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  • One CPA’s Journey to the CGMA

    Jul 19, 2017
    The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation continues to gain momentum, with more than 50,000 holders of the designation in the United States. Seth Fick, CPA, CGMA, a PICPA member and director of financial reporting at Independence Blue Cross, discusses what the CGMA designation represents and how it benefits him.
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  • Annual Review of PICPA’s Finances

    Jul 17, 2017
    The PICPA Board met on June 25, 2017, and at that meeting PICPA’s audited financial statements were presented. The combined statements include the accounts of the PICPA, the PICPA Foundation for Education & Research, the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation, and the Scholarship Fund of the PICPA.
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  • PICPA Annual Convention Gathers for Business and Family Fun at Disney

    Jul 7, 2017
    The 120th PICPA Annual Convention is in the books. Members reviewed accomplishments, participated in discussions on where the profession is headed, and supported the annual change of leadership, all while experiencing that special Disney magic.
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  • The Technical Resources in Your CPA Network

    May 22, 2017
    At the PICPA we have nearly 1,400 volunteers who give back to the profession through volunteer service on committees, on task forces, or through leadership positions. Many serve on technical committees that do long-range planning for conferences and the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, while others provide webinar programs, blogs, and podcasts to provide immediate updates.
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  • PICPA’s Mother’s Day Gift

    May 15, 2017
    The PICPA Women’s Leadership Conference is charged with positive energy and support. There’s a type of “sisterhood” that you get when the speakers place an emphasis on how current issues uniquely affect women. Attendance is a gift ... a Mother's Day gift, in fact.
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  • Top CPA Exam Scorers, EIT Clarification, and Why CPAs Love What They Do

    May 5, 2017
    If you've been too busy this spring to visit PICPA's website, we invite you to review some of our most popular Web pages from January through April. Come see what your fellow members have been checking out.
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  • The First-Ever Digital-Only Pennsylvania CPA Journal Is Here

    Apr 25, 2017
    The Pennsylvania CPA Journal’s first-ever digital-only edition has been released. This extra fifth issue of the journal builds upon PICPA’s desire to give you the technical and career-based information you need to succeed.
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  • Podcasts for CPAs and Other Cool Kids

    Apr 17, 2017
    CPAs who are looking for podcasts to stay current on professional and technical trends can turn to PICPA's CPA Conversations. If you haven't tried podcasts, you are missing out on a favorite information option that is growing and growing.
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  • PICPA Creates New Foundation to Impact Critical Issue of Talent

    Apr 3, 2017
    PICPA's new Pennsylvania CPA Foundation has been launched to inspire students to pursue careers in accounting and to provide educational, motivational, and financial support to those working to attain the CPA credential.
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  • When Corporate Finance Has Needs, PICPA Delivers

    Mar 6, 2017
    The PICPA has a lot to offer our corporate finance members. Here are the top five issues members in corporate finance tell us about, and some of the resources the PICPA offers to help.
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  • Silent Tax Returns, Chatty CPAs

    Feb 23, 2017
    Every tax season presents its own unique challenges, so CPAs entered this season recognizing that there would be planning difficulties because of the uncertainty of future tax laws. Even with PICPA's many tax resources, nobody anticipated the "silent tax return."
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  • Last Call for “Women to Watch” Nominations

    Jan 24, 2017
    Considering a nomination for the Women to Watch program? You may have a few questions. Here are the answers to the top three questions we’ve been fielding. Hurry, though! Time is running out.
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  • Tax Amnesty Updates and New Tax Season Resources: What You May Have Missed in December

    Jan 10, 2017
    The holiday season was busy, so we understand if you didn't get to check in with the PICPA website as often as usual. Review the most sought-after PICPA web pages of the past month, and see what you could have missed.
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  • Why Aren’t Women Better Represented in Leadership Roles?

    Jan 6, 2017
    Ten or 15 years ago, businesses were developing inclusion programs to attract women into the accounting profession. There has been some success: more than 50 percent of accounting grads were women for many years. But those additional young professional women didn’t translate into growth in the number of women holding leadership roles.
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  • CPA Connections Are Invaluable … And Now Easier than Ever

    Dec 12, 2016
    I know I often use my own network of CPAs as a sounding board for technical and business questions. To bring our members this value of interconnectedness, we’ve just launched a new digital option to grow your network: a robust discussion forum platform called PICPA Connect.
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  • Don’t Miss Out on Personal Financial Planning Opportunities

    Nov 21, 2016
    The PICPA’s Personal Financial Planning Committee has been addressing the importance of PFP as a growth opportunity for many years. The surge in interest in personal financial planning has inspired new programs at the PICPA.
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  • CPAs on a Mission to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

    Nov 14, 2016
    Many CPAs in personal financial planning or forensic accounting can share war stories about clients or neighbors who have been taken advantage of, not only by strangers but also by family and friends. CPAs are in a position to spot potential fraud perpetrated on their clients, and the PICPA is developing resources to help identify early warning signs of elder fraud.
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  • Data Analytics: Forcing CPAs to Be Innovative or Irrelevant

    Oct 3, 2016
    The time has passed when CPAs could mull over the potential of using historical financial data to help map future growth. It’s time to embrace technology and start digging into the data to uncover opportunities.
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  • In Search of More Thought Leaders

    Sep 26, 2016
    When PICPA Council met on Sept. 20, 2016, to discuss the work done by our five strategic task forces and to make plans for the future, the room was filled with new ideas and opportunities for the PICPA. So much, in fact, that we identified three new volunteer opportunities.
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  • Raising the Volume on CPAs’ Community Service

    Sep 14, 2016
    CPAs quietly provide community service all year long. Our CPA Week of Service initiative is where we at the PICPA not-so-quietly celebrate what CPAs do all year long.
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