June, 2022

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13 Accounting Influencers You Might Not Be Following | Canopy

Canopy Accounting

These days, social media is a necessity in today's business world. It's a place to make connections, network and keep a pulse on your industry. Search algorithms have become more sophisticated over the years and content across social channels continues to be curated towards users’ specific interests and needs. Social media is a powerful source of industry information if you’re engaging with the right accounts.

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Nexus and MSPs: Navigating interstate commerce - Modern MSP

Accountant Advocate Submitted Articles

MSPs & IT services are Nexus audit targets. Modern MSP finance expert explains interstate taxes and preparing your MSP for audits. Read how.

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The Average Cost of Living by State, and Why Ignoring it Could Sink Your Business

Patriot Software

You hear about it all the time in the news—Cost of living rising! Maybe you think about it on a daily basis—Do I earn enough to cover my standard of living? But, how often have you thought about the relationship between the cost of living and your business? If it’s crossed your mind before, then […] READ MORE.

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How to keep up to date with accounting standards

ThomsonReuters

The reality is, technical competence still lies at the heart of adding value. When you can flag changes in accounting, auditing, and tax that clients didn’t know about, and help them manage commercial impacts with innovative solutions, then you’re well on your way to gaining their trust. But how do you stay current on accounting and auditing standards when there are new developments happening all the time?

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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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KPMG’s New Metaverse Space is Like the First-Person Shooters You Played in 1999 But Worse

Going Concern

14 or 15 years ago I trolled Bill Sheridan of the Maryland Association of CPAs on Twitter about uncovering a weapons cache they’d stashed on CPA Island, a then-revolutionary virtual space in the game Second Life MACPA had set up for…accounting things. Back in 2008 CPA Island was the first (only? It never really caught on IIRC) of its kind and promised to be an exciting hub of pixels for accounting professionals.

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DOJ Seeks More Time To Pursue PPP Fraud

Withum

We have seen an uptick recently in enforcement activity regarding paycheck protection program (PPP) loan eligibility and forgiveness. The Small Business Administration (SBA) typically pursues the civil investigations, usually by denying a loan forgiveness application and forcing the borrower to pursue an administrative appeal and then possibly an appeal in court.

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Email is Not an Accounting Tool

Lockstep

Email is not meant to solve your accounting workflow management challenges.

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How Sustainable are Your Accounting Practices?

Intuitive Accountant

While it might take a little more effort for small business accountants or owners to focus on sustainable practices, there are things you can do. Xero's Latisha Carter explains.

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Can Our DCAP Reimburse a “Hold-the-Spot” Fee?

ThomsonReuters

QUESTION: One of our DCAP participants will soon take a ten-week maternity leave, following the birth of her second child. Her two-year-old child will be at home during this time instead of attending day care, but the provider will charge her half of the regular monthly fee to hold the child’s spot during the leave. Can our DCAP reimburse this fee?

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Compensation Watch ’22: Deloitte Lifts the Lid on Raises

Going Concern

Big 4 compensation season kicked off a little more than a week ago when Deloitte employees got their comp statements and then proceeded to head over to r/accounting to whip it out and show it off for all to see. Since the last time Deloitters got their comp statements in May 2021 , the firm in December bumped up base pay for employees whose salaries were below market rates.

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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.

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Will the IRS Deny Your Claim for the Employee Retention Tax Credit?

Withum

The employee retention credit (ERC) started out slow but keeps going strong, even to the present day. . When it was first enacted on March 27, 2020 as part of the CARES Act, it received little fanfare because taxpayers that received a forgivable loan under the paycheck protection program (PPP) were prohibited from claiming the ERC. When that prohibition was lifted nine months later by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, claims for the ERC exploded.

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How to nail end of financial year: A guide for Australia’s self-employed

Xero

It’s no secret that end of financial year (EOFY) comes with its challenges for many self-employed Australians. Whether you’re a sole trader, side-hustler or freelancer, understanding deductions to super and taxes – on top of running your own show – is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Thankfully, there’s a way to make sense of it all. How? By talking to your advisor. .

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Streamline Your Entire Firm With This Essential 1st Step

Ryan Lazanis

Streamline your processes with this essential 1st step so you can focus on growing your firm and spend less time on the tedious work. Listen below. 0:58 – Technology is a great tool, but it’s not the first step to creating a firm that can scale and run smoothly. 1: 26 – What you offer your clients and how you standardize those offers is the first step to a scalable firm. 1:44 – The more ways in which you offer means you’re multiplying the number of processes required to service

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Bullet-Proof Your Accounts Payable with 3-Way Matching

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The process of 3-way matching in accounts payable protects your business against incorrect or fraudulent invoices. It mitigates risks in your company’s spending by making sure you don’t overpay for services or fall for counterfeit invoices. It may sound like no one would fall for invoice fraud—when a scammer pretends to be a business partner or vendor and sends a company an invoice for services that they didn’t actually deliver.

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Join the Instant Payment Revolution: Read 7 Must-Know Facts for Small Businesses

Technology evolves at lightning speed, and as finance keeps changing, instant payments emerge as a game-changer for small businesses. By 2030, instant payments are projected to surge by 289% and will become the new norm in financial transactions. Our whitepaper reveals seven must-know facts about instant payments, offering to help you navigate this financial revolution effectively.

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Margin vs. Markup: Chart, Infographic, & More

Patriot Software

Business owners often confuse margin and markup. After all, they both deal with sales, help you set prices, and measure productivity. But, there’s a key difference between margin vs. markup—and knowing this difference is how you can set prices that lead to profits. Unsure about the difference between markup and margin in accounting? We’ve got […] READ MORE.

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The Audit Profession’s Inability to Retain Talent Poses a Serious Threat to Audit Quality

Going Concern

Just about every e mployer in corporate America is singing the blues about talent shortages caused by the Great Reset and the Great Resignation. However, these effects are not being felt uniformly across all businesses. Those employers with a history of mismanaging their human capital , like the largest audit firms, are being hit the hardest. The public accounting business model has relied excessively on its ability to counter the effects of massive turnover with its ability to hire and train ma

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IRS Issues Favorable QSBS Tax Ruling for Businesses

Withum

On May 27, 2022, the IRS released its sixth pronouncement regarding the types of businesses that can qualify for the qualified small business stock (QSBS) exclusion. The ruling is the fourth time the IRS has addressed the health exclusion in section 1202(e)(3) , the third time it has addressed the exclusion for businesses where the principal asset is the reputation or skill of one or more of its employees, and the first time the IRS has opened the door for pharmacy businesses to qualify for the

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Anders Announces 2022 Promotions

Anders CPA

Anders recently announced annual employee promotions across the firm, from audit and assurance to tax, advisory and operations. These individuals are being recognized for their professional achievements and ability to live the firm’s core values by delivering outstanding results for our clients and community. Join us in congratulating our recently promoted employees!

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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Handling Invoices that "Need Attention" in QuickBooks Online

SchoolofBookkeeping

QuickBooks Online uses an Invoice Tracker to keep track of the online status of your invoices. The Idea is when you send an invoice, you will be able to confirm it was sent, seen, paid, and deposited. Sounds awesome, right? In theory, it works well, but when issues arise to the resulting payment, the Invoice tracker can be stuck, and show a nasty "NEEDS ATTENTION" alert on the invoice on your home screen or the invoice.

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Supreme Court’s Abortion Ruling Indirectly Impacts Employee Benefit Plans

ThomsonReuters

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., 2022 WL 2276808 (U.S. 2022). Available at [link]. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, which prohibits performing or inducing an abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy (as determined by probable gestational age) except in limited circumstances.

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Make More of Your Commute With These 10 Podcasts | Canopy

Canopy Accounting

One of the most productive things accountants can do during their morning commute is expand their knowledge by listening to industry-related podcasts. No matter what area of interest or specialization you may have, there's sure to be a podcast to satisfy that need. If you want to improve your professional skills and expand your firm, skip the self-help books and head straight for a podcast.

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Partners Stand to Make Millions (Maybe) If EY Breaks Up

Going Concern

The big hurdle in EY’s plan to split audit and consulting lies in whether or not its partners want to take the risk per earlier Wall Street Journal coverage in which people familiar with the matter told WSJ its roughly 12,000 partners will need to vote to approve the spinoff. Well according to this it probably won’t be too hard to get partners on board.

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How CPA Firms Can Profit From Payroll Services Without the Extra Work

"Offer payroll and do it yourself,” they said. “It’ll be fun!” Spoiler alert: It was not fun. Most CPA firms know that they need to offer payroll services to their clients or risk losing them to another firm that will. However, many don’t really want to. It is often time-consuming and complex due to changing tax laws and regulations, and with the growing staffing shortages, most just don’t have the resources.

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The Importance of a Month-End Close Process

Withum

Now that we are halfway through the new year, most companies have wrapped up their books and records for 2021 and sent them to their accounting professionals for tax and audit preparation. While the inclination can often be to consider the cleanup of accounting records to be an annual process, there are real benefits to a business in having a month-end close process.

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Understanding Accounts Receivable (AR): Accounting Basics You Need to Know

Snyder

However big or small your business is, you’re familiar with the notions of accounts receivable and accounts payable as integral parts of accounting. These two ledger lists are available on your balance sheet and indicate how well your business is performing. They act as two sides of an equation – if you neglect either side, it will affect the financial health and stability of your venture.

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Is Your Business Eligible for the ERTC?

Anders CPA

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) has helped many businesses retain employees and recover from the effects of the pandemic. While the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act retroactively ended the ERTC for most businesses, eligible companies have three years after the program ends to look back at wages paid and claim the credit. Below is a flowchart to help determine if you can still take advantage of the ERTC.

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What Are Health Plan MRF Disclosures, and How Often Do They Have to Be Updated?

ThomsonReuters

QUESTION: We’ve heard that our company’s group health plan must make public transparency disclosures that include MRFs. What are MRFs, and how often do they have to be updated? ANSWER: The agencies use the acronym “MRF” to refer to the machine-readable files that must be made public as part of the ACA’s price transparency requirement. Under implementing regulations issued in November 2020, most health plans and insurers in the individual and group markets must make transparency in coverage (Ti

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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Tax Strategies for Selling an S Corporation: Failing the §302 Stock Sale Tests

CTP

As a tax planner, when a client approaches you about selling their S corporation, one of the first questions to ask is whether they are selling the stock or the assets of the business. What is the difference from a tax perspective? An asset sale requires you to allocate the assets into different classes, which then determines your tax liabilities or deductions.

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How Exactly Did EY Auditors Cheat on CPE Exams? Details From the SEC Order

Going Concern

With the EY cheating scandal making headlines even outside of our precious little accountosphere we decided to take a look at the full SEC order to answer the question — how and why were EY auditors cheating on CPE exams? This post will be long so we’ll get deeper into the CPA ethics portion of the cheating debacle in another article. The long and short of it is, EY auditors trying to shortcut CPE took advantage of a software exploit.

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I Sold My Small Business Stock After 4½ Years – Can I Qualify for the QSBS Exclusion?

Withum

I receive at least 5 calls per year with some variation of this question. The callers are asking about the exclusion for capital gain on the sale of qualified small business stock (QSBS). By the time they reach me, the callers have already spoken with their local tax advisors and/or looked on the internet, and they know there is a 5-year holding period in order to qualify for the QSBS exclusion in section 1202.

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How to celebrate Pride Month in your small business

Reckon

Did you know that June is Pride Month? That’s right, it’s here! But how can you get involved in a meaningful way within your own small business? What steps can you take to help create a more inclusive society and combat the scourge of intolerance that has historically been brought against the LGBTIQ+ community? It starts with being authentic and knowledgeable.

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Finding “The One:” The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Financial Software

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

As finance and accounting practitioners, you are expected to complete daily operations as well as to manage next generation tools and resources to support a business that is growing in complexity. Having the right software can be critical in juggling and meeting those high expectations. The path to the right software, however, is paved with challenging decisions.