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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending July 8, 2022

    Jul 11, 2022, 10:14 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Wolf, Pa. Lawmakers Approve $42.8 Billion Budget; Pa. Lawmakers Fail to Enact SALT Proposal; Pennsylvania Ends Fiscal Year with $5.6 Billion Surplus; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending July 1, 2022

    Jul 1, 2022, 11:35 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Pennsylvania’s New Fiscal Year Starts Without Budget; Multistate Tax Meeting to Be Held in July; Pa. Veteran-Friendly Professional Licensing Bill Passes; and more.
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  • PICPA’s Pivotal Role in Addressing Federal Tax Issues

    Jun 28, 2022, 16:39 PM by Alexandra C. Fabian
    Explains PICPA’s response to IRS service and staff issues and how it continues to work with the AICPA and Congress on relief for taxpayers and practitioners.
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  • The Convertible Debt Interest Disallowance Dilemma

    Jun 28, 2022, 16:38 PM by James P. Swanick, CPA, Meredith Thornton, CPA, and Michael J. Tighe, CPA
    Discusses how borrowers who use convertible debt as a financing option need to understand the rules that could limit the tax benefits of this instrument.
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  • How to Prepare a Business for Strategic Sale

    Jun 28, 2022, 16:37 PM by John S. Stoner, CPA, CVA
    Discusses the interests of selling a business strategically and the questions to ask when assessing how the firm may appeal to an external buyer.
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  • Solicitor Agreements Are Key to CPA, Wealth Adviser Team Ups

    Jun 28, 2022, 16:35 PM by Angie M. Stephenson, CPA, PFS, CFP, and Thomas D. Giachetti, JD
    Discusses how solicitor agreements can help CPA firms that - due to compliance complexities and independence parameters - chose to work with a wealth adviser on client matters.
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  • Has the Great Resignation Altered Your Retention Plans Yet?

    Jun 28, 2022, 16:33 PM by Alyzabeth R. Smith, CPA
    Discusses how financial service firms were affected by the Great Resignation and how they can chart a path forward to bolster their retention efforts.
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  • Your Greatest Malpractice Risks and How to Mitigate Them

    Jun 28, 2022, 16:31 PM by Lauren Pitonyak
    Explains that simple, everyday tasks can expose CPAs to malpractice litigation, but offers ways to mitigate the risks.
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  • The Finance Department: Make It a Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

    Jun 28, 2022, 16:29 PM by Michael F. De Stefano, CPA
    What if colleagues shouted your name every time you entered the office? You’d probably feel a lot like Norm Peterson in the classic TV comedy series Cheers. Having rewatched the show recently, I began to see parallels with the functionality of a modern finance or accounting department.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending June 24, 2022

    Jun 24, 2022, 10:44 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Budget Agreement a Growing Challenge for Pennsylvania Lawmakers; CPA-PAC Annual Report Available; Pa. Senate Committee Passes Bill to Improve Financial Literacy; and more.
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  • Protecting Trade Secrets in a Remote Work Environment

    Jun 21, 2022, 16:51 PM by David Duffus, CPA, ABV, and CFF
    Discusses how a recent court decision in Pennsylvania has shed light on how businesses can protect trade secrets in a remote work environment.
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  • Identifying and Communicating Reportable Findings

    Jun 21, 2022, 16:50 PM by Richard F. Fischer, CPA, CGMA
    Breaks down reportable findings related to SAS No. 136, including how to identify and communicate them to prevent major deficiencies in audits of ERISA plan financial statements.
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  • Pennsylvania Local Tax Implications of Remote Work

    Jun 21, 2022, 16:49 PM by Matthew Melinson, CPA, Narj Bhogal, CPA, Patrick Skeehan, JD, and Thomas Boyle, JD
    Covers the additional risks businesses face as remote work arrangements continue to become more commonplace.
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  • Avoiding Errors in Establishing Basis in Business Interests

    Jun 21, 2022, 16:48 PM by Mark L. Lubin, CPA, JD, LLM
    Discusses the best practices to determine tax basis of interests in business entities, including C corporations, S corporations, and partnerships while avoiding crucial errors.
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  • Blazing New Trails in Public Accounting through Social Entrepreneurship

    Jun 17, 2022, 15:32 PM by J. C. Blewitt, PhD, and Rebecca Kinzinger, CGFM
    Social entrepreneurship efforts tend to be industry-specific and lean on professional practices to enact valuable changes. This feature weighs how public accounting can adopt social entrepreneurship through an analysis of two important industry stakeholders: firms and millennials.
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  • Inflation: What’s Behind It and What’s to Come

    Jun 17, 2022, 15:31 PM by Nicholas A. Boyer
    CPAs, in both public accounting and industry, are well-positioned to collect, measure, and interpret the financial data needed to navigate organizations through a potentially long inflationary period. Reevaluating operational cost structures, calculating unit cost for products sold and services provided, tracking changes in gross margins, and assisting with pricing strategies to maintain profitable operations are a few important ways CPAs can guide and support leaders and executives. This feature will help you identify and weigh the prospects of a potential inflationary period.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending June 17, 2022

    Jun 17, 2022, 10:36 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Tax Cut Proposals Advance with Pennsylvania Budget Discussions; PHFA: Mixed-Use Development Pa. Tax Credits Open for Bids; Pa. DOR Updates Taxable and Exempt Property List; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending June 10, 2022

    Jun 10, 2022, 11:14 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Pennsylvania Pass-Through Entity Tax Bill Advances; Pa. DOR to Change Overpayment Offsetting; Longtime PICPA Ally Sen. Browne Concedes Primary; and more.
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  • PICPA at 125 Years: Celebrating an Enduring Legacy, Building an Exciting Future

    Jun 8, 2022, 18:21 PM by Matthew McCann
    On our 125th anniversary, the PICPA would like to share a few highlights from the past and some of our plans for how we will continue coming together to enhance the profession, serve the public, and work together to resolve common issues, big and small. Specifically, this feature looks at our membership, advocacy efforts, professional learning channels, the pipeline of new CPAs, and the profession’s reputation and ethics.
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  • Get Comfortable Wrapping Yourself Around Python

    Jun 8, 2022, 18:13 PM by J. L. “John” Alarcon, CPA, CGMA, CITP, Kevin C. Moffitt, PhD, and Cory Ng, CPA, DBA, CGMA
    As more tools become necessary for analyzing large and unstructured data sets in today’s digital environment, the open-source programming language Python has emerged as an important contributor to audits, internal audit, IT audit, business planning and forecasting, as well as traditional accounting roles. This feature explains why Python has gained popularity among financial professionals and discusses its relevance to CPAs.
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