• Legislative Update - Week Ending March 11, 2022

    Mar 11, 2022
    In this issue: PICPA, AICPA Continue to Urge IRS to Suspend Notices; Pa. DOR Releases New Employee Retention Credit Guidance; Pennsylvania Lawmakers Call for Suspension of State Gas Tax; and more.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending March 4, 2022

    Mar 04, 2022
    In this issue: Pa. Corporate Tax Reform to Be Introduced; PICPA Advocates for Additional K-2, K-3 Relief; Pa. DOR Restaurant Industry Support Initiative; and more.
  • Build the Best Accounting Profession through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Mar 01, 2022
    CPAs and other professional accountants need appropriate technical knowledge and leadership skills to be effective – whether they are auditors, tax accountants, or consultants at a firm, in management accounting, or finance professionals at nonprofit, academic, or governmental organizations. So, when it comes to discussions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), why should our profession care, let alone invest time and resources to promote DE&I within our workplace?
  • See Your Needs Clearly: Data Visualization and Compliance Monitoring

    Mar 01, 2022
    Monitoring is one of the five components of effective internal control. Data analytics and visualization tools can assist organizations with these monitoring requirements by helping those responsible for compliance harness all the power latent in their available data. Without data analytics and visualization, the compliance function’s visibility is limited by whatever sample, periodic risk-based testing, or risk-based audit activities the company conducts manually.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Feb. 25, 2022

    Feb 25, 2022
    In this issue: Budget Hearings Start in Pa. Senate; Don’t Miss Upcoming PICPA Advocacy Programs; Keystone Saves Introduced in Pennsylvania House; and more.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Feb. 18, 2022

    Feb 18, 2022
    In this issue: Hearings Underway on Pa.’s $43.7 Billion State Budget; IRS Provides K-2 and K-3 Filing Relief; PICPA/NJCPA Collaboration Enters Second Year; and more.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Feb. 11, 2022

    Feb 11, 2022
    In this issue: Gov. Wolf Proposes $43.7 Billion Budget; PICPA-Backed CPA Law, Local Tax Bills Advance; IRS Suspends Mailing of Additional Letters; and more.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Feb. 4, 2022

    Feb 04, 2022
    In this issue: Pennsylvania Budget Week; in Harrisburg; PICPA Update Webinar to Focus on State Budget; PMRS and PICPA Meet to Address Reporting Backlog; and more.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Jan. 28, 2022

    Jan 28, 2022
    In this issue: Pennsylvania House Approves Tax Measures; PICPA Urges Response to IRS Service Issues; Bill Amending Pa. CPA Law Clears Hurdle; and more.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Jan. 21, 2022

    Jan 21, 2022
    In this issue: Pa. General Assembly Returns to Session; Pennsylvania DOR Provides Ida Filing Extension Guidance; Pa. Senate Committee Approves School Choice Expansion; and more.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Jan. 14, 2022

    Jan 14, 2022
    In this issue: Small Biz Tax Package Clears Pa. House Committee; 2022 Tax Filing Season to Begin Jan. 24; Gov. Wolf Vetoes Block of Regional Greenhouse Adoption; and more.
  • Legislative Update - Week Ending Jan. 7, 2022

    Jan 07, 2022
    In this issue: PICPA Advocacy: A 2021 Year in Review; Upcoming Government Relations Webinars; Pa. Revenue Department Launches Broker Registration Webpage; and more.
  • PICPA Star Power You Didn’t Know We Had

    Dec 21, 2021
    When members think “PICPA,” no doubt they consider the great volunteer opportunities, the networking with a diverse and engaging group of professionals, and all the great information shared through the Pennsylvania CPA Journal and CPA Now blog. Or maybe it’s the outstanding CPE we provide that jumps to mind. I’m not sure that “really big deal” is the first thought that arises, but we are … you are! The PICPA impacts the profession every day, working hard to make public accounting in Pennsylvania better and stronger. Every single member should know about this.
  • Reaching Across the Delaware on Cross-State Tax Matters

    Dec 21, 2021
    The PICPA State Taxation Steering Committee and their colleagues at the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants came together to tighten their connections and agree to work collaboratively to resolve potential cross-state tax issues.
  • Improving the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System

    Dec 21, 2021
    When acting as an administrator to an employee benefit plan, or an auditor of such, it is almost inevitable that you will become aware of a plan failure. The IRS describes a failure as those plans that are intended to satisfy the requirements of Internal Revenue Code Sections 401(a), 403(a), 408(k), or 408(p), but have not met those requirements for a period of time. The Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System was established to permit plan sponsors to correct failures and continue to provide employees with retirement benefits on a tax-favored basis.
  • How the Pandemic Impacts Determining Economic Damages

    Dec 21, 2021
    Financial experts have a challenge, now and into the future, of separating out the effects of the once-in-a-lifetime COVID-19 economic disaster when expressing an opinion about lost profits, lost earnings, or other related damages in litigation matters, insurance claims, and other applications requiring financial forecasting.
  • Due Diligence on the Flip Side: A Seller’s Tool Too

    Dec 21, 2021
    When thinking about due diligence in a merger or acquisition context, we tend to think about it solely from the buyer’s perspective. Perhaps you have a picture in your head of a team of lawyers, CPAs, and other experts combing through financial records and legal documents, searching for potential liabilities or areas of risk that the buyer soon will be inheriting as their own. Depending on the size of the transaction, this process can take weeks, or even months. The seller often discovers the literal torment of “sleepless nights,” finding themselves in a period of limbo hoping that no major issues exist that could delay or terminate negotiations.
  • Interviewing Your Potential Employer Is a Must

    Dec 21, 2021
    Recruiters and interviewers use check-lists to identify the skills and attributes of the ideal candidate. You should do likewise. What type of organization, team, culture, and situation comprise your ideal role? Then, craft interview questions of your own, customized to the circumstances and within the context of what you learn from your research.
  • The Importance of Soft Skills for CPAs

    Dec 21, 2021
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “We’re a relationship business.” Certainly more times than I can count during the 20-plus years I’ve worked with CPA firms. It’s seemingly the one constant in an ever-changing profession. Recently, though, I wonder if we’ve actually devalued relationship building.
  • Long-Standing Client Relationships Pose Largest Professional Risk

    Dec 21, 2021
    As the saying goes, “There is no friend like an old friend.” The same can be true in your professional life as long-standing client relationships are often the most satisfying. They reinforce what it means to truly be a professional, guiding and advising clients across the arc of their working lives and, ideally, seeing them achieve financial security and peace of mind.
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