January, 2024

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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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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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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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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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Dual Certifications Mean Big Bucks for Accountants

CPA Practice

Accountants in the U.S. who earned the CMA and CPA designations make more than $38,000 than their noncertified counterparts, according to the 2023 Global Salary Survey from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). According to data from IMA members surveyed in the U.S. and Canada, management accountants who are both CMAs and CPAs have a median base salary of $137,800 compared to $99,375 for accountants who hold neither certification.

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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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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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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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Recruit and Retain New Blue-Collar Talent

Blue-collar jobs have a branding problem. One company, GEON, partnered with Paycor to find the solution. Learn how to attract, engage, and retain blue-collar employees, helping them build meaningful careers – and support your company’s goals.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tuesday Morning Accounting News Brief: EY and PwC Get a New Scandal; Stop Trying to Make Sexy Accountants Happen | 1.16.24

Going Concern

Yo. It’s another week. Yay. In case you’re wondering why this is a Tuesday news brief and not a Monday one, it’s because we don’t work on MLK Day. Hope the same is true for you. Anyway, some news. Supposedly accounting is the hottest in-demand remote job : The most sought-after remote job companies are hiring for isn’t in tech, as you might expect.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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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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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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House passes bill expanding Child Tax Credit and business breaks

Accounting Today

The House passed tax extenders legislation reviving a number of tax breaks, including the enhanced Child Tax Credit, the ability to fully deduct research and development expenses in the first year, 100% bonus depreciation, disaster tax relief, and more.

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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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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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PwC Admits the Next PCAOB Inspection Report Won’t Be Great

Going Concern

In an audit quality report released last week [ PDF ], the once flawless PwC admits its next PCAOB inspection report will be twice as bad as the last one. That’s not so terrible though, PwC has proven in recent years they are superior to all other auditors when it comes to avoiding deficiencies from the PCAOB — in 2020, PwC had a record-low 1.9% deficiency rate with just one mistake found in 52 audits inspected.

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House Passes Bipartisan Tax Bill Without SALT Changes

CPA Practice

By Caitlin Reilly, CQ-Roll Call (via TNS). The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $79 billion family and business tax break bill on Wednesday night (Jan. 31), after several days of uncertainty, teeing it up for consideration in the Senate. The package negotiated by House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., easily mustered the two-thirds majority needed to pass, despite GOP drama earlier in the week and previous criticism from Democrats.

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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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Finding “The One:” The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Financial Software

Speaker: Nancy Wu, Head of Sales and Customer Success at SkyStem

As finance and accounting practitioners, you are expected to complete daily operations as well as to manage next generation tools and resources to support a business that is growing in complexity. Having the right software can be critical in juggling and meeting those high expectations. The path to the right software, however, is paved with challenging decisions.

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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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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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Watch Out when Changing from Average Cost to FIFO

Insightful Accountant

Some QuickBooks Users may think changing from Average Cost to FIFO is as simple as selecting a preference or migrating to a different product version. not true, you could be in store for 'BIG Differences' in your financials.

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Grab the Barf Bag, Leadership Is Talking About ‘Purpose’ Again

Going Concern

With all the AI buzz dominating headlines these days , we almost forgot how much firms enjoy talking about purpose. Allegedly this is something very important to millennials, or it was when we started entering the workforce 20+ years ago but now that we’re old and codgery it’s been pinned on Gen Z. Gen Z doesn’t work for money, they work for purpose.

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2024 Payroll Calendar Templates

These calendars provide pay period dates and paydays for biweekly, semi-monthly, and monthly payroll in 2024. Use them as a reminder or share with employees so they can celebrate payday.