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PICPA Initiatives

  • Accomplished Woman CPA Shows the Way to the Top

    It’s hard to win the trust and confidence of people who think and act differently than you, but if you want to be a leader, it’s critical to figure out how to do it.
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  • Women’s Growth in Accounting Slow, But Ongoing

    March is Women’s History Month, and to commemorate it the PICPA asked some of our female members to share their personal stories. But let’s kick off our month-long celebration with a timeline on the history on women in the accounting profession.
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  • Diversity in Accounting: Don't Get Left Behind

    If your customer or client base is diverse, then your employees should be diverse as well. The varied perspectives and experiences of your employees only work to improve the customer or client experience.
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  • CPAs Reveal the Most Popular Tax Questions

    The arrival of W-2s, 1099s, 1098s, and other income notices are the harbingers that tax season is upon us. Whether you go to a preparer or prepare yourself, here are some tips to help you get this task complete so you can move on to more exciting things.
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  • Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Diversity

    Diversity continues to be top of mind for business and accounting leaders across the country. So, how have we done? What progress has been made across our industry? Unfortunately the answer remains, not much. Certainly not enough.
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  • More Than Just 2 Cents

    The PICPA had a lot to say in 2015. In fact, PICPA’s committees, task forces, professional team members, and multiassociation coalitions have weighed in on more than 20 issues affecting CPAs.
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  • CPAs Address Concerns of Women Planning for Retirement

    The PICPA has partnered with the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center to develop the Retirement Income Solutions program for women over 50 years old. It is designed to help participants calculate their current wealth and make adjustments now so they can retire successfully.
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  • My CPA Is Better than Your H&R Block Preparer and Your Intuit Software

    Certified public accountants (CPAs) are highly trained, licensed professionals available all year long to help individuals and businesses meet their financial goals. CPAs support clients well beyond tax season. It’s not merely a transactional relationship.
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  • Get Smart: Understanding Revenue Recognition

    At PICPA’s first blended learning class participants had to complete four-hours of on-demand “homework” before attending the class. This type of program allows participants to take half the class on their own time, and the other half discussing the issues with the other participants.
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  • Resolve to Demonstrate that CPAs Care

    Make a new 2015 resolution to participate in PICPA’s Week of Service May 17-23, 2015! Schedule your community service today and ensure that you are a participant in this important PICPA initiative in the spring.
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  • How Can You Rate the PICPA’s Communications Plan?

    By my calculations, it took 2,402 member contributions to reach 311,540 consumers, based on our data from May 1 – Nov. 15, 2014.
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  • Making a Difference without Leaving Your Office

    The PICPA is introducing a new consumer service in the month of February – Tax Chat Tuesdays – from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It’s a volunteer service that you can do from your home or office.
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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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  • Week of Service Demonstrates #PICPACares

    CPAs volunteer for many different causes in their communities and love doing it. This year Jerry Maginnis, PICPA president, wants to shine a light on all these volunteer activities.
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  • The Personal Touch Unrivaled in Promoting the CPA Profession

    The variety of CPA job options and the opportunity to make good money have always been a part of the message because most students have been receptive and interested in those points. More recently, though, there has been a shift to also convey the higher purpose of an accounting career as we work to appeal to the millennial generation and the one behind it.
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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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  • Only You Can Redefine CPA Firm Partnership

    Firms are looking to change the culture and alter their demands in order to keep the most talented individuals who can someday step into the partner’s shoes. If you are smart enough and driven enough to redefine the role of firm partner if given the chance, there are some steps you should take to see how to move up the partnership ladder.
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  • PICPA Scholarship Fund Challenge

    I am excited to be leading the 2013 PICPA Scholarship Fund campaign, “A Future Behind Every Scholarship.” This year’s ambitious, year-long effort aims at growing the scholarship fund and enabling the PICPA to dramatically increase support for today’s students, who are the future of the accounting profession in Pennsylvania. This is the 75 anniversary of the scholarship fund and our first fundraising campaign in 25 years.
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  • Remote-Controlled Business

    Working outside of the office isn’t a new concept for CPAs, but the continuing rapid pace of mobile growth has fostered an explosion in the size and scope of the mobile workforce. A recent survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that almost a quarter of the U.S. workforce did some or all of their work at home in 2013. I recently spent a couple years as part of the rising tide of remote employees, and I quickly learned that there are several challenges that go along with the benefits of working from home.
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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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