Pennsylvania CPA Journal
Editorial Content

The Pennsylvania CPA Journal is published quarterly, with release dates in March, June, September, and December.

2020-2021 Editorial Calendar

Deadlines

  Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Editorial Copy Due June 30 Sept. 30 Dec. 30 March 30
Ad Space Reservations July 15 Oct. 15 Jan. 15 April 15
Ad Materials Due Aug. 1 Nov. 1 Feb. 1 May 1
Publication Date Sept. 10 Dec. 10 March 10 June 10

Featured Topics

Fall 2020

  • Cash Forecasting

Winter 2021

  • The Status of the Federal Debt
  • Building a Foundation of Succession Planning in an Organization
  • WonderRigor: Applying Design Thinking to Accounting
  • The State of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Accounting Industry

Spring 2021

  • Upskilling: Preparing the Next Generation of Accountants
  • Ethics Considerations for Information Technology
  • Changes in Accounting Education as a Result of Coronavirus

Summer 2021

  • Text Analytics
  • Managing Whistleblower Investigations
  • Nonprofit State and Local Tax Issues


Scheduled Columns

Fall 2020

  • Accounting & Assurance
  • Business & Industry
  • Education 
  • Emerging CPAs
  • Federal Tax
  • Government/Not-for-Profit
  • International Tax 
  • Liability Lessons
  • Practitioners
  • State & Local Tax

Winter 2021

  • Accounting & Assurance
  • Business & Industry
  • Business Transformations 
  • Careers & Lifestyles
  • Employee Benefit Plans
  • Ethics
  • Federal Tax
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Liability Lessons
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • State & Local Tax
  • Technology & Cybersecurity

Spring 2021

  • Accounting & Assurance
  • Business & Industry
  • Careers & Lifestyles
  • Education
  • Emerging CPAs
  • Federal Tax
  • Government/Not-for-Profit
  • International Tax
  • Liability Lessons
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Practitioners
  • State & Local Tax

Summer 2021

  • Accounting & Assurance
  • Business & Industry
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Business Transformations 
  • Careers & Lifestyles
  • Employee Benefit Plans
  • Ethics
  • Federal Tax
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Liability Lessons
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • State & Local Tax
  • Technology & Cybersecurity

Features

Features appear in each issue to provide in-depth coverage of hot topics and developing issues.

Columns

Eleven to 13 columns appear in each issue, providing a brief discussion of specific topic areas. 
  • Accounting & Assurance* – Covers topics of general interest to those engaged in accounting, auditing, and assurance services. 
  • Business & Industry* – Covers industry-specific news and hot topics. 
  • Business Succession Planning - Covers topics of interest to business owners trying to navigate the many challenges of CPA firm succession. 
  • Business Transformations – Covers the anatomy of a merger agreement, due diligence, and the closing of the deal. 
  • Careers & Lifestyles – Covers topics regarding quality of life issues. Emphasizes balancing personal life with career demands. 
  • Education – Covers topics of interest to accounting educators. Emphasizes practical ideas for improving accounting curricula.
  • Emerging CPAs - Highlights opportunities and addresses challenges for those just entering the CPA profession. 
  • Employee Benefit Plans – Covers topics of interest to those engaged in the designing of employee benefit plans. 
  • Ethics – Covers topics in the area of ethics, including common errors and frequently asked questions. 
  • Federal Tax* – Covers news and hot topics in federal taxation and tax compliance. 
  • Forensic Accounting – Covers topics of interest to those engaged in litigation support, including such areas as business valuation, criminal investigations, and divorce. 
  • Government/Not-for-Profit – Covers topics of general interest to those engaged in governmental or nonprofit accounting and auditing.
  • International Tax - Covers news and hot topics affecting the global tax landscape, particularly how it affects Pennsylvania firms involved in the international marketplace. 
  • Liability Lessons* – Insightful lessons are presented by these reviews of professional liability claims against other accountants. 
  • Personal Financial Planning – Covers topics of interest to those engaged in personal financial and estate planning, including such areas as trusts, insurance, and investing.
  • Practitioners – Covers topics of interest to Pa. practitioners. 
  • State & Local Tax* – Covers news and hot topics in Pennsylvania taxation and tax compliance. 
  • Technology & Cybersecurity - Covers the explosive growth in technology and how it affects business operations and the services firms provide clients.

*Appear in every issue 

Departments (print edition and digital magazine only)

  • Legislative News – Covers recent or pending legislation that could affect CPAs and promotes PICPA's lobbying initiatives. 
  • Member Recognitions – Covers member news, including new hires, promotions, appointments, newsmaking activities, and awards. 
  • Special Features – Highlights special programs and awards sponsored by the PICPA, including student scholarships and the Young Leaders Award.