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The Fate of a Finished Filing Season Still in Limbo

Insightful Accountant

The 2024 tax season is ending with fewer hiccups and changes compared to previous years. Pending legislation and court decisions may bring uncertainty for preparers in the future.

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7 Data-Driven Trends Impacting Tax Operations

CPA Practice

Few agencies are as perpetually tasked to “do more with less” than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Despite chronic and pandemic-specific challenges however, the IRS is making strides in returning to business as usual. According to the recently released National Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress , “…the magnitude of successes exceeded the areas of weakness in 2023, and most metrics showed significant improvement from the depths of the [COVID-19] pandemic.

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Guide for Reporting Workplace Incidents Under OSHA (With Example)

Patriot Software

Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen in the workplace. When they do, you must fill out a workplace incident report. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, requires that all employers report qualifying workplace incidents. And, most employers must submit OSHA forms for other injuries and illnesses.

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A Job Loss is Bad But the Tax Implications Could Make it Worse

RogerRossmeisl

Unemployment has been holding steady recently at 3.7%. But there are still some people losing their jobs — particularly in certain industries including technology and media. If you’re laid off or terminated from employment, taxes are likely the last thing on your mind. However, there are tax implications due to your altered employment circumstances.

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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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Using Business Valuation Pros for Fairness Opinions

RogerRossmeisl

Uncertainty about inflation, regulations and geopolitical risks abounds in today’s marketplace. A fairness opinion can protect against costly litigation if your company engages in a major transaction and the projected results subsequently fall short of expectations or insolvency becomes likely. Here’s how a fairness opinion from an independent business valuator can help protect against post-deal legal claims.

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The 6-Month Rule: Making Financial Decisions That Drive Growth

IgniteSpot

As entrepreneurs, especially those of us who navigate the tumultuous seas of business development with a do-it-yourself ethos, making decisions that impact our financial health can seem daunting. Yet, the mastery of this aspect—particularly the financial and accounting decisions—is what separates thriving businesses from those that merely survive. The key is not in avoiding decisions but in making informed, strategic choices with a clear understanding of their long-term consequences.

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Who's responsible for payroll taxes?

Accounting Today

A CPA's embezzlement turns out to be no excuse for trust fund recovery penalties.

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The rise of the remote partner

Accounting Today

The process of becoming a remote partner isn't much different from the traditional path — but it may take a little extra effort.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing the CPA Practice

CPA Practice

Dr. Sangeeta Chhabra CPAs and finance professionals today understand the importance of transparency and collaboration; however, lack of uniformity acts as an obstacle to seamless coherence in data management processes. While navigating these challenges, generative AI is emerging as a promising prospect. Generative AI, as a growing ecosystem of technologies, extends beyond GPT-4 and Gemini with added capabilities to process diverse data types, such as text, images, audio, video, 3D modeling, and

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Beware of a Stealth Tax on Social Security Benefits

RogerRossmeisl

Some people mistakenly believe that Social Security benefits are always free from federal income tax. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case. In fact, depending on how much overall income you have, up to 85% of your benefits could be hit with federal income tax. While the truth about the federal income tax bite on Social Security benefits may be painful, it’s better to understand it.

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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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Cost-Saving Tips for Startups: Maximize Your Cash Runway

BurklandAssociates

Burkland’s Fractional CFO team shares a list of cost-saving tips that venture-backed startups can employ to optimize their financial resources. The post Cost-Saving Tips for Startups: Maximize Your Cash Runway appeared first on Burkland.

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IRS unveils draft Form 1099-DA for crypto reporting

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service previewed a draft version of the Form 1099-DA on Friday for reporting on the proceeds of digital asset transactions for crypto brokers.

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Accounting Firms Continue to Prioritize Work-Life Balance

CPA Practice

By Lizzy McLellan Ravitch. The Philadelphia Inquirer (via TNS) Molly Kowal decided to become an accountant in part because she knew it would be a stable career. After graduating from college in 2021, she saw friends in other fields struggling to find work but knew she would be able to find a job. But that doesn’t mean she’s willing to work into the wee hours during busy season.

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Bartering is a Taxable Transaction Even If No Cash is Exchanged

RogerRossmeisl

If your small business is strapped for cash (or likes to save money), you may find it beneficial to barter or trade for goods and services. Bartering isn’t new — it’s the oldest form of trade — but the internet has made it easier to engage in with other businesses. However, if your business begins bartering, be aware that the fair market value of goods that you receive in these types of transactions is taxable income.

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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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PwC Announces It’s ‘Aligning Its Organizational Structure’ and Using Fewer BS Words in Job Titles

Going Concern

I wish I’d written this news up hours ago when I got a PR email about it, AT scooped us. Oh well. Here’s the news as it was delivered to me: Today, PwC US’ next senior partner, Paul Griggs, introduced our new leadership team—the Operating Committee. You can learn more about all the leaders here [link to the Our US Leadership Team page on PwC’s website].

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Poor cash flow can sink any business

Accounting Today

If an enterprise doesn't accurately measure and manage cash flow effectively, it won't be able to make sound financial decisions for the future.

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What Does the DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule Mean For Your Small Business?

CPA Practice

By Suzanne Lucas, Inc. (TNS) The White House just approved a proposal from the Department of Labor to raise the minimum salary for exemption to $55,068 per year. It’s currently at $35,568 per year , so this is quite a jump. What does this mean for your business? Let’s break it down. Salary exemption Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees who work more than 40 hours a week are entitled to overtime.

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Tips for Investigating Employee Fraud Tips

RogerRossmeisl

Occupational fraud is a crime generally committed by employees against their employers. Ironically, employees also are most likely to notice or suspect occupational fraud schemes conducted by their coworkers or managers. Whether they report through an anonymous tipline or directly to management or HR, rank-and-file workers often are the first to raise the alarm.

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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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Accounting Firms Will Not Be Leading the AI Revolution

Going Concern

Rightworks has released their inaugural 2024 Accounting Firm Technology Survey and the results tell us what we already done knew: Accounting firms are hesitant to adopt next-gen technology. Hell, a bunch of them are hesitant to move to the cloud. In 2024. The survey of decision makers and influencers at accounting, tax and bookkeeping firms revealed that nearly 60 percent of respondents identified their firms as slow adopters of new technologies like AI.

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IRS wraps up tax season

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service reported stronger performance on Monday, April 15, as it concluded this year's tax filing season, saying it had answered 1 million more phone calls from taxpayers and helped 170,000 people in person compared to last year.

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March Saw Increase in Job Growth and Retail Sales

CPA Practice

Retail sales continued to increase in March along with job growth and tax refunds, which put more money in shoppers’ pockets, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “March’s Census Bureau numbers confirm that consumer spending remains steady, underscoring a resilient consumer despite inflationary pressure,” said National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz.

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2024 Q2 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Employers

RogerRossmeisl

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines that apply to businesses and other employers during the second quarter of 2024. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. April 15 If you’re a calendar-year corporation, file a 2023 income tax return (Form 1120) or file for an automatic six-month extension (Form 7004) and pay any

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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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PwC Partners Will Be Getting Dirty Looks at the Country Club for the Foreseeable Future

Going Concern

Ever since the news broke in early 2023 that a PwC Australia partner brought confidential government tax changes back to the firm for the purposes of monetizing it for corporate tax avoidance, the firm has been struggling to crawl out from under the garbage heap of a scandal. Which is whatever, every Big 4 firm has taken reputational damage on the chin and kept truckin’ But for Big 4 firms in Australia, the fatuous actions of their competitors at PwC have brought unwanted scrutiny and a st

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The IRS 2024 Dirty Dozen

Accounting Today

A phish, a mill and a stroll overseas are just three of the 12 major scams the Internal Revenue Service identified for this year's rogues gallery.

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IRS Touts Strong, More Efficient 2024 Tax Season

CPA Practice

It’s Tax Day, so there’s no better time for the IRS to pat itself on the back for a job well done as filing season for most Americans comes to a close. Compared to last year, the IRS answered more than 1 million additional taxpayer phone calls during the 2024 tax season, helped over 170,000 more people in-person, and saw 75 million more visits to IRS.gov, mainly due to the agency’s new and expanded Where’s My Refund?

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Charity Scams: A Small Business Perspective

RogerRossmeisl

Many businesses support their communities by donating to local charities. Although there are plenty of non-profits that deserve your support, some exist solely to facilitate fraud. How can you avoid the latter? Familiarize yourself with the deceptive tactics scammers use and carefully screen charities for legitimacy — before you write a check. Branding tricks Fraud perpetrators employ many tried-and-tested approaches to trick businesses into donating to fake charities.

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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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BDO to Undergo Major Office Space Shrinkage in Pittsburgh

Going Concern

According to an article published Monday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , BDO will be moving its Pittsburgh office from the current space in the Heinz 57 Center at 339 Sixth Ave to the new FNB Financial Center at 632 Washington Place. They’ll be taking the 18th floor when they move in next year. PPG says : In a statement, Deron Curliss, assurance practice leader in BDO’s Pittsburgh office, said the new space will provide “a flexible and collaborative work environment” for employees.

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Students take a new path to 150 hours

Accounting Today

The first class members of the AICPA and NASBA's pilot Experience, Learn & Earn program are completing their inaugural semester.

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The Accounting Technology Lab Podcast – Review of Aiwyn – April 2024

CPA Practice

Hosts Randy Johnston and Brian Tankersley, CPA, look at the practice management, billing and collections platform Aiwyn. Use the video player below to watch, or the podcast player below to listen to the podcast. Or use this podcast player to listen: Transcript (Note: There may be typos due to automated transcription errors.) Randy Johnston 00:00 Hey, welcome to Technology Lab.

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Update on Retirement Account Required Minimum Distributions

RogerRossmeisl

If you have a tax-favored retirement account, including a traditional IRA, you’ll become exposed to the federal income tax required minimum distribution (RMD) rules after reaching a certain age. If you inherit a tax-favored retirement account, including a traditional or Roth IRA, you’ll also have to deal with these rules. Specifically, you’ll have to: 1) take annual withdrawals from the accounts and pay the resulting income tax and/or 2) reduce the balance in your inherited Roth IRA sooner than

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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.