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9 Strategies to Differentiate Your Accounting Firm

Ryan Lazanis

Discover how an online community can be a factor in securing more deals, improving client experience, and a differentiator for your firm. The post 9 Strategies to Differentiate Your Accounting Firm appeared first on Future Firm.

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Younger accountants more likely to leave employers

Accounting Today

Young accounting and finance professionals have been seeing the highest turnover over the past two years and are most likely to leave their current jobs over the next year, according to a new report.

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How Accounting and Tax Pros Can Help Clients Strategize on Social Security

CPA Practice

By Bhairavi Parikh, CPA. Social Security is a program designed to offer retirement benefits and disability income to eligible individuals, as well as their spouses, children, and survivors. In 2023, an average of almost 67 million Americans per month will receive a Social Security benefit totaling about $1.4 trillion in benefits paid. Out of 67 million, 52 million are retired, 8.7 million are disabled, and 5.8 million are survivors.

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Sales Tax Horror Stories: Notices

TaxConnex

Often as things change in sales tax – and they change often – one constant keeps lurching along. Tax jurisdictions love to send notices, and usually it’s to say “Boo!” and not just “Hi.” True, notices can simply be a way for tax jurisdictions to get in touch with you and require no fast action on your part. The scary-looking official piece of paper (if it even arrives on paper – many notices are electronic now) might only be informing you of something as routine as use of a new form or a reminde

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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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Accountants on Why They’re Leaving: ‘The Hours Are Long and Unreasonable, Compensation Is Low’

Going Concern

“The number-one trend is that the candidate is in complete control…because the unemployment rate is lower in accounting and finance than it’s ever been.” That’s a quote from a Robert Half recruiter in the Talent Retention in the U.S. Accounting and Finance Profession study released a few days ago, a collab between IMA and Robert Half (and about two dozen research partners, mostly state societies).

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It’s Time for Your Clients to Tackle Meeting Minutes

CPA Practice

By Nellie Akalp. Accountants are crucial for guiding clients through the various financial and administrative aspects of running a business. Tasks like meeting minutes might not be the most exciting part of running a business, but they are crucial for ensuring transparency, accountability, and legal compliance. As the year-end approaches, your business clients must ensure they have taken proper meeting minutes.

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Art of Accounting: Responsibility and trust

Accounting Today

Many partners say the quality of the tax returns they were given to sign was not satisfactory, and they found many more errors than they considered acceptable.

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IRS to offer free direct file online tax system in 13 states

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service plans to run a limited pilot test of its free online tax system in 13 states next tax season, but it will only support certain tax credits.

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When I Niche, You Niche, We Niche with Logan Hoffman

Summit CPA

Virtual CPA Success Show Podcast Episode 102 If you’re thinking about finding a specific niche for your agency but not sold on the benefits, this episode is for you! Jamie sits down with Logan Hoffman, Senior Business Strategist at Madison Avenue Collective (MAC) to talk niching. They discuss the importance of building verticals and specializing in a specific area to make work more efficient and effective.

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Fresh Fraud Schemes for Small Businesses to Watch Out For

RogerRossmeisl

When it comes to fraud, it may seem there’s nothing new under the sun. Unfortunately, fraud perpetrators are always finding novel ways to swindle businesses. Here are some recent scams — and how your business can protect against them. Influencer shakedowns Scam: So-called social media influencers ask restaurants and bars for complimentary meals and drinks in exchange for “free” publicity on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.

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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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Unveiling the Secrets of Tax Deductions and Credits: A Comprehensive Guide for Individuals and Businesses

MyIRSRelief

When it comes to navigating the complex world of taxes, understanding deductions and credits is like having a secret treasure map to unlock potential savings. Tax deductions and credits are powerful tools that can help individuals and businesses reduce their tax liabilities, putting more money back in their pockets. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore a wide array of deductions and credits available to individual and business taxpayers, shedding light on the financial opportunities they

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IRS offers process for withdrawing bogus ERC claims

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service is giving employers a way to rescind inaccurate claims for the Employee Retention Credit if they've fallen victim to a scam at the hands of so-called "ERC mills.

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New ERC Withdrawal Option

Withum

The IRS announced a processing moratorium on employee retention credit (ERC) claims on September 14, 2023. As part of that press release, the IRS announced that it was planning to issue two different settlement initiatives in the coming weeks/months. The first is a settlement program for taxpayers whose ERC claims have already been processed and paid, and the taxpayers deposited the check(s).

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The Technology Lab Podcast – Quantum Tech in Accounting – Oct. 2023

CPA Practice

Technologists Randy Johnston and Brian Tankersley, CPA, discuss how a new generation of computing will impact accounting firms. Use the podcast player below to listen. Transcript (Note: There may be typos due to automated transcription errors. Also, due to the intro to the podcast, add apx. 10 seconds to the time stamps below.) SPEAKERS Randy Johnston, Brian F.

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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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The 2023 AICPA Trends Report Shows Things Are Looking Up For Accounting Grad Numbers! JK They Suck

Going Concern

The 2023 AICPA Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits report (short: Trends report) was released last week and spoiler alert, it’s dark. There’s a ton to dig into, while we’re doing that here’s a taste. This is all anyone cares about anyway right? Says the AICPA, bachelor’s degree completions in accounting dropped 7.8% from 2021–2022 after steady decline of 1-3% per year since 2015–16.

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EAs call on IRS to restart balance due notices

Accounting Today

The National Association of Enrolled Agents is asking the Internal Revenue Service to resume sending reminder notices immediately to non-filers and those with balances due of more than $10,000.

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Reckon’s partner of the year, Clayton Oates, talks partnerships and the importance of creating value

Reckon

This week we sat down to have a chat with Reckon’s partner of the year, Clayton Oates. Clayton is the founder of QA Business , a leading accounting professional and a prolific keynote speaker. Focused on educating other accounting professionals and adept at building partnerships, we wanted to hear Clayton’s thoughts on how to foster great professional networks and how he views the technological future of accounting.

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IRS Gives Employers ‘a Way Out’ if They Unknowingly Filed an Improper ERC Claim

CPA Practice

More than a month after the IRS said it was temporarily shutting down the processing of employee retention credit (ERC) claims due to a surge of questionable submissions, the agency on Thursday offered steps small businesses can take to cancel their tax credit claim if they have doubts about its legitimacy. The new withdrawal option allows certain employers that filed an ERC claim but have not yet received a refund to rescind their submission and avoid future repayment, interest, and penalties.

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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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Letter to the Editor: Life in Public Accounting Doesn’t Add Up For Young Professionals

Going Concern

Ed. note: A reader sent in this thought-provoking essay on their experience as a CPA. In it the author covers their introduction to accounting, the impact the pandemic had on their goals, and the all too familiar feeling of watching your peers make buckets of money in other careers while you grind away in public. If you take nothing else from it, read this quote: “I hope that individuals can work to widen the pipeline to the point that anyone who has ever even THOUGHT about pursuing the CP

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IRS introduces business tax accounts as it targets big corporations for audits

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service is making improvements to its online tax professional accounts and hiring more accountants as it ramps up enforcement.

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NetSuite Extends Analytics Warehouse

Insightful Accountant

By extending Analytics Warehouse, NetSuite hopes to help customers gain greater and faster value from their data. Companies are using the newly enhanced AI-powered features of NSAW to simplify data management and access greater insights.

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The Like-Kind Exchange Home Sale Strategy

CPA Practice

By Daniel F. Rahill, CPA/PFS, JD, LL.M., CGMA Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, median home prices in the United States have skyrocketed, increasing by 41.6% from March 2020 to July 2023 as inventories have declined, according to the National Association of Realtors. The pandemic-driven shift to remote work, increasing demand for suburban and rural homes, and formerly low interest rates combined to accelerate demand and home values.

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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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Looks Like PwC Australia Is Getting in Trouble With the PCAOB For Failing to Report an ‘Event’

Going Concern

An “event” is putting it lightly. As you all know by now the PwC Australia tax scandal continues to claim victims and slander the good name of consultants everywhere. In yet another senate inquiry last week, former CEO Luke Sayers got beat up a little by senators sick of hearing “I don’t recall” from former and current senior leadership: Something else came out of those hearings, too.

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Gemini, DCG sued by NY for alleged $1.1B crypto fraud

Accounting Today

DCG's Genesis unit is accused in the suit of failing to adequately audit the Three Arrows Capital hedge fund and lying to Gemini when it claimed to regularly review its borrowers' financial statements,

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Cyber Attacks on the Rise: The Growing Threat to Healthcare

Withum

The number of cyber incidents within the healthcare industry has continued to increase, ranging from isolated incidents to targeted attacks that have grown in their material impacts. Hospitals and medical practices that fall victim to cyber-attacks can be left figuring out how to operate without their daily information systems. This has led to patientsreceiving incorrect medicine dosages, delayed operations, and diverted healthcare, such as ambulances being rerouted to other facilities, threaten

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Young Accounting Professionals Are Leaving Their Jobs at a Higher Clip

CPA Practice

Accounting and finance professionals in the U.S. are leaving their jobs at a significant rate, with millennials and Generation Z leading the exodus, according to a new report from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and staffing firm Robert Half. The report, Talent Retention in the U.S. Accounting and Finance Profession , based on a survey of 1,236 current and former accounting and finance professionals and academics in the U.S., reveals that professionals ages 18 to 36 experienced the

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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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Who Had ‘Do More Fraud’ on Their Things That Could Save the Accounting Profession Bingo Card?

Going Concern

When a tipster sent this over yesterday it seemed obvious prior to clicking the link they were joking when they suggested that “people exposed to fraud have a modest increase in joining the accounting profession.” Surely that had to be a joke about professors always spouting how great it is to work at Big 4. But no, that’s actually what the research in “ Externalities of Financial Statement Fraud on the Incoming Accounting Labor Force ,” published in the Journal of

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Companies shifting disclosures in response to SEC cybersecurity rules

Accounting Today

New cybersecurity rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission are already prompting companies to put more emphasis on the topic in their disclosures.

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My Favorite Newbies – QuickBooks Desktop 2024

Insightful Accountant

As the last piece in our QuickBooks Desktop 2024 series, Murph is giving us another of his favorite feature picks or, as he likes to call them, "his favorite newbies.

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ADP Adds HCM Solution for Construction Industry

CPA Practice

Payroll, HR, and benefits software provider ADP has launched a human capital management solution specifically for the unique needs of construction firms. ADP Workforce Now for Construction includes features for job costing, payroll, HR, worker development, managing government compliance and reporting, worker recruiting and retention, union management, and multi-job site management.

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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.