CPA Now

By Mike Colgan

PICPA CEO & Executive Director

  • Accounting Recruitment Trends Shift, AICPA Report Shows

    There is no denying it: accounting is technology. In its 2019 Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits, the AICPA shows how CPA firms are shifting their hiring models to focus more on technology skills.
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  • Post-Busy-Season Musings

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act had quite an impact on this year's tax work from what I have heard from CPAs. For all PICPA members finishing up tax season, welcome back.
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  • Is Your Voice Heard? PICPA Is Listening

    It’s no secret that the professional needs of PICPA members are changing. The PICPA is looking to the future and working to identify what members will need to ensure their future success, but this process involves every member.
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  • Zero or 24? Understanding the New A&A CPE Requirements

    The PICPA has received inquiries from several firms regarding the interpretation of Pennsylvania’s new CPE requirements, which were effective Jan. 1, 2018. Specifically, firms are asking for clarification on who exactly is required to obtain 24 CPE hours of accounting and auditing.
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  • What Championships Can Teach Business Execs about Success

    When is football not just football? When a once-in-a-lifetime win inspires comparisons between winning business principles and winning championships.
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  • PICPA Upgrades Showing Dividends, Opening Opportunities for More

    The PICPA strives to balance current demands with the expectations of our members. This past year, our main areas of strategic focus – talent and pipeline, member engagement, professional development, and being the voice of the profession – have been consistent, but our approaches to achieving progress within them have been altered to respond to quickly evolving needs.
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  • Don’t Be Fooled: Know When and Why PICPA Asks You to Log In

    The IRS has announced that scammers have been reaching out to CPAs impersonating state accounting and professional associations. Please be cautious with emails purporting to be from the PICPA that don't seem quite right.
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  • Giving Back on #GivingTuesday

    Giving Tuesday is a day devoted to promoting efforts to give back to the community through service and donations. This year, when receiving a #GivingTuesday request, consider the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation.
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  • CPA Regulatory Changes Official: Impact CPE and Experience Verification

    Long-awaited CPE and work-experience licensing regulations proposed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy (SBOA) were published in The Pennsylvania Bulletin. Find out what they are and when they go into effect.
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  • PICPA Members Approve Bylaws Revisions

    Significant changes are taking place in our profession, including demographic shifts, an ever-changing business environment, technological advancements, as well as demands on people’s time. With this in mind, PICPA leadership evaluated our bylaws and recommended that changes be made to ensure continued relevance and viability.
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  • 2017 CPA Firm Survey – Talent a Top Issue

    Every two years AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section conducts its CPA Firm Top Issues Survey. The top concern common among almost all firm sizes can be summed up in one word: talent.
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  • The Technical Resources in Your CPA Network

    At the PICPA we have nearly 1,400 volunteers who give back to the profession through volunteer service on committees, on task forces, or through leadership positions. Many serve on technical committees that do long-range planning for conferences and the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, while others provide webinar programs, blogs, and podcasts to provide immediate updates.
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  • PICPA Creates New Foundation to Impact Critical Issue of Talent

    PICPA's new Pennsylvania CPA Foundation has been launched to inspire students to pursue careers in accounting and to provide educational, motivational, and financial support to those working to attain the CPA credential.
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  • Is Your Succession Plan Destined to Succeed?

    Do you have a succession plan in place? If you are a sole proprietor or a local CPA firm, the answer is “no” more often than not. Less than 10 percent of sole proprietors have a practice continuation agreement in place. You can fix that.
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  • Tax Reform in the Next 100 Days: Can It Be That Close?

    The Republican Party controls both houses of Congress and the White House as a result of the November 2016 election, so it seems the possibility of tax reform has become more likely. Will it happen in the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency?
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  • Federal Election Results Point Toward Tax Reform

    With speculation being rampant over what policies a Republican-dominated Washington will bring, there is one issue close to the profession that has a good chance to move forward next year: tax reform.
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  • PICPA-Sponsored Changes to CPA Law Pass State Legislature

    PICPA’s proposed changes to the Pennsylvania CPA Statute cleared its final hurdle and was unanimously approved by the state House.
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  • In Search of More Thought Leaders

    When PICPA Council met on Sept. 20, 2016, to discuss the work done by our five strategic task forces and to make plans for the future, the room was filled with new ideas and opportunities for the PICPA. So much, in fact, that we identified three new volunteer opportunities.
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  • New Overtime Rule: A Blow to Business, A Blow to CPAs

    Businesses nationwide are reviewing the new overtime-pay rule. In Pennsylvania, CPA firms and their clients are expressing concern. The rule may be well-intentioned, but it is likely to have unintended consequences. Many employers believe the rule will force them to cap workers’ hours, slow the hiring of full-time employees, and shift salaried workers to hourly schedules.
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  • Round Out Our Top 10 List

    PICPA’s April 20 Council meeting provided opportunities to discuss the topics that will have a direct impact on your profession. Want to see our short list?
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