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PICPA Initiatives

  • What CPAs Can Learn from the Pope

    I don’t know about you, but when I first heard that the pope had resigned, I was waiting for the punch line. By now, we know it wasn’t a joke. The white smoke confirmed that there is a new leader of the Catholic Church. How does that relate to accounting? Change. Succession planning. Diversity.
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  • The Power of We

    The PICPA will be in full strategic mode over the next several months, and, based on recent member volunteer activity, we will have plenty to keep us busy. The PICPA could not function, and could not be effective, without the countless hours that our members provide.
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  • CPAs Are the Go-To Resource for Reporters

    The PICPA broke a record in 2013 on Jan. 17 and I’m ready to celebrate! We fielded our 100th media call since the beginning of our fiscal year on May 1.
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  • The Mobile You

    Happy New Year! It’s 2013, and that means we are just two short years away from fulfilling the prediction that mobile will dominate the World Wide Web. Looking forward to this trend, the PICPA launched a mobile site in early December. A brief explanation of the content can be found on our website.
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  • CPAs Know Business and They Predict It’s Not Going to Be Great in 2013

    We know you know business. One of PICPA’s goals is to let others know how much you know. That’s what the CPA Poll is about. The PICPA partnered with the New Jersey Society of CPAs to poll partners, shareholders, presidents, CEOs, and CFOs about their thoughts on doing business in their respective state and what their predictions were for revenue and job growth.
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  • Tax Season Resources, Proposed Due Dates for Certain Returns

    Tax season is expected to be a rough ride for many who provide tax planning and preparation services. But the PICPA has new resources to help our members weather the storm.
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  • Chocolate Chip CPE

    We are the subject of persistent assumptions and rumors surrounding our decision to use e-materials in lieu of paper materials. This decision was not an easy one, by any stretch of the imagination.
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  • How Would You Feel If You Were 115 Years Old?

    PICPA leadership has decided to review our governance and structure model to determine its ongoing effectiveness in the changing profession in which you operate, as well as to be sure that we are providing engagement, or volunteer opportunities, to all of our members across multiple generations.
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  • 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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