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Why You Should Add Financial Services to Your Accounting Firm

CPA Practice

Accounting firms know that offering only tax preparation services makes maintaining consistent cash flow and workloads throughout the year challenging. During the busy season, you’re very busy and the cash flow is nice, but after that, things slow down considerably. Adding financial services to your accounting firm can help bridge the gap and allow you to have a consistent workload year-round.

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Managing busy season with a shortage of accountants

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: Automation, AI Technology: A Time and Resource Saver Outsourcing: Scale your business and reduce your costs A flexible work model: Expand your talent pool and gain a competitive edge How to handle the shortage of staff in your accounting department Recent trends have only amplified this challenge. More tax professionals are exiting the profession than are entering it.

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A Peek into Accounting's New Frontier

Insightful Accountant

HubSync's John McGowan discusses the challenges for navigating legacy systems in the tax and accounting landscape—and where the solutions may be.

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Creative disruption in accounting

Accounting Today

Lots of outsiders are disrupting accounting; it's time for accountants to disrupt back.

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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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How to Keep Track of Business Expenses: Setting Up a System to Save Time at Tax Season

inDinero Tax Tips

Knowing how to keep track of business expenses is key to visualizing cash flow and maximizing tax deductions, but finding a system that is simultaneously easy, efficient, and accurate is no easy task. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to do to track expenses on autopilot, organize tax filings at the click of a button, and keep your most important financials front and center.

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Sales Tax Horror Stories: Audits

TaxConnex

“Scary” has five letters. Know what word in sales tax also has five letters? “Audit.” Few issues in the area of tax are more terrifying than this kind of exam from a tax authority. Our third annual survey of financial professionals showed that although most companies (67%) reported that state sales tax audits have remained at the same level over the past two years, almost one in four respondents (23%) said they expect such audits to increase in coming months.

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Warning, Warning, Fraud Ahead

Insightful Accountant

The Bonadio Group's Karen Webber breaks down the weak internal controls that could put your client at risk of fraud—and the warning signs you need to watch out for.

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Annual Financial Planning for Startups: Part-One, Preparation

BurklandAssociates

Welcome to the first article 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-One, Preparation appeared first on Burkland.

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KPIs to Prove Your Firm’s Value to Clients

CPA Practice

By Richard Corn, CPA. Accounting firms are continuously innovating, developing new offerings and finding new ways to stand out in a crowded field. While many firms are (understandably) focused on securing new clients, in this competitive landscape complicated by increasing market challenges, it is as important as ever for firms to retain their existing clients as well.

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Disabled Family Members May Be Able to Benefit from ABLE Accounts

RogerRossmeisl

If you have family members with disabilities, there may be a tax-advantaged way to save for their needs — without having them lose eligibility for the government benefits to which they’re entitled. It can be done though an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account, which is a tax-free account that can be used for disability-related expenses.

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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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Sales Tax Horror Stories: Automation

TaxConnex

Sales tax is a major obligation for your business. As with most such obligations, you probably ask, “Can automation help me?” In some ways, yes. Sales tax rates and taxability rules differ by state and even locality. Software that has the rates and taxability rules built-in helps make sure you charge the right sales tax with each purchase. Most sales tax calculation software today is SaaS-based (Software-as-a-Service), which often integrates with a company’s invoicing system.

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Leading analyst IDC recognizes innovation in procurement solutions.

Airbase

If any finance process is overdue for innovation, it’s procurement. For decades, the many steps and stakeholders in large enterprise purchasing meant procurement teams had to rely on heavyweight, expensive solutions, while mid-market companies either had to adopt one of those overly cumbersome solutions or throw some ad-hoc procedures together to try to control spend.

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How to Do Power BI Write-Back and Planning

Acterys

Organizations rely on robust performance management processes to drive informed decision-making. While Microsoft Power BI’s native data entry option is useful for simple tasks, it falls short with complex data models and planning requirements. This limitation creates challenges for businesses in the Power BI ecosystem, but fortunately, they can leverage additional Power BI write-back and planning capabilities.

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IRS Has Collected $160 Million in Back Taxes From Millionaires This Year

CPA Practice

As part of its crackdown on high-income, high-wealth individuals who have not paid what they owe, the IRS said on Oct. 20 that it has recovered $160 million in back taxes so far this year. The IRS said it has collected $122 million from 100 wealthy taxpayers, in addition to the $38 million the agency collected from more than 175 other high-income earners earlier this year.

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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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No One Will Be Surprised to Hear CPA Exam Candidate Numbers Are Down in Every Way the Numbers Can Be

Going Concern

As you may already know the 2023 AICPA Trends report is out , here’s our earlier write-up on how many accounting degrees were completed for the 2021-22 period covered in the new report (saving you a click: it’s 65,035). Today we’re going to look at CPA exam candidate numbers. In a vacuum the 2022 numbers aren’t terrible — 30,251 new CPA candidates, 67,336 unique CPA candidates, and 18,847 CPA candidates who passed their 4th section that year.

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7 hot takes on AI from SuiteWorld.

Airbase

AI was a constant presence at SuiteWorld this year, whether it was the focus of the presentation itself or folded into the topic. AI even featured in the high-octane opening session with a spoof about hallucinations from Evan — NetSuite’s not-quite-ready-for-prime-time AI assistant. There were at least three sessions specifically on AI-powered solutions, plus NetSuite had an AI Center on the floor in case you wanted more information.

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Accountants feel less confident in economy

Accounting Today

Accountants and financial professionals are feeling less upbeat about the economy in North America in the second quarter of the year, according to a quarterly survey from the IMA and ACCA.

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IRS Opens PTIN Renewal Season for 2024

CPA Practice

On your mark, get set, go! The 2024 preparer tax identification number (PTIN) renewal period for the nation’s nearly 800,000 active federal tax return preparers is now underway. All current PTINs expire on Dec. 31, 2023. Anyone paid to prepare or help prepare any federal return or claim for refund must have a valid PTIN from the IRS, which they must use as the identifying number on any returns prepared.

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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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What Do We Think About PwC Putting AI to Work Offering Clients Advice?

Going Concern

Article image obviously generated by AI. Reported by Bloomberg last week , PwC is putting AI to work. Officially. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has teamed up with ChatGPT owner OpenAI to offer clients advice generated by artificial intelligence as the Big Four audit firms look to cut costs and boost productivity. [emphasis ours] The accounting firm will use AI to consult on complex matters in tax, legal and human resources, such as carrying out due diligence on companies, identifying compliance is

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What is 3-way matching and why is it important?

Airbase

In the world of finance and procurement, accuracy and accountability are paramount. Every organization strives to maintain a meticulous record of its financial transactions while safeguarding itself against errors and fraud. Three-way match has long been an important control measure practiced by accountants to make sure that what was purchased, what was received, and what was paid are fully aligned.

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Tax Strategy: Year-end 2023 tax planning

Accounting Today

In spite of the lack of new tax legislation so far this year, taxpayers and tax preparers have plenty to focus on in preparing 2023 returns.

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Joshua Lance, Founder of Lance CPA Group, Has Passed Away

CPA Practice

Joshua Lance, founder and managing director of Chicago-based Lance CPA Group and a six-time “40 Under 40” honoree by CPA Practice Advisor , passed away on Oct 21. He was 40 years old. According to a Facebook post by his mom, Carole Lance, Josh was diagnosed with bile duct cancer last December. Carole posted on Facebook yesterday that Josh died early Saturday morning surrounded by loved ones.

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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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Some Guy Demonstrated Why WFH Is the Superior Way of Working By Bringing Explosives to the Office

Going Concern

On Monday afternoon an employee of Brown, Brown and Associates, an accounting firm on Main Street in Springfield, TN, decided to bring an explosive device to the office “to show around.” Actual explosives. The news didn’t say what exactly the device was, only that the man “reportedly found multiple explosives in an old house he was cleaning out and brought one of them into work to display.” “I was with a client, and a police officer came and knocked on my salon door

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Chase Bank Requires QuickBooks Accounts' Reconnections

Insightful Accountant

As part of security enhancements being implemented between mid-October and the end of November 2023, Chase Bank will require all QBO and QuickBooks Desktop users to reconnect their bank connections.

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How homeowners can benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act's tax credits

Accounting Today

The legislation incentivizes consumers to buy energy-efficient electric appliances, clean vehicles, rooftop-solar and home energy storage systems.

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Carbon Accountants: What They Do and Why They Matter

CPA Practice

By Allison Arieff, MIT Technology Review (TNS) His official title is vice president of regulated reporting solutions. But really, Billy Scherba, CPA, is a carbon accountant. At Persefoni, a platform for climate management, Scherba works with companies to measure, manage, and disclose their contributions to climate change. Billy Scherba Carbon accountants help companies understand what data matters to their carbon footprint, how to collect that data in a consistent manner, and how to use it to ca

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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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St. Louis Inno Partnership: As Series A Funding Dries Up, Startups Must Shift Focus from Growth to Profit

Anders CPA

Startups saw a surge in seed round funding in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2021 and 2022, but accessing Series A funding rounds has proven more difficult than ever. Investor priorities have shifted and placed a new focus on profitability rather than growth. Tax partner and leader of the firm’s startup practice Dave Finklang, CPA/CGMA, MBA , examined the phenomenon in his recent article for the St.

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The Secrets to Lasting Business Growth for Non-Marketers

Insightful Accountant

Everything comes down to marketing. Balanced Awakenings' Dr. Hannah Yang provides some insights practice owners can use to help leverage their market strategies and build momentum.

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Purdue sees spike in accounting enrollment

Accounting Today

Despite widespread reports of declines in accounting students, Purdue is defying the trend and seeing enrollment growing dramatically.

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Why the U.S. is Going to Have to Raise Taxes

CPA Practice

By Tim Fernholz, Quartz (TNS) The U.S. government is borrowing a lot of money at high interest rates. In the 2023 fiscal year, the deficit rose to $1.7 trillion —a number the U.S. only exceeded during the burst of pandemic spending. But the reason for so much borrowing isn’t spending—federal outlays were actually down 2% in 2023. The bulk of the difference came from falling revenue compared to 2022, when the U.S. taxman made out like a bandit as investors closed their positions at the top of th

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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.