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  • Acquisition Entrepreneurs: A Solution to Succession Dilemmas

    Dec 15, 2022, 07:00 AM by Michael A. Zaydon, CPA
    The next generation of aspiring small-business owners is playing a major role in facilitating the generational wealth and business transition wave currently underway and they may be the perfect fit for business owners and their advisers who care not only about the financial prospects of a business exit, but the emotional ones as well.
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  • What Today’s Employers Need to Know about Compensation Trends

    Dec 15, 2022, 07:00 AM by Stephane L. Smith, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    It is important for employers to recognize and adapt to emerging human resource (HR) dynamics and allocating space in the budget for the increased pay rates of the current market should be a top priority for accounting and finance departments.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Dec. 9, 2022

    Dec 9, 2022, 10:40 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: PICPA Appointed to Shapiro-Davis Transition Committee; Resignations Add to Pennsylvania House Majority Confusion; Pa.’s Boyle Named Democratic Leader on Budget Committee; and more.
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  • HSAs: Practical Tax Considerations

    Dec 9, 2022, 07:00 AM by Jeffrey J. Schrader, CPA, MST, and Mary Lew Kehm, CPA
    The tax benefits of health savings accounts and the tax reporting considerations. .
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  • Ethics and Independence Amid the Great Resignation

    Dec 9, 2022, 07:00 AM by Heather Demshock, CPA, CMA
    Accounting professionals at all stages of their careers have been moving on and this raises ethical considerations for those in public accounting since many of the professionals and partners leaving have opportunities for continued employment with their firms’ clients.
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  • Historic CNIT Reductions and Small-Business Tax Reform

    Dec 9, 2022, 07:00 AM by Drew VandenBrul, CPA, and Michael Semes, JD
    Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1342 into law as Act 53 of 2022 marking the first change in Pennsylvania’s corporate net income tax (CNIT) rate since 1995, reducing it by more than 50% over the next nine years: from 9.99% in 2022 down to 4.99% in 2031.
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  • The GAAP in Accounting for PTE Taxes

    Dec 9, 2022, 07:00 AM by James J. Newhard, CPA
    CPAs specializing in A&A must now hold a lot more tax knowledge so they can truly understand the measurement, reporting, and disclosure necessities of today’s PTEs
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  • Emotional Intelligence: The In-Demand Skill for Great Leaders

    Dec 5, 2022, 18:23 PM by Elizabeth A. Wilson, CPA
    Leaders come in many forms, shapes, and sizes, but leadership always boils down to relationships and connections. An effective leader builds trust, inspires, and mobilizes people toward goals. It starts with identifying a compelling vision of a shared future rooted in core values and is followed by creating a path for the success of all.  
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  • Rise of Cryptocurrency Means Careful Tax Planning Needed

    Dec 5, 2022, 18:16 PM by Cassandra Bennett, CPA, DBA, and Jeffrey Bennett, CPA, MBA
    The phenomenon of cryptocurrency has gained steam over the past few years. The flexibility of this digital, encrypted, and decentralized form of exchange intrigues many, but it is causing consternation on how exactly to tax its use and how to mitigate some of the tax burden derived from its holdings.
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  • Navigating Pennsylvania Local Business Privilege Taxes

    Nov 28, 2022, 11:46 AM by Vito A. Cosmo Jr., CPA, CGMA, Matthew D. Melinson, CPA, and Patrick K. Skeehan, JD
    In addition to federal and state income tax obligations, business taxpayers operating in Pennsylvania also may be responsible for an array of additional local taxes, depending on the localities in which they transact business. These local business privilege or mercantile taxes can be difficult to navigate for the unfamiliar taxpayer.
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  • Qualified Opportunity Zones: Huge Tax Breaks for Community Investment

    Nov 28, 2022, 11:00 AM by Edward R. Jenkins Jr., CPA, CGMA
    A series of opportunity zones created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 offers those who invest in projects in these zones a new tax benefit that is unprecedented. The tax benefit could also have a positive impact on targeted communities, but there are risks associated with opportunity zone investments and the regulations involved can be complicated.
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  • Legislative Update - Special myPATH Notice - Nov. 22, 2022

    Nov 22, 2022, 09:04 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: PICPA's government relations team shares an urgent reminder from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regarding myPATH and e-TIDES.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Nov. 18, 2022

    Nov 18, 2022, 11:16 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: PICPA Joins Gov. Wolf at Two Bill Signing Ceremonies; Kim Ward First Woman Elected Pa. Senate President; Democrats to Control Pennsylvania House; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Nov. 11, 2022

    Nov 11, 2022, 11:01 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Control of Pennsylvania House in the Balance; Shapiro, Fetterman Win High-Profile Contests; Pa. Congressional Delegation Results; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Nov. 4, 2022

    Nov 4, 2022, 10:22 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Gov. Wolf Signs CPA Law Amendments, Other PICPA-Back Bills; Pennsylvania DOR Outlines Notice of Waived Penalty Process; PICPA Adds Voice to Highlights of Bipartisan Tax Reform; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Oct. 28, 2022

    Oct 28, 2022, 10:45 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: PICPA-Sponsored CPA Law Changes Are Here; Lawmakers Approve Plan for New Pa. Tax Credit Programs; Pennsylvania Senate Approves Three to Accountancy Board; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Oct. 21, 2022

    Oct 21, 2022, 09:45 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Pa. Senate Bill Requires Financial Literacy Classes; Grantor Trust Measure Advances in Pennsylvania Senate; PICPA Election Guide; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Oct. 14, 2022

    Oct 14, 2022, 10:06 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Pennsylvania Senate Final Session Days; DOR Will Not Appeal Ruling on Third-Party Sellers; Wolf Nominates Two to State Board of Accountancy; and more.
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  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Oct. 7, 2022

    Oct 7, 2022, 10:15 AM by PICPA Government Relations
    In this issue: Pennsylvania Extends Filing for Those Affected by Hurricane Ian; PICPA Advocates Extension of COVID-19 Filing Deadline; Pa. DOR Revises Like-Kind Exchange Bulletin; and more.
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  • Reconnecting with Working Mothers in Accounting

    Sep 28, 2022, 09:15 AM by Kim Brown, CPA
    Explores the factors contributing to fewer working mothers in public accounting since 2020 and the actions firms can take to help reverse the decline.
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