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It’s About to Be Dot-Com Boom 2.0 in Accounting

Going Concern

VC firm Andreessen Horowitz just did an interesting piece called “ Death, Taxes, and AI: How Generative AI Will Change Accounting ” that’s worth a read if you’re at all interested in this topic but most interesting of all (to us anyway) was this chart of early stage AI startups in this space. We suspect it won’t be long before a chart like this will require a looooong scroll to view.

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How accountants can stop doing extra work for free

Mark Lee

One of the most common issues accountants raise with me is how can they stop getting caught out doing extra little bits of work for free? This has become more of an issue for many of them since they started quoting fixed fees. The issue comes up less often for those traditional accountants who still claim to charge clients by reference to the time spent on their affairs.

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How to Use ChatGPT to Create Forms and Templates for Accounting Firms

CPA Practice

By Sandi Smith Leyva. I often hear myself saying, “I need a form for this” in my business. Forms, samples, and templates streamline just about any process you can think of. With generative AI tools, you can now streamline the forms creation process itself. What Forms Do I Need? I asked ChatGPT what forms it recommended for a CPA firm. Here is the answer I got (since ChatGPT is nondeterministic, you won’t get the exact same answer I got.): For a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) firm, creatin

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5 ways accountants are using AI to streamline workloads

Accounting Today

Accountants are adding AI tools to their work, saving time and becoming more efficient.

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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 Hold Vital Role in Driving Financial Transformation

CPA Practice

A new survey underscores the role that accountants play in motivating, determining, and implementing new solutions that modernize their work. This also helps ensure their organizations are competitive and compliant in a complex and dynamic environment, and aid the CFO and others in understanding the transformation imperative. These are part of the results from FloQast’s survey, Embracing Financial Transformation: What It Is, Why Organizations Should Want It, and How to Achieve It.

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IRS lowered its sights on high-income taxpayer audits

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service switched over from focusing its audits on taxpayers earning $10 million or more to those earning $400,000 or more after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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A Surprisingly High Number of People Actually Want to Stay at Their Current Firm

Going Concern

We’re not talking about the high number of people who are sticking around at their firms right now because the market is so screwy but rather this is about respondents to a Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs survey they’ve called “ CPA Talent Retention 2024: Keeping Your Best Performers.” Almost three-quarters of the hundreds of PA CPAs surveyed said they would like to stay put.

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Roadmap to The Modern Firm

CPA Practice

By Darren Root, CPA, CITP, CGMA. What it takes to be a modern firm means different things to different people. Does it require having connected, collaborative cloud technology in place? A structured, current security plan? Offering a rich client experience? A healthy culture that supports remote work and flex time? The short answer is yes to all of the above—and more.

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Maximizing Tax Savings in 2024 with Cost Segregation

LSLCPAs

Cost segregation continues to be an essential tax planning tool in 2024. By accelerating the depreciation allowed on a building, taxpayers can significantly reduce their taxable income in the initial years of property ownership. This strategy offers a substantial reduction in taxes, thereby boosting cash flow during the crucial early years of owning a building.

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Let’s Talk About This Year’s Strategic Priorities at Tax Firms

Going Concern

Although it’s been out for more than a month, we haven’t had a chance to take a deep dive into Thomson Reuters’ 2024 State of Tax Professionals Report. We really should, and will, because A) it’s a great report and B) the profession is in such a state of change at the moment that what’s important now might be chopped liver come next year.

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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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House Rich But Cash Poor? Consider a Reverse Mortgage Strategy

RogerRossmeisl

Are you an older taxpayer who owns a house that has appreciated greatly? At the same time, you may need income. Thankfully, there could be a solution with a tax-saving bonus. It involves taking out a reverse mortgage. Reverse mortgage basics With a reverse mortgage, the borrower doesn’t make payments to the lender to pay down the mortgage principal over time.

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What's new in sales tax?

TaxConnex

There’s always something changing in the world of tax, especially sales tax. Here’s a review of some of the recent changes and updates. ‘Fun’ with refunds. Two Penn State University students are using artificial intelligence to automate sales tax refunds for businesses, news reports said. The students designed a process with AI to remove the need of manually searching to find overpayment discrepancies.

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Legal 101 for Startups – What I Learned from My Discussion with Silicon Legal Strategy

BurklandAssociates

Laying a strong legal foundation from the beginning can save your startup time, money, and headaches down the road. The post Legal 101 for Startups – What I Learned from My Discussion with Silicon Legal Strategy appeared first on Burkland.

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Deadline for MP Elite 2024 submissions extended

Accounting Today

Due to extensive interest, Accounting Today is extending the deadline for submissions for its annual Managing Partner Elite list to the end of the day on Monday, July 8.

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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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You May Be Entitled to Tax Breaks if Caring for an Elderly Relative

RogerRossmeisl

There are many rewards for taking care of an elderly relative. They may include feeling needed, making a difference in the person’s life and allowing the person to receive quality care. In addition, you could also be eligible for tax breaks. Here’s a rundown of four of them: Medical expenses. If the individual qualifies as your “medical dependent” and you itemize deductions on your tax return, you can include any medical expenses you incur for the person along with your own when determining your

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Changes Coming to QuickBooks – The Accounting Technology Lab Podcast – July 2024

CPA Practice

Hosts Randy Johnston and Brian Tankersley, CPA, discuss several changes coming to QuickBooks in 2024, including in pricing and strategic changes in the organization. Use the video player below to watch, or the podcast player below to listen to the podcast. Or use the below podcast player to listen: Transcript (Note: There may be typos due to automated transcription errors.

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Withum Names Twenty New Partners 

Withum

Withum is proud to announce its 2024 New Partner Class. It’s my privilege to introduce Withum’s 2024 New Partner Class. We are celebrating these individuals for reaching a career milestone they have worked tirelessly toward. Each person on this list has exhibited a strong entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to their profession, and long-lasting grit that I am sure will propel them and our firm through many years of success.

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Taxpayer Advocate spotlights problems with IRS assistance

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service isn't doing enough to help victims of identity theft receive their tax refunds, according to a report from National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins, and its statistics on answering phone calls are misleading.

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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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Consider Alternative Indicators of Business Value

RogerRossmeisl

When valuing a business, experts often look beyond the company’s financial statements. Management interviews and document requests may provide additional objective insight into how much the owners believe the business is worth. This information shouldn’t be used as a substitute for a comprehensive valuation analysis, but it may identify discrepancies that need to be reconciled.

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IRS and Treasury Issue Final Regs on Reporting the New 1% Crypto Excise Tax

CPA Practice

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued final regulations that provide taxpayers and tax professionals with guidance on how to report and pay the 1 percent excise tax owed on corporate stock repurchases. The Inflation Reduction Act imposed a new excise tax on stock repurchases equal to 1 percent of the aggregate fair market value of stock repurchased by certain corporations during the taxable year, subject to adjustments.

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The Race for Inclusion With Special Olympics Florida

Withum

Join us for this episode of Civic Warriors, where we speak with Sherry Wheelock, President and CEO of Special Olympics Florida, and Maryann Gonzalez, a Coordinator of Sports and an athlete at the Special Olympics Florida.

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Trump, Biden debate spurs worries over fitness and taxes

Accounting Today

The contentious debate Thursday evening between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump included some discussion on tax policy, but Biden's unsteady delivery left many Democrats worried about his ability to continue his campaign.

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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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Inflation Enhances the 2025 Amounts for Health Savings Accounts

RogerRossmeisl

The IRS recently released guidance providing the 2025 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). These amounts are adjusted each year, based on inflation, and the adjustments are announced earlier in the year than other inflation-adjusted amounts, which allows employers to get ready for the next year. Fundamentals of HSAs An HSA is a trust created or organized exclusively for the purpose of paying the qualified medical expenses of an account beneficiary.

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Why Gen Z Women Are Less Likely to Use AI Than Gen Z Men at Work

CPA Practice

By Henry Chandonnet, Fast Company (TNS) Gen Z is growing up in the age of AI-powered large language models like ChatGPT and Gemini AI. Now this generation of young workers born between 1997 and 2012 is quickly preparing for a fast-changing job market. Still, one problem plagues this upcoming cohort of workers: the AI gender gap. According to a new study from the Slack Workforce Lab , men ages 18 to 29 are 25% more likely to have experimented with artificial intelligence technology than their f

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Withum Announces Firmwide Leadership Transitions

Withum

Exciting things are happening at Withum! As of July 1, a new class of leaders will take their places across the Firm’s industry, regional, and internal teams. These individuals were chosen for their technical expertise, leadership acumen and their dedication to living the Withum Way. As long-term members of these teams, this new leadership class is equipped with all the tools needed to continue the successes of their predecessors and continue to innovate for the future, keeping Withum at the for

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ProAdvisor Awards All About Preparation

Insightful Accountant

The number of participants in the ProAdvisor Awards grows each year, with more and more highly qualified ProAdvisors entering the mix. We hope you are one of them, but preparation for participation goes a long way at achieving recognition.

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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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Figuring Corporate Estimated Tax

RogerRossmeisl

The next quarterly estimated tax payment deadline is September 16 for individuals and businesses, so it’s a good time to review the rules for computing corporate federal estimated payments. You want your business to pay the minimum amount of estimated tax without triggering the penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. Four possible options The required installment of estimated tax that a corporation must pay to avoid a penalty is the lowest amount determined under one of the following four met

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7 Sure-Fire Ways Accounting Firms Can Attract and Retain Talent

CPA Practice

By Dr. Sangeeta Chhabra Accounting firms are focusing on the tech stack and missing out on the talent stack. Implementing new technologies is one thing; however, the talent stack needs to be upgraded in parallel. Accounting firms are facing a talent shortage as most accounting professionals are shifting to fields like investment banking, consulting, and information technology.

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Is Your Sales Cycle Lengthening? Do You Know Why?

Summit CPA

When your days-to-close increase, it’s easy to point a finger at the prospect: Businesses have less cash in the bank, especially now that PPP money has all been spent. They come to sales calls with more stakeholders and take longer to align on solutions. With more cooks in the kitchen, things inevitably slow down.

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ISSB to streamline sustainability disclosure frameworks, standards

Accounting Today

The International Sustainability Standards Board will improve the sustainability disclosure landscape by streamlining and consolidating frameworks and standards.

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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.