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Accountant vs. Fractional CFO: Choosing the Right Financial Expertise for Your Startup

BurklandAssociates

Accountants and fractional CFOs play distinct but complementary roles in the financial management of venture-funded startups. The post Accountant vs. Fractional CFO: Choosing the Right Financial Expertise for Your Startup appeared first on Burkland.

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How AI is transforming accounting

Accounting Today

A recent survey from EY found that 90% of respondents already use at least some AI in their work, and other recent developments around the technology.

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The importance of record keeping in a digital world

Reckon

Guest post by AON. Here’s why keeping appropriate records can help during a claim. In a world where almost everything is paperless, keeping records and filing documentation is something that might slip your mind as you go about your usual business. While digitisation has made record keeping easier in some ways, it has also brought about some complexities.

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Fee or Tax? A Retail Delivery Fee Q.&A.

TaxConnex

More states are plowing ahead with adding a new kind of expense to delivering in the eCommerce age. In what states do you have to watch for retail delivery fees (RDFs)? Q: Is this a “tax” or a “fee”? A: Most states refer to it as a fee, a distinction that allows lawmakers to avoid the voting process. RDFs are a relatively new concept: Colorado was first to roll one out, in July 2022.

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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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Can AI Pass the CPA Exam? Groundbreaking Study Reveals Surprising Potential and Limitations

CPA Practice

By Will Zacher. In a landmark experiment, researchers at AIGENCY have tested the limits of artificial intelligence (AI) by challenging state-of-the-art AI models with the rigorous Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Their study, “Can LLMs Pass the CPA Exam? Evaluating Large Language Model Performance on the Certified Public Accountant test,” provides the first comprehensive assessment of AI’s potential in the accounting profession.

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How Fraud Perpetrators Conceal Their Illicit Activities

RogerRossmeisl

When employees commit fraud, they generally try to keep the schemes going as long as possible by concealing their activities from others. How successful thieves are at concealment depends largely on their identities, their roles within their organizations and the type of fraud they commit. To uncover potential fraud in your organization and prevent financial losses, it helps to familiarize yourself with common perpetrator characteristics and the methods occupational thieves use to conceal their

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Understanding AI and automation in accounting

Accounting Insight

It’s safe to say that artificial intelligence (AI) and automation have penetrated every industry out there. And accounting software is no exception. Before delving into the potential impact of AI in accounting, it’s essential to understand the role AI plays in modern accounting practices. In modern accounting, AI is being used to automate several tasks, including data entry, invoice processing and financial statement analysis.

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Why Hiring a Tax Pro Boosts Your Small Business (and Saves You Money)

MyIRSRelief

Running a small business is an exhilarating rollercoaster. You’re passionate about your product or service, constantly innovating, and striving for growth. Yet, amidst the excitement lurks a dark alley – the realm of taxes. Navigating complex tax codes, understanding specific forms like 1120, 1120S, and 1065, and ensuring compliance can feel like deciphering ancient scrolls.

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The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence in Accounting

Canopy Accounting

Are you keeping up with the rapid AI evolution in accounting? Our eBook explores how AI is transforming efficiency, boosting data security, and empowering strategic decision-making in accounting, offering actionable tips for implementation in your firm.

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Treasury Has Issued Auto Dealers >$580 Million in Advance EV Tax Rebates This Year

RogerRossmeisl

According to the Treasury, the US government has provided auto dealers with >$580 million in advance payments for consumer electric vehicle (EV) tax credits since 1/1/2024. Before 2024, American car purchasers were only eligible for the new electric vehicle (EV) credit of up to $7,500 or the $4,000 credit for used EVs when they submitted their tax returns in the subsequent year.

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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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New CTA BOI FAQs clarify reporting requirements, database access

Accounting Today

The landscape of Corporate Transparency Act beneficial ownership information reporting continues to evolve, and accountants and others who advise their small business clients need to stay ahead of the curve.

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Finding Your Financial Compass: Why Small Businesses in Los Angeles Thrive with Specialized Tax and Accounting Support

MyIRSRelief

Los Angeles, the City of Angels, beckons with its vibrant energy, diverse culture, and endless opportunities. It’s no surprise then, that thousands of ambitious entrepreneurs set up shop in the sprawling metropolis and its surrounding cities, forming the backbone of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (LA Metro) economy. But for these go-getters, navigating the complexities of running a business, especially the ever-challenging world of taxes and accounting, can feel overwhelming.

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IRS Offers Resources and Advice During National Small Business Week

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service is offering tax-related information to entrepreneurs in anticipation of the upcoming kick-off of National Small Business Week. The U.S. Small Business Administration coordinates the annual event, helping entrepreneurs with resources, benefits and other important business startup information that small business owners can use to launch their enterprises.

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Estimating Damages: Lost Profits vs Diminished Business Value

RogerRossmeisl

In commercial litigation, it’s common for business valuation experts to measure damages based on lost profits or diminished business value — or both. Here’s an introduction to these concepts. The basics Generally, it’s appropriate to estimate lost profits when a plaintiff suffers an economic loss for a discrete period and then returns to normal. On the other hand, diminished business value is typically reserved for businesses that are completely destroyed or otherwise suffer a permanent loss, su

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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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Insightful Accountant's Top 100 ProAdvisors for 2024

Insightful Accountant

Insightful Accountant proudly announces this year's Top 100 ProAdvisors along with our Emeritus ProAdvisors of the Year. Congratulations to all being recognized for this year's awards.

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What You Need to Know About the DEA’s Plan to Reschedule Cannabis – A Focus on Taxation

Withum

In a landmark move, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on April 30, 2024, that it will initiate the process of rescheduling cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), effectively recognizing its medical value and opening the door for more research and legal access. The decision comes after years of pressure from advocates, lawmakers, and scientists who have argued that the current classification of cannabis as a highly dangerous, addictiv

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Disaster Preparedness: IRS Reminds to Safeguard Your Info

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that May kicks off the season of disaster preparation with National Wildfire Awareness Month and National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 5-11. With the tax deadline past and peak periods for disasters approaching, this is an ideal time to review and begin to protect important tax and financial information as part of a disaster emergency plan.

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Don’t Have a Tax-Favored Retirement Plan? Set One Up Now

RogerRossmeisl

If your business doesn’t already have a retirement plan, it might be a good time to take the plunge. Current retirement plan rules allow for significant tax-deductible contributions. For example, if you’re self-employed and set up a SEP-IRA, you can contribute up to 20% of your self-employment earnings, with a maximum contribution of $69,000 for 2024 (up from $66,000 for 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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SEC shuts down auditor BF Borgers with $14M in fines for fraud on 1,500+ filings

Accounting Today

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the fast-rising auditing firm with deliberate, systemic failures to comply with PCAOB standards for audits and reviews.

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May is Military Appreciation Month

Insightful Accountant

May is Military Appreciation month in the US and we at Insightful Accountant want to say "Thank You" to those who are serving or have served, and to their families for their service.

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Marketing for Growth – 4 Tips for Firms

CPA Practice

By Sarah Acton, Chief Marketing Officer at BILL. Many accounting firms started 2024 with an eye toward expansion, and the post-busy season spring brings renewed purpose and fresh perspective to put plans into action. According to Accounting Today , 62% of the top 100 firms reported double-digit growth in 2023, and the majority are optimistic for continued growth this year.

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How a Business Valuation Pro Can Help Avoid M&A Pitfalls

RogerRossmeisl

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity increased significantly in the fourth quarter of 2023, signaling a hot M&A market for 2024. But there are some potential pitfalls for unwary buyers and sellers. Here are some common mistakes and how a business valuator can help ensure your deal goes as planned. Reliance on valuation rules-of-thumb Some M&A participants rely on industry “rules of thumb” and gut instinct, especially in mature industries.

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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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Oregon senator demands refunds for TurboTax customers

Accounting Today

Sen. Ron Wyden, in a letter, demanded that TurboTax refund customers who, due to a software glitch, were inappropriately encouraged to take non-optimal choices, resulting in higher taxes.

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The Most Divisive Topic on the Internet This Week Is a Pre-Employment Excel Assessment

Going Concern

It’s nice to see the internet getting heated about something other than politics for once. Enjoy it while you can, it’s an election year. So some guy tweeted the following on April 23: Me: really enjoyed the call. Please see attached financial modeling test Gen Z applicant: this looks like a lot of work. Without knowing where I stand in the process, I’m not comfortable spending 90 minutes in Excel Me:…well…I can tell you where you stand now — m. stanfield (@mu2myoc) April 23, 2

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Women Are More Stressed at Work—But Hybrid Has Helped, Deloitte Says

CPA Practice

By Sarah Lynch, Inc. (TNS) Women are still struggling in the workplace—and not just when it comes to the pay gap. Half of women say their stress levels have increased from a year ago, according to a recent survey of 5,000 women across 10 countries from Deloitte. Meanwhile, nearly half said they were “concerned or very concerned” about their mental health—one of their top three concerns, along with financial security and their rights.

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Scrupulous Records and Legitimate Business Expenses are the Key to Less Painful IRS Audits

RogerRossmeisl

If you operate a business, or you’re starting a new one, you know records of income and expenses need to be kept. Specifically, you should carefully record expenses to claim all the tax deductions to which you’re entitled. And you want to make sure you can defend the amounts reported on your tax returns in case you’re ever audited by the IRS. Be aware that there’s no one way to keep business records.

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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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Generative AI expected to grow, not shrink, headcount

Accounting Today

A set of polls has found that leaders expect that generative AI will lead organizations to actually increase, not decrease, their headcount, at least in the short term.

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EY Selects Unconventional Entrepreneur as Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year® 2024

Patriot Software

Canton, OH Patriot Software is proud to announce that its founder & CEO, Mike Kappel, has been selected by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024. Kappel is among 29 entrepreneurs selected by an independent panel of judges.

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Financial Accounting Foundation Seeks Nominations for the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council

CPA Practice

The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation ( FAF ) is seeking nominations for new members to join the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council ( FASAC ) for an initial one-year term beginning January 1, 2025. The FASAC is the primary advisory body to the Financial Accounting Standards Board ( FASB ). The FASAC consists of approximately 35 members who represent a broad cross section of the FASB’s constituency.

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Got Fraud Losses? How Experts Put a Number on Them

RogerRossmeisl

If your company suffers significant losses due to a fraud incident, you may decide to pursue the perpetrator in court, possibly to obtain compensatory damages. Assuming you win your case, you should know that estimating fraud damages is challenging. It generally requires the assistance of a financial expert, who will consider the facts of the case and the harm suffered by your business.

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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.