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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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  • Pa. Lawmakers Return as Summer Recess Ends

    For the PICPA government relations team in Harrisburg, we know fall is here when state lawmakers come back in session following their summer recess. The first rule in politics is to do no harm (or as little as possible) in the course of the legislative process leading up to an election. The exception to this rule may be in state pension reform.
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  • PICPA Continues Efforts to Ease Burden of DOL Overtime Rule

    The PICPA is working at both the federal and state levels to soften the blow of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule that will take effect later this year. Find out where we are working for you.
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  • New Faces Needed at Day on the Hill

    For certified public accountants, it is crucial that we make sure our voice is heard in the political process. It is important that our profession helps to influence these decisions to make sure the best policies are being implemented.
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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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  • Patent Trolling: What It Is and Why It Is Important to CPAs

    Patent assertion entities, commonly referred to as “patent trolls,” attempt to enforce patent rights against accused infringers far beyond a patent's actual value. It's an issue the negatively affects many small businesses.
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  • Don’t Believe the Rhetoric! "Property Tax Independence" Is a Dreadful Bill

    The so-called “Property Tax Independence Act,” or Senate Bill 76, is once again vying for the attention of Pennsylvania lawmakers. To be clear, SB 76 would not eliminate all school property taxes as advocates claim.
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  • Proposal on Overtime Pay Cause for Concern

    The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed major changes to the white-collar exemptions to federal overtime pay requirements. The proposal, if allowed to go into effect, could have significant ramifications to PICPA members, their firms, and the clients they represent.
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  • Newest State Budget Address Ignites War of Words

    In front of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016-2017. In strong, and sometimes scolding, terms, Wolf called on lawmakers to both fix Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit and invest more in schools. It did not sit well with the opposition.
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  • CPAs and Politics

    To many people, the idea of CPAs being involved in politics is anathema. With our reputation for integrity and objectivity, what role is there for a CPA in politics? That’s really the point, though.
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  • Elections: Your Voice Matters

    Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day in Pennsylvania. Get out and vote. Read more from Peter Calcara as he discusses who is on the ballot and why you should vote.
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  • Advocacy Gets a Jolt When Members Join In

    The PICPA, through its full-time government relations team in Harrisburg, leads the way in protecting members’ interest in the state public policymaking arena. Our opinion matters in Harrisburg!
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  • Summer Budget Swelter

    It’s sunny here in Harrisburg and the heat is rising – though not necessarily because of the sun. Rather it’s due to the political impasse over the state budget between the governor and the legislature.
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  • It’s Game Time in Harrisburg!

    On Tuesday, June 9, the PICPA will once again be holding its annual Day on the Hill (DOTH) event in Harrisburg. In case you’re still foggy coming out of tax season, DOTH is the yearly pilgrimage that PICPA members make to the state Capitol to learn about important budget and legislative matters...
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  • Public Charity Bill Would Add Certainty, Clarity

    The Pennsylvania Senate is debating a measure that will help ensure that institutions of purely public charity in the state are provided with a property and sales tax regime that is more certain and predictable.
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  • The Pension Time Bomb

    As Governor-elect Tom Wolf and the new General Assembly prepare to take their respective oaths of office in January, a recent report by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) sheds more light on Pennsylvania’s growing fiscal malaise.
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  • New Opportunity for Spreading the Fiscal Responsibility Message

    For the third time, the PICPA Fiscal Responsibility Task Force is gearing up to put the spotlight on the top fiscal issues facing Pennsylvania as we enter a new legislative session and bring in a new administration. Also for the third time, the task force’s report will examine the public pension situation in Pennsylvania.
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  • PICPA Set to Push Agenda as Legislature Returns

    State lawmakers reconvene in Harrisburg today, Monday, Sept. 15, for the abbreviated fall legislative session. Senators are scheduled to be in session for 10 days, while their colleagues in the House have 11 days on their calendar.
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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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  • Tax Ambush from Harrisburg

    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s (DOR) decision to unilaterally deny taxpayers’ legitimate unreimbursed business expense (UE) deductions has set off a firestorm of criticism.
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