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The CPA Conversations podcast series focuses on accounting-related news and hot topics.

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  • Social Security Retirement Planning in a Post File-and-Suspend World

    Recent legislation has eliminated, or greatly curtailed, who can use the file-and-suspend Social Security benefit claiming strategy, and who can file a restricted application for spousal benefits. In this episode of CPA Conversations, Laurie Siebert, CPA, explains what members should know about these changes to claiming Social Security benefits and how they can better advise clients in retirement planning.
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  • Survival Guide for First-Year Accountants

    Many college seniors have accepted their first accounting job with a firm, but they won’t begin working full-time until summer or fall of 2017. So what should they do now to prepare for the first step of their accounting career journey? Lisa Bilich, CPA, a tax senior with E&Y in Pittsburgh, provides her wisdom for rookie accountants looking to start on the right foot.
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  • When Civil Tax Cases Become Criminal

    Civil tax failures that elevate to criminal tax exposure is a scary thought for CPA practitioners. Patrick J. McCormick, of Kulzer & DiPadova, a law firm in Haddonfield, N.J., discusses the ways this can happen, common threads of tax crimes, and tips for CPAs to protect their clients from running afoul of tax laws.
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  • Avoiding the Common Pitfalls of Information Systems Audits

    In the last two issues of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Brian A. Vazzana, CPA, CITP, CISA, of BDO LLP USA, has written informative columns on the obstacles faced by information systems auditors. In this episode of CPA Conversations, he breaks down the details into one intriguing podcast.
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  • What the Shell Cracker Plant Means for CPAs

    Construction is expected to begin this year on a Shell petrochemical cracker plant in Beaver County, Pa. Tod Arbutina, CPA, managing shareholder of Cottrill Arbutina & Associates in Pittsburgh, and a member of PICPA’s Natural Resources Committee, stops by CPA Conversations to discuss what this plant could mean for the Pennsylvania economy and for local CPAs.
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  • What’s New for Practitioners This Tax Filing Season

    Tax season is kicking into gear for the tax preparers in our audience, and change is constant in this world. Fortunately, Karen Facer-Mee, CPA, of Facer, Mee & Associates in Warminster, made time for CPA Conversations to provide highlights of what’s new for practitioners at the Pennsylvania and federal levels.
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  • Tips to Protect Client Data This Tax Season

    Tax season is here, which means CPA tax preparers are busy. Unfortunately, so are cyber thieves. Millions of records containing Social Security numbers are breached each year, and even if you have a solid security plan in place, it’s critical to always be vigilant. Rose Lamaestra, CPA, of RLB Accountants in Allentown, Pa., discusses how to spot common attacks this tax season and how to protect sensitive client data.
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  • Overcoming Obstacles for Women in Accounting

    For the accounting profession to be successful, women need to be represented not only as part of the workforce, but also in leadership positions. While many factors stand in the way of this success, Lisa Myers, 2016-2017 PICPA president and our guest for this episode of CPA Conversations, believes they can be overcome. She discusses what firms must do to make sure they are attracting the best talent and offers female CPAs tips for thriving in the accounting world.
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  • Prospects for Tax Reform Under the Trump Administration

    Most CPAs would agree that some degree of tax reform is warranted. However, the question now is with a Republican-controlled presidency and Congress, how likely is it that we will see significant tax reform soon. And, if we get it, what will it look like? On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, CPA Conversations sat down with PICPA member Bob Duquette to discuss this significant issue for the nation’s future.
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  • Keeping Top Talent in Public Accounting

    Today’s newest workforce entries are staying in their positions for less time than past generations, and they have different expectations regarding work-life balance. If public accounting firms are going to keep their most talented new employees, they are going to have to adjust to their employees’ needs. In this episode of CPA Conversations we discuss this conundrum with Alyzabeth Smith, senior accountant with Wipfli LLP in Media, Pa.
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  • Bolster Your Firm’s Talent Recruitment Efforts

    Talent recruitment is one of the biggest challenges currently faced by accounting firms. For this reason, firms have taken to offering flex schedules, CPE reimbursement, and other benefits (even the occasional ping-pong table). But what happens when these offerings start to become run-of-the-mill to job seekers? Chris Baudler, partner and lead consultant with The Robby Group, suggests employer branding in this episode of CPA Conversations.
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  • Mentoring’s Effect on Your Professional Success

    David Maturo, director of business development for Grant Thornton LLP in Philadelphia, discusses the role of mentoring in a CPA’s career development. He explains how to best develop a mentor relationship, what benefits can be derived by both the mentor and the mentee, and whether there’s a “wrong” way to go about being a mentor.
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  • The Great Big World of CPA Technology

    CPAs are trained to keep an eye on the changes taking place in the areas of standards and regulations. But what about the constantly changing world of CPA technology? Taking an eye off of that particular ball can leave a CPA firm paying a steep price. To help our member CPAs keep up with the developments in CPA technology, CPA Conversations recently sat down with Tommy Stephens of K2 Enterprises.
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  • Managing the Fears of Practice Transition

    When you are a firm owner who is thinking about making a practice transition (or even a buyer), it is natural that you will feel some trepidation about the changes you are about to undergo. In this episode of CPA Conversations, Ira Rosenbloom, chief operating executive of Optimum Strategies LLC, discusses his winter 2017 Pennsylvania CPA Journal column on the fears people face when going through a firm sale or merger.
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  • Leveraging Mobile and Remote Computing Technology

    Adanma Akujieze, chief internal auditor for Weis Markets Inc. and member of PICPA’s IT Assurance Emerging Issues Subcommittee, discusses the findings of the recently updated Leveraging Mobile and Remote Computing Technology white paper and the effect that measures taken to increase worker flexibility are having on the accounting industry.
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  • Diverse Generations in the CPA Workplace

    CPA baby boomers are retiring, and the accounting profession’s workplace dynamics are changing. Rudy Bilich and his daughter Lisa offer their perspectives on how different generations work in the accounting profession today, and what it could mean for the future.
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  • CPA Conversations Reviews The Accountant

    When a movie called The Accountant comes out, CPA Conversations pretty much has to review it. Bill Hayes, managing editor of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal and member of the CPA Conversations crew, headed to the theater to check out this Ben Affleck flick. Find out what he thought.
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  • Win Clients with a Compelling Professional Profile

    Lisa Tierney, president of Tierney Coaching & Consulting Inc., shares how developing an effective professional profile can help CPA firms generate a client list that ensures success. She provides tips for letting personality shine through while remaining professional, as well as getting over the common reluctance to “toot one’s horn.”
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  • CPA Ethics and the Media

    Special edition: Part of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax records were revealed a few days ago, and where it came from nobody is really sure. Ed Jenkins, CPA, chair of PICPA’s Federal Taxation Committee, provides this exclusive on how CPAs should handle client information when dealing with the media.
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  • Protect Your Firm from Cyber Attack

    Ken Pyle, a partner with IT security firm DFDR Consulting, speaks with CPA Conversations about the detrimental side effects cyber hacks can have on CPA firms. He details the steps all firms should take within 24 hours of an attack, and identifies some of the ground-level measures businesses should implement to keep their data safe.
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