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Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

COSO and Crowe offer guidance on internal controls for health providers
The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission is issuing new guidance amid heightened regulatory scrutiny of the health care sector.

Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

Bill.com eliminates wire transfer fees for international payments
Bill.com has eliminated wire transfer fees for businesses paying electronically in local currencies using its International Payments solution.

Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

Armanino opens blockchain practice
Following in the steps of other Top 100 Firms, Armanino has opened a blockchain practice, through which it will offer a range of specialized services to clients.

Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

5 lessons accountants can learn from tech startups
Firms that step out of their comfort zone and embrace new ways of working grow and gain market share the fastest.

Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

Democrats ask IRS for info on redesigned 1040
A pair of leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee are asking whether the IRS did enough testing and why the results haven't been released to the public.

Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

Democrats ask IRS for info on redesigned Form 1040
A pair of leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee are asking whether the IRS did much testing and why the results haven't been released to the public.

Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

Supreme Court curbs state power to levy fines, seize property
The justices sided with a man trying to keep his Land Rover after he pleaded guilty to selling drugs.

Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

Questions to ask when selecting a donor-advised fund
Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed at the end of 2017, more CPAs, as well as attorneys and financial advisors, have recommended their clients establish DAFs.

Accounting Today
Feb 20, 2019

UBS ordered to pay record $5.1B in French tax fraud trial
A Paris court found the bank guilty of helping wealthy French clients stash undeclared funds in Swiss accounts.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

In the blogs: All president and accounted for
The price of SALT; raining in New Jersey; using cause-related marketing; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

Senate Democrats accuse Treasury of manipulating withholding tables to produce ‘phantom windfall'
Senate Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of hastily redoing the tax withholding tables last year, harming taxpayers and causing them to owe taxes this year.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

IRS to focus more on tax compliance for gig economy workers
The Internal Revenue Service is being urged to focus more on improving self-employment tax compliance as the so-called "gig economy" continues to expand.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

Chargebee and Softrax partner on revenue recognition software for subscriptions
The companies are giving their customers access to both Chargebee's subscription billing system and Softrax's Revenue Manager revenue recognition software.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

Berdon merges in Concept Fund Services
The Garden City, New York-based firm became part of Berdon Fund Services LLC unit, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

AICPA wants more clarity on estate and gift tax exclusion amount
The American Institute of CPAs is asking the Treasury and the IRS about their proposed regulations on estate and gift taxes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

A safe harbor for rentals in Section 199A?
New regs offer guidance for owners of rental properties.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

Gates says capital gains tax best way to tap ‘big fortunes'
The Microsoft co-founder believes it's appropriate for wealthy people to pay much higher taxes.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

UBS's $6B gamble in France tax case: Deal or no deal?
The Swiss lender eschewed a settlement in a French tax investigation after failing to agree on an amount, exposing it to in-court demands from the state.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

Warren proposes universal child care plan funded by wealth tax
The Democratic presidential candidate would limit American families' expenses to 7 percent of income regardless of how many children they have in care.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

The landscape of technology disruption
You can ignore change -- or you can prepare for it and leverage it, says Joe Woodard, who dives into the tools that are changing accounting.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

Recruiting and retaining accountants in the current labor market
Firms should take the opportunity now to evaluate and improve the ways they recruit and retain top talent.

Accounting Today
Feb 19, 2019

Early returns: Preparers field clients' strangest comments
Kids don't say the darnedest things -- tax clients do.

Accounting Today
Feb 18, 2019

Art of Accounting: We are being dragged kicking and screaming
Last Wednesday I heard AICPA president and CEO Barry Melancon speak at the Accountants Club of America. His speeches are always a don't miss opportunity.

Accounting Today
Feb 15, 2019

Intuit is exploring bookkeeping, and it's not a bad thing
QuickBooks will actually increase the market for bookkeepers.

Accounting Today
Feb 15, 2019

Value beyond the numbers: How to grow with your clients
Firms are now diversifying their offering with additional services that support clients throughout their lifecycle.

Accounting Today
Feb 15, 2019

Firms giving back: Sax gifts $15K to inspiring nonprofit
A Warren Averett staffer is named Atlanta Habitat chairperson; Friedman LLP participates in a local Equinox Cycle for Survival charity ride; and the Bonadio Group donates to two local Habitat for Humanity chapters.

Accounting Today
Feb 15, 2019

Amazon may get tax break for poor with project in richest county
Amazon.com Inc. walked away from billions of dollars of public subsidies when it announced Thursday it was abandoning plans for an office complex in New York. But it can still qualify for federal tax breaks intended to help distressed communities by building a new Virginia data center in America's wealthiest county.

Accounting Today
Feb 15, 2019

Firms on the move: NCCPAP turns 40
A number of accounting firms make the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, and other practice news from across the country.

Accounting Today
Feb 15, 2019

People on the move: CohnReznick elevates largest new-partner class yet
Seiler gets a new COO, Bennett Thrasher admits six to the partnership, and other personnel news from firms across the country.

Accounting Today
Feb 15, 2019

Four steps to building up your firm's niche skills
Built right, a new service offering can boost not just profitability, but employee retention, too.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Tax Fraud Blotter: Motorbikes and manicures
Invest until it hurts; learning the tab at sentencing; foreclosure fraud; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Jay Leno to celebrate 100th anniversary of IMA
The comedian and former "Tonight Show" host is scheduled to help the Institute of Management Accountants mark its centennial.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

AICPA asks the IRS to treat fewer small businesses as tax shelters
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bars syndicates from using simpler methods of preparing doing their taxes.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Jay Leno to celebrate 100th anniversary of Institute of Management Accountants
The comedian and former "Tonight Show" host is scheduled to help the Institute of Management Accountants mark its centennial.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Art dealer Mary Boone gets 30-month jail term for tax fraud
Art dealer Mary Boone, the darling of New York's throbbing downtown scene in the 1980s, made a splash last year when she pleaded guilty to a years-long tax evasion scheme. Then, instead of a prison term, she asked a judge to sentence her to running her galleries.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

AICPA asks IRS to exempt certain small businesses from being considered tax shelters
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bars syndicates from using simpler methods of preparing doing their taxes.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Tax refund data puts Mnuchin in hot seat to explain GOP law
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin faces an uphill battle convincing Americans that smaller tax refunds don't mean they paid more taxes.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Senior partners, you're out of touch and out of time
The top firms long ago figured out that it's smart business to pass the baton from senior partners to the next generation.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

IRS delays processing of enrolled agent renewals, but enrollments won't expire
Some EA registrations were due to expire at the end of March, but the partial government shutdown delayed processing.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Patisserie Valerie rescued by deal with Causeway Capital after accounting scandal
The bakery chain was rescued by an Irish private-equity firm after an accounting scandal pushed the U.K. cake baker into insolvency.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Florida's CFO has eyes on Amazon rebound after break-up with NYC
Florida's Chief Financial Officer was quick to jump on Twitter Thursday, after Amazon.com Inc. scrapped its plan for a headquarters in New York City, reminding the company about the state's tax policies and good weather.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

FASB proposes changes in accounting for deferred revenue in business combinations
The Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a proposed accounting standards update Thursday on the recognition and measurement of deferred revenue in business combinations.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Treasury Department says fewer refunds better for U.S. taxpayers
The Treasury Department is defending the declining numbers of tax refunds, saying taxpayers already saw the benefits of the new tax law in their paychecks.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Firms named to Fortune's 2019 '100 Best Companies to Work For'
The Big Four and other accounting businesses were recognized for their workplace culture and innovation.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Eide Bailly merges in NetSuite partner Tactical Cloud
The Top 100 Firm is expanding its NetSuite practice in Southern California with the deal, effective Feb. 25, 2019.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

Lawmakers ask for more relief from underwithholding penalties
Reports of lower refunds are sparking calls for help from some in Congress -- and pushback from others.

Accounting Today
Feb 14, 2019

The Intern Chronicles: Eyewitness to fraud
A young accountant shares a cautionary tale about of red flags ignored and a nonprofit victimized.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

Lawmakers ask more relief from underwithholding penalties
Reports of lower refunds are sparking calls for help from some in Congress -- and pushback from others.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

New safe-harbor guidance for first-year depreciation deduction for cars
The Treasury and the IRS have offered a method to keep up with changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

Deloitte's Japan firm to pay $2M to settle SEC charges over audits
Deloitte's member firm in Japan, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC, is paying a $2 million settlement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve charges that it issued audit reports for a client at the same time dozens of its employees had bank accounts at a subsidiary of the client.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

Grant Thornton gifts $3M to Indiana University
The donation will fund the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management, spanning across three IU schools.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

Has Intuit entered the bookkeeping space?
The blogosphere fires have been stoked by what seems to be a new live bookkeeping service from QuickBooks.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

AICPA CEO Melancon wants IRS to reduce tax underwithholding penalties
During a speech at the Accountants Club of America, the leader of the AICPA talked about tax reform and the changing shape of the profession.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

Avii releases practice management platform
Utah-based practice management solutions company Avii has released Avii Workspace, a practice management platform for tax, audit, advisory, management consulting and compliance organizations.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

Can the sole practitioner beat the big guy?
Each and every day, small businesses compete directly against large firms and succeed.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

BT execs knew of $339M Italy fraud, prosecutors say
Milan prosecutors say former executives at BT Group were aware its Italian unit hid losses and inflated revenue by producing fictitious invoices.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

Rubio wants to curb stock buybacks encouraged by 2017 tax law
Senator Marco Rubio is taking on the GOP's 2017 tax law by saying it's encouraging companies' rush to buy back stock, hurting the economy.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

Shutdown 2.0 would tax already ‘hung over' IRS mid-filing season
The IRS would risk one of the most troubled tax seasons in recent history if congressional leaders' deal to avert another government shutdown collapses.

Accounting Today
Feb 13, 2019

In the blogs: Great unknowns
Reform and the classroom; RALs this season; love and brackets; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

AICPA names winners in startup accelerator competition
Bots, communications and cash flow solutions win the day.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

Senator warns Trump about impact of another shutdown on tax season
Wyden issued a warning to the president imploring him to accept the funding compromise on border security, or else risk delaying tax refunds.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

Diversity in finance and accounting: Challenges and opportunities for Black History Month
It's time to reflect on how well we, as finance and accounting professionals, are doing to actively support diversity and inclusion in our field.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

Controllers feel pressure to cook the books
A new survey finds 10 percent of controllers feel misrepresenting their company's performance is a regular part of their job.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

National Society of Accountants announces 2019 scholarships
The NSA and its Scholarship Foundation are seeking accounting and taxation students to apply by April 1, 2019.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

Taxpayer Advocate sees continuing impact on IRS from shutdown
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson released her annual report to Congress, focusing on the partial government shutdown and the IRS's aging computer systems.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

The renewed importance of Section 1202
The exclusion for gain of qualified small-business stock may become a common part of more deals.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

Trump, New York Governor Cuomo to meet on state, local tax break
The president and the governor will discuss a change in the 2017 tax law that limits the SALT deduction.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

Cost segregation does not limit Section 1031 exchanges
It comes down to definitions -- and the Tax Code offers more than one.

Accounting Today
Feb 12, 2019

Age and wisdom: Talking retirement planning with clients
Tax pros share how they discuss preparing for the Golden Years with customers.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

IAASB proposes new standards to improve audit quality
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board has issued a trio of proposed standards to improve the quality of audits, reviews and related assurance service engagements at firms.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

Fear of filing? Some taxpayers finding tax bills, not refunds
Right or wrong, the drop in expected refunds is creating fear and anger in accountants' waiting rooms.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

OneStream receives KKR investment
The corporate performance management software provider has secured a capital infusion of reportedly over $500 million from the private equity firm KKR.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

Accounting salaries, hiring on the rise in 2019
Staffing company Randstad USA predicts fierce competition and high compensation for accounting professionals in its annual salary guide.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

AccountingFly CEO Jeff Phillips joins Elefant Training as advisor
Phillips has been recruited to provide guidance on recruiting qualified accounting and bookkeeping staff with modern skill sets.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

Tech companies encroaching on audit market
As technology plays an ever-larger role in the auditing process, some providers like IBM are competing with Big Four firms, according to a new report.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

Art of Accounting: Research associate
I joined Withum 14 years ago when it had 250 people. It's now 1,100 strong. As Withum is growing, the needs of the firm continue to expand with newly created positions to ease the growth for the staff and provide better and more value-added services to clients.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

Hungary offers tax breaks to raise fertility rate
Women with at least four children will be exempt from paying personal-income tax.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

Accountants Confidence Index — February 2019
The Accountants Confidence Index dropped somewhat again, dampened by concerns about the effect of the government shutdown.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

Risks to the economy in 2019
RSM US chief economist Joe Brusuelas lays out the national and international issues facing the economic landscape over the next 12 months.

Accounting Today
Feb 11, 2019

The traditional firm is still very much alive
Learn to balance traditional practices with modern improvements to achieve transformation at your own pace.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Tax relief for earthquake victims in Alaska
The IRS has help for those who suffered in the November quake.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Democrats introduce bills to legalize and tax marijuana at federal level
A senator and a representative from Oregon aim to bring state and national cannabis laws into greater alignment.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Democrats introduce bills to legalize and tax marijuana on federal level
Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., have introduced legislation to legalize cannabis and prevent legal marijuana businesses from being hit with punitive tax bills.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

IMA revamps competency framework for accountants to stress tech skills
The new framework aims to keep pace with changing technology and business demands.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

IRS reports decline in refunds and filings during first week of tax season
For the week ending Feb. 1, 2019, the service received 16,035,000 returns, compared to 18,302,000 returns last year, a 12.4 percent decrease.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Dear Congress: What preparers would like to tell Capitol Hill
Tax pros have some requests -- and some strong words -- for legislators.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Bill.com names Ryan McGurk vice president of accountant sales
The executive joins the company from a lead sales role at Uber Eats.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

How AI is transforming the jobs of accountants
While it's become hard to separate the hype from its practical potential, AI is rooted in a very realistic notion.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

How booming Amazon NYC neighborhood got tax perks meant for poor
City Council members thrashed the retailer for its resistance to unions, working conditions at warehouses and its founder's wealth.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Firms giving back: Ryan CEO gifts $30 million to alma mater
NJCPA CEO Ralph Thomas will also discuss property taxes and field questions on a live PBS session.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

After $10B share plunge, Wirecard's CEO fights back against accounting allegations
The German online payments firm Wirecard AG has seen its stock plunge by more than a third in recent days on reports of accounting misdeeds.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Avalara buys AI startup Indix
AI is becoming increasingly important in the accounting technology space.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

A Trump tax return standoff would be ‘uncharted territory'
A congressional committee heard testimony about forcing the release of the president's tax filings.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Firms on the move: KSDT sponsors auto race
Aprio launches Aprio Cloud; Gilbert Associates rebrands; and more CPA news.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

People on the move: CohnReznick adds 23 partners
Somerset CPAs promotes several; Bill.com hires VP of accountant sales; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.

Accounting Today
Feb 08, 2019

Take time now to create client work later
Use tax season to identify those who need your help after April 15.

Accounting Today
Feb 07, 2019

Tax Fraud Blotter: Wise gals
Not ready for Primetime; copping a plea; preying on Puerto Rico; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

Accounting Today
Feb 07, 2019

IRS Whistleblower Office paid out record total of $312M to tax tipsters
The Internal Revenue Service's Whistleblower Program made 217 awards to whistleblowers totaling $312,207,590 and collected $1,441,255,859, according to a new report.

Accounting Today
Feb 07, 2019

Businesses opting for digital vendors over traditional brands on expense reports
Digital providers such as Amazon, Lyft and Uber are beating out older companies on expense reports.

Accounting Today
Feb 07, 2019

Dowell Group merges in DeMarco, Kinnaman, Lewis
A CPA firm in Palatine, Illinois, has combined with one in Lincolnshire, Illinois, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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