• The CPA Evolution Project: Preparing the Profession for the Future

    Apr 21, 2020
    The CPA Evolution Project, formed as a working group by the AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in 2018, aims to transform the CPA licensure model. Driven largely by advancements in technology and data analytics, the group is exploring changes in licensure requirements that will better ensure future CPAs possess the skills and competencies required in accounting practice and business. The CPA Evolution Project’s approach to licensure not only strives to embrace marketplace changes but also to maintain the profession’s mandate to protect the public interest.
  • Week Ending April 17, 2020

    Apr 17, 2020
    In this issue: Pa. Local Government Emergency Bill Includes EITC Extension; PICPA Advocacy Moves Beyond Day on the Hill; Pennsylvania COVID-19 Update: Tax Filing Relief; and more.
  • Week Ending April 10, 2020

    Apr 10, 2020
    In this issue: Pennsylvania IFO Projects Revenue Impact of COVID-19; Committee Approves PICPA-Supported Philadelphia Tax Measure; Local Government Relief Measure Approved by Pa. Senate; and more.
  • Week Ending April 3, 2020

    Apr 03, 2020
    In this issue: PICPA, Pa. DOR Working Together in Face of COVID-19; Proposals to Address Federal and Pennsylvania Relief Legislation; Pa. Lawmakers Angry Over Veto of Petrochemical Tax Bill; and more.
  • Week Ending March 27, 2020

    Mar 27, 2020
    In this issue: Legislation Extends Pennsylvania Tax Due Dates; PICPA to Host Discussion with Pa. Revenue Secretary Hassell; Financial Assistance Announced for Pa. Small Businesses; and more.
  • Week Ending March 20, 2020

    Mar 20, 2020
    In this issue: Gov. Wolf Orders Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Business; Pennsylvania Funding Approval to Help Small Businesses; Pa. General Assembly Convenes Under Unique Circumstances; and more.
  • Week Ending March 13, 2020

    Mar 13, 2020
    In this issue: Gov. Wolf Highlights Pennsylvanians' Access to Care During Outbreak; Auto-IRA Proposal Introduced in Pa. House; PICPA Member Rep. Ryan Named to PSERS Committee; and more.
  • Week Ending March 6, 2020

    Mar 05, 2020
    In this issue: Pennsylvania Bill Proposes to Close the Delaware Loophole; PICPA Volunteers Requested for Student Loan Working Group; PICPA Urges Support for Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution; and more.
  • The Evolution of the CPA Credential and Licensing

    Mar 02, 2020
    Technology continues to have a profound impact on all aspects of everyday life, from home to business. The CPA profession is not exempt. Over the past 18 months, the AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy have been discussing a new CPA licensure model designed to future-proof the profession. The model is a combination of core subject requirements with a targeted discipline in a specific area of the profession.
  • The True Cost of Income-Driven Student Loan Repayment Plans

    Mar 02, 2020
    About 42 million borrowers owe $1.4 trillion in federal student loans under the William D. Ford Direct Loan program. Many of these borrowers have opted to participate in income-driven repayment plans because they provide the lowest initial monthly payment and forgive any balance due at the end of the repayment period. However, the short-term benefits of IDR plans can produce long-term burdens.
  • Financial Planning Challenge: Longer Lives, Less Money

    Mar 02, 2020
    A paradigm shift in the economy, society, and politics is arising from the current explosion of technological change. The World Economic Forum calls it the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and as a result people are living longer. We may not be prepared for what that entails financially: with longer lives comes greater expenses, and greater expenses by more and more people will put a great deal of pressure on individual savings as well as government-related health and social programs. This feature addresses longevity risk and what CPAs can do in a new world of retirement planning.
  • Retiring Boomers Beware: The Taxman Cometh

    Mar 02, 2020
    Pennsylvania residents of an age commonly known as “baby boomers” are retiring and relocating to warmer and more tax-temperate climates, such as Florida. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is aware of this trend, and it is guarding the commonwealth’s coffers by challenging nonresidency status and certain retirement payouts. Simply put: If your client retires and moves, they will have to prove their new status.
  • Assist Student Learning through Scaffolding

    Mar 02, 2020
    Learning is sometimes thought of as a solitary endeavor. A student attends class where a professor lectures and demonstrates accounting problems, and then the student attempts to replicate or extend the demonstration by completing homework assignments. Student learning is then assessed through testing. This column introduces another perspective on teaching and learning: scaffolding.
  • Accounting Plan Plagiarism: Is It Time to Strengthen the CPA Code of Professional Conduct?

    Mar 02, 2020
    Over the past 20 years, audit reports and tax returns have largely become commodities – at least that seems to be the perception in the marketplace. As a result, a CPA’s ideas or intellectual wherewithal have become crucial to the success of an accounting practice. Consultation and planning are sweeping the profession, and the resulting services can enhance a firm’s bottom line.
  • SSARS No. 21 a Year Later

    Mar 02, 2020
    Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services No. 21 has been effective for more than a year now – for engagements on financial statements for periods ending on or after Dec. 15, 2015. Sufficient time has passed to allow the peer review process to shine a light on some of the implementation issues that firms and practitioners may be experiencing.
  • Triple Net Leases: An Investment Opportunity Fraught with Peril

    Mar 02, 2020
    As a CPA and a federal agent, I appreciate the importance of maintaining a current understanding of the proper application of accounting principles and the ever-evolving accounting landscape. Once you have a firm understanding of how legitimate businesses operate, fraudulent enterprises can become more apparent. This is true for lease agreements too.
  • Essential Skills and Attributes for Emerging CPAs

    Mar 02, 2020
    After four or five years of college, you’ve landed a great job – maybe even your dream job. It’s time to put all of your accounting education to work. You’re likely preparing for one or more certification exams, which means having to recall details from all of your previous coursework.
  • New Section 987 Foreign Currency Regulations Hold Trap

    Mar 02, 2020
    In the global economy, companies operate foreign business in various currencies. U.S. taxpayers must translate their foreign currency transactions into U.S. dollars. Many times the rules are misunderstood.
  • Dynamic Decision Making through Data Visualization

    Mar 02, 2020
    Vast amounts of data are generated every day – about 2.5 quintillion bytes according to estimates from IBM. This “big data” originates from numerous sources: from individual social media posts and text messages, to corporate supply chain management activities and financial transactions. Businesses are gaining valuable insights through the analysis of all the data they can gather.
  • 2020 Is Going to Be a High-Stakes Year

    Feb 28, 2020
    PICPA’s full-time presence in the state capital and our dedicated volunteer members contributed greatly to a very successful 2019 advocating on behalf of our more than 20,000 members and the broader CPA profession.
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