlook Survey Report explored the region’s strengths and weaknesses from the perspectives of investors and founders. There were two areas startup founders noted as posing real challenges to their business: Securing funding Securing a talented/highly skilled workforce Competition for funds in the

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CPA Business Execs Feel Less Optimistic About the Economy

CPA Practice

After feeling extremely optimistic about the U.S. economy in the first quarter of this year, that sentiment among CPA business decision makers has fallen in Q2 due to concerns about ongoing inflation, interest rates, and election-year uncertainty, according to the most recent AICPA & CIMA Economic Outlook Survey. The second-quarter 2024 survey includes 315 qualified responses from AICPA members holding executive positions in business and industry, including CEOs, CFOs, controllers, and other

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Accounting firm managers transitioning to a cloud based firm: Challenges and opportunities

ThomsonReuters

A growing number of accounting and audit firm leaders are deciding to sever ties with on-premise solutions and make the move to cloud-based technologies. For firm managers, they must prepare for the transition in ways that few others within the firm will. Firm managers will not only be tasked with implementing the leadership’s vision— they will also need to navigate everything related to the staff’s side of the move.

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How to Build the Ideal HR Team

HR doesn’t exist in a vacuum. This work impacts everyone: from the C-Suite to your newest hire. It also drives results. Learn how to make it all happen in Paycor’s latest guide.

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Revenue Recognition for Government Contractors

Cherry Bekaert

In this episode of Cherry Bekaert’s GovCon Podcast, Brynn McNeil and Craig Hunter both Assurance Partners in Cherry Bekaert’s Government Contracting Industry practice, discuss revenue recognition for government contractors. Listen to learn more about: The five steps for recognizing revenue under Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606 Understanding how costs drive revenue Common errors in recording revenue Best practices for government contractors regarding processes and controls for

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Developing an audit plan

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: What is audit planning? What is included in an audit plan? 7 steps to develop an audit plan How long does audit planning take? Executing the audit plan Audit planning is the bedrock of a successful audit. It is a crucial first step in the audit process that, when done properly, helps auditors conduct efficient audits, ensure compliance with standards, and mitigate risk.

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Leading the charge to net-zero

Menzies

Menzies LLP - A leading chartered accountancy firm. Overview The race to net-zero is gaining momentum with the major players in the grocery sector taking significant strides towards sustainability. Case in point, supermarket chain Sainsbury’s recently pledged to meet Science Based Target initiatives (SBTi) validated goals. This commitment includes reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 68% and achieving a net-zero target by 2035.

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Unveiling the power of accounts payable automation

Accounting Today

It's time finance and accounting leaders seriously considered automating AP functions and marking its place as a standard business practice.

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Planning Your Restaurant's Path to Profitability

Speaker: James Kahler, COO of Full Course

Ever wondered where to splurge and where to safely conserve when it comes to operating and growing your restaurant? 🤔 Join James Kahler, COO of Full Course and industry visionary, in this new webinar where he'll talk all about best practices to invest in your restaurant's success! Whether you're a new business or an established restaurant, a seasoned pro or a rookie, you'll learn the keys to sustainable success in this competitive industry.

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Top Remote Accountants of the Week | June 6, 2024

Going Concern

Struggling to find remote accountants, CAS experts, auditors, or tax professionals for your firm or internal team? Accountingfly can help! With our Always-On Recruiting service, access a pool of skilled remote accountants without any upfront costs. Sign up now to see the complete candidate list and connect with potential hires. TAX CANDIDATES FTE Tax Senior | Candidate ID #12942644 Certifications: CPA in process, certification goal in 2024 Education: BBA Accounting Experience (years): 12 years

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U.S. Court of Appeals Overturns SEC Oversight Rule for Private Funds Advisors

Cherry Bekaert

On June 5, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion fully vacating a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule that would have significantly increased the regulatory obligations of private fund advisors in relation to fund investors. The SEC’s Private Fund Adviser Rules were adopted last August before being challenged by several private equity and hedge fund groups.

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Conquer Process Manufacturing Complexities with BatchMaster and QuickBooks

Insightful Accountant

Finding software that seamlessly integrates with QuickBooks and tackles the unique challenges of your field can feel like an impossible quest. But fear not, BatchMaster is here to help.

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Not For Profit and the budget

Accounting for Good

Accounting For Good breaks down four pillars of the budget that directly impact the Not-for-Profit sector.

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How Automation is Driving Efficiency Through the Last Mile of Reporting

Speaker: Jamie Eagan

As organizations strive for agility and efficiency, it's imperative for finance leaders to embrace innovative technologies and redefine traditional processes. Join us as we explore the pivotal role of digitalization and automation in reshaping what is commonly referred to as the “last mile of reporting”. We’ll deep-dive into why digitalization is no longer a choice, but a necessity for finance departments to stay competitive in a fast-paced environment touching on: 2024 trends for the Office of

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What impact will GenAI have on the tax and accounting profession? Read the new research. 

ThomsonReuters

No matter your industry, Generative AI (GenAI) is transforming the professional landscape and opening up new possibilities for innovation and efficiency. But it isn’t without its challenges. The 2024 Generative AI in Professional Services Report from the Thomson Reuters Institute offers insight on GenAI perceptions and usage based on responses from nearly 1,200 professionals from across various industries, including the tax and accounting profession.

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Lettuce Financial Launches LettuceHead AI to Answer Solopreneur’s Tax Questions 24/7

CPA Practice

Lettuce , an accounting and tax solution for solopreneurs, has launched LettuceHead AI , an AI-powered knowledge base and tax hub purpose-built to meet solopreneurs’ needs. With a focus on addressing frequently asked tax questions, these businesses now have 24/7 access to LettuceHead AI. The number of professionals opting for full-time independent work since 2020 has increased by 91%, and the number of solopreneurs making over $100,000 a year has increased by 53% during that same period ( MBO ).

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