• Lessons from the Transition to Online Education

    Sep 01, 2020
    In mid-March 2020, colleges and universities in Pennsylvania decided to stop traditional classroom teaching and switch to online delivery for the conclusion of the spring semester. As educators devised their plans, many attempted to make the experience similar to a classroom setting by meeting at regularly scheduled times using Zoom sessions.
  • Upskilling Is the Path Forward for Emerging CPAs

    Sep 01, 2020
    Emerging CPAs will make themselves more valuable by upskilling, which in turn creates more company value. According to PwC’s 23rd Annual Global CEO Survey, 74% of CEOs are concerned about the availability of key skills in the workplace. PwC defines upskilling as giving “employees opportunities to gain the knowledge, tools, and ability they need to use advanced and ever-changing technologies in the workplace.”
  • How COVID-19 Pandemic Amplifies Cybersecurity Concerns

    Sep 01, 2020
    Just as many cybersecurity experts predicted, there was a surge in cyberattacks against practices of all sizes during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations that track cyberattacks reported an increase of 300% during these unprecedented times.
  • Managing a Financial Planning Practice in Times of Crisis

    Sep 01, 2020
    For CPAs who provide personal financial planning services to individuals and families, the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been eye-opening. We have seen lives upended within each and every age group of an extended family: day cares closed, children unable to attend school, jobs furloughed or eliminated, locations of employment temporarily or permanently closed, and family members left isolated during social distancing. So, how do we manage our clients’ financial planning needs when the world is in such turmoil?
  • Demystifying Unemployment Trusts for Nonprofits

    Sep 01, 2020
    Nonprofits have two options for dealing with unemployment claims. They can pay fees based on experience and payroll into a state unemployment program or opt to reimburse the state for actual claims. Here are some basics to help you explore the options for your nonprofit.
  • Transfer Pricing Therapy in a COVID-19 Downturn

    Sep 01, 2020
    Businesses across the globe are struggling following a collapse in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across country after country. Even among those businesses where demand had not declined as severely, disruptions to supply chains have been a devastating hardship. While there’s no certainty as to when the marketplace will “normalize,” businesses may be able to lessen the pandemic’s impact on their financial health by seeking remedies through transfer pricing mechanisms.
  • Engagement Letters for Consulting Never More Important

    Sep 01, 2020
    As the CPA community entered March, it looked like another routine tax season. With another year of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act under the belt, we were beginning to feel comfortable again with the tax code and in the rhythm of the compliance calendar. The coronavirus was a concern, but no anvil had fallen out of the sky and conked us on the head (for those of you familiar with Wile E. Coyote) … until one did.
  • Best Practices for Working Remotely

    Sep 01, 2020
    Time will tell, but it seems some of our “temporary” ways of working remotely due to the pandemic may be here to stay. Without a doubt, there are advantages and disadvantages to working remotely.
  • Seven Ways to Maximize Return on Investment

    Sep 01, 2020
    Like every other business, CPA firms invest a lot of time and money into making sure their businesses are viable, vibrant practices poised for success and growth. And, like other businesses, CPA firms are well-served by taking a long look at return on investment, especially as it pertains to their significant monetary investment in personnel and time that comes from focusing on client service.
  • Pandemic and PPP Loan Efforts Bring New Perspective

    Sep 01, 2020
    As the COVID-19 pandemic erupted this past spring, our businesses were thrown into an environment that we had not previously experienced. There were the rapidly changing facts and circumstances, and each day seemed to bring new challenges to navigate. A question that kept popping into my mind during those early days was, “What should we be learning through this process so that we are not caught off guard next time?” But before I could digest that question, new information came at us once again – this time it was the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan process and the mad rush to pull together information and prepare the application.
  • Pass-Through Entities and Arising State Tax Issues

    Sep 01, 2020
    The taxation of pass-through entities should be an area of increasing interest. On a national level, S corporations have long accounted for the majority of corporate tax filings, and the average annual increase in filings by partnerships and entities electing to be treated as partnerships (including limited liability companies electing to be taxed as a partnership for federal income tax purposes) has increased at a faster pace than that of incorporated businesses.
  • A Flood of Risk Assessment Rising in Review Engagements

    Sep 01, 2020
    There are vast financial reporting implications arising from COVID-19, creating new matters of concern, assessment, and evaluation. It has necessitated a reassessment of our understanding of our clients’ business, industry, markets, supply chains, and every sphere of impact on a financial report. In audit engagements, risk assessment in nearly every financial reporting area will require enhanced and revised consideration. We may have to completely change the risks assessed and our entire approach.
  • Forecasting Cash Flow Vital to Surviving the Storm

    Sep 01, 2020
    Cash is king! Without cash, you are done: turn out the lights, lock the doors, and go home. Monitoring cash and modeling future cash flows can provide an early warning regarding the health of your organization, so accurately forecasting your company’s cash flow is a business imperative. Indeed, accurately forecasting cash flow, especially as you continue navigating COVID-19 and its economic impact, is a matter of corporate survival.
  • Week Ending Aug. 28, 2020

    Aug 28, 2020
    In this issue: Pa. Governor's Fall Legislative Priorities; PICPA Provides Testimony to GASB; Pennsylvania Small-Business Tax Relief Legislation; and more.
  • Week Ending July 31, 2020

    Jul 31, 2020
    In this issue: U.S. Sen. Toomey Urged to Support PPP Loan Forgiveness Clarification; Transparency Bill Becomes Law Without Pa. Governor's Signature; PICPA Joins Call for Federal Relief to States and Local Governments; and more.
  • Week Ending July 24, 2020

    Jul 24, 2020
    In this issue: Philadelphia DOR Webinar with the PICPA; Momentum Builds for Pennsylvania COVID-19 Safe Harbor Legislation; Pa. Lawmakers Propose Closing Amazon Sales Tax Loophole; and more.
  • Week Ending July 17, 2020

    Jul 20, 2020
    In this issue: Pa. Lawmakers Approve Two Proposed Constitutional Amendments; PICPA's Unique Opportunity to Connect with Legislators; Bill to Extend Emergency Relief for Local Taxpayers with Pa. Governor; and more.
  • Week Ending July 10, 2020

    Jul 10, 2020
    In this issue: Pennsylvania Occupational Licensure Reforms; PICPA Joins Call for Assistance for Nonprofits; Pa. Supreme Court Hands Wolf Win in Closure Debate; and more.
  • Week Ending June 26, 2020

    Jun 29, 2020
    In this issue: Cutler New Pa. Speaker, House Republicans Elect Leadership Team; Occupational Licensing Reform Legislation Heads to Gov. Wolf; Police Reform Advances in Pennsylvania House and Senate; and more.
  • Cannabis Industry Holds Unique Challenges for CPAs

    Jun 24, 2020
    CPAs are well aware of the typical federal vs. state issues when it comes to taxes and related matters. However, CPAs choosing to work on behalf of those in the cannabis industry need to understand federal vs. state issues on a very different level.
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