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5 Situations CPAs Need to Watch for in Managing Their Clients' Sales & Use Tax Risk | TaxConnex

TaxConnex

In the world of accounting and tax, CPAs, accounting firms, and advisory firms play a vital role in helping individuals and businesses manage their finances and stay within the rules. But one tricky area that often causes headaches is sales and use tax. Whether you’re managing sales and use tax for your clients or not, you've most likely come across situations where your clients want to sell their businesses, secure outside capital, or ensure they’re not at risk from previous exposure.

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96% of Accountants Think Automation is Essential for Profession

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A new study on how accounting professionals feel about their profession, job satisfaction, and automation has found that, while they are overwhelmingly positive about the profession, there is a clear need for more automation. This is an opportunity for firms to provide better client and employee experiences and to gain a competitive advantage. These results were part of the study, “Automation: Putting Accountants on the Right Path,” which was commissioned by ShareFile , a business unit of Cloud

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The Guide to 2024 Tax Season-Individual Updates

Canopy Accounting

Identify and comprehend the latest updates and changes in tax laws for the upcoming 2024 tax year.

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Analysts Expect Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping to Surge

CPA Practice

An estimated 182 million people are planning to shop in-store and online from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. This figure is 15.7 million more people than last year and is the highest estimate since NRF began tracking this data in 2017.

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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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Navigating the AI Wave in Accounting | Part 2: The Cutting-Edge of AI in Accounting

Insightful Accountant

The digital transformation of the accounting world isn't just coming—it’s already here, and AI is leading the charge. In Part 2, we invite you, the tech-curious accountant, to roll up your sleeves and delve deeper into the AI toolkit.

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IRS Outlines Withdrawal Process for Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) Claims

RogerRossmeisl

As reported via IR-2023-193 on 10/19/2023 Special initiative aimed at helping businesses concerned about an ineligible claim amid aggressive marketing, scams As part of a larger effort to protect small businesses and organizations from scams, the Internal Revenue Service announced the details of a special withdrawal process to help those who filed an Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) claim and are concerned about its accuracy.

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Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Individuals to Maximize Savings and Minimize Tax Burdens? 

Anders CPA

As we near year-end, it’s important to be aware of the latest tax tips and guidelines to maximize your financial potential for 2024. Make sure you’re taking advantage of donations, cash gifts and more deductible activities to minimize your tax burden. When in doubt, consult with a trusted tax professional to determine whether certain deductible activities apply to your circumstances.

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Are your clients Ready, Interested or Doubtful about the value of your advice?

Mark Lee

One of the strangest things I hear about from accountants are how many clients they have who R eject, A void and S hun H elp. Do you have any like that? They still pay your fees but you’re not sure that you are doing your best for them. Years ago I only seemed to hear about clients who were a pain to deal with, slow to respond, overly fee conscious and/or rude and unpleasant.

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Maximizing Client Success: A Memorable Journey at the QuickBooks Connect

Insightful Accountant

Susan Pruskin shares her wonderful experience at QB Connect. Join her as she revisits her first ever Human Tunnel welcome, and amazing Main Stage Speakers.

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State Sales Tax Liability Continues to Evolve for US Startups

BurklandAssociates

As of 2023, all states have enacted economic nexus legislation. Every business must understand state requirements and evaluate the tax implications. The post State Sales Tax Liability Continues to Evolve for US Startups appeared first on Burkland.

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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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Master Class in Automotive Modular Assembly

RogerRossmeisl

As posted to the AutoLine Network YouTube Channel on 9/11/2023 (Run Time 10 min, 13 sec) AutoLine’s John McElroy interviews Caresoft’s Han Ly at the International Motor/Mobility Show in Munich. Caresoft, a company that specializes in vehicle teardowns and benchmarking, provides insights into how Tesla designs its cars for modular assembly, notably how it eliminates fasteners and complexity.

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Why Small Business Owners Should Sign Up for the New IRS Business Tax Account 

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By Melissa Angell, Inc. (TNS) The new business tax account from the IRS , unveiled in late October, is expected to expand next year with a slate of new features that should make tax time a little smoother for entrepreneurs. The new features will allow companies to check their tax payment history, make payments, view notices, and enjoy the benefits that an individual tax account offers.

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Friday Footnotes: KPMG UK Pay Freeze; PwC Canada Layoffs; EY Bailing on Office? | 11.24.23

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

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Add some "Style" to Your QBO Inventory with Item Variability

Insightful Accountant

As Intuit incorporates more of the QuickBooks Commerce inventory related functionality into various QuickBooks Online SKUs, they are adding some "Style" to QBO Advanced Inventory.

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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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11 Exceptions to the 10% Penalty Tax on Early IRA Withdrawals

RogerRossmeisl

If you’re facing a serious cash shortfall, one possible solution is to take an early withdrawal from your traditional IRA. That means one before you’ve reached age 59½. For this purpose, traditional IRAs include simplified employee pension (SEP-IRA) and SIMPLE-IRA accounts. Here’s what you need to know about the tax implications, including when the 10% early withdrawal penalty tax might apply.

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Does a Company’s 401(k) Match Entice You to Cash Out?

CPA Practice

By Liz Weston, CFP, NerdWallet (TNS) Many companies try to help their workers to save for retirement. Employers often offer 401(k)s, company matches and automatic enrollment to encourage saving. Much of that effort goes to waste, though, when employees leave. A study published last year in Marketing Science , a peer-reviewed research journal, found more than 40% of departing workers cashed out at least part of their 401(k)s, and most of those drained every dime.

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Here Are Some Things to Read If You’re Hiding Out From Your Family Today

Going Concern

Happy Thanksgiving! To our non-American readers, we’re on a lazy schedule this week so our content standards are even lower than usual. To our American readers, traffic patterns over the years consistently show that many of you come to the site on Thanksgiving and Christmas (fun fact: Christmas week is also when the newsletter gets some of the highest open rates of the year, yikes) which we’ve extrapolated means that you’re so miserable with your families you’d rather rea

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QuickBooks Ledger, the Next Simple, Great Thing

Insightful Accountant

Intuit has found a new way to incorporate more client data into the QuickBooks ecosystem even when the client doesn't subscribe to it. QuickBooks Ledger. It's a way to 'ledger' client data, validate it, and pass it on for tax preparation.

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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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A Cost Segregation Study May Cut Taxes and Boost Cash Flow

RogerRossmeisl

Is your business depreciating over 30 years the entire cost of constructing the building that houses your enterprise? If so, you should consider a cost segregation study. It may allow you to accelerate depreciation deductions on certain items, thereby reducing taxes and boosting cash flow. Depreciation basics Business buildings generally have a 39-year depreciation period (27.5 years for residential rental properties).

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Estate Planning: A Guide for Accountants

CPA Practice

Accountants play a huge role in estate planning—from knowing your client’s asset and property values inside out to helping them plan how to manage and distribute these assets in case of an unplanned death. More often than not, people with no estate plans leave behind a huge deal of mental stress on their loved ones on how to manage and distribute properties which often leads to disagreements, on top of the emotional distress caused by death.

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273 Accountants Are More Satisfied With Their Job Than You’d Think

Going Concern

It turns out accountants are more okay with their lot in life than anyone thought. Very okay. ShareFile has released a report called Automation: Putting Accounting on the Right Path with a surprising stat in it: But when it comes to doing their job, over 90% of accountants are satisfied with their current job (95%) and the company they work for (94%).

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Unlocking New Possibilities with QuickBooks Time: Enhanced Time Tracking Capabilities!

Insightful Accountant

Previously a standalone app, QuickBooks Time has undergone significant enhancements, merging seamlessly into QuickBooks Workforce and integrating time data into QuickBooks Online as part of the payroll functionality.

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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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Choosing a Business Entity: Which Way to Go?

RogerRossmeisl

If you’re planning to start a business or thinking about changing your business entity, you need to determine what will work best for you. Should you operate as a C corporation or a pass-through entity such as a sole-proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) or S corporation? There are many issues to consider. Currently, the corporate federal income tax is imposed at a flat 21% rate, while individual federal income tax rates currently begin at 10% and go up to 37%.

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Here’s How Posted Salary Ranges Have Impacted Hiring

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By Shalene Gupta, Fast Company (TNS) Legislators are increasingly requiring employers to disclose wages in their job postings. ZipRecruiter surveyed 2,000 hiring managers and recruiters in the United States and asked them how pay transparency impacted recruiting and hiring efforts. Here are some of the findings: Pay transparency is now standard: 72% of employers said they post salary information on all postings, 18% said they only disclose pay in states where it’s required, and 10% said they d

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IRS delays $600 1099-K threshold for another year

Accounting Today

The service will postpone the lower threshold, but will phase in a threshold of $5,000 for tax year 2024.

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QuickBooks Inventory, Sales and E-commerce Enhancements

Insightful Accountant

QuickBooks is enhancing their inventory, sales and E-commerce capabilities by incorporate components from QuickBooks Commerce which they acquired from Trade Gecko.

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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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What You Need to Know About Restricted Stock Awards

RogerRossmeisl

Restricted stock awards are a popular way for companies to offer equity-oriented executive compensation. Some businesses offer them instead of stock option awards. The reason: Options can lose most or all of their value if the price of the underlying stock takes a dive. But with restricted stock, if the stock price goes down, your company can issue you additional restricted shares to make up the difference.

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Exactly How Much Money Do Americans Need to Be Happy?

CPA Practice

By Shalene Gupta, Fast Company (TNS) As the saying goes, money can’t buy happiness, but millennials and Gen Z would beg to differ. Empower, a financial services company, surveyed over 2,000 Americans over the age of 18 to understand what financial happiness looks like. While money can’t buy everything, it manages to buy a lot of the things that make for a happy life.

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New rules proposed on credits for renewable energy property

Accounting Today

The Treasury and the IRS issued laid out possible regs to update the investment tax credit rules to encompass various forms of renewable energy.

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Reimagined ProAdvisor Program Goes Live Today

Insightful Accountant

Intuit has 'reimagined' the ProAdvisor Program after 26 years, the new (v1) of the program goes live today (11/20/23) with more changes to come in the furture.

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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.