April, 2024

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How AI is transforming accounting

Accounting Today

A recent survey from EY found that 90% of respondents already use at least some AI in their work, and other recent developments around the technology.

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How CPAs Can Compete in the AI Race

CPA Practice

By Chris Stephenson and Eric Hylton. The race to integrate Artificial Intelligence into the workflow of Certified Public Accountants is no longer a futuristic concept, but a current reality. Large accounting firms have made substantial strides in using AI to augment their services and deliver high quality outcomes. Yet, for many CPA firms, particularly small to mid-sized organizations, the current pace of technological advancement can seem dauting.

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Accounting Firms Continue to Prioritize Work-Life Balance

CPA Practice

By Lizzy McLellan Ravitch. The Philadelphia Inquirer (via TNS) Molly Kowal decided to become an accountant in part because she knew it would be a stable career. After graduating from college in 2021, she saw friends in other fields struggling to find work but knew she would be able to find a job. But that doesn’t mean she’s willing to work into the wee hours during busy season.

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Accounting Firms Will Not Be Leading the AI Revolution

Going Concern

Rightworks has released their inaugural 2024 Accounting Firm Technology Survey and the results tell us what we already done knew: Accounting firms are hesitant to adopt next-gen technology. Hell, a bunch of them are hesitant to move to the cloud. In 2024. The survey of decision makers and influencers at accounting, tax and bookkeeping firms revealed that nearly 60 percent of respondents identified their firms as slow adopters of new technologies like AI.

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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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Insightful Accountant's Top 100 ProAdvisors for 2024

Insightful Accountant

Insightful Accountant proudly announces this year's Top 100 ProAdvisors along with our Emeritus ProAdvisors of the Year. Congratulations to all being recognized for this year's awards.

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IRS Begins Audits of Corporate Jet Usage

RogerRossmeisl

As reported in IR-2024-46 Using Inflation Reduction Act funding and as part of ongoing efforts to improve tax compliance in high-income categories, the Internal Revenue Service announced on 2/21/24 plans to begin dozens of audits on business aircraft involving personal use. The audits will be focused on aircraft usage by large corporations, large partnerships and high-income taxpayers and whether for tax purposes the use of jets is being properly allocated between business and personal reasons.

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IRS unveils draft Form 1099-DA for crypto reporting

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service previewed a draft version of the Form 1099-DA on Friday for reporting on the proceeds of digital asset transactions for crypto brokers.

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Another Option for When Employee Bonuses Don’t Work

CPA Practice

From: Entrepreneurs’ Organization | Inc. [Via TNS.] By Kent Lewis, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Portland, Oregon, is the founder of pdxMindShare , an online career community focused on Portland professionals: I recently shared a presentation on increasing employee engagement and retention by fostering a Culture of Caring with a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

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PwC Announces It’s ‘Aligning Its Organizational Structure’ and Using Fewer BS Words in Job Titles

Going Concern

I wish I’d written this news up hours ago when I got a PR email about it, AT scooped us. Oh well. Here’s the news as it was delivered to me: Today, PwC US’ next senior partner, Paul Griggs, introduced our new leadership team—the Operating Committee. You can learn more about all the leaders here [link to the Our US Leadership Team page on PwC’s website].

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Thomson Reuters Upcoming Tax Launch

Insightful Accountant

Tax technology is changing, and tax professionals are looking for reliable resources when it comes to the future of AI within tax tech. Today, Thomson Reuters is announcing their upcoming tax launch.

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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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Treasury Has Issued Auto Dealers >$580 Million in Advance EV Tax Rebates This Year

RogerRossmeisl

According to the Treasury, the US government has provided auto dealers with >$580 million in advance payments for consumer electric vehicle (EV) tax credits since 1/1/2024. Before 2024, American car purchasers were only eligible for the new electric vehicle (EV) credit of up to $7,500 or the $4,000 credit for used EVs when they submitted their tax returns in the subsequent year.

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Withum Team Members Named Top 200 CPAs by Forbes

Withum

Withum is proud to share that Forbes has named four team members to its inaugural Top 200 CPAs List. Jim Bourke is the Managing Director of Withum’s Advisory Services practice. Forbes recognized him for his former board and leadership positions at both NJCPA and the AICPA. Jim was also recently recognized by Accounting Today on their list of Top 100 Influential People in Accounting.

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Poor cash flow can sink any business

Accounting Today

If an enterprise doesn't accurately measure and manage cash flow effectively, it won't be able to make sound financial decisions for the future.

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IRS Offers Resources and Advice During National Small Business Week

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service is offering tax-related information to entrepreneurs in anticipation of the upcoming kick-off of National Small Business Week. The U.S. Small Business Administration coordinates the annual event, helping entrepreneurs with resources, benefits and other important business startup information that small business owners can use to launch their enterprises.

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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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Mid-Tier Firms Are Kicking Big 4’s Ass on Fortune’s 2024 Best Companies to Work For List

Going Concern

The annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list from Fortune and Great Place To Work® is out and once again a lil firm from Michigan has the honor of being best-er than the accounting firms that follow it. Everyone, let’s congratulate Plante Moran for another impressive showing and coming in 12th on the 2024 list. This year, they only narrowly beat out Deloitte again.

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Feature Focus Fridays - First Look at Figured

Insightful Accountant

Murph takes a first look at 'Figured', a cloud-based agribusiness software app that works with either QuickBooks Online or Xero and that he thinks is '"perfect for farming and ranching.

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Estimating Damages: Lost Profits vs Diminished Business Value

RogerRossmeisl

In commercial litigation, it’s common for business valuation experts to measure damages based on lost profits or diminished business value — or both. Here’s an introduction to these concepts. The basics Generally, it’s appropriate to estimate lost profits when a plaintiff suffers an economic loss for a discrete period and then returns to normal. On the other hand, diminished business value is typically reserved for businesses that are completely destroyed or otherwise suffer a permanent loss, su

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FAQ Guide: Navigating the QuickBooks Desktop Discontinuation

Withum

Intuit announced they are halting new subscriptions for several QuickBooks Desktop (QBD) products after July 31, 2024. It’s crucial to stay informed about these changes, which may impact your business in the short and long term. In our FAQ guide, we aim to clarify various aspects surrounding the sunsetting of QBD to ensure a smooth transition.

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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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Submissions open for 2024 Top Firms by AUM

Accounting Today

Accounting Today is in the midst of surveying CPA firms with wealth management practices for this year's 'Wealth Magnets' ranking.

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IRS Forms New Office to Help People Settle Their Tax Disputes More Quickly

CPA Practice

The newly formed Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Management Office, an arm of the IRS Independent Office of Appeals, will work with the agency’s business operating divisions—Wage & Investment, Large Business & International, Small Business/Self-Employed, and Tax Exempt and Government Entities—to help taxpayers resolve tax disputes earlier and more efficiently, the IRS said on April 24.

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KPMG Was Too Cheap to Pay Foreign Graduates More So They Yanked All Their Job Offers

Going Concern

As of April 11 of this year, if a foreigner wants a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK they must earn a minimum of £38,700 (about $48k USD), up from the prior minimum of £26,200, unless the work falls under a small category of jobs on the shortage occupation list like health and care workers, graphic designers (take that, Canva), and veterinarians.

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Insightful Accountant Announces Dates for Awards

Insightful Accountant

In an attempt to give our readers some degree of advance notice, Insightful Accountant is announcing the specific dates for which the 2024 ProAdvisor Awards will be announced.

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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 the Name, Image and Likeness Policy is Changing College Athletics

Cherry Bekaert

On campuses around the country, the name, image and likeness (NIL) policy is revolutionizing the way student-athletes can obtain benefits while attending a college or university. As of July 2021, student-athletes can enter NIL deals if they comply with state law and the NCAA’s rules. Essentially, NIL allows college athletes to monetize their personal brand by profiting from their name, image and likeness through various opportunities such as endorsements, sponsorships, social media posts and mor

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Withum Soars on Vault Top Accounting Firm

Withum

Withum Soars on Vault Top Accounting Firm List Vault named Withum #17 on their annual top 25 accounting list. Known for its influential ranking, Vault recognized Withum for their outstanding training programs, benefits and compensation. Over the years, the Vault survey has consistently shown that Withum Team Members accept positions and remain at the Firm for the unbeatable culture and outstanding colleagues.

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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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How the 50 States Rank By Lifetime Taxes

CPA Practice

Earlier this week WalletHub released a study that shows which states’ residents have the highest and lowest tax burden , measured as the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes. Another study released this week , from credit-building platform Self Financial, analyzed the lifetime cost of tax in the U.S. The study looks at how much tax the average person is estimated to pay in each state throughout their lifetime.

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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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Audits Are a Joke and Here’s Why According to a Salty Old Industry Veteran

Going Concern

Ed. note: By “salty” I mean in the experienced sailor/pirate way, not the modern definition of someone who’s just mad because they suck. Industry OG and commentator Gene Marks has written an opinion piece for The Hill about what audits actually are that is less opinion and more brutal fact: Why you should be very skeptical of that auditor’s report.

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QuickBooks Recertification Training For May, 2024

Insightful Accountant

It's time to recertify for most QuickBooks Online ProAdvisors ('Core' or 'Advanced'). The recertification window opens May 1 with a June 30, 2024 deadline for exam completion.

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Webinar: Exploring the Anders Startup Funding and Outlook Survey Report: Where is the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem Headed?

Anders CPA

Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00 am CT Join advisors from the Startup and Entrepreneurial Services team to discuss findings from the inaugural Anders Startup Funding and Outlook Survey Report The St. Louis startup community is growing, putting the region on track to become another powerful startup hub for the country. To continue that trajectory, it’s essential to check in on the startup ecosystem to help determine if pain points have developed into larger obstacles that impede the region’s growth.

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Chris Passmore Named on Inside The Valley’s Most Trusted Advisors List

Withum

Withum is proud to announce that Chris has earned a spot on the Inside The Valley’s list for the second consecutive year. Chris is Partner-in-Charge of Withum’s Los Angeles office and has over 24 years of experience in the industry specializing in assurance and business consulting services to emerging and middle-market companies. As a prominent networker and influencer, Chris reaches a broad professional audience through his work as the Social Media CPA and as an active member of ProVisors and t

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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.