CPA Now

PICPA Initiatives

  • Archie Bunker, Diversity Champion

    PICPA’s Diversity Committee knew they were tackling an uncomfortable and challenging topic when they set out to research and write a paper on the business imperative for minority hiring. These discussions may make some feel uncomfortable, but to progress, we must be honest about the past and present.
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  • Are You Engaged Yet?

    The talent and commitment of our member volunteers who choose to engage with the PICPA directly contributes to the value that all members receive for belonging to the organization. And the more members who become involved only strengthen the PICPA and improve our value to you.
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  • Is PICPA’s Print Magazine Dead?

    We launched our first app. This means you can now download the Pennsylvania CPA Journal to iPads, iPhones, and Android devices, and soon it will be available for KindleFire too. Does that mean the print version is dead? No, the print version of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal is not dead, but you now have more choices.
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  • Good Bye Summer

    Thought, as much as I hate to see summer end, there always is a certain air of excitement in the back-to-school atmosphere. Sure, days get more regimented and there’s the dreaded homework with the little ones, but it’s also a time for new beginnings and new opportunities. The coming year is suddenly a blank page in your brand-new copybook.
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  • PICPA Leadership Wants to Hear from You!

    The PICPA Professional Issues Update tour around Pennsylvania is an excellent opportunity for PICPA members to receive two hours of free CPE while interacting with PICPA leadership and your peers on key issues affecting your profession.
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  • Stop Talking and Start Changing

    The Philadelphia Business Journal recently published a special report, "The Quest for Diversity: Accounting Lags Behind" that discusses how the profession’s poor performance trails others in recruiting minorities. Are you rolling your eyes yet? I’ve been to enough Diversity Committee meetings to guess that you probably are.
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  • Celebrating Financial Independence in the Cradle of Liberty

    What better way for CPAs to celebrate the lessons of July 4th than to promote financial independence? Twenty-two PICPA members conducted their fourth annual Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) program on July 6, teaching more than 500 high school students to “pay yourself first.” It was an amazing way to end this holiday week.
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  • S’Mores Time: PICPA Lessons Learned Around the Fire Pit

    Just getting back from another great PICPA Annual Meeting. This year the program was held at the Omni Resort in Bedford Springs. Our Annual Meeting is truly a special event. The camaraderie and excitement is palpable as people check in.
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  • Is It Finally Time to Revise the Experience Requirements to Become a CPA?

    As a result of a recommendation made by the PICPA Statute Revision Task Force, Rep. Gordon Denlinger, CPA, introduced HB 2354 to amend the Pennsylvania CPA Statute to update the type of experience required to become a CPA in Pennsylvania.
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  • It’s Tax Season, Don’t Bother Me

    It never ceases to amaze me though, that we continue to get members to step up to the plate for media interviews, phone banks, and other tax assistance programs, regardless of the time of year. I could understand if our call for volunteers elicited a few, “It’s tax season, don’t bother me” responses, but luckily, that’s not how 40 members responded who helped us fill volunteer requests so far this tax season.
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  • Are you Connected to the Connected Generation?

    As a communicator, I’ve done a fair amount of research on intergenerational issues. I know lots about the traits of the boomers and generation X’s and Y’s. I won’t say it keeps me up at night, but I have wondered how the next generation will be coined?
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  • It’s Sadie Hawkins Day! Ladies First

    Today, woman are leaders in many fields, and accounting is no exception. On many campuses, the number of women accounting majors is greater than male accounting majors.
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  • CPAs Unscripted

    Beyond the personality of the CPA, the video demonstrates CPAs’ concern for the success of their clients. Time after time, CPAs talked more about what they offer beyond the answers on a tax return. It was clear that they would work with their fantasy clients, just like their real clients, to learn what their clients’ goals and hopes are and to develop plans to help them reach those goals.
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  • “Talkies” Teach Us about Social Media

    I recently went to see The Artist. For those of you who are not familiar with the plot, it’s a movie about a silent movie star in the 1920s who refuses to adjust to the new “talkie” technology. I think we can all predict the conflict for this actor. As I watched the movie, I kept thinking about the revolutionary changes that are happening today, and how they will help CPAs, and the PICPA, succeed.
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  • Don’t Be Fooled by the Allure of Apps

    I just got back from a meeting with my fellow communications professionals from state CPA societies. A big topic for state societies – as well as the rest of the world – is how to fit mobile into a company’s communications and marketing strategy.
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  • The More Things Change, the More They Do Not Stay the Same!

    The goal of CPA Now is to start a conversation with members on a wide range of technical, career, and business issues facing you in every stage of your career. Our bloggers (PICPA team members and others) will be provocative, providing commentary to elicit your interaction
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