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Accounting Today
Aug 17, 2018

EisnerAmper and CloudAccess create cybersecurity partnership
The firm will now provide security services including SIEM, log management and vulnerability scanning.

Accounting Today
Aug 17, 2018

Firms giving back: CLA Foundation pledges $1M in donations, grants
Florida firm Spoor Bunch Franz also helped its local Police Athletic League, and N.J. firm Sax announced its seventh annual '4 Miler' charity run.

Accounting Today
Aug 17, 2018

Funerals are becoming one last extravagant display of wealth
Private wealth managers and accountants are advising their ultra-rich clients to deal with the topic of their own mortality.

Accounting Today
Aug 17, 2018

Rich Russians start family offices as heirs lie in wait
Today, there are about 100 single family offices in Russia and as many as 20 multi-family offices. Such firms typically tend to investments, taxes, estate planning and even personal needs such as travel and education.

Accounting Today
Aug 17, 2018

Firms on the move: AICPA honors accountants in government
MSCPA names 2018 Women to Watch; Rodman CPAs unveils online career center; and more news from CPA offices across the country.

Accounting Today
Aug 17, 2018

Manafort jury deliberating evidence and FBAR requirements
Jurors are weighing the evidence for a second day in the fraud trial of Paul Manafort after the judge responded late Thursday to four written questions they posed.

Accounting Today
Aug 17, 2018

People on the move: Berdon names CIO
Friedman hires blockchain leader; Deloitte appoints civil government practice leader; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

Tax Fraud Blotter: Fit for a king
Loot for a state campaign; ‘hijacked' returns; bogus liens; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

10 tech stories you may have missed
Millions of small businesses selling online; the return of retro technology; and eight other developments accountants and their clients need to know about.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

10 tech stories you may have missed in July
Millions of small businesses selling online; the return of retro technology; and eight other developments accountants and their clients need to know about.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

Rainmaker debuts community for managing partners
The consultancy has introduced a new growth-focused online community for accounting firm MPs.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

Senate Republicans clarify intent of TCJA provisions
A group of Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee is asking the IRS and the Treasury to issue guidance to clarify the congressional intent behind several provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

The postcard tax return: A ‘simple' solution?
Combined, the six supplemental tax schedules include more than 50 additional line items.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

How blockchain can help accountants address food safety
CPAs often talk about becoming strategic partners to help drive business decisions, and food safety is a real-world problem with a real-world impact.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

AuditBoard raises $40M in funding
AuditBoard, a company that develops cloud-based auditing software, has raised $40 million in a second round of funding led by Battery Ventures.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

Senate Republicans clarify intent of provisions in new tax law
A group of Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee is asking the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department to issue guidance to clarify the congressional intent behind several provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act related to qualified improvement property expensing, the net operating loss deduction and a sexual misconduct settlement deduction.

Accounting Today
Aug 16, 2018

PNC faces subpoena over low-income housing tax credits
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. received subpoenas from federal prosecutors in Florida over practices related to its purchases of low-income housing tax credits, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

Manafort lied repeatedly for money, U.S. says at tax fraud trial
Jurors in the Paul Manafort fraud trial heard closing arguments Wednesday summarizing the dramatic testimony over the last two weeks.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

How to turn seasonal business into a consistent stream of revenue
While successful tax professionals find themselves with a surplus of business from January to April, the months of May to December are way too light.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

What does the Supreme Court ruling on online sales tax mean for small business owners?
The decision has implications for small to midsized businesses that must adapt to remain compliant.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

IRS keeps closing Taxpayer Assistance Centers
The Internal Revenue Service is continuing to close Taxpayer Assistance Centers around the country, despite recommendations to the contrary from the National Taxpayer Advocate and the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

Thomson Reuters debuts cloud accounting app for small businesses
Aimed at small-business users, the software integrates with the vendor's Accounting CS.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

AICPA sees 45% drop in XBRL costs for small companies
The cost of formatting financial statements in Extensible Business Reporting Language, or XBRL, for small reporting companies has plunged 45 percent since 2014, according to a new study by the American Institute of CPAs and XBRL US, making the requirement for using the data-tagged format more affordable.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

CAS deepens client relationships
Survey finds clients are more likely to refer their accountant if they offer client accounting services.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

Exxon must face class-action suit over climate-change accounting
Exxon Mobil Corp. must face a lawsuit by investors who blamed a drop in the company's shares on the disclosure that regulators were scrutinizing its reserve accounting related to climate change.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

The key to innovation? Compensation
Innovation was the theme at this year's Boomer Technology Circle Summit -- but in order to get innovating, you'd better get compensating.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

Rich professionals barred from tax break find pension painkiller
There's one area where the traditional pension plan is getting new life — as a tax dodge for wealthy business owners.

Accounting Today
Aug 15, 2018

FASB issues insurance accounting standard
The Financial Accounting Standards Board released a long-awaited accounting standards update Wednesday to improve the financial reporting for insurance companies that issue long-duration contracts, such as life insurance, disability income, long-term care and annuities.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

In the blogs: One big bite
199A workload; TACs on the decline; dysfunctions; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

5 top tax reform opportunities for individuals
This handful of provisions from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are worth immediate attention.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

What digital transformation looks like for today's CPA firms
Digital transformation has been a near constant topic of conversation among accounting and CPA communities in 2018.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

Filling your client acquisition funnel is a marathon
Despite gentle nudges, love taps and tactics to shorten the cycle time, the process is slow and the lag time is painful.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

IRS regs on Sec. 199A look ‘taxpayer-favorable'
Experts warn the proposals on qualified business income of pass-throughs are complicated, though.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

Ernst & Young expands legal services abroad
Ernst & Young is acquiring Riverview Law, a London-based provider of legal services, expanding the Big Four accounting firm's global presence in the legal profession.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

SOX compliance costs rising thanks to rev rec standard
Compliance hours and costs for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have risen in the past year for many companies, in part due to the new revenue recognition standard, according to a new survey.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

California wildfire victims qualify for tax relief
The IRS announces postponed deadlines and more for residents and business in Shasta County.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

A top Swiss bank settles tax evasion dispute a decade after secrecy began to crumble
About a decade after Swiss bank secrecy laws started to crumble under the impact of a U.S. investigation, one of the last large lenders still entangled in the matter agreed to settle the dispute.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

AICPA presents 2018 'Medal of Inspiration'
Jeffrey Deyoe, an undergrad accounting student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was recognized for achieving success in the face of hardships.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

H&R Block offers tax course scholarships to military spouses
The tax prep giant will cover books, course materials and tuition.

Accounting Today
Aug 14, 2018

The cost seg/1031 exchange combo is even more important under tax reform
Changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has made this strategy even more attractive to real estate investors.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

Top five TCJA tax planning opportunities for individuals in 2018
As we enter into the tax planning stage of the year, the focus shifts to helping clients understand the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and optimize their tax positions.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

Art of Accounting: Critical issues in running a firm
For my lunch with Jody Padar, I put together a list of the most important issues in running a CPA practice.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

FASB proposes tweaks for leasing standard
The Financial Accounting Standards Board is proposing to make a number of narrow improvements in the lease accounting standard as public companies get ready for it take effect at the end of the year.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

MSCPA announces 2018 'Women to Watch'
The Massachusetts Society of CPAs recognized seven female professionals, as both experienced and emerging leaders.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

Institute of Internal Auditors revamps specialty certifications
The Institute of Internal Auditors has decided to focus on its main certification of Certified Internal Auditor while phasing out three of its less popular specialty certifications.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

Art of Accounting: Lunch with Jody Padar
I put together a list of critical issues involved with running a CPA practice, trying to drill them down to the most essential that we could discuss.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

AICPA wants IRS to clarify S corp issues from new tax law
The American Institute of CPAs requested immediate guidance Monday from the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department on various provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act related to S corporations.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

Marcum merges in Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli, Moran
Marcum LLP, a Top 100 Firm based in New York, has added Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli, Moran, Ltd., an accounting firm in Providence, Rhode Island, expanding Marcum's New England presence, effective August 1.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

The once and future audit
The AICPA's Chuck Landes looks both back and ahead to track where this core service has been -- and where it's going.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

Wells Fargo tests investor patience with new tax credit scandal details
Wells Fargo & Co. investors who were learning to live with an unprecedented penalty the Federal Reserve imposed for bad behavior will have their patience tested again as details emerge on another scandal.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

AppZen adds AI-run expense reimbursement to audit platform
Insights allows finance managers to monitor and review team spend without manual intervention.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

Bankers, celebrities sue over film deals turned tax avoidance
Bankers, athletes and celebrities are suing Ingenious Media Holdings Plc, saying that they were misled about investments in the film industry that were later branded tax avoidance by the U.K. government.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

Bitcoin investing is creating tax predicaments for hedge funds
Dozens of hedge funds investing billions of dollars in cryptocurrencies don't know if they're calculating their taxes correctly, which may be a problem now that U.S. authorities have said they're going to be scrutinizing virtual currencies.

Accounting Today
Aug 13, 2018

The flawed economics of admitting new partners
New methods of allocation value in the firm may help overcome hurdles in expanding a partnership.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

Baker Tilly merges in RGL Forensics
Combining with the global financial investigations firm will help fulfill the growing demand for forensic accounting services.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

NASBA releases 2017 CPA Exam data
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy released two publications detailing 2017 Uniform CPA Exam data and trends.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

How game-changer events are used by high-growth firms
High-growth firms consistently have long-term "game changer events" planned in the future, with action plans that have strategic executive accountability.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

How would your firm change if you served CEOs instead of clients?
From a CPA's perspective, the thing your clients value most is not a spreadsheet, financial statement or tax return. It's the clarity you give them that helps them make better financial decisions.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

How game changer events are used by high-growth firms
High-growth firms consistently have long-term "game changer events" planned in the future, with action plans that have strategic executive accountability.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

Isn't it time to focus on an enhanced client experience?
When choosing a mid-market CPA firm, many clients pay more attention to the ability to "connect" with the client service partner and staff than to the quality of the work performed.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

PCAOB drafts 5-year strategic plan
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has released a draft version of its five-year strategic plan and is asking for public comment on its areas of focus, with a slate of fresh new board members this year and an overhaul of some of its top staff.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

Firms on the move: Crowe pledges 75K volunteer hours
EisnerAmper, RSM and Whitley Penn relocate; KPMG celebrates construction of new learning center; and more news from CPA offices across the country.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

Ernst & Young to spend extra $1B on cloud, new technology
Financial-services firm Ernst & Young LLP is spending an extra $1 billion on new technology, including artificial intelligence and shifting platforms to the cloud.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

People on the move: KPMG appoints chief diversity officer
RSM hires head of talent acquisition; Grant Thornton expands enterprise technology and solutions practice; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

It's a great time to be a prison landlord, thanks to the IRS
Private-prison companies keep winning, and they have U.S. taxpayers to thank.

Accounting Today
Aug 10, 2018

AICPA names 2018 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award winner
Miklos Vasarhelyi, a professor of accounting at Rutgers University, was recognized for his achievements in teaching audit technology.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

Tax Fraud Blotter: Misadventure capital
Nominees down under; 22 years of inaccurate returns; shell games; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

Accounting for health care M&A: What to know before a merger
Before a business can be acquired, the seller must position and prepare their business for a high valuation from a potential buyer.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

Cuomo attacks Trump plan for $100B capital gains tax cut
New York state will stop basing its capital gains tax on federal government regulations if President Donald Trump follows through on his proposed unilateral change in how the levy is determined, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

The CPA's guide to getting started in cannabis accounting
Accountants have the opportunity to enter a burgeoning market where they can access a new realm of clients in dire need of help.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

Tungsten Network introduces digital PO delivery, acknowledgement services
The new features add to the company's e-invoicing solution.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

Thomson Reuters issues special report on new income tax law
Following sweeping tax reform, the company has collated information on Topic 740 and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

AICPA offers guidance on CECL standard
The American Institute of CPAs' Financial Reporting Executive Committee, also known as FinREC, has posted a pair of working drafts on how accountants can deal with two issues related to the Current Expected Credit Loss standard that will be taking effect at the end of next year.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

The virtual reality of tomorrow's CPA firm, today
Are you telling your clients and potential new clients what you do, or are you explaining to them why you do it?

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

Accountants to Watch: Darryl Ucheya
The 24-year-old says young accountants should be gearing up to provide 'direct accounting value' in the future.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

Meet the guy tasked with hearing your tax and trade complaints
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's new top economic policy aide has a complicated checklist: oversee implementation of the new tax law and mitigate the damage of impending trade disputes.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

NYC area tax-law refugees fuel a luxury-home boom in Florida
When the owner of a financial-services firm in Connecticut saw the U.S. tax overhaul pass in December, capping state and local deductions, he packed his bags. Now he lives in South Florida, soaking up the sun and some serious annual savings.

Accounting Today
Aug 09, 2018

CFP Board, American College announce new diversity scholarship
Partnering with The American College of Financial Services, the CFP Board Center will offer scholarships to attract more African Americans to financial planning.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

Manafort emails cite control of Cyprus accounts
Rick Gates, the star witness in Paul Manafort's fraud trial, concluded his testimony Wednesday with high drama.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

KPMG marks milestone in construction of learning center
The firm hosted a ceremony honoring the construction crew and designers as the final beam was placed atop the structure.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

Illinois CPA Society revamps, renames Midwest Accounting Show
The ICPAS has rebranded the long-running event as ICPAS Summit18, the latest in a series of changes in the accounting trade show world.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

15-year-old named global Excel champ
Microsoft Excel continues to be an attractive certification for young students interested in STEM subjects.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

SCOTUS online sales tax ruling: A threat to small businesses?
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on states' authority to collect sales tax from online retailers will have far-reaching implications for domestic businesses, unless states and policy makers act to reduce the compliance burden and prevent an unfair advantage.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

Illinois CPA Society renames Midwest Accounting show
The Illinois CPA Society has rebranded the long-running Midwest Accounting and Finance Showcase as ICPAS SUMMIT18, the latest in a series of changes in the accounting trade show world.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

Ninth Circuit withdraws reversal of Tax Court ruling
The death of an appeals court judge is throwing open a high-profile tax case once again.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

PayStand integrates with Xero
The B2B payment platform plug-in is available on the Xero Marketplace.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

Global Excel champ is only 15 years old
Microsoft Excel continues to be an attractive certification for young students interested in STEM subjects.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

AICPA names winners of 2018 Contributions to Accounting Literature award
Four professors were honored for their research paper examining FASB standards and shareholder value.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

Ninth Circuit withdraws decision reversing Tax Court in case involving Intel subsidiary
The death of an appeals court judge is throwing open a high-profile tax case once again.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

IIRC offers research database on integrated reporting
The International Integrated Reporting Council unveiled an Academic Database on Wednesday, featuring more than 200 academic studies on the ramifications of integrated reporting, as well as discussing some of the best practices emerging in the field.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

IRS targets loopholes for $415B business owner tax break
The Internal Revenue Service provided some long-awaited answers for business owners hoping to dodge the limits on a juicy new tax break.

Accounting Today
Aug 08, 2018

AICPA names winners of 2018 'Contributions to Accounting Literature' award
Four professors were honored for their research paper examining FASB standards and shareholder value.

Accounting Today
Aug 07, 2018

How to demonstrate data security compliance for even the most skeptical auditor
One crucial requirement is an indisputable audit trail that satisfies the evidence requirements of even the most scrutinizing auditor.

Accounting Today
Aug 07, 2018

In the blogs: Blood from stones
Helping injured vets; donation changes; states conforming to the TCJA; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers.

Accounting Today
Aug 07, 2018

Manafort's former tax accountant fired by firm after testimony
Paul Manafort's former accountant was fired from a Virginia firm after she told the court she was aware that Manafort's tax returns contained false information.

Accounting Today
Aug 07, 2018

How to demonstrate data security compliance for even the most scrutinizing auditor
One crucial requirement is an indisputable audit trail that satisfies the evidence requirements of even the most scrutinizing auditor.

Accounting Today
Aug 07, 2018

UCLA professor receives CGMA 'Early Career Researcher' award
Henry Friedman, assistant professor of accounting at the University, was recognized for his work in management accounting.

Accounting Today
Aug 07, 2018

States take feds to court with ‘creative arguments' over the SALT cap
Facing the loss of a valuable deduction, high-tax states file a lawsuit.

Accounting Today
Aug 07, 2018

Does the location of my accounting practice matter?
With technology and cloud accounting, does it matter where your office is located? The answer is: Absolutely.

Accounting Today
Aug 07, 2018

Ernst & Young teams with Duke Energy on tax services
EY will provide the public utility company with managed tax services, and 46 members of Duke's tax team will receive job offers to join EY's tax practice.

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