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  • A Look Ahead to 2023: Trends and Developments in the Profession

    Dec 19, 2022
    The PICPA identifies issues for which CPAs need more information and constantly looks for bumps in the road that we can help level before the accounting profession hits them. As we begin to put 2022 behind us, here are a few of the issues the PICPA is keeping an eye on in 2023.
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  • PICPA Members Help Make the Season Merry for Those in Need

    Dec 13, 2022
    It’s the season of giving, and PICPA members are, as always, eager to give back to their communities. This year our Local Connection Committees are hard at work attending volunteer events to show their appreciation during this holiday season.
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  • Identifying and Overcoming the Barriers to Passing the CPA Exam

    Dec 12, 2022
    The CPA Exam is one of the most difficult professional exams around. It is challenging for everyone, so a failure to pass a section or two should not discourage you from pursuing your dreams. There are solutions. Consider these four obstacles to passing and the adaptations you can make to overcome them.
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  • Insightful Podcast: Tackling Issues of Concern

    Dec 9, 2022
    The PICPA is proud to introduce our new Insightful podcast series. Each miniseries of episodes dives into a cutting-edge issue affecting the accounting profession that is being studied by PICPA Insights, our research, analysis, and resources development team.
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  • The Big Issues in Manufacturing Tackled at PICPA Conference

    Dec 6, 2022
    One of the most significant lessons learned in business over the past three years is that if your company is unable to pivot and adapt you will be left behind. But not all businesses are office-based. How do you pivot in manufacturing? How do you adapt?
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  • Tips from the Pennsylvania Board of Appeals

    Dec 5, 2022
    As CPAs know, the Board of Appeals is the first formal level in adjudication of tax, rebate, and refund appeals in Pennsylvania. This blog from the Board provides a few tips to help you navigate appeal procedures.
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  • The Language of State and Local Taxation

    Nov 28, 2022
    It may sometimes seem that state and local taxation (SALT) has a language that is incomprehensible to those who don’t practice in the field. This blog explains a few of the terms SALT practitioners commonly use.
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  • Drive Real-Time, Actionable Insight through Your Accounting ERP System

    Nov 22, 2022
    With so many options available in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software market it can be difficult to pick the solution that best meets your reporting needs and ensures your data is complete and clean. And capturing as much data in the best possible way is key to informed, real-time, actionable insights.
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  • The Demographic Squeeze Has Arrived in Pennsylvania

    Nov 21, 2022
    Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office recently published an updated demographics forecast for the state through 2030. The latest data show that state's labor force participation rates remain well below prepandemic rates.
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  • PICPA Government Relations’ General Election Recap

    Nov 15, 2022
    An unsettled economic environment during a midterm election has historically been a recipe for disaster for the party in power. Not this year! Get a recap of 2022's surprising election results from PICPA's government relations team.
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  • Triple Win: Firm Ambassadors Benefit Members, Their Firms, and the PICPA

    Nov 14, 2022
    The PICPA Firm Ambassador program launched in 2020 to provide our members with opportunities to foster connections between young CPAs, their professional networks, and the PICPA. We are excited to work with a new class of ambassadors and continue this partnership with young leaders at Pennsylvania firms.
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  • Inflation Reduction Act Increases Payroll Tax Offset for Start-Ups

    Nov 8, 2022
    To help combat the ubiquitous cash flow issues among start-ups, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 doubles the amount of federal research and development (R&D) credits a qualified start-up company can use to offset its payroll tax. Qualified new companies may offset up to $500,000 of the employer portion of the Social Security tax and the Medicare payroll tax liability.
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  • Monumental Changes for CPAs Arise from Pa. Legislature’s Late Session Action

    Nov 7, 2022
    The PICPA government relations team has been working on major legislative changes to Pennsylvania’s CPA Law for years. On Nov. 3, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the legislation, making vital updates to the law that governs the profession and impacts so many functions.
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  • Points to Consider when Choosing a Cloud Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2022
    Cloud computing has become a necessity for accounting firms to stay agile and competitive. There are many factors an accounting firm must consider before selecting a cloud service provider, and this blog provides several basic points that will help you get started.
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  • CPA Exam Evolution: Several Pathways for Success

    Oct 31, 2022
    The CPA Exam is being restructured into a new model that accounts for the critical skills required of modern CPAs. The new format deviates from the traditional menu of four established and required subjects. Naturally, test-takers will have a few questions.
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  • Avoiding the Crunch of a New Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Payroll Tax

    Oct 24, 2022
    To address the crisis of unfunded long-term health care expenses, Pennsylvania House Bill 2779 proposes funding long-term care through an additional payroll tax of 0.58% per $100 of gross wages. It is modeled after a Washington State program that surprised many in that state who were unaware of the mandatory tax and the short amount of time given to opt out. Long-term care is a serious issue that should surprise nobody.
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  • CPAs: Principal Place of Business Determines Where You Should Hold Your License

    Oct 18, 2022
    With remote work becoming the norm, CPAs should know the nuances of working remotely and the importance of their designated principal place of business (PPB). CPAs must use their best judgement to make the PPB determination, but, in some cases, the PPB selection may not prevent the need for a second license.
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  • CPA Evolution Changes that Will Impact Your CPA Exam Experience

    Oct 17, 2022
    If you are on your CPA Exam journey and were worried that you would need to pass all four sections of the current exam before the CPA Evolution goes into effect, you can breathe easy. Even though the content is changing, previously passed sections will count under the new model.
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  • Consider a Chartered Accountant Staffing Solution

    Oct 11, 2022
    A great wave of CPA retirements is underway. Combine this with the fact that the rate of new CPAs joining the profession is falling, and this means a dangerous shortage is looming. Some firms that are facing recruiting difficulties have been advocating for chartered accountants to join the ranks of their staff.
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  • Manage Your Time to Accelerate Success

    Oct 10, 2022
    Those with strong time management skills tend to have less stress and get more meaningful work accomplished. The key is to focus on what is important to you and how you can realistically prioritize your day.
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