November, 2023

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Firms look at ways to attract young people to accounting

Accounting Today

Accounting firms need to pay more to bring young people into the profession, as starting salaries are still lagging compared to other fields, and they have to make other changes in how the job is structured.

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Why 2024 will be the year of generative AI for investment accounting

Accounting Today

While it initially garnered attention for its creative applications in content and image generation, the true potential of generative AI lies in its ability to unlock new ways of thinking in the business world.

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2023 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

RogerRossmeisl

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2023. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. Note: Certain tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines may be postponed for taxpayers who reside in or have businesses in federally declared disaster areas.

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IRS Releases Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction for 2024

CPA Practice

By Karin Price Mueller, nj.com (TNS) The IRS on Thursday released updated tax brackets and standard deductions for 2024. While the actual percentages of the tax brackets will remain the same until 2025 because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the income levels of each bracket change annually to adjust to inflation. These tax rates are for the 2024 tax year covering tax returns that will be filed in 2025.

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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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Understanding the Latest Accounting Standards Update 2023-01 Leases: Common Control Arrangements

Withum

The subject of accounting standards is of utmost importance in the business world. With the ever-evolving nature of the global economy, it becomes imperative to align accounting practices and regulations with the changing needs of organizations. To this end, the Accounting Standards Update 2023-01 Leases (Topic 842): Common Control Arrangements offers valuable insights and guidelines for entities involved in such transactions.

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Art of Accounting: Problems with accounts receivable besides collecting them

Accounting Today

Delaying a payment or not paying an invoice and letting amounts pile up are a way for a client to give voice to a problem with your services without causing an immediate confrontation.

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Deloitte Auditors Got Caught Changing Their Computer Clocks to Backdate Workpapers

Going Concern

This is not the kind of behavior we expect from our friends in the north! CPA Ontario announced yesterday Deloitte will be paying $1.59 million ($1.15 million USD) in fines and costs for breaches of the CPA Ontario Code of Professional Conduct (Rule 501 and 502). 501 covers a firm’s maintenance of policies and procedures for compliance with professional standards and 502 a firm’s maintenance of policies and procedures: competence and conduct of firm members.

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Plan Now for Year-End Gifts with the Gift Tax Annual Exclusion

RogerRossmeisl

The holidays are just around the corner. Many people may want to make gifts of cash or stock to their loved ones. By properly using the annual exclusion, gifts to family members and loved ones can reduce the size of your taxable estate, within generous limits, without triggering any estate or gift tax. The exclusion amount for 2023 is $17,000. The exclusion covers gifts you make to each recipient each year.

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2024 ProAdvisor Awards Process Begins Today

Insightful Accountant

What does it take to be in the next Top 100. it takes You participating. The 2024 ProAdvisor Awards process begins today. ProAdvisors may nominate themselves or be nominated by another ProAdvisor.

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Preparing for the 1099 Filing Season: Are You Ready? 

Withum

1099 filing season is approaching, and now is the time to review your vendor information to ensure everything is in order come January. Let’s break down what you need to know ahead of time. First, you want to familiarize yourself with the standard 1099 forms that most companies must file. 1099 NEC (Non-employee Compensation) reports payments of at least $600 or more in the calendar year to non-employees for services rendered. 1099 MISC (Miscellaneous) reports miscellaneous payments such as ren

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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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CFOs should embrace digital transformation or risk irrelevance

Accounting Today

In an ever-shifting global landscape full of economic uncertainties, the traditional role of chief financial officers is undergoing a seismic evolution.

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96% of Accountants Think Automation is Essential for Profession

CPA Practice

A new study on how accounting professionals feel about their profession, job satisfaction, and automation has found that, while they are overwhelmingly positive about the profession, there is a clear need for more automation. This is an opportunity for firms to provide better client and employee experiences and to gain a competitive advantage. These results were part of the study, “Automation: Putting Accountants on the Right Path,” which was commissioned by ShareFile , a business unit of Cloud

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Rumor: There Might Be a Big Merger in the Works For FORVIS

Going Concern

Fresh off the rumor mill via the tip box: Forvis, in its laughable quest for global domination (WE DONT WANT TO BE THE BIG 4), is going to announce another merger/acquisition this week, presumably to leapfrog GT and BDO in the Americas or establish significant footing overseas. FORV/S (ugh why’d I type that) currently sits at #8 on the IPA Top 100 with $1.7 billion in revenue.

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Individual Home Energy Tax Credits for 2023

RogerRossmeisl

Taxpayers who make home energy improvements in 2023 may be able to benefit from tax credits for a portion of the qualifying expenses. The credit amounts have been increased, and types of qualifying expenses were expanded, by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. This post is intended to assist taxpayers in comparing the tax credits available for making energy home improvements.

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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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Intuit's ProAdvisor Changes Offer Real Value for Accounting Professionals

IgniteSpot

Intuit's upcoming changes to the existing four-tier ProAdvisor program promise to deliver significant value for accounting professionals. While maintaining the Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Elite tiers, Intuit is overhauling each level's points system and benefits. These updates will provide advisors and their firms substantial advantages.

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IRS Revolutionizes Correspondence With Taxpayers Through New Online Document Upload Tool

Withum

In a move aimed at modernizing and streamlining the interaction between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and taxpayers, the IRS has recently announced the launch of its new Online Document Upload Tool. This tool represents a significant shift from the traditional method of correspondence, which primarily involved sending paper documents via regular mail.

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Cybersecurity for CPAs: Don't empower imposters

Accounting Today

By clicking on malicious links and then entering your login information, you risk letting cybercriminals pretend to be you and send out $250,000 worth of fake invoices.

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SSA: Social Security Overpayments Swell to $23 Billion

CPA Practice

By Joey Solitro, Kiplinger Consumer News Service (TNS) The Social Security Administration (SSA) released a report revealing its overpayment problem worsened in October, now standing at $23 billion. The newly released Agency Financial Report showed that the SSA made $11.1 billion in overpayments—accidentally paying beneficiaries too much—and $2.5 billion in underpayments to beneficiaries in fiscal year 2022, up from $6 billion in overpayments and $1.4 billion in underpayments in fiscal year 202

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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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Our Profession Really Has Abused Those at the Entry Level, Says Managing Partner to the Local News

Going Concern

KTVN in Reno has covered the CPA shortage and in order to do so because local news reporters rarely even think about accountants much less report on them, the news spoke to the incredibly candid Mark Bailey, managing partner and founder of Excelsis Accounting Group. In a sea of talent shortage articles quoting boomers who think 70-hour weeks build character, it’s refreshing to see someone speak so openly about the profession’s biggest issue. 2News : “I think that our profession

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Add some "Style" to Your QBO Inventory with Item Variability

Insightful Accountant

As Intuit incorporates more of the QuickBooks Commerce inventory related functionality into various QuickBooks Online SKUs, they are adding some "Style" to QBO Advanced Inventory.

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Automating your way to success: How automation can help relieve accounting staff shortages

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: Reflect on your current tax workflow Use automation to boost staff engagement and retention Unlock growth opportunities With staffing shortages of epic proportions, the accounting industry is facing a crossroads. In recent years, more tax professionals have exited the industry than entered it, which presents the potential for detrimental effects across the business and financial world.

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2024 Inflation Adjusted Estate and Gift Tax Amounts

Withum

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) releases a list of inflation adjustments annually. The IRS has recently published the inflation adjustments for the 2024 tax year. It is crucial to monitor these updates in order to determine how they can impact you and your family. Key Figures – Estate and Gift Taxes Below is a summary of key figures related to Estate and Gift Taxes. 2024 2023 Lifetime Estate and Gift Tax Exclusion $13,610,000 $12,920,000 Lifetime Generation-Skipping Transfer (GST) Ta

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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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The ERC nightmare

Accounting Today

Lots of businesses have claimed the Employee Retention Credit who don't actually qualify for it — and in many cases it's going to be up to their accountants to set them right, says Randy Crabtree.

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Online CPE Conference Dec. 6 and 7 Offers Up to 14 Hours of Free CPE Credits

CPA Practice

The sessions and CPE fields of study for Ensuring Success 2023 have been announced. Ensuring Success will be held December 6-7, 2023. Professionals can earn up to 14 hours of free CPE during this 2-day annual, virtual conference. Additionally, EAs can receive up to 3 hours of CE credit. Register now and mark your calendar for Ensuring Success, to ensure you meet your year-end CPE requirements.

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Layoff Watch ’23: EY Joins the Aussie Layoff Party, Now All Four Big 4 Firms Made Cuts This Year

Going Concern

A day after PwC Australia cut four percent of its workforce , EY Oceania made some cuts of its own. 232 people to be exact. That works out to more than two percent of its 10,700-person workforce. Reports AFR : The firm, which was the only big four giant to avoid cutting staff during the COVID-19 pandemic downturn, is also dealing with issues on two other fronts: the fallout of a scathing report into its culture , which found staff felt overworked, bullied and harassed and its own tax scandal inv

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FinCEN Set to Begin Enforcement January 1, 2024

Insightful Accountant

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, part of the U.S. Department of Treasury is set to begin Small Entity Compliance implementation and enforcement of provisions related to Beneficial Owners Reporting as of January 1, 2024.

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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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5 Critical Questions to Ask Your Accountant About Tax Planning BEFORE Tax Season

CTP

Do you feel that you pay too much in tax? You’re not alone. The General Accounting Office estimates that Americans over-pay their taxes by almost a billion (yes, that’s billion) dollars each year! That’s why tax planning is gaining in popularity. Why do so many pay more than they have to? Some obvious reasons are mistakes or oversights on their tax returns.

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The Essentials of Beneficial Ownership Reporting

Withum

Beginning January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act requires certain businesses to submit an online report to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the U.S. Treasury Department. The report will require affected businesses to provide personal information about their legal entities, beneficial owners, and company applicants.

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Audit committee disclosures increased over past decade

Accounting Today

Corporate audit committees have been providing investors with a greater number of disclosures about their activities and responsibilities over the past 10 years, but there's still room for improvement.

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Why Small Business Owners Should Sign Up for the New IRS Business Tax Account 

CPA Practice

By Melissa Angell, Inc. (TNS) The new business tax account from the IRS , unveiled in late October, is expected to expand next year with a slate of new features that should make tax time a little smoother for entrepreneurs. The new features will allow companies to check their tax payment history, make payments, view notices, and enjoy the benefits that an individual tax account offers.

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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.