December, 2023

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How Accounting Firms Should (and Should Not) Use ChatGPT

CPA Practice

By Christopher Stark, Founder & CEO, Cetrom. ChatGPT ushered in a new era of automation in accounting (link goes to YouTube), for better or worse. While technology has made many content-based tasks much easier, questions remain about its accuracy and security. This machine learning-powered chatbot with the GPT-3 engine at its core has captivated people’s attention with its rapidly evolving ability to interpret questions and commands to produce generally coherent natural-language responses.

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Here’s How Many People Were Laid Off From the Big Accounting Firms This Year (That We Know Of)

Going Concern

Today is December 27, assuming there is no accounting firm in the entire country shitty enough to lay people off just days before the end of the year (a generous assumption), we should be able to tally up how many people were shown the door in 2023. These are U.S. numbers for Big 4 and mid-tier firms only, if we missed some get in touch. Also, these layoff numbers include only layoffs that were A) confirmed and B) counted by the firm as layoffs, meaning this year’s aggressive PIP usage and

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IRS Rejects More Than 20,000 ERC Claims

Withum

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is continuing its crack down on dubious claims for the employee retention credit (ERC), a refundable tax credit for certain businesses that paid employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 6, 2023, the IRS issued a press release announcing that it would be sending more than 20,000 letters to taxpayers notifying them of disallowed ERC claims, either because their entities did not exist during the ERC eligibility period or because they did not have employ

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Embracing AI: 7 Keys for a Modern Accounting Firm

CPA Practice

In an era where AI, particularly generative AI, is reshaping industries, small accounting firms stand at a crossroads. As we approach 2024, the integration of AI into accounting practices is not just an opportunity for an advantage, but a necessity. This guide aims to demystify AI for small accounting firms, providing actionable insights into adopting this transformative technology to enhance efficiency, accuracy and value in your services.

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5 Steps to Shield Your Business: The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Payment Fraud

As scams grow more sophisticated, it's crucial to stay proactive in defending against these threats. This guide equips CFOs, accountants, and business leaders with five essential steps—from fundamental safeguards to advanced security measures to strengthen your financial defenses. From enhancing data security to implementing fraud detection tools and safeguarding financial transactions, this guide provides expert advice that could save your company millions.

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There May Still Be Time to Reduce your Small Business 2023 Tax Bill

RogerRossmeisl

In the midst of holiday parties and shopping for gifts, don’t forget to consider steps to cut the 2023 tax liability for your business. You still have time to take advantage of a few opportunities. Time deductions and income If your business operates on a cash basis, you can significantly affect your amount of taxable income by accelerating your deductions into 2023 and deferring income into 2024 (assuming you expect to be taxed at the same or a lower rate next year).

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7 in 10 Accountants Say AI Benefits the Profession, Survey Finds

CPA Practice

A new study by top 15 accounting firm Moss Adams revealed that 69% of accountants believe artificial intelligence will enhance rather than eliminate jobs and has a positive impact on the accounting profession as a whole, driving productivity and business growth. “AI is here, and accountants are actively embracing the technology,” Bill Armstrong, chief innovation officer at Moss Adams, said in a statement.

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IRS plans foreign tax credit rules

Accounting Today

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service expect to issue proposed regulations to address the application of the foreign tax credit and related rules and the dual consolidated loss rules to certain types of taxes described in the GloBE Model Rules.

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4 Ways Finance and Accounting Pros Can Adapt Now to Working With Generative AI

CPA Practice

Accounting and finance professionals are always on the lookout for tools that can help them become more efficient, productive and accurate in their work. And for well over a third (38%) of workers in the profession recently surveyed by Robert Half, generative AI is one technology that they expect will make a positive impact on their careers. That includes creating more demand for their skills.

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Microsoft Excel vs. Power BI: Time to Make the Switch?

Acterys

From startups to multinationals, Microsoft Excel is at the core of countless organization’s reporting and financial planning and analysis (FP&A). IDC reveals that 64% of businesses still lean on spreadsheets for their financial operations. Excel’s appeal lies in its simplicity and cost-effectiveness, but it’s not without limitations.

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This Is Not a Drill: EY Is Laying Off Partners Now

Going Concern

Mere hours ago, Wall Street Journal reported that EY is laying off “dozens of partners across all U.S. business” and not only in lower-demand service lines. As with most of the cuts we’ve seen this year, consulting is most affected with their partner ranks being trimmed by ten percent, four percent in strategy and transactions. Says WSJ , there will be cuts in audit and tax as well though they didn’t share numbers.

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How to Navigate Revenue and Expense Management: Competitive Insights for Financial Success

Speaker: Hilary Akhaabi, PhD - Founder, Chief Financial & Operations Officer at Go Africa Global

In the fast-paced world of corporate finance, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for sustainable growth and profitability. This exclusive webinar with leading expert Hilary Akhaabi, PhD, will teach you practical ways to navigate complex financial landscapes and enhance your company's revenue management capabilities. Whether you're aiming to refine your financial strategies or seeking innovative solutions to drive performance, this new session is for you!

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IRS Releases Long-Awaited ERC Voluntary Settlement Program

Withum

On December 21, 2023, the IRS released details about its second settlement initiative relating to the employee retention credit (ERC). See IR-2023-247 , Announcement 2024-3 , general information , and FAQs. The IRS previously released a withdrawal option on October 19, 2023, for taxpayers who either did not receive their ERC checks or did not cash them.

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Tax Breaks for Businesses: Discovering the Benefits of the IC-DISC

CTP

If you are working with a company that sells goods made in the U.S. in foreign markets, you may want to introduce this lucrative tax incentive: the interest charge domestic international sales corporation, more commonly known as the “IC-DISC.” Geared specifically toward American exporters, this incentive helps companies become more globally competitive by lowering their U.S. taxes.

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IRS restructures leadership

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service has reorganized its leadership structure at the top, with a single deputy IRS commissioner instead of two, and four chief executives to lead taxpayer service, compliance, information technology and operations.

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IRS: Collection Notices Are Coming Back in 2024

CPA Practice

The IRS has hit the restart button on sending out automated collection notices, ending a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said on Tuesday. Because automated collection notices were paused during that two-year span, the IRS also said today it will be providing about $1 billion in penalty relief to approximately 4.7 million individuals, businesses, and tax-exempt organizations that weren’t sent collection reminders about their overdue taxes during the pandemic.

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3 Must-Have Reports to Help Financial and Accounting Firms Become More Profitable

Bizinta highlights three crucial reports for financial and accounting consultancies to enhance profitability: Utilization Reporting maximizes billable hours Profitability by Consultant identifies top performers Contribution by Client prioritizes high-value clients These reports provide accurate insights, replacing guesswork with data-driven decisions.

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QuickBooks Revises 1099 Process for 2023 Filings

Insightful Accountant

Preparing, filing, and correcting 1099s is now easier than ever in QuickBooks Online. New workflow, reporting, free e-file of corrections and E-file payment flexibility and will be available for the 2023 filing period.

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We’re Not Buying This ‘Deloitte Using AI to Avoid Layoffs’ Story

Going Concern

You may have seen headlines over the past week about Deloitte “looking to AI to help avoid mass layoffs in the future” as first reported by Bloomberg and picked up by multiple outlets (including us putting a link to it in Monday morning’s news brief). It said: The giants of the consulting world face an unusual quandary this year: many of them are in the process of dismissing hundreds of staffers even after they hired thousands of college graduates to deal with new demand.

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Tax Court Weakens Self-Employment Tax Exception for Limited Partners

Withum

On November 28, 2023, the Tax Court ruled that the exception from self-employment tax for limited partners does not apply to limited partners who actively participate in the partnership’s business operations. The court engaged in a “functional inquiry into the roles and activities” of the limited partners. It concluded that their level of participation was inconsistent with an exception from self-employment tax.

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How to Calculate Cash Flow: A Comprehensive Guide

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In the bustling world of business, financial statement profits may grab the headlines, but it's cash flow that keeps the lights on. It's the lifeblood of a company, ensuring you have the resources to pay bills, invest in growth, and ultimately, stay afloat. Accrual accounting is important for many reasons when analyzing the performance of your business but your income statement profit is not the same as your cash flow.

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How To Streamline Finance Operations Through Automation

Speaker: Claire Grosjean

In today’s fast-paced business environment, finance professionals are under increasing pressure to optimize operations and drive strategic value. As a result, automation has become a core part of business strategy, offering unprecedented opportunities to streamline operations and drive efficiency. Join esteemed global finance and operations executive, Claire Grosjean, for a comprehensive guide on how to harness automation’s power through strategic collaboration with functional leaders.

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FASB issues cryptoasset standard

Accounting Today

The Financial Accounting Standards Board released its long-awaited accounting standards update to improve the accounting for and disclosure of certain cryptoassets.

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New York Considers New Taxes on Guns and Ammunition

CPA Practice

By Gail Cole. Firearms and ammunition are already subject to New York sales tax. If New York State Senate Bill 7733 is enacted, it will place an additional excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition in the Empire State. The rate would be 11% to match the federal firearms and ammunition excise tax as well as the new California tax on guns and ammo dealers.

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Renewable energy tax credits: Geothermal, solar, biomass, wind power, and more

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: How do renewable energy tax credits work? What renewable energy tax incentives does the IRS offer for individuals vs. businesses? Overview of clean energy credits by energy type Helping clients with renewable energy credits In recent years, the U.S. and other countries around the world have placed a growing emphasis on sustainability and green energy.

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CPA Exam Candidates Got F**ked Over One Last Time Before the Year Ends Because of Course They Did

Going Concern

I’m breaking my holiday vacation with this news: Attention all CPA Exam Candidates… pic.twitter.com/YwBD3uym2l — NASBA (@NASBA) December 27, 2023 Make sure you check out the comments. The funniest part is they posted this on Tuesday like everything was going to be normal: #CPAExam candidates! Waiting for your score(s)? They will be released tonight at 7 p.m.

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How to Elevate Your CPA Services and Grow Your Business

As a CPA, your expertise is invaluable to your clients. By partnering with Fincent, you can enhance your service offerings and streamline financial management for your clients. Our platform provides real-time financial reports, cash flow tracking, automated posting of banking transactions to reduce errors, and powerful search capabilities. With Fincent, you can focus on high-value services while we handle the day-to-day bookkeeping tasks.

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Withum Wrap-Up: Giving Back in 2023

Withum

As the end of the year approaches, Withum is excited to share a round-up of the Firm’s giving efforts for 2023. From large, organized projects to hyper-localized volunteerism and individual philanthropy, it is safe to say that Withum team members from all over the world live the Withum Way every day and give back to their communities and causes close to their hearts at every opportunity.

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Murph hosts a ProAdvisor Meetup for January's QB Talks

Insightful Accountant

What better time of the year to find out what you are thinking.ProAdvisors are invited to January's "open microphone' edition of QB Talks to tell us what you think about the ProAdvisor Awards, the ProAdvisor Program and recent QB-Desktop news.

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IRS falls short when employees get arrested

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service needs to do a better job of keeping track of employees who are arrested by law enforcement and notifying their colleagues, according to a new report.

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As Businesses Shift Focus to Efficiency, Finance Teams Must Find Ways to Do More with Less in AP

CPA Practice

By Anik Jain. Continued economic uncertainty, geopolitical tensions, stubborn inflationary trends and high interest rates are impacting everything from supply chains and vendor relationships to the labor force and the workplace. As a result, finance leaders find their departments squarely in the spotlight—keeping a closer eye on their balance sheets, taking fewer risks, and focusing more on efficiency and value over growth.

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How to Avoid Getting Ghosted: Top 3 Secrets to Staying Relevant with Gen Z

Speaker: Brian Muse-McKenney, Chief Revenue Officer & Matt Simester, Cards and Payments Expert

In today’s world of social media, dating apps, and remote work, businesses risk becoming irrelevant or getting "ghosted" if they fail to meet the evolving needs of Gen Z consumers. In this new webinar, Brian Muse-McKenney of Episode Six and Matt Simester of Payments Consultancy Limited will reveal key considerations banks should factor into their efforts to develop target products for the next generation of bank customers.

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How AI can transform the way accountants work — for the better

ThomsonReuters

As technology has evolved, so too has the accounting profession. From paper-based processes to cloud-based software, accountants are no strangers to change. No previous advancement, however, has had the potential to alter accounting (and many other industries) quite like generative artificial intelligence. But for those who embrace AI, there is a strategic opportunity to capitalize on its many benefits while protecting and even uplifting the irreplaceable human connection.

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RIP BEC

Going Concern

Actually RIP the entire four-part CPA exam. Tomorrow, December 15, 2023, is the last day anyone will ever sit for BEC before it shuffles off into examination heaven and takes written communication with it. That’s right, no more written communication on the CPA exam. Wyoming and Idaho were the states with the latest application deadline for BEC — November 15 — while most others cut off re-exam NTSs on November 12 and first-time NTSs on October 1.

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Accounting Standards Update 2023-08: FASB’s New Crypto Accounting Guidance

Withum

On December 13, 2023, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) finalized Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2023-08 “Accounting for and Disclosure of Crypto Assets”. The amendments in the expedited ASU aim to improve the reporting of crypto assets by requiring entities to present crypto assets at fair value instead of the previously used cost-less-impairment model.

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January's QB Talks is our 2024 ProAdvisor Meetup

Insightful Accountant

Insightful Accountant will host a 'talkative' ProAdvisor Meetup for our first QB Talks of 2024. ProAdvisors are invited to this 'open mic' discussion of issues surrounding the ProAdvisor Awards, the ProAdvisor Program and QuickBooks Desktop 2024.

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Navigating the Automation Landscape: Selecting Tools That Fit Your Business

Speaker: Gary Dmitriev

Our upcoming webinar aims to demystify the process of selecting and implementing automation tools for financial institutes. This session will provide your roadmap for vetting potential solutions, focusing on due diligence, vendor assessments, and aligning technology with strategic goals. We’ll also address the critical issue of innovation fatigue, offering tips on maintaining enthusiasm and momentum for new initiatives.