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Working While “Mom-ing”

Has Work-Life Balance Changed After COVID-19? In this article, the author shares a personal story regarding how the COVID-19 outbreak affected her role as a professional and mother. The story shared is about perseverance and focus, and emerging emotionally stronger as a mother and valuation professional. Like many valuation analysts, I began my career at a CPA firm. Several years into my career, I became a ...

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Helping the Client Understand Technical Terms

To Create a Visual Picture Every profession has its own unique vocabulary, and although everyone in the field understands the terms or abbreviations, the public most likely does not. An easy way to help people understand technical terms or a profession's distinctive vocabulary is to create a “word picture” that links that unique word to some everyday idea or object. The author suggests that metaphors and si ...

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Coalition Launched to Protect Professional Licensing

In the wake of various state deregulatory proposals that threaten to have an adverse effect on the CPA profession, the AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) have helped found a new coalition of advanced professions focused on educating policymakers and the public about the importance of rigorous professional licensing standards. To read the full article in Journal of Acco ...

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How to Know if Retirement is Right for You

CPAs explain key factors to consider when moving to life’s next chapter. The calendar says it may be time to retire, but how do you know if you are emotionally ready to take that step? The decision to retire is intensely personal, according to Michael Goodman, CPA,PFS, president and principal of Wealthstream Advisors Inc. of New York City, who often counsels individuals on their retirement plans. To read th ...

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How Tax Reform is Changing Clients’ Financial Plans

CPA financial planners name charitable giving, business structure and estate plans as the areas of clients' financial plans they have had to adjust most frequently after passage of the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Planners can tap into their technical expertise to evaluate how different tax strategies would align with a client's overall financial picture, said Robert Westley, CPA/PFS. Ultimately, ...

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Third-Party Verification Requests

As a trusted adviser, a CPA is often the first resource clients turn to for many financial issues. While often these questions are in the context of a service the CPA may already be engaged to provide (tax compliance, estate planning, etc.), it is not uncommon to receive other requests that seem simple but can carry unique challenges. To read the full article in The Tax Adviser, click: Third-Party Verificat ...

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Add Value to Audits with Client-Focused Analytics

Accounting services are rapidly becoming commoditized, and when clients don’t perceive a clear difference between service providers, they may choose the least expensive option. This is especially true for audit services, where clients—as well as auditors themselves—may see little difference between the work of competing firms. To read the full article in Journal of Accountancy, click: Add Value to Audits wi ...

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Four Skills Accountants Need to Succeed in a Tech-enabled Future

New duties will require plenty of understanding and good communication.  Many experts expect accountants' work and duties to change fundamentally in the coming years.  Technology will allow for a more complete audit that uses all available data rather than samples.  And the scrutinizing of anomalies will provide opportunities for auditors to provide more useful information to clients. To read the full artic ...

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Public vs. Private Blockchains: What CPAs Should Know

If you or your organization is interested in adopting blockchain technology, you need to know the difference between public and private blockchains.  One might be a better option than the other.  This blog post can help you decide. To read the full article in AICPA Insights, click: Public vs. Private Blockchains: What CPAs Should Know. ...

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Engagement Letter Stories—When They Hurt and When They Worked

As a risk management professional at CNA, professional liability insurance carrier for nearly 25,000 CPA firms, I am often asked if engagement letters are worth all the effort.  The answer, based on my personal and CNA’s claim experience, is a resounding YES!  I’ve experienced firsthand the value these letters bring to the table. To read the full article in AICPA, click: Engagement Letter Stories—When They ...

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How AI, Blockchain, and Automation Will Reinvent Accounting

The accounting profession sits on the cusp of unprecedented change.  Transformative technologies will reshape virtually every corner of the accounting world.  For CPAs to survive and thrive, they will need to learn—and unlearn—on a scale and at a pace that can seem overwhelming.  To help CPAs prepare, the JofA gathered three of the profession’s top technology experts for its annual accounting technology rou ...

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Accountants Reveal What Inspires Them Every Day

Day in, and day out, how do you stay inspired?  We asked nine accountants what inspires them and what advice they would give to help others in the profession find that inspiration. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Accountants Reveal What Inspires Them Every Day. ...

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Last-Minute Revenue Recognition Implementation Tips

The implementation effort surrounding FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is nearing an end for many companies; the deadline for compliance for public companies is the beginning of 2018.  Despite the years of preparation, certain aspects of compliance, particularly the complex disclosure requirements, are being left to the final hours.  Some companies are playing catch-up, scrambling to have their discl ...

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Association, CPA.com Launch “Shark Tank” for Startups

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and CPA.com are launching an early-stage company accelerator to promote innovation and give the profession early insight into disruptive technologies.  The Association and CPA.com Startup Accelerator will provide funding and other support to as many as five early-stage companies that emerge from a competition. To read the full article in th ...

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How to Comply with the New AICPA Ethics Standards for M&A

The rise in firm discontinuances and sales brings with it a host of practitioner concerns regarding independence, confidentiality, and the transfer of client files.  To address these concerns and provide specific guidance, the Professional Ethics Executive Committee issued two new interpretations of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct (the Code) and revised an existing interpretation.  April Sherman, man ...

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How Implementing Value Pricing Can Help Your Staff Get More Done

As many firms are struggling to recruit and retain qualified people, some practitioners have found that value pricing has made their working environment more efficient and more attractive to staff members.  Value pricing can keep your team happier and make your firm more profitable. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: How Implementing Value Pricing Can Help Your Staff Get More Don ...

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5 Tips to Help Identify Fake Financial News

A new survey reveals fake financial news is affecting Americans' ability to make retirement, investment and health care decisions.  Even worse, Americans feel that fake news will be more prevalent in the future.  The AICPA National CPA Financial Literacy Commission has tips to help keep Americans from falling into the fake news trap. To read the full article in AICPA Insights, click: 5 Tips to Help Identify ...

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