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59% of accountants use AI to save about 30 hours a week

Accounting Today

A recent poll of U.S. and U.K. accountants has found that 59% say they use AI at work, and through AI have saved about 30 hours a week.

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Critical Accountant Shortage

Insightful Accountant

Accounting profession faces staffing shortages due to fewer graduates and an aging workforce. 42% of firms turn away work, 24% near burnout. First-time CPA exam candidates dropped by 33% from 2016 to 2021.

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How Technology Will Optimize – Not Replace – The Role of Accountants

CPA Practice

By Irana Wasti. The adoption of a new product or technology tends to follow a familiar cycle. First, there is skepticism about whether it will live up to the hype. A few proven use cases later, people are talking about whether it will enhance or upend their professional lives. Before we reach the final stage where the technology is widely adopted, we pass through a period of uncertainty, where we wonder if this technology will be too helpful — to the point of being a threat to job security.

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The Great COVID Heist: IRS Announces Billions in Fraud

Insightful Accountant

Amid COVID-19, US relief programs like PPP and unemployment aid were exploited by fraudsters, resulting in $80B stolen from PPP and $90-400B from unemployment relief. This fraud may rival $579B for Biden's infrastructure plan.

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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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Offshore Accounting: Everything You Need to Know

Ryan Lazanis

Dive into the world of offshore accounting: Discover benefits, challenges, and best practices in this comprehensive guide. The post Offshore Accounting: Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Future Firm.

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Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of a Firm-Wide Operating System

Canopy Accounting

For the accounting firm focused on maximizing profit and efficiency, antiquated practice management solutions that only meet a few needs are no longer sufficient for accounting firms. Having an operating system that seamlessly connects all processes within an accounting firm is crucial for maximizing efficiency and providing a superior client experience.

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Tax season so far: Eclipsing last year

Accounting Today

At 90,315,000, the number of individual returns received this tax season finally surpassed the same period last year, up 0.2% as of March 29, 2024.

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Payroll Taxes Demystified: A Breakdown for Accountants and CPAs Serving Business Owners

CPA Practice

By Nellie Akalp. As accountants and CPAs, dealing with payroll taxes is essential to managing finances for your business clients. Understanding the details of payroll taxes helps you better assist your clients in fulfilling their obligations and maximizing tax efficiency. The ever-changing complexities of payroll taxes can often seem overwhelming, especially for business owners, so we’ve compiled an easy guide you can share with them.

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Vitamins, supplements and sales tax – the latest

TaxConnex

The common definition of dietary supplements and vitamins is a non-food item that includes a vitamin, mineral, herb, botanical, amino acid or dietary substance. For purposes of incurring sales tax in any state, that essentially translates into “sometimes.” Sometimes a state considers supplements and vitamins as drugs, groceries or food. Sometimes these products are taxable tangible personal property, sometimes not.

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Tax Debt Relief: What You Need to Know When You Owe the IRS

MyIRSRelief

Tax debt can be a significant burden, causing stress and financial strain for many individuals. However, there are several avenues for tax relief available to those who owe the IRS. This comprehensive guide will explore the options for obtaining tax relief, aiming to provide clarity and hope to those grappling with tax debt concerns. Get professional representation today!

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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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Navigating HR Compliance: Recordkeeping Essentials for Startups

BurklandAssociates

HR recordkeeping is one of the last things most startup founders want to think about, but non-compliance can lead to major fines, reputation damage, and due diligence pitfalls. The post Navigating HR Compliance: Recordkeeping Essentials for Startups appeared first on Burkland.

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What the U.S. House’s Move On Microsoft Copilot Really Means for AI 

Withum

In a recent development that underscores the dynamic landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within government, the U.S. House has blocked the utilization of Microsoft’s Copilot by its staff, representing a noteworthy chapter in the ongoing narrative of AI’s journey through the hype cycle. Just as AI approaches the summit of the Peak of Inflated Expectations, there emerges a concerted effort, notably from the media, to hasten its descent into the Trough of Disillusionment.

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Mid-Tier Firms Are Kicking Big 4’s Ass on Fortune’s 2024 Best Companies to Work For List

Going Concern

The annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list from Fortune and Great Place To Work® is out and once again a lil firm from Michigan has the honor of being best-er than the accounting firms that follow it. Everyone, let’s congratulate Plante Moran for another impressive showing and coming in 12th on the 2024 list. This year, they only narrowly beat out Deloitte again.

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PCAOB levies $27M in fines for exam cheating

Accounting Today

The board imposed its largest-ever penalty of $25 million against KPMG's firm in the Netherlands, in addition to $2 million in fines against Deloitte's firms in Indonesia and the Philippines.

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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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IRS Adds Security Steps For Tax Pros to Receive Transcripts

CPA Practice

In an email to tax professionals on April 5, the IRS said it’s making changes that will impact how practitioners obtain a client’s tax transcripts, as part of the agency’s efforts to combat identity theft and protect taxpayers’ personal information. Starting April 8, tax professionals must now call the Practitioner Priority Service (PPS) to request transcripts to be deposited into their Secure Object Repository (SOR).

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Withum Soars on Vault Top Accounting Firm

Withum

Withum Soars on Vault Top Accounting Firm List Vault named Withum #17 on their annual top 25 accounting list. Known for its influential ranking, Vault recognized Withum for their outstanding training programs, benefits and compensation. Over the years, the Vault survey has consistently shown that Withum Team Members accept positions and remain at the Firm for the unbeatable culture and outstanding colleagues.

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Research: Seniors Give Better Review Comments If They Think the Staff Will Stick Around

Going Concern

I think I have something interesting for you today. Fresh academic research has found that audit seniors are more likely to offer better constructive feedback and coaching to their juniors via review comments if the seniors think they’ll be working with that staff again. The paper “ Coaching Today’s Auditors: What Causes Reviewers to Adopt a More Developmental Approach?

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IMA sees role for AI in accounting

Accounting Today

The Institute of Management Accountants is examining the possibilities of artificial intelligence in the accounting profession while undergoing staff cutbacks.

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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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Mastering Labor Challenges Can Drive Growth for CPA Firms

CPA Practice

Let’s face it, the accounting profession has developed a bad reputation – toiling through long hours chained to a desk, crunching numbers, deciphering archaic tax codes and grinding out tedious tasks, all for lower starting pay and heavy licensing requirements. The sector is at an inflection point with staffing challenges – one that offers both risk and opportunity.

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Chris Passmore Named on Inside The Valley’s Most Trusted Advisors List

Withum

Withum is proud to announce that Chris has earned a spot on the Inside The Valley’s list for the second consecutive year. Chris is Partner-in-Charge of Withum’s Los Angeles office and has over 24 years of experience in the industry specializing in assurance and business consulting services to emerging and middle-market companies. As a prominent networker and influencer, Chris reaches a broad professional audience through his work as the Social Media CPA and as an active member of ProVisors and t

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Weekend Discussion: Should After-Hours Emails Be Illegal?

Going Concern

The irony of me writing and publishing this on a Sunday. On April Fools’ Day, California Assemblymember Matt Haney announced he’s introduced AB 2751 , a proposal that “guarantees California workers uninterrupted personal and family time by creating a ‘right-to-disconnect’ from emails, texts, and calls after work hours.” His office’s statement explains : The bill mandates that all California employers create and publish company-wide action plans to implem

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AI targets tax refunds, and other tech stories you may have missed

Accounting Today

Plus, Google is making massive changes to Chrome, AI-powered tax chatbots aren't performing well, and seven other things that happened in technology this past month.

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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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CPA Pilot Launches AI Assistant for Tax Professionals

CPA Practice

With the increasing complexity of tax laws and regulations, tax professionals are constantly facing challenges in keeping up with the ever-changing landscape. CPA Pilot ‘s AI tax assistant leverages advanced algorithms to analyze data and offer precise insights quickly. This enables tax professionals to prioritize strategic tasks. CPA Pilot allows tax experts to focus on strategic and value add tasks for their clients and reduce the intensity of tax season.

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How the Name, Image and Likeness Policy is Changing College Athletics

Cherry Bekaert

On campuses around the country, the name, image and likeness (NIL) policy is revolutionizing the way student-athletes can obtain benefits while attending a college or university. As of July 2021, student-athletes can enter NIL deals if they comply with state law and the NCAA’s rules. Essentially, NIL allows college athletes to monetize their personal brand by profiting from their name, image and likeness through various opportunities such as endorsements, sponsorships, social media posts and mor

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We Forgot to Mention Deloitte Got in Trouble For Cheating This Week, Too

Going Concern

In a renewed effort to appear to be doing something of value, the PCAOB was busy this week handing down hand slaps and fines for the crime of sharing answers on internal training. We were a bit too focused on KPMG Netherlands receiving the biggest fine the PCAOB has ever given out ($25 million) to mention that Deloitte Philippines and Deloitte Indonesia had fines of their own announced the same day.

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Tax season nears its end, but uncertainties linger

Accounting Today

From BOI reporting to tax legislation in limbo, even the most 'normal' filing season in a several years still has unresolved questions.

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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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5 Cyber Tips for CPAs for Tax Season and After

CPA Practice

By Oren Koren Tax season is underway, which means cyber criminals are hard at work. With the plethora of highly sensitive personal and financial data being shared between firms and clients, it’s the perfect time for bad actors to strike, especially as the April 15th deadline inches closer and CPAs push to get more done with less time. With an increase in activity from all sides – both to citizens who are filing taxes as well as CPAs looking for new clients – it’s critically important to underst

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Exploring Assistance Options for Taxpayers Struggling with Tax Bills

Insightful Accountant

Taxpayers who can't pay their tax bill by the April 15, 2024, deadline shouldn't panic – the IRS is here to help. There are several options to help taxpayers meet their obligations.

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Tax Deferral Strategies for Real Estate: Using the 1031 Exchange in Partnerships

CTP

In a previous blog , we discussed the benefits of the 1031 exchange. This IRS rule allows property owners to defer capital gains taxes when they trade a property for a like-kind property. So if your client has a property that is used for business or held as an investment and exchanges it for another property that is used for business or held as an investment, they may qualify for 1031 treatment.

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IRS warns tax pros to beware of spearphishing attacks

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service urged tax professionals to steer clear of so-called "spearphishing" scams from cybercriminals, including identity thieves posing as new clients.

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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.