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  • The Early Bird Passes the CPA Exam

    Research shows that the sooner candidates take the CPA Exam after graduation the more likely they are to pass. If you are a recent or soon-to-be college graduate, consider the top four reasons why you should take the CPA Exam as soon as you can.
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  • Identifying and Overcoming the Barriers to Passing the CPA Exam

    The CPA Exam is one of the most difficult professional exams around. It is challenging for everyone, so a failure to pass a section or two should not discourage you from pursuing your dreams. There are solutions. Consider these four obstacles to passing and the adaptations you can make to overcome them.
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  • Monumental Changes for CPAs Arise from Pa. Legislature’s Late Session Action

    The PICPA government relations team has been working on major legislative changes to Pennsylvania’s CPA Law for years. On Nov. 3, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the legislation, making vital updates to the law that governs the profession and impacts so many functions.
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  • CPA Exam Evolution: Several Pathways for Success

    The CPA Exam is being restructured into a new model that accounts for the critical skills required of modern CPAs. The new format deviates from the traditional menu of four established and required subjects. Naturally, test-takers will have a few questions.
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  • CPAs: Principal Place of Business Determines Where You Should Hold Your License

    With remote work becoming the norm, CPAs should know the nuances of working remotely and the importance of their designated principal place of business (PPB). CPAs must use their best judgement to make the PPB determination, but, in some cases, the PPB selection may not prevent the need for a second license.
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  • CPA Evolution Changes that Will Impact Your CPA Exam Experience

    If you are on your CPA Exam journey and were worried that you would need to pass all four sections of the current exam before the CPA Evolution goes into effect, you can breathe easy. Even though the content is changing, previously passed sections will count under the new model.
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  • 3 Tips to Pass the CPA Exam Faster

    Every CPA Exam candidate’s time is precious. While there are no shortcuts to passing the CPA Exam, there are steps you can take to expedite the process. This blog provides three tips on how to pass the CPA Exam faster so you can start along your professional journey sooner.
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  • CPA Evolution: More than a Few CPA Exam Changes

    The CPA Evolution Initiative intends to change the CPA licensure model and is expected to take effect in January 2024. As a result, current college sophomores and freshmen will be among the first candidates to take a revised Uniform CPA Examination in 2024. The fundamental shift encompasses a new core-plus-discipline model. Find out more about this big change in this blog.
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  • Future of Accounting Depends on All of Us Pitching In

    The pipeline of CPAs entering the profession has slowed to a trickle: the number of accounting students pursuing the CPA credential is at a 10-year low. The PICPA, AICPA, and big firms have been working hard to change the prospects for the profession, but individual CPAs and small firms can help too. In fact, they can work together and move things forward more quickly than bigger entities.
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  • Tips for Accounting Student Scholarship Applicants

    The cost of education is high, and the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation is awarding more than $200,000 to support future CPAs. Don’t let this opportunity for you, or someone you know, to win a scholarship slip through your fingers.
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  • Reactivating Your CPA License in Pa.

    Did you miss the CPA license renewal deadline on Dec. 31, 2021? The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy has made changes to its renewal/reactivation process this year, so here are some key points you need to know.
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  • CPA Exam’s Regulation Section: Why It Is More Vital than You Think

    CPAs are taking on ever-increasing consultative roles as they are being asked to advise in areas beyond traditional financial reporting. To measure proficiency in some of these expanding duties, the CPA Exam has its Regulation (REG) section to ensure CPA Exam candidates have a basic understanding of basic business law, taxation of property transactions, among other areas.
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  • The 2024 CPA Exam Evolution: A Welcomed Change

    The CPA Exam is evolving to reflect the skills CPAs will need in a technology-driven marketplace. Candidates still will have to demonstrate core skills in accounting, audit, and tax, but technology will have a greater emphasis and be embedded into each of the exams. Candidates also will have to choose one additional discipline exam in which to demonstrate more in-depth knowledge.
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  • Time to Renew Your CPA License

    Pennsylvania CPAs: it’s time to renew your license through the state’s central licensing website, the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS). It was new last reporting period, so you may have forgotten some of the navigation details. Let this blog be your helpful guide.
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  • CPE Carryover Will Not Apply to CPAs

    Act 116 of 2020 permits boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to allow licensees who earn continuing education credits in excess of the amount required for license renewal to carry over excess credits and apply them to the next biennial renewal period. Unfortunately that does not include CPAs.
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  • CPA Evolution: What’s Next?

    The AICPA is working with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy to enhance CPA licensure through the joint CPA Evolution project that aims to transform the licensure model by recognizing the changing skills and competencies accounting requires today and into the future. This new licensure model will continue to place the CPA profession in the best position to meet the needs of firms, organizations, clients, and the public. It is also flexible enough to evolve as market needs and roles change.
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  • CPA Skills Tests: Supporting the Next Generation of CPAs

    What are the most important skills for a newly licensed CPA as they enter the profession? While the CPA Exam verifies foundational competencies, the roles of newly licensed CPA continue to change with the profession. What we need to do is balance the need of what we consider “foundation” knowledge with the changes that must be introduced because of the work required of newly licensed CPAs.
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  • Thank You, Julian Brodsky! Generous Donation Supports CPA Exam Candidates

    Filling the profession’s pipeline with bright, motivated, young professionals is of strategic importance to all firms and companies that hire CPAs. The Pennsylvania CPA Foundation's CPA Exam Scholarships play a crucial part in ensuring that talent continues to develop.
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  • Coaching vs. Mentoring Your CPA Candidates: The Choice Is Clear

    Building a pipeline of talent is critical to a firm’s longevity and succession. If you’re looking for ways to support employees in passing the CPA Exam beyond providing study materials, consider CPA coaching as a solution.
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  • What's New with the CPA Exam: All-Year Availability!

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs announced that the CPA Exam now will be administered all year round. The removal of blackout periods means an increase of 75 more days each year to take the exam.
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