2024

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IRS warns of new tax scams spread by social media

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service cautioned consumers to beware of inaccurate advice which prompted thousands of taxpayers to file overblown claims and held up their refunds.

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Another Option for When Employee Bonuses Don’t Work

CPA Practice

From: Entrepreneurs’ Organization | Inc. [Via TNS.] By Kent Lewis, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Portland, Oregon, is the founder of pdxMindShare , an online career community focused on Portland professionals: I recently shared a presentation on increasing employee engagement and retention by fostering a Culture of Caring with a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

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Did the Anti-150 Hour Crowd Finally Beat the AICPA Into Submission? Looks That Way

Going Concern

Stephen Foley at Financial Times wrote something today that may be of interest to high school freshmen bound for the CPA track one day, an article that suggests the AICPA is giving up the fight to save 150 hours. The leaders of the US accounting profession have signaled they could cut the education requirements for becoming an accountant, amid growing alarm about a shortage of new recruits.

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Breaking News: Federal Court Ruled Corporate Transparency Act Unconstitutional – Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting on Hold

Withum

In a surprise decision Friday night, a federal district court ruled that the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) is unconstitutional, effectively placing the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting on hold. By way of background, the CTA was enacted on January 1, 2021 as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act as an attempt to prevent money laundering and tax evasion by requiring new reporting for certain companies doing business in the US.

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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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Insightful Accountant's Top 100 ProAdvisors for 2024

Insightful Accountant

Insightful Accountant proudly announces this year's Top 100 ProAdvisors along with our Emeritus ProAdvisors of the Year. Congratulations to all being recognized for this year's awards.

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Mindfulness Practices for Busy Season: Alleviate Stress and Create Better Work Environments

Canopy Accounting

Busy season is upon us. Every year you may be saying the same things…"I start off sticking to a routine but it quickly falls off and I start feeling burned out and tired". Make this the year you are going to make small changes that make a big impact through incorporating mindfulness practices at work. During this session, we will experience practices we can put in place in our day to gain a better understanding of where we are off-balance internally so we can show up better for ourselves and tho

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New CTA BOI FAQs clarify reporting requirements, database access

Accounting Today

The landscape of Corporate Transparency Act beneficial ownership information reporting continues to evolve, and accountants and others who advise their small business clients need to stay ahead of the curve.

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IRS Offers Resources and Advice During National Small Business Week

CPA Practice

The Internal Revenue Service is offering tax-related information to entrepreneurs in anticipation of the upcoming kick-off of National Small Business Week. The U.S. Small Business Administration coordinates the annual event, helping entrepreneurs with resources, benefits and other important business startup information that small business owners can use to launch their enterprises.

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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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IRS commits to making Child Tax Credit changes quickly

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service would be able to implement changes to the Child Tax Credit within weeks, IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel told Congress, and send out tax refunds promptly.

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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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6 ways to use AI in your firm

Accounting Today

They say artificial intelligence will change the world, and in many ways, it already has. But AI's rapid advancements have been a source of stress for professionals like accountants. Will you be automated out of a job?

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Accounting’s 10 Most In-Demand Skills For 2024, According to Upwork

CPA Practice

Freelance talent platform Upwork has conducted a study that reveals which types of skills are most important to accounting firms and corporate accounting departments when adding new employees to their rosters this year. “For the workforce, it is absolutely essential to understand what skills are most in demand in order to stay ahead and generate value, both for organizations and themselves,” Upwork said in the study.

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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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IRS Forms New Office to Help People Settle Their Tax Disputes More Quickly

CPA Practice

The newly formed Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Management Office, an arm of the IRS Independent Office of Appeals, will work with the agency’s business operating divisions—Wage & Investment, Large Business & International, Small Business/Self-Employed, and Tax Exempt and Government Entities—to help taxpayers resolve tax disputes earlier and more efficiently, the IRS said on April 24.

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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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What the U.S. House’s Move On Microsoft Copilot Really Means for AI 

Withum

In a recent development that underscores the dynamic landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within government, the U.S. House has blocked the utilization of Microsoft’s Copilot by its staff, representing a noteworthy chapter in the ongoing narrative of AI’s journey through the hype cycle. Just as AI approaches the summit of the Peak of Inflated Expectations, there emerges a concerted effort, notably from the media, to hasten its descent into the Trough of Disillusionment.

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The 20 best states for doing business

Accounting Today

While property and unemployment insurance taxes are universal in every state, many of the best states for doing business do not have corporate, sales or individual income taxes.

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Accountants Will Go Extinct in the Next Decade, Says Guy

Going Concern

Sad? Sad prediction: AI and offshoring are going to wreck the accounting profession in the next decade. Combine that with the pain every company has with this function and it’s a recipe for economic disaster. — Michael Girdley (@girdley) May 14, 2024 There are two types of people: those who don’t find this sad (only accountants fall into this category) and those outside of the profession who think bookkeepers and payroll clerks (RIP) are what make up “the accounting profession.

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You can't maximize ROI without ROR

Accounting Today

As the cornerstone of the "Return on Relationship" methodology, a holistic financial plan unlocks a deep and meaningful understanding of a client's personal and business realities and goals.

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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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The 20 worst states for doing business

Accounting Today

The lowest-ranked states have property and unemployment insurance taxes like every state, but significantly they also have complex, non-neutral taxes with comparatively high rates.

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IRS Chief: $400 Million in ERC Claims Have Been Withdrawn

CPA Practice

During testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee on May 7, IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said almost $400 million in unpaid employee retention credit (ERC) claims have been withdrawn by taxpayers since the agency put a moratorium on processing new claims last September. In addition, Werfel told lawmakers on the panel that the IRS has received $777 million from businesses that voluntarily returned the tax credit after being found ineligible.

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PCAOB OKs auditor responsibility and quality control standards

Accounting Today

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board approved two new standards on a firm's system of quality control and the general responsibilities of the auditor in conducting an audit, albeit with pushback on the QC standard from one board member.

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IRS expands enforcement efforts and tech improvements

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service reported progress Friday on its efforts to increase its audits of large corporations, complex partnerships and high-income individuals, collecting over half a billion dollars from millionaires who didn't pay their taxes.

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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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How CPAs Are Evolving Into Strategic Advisors

CPA Practice

By Dr. Sangeeta Chhabra There is no question about how CPAs have evolved in their role over the past couple of decades, but what has really been behind it and, more importantly, how do you they get there? As the business world sees a paradigm shift in the form of technological innovations, global operations, and government regulations, traditional roles and responsibilities of professionals are evolving for the better.

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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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The IRS Is Ready to Strike the Fear of God Into Anyone Who Took ERC

Going Concern

For posterity’s sake, here’s what the IRS says about its open Employee Retention Credit (ERC) investigations as of January 25: That’s nine open investigations, 123 under review, and anyone who comes forward to say they took ERC money they weren’t entitled to before the Voluntary Disclosure Program closes on March 22 will have to give up the name of the promoter that encouraged them to take the credits.

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Tax season so far: Looking for answers

Accounting Today

Taxpayers are accessing the IRS website much more this year than last to find the answers they need, with more than 410 millions visits through March 15.

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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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Updated CPA Pipeline Report Show Top Reasons Some Decide Not to Pursue Credential

CPA Practice

Unveiling the findings of its previously announced research into the decreasing supply of new certified public accountants (CPAs), the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)—one of the largest state CPA societies in the nation—is pleased to release its 2024 Insight Special Feature, “Re-Decoding the Decline: An Updated CPA Pipeline Report.” In October 2023, ICPAS, in partnership with the Center for Accounting Transformation, convened a coalition of 27 additional research partners—including the American Acc

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Generative AI may let tax pros charge more

Accounting Today

A recent survey has found that 40% of tax professionals believe generative AI will allow them to demand higher rates, in comparison to 6% who said rates will decrease.

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The Future of AI: How Finance Leaders Will Guide its Adoption

CPA Practice

By Eli Gill. We’re in the midst of a revolution in the AI space. Splashy public models like OpenAI and ChatGPT are in the spotlight, bringing AI into focus where it has previously been considered a non-essential function. The move from classical AI models to advanced generative AI promises a rapid and continuing evolution that has profound implications for businesses.

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How AI is transforming accounting

Accounting Today

A recent survey from EY found that 90% of respondents already use at least some AI in their work, and other recent developments around the technology.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.