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Professional & Technical Issues

  • Data & Analytics in the Government Finance Function

    Data and analytics (D&A) is a hot topic in both government and private sector finance. This blog focuses on D&A in governmental internal audit and compliance monitoring, but many of the observations are applicable to other functions.
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  • Federal Tax Committee Weighs in on Health Care Executive Order

    President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Jan. 20, 2017, regarding the Patient Protection and Care Act. It has raised several tax questions. This blog explains PICPA's position regarding 2016 federal personal income tax returns that calculate a penalty for not having mandated health insurance (the shared responsibility payment).
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PICPA Initiatives

  • PICPA Insurance Trust Offers Plans to Cover Cyber Risks

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has noted that there has been an increase in identity theft of “business-related tax returns,” as well as a shift toward attacks on “places where large amounts of taxpayer data reside.” Are you prepared if your business is targeted?
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  • One CPA’s Journey to the CGMA

    The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation continues to gain momentum, with more than 50,000 holders of the designation in the United States. Seth Fick, CPA, CGMA, a PICPA member and director of financial reporting at Independence Blue Cross, discusses what the CGMA designation represents and how it benefits him.
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Legislative

  • Pennsylvania Pension Reform, Budget, and More

    June has been busy for Pennsylvania legislators. Major pension reform legislation was passed by 183 bipartisan members of the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. In addition, Pennsylvania's 2017-2018 budget deadline looms, and negotiations are heating up.
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CPA Exam & Licensure

  • NASBA 2017 Data Summit – Examining the Statistics

    CPAs from state accountancy boards, state societies, colleges and universities, and firms from all over the country came together to talk CPA Exam numbers at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy 2017 Data Summit held at PICPA headquarters in Philadelphia.
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Careers & Lifestyles

  • How to Convince Your Employer that PICPA Membership Is a Great Investment

    Some PICPA members need to convince their employers each year to allow them to renew their membership, to cover the cost of it, or to provide them with time to get involved in volunteer activities. If you find yourself needing to convince a decision maker that PICPA membership is worth the time and financial investment, here are some helpful talking points.
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