CPA Now

By Mike Colgan

PICPA CEO & Executive Director

  • Got Talent?

    Well over 1,000 PICPA members at various events and firm visits across the state have declared talent as the No. 1 issue/concern this year. Read more about the forecast and what the PICPA is doing to address the issue.
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  • State Board Proposed Regulatory Changes Impact CPE and Experience Verification

    The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy (SBOA) published on June 13, 2015 proposed regulatory changes for CPAs to implement the two most recent amendments to the PA CPA Law (Act 73 of 2008 and Act 15 of 2013) and to clarify civil penalties for CPE violations. Included in the proposals are revisions to CPE requirements for all licensees as well as clarification for how a CPA candidate’s experience should be verified.
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  • PICPA Responds to the Transformative Role of the CFO

    The role of the CFO is changing toward business-oriented priorities. Many CFOs see a need to enable revenue growth, ensure risk management, and support a positive customer experience at their organizations.
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  • Busy Season Resources for All

    The 2015 tax season is shaping up to be one of the most challenging in years. To help navigate the changes and challenges that will be faced over the next several months, the PICPA has numerous resources for both members and consumers.
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  • Management Accounting—Should You Pursue the CGMA Designation?

    The AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants launched the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation in 2012. As of Nov. 19, 2014, there were 48,931 CGMAs in the United States.
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  • It’s September, Reruns Are Over!

    I always think of September as the beginning of the PICPA year. Everyone seems refocused after enjoying some vacation during the lazy, hazy days of summer, and calendars start to tighten up.
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  • CPAs, You Have the Power – Why Not Use It?

    I am passionate about advocacy. Many think advocacy is restricted to representing members’ interests in Harrisburg, but it is so much more. When the collective voice of more than 21,600 PICPA members speak on an issue, we can have an impact.
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  • For of Those to Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required

    One of the PICPA’s strategic initiatives this year is to raise the level of awareness about the contributions CPAs make to their communities. In the coming months we will be asking you to help us by quantifying the efforts and hours that our members contribute.
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  • Belong – Grow – Achieve: Much More Than a Tagline

    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of addressing more than 100 students and recent graduates at the PICPA Leadership Academy. The program provides outstanding networking opportunities and training to enhance professional skills critical to starting a career on the fast track.
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  • PICPA Welcomes “Busy Season”

    The PICPA’s “busy season” is just beginning to roll with the start of chapter annual meetings. I look forward to this renewal every spring — the weather improves, member activity resurges, and many networking opportunities open up for our members.
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  • A Revolution in CPE Is Coming: Is the 50-Minute CPE Hour Dead?

    The AICPA’s CPA Horizons 2025 Report and The Pathways Commission address the issue of future learning for both the professional and undergraduate levels. The PICPA has taken notice and is acting.
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  • A Break from Busy Season

    The PICPA Annual Convention provides opportunities for all. Outstanding CPE sessions and social events that incorporate the Disney magic. We have exclusive after-hours access to Animal Kingdom, a private breakfast with Mickey and Minnie, and front-row seats and dessert during Epcot’s nightly fireworks and laser show.
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  • PICPA Best of 2013, and a Look Ahead

    If you are a regular reader of CPA Now, you know that it has been a good year at the PICPA, with many new initiatives and accomplishments. None of these successes would have been possible without the support and commitment of the PICPA members.
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  • How Do You Spell G-r-a-t-i-t-u-d-e?

    I find myself reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead. But before I get too far ahead of myself, I need to express some gratitude for the reason the PICPA exists – our members!
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  • Act 15 Opens Licensing Opportunities, but Do You Need CPE First?

    If you passed the CPA Exam in 2012-2013, you are able to get a license without obtaining CPE for the 2014-2015 license period. If you passed the exam prior to 2012, and are applying for your initial license after Oct. 1, 2013, you will need 80 hours of CPE. You will receive a license for the 2014-2015 period.
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  • CPA Law Changes, New Requirements Set for August

    Act 15 of 2013 permits CPA candidates to attain their required experience through employment in public practice, industry, government, or academia. In addition, the experience can come from providing any type of service or advice that involves the use of accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills.
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  • Welcome Back!

    The end of a busy tax season for our members represents the beginning of a busy season for PICPA networking, and we look forward to re-engaging with members.
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  • If It Is March, This Must Be Madness!

    There are 22 days left to file tax returns. This can be viewed many different ways, depending upon how your busy season is going. Many members I have spoken to this season were frustrated by the delays at the beginning due to “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington, D.C., and the timing of subsequent legislation.
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  • What Do Your Clients and Employers Think about You?

    The exposure you receive in Pennsylvania continues to result in favorable trends within branding studies of the CPA credential. AICPA measures the strength of the reputation of CPAs every three years, and the 2012 results show CPAs ranked second (only behind physicians) as the profession with the most positive perception.
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  • The Power of We

    The PICPA will be in full strategic mode over the next several months, and, based on recent member volunteer activity, we will have plenty to keep us busy. The PICPA could not function, and could not be effective, without the countless hours that our members provide.
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