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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This Is Not a Drill: EY Is Laying Off Partners Now

Going Concern

Mere hours ago, Wall Street Journal reported that EY is laying off “dozens of partners across all U.S. business” and not only in lower-demand service lines. As with most of the cuts we’ve seen this year, consulting is most affected with their partner ranks being trimmed by ten percent, four percent in strategy and transactions. Says WSJ , there will be cuts in audit and tax as well though they didn’t share numbers.

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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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The Accountant Shortage is a Material Weakness Now

Going Concern

The Wall Street Journal wrote today about recent disclosures made by Advance Auto Parts, Joby Aviation, and Germany’s Evotec that specifically point to a lack of accounting staff as a contributor to or sole factor causing certain material weaknesses. It seems we are entering the “find out” phase of FAFO, the FA being shitty pay (and to a lesser extent, decades of ineffective recruiting strategies).

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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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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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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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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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IRS Sets Mileage Rate at 67 Cents Per Mile for 2024

CPA Practice

There are slight changes in the IRS-issued optional standard mileage rates for 2024, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2024, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup truck, or panel trucks will be: 67 cents per mile driven for business use, an increase of 1.5 cents from 2023. 21 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes for qualified active-duty mem

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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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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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2024 Public Accounting Starting Salary Numbers Are In

Going Concern

Staffing authority Robert Half has released its much-anticipated 2024 Salary Guide and just like years past, the guide is packed with intel not only on finance and accounting but the greater job market that we really don’t care about. We’ll be deconstructing various aspects of the guide over the next few weeks, for now we’re taking a look at basic public accounting salaries and service lines.

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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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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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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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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.