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The Hidden Key to Profits: Understanding Opportunity Cost in Small Business

AccountingDepartment

In the competitive world of small business, every decision can determine the trajectory of success or failure. One concept that lies at the heart of strategic business decisions but is often overlooked is opportunity cost. It's not just an economic theory; it's a practical metric that every small business owner and entrepreneur should master to make better choices and drive competitive advantage.

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What the U.S. House’s Move On Microsoft Copilot Really Means for AI 

Withum

In a recent development that underscores the dynamic landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within government, the U.S. House has blocked the utilization of Microsoft’s Copilot by its staff, representing a noteworthy chapter in the ongoing narrative of AI’s journey through the hype cycle. Just as AI approaches the summit of the Peak of Inflated Expectations, there emerges a concerted effort, notably from the media, to hasten its descent into the Trough of Disillusionment.

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PCAOB levies $27M in fines for exam cheating

Accounting Today

The board imposed its largest-ever penalty of $25 million against KPMG's firm in the Netherlands, in addition to $2 million in fines against Deloitte's firms in Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Beyond Offshoring: A Spectrum of Sourcing Solutions

CPA Practice

The accounting profession is struggling to deal with a talent shortage. Fewer students are selecting accounting as a major, and those who do often opt for careers outside of public accounting. Compounding the problem, the AICPA estimates that roughly 75% of its members are at retirement age. This isn’t news to most firm leaders who are continually seeking innovative solutions to attract and retain talent.

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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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AI targets tax refunds, and other tech stories you may have missed

Accounting Today

Plus, Google is making massive changes to Chrome, AI-powered tax chatbots aren't performing well, and seven other things that happened in technology this past month.

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Tax Deferral Strategies for Real Estate: Using the 1031 Exchange in Partnerships

CTP

In a previous blog , we discussed the benefits of the 1031 exchange. This IRS rule allows property owners to defer capital gains taxes when they trade a property for a like-kind property. So if your client has a property that is used for business or held as an investment and exchanges it for another property that is used for business or held as an investment, they may qualify for 1031 treatment.

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New Grads to Face Active Hiring Market, Higher Starting Salaries

CPA Practice

Professionals newly joining the workforce in 2024 can expect an active hiring market, according to research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half. In a recent Robert Half survey, 65% of companies said they plan to hire entry-level professionals, generally defined as individuals with 0-2 years of experience, in early 2024. The Outlook for Entry-Level Professionals Hiring Plans by Field Administrative and customer support 76 % Legal 75 % Marketing and creative 72 % Fi

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Tax Deferral Strategies for Real Estate: Basics of the 1031 Exchange

CTP

A common conversation with clients is how to minimize taxes on their investments. When it comes to business or investment properties, taxpayers may be hesitant to sell, even if the investment is turning out to be an unprofitable one, because doing so will mean paying a sizable capital gains tax. What other options are available? Taxpayers who are willing to stay in the real estate market could benefit from a 1031 exchange.

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"How Suite the Stay" - Hotel Eqities selects Oracle NetSuite for their ERP.

Insightful Accountant

Hotel Equities to implement NetSuite to help optimize business processes and improve visibility across its growing portfolio.

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The PCAOB Just Handed Out Its Biggest Fine to Date to Some KPMG Cheaters

Going Concern

In a story we’ve been following since Dutch news outlets started reporting on it last summer, it appears exam cheaters at KPMG Netherlands have , as we suspected they eventually would, been hit with a fine from the PCAOB. Not just a fine. The $25 million civil money penalty on KPMG Netherlands is the largest fine the PCAOB has ever imposed. First, the earlier reporting.

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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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IASB unveils financial performance standard

Accounting Today

The International Accounting Standards Board has completed a new standard to give investors more readily comparable information about companies operating profits in one of the biggest changes to International Financial Reporting Standards in decades.

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3 Debt Elimination Steps for Your Skagit County Small Business

SkagitCountyTaxServices

Lots going on this week. Namely… The tax filing deadline is Monday, April 15th. For any of our Mount Vernon business clients who haven’t yet reached out to us, we can still take you on by filing an extension on your behalf and then managing the filing after. But, remember, you still have to pay what you owe Tax Day or else you’ll wrack up penalties and fees.

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PCAOB crackdown shifting to focus on firms

Accounting Today

A new report shows that, increasingly, the respondents in Public Company Accounting Oversight Board enforcement actions are firms, rather than individuals.

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Research: You Might Get Passed Over For a Raise If You WFH, Especially If You’re a Man

Going Concern

Some not so good news coming out of University of Warsaw this month: people who work remotely, even part-time, are less likely to get raises and promotions. And it’s male WFHers who miss out most. This research is the first of its kind post-COVID, surely academia will be investigating the matter further for many years to come. The study abstract : Work from home (WFH) has been a part of the professional landscape for over two decades, yet it was the COVID-19 pandemic that has substantially

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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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The Strategic Advantage of Outsourced Bookkeeping

Basis 365

A business’s ability to remain agile will ensure it can quickly adapt to emerging trends and opportunities. Agility is not only a mindset of the team but the infrastructure the business has built over the years. Bogging your business down with layers upon layers of employees and middle management can prevent you from seizing an opportunity faster than your competitors.

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LPL drops lawsuit seeking $5.4M tax refund from IRS

Accounting Today

The firm may pursue its claims through an administrative office at the agency after agreeing with the federal government to dismiss its case.

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Chaser revolutionises credit management for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central users by releasing an enhanced integration to chase late payments 

Accounting Insight

Chaser, the leading credit management automation platform, announces a new integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (MS Dynamics), an all-in-one business management solution for small to midsize companies, empowering businesses to effortlessly manage their accounts receivable process, by using automation and AI. MS Dynamics is designed for small-medium enterprises to help them manage their finances, operations, sales, and customer service and is popular worldwide.

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AICPA Provides Recommendations to Simplify Procedures for Generation-Skipping Tax Exemption

CPA Practice

The American Institute of CPAs has submitted a letter to the Internal Revenue Service requesting simplified procedures for when taxpayers either fail to make a timely election out of automatic allocation of Generation-Skipping Tax (GST) exemption or make a section 2632(c) election inadvertently. These recommendations will simplify filing for taxpayers and practitioners and will reduce the administrative burden on the IRS as well.

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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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Master the art of timekeeping for government contracting compliance

Accounting Today

Failure to maintain an acceptable accounting system may result in the withholding of payments from the government to a contractor.

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On-Demand Webinar: Navigating the Quickbooks Desktop Subscription Discontinuation

Withum

Intuit recently announced the QuickBooks (QB) Desktop discontinuation, halting new subscriptions for several QB Desktop products after July 31, 2024. What does this mean for your business? In this on-demand webinar, we delve into the recent announcement and share the necessary knowledge and strategies to navigate this transition smoothly and effectively.

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The Inefficient Marketing Strategy That Works

Ryan Lazanis

A lot of firms struggle with their marketing. In this episode, I shared a marketing strategy that might be inefficient but works. The post The Inefficient Marketing Strategy That Works appeared first on Future Firm.

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PCAOB Wallops KPMG Netherlands With Record $25M Fine For Exam Cheating

CPA Practice

A fine of $25 million to the Netherlands arm of Big Four firm KPMG for systemic exam cheating over a five-year period is the largest financial penalty doled out thus far by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the U.S. audit regulator said on April 10. The PCAOB found that widespread improper answer sharing occurred in the firm’s internal training program and that KPMG Netherlands lied to the PCAOB about its knowledge of the rampant cheating.

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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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Cleaning Up Your Records in Preparation for a New ERP System…Where to Start?

LSLCPAs

Transitioning to a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can be a transformative experience for your local government agency. It can create efficiencies that most times were thought not possible. New accounting rules seem to be coming out of the woodwork that changes how our systems from 20 years ago were implemented to be used. The post Cleaning Up Your Records in Preparation for a New ERP System…Where to Start?

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PCAOB Proposal Would Require Audit Firms to Disclose a Variety of Metrics

CPA Practice

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued a pair of proposals on April 9, one of which would require audit firms to publicly disclose several metrics —including the involvement of partners and managers on an audit, auditor workload, and auditor turnover—on a new form that would be accessible to investors. Erica Williams “Sound and consistent information bolsters confidence in our capital markets, and can drive audit quality,” PCAOB Chair Erica Williams said in a statement on T

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Business Growth With ESG: Creating Value and Resilience for Suppliers

Withum

The surge in supply chain ESG data requests marks a critical shift in sustainability reporting. More than ever, companies are being asked to share their ESG data with business partners. While navigating this scenario may seem daunting and complex, it presents a substantial opportunity to strengthen relationships with customers, enhance brand reputation, and unlock various ancillary benefits by setting the stage for sustained success.

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How to Assist A Child Buying a Home

Dent Moses

As housing prices and mortgage rates continue to escalate, many young people struggle to purchase their first home or upgrade. One option is for parents or family to finance the purchase of the home and hold a mortgage. The transaction is documented like a regular mortgage with monthly payments. Let’s look at the advantages: Favorable interest rates.

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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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Final speakers announced for Accountex London 

Accounting Insight

Accountex London is returning next month, on 15-16 May 2024. London’s ExCeL is expected to welcome over ten thousand accounting and finance professionals through its doors. The final two main stage programmes (Orbit and Horizon) have just been announced, and include sessions on everything from MTD for ITSA to personal branding. Visitors will get actionable advice and stay up-to-date from CPD-accredited seminar programme, that includes over 250 seminars by thought-leaders from the accountanc

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Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of a Firm-Wide Operating System

Canopy Accounting

For the accounting firm focused on maximizing profit and efficiency, antiquated practice management solutions that only meet a few needs are no longer sufficient for accounting firms. Having an operating system that seamlessly connects all processes within an accounting firm is crucial for maximizing efficiency and providing a superior client experience.

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FloQast Secures $100 Million in Series E Funding, Achieving $1.6 Billion Valuation

CPA Practice

FloQast, a finance and accounting operations platform provider created by accountants for accountants, has announced the successful closure of its Series E funding round, raising $100 million. The round was led by ICONIQ Growth, with Roy Luo, representing ICONIQ Growth, joining FloQast’s Board of Directors. BDT & MSD Partners and WiL (World Innovation Lab) also join as first-time investors, alongside the continued participation from board member Meritech Capital as well as Sapphire Ventures.

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Offshore Accounting: Everything You Need to Know

Ryan Lazanis

Dive into the world of offshore accounting: Discover benefits, challenges, and best practices in this comprehensive guide. The post Offshore Accounting: Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Future Firm.

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Recruit and Retain New Blue-Collar Talent

Blue-collar jobs have a branding problem. One company, GEON, partnered with Paycor to find the solution. Learn how to attract, engage, and retain blue-collar employees, helping them build meaningful careers – and support your company’s goals.