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5 AI Strategies Accountants Can Use to Unlock More Freedom and Productivity

CPA Practice

By Shane Westra. Artificial Intelligence, or AI as it is regularly referred to…is undoubtedly the business buzzword of the year. This is for good reason because this technology continues to make many common business functions far more efficient than ever before, including new solutions that can help accounting firms advance their productivity and unlock more freedom for firm owners and employees.

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Tax partners matter more than firms when it comes to corporate taxes

Accounting Today

Accounting firms are less important than the partner leading the team in terms of the impact on the business's effective tax rate and the probability it will face an audit.

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Guy Who Works at a Firm Actually Named FML on Why Accounting Is a Great Career

Going Concern

So a guy named Brian Kelleher who works for the hilariously named FML CPAs has written an opinion piece for the Hartford Courant entitled “Opinion: Accounting is a fantastic career — despite common misconceptions.” Let me preface everything that is about to be said here with this: Accounting is a fantastic career and I sincerely believe that or I wouldn’t have spent the last 15 years painstakingly and often obnoxiously pointing out things that are wrong with it.

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Tax Court Case Shows IRS Effort to Revoke Passports for Tax Debt

CPA Practice

By Ken Berry, J.D. If you’re planning to take a trip out of the country, make sure that your tax obligations have been paid up. Otherwise, as shown in a new case, Belton, TC Memo 2023-13, 1/24/23 , the IRS might try to revoke your passport. Background : Under a little-noticed spending measure enacted in 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the IRS can deny, revoke or limit a passport if you have a seriously delinquent tax debt exceeding $50,000, barring a special excepti

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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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The Perils of Not Having Real-Time Data for Your Business

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For any business to thrive, it is essential to have accurate and up-to-date information about its operations. Real-time data plays a crucial role in a business's success regardless of its industry or size. However, businesses that use outdated technology and traditional data management techniques, such as manually inputting data into spreadsheets or relying on quarterly reports, miss out on valuable insights regarding their business operations.

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Navigating the Complexities of Sales Tax in the Ever-Changing Landscape of Online Selling (part 1)

TaxConnex

Online selling of products and services has always been in the vanguard of sales tax obligations. The situation has only gotten more complicated in the five years since the Supreme Court unleashed economic nexus with the Wayfair decision. Since, every state with a statewide sales tax (and countless localities, especially in places like California and Alaska ) has enacted economic nexus laws, meaning e-commerce vendors of products and, increasingly, services must collect and remit sales tax and f

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Effective September 1, You Can Sit For the CPA Exam in Texas With 120 Units

Going Concern

Another state has pushed to allow prospective CPAs to sit for the exam with just a bachelor’s degree worth of units and that’s good ol’ Texas. Effective September 1, future CPAs can sit for the exam with 120 units of education. Before anyone gets too excited, note candidates still need 150 units for licensure. Rules state the 120 units to sit must consist of no fewer than 24 semester hours of accounting, 21 of which must be upper-level accounting courses including two semester

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IRS Delays New Roth 401(k) Contributions Rule

CPA Practice

By Kelley R. Taylor, Kiplinger Consumer News Service (TNS) Recently, there’s been concern over planned changes to rules governing catch-up contributions for 401(k) plans. The changes, which initially weren’t going to be effective until 2024, will require catch-up contributions for higher-income earners to be made on a Roth basis. (Making catch-up contributions on an after-tax Roth basis means paying taxes on your retirement savings during the years when you usually earn more.

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Accounting firm owners band together to end late client payments

Accounting Today

Dozens of firms have signed onto an initiative to stop underselling the worth of accountants and collect payments on time from clients.

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How to Calculate Burn Rate at Your Startup

BurklandAssociates

Tracking your monthly burn rate helps ensure you don’t run out of cash runway while investing in your startup’s growth. The post How to Calculate Burn Rate at Your Startup appeared first on Burkland.

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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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Navigating the Complexities of Sales Tax in the Ever-Changing Landscape of Online Selling (part 2)

TaxConnex

Online selling of products and services triggers sales tax obligations today like never before – and has ever since the Supreme Court’s 2018 Wayfair decision unleashed economic nexus on e-commerce merchants nationwide. Since, every state with a statewide sales tax (and countless localities, especially in places like California and Alaska ) has enacted economic nexus laws, meaning e-commerce vendors of products and, increasingly, services must collect and remit sales tax and file sales tax return

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The insider’s guide to SuiteWorld.

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SuiteWorld has massive potential for new connections, growth, and learning. But, it’s also just HUGE. With some research, you don’t have to waste time trying to figure it all out once you arrive. A conference pass isn’t cheap, so you don’t want a lack of planning to keep you from getting the best experience possible. In a digital age, you can’t beat these opportunities to physically connect with relevant vendors and other professionals in your field.

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IRS requires business to start e-filing Form 8300 in 2024

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service is telling companies they will need to start electronically filing their forms reporting cash payments over $10,000, starting Jan. 1, 2024.

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In the News - September 1, 2023

Insightful Accountant

Murph wants to help you keep abreast of things happening around you—from news to vendor releases, conference tips and IRS updates. If he thinks you need to know, he's telling you.

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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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Facing Tax Problems: Your Path to Financial Freedom with Mike Habib, EA

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Life has a way of throwing us unexpected challenges, and for many individuals and businesses, tax problems are among the most daunting. The mere mention of “Tax Audits,” “Unpaid Back Taxes,” “Unfiled Tax Returns,” “941 Payroll Problems,” “Tax Levies,” and “Tax Liens” can send shivers down your spine.

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IRS Gives Tax Filing Delay to Hurricane Idalia Victims

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service today announced tax relief for individuals and businesses affected by Idalia in parts of Florida. These taxpayers now have until Feb. 15, 2024, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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IRS updates guidance on handling special state tax payments

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance Wednesday on how taxpayers should report the special tax payments, refunds and rebates they received from states in recent years as a form of relief during the pandemic.

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Talent Retakes the Top Spot as the Biggest Concern for CPA Decision Makers in AICPA Survey

Going Concern

Journal of Accountancy has written about the results of the Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey from AICPA & CIMA , a quarterly effort that takes the temperature of CPA decision-makers — mostly CFOs, CEOs, and controllers — to find out what they think about business and economic challenges inside and out of their organization. The headline: Inflation no longer the top challenge for CPA decision-makers, survey shows Whew, finally. 45 percent of respondents are optimistic about their

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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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Anders Named One of the Healthiest Employers in St. Louis

Anders CPA

Anders is ranked first in the medium-sized employer category for the 2023 Healthiest Employers of St. Louis by Healthiest Employers in partnership with Springbuck. Healthiest Employers is a trusted awards program that recognizes people-first organizations taking a more proactive approach to employee health. This is the first year Anders has been included on the list.

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IRS Issues Guidance on State Tax Payments

CPA Practice

The IRS has provided guidance on the federal tax status of refunds of state or local taxes and certain other payments made by state or local governments to individuals. The IRS previously provided guidance on state payments made in 2022: IRS issues guidance on state tax payments to help taxpayers. The guidance is being issued as part of the IRS’s efforts to provide additional certainty to states and their residents regarding the federal income tax consequences of state payments made to taxpayers

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IFAC highlights sustainability reporting to world finance leaders

Accounting Today

The International Federation of Accountants issued a call to action to the G20 finance leaders urging them to focus more on sustainability as a way to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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Top Remote Accounting Candidates of the Week: August 31

Going Concern

Are you struggling to hire remote accountants, auditors, or tax professionals right for your firm or internal team? Accountingfly is ready to partner with you! Gain full access to a pool of highly skilled and experienced remote accountants ready to join your team with Always-On Recruiting. We are sharing a sneak peek of a few top candidates available this week with Accountingfly.

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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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147 Cloud Accounting Software Apps: The Big List

Ryan Lazanis

If you want to see the best cloud accounting software apps all in one place, then you’ll LOVE this ultimate list. In it, I’ll be sharing 147 of the best cloud accounting software apps on the market. Each item in the list will contain a brief description and will focus on how you can level up your accounting automation. While the list of accounting software is in no particular order, it has been grouped according to categories based on their accounting features so you can find the best accounting

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CAS 101: Building a CAS Practice

CPA Practice

By Jane Willis. There is no time like the present for accounting firms that want to start providing client advisory services (CAS) offerings to clients: data from Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) and CPA.com’s 2022 CAS Benchmarking Survey shows that interest in CAS remains high, with a continued double-digit growth trend since the survey began in 2018.

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FASB approves income tax reporting standard

Accounting Today

The Financial Accounting Standards Board voted to require companies to tell the public more about the taxes they pay, starting as early as 2025.

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Friday Footnotes: PwC Partners Get Played; Bad Accounting on the Rise; Getting to the Bottom of the Shortage | 9.1.23

Going Concern

Footnotes is a collection of stories from around the accounting profession curated by actual humans and published every Friday at 5pm Eastern. While you’re here, subscribe to our newsletter to get the week’s top stories in your inbox every Tuesday and Friday. P.S. We’re off for Labor Day, hope you are too. The Monday Morning News Brief will be published Tuesday.

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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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IRS Provides Idalia Tax Relief

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On August 30, 2023, the IRS announced relief from certain tax filing and payment deadlines for individuals and businesses in parts of Florida that were affected by Hurricane Idalia. The relief, provided in IR-2023-159 and FL-2023-06 , extends to any county designated as a major disaster area by FEMA, and to counties added in the future. 46 of Florida’s 67 counties were mentioned in the News Release, but others have been added since then.

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The Value in Providing Specialized Accounting Services for Niche Markets

CPA Practice

By Adam Powell, CPA. As accounting continues to evolve from the traditional services to a model that favors value-added contributions, the number of companies offering targeted services for specific niche markets should continue to proliferate. Identified as one of the key industry trends of late, firms that offer specialized accounting services (SAS), combining analytics, business intelligence, and technology-based solutions, are primed for success.

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Whitman invests in Tax Titans

Accounting Today

Whitman Transition Advisors, an advisory organization for accounting firms, made a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount in Tax Titans, a veteran-owned company that operates an online marketplace connecting small businesses and qualified tax professionals.

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The Year of Efficiency Part 3: Empowering Your Employees

Cherry Bekaert

Technology products and software that are hyper-focused on creating efficiencies within an organization can save time and money, and even help scale a business. But as a technology leader, have you taken a step beyond that to explore what it can mean for the empowerment of your employees? Join Cherry Bekaert’s Client Accounting Services Leader, Dixie McCurley , as she discusses the importance of breaking down silos within an organization and creating a culture of true collaboration with our gue

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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.