2023

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IRS: Collection Notices Are Coming Back in 2024

CPA Practice

The IRS has hit the restart button on sending out automated collection notices, ending a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said on Tuesday. Because automated collection notices were paused during that two-year span, the IRS also said today it will be providing about $1 billion in penalty relief to approximately 4.7 million individuals, businesses, and tax-exempt organizations that weren’t sent collection reminders about their overdue taxes during the pandemic.

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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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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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What can ChatGPT do for accountants?

Accounting Insight

A lot has been written about OpenAI’s unveiling of ChatGPT. It’s garnered a very excited response. To summarise, it’s a chatbot. By responding to prompts, it can answer questions, create stories, and it remembers its previous responses. Its core function is to mimic a human conversation. What separates it from other chatbots is the absurd amount of data behind it – 300 billion words’ worth.

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How to Easily Navigate Crypto Accounting in the Web3 Era

Speaker: Aaron Jacob, VP of Accounting Solutions & Reagan Cook, GTM Lead

Are you struggling to navigate the complexities and challenges that come with crypto accounting? 🤔 This new webinar will cover everything businesses need to know to get started with crypto accounting after incorporating crypto into their business models! Industry experts Aaron Jacob and Reagan Cook of TaxBit will thoroughly explore the prevalent operational hurdles encountered by accounting teams when interacting with crypto on the books, and detail how software solutions can effectively

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Shortage of Accountants? Think Again.

CPA Practice

By Andrew Argue, CPA. People are nervous. College graduates with accounting degrees , CPA exam takers , new entrants to the accounting workforce —all these metrics and our experience make us feel there’s a lack of interest in our industry. You can sense the collective anxiety brewing: Is our industry running low on accounting talent? It’s not just the macro stats causing concern.

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How firms can prioritize accountants’ mental health in the workplace

ThomsonReuters

Working in the tax and accounting industry can be a stressful job. With long hours, tight deadlines, and pressure to deliver results, it can be hard to achieve a work-life balance. That’s why it’s important for both tax and accounting professionals and their firms to take steps to protect their mental health. With Mental Health Month upon us, this is a good time to think about strategies to ensure that your teams maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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IRS Releases Long-Awaited ERC Voluntary Settlement Program

Withum

On December 21, 2023, the IRS released details about its second settlement initiative relating to the employee retention credit (ERC). See IR-2023-247 , Announcement 2024-3 , general information , and FAQs. The IRS previously released a withdrawal option on October 19, 2023, for taxpayers who either did not receive their ERC checks or did not cash them.

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Firms look at ways to attract young people to accounting

Accounting Today

Accounting firms need to pay more to bring young people into the profession, as starting salaries are still lagging compared to other fields, and they have to make other changes in how the job is structured.

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96% of Accountants Think Automation is Essential for Profession

CPA Practice

A new study on how accounting professionals feel about their profession, job satisfaction, and automation has found that, while they are overwhelmingly positive about the profession, there is a clear need for more automation. This is an opportunity for firms to provide better client and employee experiences and to gain a competitive advantage. These results were part of the study, “Automation: Putting Accountants on the Right Path,” which was commissioned by ShareFile , a business unit of Cloud

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A sneak peek into what’s next for reports in Xero

Xero

Our team hit the ground running in 2023, introducing a number of exciting features to new reports that we know you’ve been waiting for — including the addition of foreign currency to new reports. Here are some of the highlights and a sneak peek into what’s coming next. Don’t forget, the older versions of our reports will be retired on 31 July 2023. We urge you to start using new reports now , so you have plenty of time to get used to them before the older versions are retired.

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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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In the News - September 1, 2023

Insightful Accountant

Murph wants to help you keep abreast of things happening around you—from news to vendor releases, conference tips and IRS updates. If he thinks you need to know, he's telling you.

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An Open Letter to Our Government

Patriot Software

To Whom It May Concern, I am Mike Kappel, CEO of Patriot Software in Canton, OH. I am calling on our government and lawmakers to step in and put their full weight behind SVB immediately in order to make tens of thousands of hardworking American businesses and their families whole again.

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Layoff Watch ’23: The KPMG Workforce is Shrinking By About 5% (UPDATED)

Going Concern

Stock photo of KPMG office in London. Look, the logo is the same ok. Rumors have been buzzing for a few weeks now that KPMG would be making some cuts, the most notable of these buzzes an extra buzzy post on Reddit suggesting an incoming RIF. This morning (Monday), all-hands calls started appearing in people’s calendars and, well, you know what happens after that.

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IRS Temporarily Suspends ERC Claims: What You Need to Know

Cherry Bekaert

On September 14, 2023, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an immediate moratorium on the processing of new Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims until at least 2024. This pause in processing claims should not deter any employer from determining if it qualifies as an employer eligible to claim the ERC, documenting its eligibility, calculating the credit or filing an amended Form 940X to claim the appropriate credit.

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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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Single Women More Likely to Buy a Home than Single Men

CPA Practice

By Michael E. Kanell – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via TNS). Mary Woods has a career with erratic schedules and unpredictable paychecks, but she saved money and kept her credit score high so she could buy a house on her own. The purchase was a priority, said Woods, 43, a production worker in the film industry who has been in her DeKalb County, Georgia, home for nearly two years, glad for friendly neighbors, the options for walking her dogs and the proximity to urban amenities.

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Deloitte Auditors Got Caught Changing Their Computer Clocks to Backdate Workpapers

Going Concern

This is not the kind of behavior we expect from our friends in the north! CPA Ontario announced yesterday Deloitte will be paying $1.59 million ($1.15 million USD) in fines and costs for breaches of the CPA Ontario Code of Professional Conduct (Rule 501 and 502). 501 covers a firm’s maintenance of policies and procedures for compliance with professional standards and 502 a firm’s maintenance of policies and procedures: competence and conduct of firm members.

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WTF Happened at SVB and Should KPMG Auditors Have Seen It Coming?

Going Concern

While the general investing public is asking “where were the auditors?” in regards to the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, the banks’ auditors are insisting that, having exercised requisite due professional care, their unqualified opinions were based on the information available to them at the time and as such, the firm stands behind them.

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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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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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IRS requires business to start e-filing Form 8300 in 2024

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service is telling companies they will need to start electronically filing their forms reporting cash payments over $10,000, starting Jan. 1, 2024.

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IRS expands features in Tax Pro Accounts

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service is allowing tax practitioners to see their client's tax information, including balance due amounts, as well as withdraw from their active authorizations online in real time.

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New York Considers New Taxes on Guns and Ammunition

CPA Practice

By Gail Cole. Firearms and ammunition are already subject to New York sales tax. If New York State Senate Bill 7733 is enacted, it will place an additional excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition in the Empire State. The rate would be 11% to match the federal firearms and ammunition excise tax as well as the new California tax on guns and ammo dealers.

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The CPA Shortage Compels Accounting Firms to Embrace Digital Transformation

CPA Practice

By Cameron White. Despite high demand for CPAs, accounting firms struggle to hire accountants. In 2021, there was a 17 percent drop in employed accountants and auditors from a 2019 peak, according to a Bloomberg Tax analysis. Deloitte ranks the talent shortage among the top challenges that are expected to influence or disrupt businesses this year. With an onslaught of economic disruptions and complexities on their plate, a CPA shortage proves especially burdensome for middle market companies.

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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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How to Be Prepared for an ERC Audit

CPA Practice

The IRS has announced that it’s “open season” on false claims for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). It is stepping up efforts to audit employers as aggressive promoters continue to make a pitch for fraudulent refunds (IR-203-40, 3/7/23). This type of scheme was recently included on the IRS’ list of the Dirty Dozen tax scams to watch out for in 2023.

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As Businesses Shift Focus to Efficiency, Finance Teams Must Find Ways to Do More with Less in AP

CPA Practice

By Anik Jain. Continued economic uncertainty, geopolitical tensions, stubborn inflationary trends and high interest rates are impacting everything from supply chains and vendor relationships to the labor force and the workplace. As a result, finance leaders find their departments squarely in the spotlight—keeping a closer eye on their balance sheets, taking fewer risks, and focusing more on efficiency and value over growth.

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Here Are the Five Countries with the Highest Income Tax

CPA Practice

By Faustine Ngila, Quartz (TNS) Côte d’Ivoire citizens pay the highest income taxes in the world according to this year’s survey findings by World Population Review. While both its sales and corporate tax regimes may be considerably lower than those of other countries globally, at 60%, Côte d’Ivoire’s income tax rates are markedly higher compared to developed countries.

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IRS plans foreign tax credit rules

Accounting Today

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service expect to issue proposed regulations to address the application of the foreign tax credit and related rules and the dual consolidated loss rules to certain types of taxes described in the GloBE Model Rules.

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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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IRS Waving $1 Billion in Back Tax Penalties for More Than 4.7 Million Taxpayers

CPA Practice

By Kelley R. Taylor, Kiplinger Consumer News Service (TNS) Just in time for the holidays, the IRS has announced a move to help individuals, businesses, and tax-exempt organizations that owe back taxes. The agency will waive nearly $1 billion in penalties for taxes owed by more than 4.7 million people and entities that didn’t receive automated collection reminders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Don’t Take Tax Advice from Social Media

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service warns that trusting tax advice found on social media can lure otherwise honest taxpayers and tax professionals into compromising tax situations. Social media can circulate inaccurate or misleading tax information, and the IRS has recently seen several examples. These can involve common tax documents like Form W-2 or more obscure ones, like Form 8944 that’s aimed at a very limited, specialized group.

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IRS OKs E-Signatures to Be Used on a Slew of Forms Indefinitely

CPA Practice

The IRS said on Monday that it will allow electronic signatures to be used on certain tax forms “indefinitely until more robust technical solutions are deployed.” In addition, the agency extended until Oct. 31, 2025, the ability to use encrypted email when working directly with IRS employees to clear up tax-related issues or concerns. During the COVID-19 pandemic the IRS provided temporary relief allowing taxpayers to use digital or e-signatures on specified paper forms and filings that would or

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Changes in 2024 CPA Exam Put Technology Front and Center

CPA Practice

By Gail Cole. The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA Exam) is regularly updated to reflect enhancements to accounting and auditing standards as well as tax laws and regulations — and to improve the efficiency of the exam. The next update goes into effect January 1, 2024 , and places new emphasis on the role of emerging technology in delivering accounting services.

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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.