February, 2023

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9 in 10 Accounting and Audit Firms Struggle to Find Talent

CPA Practice

What is the fastest-growing challenge facing accounting firms and internal audit departments today? More than 90% point to hiring and retaining skilled accountants and auditors. Some are even turning away business due to a shortage of staff. That’s the finding of two newly released reports by leading software provider Caseware International , which surveyed more than 6,000 accountants and auditors globally.

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SEO for Accountants: 14 Tactics to Acquire Clients

Ryan Lazanis

Looking for one of the top digital marketing strategies to help potential clients easily find you? Then you’ll want to read the rest of this article on SEO for accountants. In this article, you’ll find out: What SEO for accountants is Why it’s important for your firm’s growth 14 practical tips & tricks to boost your website to the top of Google Let’s go!

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Discounting vs Capitalizing: Common Business Valuation Methods at a Glance

RogerRossmeisl

Two techniques fall under the income approach umbrella when valuing a private business interest: the discounted cash flow (DCF) method and the capitalization of earnings method. How do these two commonly used methods compare — and which one is appropriate for a specific investment? Fundamentals of discounting The DCF method estimates the present value of future expected net cash flows using a discount rate.

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Small Business Tax Deductions Checklist: All You Need to Know About Tax Deductions

Snyder

Tax liability is an inevitable part of running a business. Every year business owners have to bear the burden of the tax season, paying taxes for income, payroll, property, sales, and so on. In total, nearly 30% of a business’ income is needed to cover all tax payments. According to statistics, the U.S. government received total tax receipts of 4,05 trillion USD within a year.

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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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Accounting Thought Leaders Discuss Future of the Profession, Advisory Services, and Tax

CPA Practice

Nearly 30 of the most influential consultants, practitioners and accounting technology visionaries convened in New York City Feb. 20-22, 2023, for CPA Practice Advisor ‘s 13th annual Accounting Thought Leader Symposium. CPA Practice Advisor editor-in-chief Gail Perry, CPA, leads discussion with attendees at the 2023 Accounting Thought Leader Symposium.

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Can I Replace My Tax Advisor With ChatGPT?

Withum

I’m starting to get this question more and more from do-it-yourself types hoping to save money. If computers can beat a world chess champion, they argue, why can’t they perform as good as or better than my local tax advisor? We’ll explore this issue in more detail below, but the short answer is no, artificial intelligence is not at the point where it can analyze tax issues and reliably produce accurate responses.

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Client Hub Launches Free Recategorize Plan

Insightful Accountant

The new tier will enable accountants to get all their QuickBooks transaction questions resolved from their clients quickly and easily—and the subscription is free.

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What Business Owners Can Do About Insurance Fraud

RogerRossmeisl

According to various sources, around 10% of all insurance claims involve fraud. Insurance companies generally pass along the cost of these fraud losses to policyholders in the form of higher premiums. Unfortunately, small businesses, which are generally less able to pay premium hikes, are particularly vulnerable to insurance fraud. To protect your company from losses and minimize the likelihood of increased premiums, learn how to identify insurance fraud.

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Xero Assistance Programme extends to all small businesses in Auckland, Northland, Waikato

Xero

In the wake of extreme weather events, the Xero Assistance Programme (XAP) is being extended to all small businesses in the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions. From Wednesday 1st February through to Friday 31st March, any small business owner, employee or their families in Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions can access three confidential and free telephone, live chat, online or face-to-face counselling sessions.

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529 Plans Get a Boost with Tax-Free Rollovers to Roth IRAs

CPA Practice

By Erin Bendig, Kiplinger Consumer News Service (TNS) Maybe you had a child change their mind and not go to college or you saved more than necessary, and now you’re wondering what to do with the cash locked away in your 529 plan. Thanks to the SECURE 2.0 Act, you’ll soon be able to roll over funds from your 529 plan into a Roth IRA, as long as certain conditions are met.

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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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The NFL’s Wage Gap Issue and a Solution

Withum

The salary cap in the NFL is up to $208 million per team for 2022 and continues to rise each year by about $20 million. This salary cap sets a maximum budget that each team can pay their entire player roster. Even with this rise, the wage gap between the minimum salary and the highest individual salary for NFL players has continued to widen. The current minimum salary for a first-year player is $705,000 meanwhile, the highest average salary is over $50 million (Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green

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The Accountant Shortage Isn’t Bad Enough For NASBA to Entertain Dropping the 150 Hour Requirement

Going Concern

When we talk about why no one wants to be an accountant anymore, a handful of things come up in every thread. Let’s quickly get them down in case an alien who just landed on Earth this morning Googles “accountant shortage,” arrives on this article, and wishes to learn more about the causes. Salaries — starting salaries in particular — that do not compete with other white collar and professional services fields; Poor work-life balance that has only gotten worse as st

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QuickBooks Business Network – A Vision on the Way

Insightful Accountant

Murph brings you up to date on the vision that is the QuickBooks Business Network. While it's not fully capable yet, it's getting there, and appears to be heading in the right direction.

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May 15 Tax Deadline Extended to October 16 for California Disaster Area Taxpayers

RogerRossmeisl

As reported in IR-2023-33 on 2/24/2023 Disaster-area taxpayers in most of California now have until October 16, 2023, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced last Friday. Previously, the deadline had been postponed to May 15, 2023 for these areas. The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in on the page entitled California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Lan

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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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Do you want to hire or replace an existing bookkeeper? 

Basis 365

Do you want to hire or replace an existing bookkeeper ? Either way, you must follow specific steps before and during the hiring process. You can also save money by hiring an outsourced bookkeeper. Here are some things you should check to ensure you are okay with purchasing in the future. Most importantly, we buy products and services that meet our needs and quality standards and are within our budget.

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Accounting Automation Evolution: Augmented or Artificial Intelligence

CPA Practice

Technology has made significant contributions to the practice of accounting and is on the verge of another evolution with the advent of artificial intelligence tools coming into the mainstream. In the past four months there has been a frenzy around Open Ai’s ChatGPT, which is a natural language application where you can type in questions and get comprehensive answers in a format that is almost impossible to distinguish from that which you would expect from another educated human.

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Sage Intacct Construction for General Contractors and Developers 

Withum

Sage Intacct Construction is one of the top construction finance management software providers and is the first and only AICPA-preferred accounting solution for general contractors and developers. Sage Intacct Construction enables proactive management of valuable financial metrics and improves cash flow. It’s built specifically for the construction industry , providing real-time visibility and insights through role-based dashboards.

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Grant Thornton Scores Coveted ‘Hot Garbage’ Audit

Going Concern

Earlier this month, short seller Hindenburg Research dropped a report called Adani Group: How The World’s 3rd Richest Man Is Pulling The Largest Con In Corporate History (report here ) full of bullet points outlining the findings of Hindenburg’s two-year investigation into the Indian conglomerate. Among the various accusations: shoddy controls, nepotism, questionable shell company relations, and poor transparency (we’re being mild here).

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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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Password Managers – An Insightful Accountant Software Comparison

Insightful Accountant

Our readers are always asking for software comparisons, so Murph conducted a review of 10 Password Managers; tossed two out, but ranked the remaining eight for your consideration.

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The Standard Business Mileage Rate is Going Up in 2023

RogerRossmeisl

Although the national price of gas is a bit lower than it was a year ago, the optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business will be going up in 2023. The IRS recently announced that the 2023 cents-per-mile rate for the business use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck is 65.5 cents. These rates apply to electric and hybrid-electric automobiles, as well as gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.

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Why we can’t keep old reports (and other burning questions)

Xero

The retirement of old reports is now only a little over five months away. If you’re like many small business owners and advisors, you’re probably starting to seriously think about how this will impact your day-to-day work. We’ve answered some of your most common questions, so you can feel confident about switching to new reports before 31 July 2023.

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IRS Says State Issued Stimulus Payments are Not Taxable

CPA Practice

After several days of requests by taxpayers, state agencies and the National Taxpayer Advocate , the Internal Revenue Service has provided clarifying the federal tax status involving special payments made by 21 states in 2022. The IRS has determined that in the interest of sound tax administration and other factors, taxpayers in many states will not need to report these payments on their 2022 tax returns.

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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 To Expect From an ERC Audit?

Withum

The rising popularity of the employee retention credit (ERC) has reached boy band status. You’ve heard of it on the radio, seen it on TV, and likely even discussed it with your friends. But as with any popular tax credit or deduction, the IRS is sure to be close behind. We’ve written about IRS audits rolling out last July, and the IRS followed up our article with a warning to taxpayers regarding third-party promotion of improper ERC claims.

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Minnesota Throws TPTB the Finger and Introduces Legislation to Offer an Alternate Pathway to CPA Licensure

Going Concern

It was only a couple days ago that the Journal of Accountancy published an interview with NASBA CEO and President Ken Bishop in which Bishop sternly warns states against even thinking about lowering the CPA licensure requirement to 120 units, something something mobility blah blah. To save you a click, here’s a relevant snip of that JofA article and his comments, published February 10: “Should any state or jurisdiction lower the licensure requirement to 120 hours, their CPAs would no longe

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Cyber Attacks Expected to Target Accounting Data in 2023

Insightful Accountant

A recent Deloitte Center for Controllership poll shows that 48.8% of C-suite and other executives are preparing for cyber events targeting their organizations’ accounting and financial data.

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IRS Issues Guidance and FAQ Updates Related to the Clean Vehicle Tax Credits

RogerRossmeisl

On 2/3/2023, the IRS issued Notice 2023-16 guidance that modifies the definitions of certain vehicle classifications for the new, previously owned and qualified commercial clean vehicle tax credits. As a result of this notice, the IRS updated the related frequently asked questions for these credits which can be found on IRS Fact Sheet 2023-4 here: IRS Fact Sheet 2023-04 (This is Blog Post #1340) The post IRS Issues Guidance and FAQ Updates Related to the Clean Vehicle Tax Credits appeared first

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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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How tax professionals can add value by investing in advisory services

ThomsonReuters

Stop giving away your expertise for free. Sure, you are charging clients for your services; however, the real value is not within your services but within the advisory relationship you are ideally building with your clients. The advisory relationship is the bedrock that enables you to form trust and provide higher-value services to your clients. It is how you better understand their goals and develop loyal and profitable relationships.

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IRS Processing Tax Returns At a Quicker Rate Than Last Year

CPA Practice

By Kristin F. Dalton, Staten Island Advance, NY (TNS) The IRS has been processing refunds faster this tax season than last year, but the average refund Americans are receiving is slightly lower, the federal agency recently announced. As of Feb. 3, the IRS said it has processed more than 16.7 million tax returns—29% more than in 2022, nearly four million more.

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IRS Extends Deadline for California Taxpayers Impacted by Natural Disasters

Withum

Over the past few days, the IRS has issued several updates regarding tax relief for victims of severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides. The last updated news release on February 24, 2023, states that affected taxpayers now have until October 16, 2023 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. What Items Are Now Extended Until October 16, 2023?

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Friday Footnotes: Know Your Value; Retired EY Partners Complain; ‘Rest For Success’ | 2.3.23

Going Concern

Hail Eris! Today is 2/3/23 and this is your Friday roundup of all the week’s news that wasn’t fit to print (or make fun of). We appreciate you stopping by! Big 4 EY considers handing retired US partners cut of proceeds from spin-off [ Financial Times ] EY has told retired US partners it is considering giving them a cut of the proceeds from a spin-off of its consulting arm, after complaints that the firm’s leadership is cashing in on a business built by previous generations.

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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.