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Accounting Today
Jan 19, 2021

How to build a more diverse, inclusive accounting firm
As more accounting firm leaders get a better understanding of how to transform their practices, they begin to realize that in order to achieve greatness, they absolutely must have a diverse team.

Accounting Today
Jan 19, 2021

Advantage of the rookie mindset
Sometimes having a fresh set of eyes — a beginner's mind — gives you a better perspective on tackling tough problems at your organization.

Accounting Today
Jan 19, 2021

Biden's Wall Street watchdogs signal new era of tough oversight
President-elect Joe Biden's team of financial regulators is taking shape, with progressive favorites being chosen for the top jobs at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — moves that mean Wall Street should prepare itself for a new era of tougher oversight and stricter rules.

Accounting Today
Jan 19, 2021

Deutsche Bank, ICAP sued as Warburg seeks to recoup tax bill
Deutsche Bank, TP ICAP and two German lawyers are the targets of M.M. Warburg & Co.'s latest legal attempt to recoup the big tax bill it was ordered to pay over controversial Cum-Ex trades.

Accounting Today
Jan 19, 2021

CPA firms: It's time to reset your approach to PPP
Here are five ways the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program is different.

Accounting Today
Jan 19, 2021

New twists on an old tool: Tax pros revamp organizers
Digital formats and a host of pandemic-related questions are transforming this traditional tool.

Accounting Today
Jan 18, 2021

Art of Accounting: Withum's State of the Firm 2021
Not too many firms conduct such meetings, whose purpose is to update all team members on how the firm is doing.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

AI, applied: Lessons from 2020
Adoption accelerated, and competitive advantage faded, experts say.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

AI, applied: What to expect from AI 2.0
Now is the time for firms to be creative, thinking about new industry-specific applications and firm-specific pain points where AI could play a role.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

Is denial a river in Egypt or the state of your firm?
Many firm leaders are in denial and fall short of what's required, and that's the principal reason why so many firms can't get to the next level.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

IIA grades U.S. corporate governance at B- for last year
The Institute of Internal Auditors is giving corporate America only a modestly better grade on governance in 2020 compared to 2019, and any improvement is probably due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

Firms giving back: Dixon Hughes Goodman donates over 1.5M meals
Big Four firm KPMG makes donations to mark MLK Day; Baker Newman Noyes donates laptops to Maine schools; and more charitable initiatives.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

IRS to delay tax season until Feb. 12
The Internal Revenue Service plans to open filing season on Feb. 12, although it is making its Free File program available starting Friday.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

People & firms on the move: KPMG names national ENRC leader
Topel Forman appoints new managing partner; Armanino promotes record number of partners; and more CPA news.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

Illinois CPA Society names 2020 'Mary T. Washington' program grads
Thirty minority students are the latest group to graduate from the state society's annual diversity and internship training program.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

‘Finish them' email pressures Deutsche Bank board member
A member of Deutsche Bank AG's supervisory board faced criticism from lawmakers and the bank itself for suggesting that Wirecard AG go after journalists that had written critical stories about the since-collapsed payments company.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

Here are the major parts of $1.9T Biden relief plan
President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan is designed to both pump money into the economy and contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

Biden urges swift action on giant aid plan with Republicans wary
President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief proposal serves as the opening salvo in a legislative battle that could be prolonged by the go-big price tag and the inclusion of initiatives opposed by many Republicans.

Accounting Today
Jan 15, 2021

Individual CPAs can apply for .cpa domains now
The use of a .cpa domain allows practitioners to strengthen their brand identity in online communications and provides better security and resistance to Internet fraud, such as phishing and spoofing.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

IRS warns of coronavirus relief payment scam
The Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division issued a warning Thursday about a new wave of COVID-19 scams tied to the latest round of stimulus payments, especially targeting taxpayers in the District of Columbia.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

Picking the top tax breaks from the latest stimulus package
Last month's COVID-19 relief bill has accountants recommending some deductions to clients, and wondering about the applicability of others.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

Wyden lays out Senate tax priorities
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, who is chairing the Senate Finance Committee now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, described some of his policy priorities, including the tax area where his committee has oversight.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

Tax Fraud Blotter: The maleficent seven
Smells fishy; getting the boot; quit the day job; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

U.S. says Austria, Spain, U.K. digital taxes are discriminatory
The U.S. added Austria, Spain, and the U.K. to the string of countries it says are discriminating against American companies through their decisions to tax local revenue of internet giants such as Facebook Inc.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

CCH Axcess Knowledge Coach adds new subject areas
The updated practice aids are designed to help firms implement the new requirements in SAS 134-140 and SSARS 25.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

10 areas CPAs can focus on to add value, grow their practice and serve their stakeholders
Hindsight is 20/20 and 2021 is finally here.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

10 areas where CPAs can add value, grow their practice and serve stakeholders
Hindsight is 20/20 and 2021 is finally here.

Accounting Today
Jan 14, 2021

SBA reopening PPP to lenders Friday
The U.S. Small Business Administration plans to reopen the Paycheck Protection Program to small lenders on Friday and to all lenders next Tuesday.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

Midmarket CFOs expect revenue growth in 2021
A majority of middle-market CFOs are predicting an economic recovery and revenue increases for their companies in 2021, according to a new survey by BDO USA.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

IMA CEO sees 6 ‘megatrends' for accountants this year
Institute of Management Accountants president and CEO Jeff Thomson is predicting six major developments in the finance and accounting profession this year.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

IMA CEO Thomson foresees ‘mega trends' for accountants this year
Institute of Management Accountants president and CEO Jeff Thomson is predicting six mega trends in the finance and accounting profession this year.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

IRS Advisory Council names 2021 members
Thirteen people joined IRSAC, including nine accountants and tax practitioners.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

Refund delays, stimulus check errors foreshadow rough tax season
Tax-refund delays and stimulus-payment hiccups could spill into the upcoming tax season as the Internal Revenue Service continues to face challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and as Congress considers yet another round of direct payments.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

NJCPA announces inaugural 'Student Loan Debt Lottery' winners
The New Jersey Society of CPAs has awarded $1,200 each to ten of its members to help offset tuition costs on the road to becoming a CPA.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

SEC chief accountant Sagar Teotia stepping down next month
Sagar Teotia, chief accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission, plans to leave the SEC at the end of February.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

Tech news: ErpCommerce now available on Sage Cloud Marketplace, and more
Bento for Business updates spend management solution, and Net at Work is named Sage Partner of the Year.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

Stimulus payments and tax returns: What tax pros need to know
With the filing season upon us, a raft of brand new challenges await ahead of the April 15 deadline.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

What tax pros need to know about stimulus payments heading into filing season
With the tax filing season upon us, a raft of brand new challenges await ahead of the April 15 deadline.

Accounting Today
Jan 13, 2021

Biden aims for deal with Republicans on COVID relief package
President-elect Joe Biden will seek a deal with Republicans on another round of COVID-19 relief, rather than attempting to ram a package through without their support, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

Biden poised to pick ex-CFTC chief Gary Gensler to lead SEC
Gary Gensler, a former head of the U.S.'s main derivatives regulator, is President-elect Joe Biden's likely pick to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

Biden to pick ex-CFTC chief Gensler to lead SEC
Gary Gensler, a former head of the U.S.'s main derivatives regulator, is President-elect Joe Biden's likely pick to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

CalCPA chief Anthony Pugliese picked as new IIA CEO
Pugliese will succeed the longtime leader of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Richard Chambers, at the end of March.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

CalCPA chief picked as new IIA CEO
Anthony Pugliese will succeed the longtime leader of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Richard Chambers, at the end of March.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

VSCPA launches mental health series
The Virginia Society of CPAs is offering local professionals a series of programs to counter mental stress and hardships from the ongoing pandemic and social climate.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

Labor Department's independent contractor rule may not stand for long
The new rule for defining an employee vs. an independent contractor is likely to be challenged in the incoming Biden administration.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

In the blogs: Loan wolves
The latest on PPP; retirement drawdowns; goals of your practice; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

AICPA offers guidance on third-party assessment engagements
The American Institute of CPAs released a set of technical questions and answers on performing a third-party assessment engagement, offering what it called "non-authoritative" guidance on third-party assessment programs, describing the steps practitioners should follow when conducting such engagements.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

Withum pledges to 'Stay Connected' in annual meeting
The Top 100 Firm embraced togetherness for its staff members in the year ahead despite the ongoing limits of the coronavirus pandemic.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

Board member J. Robert Brown latest to depart PCAOB
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board said Tuesday that board member J. Robert Brown will be leaving the PCAOB at the end of this month, the latest in a string of high-profile departures in recent years.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

2021: Good strategy, bad strategy or no strategy at all?
Often the hardest part about developing a new habit is just getting started.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

Whistleblowing soars to record with Americans working from home
The work-from-home phenomenon has triggered a fresh frustration for U.S. corporations: Americans are blowing the whistle on their employers like never before.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

Colleges paying top dollar for coaches will pay extra to IRS
Highly paid college sports coaches and hospital executives are among the nonprofit employees the Internal Revenue Service is targeting in the final version of a tax-law regulation.

Accounting Today
Jan 12, 2021

Improper revenue recognition pervades financial fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission has been launching enforcement actions against various types of financial fraud schemes, with improper revenue recognition seen as the most common type of fraud, according to a new analysis.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

IRS reports progress on Taxpayer First Act compliance
The Internal Revenue Service sent a set of recommendations to Congress for how it plans to carry out the far-reaching set of reforms.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

Tax advisory market lost $3B globally in 2020 due to coronavirus
Tax advisory firms took a projected $3 billion hit on their revenues around the world last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

SBA and Treasury reopen Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department relaunched the Paycheck Protection Program on Monday to new borrowers, prioritizing loans from community lenders.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

Art of Accounting: Top 10 all-time leadership and management books
These are books I learned a lot from and wholeheartedly recommend to my colleagues and all business managers and leaders.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

Avalara debuts managed sales tax product for accountants
Avalara Managed Returns for Accountants automates sales tax preparation and filing, providing clients with a fully managed returns service.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

The future is remote
The changes of the past year around how and where staff can work are irreversible, and accounting firms need to adjust and find ways to make the most of the tremendous opportunities afforded by "boundaryless" work, say Jennifer Wilson and Renee Moelders of ConvergenceCoaching.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

NAEA appoints new EVP and chief of staff
The National Association of Enrolled Agents has named association executive Megan Killian to effectively lead the organization.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

NAEA appoints new EVP and chief of staff to lead enrolled agent group
The National Association of Enrolled Agents has named association executive Megan Killian as its new executive vice president and chief of staff to effectively lead the organization. She took office Monday.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

Deloitte and Autonomy: How two auditors can get too close to clients
The U.K. arm of Deloitte got a record fine from Britain's accounting watchdog in September. With the full judgment against the firm laid bare last week, you can see why.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

Biden's go-big stimulus plans set up fresh fight in split Senate
President-elect Joe Biden's plan to pass a multitrillion-dollar economic stimulus package early in his administration faces challenges in a closely divided U.S. Senate, with a potential impeachment trial for Donald Trump that could add to delays.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

Opening the black box: AI, applied
Artificial intelligence is being put to the test in service areas far beyond just audit.

Accounting Today
Jan 11, 2021

Future-proof your career with data analytics skills
More and more, public accountants need to build their capabilities around handling data.

Accounting Today
Jan 08, 2021

Small business hiring and wage growth fell in December, says Paychex
Growth in small business jobs and wages declined last month as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to payroll giant Paychex.

Accounting Today
Jan 08, 2021

People & firms on the move: Somerset CPAs names new president
QRGA elects next managing partner; Boomer Consulting adds two shareholders; and more CPA news.

Accounting Today
Jan 08, 2021

M&A roundup: Withum buys PI agency
Top 100 Firm WithumSmith Brown merged in the Doyle Carden Group, a private investigation firm, and two other accounting deals.

Accounting Today
Jan 08, 2021

Employers cut 140K jobs in December, but added 2.3K in accounting
The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is continuing.

Accounting Today
Jan 08, 2021

BDO merges in MBAF
The firm is expanding in Florida by adding Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra LLC, a Top 50 Firm in Miami, effective Jan. 16.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

Tax Fraud Blotter: Lands of opportunity
Checking out; chairman of the hoard; unlucky Linda; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

Firm leaders weigh in on storming of Capitol
Several accounting firm leaders shared their thoughts about the riot in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

Deloitte deal makes Tax Analysts' law library public
The library includes the Internal Revenue Code; rules for accountants and others practicing before the IRS; proposed, final and temporary regs; IRS guidance and private rulings; and much more.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

Trump suspends tariff response to French digital tax
The U.S. will suspend a plan to hit $1.3 billion of French goods with tariffs in retaliation for the European country's tax on the revenue of global tech companies.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

AICPA promotes Sue Coffey to CEO of public accounting
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants has promoted longtime AICPA executive Sue Coffey to the new position of CEO of public accounting.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

FASB clarifies reference rate reform rules
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has released an update on its recent guidance on reference rate reforms to clarify its scope.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

Are your firm's partners too possessive of their clients?
When I hear a partner at a midsized CPA firm say, "my client" or "my book of business," the hair on the back of my neck stands up.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

BPM releases performance management tool
BPM Link is designed to help connect employees to company strategy.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

Hedge fund founder charged in $1.6B Danish Cum-Ex tax probe
Sanjay Shah, who founded a London hedge fund that specialized in controversial Cum-Ex trades, was charged by Danish prosecutors in a 9.6 billion-krone ($1.6 billion) tax-fraud probe, according to a person familiar with the case.

Accounting Today
Jan 07, 2021

IRS blesses tax breaks on forgiven PPP loans after law change
The Internal Revenue Service will allow businesses that got their Paycheck Protection Program loans forgiven to write off expenses paid for with that money, shifting policy after Congress passed new legislation last month.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

Labor Department finalizes rule on employee vs. independent contractor status
The U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule Wednesday to clarify the standard for determining whether a worker should be considered an employee or an independent contractor.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

IRS finalizes rules for claiming carbon capture tax credits
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released final regulations Wednesday on how businesses can claim a tax credit for use of carbon capture equipment to help the environment.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

EY and Microsoft expand Xbox blockchain smart contract platform
EY aims to help business-to-business enterprise clients that have contractually driven, multiparty cash flow distributions to create similar blockchain platforms.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

U.K. Financial Reporting Council reports record fine against Deloitte for Autonomy audits
The United Kingdom's Financial Reporting Council issued a report Wednesday on its sanctions against Deloitte for audits of a British software company that was acquired by HP.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

IRS offers guidance on deducting PPP expenses
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released guidance on claiming deductions for expenses associated with Paycheck Protection Program loans that have been forgiven.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

IRS again depositing stimulus payments in wrong bank accounts
The Internal Revenue Service is once again depositing the latest round of Economic Impact Payments in the wrong bank accounts in a replay of problems experienced last year by many taxpayers.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

Are you confused or just procrastinating?
Are you really stuck on a problem or just procrastinating about a hard decision? When it comes to confusion, the most obvious answer is usually the right answer. Try this simple exercise for breaking through confusion.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

Private sector cut 123K jobs in December, says ADP
Private sector employment declined by 123,000 jobs in December, according to payroll giant ADP, in a sign of continued economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accounting Today
Jan 06, 2021

Pathways to Growth: Client experience done right
How LBMC successfully transformed its relations with its clients.

Accounting Today
Jan 05, 2021

Foreign auditor use increasing among U.S. companies
Over one-third of U.S. public company audits rely on at least one audit firm abroad, according to new research.

Accounting Today
Jan 05, 2021

IRS overlooks billions in potential taxes from nonfilers
The Internal Revenue Service hasn't been pursuing cases involving hundreds of billions of dollars in income from individuals and businesses whose income has been showing up in Form 1099-K information returns, but has been otherwise unreported.

Accounting Today
Jan 05, 2021

IRS revamps application for 501(c)4 tax-exempt status
The Internal Revenue Service issued a revised Form 1024-A Tuesday, along with instructions permitting it to be filed electronically.

Accounting Today
Jan 05, 2021

In the blogs: Fair exchanges
Costs of moving; fee on estate tax closings; top Twitter accounts to follow; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers.

Accounting Today
Jan 05, 2021

M&A roundup: Citrin Cooperman, BerryDunn, Wipfli and Calvetti Ferguson expand
Citrin Cooperman added Goren, Marcus, Masino & Marsh; BerryDunn merged in VantagePoint Healthcare Advisors; Wipfli combined with Hughes & Company; and Calvetti Ferguson acquired Larkin, Ervin, and Shirley.

Accounting Today
Jan 05, 2021

Specialty tax provisions in the new stimulus could mean a lot for businesses
The bill has far-reaching tax consequences, including in the world of specialty tax.

Accounting Today
Jan 05, 2021

Specialty tax provisions in the new stimulus deal could mean a lot for businesses
The bill has far-reaching tax consequences, including in the world of specialty tax.

Accounting Today
Jan 05, 2021

Your 2021 to-do list
Here are 12 tasks — one for each month — that accounting firm leaders can use to improve their practices all year long.

Accounting Today
Jan 04, 2021

Tax Fraud Blotter: Wheels of justice
Ooo, the pain; off the market; a lower calling; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

Accounting Today
Jan 04, 2021

Accounting firm heads urge Congress to accept Electoral College results
Leaders of the Big Four CPA firms and major companies are stepping in and asking Congress to allow a smooth transition to the Biden administration as Congress prepares Wednesday for a certification of the Electoral College vote.

Accounting Today
Jan 04, 2021

IRS ups fees for private letter rulings
The Internal Revenue Service is increasing many of the fees for requests for private letter rulings by 26.7 percent, starting Feb. 4.

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