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PICPA Initiatives

  • President à la Mode – PICPA’s Julius C. Green

    At the PICPA, we get a new boss every year with the election of the president. With each election comes an individual with a different perspective on the accounting profession based upon his or her personal experiences, business concerns, and passions.
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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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  • PICPA Chapters Are Off to the Races … and Ball Games … and Casino Nights …

    The PICPA just wrapped up an incredibly busy month that included annual member meetings for the PICPA’s 11 chapters. The tagline for this year’s chapter annual meetings was “Much More Than a Meeting,” and our chapters delivered with networking for colleagues old and new, good food, and great fun.
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  • Serendipity and Community Service

    PICPA’s first-ever CPA Week of Service is over, and it was a great success. More than 800 volunteers worked to improve 65 communities representing all 11 PICPA chapters.
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  • As a Tribute to David Letterman- PICPA’s Own Top Ten List

    The Top Ten Things That Make PICPA Members Happy…
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  • What’s PICPA Week of Service All About?

    CPAs are committed to volunteer service. All you need to do is simply glance through the monthly Member Recognitions to see just some of our members' activities. That’s the point we want to highlight with Week of Service: CPAs contribute immensely, almost immeasurably, to their communities.
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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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  • Let’s Chat About Customer Service

    The PICPA is always looking for new ways to improve the customer experience. Our search recently led us to experiment with live customer service chats on our website. Four months and 500 chats later, online chat has become a key part of our customer service toolkit.
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  • Tangible Property Tangle

    Over the past few weeks, PICPA members have expressed serious concerns over meeting reporting requirements related to tangible property regulations and the required Form 3115 submission for the tax year ended Dec. 31, 2014. On Friday, Feb. 13, IRS announced that they are giving some relief to practitioners.
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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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