January, 2024

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Choosing the Right Accounting Software

SMBAccountant

Beyond the mere transition in dates, New Year's marks a universal opportunity for change. It can serve as a catalyst for reflection, inspiring individuals to set resolutions, for themselves and their businesses. The beginning of a new year also means a fresh start for your Income Statement; which is why now is the perfect time to review your accounting software needs.

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3 Strategies to Help CPA Firms Retain In-Demand Talent

CPA Practice

If employee retention isn’t already a priority focus for your CPA firm, you may want to make it one — and soon. Research from Robert Half found that 27% of finance and accounting professionals in the United States are either looking for a job right now or planning to do so in the next six months. That may not sound like a significant percentage. But could you afford to lose more than one-quarter of the best players on your team, especially during tax season?

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IRS and tax pros gird for filing season amid congressional uncertainty

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service and tax professionals are preparing for the start of tax season Monday, hoping for a smooth filing season like last year, although last-minute tax law changes are possible thanks to a deal working its way through Congress to revive tax breaks like a more generous Child Tax Credit.

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How to Implement New Technology in Your Firm

Insightful Accountant

Adopting new technology and implementing it into their firm is something that I see many accountants struggle with. If your systems “work,” it’s easy to fall behind on technology and overlook the potential that new solutions offer.

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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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What Is Deferred Revenue: Accounting Principles and Tax Treatment

inDinero Accounting

Terms like “deferred revenue” can confuse non-accountants, but the concept is easy enough. Deferred revenue refers to when customers pay upfront for products or services they will receive later while your accountant recognizes that income over time rather than all at once. In this article, we’ll explain the GAAP-compliant method of reporting deferred revenue, provide bookkeeping examples, and explain how the practice will impact your taxes.

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Everything accountants need to know about PEOs

Accounting Today

Managing employees can be a major roadblock for growing businesses, but PEOs can help, and ADP's Kristen Appleman explains how they work and when they might be a good fit.

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F in the Chat For All the Clients Losing Their CPAs to Higher Fees This Year

Going Concern

An incredible phenomenon is underway, one that many tax pros have been begging their compadres to get on board with for years: CPAs are increasing their fees. In some cases so high that clients are pushing back, going their own way (rather, threatening to…they’ll be back), or shopping around for someone new. Surely they won’t have any problem finding someone who will do it cheaper!

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IRS Starts Accepting Returns and Extends Hours at Tax Assistance Centers

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service opened the 2024 tax season on January 29, 2024, accepting and processing federal individual tax returns, and announcing that it expects more than 146 million individual tax returns for 2023 to be filed this filing season. The final regular day of the 2024 tax season is April 15, 2024, although almost all tax filers can receive an automatic six-month extension if they apply for one. 2024 Tax Refund Calendar: How to Estimate When You May Receive Your Refund With the st

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IRS Provides Relief Surrounding the Energy Credit Online Portal

Withum

Many questions have surfaced amongst auto dealerships regarding seller and transfer reports and how to properly report them on the IRS Energy Credit Online Portal. While the roll-out of the portal has been bumpy, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is working through the problem areas as they are presented. The updated IRS guidance regarding these items as of January 8, 2024, is highlighted below.

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2024 Game Plan: A bold approach to break the mold and redefine success!

Insightful Accountant

Your golden ticket to transformation. It's not flipping the calendar, but writing the story of 2024. Get ready for innovation, growth, and endless opportunities in the evolving landscape.

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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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IRS adds crypto question to more tax forms

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service has revised the question it has asked in recent years about income from digital assets such as cryptocurrency on the Form 1040 for individual taxpayers this tax season and added it for the first time to tax forms for estates, trusts, partnerships and C and S corporations.

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Anders Unveils 2024 Charity of Choice: Memory Care Home Solutions 

Anders CPA

Anders employees nominate the not-for-profit organizations they’re involved with and passionate about every year to be considered for the firm’s Charity of Choice. The votes have been tallied and we’re excited to announce the 2024 Anders Charity of Choice is Memory Care Home Solutions! The Charity of Choice program, now in its 19 th year, supports the nominated organization with a combination of volunteer efforts and fundraising events.

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There Are Only Two Firms in Wyoming That Can Do Government Audits and One Can’t Do Its Job Because of Staff Shortages

Going Concern

Hey remember the Bloomberg story last March about how staff shortages at audit firms were causing municipal credit ratings to tank ? Refresher: Municipalities across the US are at risk of having their credit ratings downgraded or withdrawn by S&P Global Ratings because staffing shortages have delayed financial disclosure documents. S&P has placed 149 long-term, underlying and program ratings on a negative credit watch this year because the ratings company hasn’t received 2021 financial s

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Tax Season to Start January 29, 2024

CPA Practice

The IRS has announced that it will start accepting and processing tax returns on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. The agency expects more than 128.7 million individual tax returns to be filed by the April 15, 2024, tax deadline. Related: Chart shows estimated refund date timelines. Although the IRS will not officially begin accepting and processing tax returns until Jan. 29, people do not need to wait until then to work on their taxes if they’re using software companies or tax professionals.

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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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Research & Development Tax Credits for the Food & Beverage Industry

Withum

The R&D Tax Credit is a tax incentive that can be applied as a dollar-for-dollar offset against a company’s tax liability if they engage in activities related to the design and development of a product, process, formula, invention, software, or technique within the United States. Additionally, start-up businesses with less than $5 million in gross receipts in the current taxable year and no gross receipts prior to the fifth previous taxable year (e.g., for 2023, the company must not have gro

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Acumatica Will Return to Las Vegas for 2025

Insightful Accountant

During the 2nd-day of their 2024 Summit, Acumatica announced the event’s date and location for 2025. They also premiere new features and functionalities that will be implemented with their 2024R1 and R2 updates.

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IRS expands enforcement efforts and tech improvements

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service reported progress Friday on its efforts to increase its audits of large corporations, complex partnerships and high-income individuals, collecting over half a billion dollars from millionaires who didn't pay their taxes.

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Transfer Minority Business Interests to Take Advantage of the Expanded Lifetime Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions Before 2026

Anders CPA

The looming sunset of the expanded lifetime estate and gift tax exemption will arrive on January 1, 2026. If you are anticipating a transition of ownership of your business to your heirs in the years ahead, now may be the best time in a generation to take advantage of the increased thresholds before they expire. Gifting minority interests in the business over the next two years can help you maximize the potential tax benefit of the increased gifting thresholds.

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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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Accounting Ranks First In Something Good For Once

Going Concern

It’s possible this is just clickbait and thinly veiled advertising for remote recruiters (*sweats nervously*) but according to CNBC Make It , “accountant” is “the number one in-demand remote job companies are hiring for.” Adds their headline, “it can pay over $100,000 a year.” Insert sitcom laugh track here.

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Five Tax Breaks Often Overlooked By Small Business Owners

CPA Practice

By David Faulkner, CFP, RICP, Kiplinger Consumer News Service (TNS) As a U.S. citizen and business owner, I really don’t have a problem with paying the taxes I owe. I understand the money the IRS collects (about $4.3 trillion, net , in federal taxes in 2022) goes toward everything from education, transportation and the country’s defense to Social Security, health care and veterans’ benefits.

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Tax Framework Released: Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024

Withum

We are excited to announce that Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a bipartisan tax framework that promotes Main Street businesses, while also providing more financial security to families in need. The agreement is between the two Chairs, but respective ranking members and leadership support is still needed to pass the bill.

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We’re retiring the classic version of Xero invoicing

Xero

We’ve had two versions of our invoicing feature for a while now — classic invoicing and new invoicing. The new version is built on the latest technology and features time-saving tools that make it easier to customise your invoices and simplify the way you get paid. Our teams have big plans to add even more value to the new version of invoicing in the future, including features that we know are important to you.

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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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IRS offers guidance on tax credits for EV charging stations

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury released information on tax incentives for installing electric vehicle charging stations and where they can be located.

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Anders Raises Nearly $400,000 for Charitable Organizations in Latest Community Impact Report 

Anders CPA

As one of the Anders core values, Generosity is present at every level of the firm. Individually and collectively, we’re proud to give back to charitable organizations and foster an environment where people offer their time, skills and resources to improve our communities. To help showcase the efforts of our firm and employees, we’re proud to present our 8th annual Community Impact Report.

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Happy 100th Birthday to Plante Moran

Going Concern

Looks like our invitation to the big party got lost in the mail. On Saturday, January 20, Plante Moran celebrated 100 years in business, a milestone few organizations reach. Since its founding in 1924, the firm has grown from a sole accounting practitioner in a Detroit office to a billion-dollar audit, tax, consulting and wealth management firm with more than 3,800 professionals serving clients around the globe.

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IRS Redesigning Taxpayer Notices to Make Them Easier to Understand

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service says it is working on the Simple Notice Initiative, a sweeping effort to simplify and clarify about 170 million letters sent annually to taxpayers. Part of the larger transformation work taking place at the IRS with Inflation Reduction Act funding, the Simple Notice Initiative will build off redesigned notice efforts in place for the 2024 tax season and expand on a recent successful pilot involving identity theft letters.

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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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HLB International Named Best Cross-Border Collaboration for Tax Solutions Global 2023 by Capital Financial International

Withum

Withum’s global advisory and accounting network, HLB International, has been named the Best Cross-Border Collaboration for Tax Solutions Global 2023 by Capital Financial International (CFI). Pictured: Dave Springsteen, Withum Partner Emeritus, HLB Global Tax, Surabhi Bansal, Shannon Smith, Kimberlee SP Murphy, Partner, Withum International Services Practice Leader, Christian Jahndorf, Nick Farmer.

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ALERT: Top 100 Form Date Limits Turned Off

Insightful Accountant

An issue with Zoho has created a problem with the built in date limits in the Top 100 Forms. If you had a problem with “form closed’, please try again, as we’ve temporarily turned off date limits.

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States cut taxes in 2024

Accounting Today

Fifteen states are reducing either individual or corporate income taxes this year, with some states trimming both individual and corporate taxes, among 34 states starting the year with significant tax changes.

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Nancy McClelland on Balancing Passion, Work, and Maintaining the Human Touch in AI

Canopy Accounting

Nancy McClelland, CPA & Owner of The Dancing Accountant discusses how she balances her love for dance, her passion for her profession, and her commitment to creating a caring and supportive workplace. It explores the opportunities and challenges presented by AI in accounting, showcasing Nancy's enthusiasm for embracing technology while also prioritizing the human element.

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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.