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Bigger than Accounting: How Accountants Can Guide Clients to Financial Success this Holiday Season

Insightful Accountant

For most people, this time of year is synonymous with joy, festivities, and of course, holiday shopping. However, for business owners and individuals alike, it can also be a season of financial stress and anxiety.

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Don’t Let Your Industry Be Your Fraud Risk

RogerRossmeisl

Occupational fraud risk isn’t necessarily shared evenly by all business sectors. Certain industries — for example, construction, real estate, manufacturing and transportation — are usually more vulnerable to employee theft, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Other industries may not have greater fraud exposure but face specific threats.

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IRS adjusts tax items for inflation in 2024

Accounting Today

The service announced its annual inflation adjustments, including increases in the standard deduction and changes in tax brackets.

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The Benefits of Combining FP&A and Power BI

Acterys

Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) teams are critical for a business’ strategic foresight and its ability to navigate evolving market conditions. These teams are essential in parsing business performance data and crafting informed strategies. However, outdated systems and manual workflows can hinder their effectiveness, leading to issues with data access, accuracy and responsiveness.

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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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Firms look at ways to attract young people to accounting

Accounting Today

Accounting firms need to pay more to bring young people into the profession, as starting salaries are still lagging compared to other fields, and they have to make other changes in how the job is structured.

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List of the Day: The Accounting Firms on the 2024 Vault 100 Best Internships List

Going Concern

Another day, another list, another instance of us typing “another day, another list.” The list-making powerhouse that is Vault released their 2024 100 Best Internships ranking and while it isn’t a surprise to see it packed with accounting firms, it is surprising that one of them topped said list. With a score of 9.597, PKF O’Connor Davies Internship Program outranks all 99 other players as the best of the best for interns and jumped from the 70th spot in 2023 to first pla

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Cybersecurity for CPAs: Don't empower imposters

Accounting Today

By clicking on malicious links and then entering your login information, you risk letting cybercriminals pretend to be you and send out $250,000 worth of fake invoices.

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Financial Management

GrowthForceBlog

5 min read Cautionary tales of robot takeovers and the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) fill the world of science fiction. While all new technologies should be regarded and adopted with caution and prudence, artificial intelligence stands to revolutionize the financial management industry (along with several other industries and aspects of our lives).

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Bring Home Your End-Of-Year Planning With Power BI

Acterys

The end of the year is often thought of as a time for celebration. But for finance teams, it’s also one of the busiest times of the year, and inefficient planning processes can lead to high levels of stress. Reviewing a business’s performance and financial situation, setting goals and developing a strategic plan requires a comprehensive view of business data.

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Plan Now for Year-End Gifts with the Gift Tax Annual Exclusion

RogerRossmeisl

The holidays are just around the corner. Many people may want to make gifts of cash or stock to their loved ones. By properly using the annual exclusion, gifts to family members and loved ones can reduce the size of your taxable estate, within generous limits, without triggering any estate or gift tax. The exclusion amount for 2023 is $17,000. The exclusion covers gifts you make to each recipient each year.

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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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A Strategic Timeline for Implementing a Sales Tax Strategy and Process - Part 1 | TaxConnex

TaxConnex

Exactly how long will it take you to set up a process to evaluate and comply with your sales tax obligations? Depends on your business and where you are in your sales tax journey. It could take as little as a month or so or up to six months (or more). Here’s the first part of a general overview of your prospective timeline for creating a sales tax process for your company – and we stress that the only certainty beforehand is that you should start sooner rather than later.

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Annual Financial Planning for Startups: Part-Three, Executing on Your Plan

BurklandAssociates

The final installment of a three-part series focused on helping growing startups budget and plan for success in the new year. The post Annual Financial Planning for Startups: Part-Three, Executing on Your Plan appeared first on Burkland.

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The Benefits of Combining FP&A and Power BI

Acterys

Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) teams are critical for a business’ strategic foresight and its ability to navigate evolving market conditions. These teams are essential in parsing business performance data and crafting informed strategies. However, outdated systems and manual workflows can hinder their effectiveness, leading to issues with data access, accuracy and responsiveness.

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Investment Swings: What’s the Tax Impact?

RogerRossmeisl

If your investments have fluctuated wildly this year, you may have already recognized some significant gains and losses. But nothing is decided tax-wise until year-end when the final results of your trades will reveal your 2023 tax situation. Here’s what you need to know to avoid tax surprises. Tax-favored retirement accounts and taxable accounts If you’ve had wild swings in the value of investments held in a tax-favored 401(k), traditional IRA, Roth IRA or self-employed SEP account, there’s no

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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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Your need-to-know: vendor compensations and discounts | TaxConnex

TaxConnex

Hard to believe if you’ve ever dealt with sales tax jurisdictions, but they will actually give you a break on paying your sales tax in the form of vendor compensations and discounts. These discounts can also add up for large businesses that pay a great deal in sales tax every month to states where they have nexus , sometimes even more than paying for the services these companies use for sales tax compliance.

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What is vendor management and why is it important?

Airbase

Vendor management is an integral part of financial management, enabling companies to control costs, mitigate risks, streamline operations, and maintain a healthy supply chain. Finance teams play a crucial role in vendor management, providing expertise in contract negotiation, payment processing, performance evaluation, and relationship building. By effectively managing vendors, finance teams can significantly contribute to the overall financial success of their organizations.

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Bring Home Your End-Of-Year Planning With Power BI

Acterys

The end of the year is often thought of as a time for celebration. But for finance teams, it’s also one of the busiest times of the year, and inefficient planning processes can lead to high levels of stress. Reviewing a business’s performance and financial situation, setting goals and developing a strategic plan requires a comprehensive view of business data.

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What Types of Expenses Can’t be Written Off by Your Business?

RogerRossmeisl

If you read the Internal Revenue Code (and you probably don’t want to!), you may be surprised to find that most business deductions aren’t specifically listed. For example, the tax law doesn’t explicitly state that you can deduct office supplies and certain other expenses. Some expenses are detailed in the tax code, but the general rule is contained in the first sentence of §162, which states you can write off “all the ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year in c

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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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IRS Releases Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction for 2024

CPA Practice

By Karin Price Mueller, nj.com (TNS) The IRS on Thursday released updated tax brackets and standard deductions for 2024. While the actual percentages of the tax brackets will remain the same until 2025 because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the income levels of each bracket change annually to adjust to inflation. These tax rates are for the 2024 tax year covering tax returns that will be filed in 2025.

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Procure-to-pay (P2P) — Everything you need to know.

Airbase

In this guide, we delve into the core of P2P, exploring its benefits for organizations, the software solutions that streamline the process, and best practices to overcome challenges. From simplified procurement processes to better control over spending and timely payment processing, each step offers insights into a system designed for efficiency and transparency.

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3 Benefits of Unified Analytics and Planning for the Enterprise

Acterys

Rising cost-control expectations and regulatory compliance pressures have led to an increasing shift toward turnkey analytics and planning solutions. Companies face increasing demands to accelerate decision-making and contingency planning to effectively manage risk as data volumes grow. According to the 2022 BPM Partners Pulse survey, key priorities include dashboards, timely reporting features and data visualization solutions to business problems.

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Spouse-Run Businesses Face Special Tax Issues

RogerRossmeisl

Do you and your spouse together operate a profitable unincorporated small business? If so, you face some challenging tax issues. The partnership issue An unincorporated business with your spouse is classified as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, unless you can avoid that treatment. Otherwise, you must file an annual partnership return, on Form 1065.

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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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Our Profession Really Has Abused Those at the Entry Level, Says Managing Partner to the Local News

Going Concern

KTVN in Reno has covered the CPA shortage and in order to do so because local news reporters rarely even think about accountants much less report on them, the news spoke to the incredibly candid Mark Bailey, managing partner and founder of Excelsis Accounting Group. In a sea of talent shortage articles quoting boomers who think 70-hour weeks build character, it’s refreshing to see someone speak so openly about the profession’s biggest issue. 2News : “I think that our profession

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The ERC nightmare

Accounting Today

Lots of businesses have claimed the Employee Retention Credit who don't actually qualify for it — and in many cases it's going to be up to their accountants to set them right, says Randy Crabtree.

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Americans Plan to Spend About $125 Billion with Small Businesses During 2023 Holiday Shopping

CPA Practice

A new Intuit QuickBooks survey shows that 42% of U.S. consumers, an estimated 109 million people, expect to spend more this holiday season compared to last year, with nearly half of consumers expected to do 50% or more of their shopping at small businesses. These findings and more are highlighted in the QuickBooks Holiday Shopping Report , commissioned by Intuit Inc. , the maker of TurboTax , Credit Karma , QuickBooks and Mailchimp.

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It’s Important to Understand How Taxes Factor Into M&A Transactions

RogerRossmeisl

In recent years, merger and acquisition activity has been strong in many industries. If your business is considering merging with or acquiring another business, it’s important to understand how the transaction will be taxed under current law. Stocks vs. assets From a tax standpoint, a transaction can basically be structured in two ways: 1. Stock (or ownership interest) sale.

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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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Layoff Watch ’23: EY Joins the Aussie Layoff Party, Now All Four Big 4 Firms Made Cuts This Year

Going Concern

A day after PwC Australia cut four percent of its workforce , EY Oceania made some cuts of its own. 232 people to be exact. That works out to more than two percent of its 10,700-person workforce. Reports AFR : The firm, which was the only big four giant to avoid cutting staff during the COVID-19 pandemic downturn, is also dealing with issues on two other fronts: the fallout of a scathing report into its culture , which found staff felt overworked, bullied and harassed and its own tax scandal inv

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Art of Accounting: Problems with accounts receivable besides collecting them

Accounting Today

Delaying a payment or not paying an invoice and letting amounts pile up are a way for a client to give voice to a problem with your services without causing an immediate confrontation.

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AI is a Copilot for Payroll, Not a Replacement, Says HR Exec

CPA Practice

By Christopher Wood, CPP. n a recent discussion on the role of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the payroll industry, the head of product at a human resources management systems (HRMS) company said that the next-generation technology will function as more of a copilot for employers, practitioners, and professionals, rather than as a replacement of human talent.

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Conflict-of-Interest Policies Prevent Misunderstandings. and Fraud

RogerRossmeisl

Small businesses generally operate on principles of trust, particularly if several family members are involved. You might trust any employee to lock up the office at the end of the day or provide any colleague with administrative privileges to your website. After all, you know these people. But as businesses grow and hire new employees, it makes less sense to trust everyone implicitly.

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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.