March, 2023

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WTF Happened at SVB and Should KPMG Auditors Have Seen It Coming?

Going Concern

While the general investing public is asking “where were the auditors?” in regards to the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, the banks’ auditors are insisting that, having exercised requisite due professional care, their unqualified opinions were based on the information available to them at the time and as such, the firm stands behind them.

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20 Funny Memes That Will Make Any Accountant Laugh | Canopy

Canopy Accounting

We know accounting can be a tough field full of numbers and serious work. And sometimes, that work can be taxing (pun intended.) But seriously, we all experience problems with clients, coworkers and bosses. Once in awhile, it's a good idea to poke fun at your job and have a laugh. With that in mind, take a look at these 20 hilarious accounting memes and see which ones you relate to the most.

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New vs Returning Customers and How to Use Financial Data to Influence Your Marketing Direction

Snyder

As a business owner, understanding the differences between new and returning customers is paramount to driving growth and success. While new customers represent opportunities for growth and expansion, returning customers are the backbone of your business, providing steady revenue streams and brand loyalty. To effectively market to both types of customers, you need to understand their differences and how to use financial data to influence your marketing strategy.

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What can ChatGPT do for accountants?

Accounting Insight

A lot has been written about OpenAI’s unveiling of ChatGPT. It’s garnered a very excited response. To summarise, it’s a chatbot. By responding to prompts, it can answer questions, create stories, and it remembers its previous responses. Its core function is to mimic a human conversation. What separates it from other chatbots is the absurd amount of data behind it – 300 billion words’ worth.

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How to Easily Navigate Crypto Accounting in the Web3 Era

Speaker: Aaron Jacob, VP of Accounting Solutions & Reagan Cook, GTM Lead

Are you struggling to navigate the complexities and challenges that come with crypto accounting? 🤔 This new webinar will cover everything businesses need to know to get started with crypto accounting after incorporating crypto into their business models! Industry experts Aaron Jacob and Reagan Cook of TaxBit will thoroughly explore the prevalent operational hurdles encountered by accounting teams when interacting with crypto on the books, and detail how software solutions can effectively

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Top 10 Influential Women in Accounting and Tax in 2023 | Canopy

Canopy Accounting

Women make up nearly 60% of the accounting service industry according to 2022 data. In honor of International Women's Day, we rounded up a list of the Top 10 Innovative Women in Accounting and Tax. From the future of accounting to tax policy, these women are experts across the industry. Check it out!

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Accounting Firm Leaders Cite ‘Rising Salaries’ As The Second Biggest Problem Facing Their Firms

Going Concern

Accounting Today has published “ The 20 biggest problems for firms in 2023 ” and no one will be surprised to find out that the war for talent ranks #1 among the firms AT surveyed. Talent actually has its tentacles in a number of problems on AT’s list and spills over into several items–capacity issues, burnout, retention. Hell, half the list is related to talent.

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1099-NEC guidelines for business owners

SMBAccountant

When a new vendor or subcontractor provides a service to your business for the first time, it is important to request a W-9 from them as soon as possible. By doing so, you will be able to confirm the vendors mailing information and EIN (Employer Identification Number) which is needed for 1099-NEC tax filings. Tax form 1099-NEC is the IRS form used by businesses to report payments made to independent contractors, subcontractors, freelancers, sole proprietors and self-employed individuals for serv

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Here Are the Five Countries with the Highest Income Tax

CPA Practice

By Faustine Ngila, Quartz (TNS) Côte d’Ivoire citizens pay the highest income taxes in the world according to this year’s survey findings by World Population Review. While both its sales and corporate tax regimes may be considerably lower than those of other countries globally, at 60%, Côte d’Ivoire’s income tax rates are markedly higher compared to developed countries.

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IRS Doubles Down on ERC Warning to Taxpayers

Withum

The IRS issued a press release with a renewed warning to taxpayers regarding claims for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) on March 7, 2023. This marks the third time in six months the IRS has issued a written warning to taxpayers – the first two were issued in October and November of 2022, and we wrote about the October notice here. If your business plans to claim or already has claimed the ERC, it is imperative that you substantiate your claim because the IRS is signaling significant enforcem

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An Open Letter to Our Government

Patriot Software

To Whom It May Concern, I am Mike Kappel, CEO of Patriot Software in Canton, OH. I am calling on our government and lawmakers to step in and put their full weight behind SVB immediately in order to make tens of thousands of hardworking American businesses and their families whole again.

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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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Reshaping Xero to enable disciplined growth and focus

Xero

Below is the message shared with all Xero employees today Dear Xeros Over the past few weeks, as I have stepped into the CEO seat, we have had several conversations about Xero’s strengths and significant market opportunities. We have also talked candidly about our challenges following the rapid scaling of the company. As we look to the next phase of Xero’s growth, many of you have asked me what change is needed for us to simplify focus, strengthen our execution and balance growth with profitabi

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Buying a New Business Vehicle? A Heavy SUV is a Tax-Smart Choice

RogerRossmeisl

If you’re buying or replacing a vehicle that you’ll use in your business, be aware that a heavy SUV may provide a more generous tax break this year than you’d get from a smaller vehicle. The reason has to do with how smaller business cars are depreciated for tax purposes. Depreciation rules Business cars are subject to more restrictive tax depreciation rules than those that apply to other depreciable assets.

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ChatGPT Talks About AI Taking Accountants’ Jobs From the Perspective of an Accountant Losing Their Job to AI

Going Concern

Ed. note: I asked ChatGPT to write about automation in accounting from the perspective of an accountant losing his or her job to AI. Here’s what it said. Note: Going Concern does not publish AI-generated content unless it’s clearly labeled as in this case. Believe it or not, humans write most of this crap. As an accountant, I have always known that my job was at risk of being automated.

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Don’t Take Tax Advice from Social Media

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service warns that trusting tax advice found on social media can lure otherwise honest taxpayers and tax professionals into compromising tax situations. Social media can circulate inaccurate or misleading tax information, and the IRS has recently seen several examples. These can involve common tax documents like Form W-2 or more obscure ones, like Form 8944 that’s aimed at a very limited, specialized group.

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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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IRS Announces Crucial Updates on the ERC

Withum

As of March 29, 2023, the IRS has published five documents expressing that the employee retention credit (ERC) is rife with fraud because of unscrupulous tax credit shops. See October 19, 2022 (press release); November 7, 2022 (COVID Tax Tip); March 7, 2023 (press release); March 7, 2023 (OPR Memo); March 20, 2023 (IRS adds promoter claims involving the ERC to its Dirty Dozen list of tax scams).

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The Basic 1, 2, 3 of QBO-Advanced Spreadsheet Sync

Insightful Accountant

Murph takes you through the basic steps to use QuickBooks Online-Advanced Spreadsheet Sync. Preliminary results of our Top 100 Applicants specializing in QBO-Adv show not many of their clients are using this feature.

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Xero announces future plans for WorkflowMax

Xero

Over a decade ago, Xero acquired the WorkflowMax (WFM) product to build out Xero’s practice tool offering globally, and ultimately help us to create a more seamless experience for accountants and bookkeepers to run their practice in the cloud. We followed with the launch of Xero Practice Manager (XPM), bringing to fruition the early vision we had for the WorkflowMax product.

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Anders Jumps 16 Spots to #78 on Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms List

Anders CPA

Anders has been recognized as one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms for the third year in a row. After breaking into the Top 100 Firms in 2021, Anders continued to gain momentum in 2022, moving up six spots from #100 to #94. The firm merged in Summit CPA Group last year and combined with organic growth they climbed 16 spots up the list to #78 in 2023.

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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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Layoff Watch ’23: McKinsey Joins the 2023 Consulting Culling

Going Concern

McKinsey & Co. is joining KPMG , BDO USA , and Accenture in culling the consulting herd. Like Accenture, McKinsey doesn’t get much lip service on this website but it is worth talking about here because cuts from non-Big 4 consulting firms reflect the overall health of the consulting market which therefore effects the firms we do write about.

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Changes in 2024 CPA Exam Put Technology Front and Center

CPA Practice

By Gail Cole. The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA Exam) is regularly updated to reflect enhancements to accounting and auditing standards as well as tax laws and regulations — and to improve the efficiency of the exam. The next update goes into effect January 1, 2024 , and places new emphasis on the role of emerging technology in delivering accounting services.

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A Tale of Two Pitchers

Withum

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times for New York Met Fans. On December 2nd, 2022, long-time Met’s pitcher Jacob deGrom signed a 5-year contract worth $185 million with the Texas Rangers. The ace of the Mets pitching staff, who had been a lifelong Met, had decided to head to Texas for what he called a “winning culture” and likely tax savings.

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IRS Announces 2024 Increases for ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

ThomsonReuters

Rev. Proc. 2023-17 (Mar. 9, 2023) Available at [link] The IRS has announced 2024 indexing adjustments to the applicable dollar amount used to calculate employer shared responsibility payments under the Affordable Care Act. As background, applicable large employers (ALEs) may be liable for an employer shared responsibility penalty under Code § 4980H(a) if they fail to offer minimum essential coverage to a sufficient number of full-time employees.

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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 is AI and why is it relevant for my small business?

Xero

It’s safe to say that artificial intelligence (AI) is now part of common language and everyday life. But while we’ve all heard of the term, not everyone really knows what it is or how to use it (or rather, whether it can be useful for them). Believe it or not, the term ‘artificial intelligence’ has been with us since as far back as 1955, when a number of academics and professionals in the field of technology first proposed a study of the term.

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Meet Top 100 ProAdvisor Leah Berger

Insightful Accountant

Our spotlight of the Insightful Accountant 2022 Top 100 ProAdvisors continues with a spotlight on Leah's Insights' Leah Berger. See what she says it takes to stay on top of your game.

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$700,000+ Overclaim by Alliantgroup Client Shows Value of §179D Expertise

Going Concern

The United States Tax Court recently ruled that Edwards Engineering could only deduct $304,640 of the $1,037,237 it claimed under Section 179D for the installation of energy efficient commercial building property (EECBP) it performed at a Veterans Affairs hospital in 2013. Q: Edwards Engineering is a client of what tax consulting firm, a popular subject at Going Concern due to its ongoing problems across several areas ?

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IRS and State Move Tax Deadline to Oct. 16 for Most Californians

CPA Practice

By Samantha Gowen, The Orange County Register (via TNS). Storms, wildfires and flooding damage have pushed back the tax filing deadlines for most Californians. The new deadline of Oct. 16 applies to California and federal individual and business tax returns and payments. The Franchise Tax Board said taxpayers who suffered financial losses to storm damage also could be eligible to claim those losses on their tax returns.

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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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Silicon Valley Bank’s Impact on Modern CFOs

Withum

The past week has brought great uncertainty to our sector. The sudden collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) drastically altered the venture capital (VC) landscape – and its impacts on future fundraising and valuations are still unclear. Many startups were caught off guard and spent the weekend reviewing their cash balances and assessing how they would be able to meet their cash obligations in both the short and long term.

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How Disruptive Cloud Technology is Shaping Practice Growth

Accounting Insight

With 2023 now well underway, we’re beginning to see changes in how practices approach their use of cloud, as they navigate past historic challenges to take advantage of the opportunities the cloud offers. The cloud was once viewed as mainly a cost-savings-focused technology model, allowing businesses to control and even optimise expenditures to get more out of their IT budgets.

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Six practice apps to make FY24 your best yet

Xero

Over recent years, the world of accounting and bookkeeping has evolved with the times. From advancing business models to offering expanded services to be able to meet new client demands; change has been a constant for the industry. The biggest shift, however? Alongside small businesses, many practices have digitalised rapidly to keep pace with today’s environment.

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Growing Your Ecommerce Business with an Inventory Manager

Basis 365

Somewhere on your road to $1M in revenue, your eCommerce business’s financial workflow will start to break down. Manual processes and bad data will start to obscure what your true financial position actually is. Common issues are issues with your inventory balance on the Balance Sheet, your Cost of Goods and Gross Margin on the Income Statement, Sales Tax filings, reconciling the fees taken out of your Amazon settlements, just to name a few.

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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.