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  • William Velekei, CPA, CFP

    In the Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity: The Future Is Now for CPAs

    While we often think of financial planning and accounting as a defined science hemmed in by numbers and spreadsheets, 2020 highlighted CPAs’ ability to embrace the abstract, empathize with clients, and explain behaviors. This year has proven that advice is our most valuable commodity, relationships are imperative, and trust is paramount.
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  • Brandon Harlan

    Health Care COVID Relief Reporting: Clouds Beginning to Lift

    When COVID-19 pandemic exploded last spring, the federal government had a quick financial response. However, there were many twists and turns in the guidance relative to the utilization of, accounting for, and reporting of such government funding, particularly in the health care sector.
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Professional & Technical Issues

  • Data Safety Prep and the 2021 Tax Filing Season

    Like last year when COVID-19 struck, CPAs are again facing a tax filing season with a very strong likelihood of continued teleworking. Because our practices deal with personal identifying information, we are required to have a written data security plan.
  • Be Careful if Considering Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

    With the arrival of several COVID-19 vaccine options, guarded optimism is rising within the business community as companies choose the best course of action. In fact, sweeping imposition of mandatory vaccines is not prohibited by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But is that course prudent?

Legislative

  • CPAs: Start Preparing Now for PPP 2

    Legislation on additional pandemic relief, including a new Paycheck Protection Program, is expected to pass the U.S. Congress before the end of 2020. CPAs are strongly encouraged to identify business clients who may qualify for these benefits, and to begin contacting them about the loan application process. This new effort should also address the long-simmering issue of tax deductibility of expenses related to forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans.
  • D Is for Dysfunction in 2020 Election

    Like all things this year, the 2020 general election season has been chaotic. With the coronavirus pandemic, the long delay in counting millions of mail-in ballots, and the poor showing of pollsters once again, some might think the D in democracy is better suited for dysfunction.

PICPA Initiatives

  • PICPA Resources on Coronavirus, Avenue M Survey Revisited

    The PICPA partnered with Avenue M back in June to survey members to see how COVID-19 was affecting their firms, clients, and companies. With the pandemic still in full swing, we conducted a second survey in the fall, found what information members are craving, and developed a slate of resources that address these issues.

CPA Exam & Licensure


Careers & Lifestyles

  • PICPA Roundtable: Employee Engagement Strategies for New Hires During COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged firm administrators to think of new ways to keep staff engaged and connected as they work from home. In December 2020, a group of administrators and human resources leaders from accounting firms across Pennsylvania met to share best practices on keeping interns and new hires focused on their tasks despite the challenges.
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