Journal Article
  • Reconnecting with Working Mothers in Accounting

    I know I speak for a lot of working mothers. We constantly juggle between two worlds, trying to find a happy medium. The COVID-19 pandemic only made the demands on our time worse, and an alarming rate of women have voluntarily left public accounting to be stay-at-home mothers to better provide for their families’ needs.
  • New Employment Model Demands New Fraud-Fighting Efforts

    More than an estimated $4.7 trillion is lost annually to occupational fraud worldwide, according to an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) report. Corporate CPAs, like it or not, are on the front lines in the fraud battles our companies constantly face, and we must constantly look for potential red flags. Unfortunately, it only seems to be getting harder.
  • IASB May Offer Guide to Governmental Accounting for Cryptocurrencies 

    When derivatives began to appear in the public at large, government accountants believed that the derivative instruments likely would never be transacted by state and local governments because of the complexity and risks associated with these transactions. Much has changed, and the derivative transactions are becoming a part of routine business activities of governments. Cryptocurrencies – even though still risky and ambiguous – will soon be recorded in governments’ accounting books and presented in their financial statements.
  • Using Tax Season as a Measure for Possible Firm Transition

    Tax season often defines the strength and success of a CPA firm. It also tests and exposes challenges and gaps in services, clients, personnel, processes, and other aspects of managing the practice. Some firm owners hope the next tax season will be their last as an independent firm; others will use the coming tax season to gauge their potential to acquire another firm. Quite a few have already made the leap to merge, and next tax season will be a part of their first transition year.
  • New Regs to Counter Foreign DST Credit May Kill Other Foreign Tax Credits

    Prior to the end of 2021, the U.S. Treasury Department issued final foreign tax credit regulations under Treasury Regulation Section 1.901-2,1 dramatically modifying the analysis for determining whether a foreign levy is a creditable foreign tax. The regulations apply to tax years beginning after Dec. 28, 2021, and finalize proposed regulations issued in November 2020.
  • Get Ready Now for the New CPA Exam in 2024

    The Uniform CPA Examination is about to change significantly under the CPA Evolution Initiative, a joint effort by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the AICPA. Set to launch in a little over a year (January 2024), it is important for those preparing to become CPAs to understand the new CPA Exam structure and how it might impact their journey. By getting a handle on the new process now, those taking the exam in the 2023-2024 time frame have an opportunity to be strategic in their planning.
  • The 30 Credit Conundrum

    What do nutrition, astronomy, and physical education have to do with becoming a CPA? These are the types of courses some accounting majors take to earn the requisite 150 credits needed to obtain a CPA license. When the 150-credit-hour rule was established, the expectation was that CPA candidates would pursue a master’s degree after completing the 120 hours required for most undergraduate degrees. Today, however, many are pursuing lower-cost, less-intensive options to complete the credit-hour requirement.
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