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The Accountant Shortage Has Finally Been Figured Out. You’re Not Underpaid, You’re Bored!

Going Concern

Another day, another article purporting to offer the solution to the precipitous drop in accounting talent over the past several years that doesn’t involve paying people more. “Young people” have been blamed for talent shortages long before an actual shortage existed, what with all their job-hopping and demanding employers accept that they have a life outside of work.

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Future of Accounting: 5 Ways to Innovate in 2023

Canopy Accounting

We live in a time where the "best" accounting practices change daily. Keeping track of all the changes in the industry between updates and tech can be overwhelming. Today, most accountants feel that traditional accounting isn't enough to remain competitive. Now, getting accounting leads and finding ways to stay ahead of everyone else is critical to remaining relevant.

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Why you should stop trying to build brand awareness for your firm

Mark Lee

My advice here re building and promoting your firm’s brand is controversial. And of course there will be some exceptions. But I would urge you to consider whether YOUR firm really is one of those exceptions. Think about ten top accountancy brands. Or at least the ones you can remember. How many of those do you think a typical client of YOUR firm would be able to name – or would even recognise?

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What Accounting Firms Are Struggling with Today

Insightful Accountant

A recent Caseware International report shows what today's accounting and audit firms are doing to attract and retain people.

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How to Easily Navigate Crypto Accounting in the Web3 Era

Speaker: Aaron Jacob, VP of Accounting Solutions & Reagan Cook, GTM Lead

Are you struggling to navigate the complexities and challenges that come with crypto accounting? 🤔 This new webinar will cover everything businesses need to know to get started with crypto accounting after incorporating crypto into their business models! Industry experts Aaron Jacob and Reagan Cook of TaxBit will thoroughly explore the prevalent operational hurdles encountered by accounting teams when interacting with crypto on the books, and detail how software solutions can effectively

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How to Set Fees for Advisory Services Engagements

CPA Practice

By Sean M. Duncan, CPA Congratulations! You’ve decided it’s time to dive in and give advisory services a go in your practice! You’ve done the hard work of deciding what services you are going to offer, who you want to target, and even have a plan on how to roll it all out. Whether you have done this through a formal training program such as my Chief Proactive Advisor Master Class or on your own, you are ready to rock!

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Cash Flow Management and Forecasting for Surveyors

Menzies

Menzies LLP - A leading chartered accountancy firm. This period of high inflation, ever-increasing costs and future uncertainty is showing how essential it is for businesses to manage their cash. Whilst it is challenging to forecast what is going to happen with costs going forward, attempts to forecast incomings and outgoings are vital to ensure an unmanageable deficit does not creep up on businesses.

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Americans Are Drowning in Credit Card Debt

CPA Practice

By Michael Grothaus, Fast Company (TNS) Credit card debt in America has reached staggering new levels, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data. In its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, the New York Fed found that in the fourth quarter, credit card balances rose by $61 billion, meaning total outstanding credit card debt held by Americans reached $986 billion.

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The importance of Documenting Your Sales Tax Compliance Process

TaxConnex

Sales tax compliance is riddled with risk. Failure to comply with the applicable sales tax rules can have a devastating effect on a business, but they’re often overlooked because they’re considered “pass-through” as the business is responsible for collecting the applicable taxes which pass through the business and are subsequently turned over or paid to the states.

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May 15 Tax Deadline Extended to October 16 for California Disaster Area Taxpayers

RogerRossmeisl

As reported in IR-2023-33 on 2/24/2023 Disaster-area taxpayers in most of California now have until October 16, 2023, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced last Friday. Previously, the deadline had been postponed to May 15, 2023 for these areas. The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in on the page entitled California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Lan

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Women in finance: Breaking barriers and driving change.

Airbase

We all know the story: women and minorities are underrepresented in top finance and accounting roles, and even though their representation has grown, a yawning gap persists within senior positions and salaries. Today, only 15% of Fortune 500 company CFOs are women, and women earn between 12% and 45% less than their male counterparts in many accounting and finance roles.

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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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Tax Levies, Liens, and How a Professional Can Help: A Comprehensive FAQ

MyIRSRelief

Fresh start – tax forgiveness program – as advertised on radio, TV, internet Taxation can be a complicated and stressful matter, particularly when it comes to tax levies and liens. If you are facing a tax issue, it is important to understand your rights and how to navigate the complex tax system. In this comprehensive FAQ, we will explore the ins and outs of tax levies and liens, and how Mike Habib, EA a tax relief professional can help you resolve your tax issues.

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Kentucky now taxes a range of services

TaxConnex

“Services” are generally not subject to sales tax while tangible personal property generally is subject to sales tax. This over simplification can get you sideways in various states as there are lots of exceptions to these general rules. Kentucky is the latest in terms of taxing specific services. The Bluegrass State looks to expand sales tax on what it calls high-growth services.

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Do You Run a Business from Home? You May be Able to Deduct Home Office Expenses

RogerRossmeisl

Many people began working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic — and many still work from their home offices either all the time or on a hybrid basis. If you’re self-employed and run your business from home or perform certain functions there, you might be able to claim deductions for home office expenses against your business income. There are two methods for claiming this tax break: the actual expense method and the simplified method.

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EBITDA: A Metric Every Startup Founder Should Know

BurklandAssociates

EBITDA provides an accurate overall financial performance picture and helps investors understand their potential returns. The post EBITDA: A Metric Every Startup Founder Should Know appeared first on Burkland.

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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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Tapping into the Power of Conversational AI in Planning: Instant Insights from Chat GPT

Acterys

The act of planning is a crucial component in any business approach, and companies frequently allocate ample time and resources to establish efficient plans. Nevertheless, traditional approaches to Extended Planning and Analysis (xP&A) can prove to be arduous and consume a lot of time, particularly for individuals who want to gain business insights without depending on IT support.

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IRS Extends Tax Deadline in Three States to Oct. 16 for Taxpayers Impacted By Disasters

CPA Practice

Disaster-area taxpayers in most of California and parts of Alabama and Georgia now have until Oct. 16 to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the IRS said on Feb. 24. The deadline already had been postponed to May 15 for these areas. The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in these three states.

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There Still May be Time to Make an IRA Contribution for Last Year

RogerRossmeisl

If you’re getting ready to file your 2022 tax return, and your tax bill is higher than you’d like, there may still be an opportunity to lower it. If you’re eligible, you can make a deductible contribution to a traditional IRA right up until this year’s April 18 filing deadline and benefit from the tax savings on your 2022 return. Rules for eligibility You can make a deductible contribution to a traditional IRA if: You (and your spouse) aren’t an active participant in an employer-sponsored retire

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Can I Replace My Tax Advisor With ChatGPT?

Withum

I’m starting to get this question more and more from do-it-yourself types hoping to save money. If computers can beat a world chess champion, they argue, why can’t they perform as good as or better than my local tax advisor? We’ll explore this issue in more detail below, but the short answer is no, artificial intelligence is not at the point where it can analyze tax issues and reliably produce accurate responses.

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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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Armanino’s Former Crypto Team Has Left and Formed Their Own Shop, Allegedly

Going Concern

Having happily offered services to crypto clients since 2014, Armanino very nearly marked ten years in the crypto space until the catastrophic collapse of crypto exchange FTX in November 2022 forced them to part ways with crypto clients seeking assurance, FTX being one of them. As a reminder, here’s what happened in December : Armanino is ending its crypto audit practice and dropping clients, two sources familiar with the matter say.

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Average Tax Refund is Down 11% From Last Year, IRS Says

CPA Practice

By Leada Gore, al.com (TNS) The end of pandemic-era stimulus programs is having an impact on tax refunds. IRS statistics for the week ending Feb. 17 show the average tax refund is $3,140, down 11.2%, or $396, from last year. The decline is in keeping with previous IRS alerts that said people could see “significantly smaller refunds,” this year. “Refunds may be smaller in 2023.

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IRS Provides Roadmap on How to Value a Private Business

RogerRossmeisl

Revenue Ruling 59-60 is a landmark piece of IRS guidance that outlines the factors to consider when estimating the fair market value of a private business. Here’s an overview of those factors, along with other hidden details found in the ruling’s fine print. 8-factor approach Revenue Ruling 59-60 says that business valuation is an inexact science, often resulting in “wide differences of opinion” about the value of a particular business interest.

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IRS Extends Deadline for California Taxpayers Impacted by Natural Disasters

Withum

Over the past few days, the IRS has issued several updates regarding tax relief for victims of severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides. The last updated news release on February 24, 2023, states that affected taxpayers now have until October 16, 2023 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. What Items Are Now Extended Until October 16, 2023?

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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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20 Funny Memes That Will Make Any Accountant Laugh | Canopy

Canopy Accounting

We know accounting can be a tough field full of numbers and serious work. And sometimes, that work can be taxing (pun intended.) But seriously, we all experience problems with clients, coworkers and bosses. Once in awhile, it's a good idea to poke fun at your job and have a laugh. With that in mind, take a look at these 20 hilarious accounting memes and see which ones you relate to the most.

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Xero Announces New Chief Product Officer

CPA Practice

Xero Limited has brought on former Google and Okta executive, Diya Jolly, as its new Chief Product Officer, effective April 10, 2023. Jolly comes to Xero from Okta where she was Chief Product Officer, responsible for leading product innovation for both its workforce and customer identity business. Prior to Okta, Jolly was Vice President of Product Management at Google, where she was focused on driving adoption for some of the company’s leading products including Google Home, Nest, YouTube moneti

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Growing Your Ecommerce Business with an Inventory Manager

Basis 365

Somewhere on your road to $1M in revenue, your eCommerce business’s financial workflow will start to break down. Manual processes and bad data will start to obscure what your true financial position actually is. Common issues are issues with your inventory balance on the Balance Sheet, your Cost of Goods and Gross Margin on the Income Statement, Sales Tax filings, reconciling the fees taken out of your Amazon settlements, just to name a few.

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Integrating Experience and Education is One Way to Ease the Accountant Shortage at Least a Little

Going Concern

There’s a contentious battle raging over the 150 unit requirement for CPA licensure as we speak and in the meantime we have to figure something out to ease the accountant shortage that has a bit more immediate impact (and doesn’t involve paying people more because clearly the firms are not down with that idea). Wherever you stand on the issue of potentially lowering the requirement back down to 120 units where it was in the olden days pre-1983 and the utility of the 150 hour rule as

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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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Time to celebrate amazing accountants taking on industry challenges

Xero

Despite the fantastic work that accountants and bookkeepers do, the industry has an image problem. There’s still an old-fashioned perception, with little understanding of how you support small businesses and the wider economy. We know from our recent research – Five biggest hurdles hindering accountants – that recruitment is a key hurdle you face, and this misconception among the candidate pool isn’t helping.

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‘Rage Applying’ is All the Rage

CPA Practice

By Alyson Watson, Inc. (TNS) The workplace has had its share of transformative trends over the last few years, from remote work and RTO (return to office) to the Great Resignation and quiet quitting. But the latest trend that many seem to be discussing is “rage applying,” made popular by viral TikTok videos from disgruntled employees who feel overlooked, undervalued or overworked and seek retribution by mass applying to open roles with higher pay and better perks.

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Say Goodbye to QuickBooks Desktop Point-of-Sale

Insightful Accountant

After more than 20 years of QuickBooks Desktop Point-of-Sale, Intuit has announced it is discontinuing the product on Oct. 3, 2023, along with all support for it.

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Monday Morning Accounting News Brief: EY Embarrasses Itself (Again); Archaic IRS Tech; Partners Battle It Out | 2.27.23

Going Concern

In Australia, EY is still bungling this one up : EY accidentally leaked the personal details of current and former employees while trying to launch a massive review into the firm’s workplace culture. The Big 4 Accounting firm announced the independent review following the tragic death of EY worker Aishwarya Venkatachalam, 27, who fell to her death from the 11th floor of the company’s Sydney office in August last year.

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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.