The Changing Role of the CFO and Controller

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    Prepare Now to Avoid ASC 842 Induced Debt Covenant Violations

    Lease accounting standard ASC 842 is effective for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2021, for nonpublic companies. While most attention has been focused on adding operating leases to the balance sheet, you should be aware that the regulation can also adversely affect debt covenants.
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    Take a Close Look at LLCs when Asset Protection Planning

    The asset protection measures of limited liability companies (LLCs) are a big reason LLCs have largely become the business entity of choice. However, the level of protection varies from state to state. Therefore, choosing the appropriate entity in your area for an asset protection structure is essential.
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    New Pa. Rules for Tipped Workers Explained

    For the first time in 44 years, Pennsylvania has updated the rules affecting tipped workers and salaried workers who have fluctuating work-week schedules. This blog from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry clarifies some of the key changes in the definition of tipped employees as well as some of the modified regulations in this area.
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  • New Employment Model Demands New Fraud-Fighting Efforts

    More than an estimated $4.7 trillion is lost annually to occupational fraud worldwide, according to an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) report. Corporate CPAs, like it or not, are on the front lines in the fraud battles our companies constantly face, and we must constantly look for potential red flags. Unfortunately, it only seems to be getting harder.
  • The Many Hats of the Small-Business CFO

    It could be said that being a small-business CFO is the greatest job in the world – at least it is a claim that I often make! Do you have what it takes to be a small-business CFO? Do you look good in hats? This feature provides thoughts on successfully navigating the transition to a small business, including examples of the attributes you’ll likely need and the many hats you’ll likely wear as a small-business CFO.
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  • Benefit Clients by Upgrading Your R&D Credit Knowledge

    The research and development (R&D) tax credit is available to many organizations to help reduce their tax liability and overall financial expenditures. Unfortunately, many organizations don’t know everything they need to know to fully take advantage of the credit. To help educate these organizations, as well as the CPAs who represent them, we spoke with Ashley Chikes, director of operations for R&D experts EPSA USA, about steps CPAs can take when advising a client about the R&D credit, the ins and outs of the Pennsylvania R&D credit, and more.
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  • Tell Your Organization’s Financial Story with an Engaging MD&A

    In a look behind his feature for the winter 2022 Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Mike De Stefano, chief financial officer for RKL in Lancaster, Pa., discusses how CFOs can better engage colleagues on financial details via a management discussion and analysis, or MD&A, report. He explores the sorts of illuminating information that should go into an MD&A: financial, nonfinancial, and more.
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