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You Shouldn’t Fear an IRS Audit if You Do Your Homework

CPA Practice

By Matthew Chancey, CFP, Kiplinger Consumer News Service (TNS) Audit. The word strikes fear in many people. They dread the scrutiny, penalties and other unfortunate outcomes when the IRS questions the accuracy or the veracity of their tax return. The IRS recently announced its plans to significantly ramp up tax audits on the wealthiest taxpayers, large corporations and large, complex partnerships for tax year 2026.

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How accountants and bookkeepers can improve productivity through apps

Xero

What’s your practice doing to keep up with apps and AI? As the business landscape evolves, the accounting industry must adapt to remain competitive and meet the changing needs of clients. We recognise that one key area of focus is the integration of app stacks and artificial intelligence (AI) into accounting practices so as to support future productivity and growth.

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5 IRS developments to watch

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service has announced several new policy updates now that tax season has ended.

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Accounting Firm Leaders Discuss Challenges/Benefits of a Remote Workforce

ThomsonReuters

Employers and payroll professionals face a complex web of challenges while managing remote and hybrid work arrangements, particularly concerning state income tax withholding and compliance with varying state labor laws. However, implementing clear policies, fostering effective communication, and leveraging technology can help organizations navigate the ever-evolving landscape of remote and hybrid work.

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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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Assign Custom Roles to QBO-Accountant Team Members for Clients' Books

Insightful Accountant

A new feature rolling out this month allows firms using QBO-Accountant to manage their team member's access to their client's books.

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Client Concentration: How High Is Too High? (And What to Do If It Is.)

Summit CPA

What is the ideal client concentration? How high is too high of a concentration? What do you do if your concentration is too high? Find out in this post.

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How To Win The Talent War

Canopy Accounting

The accounting talent shortage is impacting many firms, but that doesn’t mean it has to affect yours. Learn the simple system to go from, “Where can I find talent” to top talent asking you “How can I work for you?

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10 Tips for Timely and Accurate External Financial Reporting

Cherry Bekaert

Contributor: Mollie Carroll Financial reporting is an essential process for companies of all sizes, whether you’re a Large-Accelerated Filer or an Emerging Growth Company (EGC). External financial reporting helps investors and leaders within the company make educated decisions that are supported by financial data and business operations. Financial reporting also has compliance aspects across industry regulations and accounting frameworks.

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Accountant Approved Apps Disappointing

Insightful Accountant

Intuit recently launched something they are calling Accountant Approved Apps; I must say that I was somewhat disappointed by these 'groupings.

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Cookies, clicks and Wayfair: Why economic nexus started

TaxConnex

It seems like yesterday when only physical nexus ignited a company’s sales tax obligations in a state. Six years ago this month, that changed with one court decision. These days selling a certain amount remotely into a state or other tax jurisdiction (one that has a sales tax, anyway) means your company must collect and remit sales tax – a complication of doing business that’s probably going to only get more complicated in the years ahead.

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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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Estimating Your Startup’s Total Addressable Market (TAM)

BurklandAssociates

A clear grasp of TAM can be the difference between securing essential funding and falling short. The post Estimating Your Startup’s Total Addressable Market (TAM) appeared first on Burkland.

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IRS Audits: What to Do When You Receive an Audit Notice and How an Enrolled Agent Can Help

MyIRSRelief

Receiving an audit notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be a daunting experience for any taxpayer. However, understanding the audit process and knowing your rights and options can significantly ease the stress. This article will delve into the intricacies of IRS audits, outline the steps you should take upon receiving an audit notice, and explain how an Enrolled Agent (EA) can represent and assist you throughout the process.

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Federal Income Taxes Are Set To Skyrocket

Withum

S Corporation shareholders and partners in a partnership could see their effective federal income tax rate increase by 30% by the end of December 31, 2025, due to the expiration of certain tax laws. With the sunsetting of the 199A deduction and an increase in individual federal income tax rates scheduled to occur as of December 31, 2025, the effective tax rate for pass-through entity owners will jump from 30% to 39.6%.

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How to register for states’ sales tax

TaxConnex

Do you need a state sales tax permit? How about a sales tax license? How about a sales tax certificate of authority? Did you know they’re all the same thing? How do you spell “FEIN” anyway, and when do you need one to sell into a state? Collecting and remitting sales tax after you hit economic or physical nexus in a state comes with a lot of questions – and you usually answer no small number of questions to register for sales tax.

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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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A Crucial Window for Estate Planning: Preparing for 2026 Changes

CPA Practice

By Daniel F. Rahill, CPA/PFS, JD, LL.M., CGMA. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) brought about substantial changes to the tax landscape, significantly increasing the lifetime estate and gift tax exemption amounts ($13.61 million for individuals and $27.22 million for married couples). However, these exemption amounts are set to expire on Jan. 1, 2026, and—absent new legislation before then—will revert to approximately $7 million for individuals and $14 million for married couples, subject

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A midyear multistate payroll compliance checklist

Accounting Today

If you have clients with employees in more than one state, they must pay attention to the payroll-related rules and tax responsibilities in the states where those staff live and work.

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EY Promises to Increase Starting Salaries to Make Accounting More Attractive

Going Concern

At least they said “attractive” and not “sexy.” According to a press release they put out yesterday , EY plans to invest a billion dollars over three years on talent and technology “to revolutionize the experience of early career accounting professionals and improve the attractiveness of the profession.” Let’s see what exactly they think that looks like: This investment includes a significant increase in early career compensation, artificial intelligence

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2025 ProAdvisor Awards Prep: Traits of a Top ProAdvisor

Insightful Accountant

The 2025 ProAdvisor Awards process will launch earlier than ever, so I can think of nothing to help motivate and prepare you than Matt Fulton's article setting forth the "right stuff" to becoming the 'Best of the Best.

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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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Amazon, Ebay and Other Marketplaces Sue Georgia Over Law Affecting Online Sales

CPA Practice

Rosie Manins, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via TNS) The trade association for online marketplaces including Google, Amazon and eBay is trying to void a new Georgia law that extends requirements for collecting seller information, alleging it will hurt Georgia businesses. NetChoice filed a lawsuit Thursday against Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, claiming Georgia’s “Combating Organized Retail Crime Act” is unconstitutional and conflicts with a federal law that already requires online mark

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CTA opens door to new kinds of scams

Accounting Today

The Corporate Transparency Act, ostensibly meant to address scams and other crimes, has ironically opened the door to new kinds of scams directed at small-business owners.

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CFOs Don’t Really Care About Technical Skills When It Comes to Who’s Replacing Them

Going Concern

Deloitte’s CFO Signals Survey 2Q 2024 is out and we were going to focus on how CFOs aren’t feeling very risky at the moment — only a little more than a quarter of them feel now is a good time to take risks — but instead we’re going to talk about succession matters because that’s probably more relevant to readers of Going Concern who aspire to one day fill their shoes.

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IRC Section 1202: A Powerful Tool for Tax Savings and Attracting Investors

Cherry Bekaert

For fast-growing companies, becoming a C corporation for income tax purposes can offer significant tax savings for their shareholders. Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) is a powerful tool for attracting investors with funds to fuel a company’s growth. To qualify for these tax benefits, both the company and shareholder must meet specific requirements, and non-compliance can result in missed opportunities for savings.

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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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IRS Warns About Scams Targeting Seniors

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a renewed warning about the rising threat of impersonation scams, which often target older adults by pretending to be government officials, in an attempt to steal sensitive personal information and money. By posing as representatives from agencies such as the IRS, or other government agencies, these fraudsters use fear and deceit to exploit their victims.

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Execs say most companies won't last 10 years with current business model

Accounting Today

A new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey reveals executives think reinventing the business model is essential for companies' survival amid an increasingly risky business environment.

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We Think We Know Who’s About to Do a Big PE Deal

Going Concern

So FT ran this yesterday: ‘ Private equity groups poised to own one in three top US accounting firms ‘ and in it, they paraphrased people familiar with the matter as saying “ten of the 30 largest US accounting firms could soon be in private equity hands.” The article goes on to say: The acquisitions by financial buyers of those two top-10 firms by revenue opened the floodgates to other deals, the people said, positioning private equity to increase its influence over the U

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How Tipping Culture is Hurting the Restaurant Industry

Withum

Tips are a staple of the restaurant industry and are currently under scrutiny as there is a wave of frustration with customers that is resulting in less tipping or no tipping at all. This has a wide array of impact to restaurants, from the employees, in both the front and back of the house, all the way up to the owners and investors of the restaurant.

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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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AI, Automation and Outsourced Staffing Show Their Options on AICPA Engage Tradeshow Floor

CPA Practice

More than 5,000 tax, accounting and financial professionals participated in-person and virtually in AICPA Engage 2024, the largest annual educational, technology and networking event. Engage 2024 was held June 2-6, 2024, at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. On June 2, CPA Practice Advisor brought together more than two dozen of the profession’s most respected technology and professional influencers for the Accounting Thought Leader Think Tank, for discussions, demonstrations, and round-ta

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Trump tells CEOs he would cut corporate tax rate to 20%

Accounting Today

Donald Trump promised to lower the corporate tax rate to 20%, further reducing the income levy on the largest U.S. companies that he already slashed while president.

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Friday Footnotes: PwC Leader Called Out for Twitter Tantrums; Why Quiet Layoffs Are a Bad Idea; Remote Work Advice for Firms | 6.14.24

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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Tax Strategies for Real Estate Investing: Maximizing Income from Rental Properties

CTP

In a recent blog , we discussed the tax implications of converting a residence to a rental property. Once that rental property begins generating income, what else does a taxpayer need to consider for effective tax planning? First, real estate rentals classify as either long-term or short-term rentals. Long-term rentals typically qualify for traditional real estate tax deductions from mortgage interest, property taxes, insurance, and property management fees.

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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.