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Our 3 Top Accounting Trends for 2024

Shay CPA

2024 is already well underway, but we’re definitely still early enough into the year that it could go any direction. To help our team and clients prepare for what this year will bring, we’ve spent some time thinking about changes coming down the pipe. As we zoomed out and looked ahead, we identified three trends that will likely play a big role in the accounting industry — and financial best practices in general — through the rest of 2024.

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10 Best Practice Management Software — 2024

Canopy Accounting

With the technological transformation that's taking place in the business landscape, the importance of having the right practice management software has never been more critical for the accounting industry.

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Navigating tax season amid the accounting attrition crisis

Accounting Today

with tax season in full swing, accountants need to have a game plan to mitigate the potential impacts the shortage may cause.

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Eight Steps For Building Better Client Engagements

CPA Practice

By Davis Bell. Structuring client engagements is one of the most critical aspects of running your practice. A thorough engagement letter acts as a roadmap – outlining services, enabling your firm to standardize its service pricing, and setting client expectations in addition to establishing the cash flow and revenue cycle for your firm. If your experience to date tells you this is easier in theory than practice, this eight step plan for developing your firm’s pricing strategy and engagement stru

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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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Weekend Discussion: Private Equity is Good, Bad, or Ugly For the Accounting Profession?

Going Concern

The big story this week by a long shot was yesterday’s news that New Mountain Capital has taken a majority stake in Grant Thornton. When I say big I mean HUGE. Having written for this website for 15 years while observing the accounting profession from the sidelines and playfully making fun of Grant Thornton the entire time, I was not expecting that story to blow up the way it did.

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The worst of times: Issues in accounting in 2024

Accounting Today

Senior leaders from Accounting Today's Top 100 Firms and Regional Leaders share their biggest concerns for the year ahead.

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IRS needs to plan better for modernization funding

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service hasn't fully updated its plans to use the tens of billions of dollars in additional funds provided by the Inflation Reduction Act, according to a new report.

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HOA fees are pricey and prevalent — but tax planning can help some clients

Accounting Today

Financial advisors and tax experts say HOA fees are usually not deductible, unless the home is used for a business or as a rental property.

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Personalized Client Surveys Can Create Stronger Relationships

CPA Practice

With tax season nearly over, it’s a great opportunity to understand more about your client’s experience. A client satisfaction survey can help you do that. Personalized customer surveys are a powerful tool in garnering this essential information, enabling you to tailor your firm’s products, services, and communication effectively. Let’s delve into best practices for crafting these surveys, recommended software tools, suggested top questions to include, and a sample email to send to your clients

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Accounting’s 10 Most In-Demand Skills For 2024, According to Upwork

CPA Practice

Freelance talent platform Upwork has conducted a study that reveals which types of skills are most important to accounting firms and corporate accounting departments when adding new employees to their rosters this year. “For the workforce, it is absolutely essential to understand what skills are most in demand in order to stay ahead and generate value, both for organizations and themselves,” Upwork said in the study.

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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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Employee Retention Tax Credit Penalty Relief

RogerRossmeisl

We are finding that, all too often, taxpayers that make Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) claims by engaging a so-called “ERTC Mill” are never told of their responsibility to amend their applicable prior year federal income tax return(s), and are shocked to learn that they owe additional taxes, penalties and interest. In order to offset their wage expense for the amount of the credit claimed, taxpayers who file an amended Form 941-X to claim an ERTC refund must simultaneously file an amended

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Efficiency Metrics for Early-Stage SaaS Startups in Today’s Funding Environment

BurklandAssociates

Even at the earliest stages, startups need to ensure their business models drive an appropriate balance of revenue growth and profitability. The post Efficiency Metrics for Early-Stage SaaS Startups in Today’s Funding Environment appeared first on Burkland.

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Venmo, CashApp, and Zelle… OH MY! Why They Aren't Ideal Payment Solutions for Small Businesses

SMBAccountant

In today's digital age, the convenience of instant money transfers has become a staple in our daily lives, thanks to platforms like Venmo, Cash App, and Zelle. While these apps excel in peer-to-peer transactions, they may fall short when it comes to meeting the needs of small businesses seeking reliable payment solutions. Despite their widespread popularity, these platforms pose limitations and risks that can significantly impact business operations and financial security.

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Tech news: KPMG Digital Gateway adds gen AI capacities

Accounting Today

KPMG Digital Gateway adds gen AI capacities; Chime now offers in-app tax filing; Financial Cents new ReCats tackles uncategorized client transactions; and other accounting tech news

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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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The New Tax Court Limited Partnership Ruling: What to Know

CPA Practice

By Julie M. Bradlow. At the end of 2023, the U.S. Tax Court determined that the exception to net earnings from self-employment in Section 1402(a)(13) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, does not automatically apply to all limited partners in a state law limited partnership. While this sentence may be clear, the implications for accounting firms in knowing how to advise clients may be a bit blurry.

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To franchise or not to franchise: What should a business consider before taking the leap?

Xero

Dive into the world of franchising in this Q&A with Lime Licensing ’s CEO, Andy Cheetham, as he shares his expertise, insights, and advice for businesses looking to franchise. How can a business determine if its model is suitable for franchising? Franchising is all about replication. If your current business can create a clone of itself in another location then it’s likely that your clone could be a franchise, provided it can be profitable of course!

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Anders Ranks #74 on Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms List

Anders CPA

Anders is proud to be recognized as one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms for the fourth year in a row. After breaking into the Top 100 Firms in 2021, Anders has moved up the list to #74 for 2024. The firm is also recognized on the Regional Leaders list, ranking third on the list of firms headquartered in the Midwest. In 2023, Anders focused on organic growth with strategic efforts around advisory services, opening a second office location in Chesterfield, MO and hiring the firm’s first Chief

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SEC charges advisors over misleading AI claims

Accounting Today

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two separate investment advisors for severely overstating their use of AI and machine learning for financial advice.

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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 Says Processing of New ERC Claims Likely to Resume This Spring

CPA Practice

The IRS said on Friday that it will likely end its moratorium on processing new employee retention credit (ERC) claims later this spring. In a news release, the IRS said: A specific [ERC processing] resumption date hasn’t been determined but, at this point, the IRS anticipates it will be sometime in the late spring. This pause will help the IRS review the ERC inventory with strong, new measures of scrutiny in place.

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An Introduction to SOC 2 Reports

Cherry Bekaert

In the latest episode of Cherry Bekaert’s Risk & Accounting Advisory podcast series, Neal Beggan , is joined by Steven Ursillo and Dan Sembler , both partners in our Information Assurance & Cybersecurity practice. During this episode they discuss the many benefits of Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 reports, such as security insights, gaining customer trust and risk management, and how those benefits bring value to a company.

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Where is the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem Headed? Anders Startup Funding and Outlook Survey Report Reveals the Answers 

Anders CPA

St. Louis startups and their funding sources are an integral part of the city’s revitalization as they bring jobs and innovation to the region. As the startup scene struggles with post-COVID recovery, rising inflation, high interest rates and other compounding economic factors, the Anders Startup and Entrepreneurial Services team surveyed area founders and funding sources to weigh in on the impacts.

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PCAOB fines KPMG China partners $150K

Accounting Today

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board imposed a total of $150,000 in fines against three partners at KPMG's firm in mainland China for violating PCAOB standards and imposed sanctions on them.

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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.

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7 Signs an ERC Claim May be Incorrect

CPA Practice

Over the last several years, many unscrupulous tax credit promoters that marketed misleading information about the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). To counter those bad actors, the Internal Revenue Service is urging businesses to review seven suspicious signs of a bad claim and see if the agency’s special programs can help them avoid future compliance issues.

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Friday Footnotes: Bob Moritz Disappoints Us; ERC Window Slamming Shut; 2024 Sucks For Firms? | 3.22.24

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. Comments are closed on Friday Footnotes and the Monday Morning Accounting News Brief by default.

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Beyond Survival: Transforming the Busy Season with AI and Proactive Strategies

Insightful Accountant

Contributing Author Katie Thomas, CPA shows you how you can not only make it through "the busy season' by help future-proof your firm by adopting AI and proactive strategies.

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Lawmakers question Biden budget proposals as tax experts plan ahead

Accounting Today

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to discuss the Biden administration's recently unveiled budget and tax proposals, as tax experts try to predict what will happen after the election.

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How to Build the Ideal HR Team

HR doesn’t exist in a vacuum. This work impacts everyone: from the C-Suite to your newest hire. It also drives results. Learn how to make it all happen in Paycor’s latest guide.

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Retail Industry is Largest Private Employer Segment in U.S.

CPA Practice

The retail industry supported 55 million full-time and part-time jobs in 2022, accounting for 26% of total U.S. employment, according to a new report released today by the National Retail Federation. The figures are up from 52 million jobs and 25% of total U.S. employment in 2018. Conducted by PwC, The Economic Contribution of the U.S. Retail Industry examines the direct, indirect and induced contribution of the retail industry to the U.S. economy.

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Guess the AI Told Deloitte to Restructure Its Entire Business

Going Concern

As reported first by Financial Times earlier this week, Deloitte is undertaking an ambitious change-up in its global operations that’s expected to take a year. The restructuring will see Deloitte trim its five main service lines down to four. The change was “a fairly divisive topic internally” according to one former partner who spoke to FT.

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Withum Partners Named to ROI-NJ’s Women in Business List

Withum

Withum is proud to share that three team members have been named on ROI-NJ’s Influencers: Women in Business List. Carleen Gaskin , Jessica Hollobaugh and Nicole Lyons of the Forensic and Valuation Services Team were all named by the New Jersey business publication on their annual Influencers list. The Women in Business Category celebrates female business leaders across industries who excel in their roles and serve as leaders and mentors for the next generation.

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Deloitte revamps structure to cut costs in tough market

Accounting Today

Deloitte is looking to overhaul its structure as the professional services firm looks to cut costs ahead of a market slowdown, according to the Financial Times.

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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.