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Six Things Accountants Wish Their Small Business Clients Knew

Insightful Accountant

Surrounded by a passionate group of QuickBooks Accountants, Bookkeepers and ProAdvisors, Dave Talach asked the question, "What's one thing you wish your small business clients knew?" Here are some of his favorite answers.

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This Accounting Job is One of the 10 Best Flexible Roles in 2024 That Also Pay Well

CPA Practice

By Michael Grothaus, Fast Company (TNS) If you’re looking for a new job in 2024—especially one with a higher-than-average salary and some chance of remote work—you’ll want to give Indeed’s 50 Best Jobs in the U.S. for 2024 list a look. The jobs site tracks the best jobs in America annually, but this year’s list was compiled in a slightly different way.

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IRS adds crypto question to more tax forms

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service has revised the question it has asked in recent years about income from digital assets such as cryptocurrency on the Form 1040 for individual taxpayers this tax season and added it for the first time to tax forms for estates, trusts, partnerships and C and S corporations.

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The Ultimate Guide to Tax Resolution For Tax Professionals

Canopy Accounting

Learn everything there is to know about tax resolution in this ultimate guide and if it's something you should offer to your clients. See details!

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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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Inventory Management Strategies To Maximize Efficiency

AccountingDepartment

From a manufacturing perspective, inventory is everything for business owners that can significantly impact their financial well-being. That is why effective inventory management is of utmost importance for manufacturers or other businesses that keep things on the shelves.

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How can accountants harness artificial intelligence?

Reckon

The accounting profession will not be immune to recent and future advances in AI. There’s a lot of hand wringing out there in the accounting community, among others, about how AI might impact their jobs or even make them obsolete. This is the wrong way to think about AI. As with the advent of cloud computing, AI can be a boon to the profession and simply make the job more accurate and less labour intensive, freeing up accounting professionals to do more of the ‘human work’.

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What Is Deferred Revenue: Accounting Principles and Tax Treatment

inDinero Accounting

Terms like “deferred revenue” can confuse non-accountants, but the concept is easy enough. Deferred revenue refers to when customers pay upfront for products or services they will receive later while your accountant recognizes that income over time rather than all at once. In this article, we’ll explain the GAAP-compliant method of reporting deferred revenue, provide bookkeeping examples, and explain how the practice will impact your taxes.

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Everything accountants need to know about PEOs

Accounting Today

Managing employees can be a major roadblock for growing businesses, but PEOs can help, and ADP's Kristen Appleman explains how they work and when they might be a good fit.

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3 Effective Digital Networking Strategies for Accountants

CPA Practice

Networking is essential for every accountant, and in the digital age, it’s easier than ever to make valuable connections in the field. While in-person events and meetings are still effective ways to network, many professionals are taking advantage of online networking opportunities. In fact, 40% of professionals say they network more online than in person.

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Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on the Qualified Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit

RogerRossmeisl

As reported via IR-2024-16 on 1/19/2024 The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury today issued Notice 2024-20 to provide guidance on eligible census tracts for the qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit (the tax credit applicable to the installation of EV chargers) and to announce the intent to propose regulations for the credit.

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Recruit and Retain New Blue-Collar Talent

Blue-collar jobs have a branding problem. One company, GEON, partnered with Paycor to find the solution. Learn how to attract, engage, and retain blue-collar employees, helping them build meaningful careers – and support your company’s goals.

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3 additional considerations for SaaS on managing sales tax obligations

TaxConnex

Sales and use tax generally applies to the sale or use of tangible personal property and certain services. Since software, and especially Software-as-a-Service, may not be delivered in a tangible form, many technology and software companies have considered themselves exempt from sales and use tax. But this is not always the case. In fact, many states impose sales and use tax on services provided by the technology industry.

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Tax Deadlines for Startups in 2024

BurklandAssociates

Tax deadlines for startups in 2024, including federal filing dates and key dates for San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. The post Tax Deadlines for Startups in 2024 appeared first on Burkland.

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How to Get the California Franchise Tax Board to Accept Your Offer in Compromise

MyIRSRelief

The Offer in Compromise (OIC) is a powerful tool for taxpayers who are unable to pay their full tax liability. It allows taxpayers to settle their tax debt for less than the full amount owed, potentially saving them significant amounts of money. However, getting an OIC accepted by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) can be a complex and challenging process.

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IRS and tax pros gird for filing season amid congressional uncertainty

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service and tax professionals are preparing for the start of tax season Monday, hoping for a smooth filing season like last year, although last-minute tax law changes are possible thanks to a deal working its way through Congress to revive tax breaks like a more generous Child Tax Credit.

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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.

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Hot Topics: Taxability | TaxConnex

TaxConnex

Clients often ask us, “How often should we evaluate the taxability of our products?” An annual review should work. Most states change their sales tax rate laws on either Jan. 1 or July 1, by the calendar year or by the fiscal year. But there are more than 10,000 jurisdictions in the U.S., and a ton of local jurisdictions with the authority from their states to change their individual tax rates.

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F in the Chat For All the Clients Losing Their CPAs to Higher Fees This Year

Going Concern

An incredible phenomenon is underway, one that many tax pros have been begging their compadres to get on board with for years: CPAs are increasing their fees. In some cases so high that clients are pushing back, going their own way (rather, threatening to…they’ll be back), or shopping around for someone new. Surely they won’t have any problem finding someone who will do it cheaper!

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IRS Redesigning Taxpayer Notices to Make Them Easier to Understand

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service says it is working on the Simple Notice Initiative, a sweeping effort to simplify and clarify about 170 million letters sent annually to taxpayers. Part of the larger transformation work taking place at the IRS with Inflation Reduction Act funding, the Simple Notice Initiative will build off redesigned notice efforts in place for the 2024 tax season and expand on a recent successful pilot involving identity theft letters.

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IRS offers relief on Maryland college savings rollovers

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued a notice to provide relief to parents who got snagged by problems with Maryland's prepaid college savings program.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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Research & Development Tax Credits for the Food & Beverage Industry

Withum

The R&D Tax Credit is a tax incentive that can be applied as a dollar-for-dollar offset against a company’s tax liability if they engage in activities related to the design and development of a product, process, formula, invention, software, or technique within the United States. Additionally, start-up businesses with less than $5 million in gross receipts in the current taxable year and no gross receipts prior to the fifth previous taxable year (e.g., for 2023, the company must not have gro

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Anders Unveils 2024 Charity of Choice: Memory Care Home Solutions 

Anders CPA

Anders employees nominate the not-for-profit organizations they’re involved with and passionate about every year to be considered for the firm’s Charity of Choice. The votes have been tallied and we’re excited to announce the 2024 Anders Charity of Choice is Memory Care Home Solutions! The Charity of Choice program, now in its 19 th year, supports the nominated organization with a combination of volunteer efforts and fundraising events.

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3 Strategies to Help CPA Firms Retain In-Demand Talent

CPA Practice

If employee retention isn’t already a priority focus for your CPA firm, you may want to make it one — and soon. Research from Robert Half found that 27% of finance and accounting professionals in the United States are either looking for a job right now or planning to do so in the next six months. That may not sound like a significant percentage. But could you afford to lose more than one-quarter of the best players on your team, especially during tax season?

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IRS aims to simplify tax notices

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service unveiled a Simple Notice initiative Tuesday to review, redesign and deploy hundreds of its notices, starting with the most common ones.

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Finding “The One:” The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Financial Software

Speaker: Nancy Wu, Head of Sales and Customer Success at SkyStem

As finance and accounting practitioners, you are expected to complete daily operations as well as to manage next generation tools and resources to support a business that is growing in complexity. Having the right software can be critical in juggling and meeting those high expectations. The path to the right software, however, is paved with challenging decisions.

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Grab the Barf Bag, Leadership Is Talking About ‘Purpose’ Again

Going Concern

With all the AI buzz dominating headlines these days , we almost forgot how much firms enjoy talking about purpose. Allegedly this is something very important to millennials, or it was when we started entering the workforce 20+ years ago but now that we’re old and codgery it’s been pinned on Gen Z. Gen Z doesn’t work for money, they work for purpose.

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ROI – NJ Power List 2024

Withum

Withum is proud to share that New Jersey business publication ROI-NJ has named Bill Hagaman, Ed O’Connell, and Pat Walsh to their 2024 Power Influencer List in Accounting. Bill Hagaman , Partner and Immediate past Managing Partner and CEO, has been a member of the Firm’s management for over 30 years and specializes in merger and acquisition services and international business.

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Florida Tax Preparer Gets Prison for False Returns and Online Romance Scam

CPA Practice

A Florida woman was sentenced on Jan. 23, 2024, to two years in prison for a scheme to file false tax returns, and to two years in prison for an unrelated online romance scam. The two sentences are to run concurrently with each other. According to court documents and statements made in court related to the tax scheme, Iona Coates owned and operated Bits & Bytes Accounting Services Inc., which provided tax preparation and bookkeeping services.

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Tax extenders bill throws new uncertainty into tax season

Accounting Today

The House Ways and Means Committee reported the text of the Tax Relief for Workers and Families Act after voting last week to advance the bipartisan bill.

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How CPA Firms Can Profit From Payroll Services Without the Extra Work

"Offer payroll and do it yourself,” they said. “It’ll be fun!” Spoiler alert: It was not fun. Most CPA firms know that they need to offer payroll services to their clients or risk losing them to another firm that will. However, many don’t really want to. It is often time-consuming and complex due to changing tax laws and regulations, and with the growing staffing shortages, most just don’t have the resources.

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Happy 100th Birthday to Plante Moran

Going Concern

Looks like our invitation to the big party got lost in the mail. On Saturday, January 20, Plante Moran celebrated 100 years in business, a milestone few organizations reach. Since its founding in 1924, the firm has grown from a sole accounting practitioner in a Detroit office to a billion-dollar audit, tax, consulting and wealth management firm with more than 3,800 professionals serving clients around the globe.

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Intuit Announces New Economic and Small Business Job Data for 2023Q4

Insightful Accountant

As accountants look ahead to the upcoming year, it’s important for them to note what the current landscape looks like for their small business clients. That's why you may find this 4th-Quarter data from 2023 beneficial.

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IRS-CI to Host ERC Seminars for Tax Professionals

CPA Practice

The IRS Criminal Investigation unit will hold educational sessions for tax professionals about the employee retention credit (ERC) next month, the agency announced on Jan. 25. “CI special agents will host a series of educational sessions geared specifically to tax professionals about ERC at its field offices across the country,” the IRS said on Thursday.

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IRS previews free Direct File tax program

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service showed off its upcoming Direct File free tax preparation service ahead of its pilot test in a dozen states starting in March.

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2024 Payroll Calendar Templates

These calendars provide pay period dates and paydays for biweekly, semi-monthly, and monthly payroll in 2024. Use them as a reminder or share with employees so they can celebrate payday.