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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Feb. 16, 2024

    Feb 16, 2024, 10:13 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: PICPA top legislative priorities for 2024; Pennsylvania budget hearings begin; Pa. Rep. Pisciottano's open markets act; and more.
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  • Growing Debts and Deficits Pulling Down Our Future

    Feb 14, 2024, 11:41 AM by Edward R. Jenkins Jr., CPA, CGMA
    What’s the difference between “equity” and “resilience?” In real terms, essentially nothing: equity is resilience. Equity gives you, a company, or a government the ability to take a hit – a hit like a recession or a pandemic. The big question now is whether or not the United States has the equity to return to normal after a crisis. To consider this issue, I explore the growing U.S. debt, the concomitant reduction in equity, and the implications of debt growth on government and the economy as a whole.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Feb. 9, 2024

    Feb 9, 2024, 10:10 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Pa. governor proposes $48.3 billion budget; All eyes on special Pennsylvania House election; Pa. CRIZ program improvements bill; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Feb. 2, 2024

    Feb 2, 2024, 10:28 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: PICPA-backed tax appeal reform introduced; Pa. governor unveils 10-year economic development plan; Bill seeks to modernize Pennsylvania unclaimed property process; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Jan. 26, 2024

    Jan 26, 2024, 09:56 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Pennsylvania budget address set for Feb. 6; Bill to create family and medical leave Pa. tax credit; Pennsylvania debt management policy; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Jan. 19, 2024

    Jan 19, 2024, 10:39 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Slow start expected in Pa. General Assembly; New Pennsylvania tax bulletin; PICPA member Pisciottano to run for Pa. Senate; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Dec. 22, 2023

    Dec 22, 2023, 10:18 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Season’s greetings from the PICPA; Pa. grantor trust law effective date clarified; Beneficial ownership information reporting delay; and more.
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  • Who Owns the Company’s Retirement Plan?

    Dec 18, 2023, 13:28 PM by Nicole Jankowski, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Territorialism and claims of project ownership are not uncommon in business. But when it comes to retirement plans, Nicole Jankowski explains that a shared ownership between human resources and finance will be beneficial to all.
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  • Cybersecurity Certification on the Way for Defense Industry Contractors

    Dec 18, 2023, 13:27 PM by Matthew Schiavone, CPA, CISSP, CISA
    CPAs with clients who work for or with defense contractors need to understand the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Matthew Schiavone, CPA, CISSP, CISA, explains the CMMC and offers a word of caution as to how it could affect the costs and resources of the contractor and how CPAs may be called on to be compliance assessors.
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  • Are You Ready for SAS No. 145?

    Dec 18, 2023, 13:25 PM by Nicole K. Cradic, CPA
    Statement on Auditing Standards No. 145, Understanding the Entity and Its Environment and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement, is effective for periods ending on or after Dec. 15, 2023. Nicole K. Cradic, CPA, shares some the key changes in the standard of which auditors need to be aware.
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  • Overlooking Business Privilege Taxes a Costly Misstep

    Dec 18, 2023, 13:24 PM by Matthew D. Melinson, CPA, Patrick K. Skeehan, JD, and Thomas D. Boyle, JD
    Business privilege and mercantile taxes (BPT) can be overlooked and misunderstood by taxpayers and practitioners alike. Matthew Melinson, CPA, Patrick Skeehan, JD, and Thomas Boyle, JD, look at the mechanics of the BPT and some of the latest trends to help taxpayers meet filing obligations, capture tax savings, and avoid missteps.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Dec. 15, 2023

    Dec 15, 2023, 11:22 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Pennsylvania grantor trust reform signed by governor; Pa. lawmakers wrap up 2023 with a flurry of activity; Pa. fiscal code bill signed into law; and more.
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  • Tag-Team Approach to Tackling Fraud

    Dec 11, 2023, 11:56 AM by L. Erik Ringoen, CPA, ABV, CFF, Zachary Epstein, and Richard J. Zack
    L. Erik Ringoen, Zachary Epstein, and Richard J. Zach explain how when forensic accountants and attorneys work together, they greatly increase the prospects of ensuring a client’s rights are vindicated, legal issues are properly addressed, and accounting safeguards are implemented to protect the client’s finances.
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  • Grand Ways of Making Completed Gifts to Grandchildren

    Dec 11, 2023, 11:54 AM by Brian M. Balduzzi, JD, LLM (Taxation), CFP
    It is not uncommon for grandparents to want to pass along some of their accumulated wealth to their grandchildren, but a recent court decision ruled that certain gifts made by check were to be includible in the decedent’s gross estate. Brian M. Balduzzi, JD, LLM (Taxation), CFP, provides several alternative gifting strategies to help remove the risk of these gifts being deemed incomplete.
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  • Managing the Risks of Recent Professional Standards

    Dec 11, 2023, 11:49 AM by Duncan B. Will, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE
    In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic, standard setters delayed many effective dates to allow the profession time to prepare for their adoption. The procrastinators now face an onslaught of pronouncements either already in effect or soon to be effective. Duncan Will, CPA, highlights some of the risk implications and offers a few risk management tips.
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  • A Lot of Spending, Huge Debt: Something Has to Give

    Dec 11, 2023, 11:38 AM by Robert E. Duquette, CPA
    Federal spending and the amount of revenue generated by federal taxation do not jibe. They have not for some time, and now the country is dangerously close to unprecedented repercussions from a continuously growing national debt. Robert E. Duquette, CPA, provides a host of data detailing the issue at hand, what’s coming down the pike, and the difficulties standing in our way that we must overcome to solve the problem.
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  • Women in Accounting: Practical Tips for Leadership Advancement

    Dec 8, 2023, 10:39 AM by Christine A. Funkhouser, CPA, and Gergana Lipidakova, CPA
    With 38% of partner roles held by women, important progress is happening, but there is still a persistent gender gap for women wanting to take on leadership roles in accounting. In this feature Christine A. Funkhouser, CPA, and Gergana Lipidakova, CPA, offer practical tips for women aspiring to leadership positions within the profession.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Dec. 8, 2023

    Dec 8, 2023, 10:32 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: PICPA-backed tax appeal reform measure; Pa. Rep. Pisciottano to introduce antitrust statute; Pennsylvania lawmaker proposes tax credits for shopping malls; and more.
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  • Helping Small-Business Owners Exit on a High Note

    Dec 4, 2023, 12:31 PM by Michael A. Zaydon, CPA
    There are more than 33 million small businesses in the United States, with over half of U.S. business owners above age 55. Michael A. Zaydon, CPA, offers tips to help you or your business-owner clients exit on a high note.
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  • First-Budget Déjà Vu as Spending Plan Completion Is Elusive

    Dec 4, 2023, 12:29 PM by Peter N. Calcara
    First-year budget foot-dragging is not unusual in Pennsylvania. In fact, Gov. Josh Shapiro’s immediate predecessor, Tom Wolf, had a first-year budget fight that dragged on for more than 250 days. Shapiro signed a $45.5 billion General Appropriations Act on Aug. 3, but numerous pieces of budget-related code bills remained tied up in the legislature, and the clock keeps ticking.
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