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  • Robert Duquette, CPA

    Get to Know the Family-Related Tax Provisions in the Coronavirus Relief Plan

    The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides an additional $1.9 trillion of economic relief related to the coronavirus pandemic in addition to the prior $4 trillion authorized for such purpose in 2020. Almost all American families will benefit. But much of the ARP is being administered through the federal tax code in the form of direct payments and credits to individuals and families.
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  • Paul Lally

    Importance of Succession Planning to Business Vision

    Most successful entrepreneurs have built their lives and businesses upon well thought-out processes to avoid making mistakes. Then why do only 20% of entrepreneurs have a written succession plan? The transition planning decisions that an owner makes now, or elects not to make, will be a major factor in deciding the future of the business.
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Professional & Technical Issues

  • Better Portfolio Management through Tax Loss Harvesting

    Sometimes you will hear mention of tax loss harvesting at year-end or on an annual basis. However, based on how markets move throughout the year, this minimal approach may not be the most beneficial. It does not consider the changes in the stock market that occur throughout the year.
  • Is a Cannabis Accounting Niche Right for You?

    Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, authorized by Act 16 of 2016, establishes a program for the use of medical marijuana by patients with serious medical conditions. It may be time to think hard about whether or not to expand your practice into serving this potentially huge market.

Legislative

  • More than Municipal Primaries: The Constitution and Courts on the Ballot

    Much of politics is local, to paraphrase former U.S. Speaker of House Thomas P. O’Neill, and Pennsylvania voters in May 2021 will determine who will vie for positions in the county courthouse, townships, boroughs, and school boards. This year’s primary election, however, has added significance with proposed amendments to the state constitution.
  • Understanding PICPA Advocacy – Money, Elections, and the CPA-PAC

    Political action committees get a lot of bad press. A quick google search brings up terms like “dark money” and “slush fund,” but this could not be further from the truth. The Certified Public Accountants Political Action Committee, for example, specifically supports the mission of the PICPA by helping to elect bipartisan, respectable candidates who support strong fiscal policy and other positions favorable to CPAs.

PICPA Initiatives

CPA Exam & Licensure

  • 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.

Careers & Lifestyles

  • Feel Better than the Average Constant Bear

    It’s easy to become overwhelmed with work during the busy tax season. Many fitness devotees just can’t find the time for energy-consuming workouts at the gym. This simple, Chinese health exercise requires no equipment, tools, props, or space. You can practice it anywhere, anytime.
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