• Use Your Tax Return to Develop a Financial Plan

    Apr 25, 2019
    Don't put away your 2018 tax return and all other corresponding documents just yet. Consider using these records to develop or adjust your financial plan.
  • Cybersecurity Opportunities for CPA Firms

    Apr 24, 2019
    It is mind-boggling to think what the future of technology holds, but the ever-present challenge is how to manage the relentless threats from cybersecurity intrusions. Cyberattacks are ranked as the top global risk to business leaders in advanced economies, and the takedown of a single cloud provider could cause $50 billion to $120 billion in economic damage.
  • Blockchain Technology: Answering the Whos, Whats, and Whys

    Apr 23, 2019
    Blockchains. We hear about them more and more, but what exactly are they? Who uses them, and why? Are they safe? And what about the many related terms, such as “open” vs. “closed,” “permissioned” vs. “permissionless,” “distributed ledger technology,” “cryptography,” “consensus mechanism,” and “Merkle trees”?
  • Embrace the Cloud to Help Hire and Retain

    Apr 23, 2019
    Surely there are pros and cons to the emerging technologies in the world of accounting and finance, but could we stop the momentum if we wanted to? And why would we? With a growing millennial workforce, technologies such as the cloud and mobility can be at the forefront of our efforts to recruit, staff, and retain the teams we need to accomplish our goals.
  • Cryptocurrencies and the Tax Rules Involved

    Apr 23, 2019
    According to CoinMarketCap.com, at the start of 2018, virtual currency markets were worth about $560 billion. By the end of the year, that same measure was $130 billion. Most people would characterize this as nothing but bad news. However, CPAs are skilled at finding an upside in a disaster. Now that Bitcoin mania has calmed, is there a tax-saving opportunity buried among the wreckage?
  • Boosting Compliance through Technology

    Apr 23, 2019
    Corporations and enforcement agencies alike recognize the growing importance of leveraging technology to achieve an effective compliance program. For those involved in compliance functions who may be hesitant to prioritize or expend valued resources on technology, let me put your mind at ease.
  • Social Media Management: Protecting Your Digital Image

    Apr 23, 2019
    Social media is pervasive and powerful. Your firm can embrace it or try to ignore it, but the impact of social media on a firm’s reputation seems inevitable. How does one manage the risks associated with social media while enjoying the rewards of a robust social media presence? This article examines some social media policies to help manage the risks.
  • Forensic Accounting and the Use of Artificial Intelligence

    Apr 23, 2019
    The universe of data continues to grow – in volume, velocity, and variety. For forensic accountants, that means the scope of potentially relevant evidence is growing too. Moreover, forensic accountants must increasingly contend with evidence that is unstructured – meaning the information format doesn’t fit with conventional databases. Between the complexity of emerging data types and the sheer volume, manual methods of data management and analysis can’t keep up.
  • Technology, Outsourcing, and Nonprofit Accounting

    Apr 23, 2019
    Sweeping changes in cloud-based technologies, significant decreases in electronic storage costs, and increases in connectivity speeds have combined to provide affordable and accessible online resources for even smaller nonprofits. These changes reach far beyond finance; they can greatly improve data sharing, add high-order data security, and streamline processes.
  • Prepping Accounting Students for a New Tech World

    Apr 23, 2019
    Throughout this issue, we’ve highlighted the impact of technology on the accounting profession, with artificial intelligence and robotics likely to have the most dramatic effect on traditional accounting responsibilities. So, in that world that is rapidly advancing toward us, what changes have been made, or can be made, in academia to better prepare students for careers in the accounting field of the future?
  • Remember the Human Side of the Tech Revolution

    Apr 23, 2019
    This issue shows how the role of the CPA is changing. Training and execution is a must as the profession evolves because your personal evolution doesn’t stop with enhanced technical knowledge. Technology without human oversight and direction loses its value and effectiveness on strategic development, business relationships, and company brand. Ultimately the consumer or client pays for an expected product or service, not the technology behind the scenes. With that in mind, CPAs cannot lose sight of all the components needed to build a successful career and support the success of your firm or company.
  • Week Ending April 19, 2019

    Apr 18, 2019
    In this issue: PICPA Tax Simplification Measure Gains State House Approval; PA Corporate Tax Overhaul Proposed; Inheritance Tax Measure Clears Pennsylvania House; and more.
  • Should I file an amendment now for my tax return if I received a couple W-2s after filing?

    Apr 18, 2019
    Answer from the free Ask a CPA service on whether an amendment should be filed for one's tax return if he or she has received a few W-2s after filing.
  • Week Ending April 12, 2019

    Apr 12, 2019
    In this issue: PICPA Members Stonesifer and Rollage Confirmed to PA Accountancy Board; Hassell Gains Support as Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary; PA Senate Committee Approves Redistricting Bill; and more.
  • Welcome New and Reinstating Members - March 2019

    Apr 08, 2019
    PICPA welcomes the following PICPA members who joined or reinstated in March 2019.
  • Week Ending April 5, 2019

    Apr 05, 2019
    In this issue ... Financial Literacy Resources for Legislators and PICPA Members; Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Welcomes New Faces; U.S. House Committee Advances IRS Modernization Bill; and more.
  • Is Now the Time for a Roth Conversion?

    Apr 04, 2019
    There are some key differences between a traditional individual retirement account (IRA) and a Roth IRA. Know what those differences are if you are considering converting to a Roth IRA, along with the tax implications of a conversion.
  • Week Ending March 29, 2019

    Mar 29, 2019
    In this issue: PA Treasurer, Lawmakers Release State Retirement Report; Pennsylvania House Committee Advances Tax Simplification Bill; PA Governor Signs Pension Forfeiture Reform Law; and more.
  • Changes to Work-Related Tax Deductions

    Mar 26, 2019
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made changes to work-related tax deductions that are applicable this year. Know what those changes are as you finalize your 2018 tax return.
  • Week Ending March 22, 2019

    Mar 22, 2019
    In this issue: Bill Aids Businesses with New Pennsylvania 1099-MISC Obligation; Attend PICPA’s Day on the Hill in Harrisburg; Continuing Education Credit Carryover Passes Pa. House; and more.
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