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  • Published: 11/23/2022
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    Supreme Court Signs Off on House Obtaining Trump’s Tax Returns

    The Supreme Court has rejected former President Trump’s last-ditch effort to block Treasury from releasing six years of his personal and business tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/22/2022
    Rra holiday

    Crafty Savings as You Plan for Retirement this Holiday Season

    As retirement approaches, learning ways to spend less during the holidays is helpful! Shifting focus to doing so before retirement can also prepare you for when you’re living in the longest, self-imposed period of unemployment—heedless of w...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 11/16/2022
    Rra annuities

    Annuities: A Longevity Risk Solution

    What makes an annuity tick? Short answer: Annuities are contracts made with an insurance company. Your annuity can be personalized to fit your exact needs. The downside? The options can be overwhelming.

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 11/16/2022
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    Washington Revenue Official Tries to Clarify Position on NFTs

    The Washington Department of Revenue has not decided whether it will pursue tax on sales of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for transactions that occurred before July 1, 2022, the date the agency published interim guidance.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/11/2022
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    Georgia Tribunal Says Uber Owes Millions in Unpaid Sales Tax

    Uber's fee to improve the safety of its platform should be included in the sales price of rides for tax purposes, according to the Georgia Tax Tribunal.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/11/2022
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    Rettig’s Legacy: The Straight-Shooting COVID Commissioner

    As outgoing IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig’s term as head of the agency comes to a close, observers agree that his legacy is indelibly linked with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/10/2022
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    IRS Appears to Be Working on ITIN Requests

    As the IRS works to clear the backlog of paper tax returns that amassed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it also appears to be trying to catch up on requests for individual taxpayer identification numbers.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/10/2022
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    Voters Decide Tax Measures in Several States

    Voters in the 2022 midterm election weighed in on numerous state tax policies, including in California, where they rejected a Lyft-backed tax on the rich to fund electric vehicle adoption.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/09/2022
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    IRS Announces Job Openings to Hire Over 700 New Employees Across the Country

    In addition to the more than 4,000 people recently hired to fill critical customer service representative positions, the Internal Revenue Service is now seeking over 700 new employees to help taxpayers at Taxpayer Assistance Centers across ...

    IRS

  • Published: 11/08/2022
    Boomer technologystrategic

    Benefits of a Technology Strategic Plan

    Technology leaders put a lot of effort and energy into time management. And while managing your time well is always a worthwhile pursuit, our time will always be limited. We cannot say yes to every project, so everything we say yes to has a...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 11/08/2022
    Boomer silos

    4 Steps to Break Down Process Silos

    Process silos are common in many accounting firms, leading to inefficiencies and communication breakdowns. To break down these process silos, you'll need to implement strategies that will encourage collaboration and communication between de...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 11/08/2022
    Boomer peer

    3 Benefits of Engaging in a Professional Peer Community

    When it comes to our careers, we all want to feel like we’re a part of something bigger. We want to be surrounded by people who understand what we do and can help us grow professionally and personally. That’s why engaging in a professional ...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 11/08/2022
    Boomer 3questions

    3 Questions to Better Support Your Team and Your Clients

    As a leader in your firm, getting to know the people who work for you and the clients you serve is essential. By asking questions and listening to the answers, you can create a better working environment for everyone involved.

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 11/08/2022
    Boomer podcast

    10 Lessons Learned from Recording 100 Podcast Episodes

    Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to help produce podcast episodes for Boomer Consulting, Inc, The Boomer Briefing. But, the podcast has been around for two years! In that time, over 100 episodes have been recorded and released. ...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 11/04/2022
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    IRS Looking for Real Tax Crime in Virtual Reality

    Criminals interacting and exchanging money in the metaverse aren’t safe from the IRS Criminal Investigation division, according to division Chief Jim Lee.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/04/2022
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    IRS Faces Stiff Hiring Challenges, Ex-Officials Say

    An 87,000-employee hiring spree for the IRS sounds great on paper, but actually getting that many new workers through the door is another matter, according to two former officials.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/03/2022
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    IRS Says 1040 Cryptocurrency Question Is Meant to Be Broad

    The income tax return question about cryptocurrency and digital assets is meant to capture more than just taxable transactions, according to IRS officials.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/03/2022
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    D.C. and Minnesota File Worker Classification Suits Against Shipt

    The District of Columbia and Minnesota have filed suits against online grocery shopping and delivery company Shipt Inc., alleging that the company avoids payroll taxes and other obligations by improperly classifying its workers as independe...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/02/2022
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    Trump Granted Temporary Stay in House Tax Return Fray

    The Supreme Court has agreed to temporarily keep Treasury from releasing former President Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/01/2022
    Rra aginginplace

    When Planning to Age in Place

    Trying to plan may be hard since you never know exactly what your needs will be. But thinking of what may happen and those what ifs are great places to start. Consider your family medical history and your personal medical history. Think of ...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 11/01/2022
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    Trump Seeks Supreme Court Intervention in Tax Return Case

    Former President Trump has asked the Supreme Court to continue to block Treasury from releasing his tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee while his legal team finalizes his petition to reverse the D.C Circuit’s decision.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 11/01/2022
    Abccrypto

    The ABCs of the Taxation of Virtual Currency

    With new technologies come new forms of assets and, eventually, new rules for the regulation and taxation of such assets. Beyond the current frontier lies the land of the digital assets—cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens, and the like—th...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/31/2022
    Cpaj esgreporting

    What CFOs Should Consider Concerning ESG Reporting

    Chief Financial Officers have seen their job description expand over the years to include broader responsibilities and more reporting requirements, such as those mandated under the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Dodd-Frank Acts. There is no quest...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/26/2022
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    Yellen Dismisses Rumors of Post-Midterm Departure

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen batted down speculation that she could be leaving her post amid talk of a possible Cabinet reshuffle in the Biden administration following the midterm elections.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/26/2022
    Cpaj smartcontracts

    Smart Contracts, AI, and the Future of Asset Valuation

    To date, “smart contracts” have had only limited use. Nevertheless, they have the power to be transformative, particularly when combined with artificial intelligence (AI). The authors examine the possible combination of these two technologi...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/25/2022
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    Tax Crime Roundup: IRS Employees Charged With COVID Fraud

    Five current and former IRS employees allegedly defrauded pandemic relief programs and used their ill-gotten gains to procure cars, manicures, Gucci products, and trips to Las Vegas, according to the government.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/25/2022
    Cpaj dirtydata

    Detecting and Resolving ‘Dirty’ Data

    Although business’s increasing utilization of technology to drive operational decisions has meant a greater reliance on data, it is exceedingly rare that an entity possesses a perfectly clean set of data. Some of it is inevitably invalid, i...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/24/2022
    Rra facilitybased

    Your Options for Facility-Based Care in Retirement

    Nursing homes are not your only option for care in retirement. Some facilities offer only housing and housekeeping, but many do provide a more personal care and even medical services. Oftentimes, with medical care there are specialized unit...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 10/24/2022
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    Russia Defers Taxes for Soldiers Mobilized for Ukraine Invasion

    The Russian government said qualifying small business owners who have been mobilized for the war in Ukraine can defer payment of some taxes and fees beyond the duration of their service.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/24/2022
    Cpaj esg

    An Overview of the SEC’s Proposed Climate-Related Disclosures

    Corporations have long grappled with the question of how to report the potential impact of climate-related risks on their business. Recent years have seen progress and in the reporting frameworks and consolidation of the standards setters p...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/21/2022
    Boomer caseware

    The Benefits of Cloud-Based Software Over Desktop

    Cloud-based software has quickly taken over the digital world, outpacing desktop software in a number of ways and providing newfound benefits for many industries, including accounting and audit. But what is cloud software? It’s a digital pr...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 10/21/2022
    Boomer aiwin2

    Accounting Technology Software to Solve the CPA Talent Shortage

    The year 2020 brought with it an unfortunate convergence of factors that drained the CPA talent pool: beyond the obvious pandemic-related difficulties, that was the year that the AICPA estimated 75%—that’s right, 3 out of 4—of its members b...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 10/21/2022
    Boomer extrointro

    How to Leverage Extroversion or Introversion at Work

    At some point, you’ve probably been called—maybe even referred to yourself as—an introvert or extrovert. Psychologist Carl Jung coined these terms in the 1920s. The difference between these two personality types essentially comes down to en...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 10/21/2022
    Boomer budget

    7 Tips for Surviving Budget Season

    Accounting firms and companies around the globe are in the midst of many finance and accounting professionals’ least favorite times of the year: budgeting season (although I enjoy it).

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 10/21/2022
    Boomer redefining

    Redefining Wealth

    I recently attended the Unstoppable conference in Scottsdale, AZ and had the opportunity to hear Patrice Washington speak on redefining wealth. With so many firms discussing a “people first” company and trying to create wellness programs to...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 10/21/2022
    Boomer uncertainty

    Uncertainty-Leadership-Adaptability-Resources

    Uncertainty. The capital markets don’t like it, nor do most professionals or their clients. The current talent market, new technology, interest from private equity and now The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) continue to bring more uncertainty...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 10/21/2022
    Boomer process

    The Next Level of Process Improvement

    Managing a growing firm and serving clients is a challenge. It requires multiple people, applications and processes. To deal with the complexity, lower costs, boost productivity, increase accuracy and support greater efficiency, firms under...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 10/21/2022
    Cpaj sustainability

    Embedding Sustainability into Practice

    Our latest issue is all about sustainability, often defined as long-term value creation. For New York State CPAs, that sustainability can show up in various ways—including Environmental, Social, and Governance. To remain relevant as a profe...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/20/2022
    Storeexclusive taxnotesarticles

    A New Species of Enforcement?

    Most white-collar defense attorneys have done at least some work in the False Claims Act (FCA) area. Most tax controversy attorneys, thus far, have not. This could be changing.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/19/2022
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    EU Trims Divergences on Definition of Christmas Tree Decorations

    A new legal text has come into force clarifying that for customs duty purposes, Christmas tree decorations do not need to be Christmas-themed but must be recognizable as decorative articles for Christmas trees.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/19/2022
    Cpaj relevanceesg

    The Relevance and Reliability of ESG Reporting

    Investors, creditors, and other users of financial information are increasingly looking beyond audited financial statements when making investment decisions. The culture in the United States and around the globe is shifting towards environm...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/18/2022
    Rra semiretirement

    Does Semi-Retirement Expose You to More Risks?

    Retiring is tricky enough, and retirement planning is also not a walk in the park. Those who decide on a semi-retired life should be aware of a few things before moving forward.

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 10/18/2022
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    Ireland Extends Deadline for Firms to Pay Deferred Tax Debt

    Ireland has extended by one year the deadline for businesses that have experienced cash flow and trading difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic to clear outstanding tax debts or enter into a payment arrangement.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/18/2022
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    IRS Looking to Block Line-Jumping for Phone Calls

    The IRS is preparing a pilot program to use artificial intelligence technology to weed out phone-queue-jumping services.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/18/2022
    Esgintegration

    ESG Integration and Small Business

    Growing numbers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), spanning a range of sectors and geographies, are signaling their commitment to an ESG-rooted integrated purpose—that is, a people, planet, and profit triple–bottom-line purpose. T...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/17/2022
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    Help Wanted: Treasury and the IRS Gear Up on IRA Energy Guidance

    When Congress added a host of new credits, concepts, and changes to the energy provisions in the tax code through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA, P.L. 117-169), it became clear that the guidance writers at the IRS and Treasury would have ...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/17/2022
    Cpaj zagging

    Zagging to Tax Returns

    The trend in today’s modern CPA firm is to pursue business cloud accounting services (CAS) and only offer tax returns as an “add-on” service. Many firms will not take one-off individual tax clients anymore, seeing them as unprofitable and t...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/14/2022
    Cpaj blurring

    Blurring Lines with a Mobile Workforce

    In the realm of information technology, “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) is the practice of allowing employees to use personal technology devices such as laptops and smartphones for work purposes. In one form of BYOD, employees use personal d...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/14/2022
    Rra socialsecurityincrease

    What the Social Security 2023 Increase Means for You Now and Later

    The Social Security Administration announced that there will be an 8.7% cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) beginning January 2023. Overall, this means benefits will increase an average of $140 a month.

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 10/13/2022
    Rra 2023

    2023 Means Savings on Medicare

    Medicare beneficiaries will pay lower Part B premiums for coverage come 2023. Those who are paying these premiums need to be aware of two major changes.

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 10/12/2022
    Cpaj stablecoins

    Regulatory Concerns Could Dampen Investor Excitement for Stablecoins

    Stablecoins, a class of digitial asset touted as being more constant in their value than other cybercurrencies, have become increasingly popular in recent years. But recent market declines in the past couple of months have turned the spotli...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/11/2022
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    Tax Experts Renew Call for Affordable Loan Charge Resolution

    A fresh approach to the controversial U.K. loan charge is needed because affected taxpayers “simply cannot afford to pay” the taxes demanded by HM Revenue & Customs, according to a group of U.K. tax professionals.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/11/2022
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    Philippine Court Voids Manny Pacquiao’s $55.8 Million Tax Bill

    A Philippine court has voided PHP 3.3 billion (about $55.8 million) in assessments issued to boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, saying the tax agency lacked sufficient basis for the claim and violated his due process rights.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/11/2022
    Cpaj bcorp

    B Corporation Resources

    B Corporations are for-profit entities that not only provide products or services with a goal of earning a profit for its owners, they also contribute positively to stakeholders beyond their investors and creditors. The B Corporation concep...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/07/2022
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    IRS Locates 79 Tax Fugitives in Mexico and Central America

    The IRS’s Criminal Investigation unit in Mexico said it has located 79 tax fugitives in Mexico and Central America.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/05/2022
    Cpaj saascloudcomputing

    Risk Impacts of SaaS Cloud Computing

    Software as a Service (SaaS) has gone from the cutting edge to a core technology for many businesses. But given the wide scope of cloud services companies engage in under the umbrella of SaaS, it is also important to understand the attendan...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/04/2022
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    Nobel’s Tax Domicile and Future of Prizes Tied to Horse Stables

    Horses are often raced for prize money. A far more prestigious set of prizes might never have materialized if a French court hadn’t ruled that Alfred Nobel’s tax domicile depended on where he stabled his horses.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/04/2022
    Cpaj cfoofthefuture

    CFO of the Future

    The title of this article is more than a little misleading. The future is now—effective CFOs not only know this, they strive to bring the future forward. Changes in business and technology have pushed CFOs into a world of constant transform...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/03/2022
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    Coordination of Sections 959, 316, and 312 Is a Priority

    The Tax Law Center at New York University and the American Bar Association Section of Taxation prioritize guidance on coordinating the rules in section 959 with the provisions in sections 316, 312, and 961. Section 959 excludes a corporatio...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/03/2022
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    Illinois Waives Fuel Taxes for Hurricane Relief Efforts

    Illinois and several other states are suspending registration requirements under the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) for vehicles assisting with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 10/03/2022
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    HMRC Under Fire for VAT Bill on S’mores Marshmallows

    A British food wholesaler of American snacks is not liable for VAT on its product Mega Marshmallows, used for making s’mores, because the marshmallows are not considered confectionery, a U.K. tribunal has held.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/30/2022
    Cpaj europeanvaluechain

    European Value Chain Legislation Marches On

    On February 23, 2022, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) that addresses social and environmental concerns, including global warming. If, as expected, the proposed dire...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 09/29/2022
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    CPAJ News Briefs: FASB, PCAOB

    FASB, PCAOB News provided by Thomson Reuters Checkpoint

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 09/29/2022
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    FOIA Requests Are Piling Up at the IRS

    Freedom of Information Act requests have been accumulating at the IRS during the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to its giant backlog of paper returns.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/28/2022
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    FOIA Requests Are Piling Up at the IRS

    Freedom of Information Act requests have been accumulating at the IRS during the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to its giant backlog of paper returns.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/28/2022
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    IRS Sent $1 Billion in Mistaken CTC Payments

    The IRS was able to get advance child tax credit (CTC) payments out relatively quickly, but millions of the payments were sent to taxpayers who shouldn’t have gotten them, and millions more didn’t get to others who qualified, according to a...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/28/2022
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    Shakira to Face Six Tax Fraud Counts in Court, Judge Says

    A Barcelona judge has ordered a trial in the criminal case against global pop sensation Shakira, who will face six criminal tax counts for allegedly dodging €14.5 million in income and wealth taxes.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/28/2022
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    The Inflation Reduction Act's Tax Implications: Transcript

    Congress recently passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes climate incentives and healthcare provisions, along with a 15 percent corporate minimum tax. What are the tax implications of the act, particularly of the minimum ...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/27/2022
    Cpaj operationalcompliance

    Operational Compliance in a Highly Regulated Environment

    Plan administrators named in the plan document, or acting as administration fiduciaries by filing Form 5500, must administer their 401(k) plan in accordance with plan terms and management’s expressed intentions. Many plan administrators mis...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 09/26/2022
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    GOP’s First Bill Would ‘Repeal 87,000 IRS Agents,’ McCarthy Says

    If Republicans take control of the House in 2023, they will support the addition of 200,000 police officers nationwide, a 50 percent cut in permitting times for energy development, and full funding of border enforcement. But first, they’ll...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/26/2022
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    Pittsburgh's 'Jock Tax' Is Unconstitutional, Pennsylvania Court Holds

    Pittsburgh's 3 percent fee on personal income earned by nonresident professional athletes while using the city's sports venues violates the Pennsylvania Constitution, according to a state trial court.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/26/2022
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    Info Reporting Regime Sets Up IRS Crypto Crackdown

    The third-party reporting of cryptocurrency transactions scheduled to begin next year could revolutionize the IRS’s efforts to combat tax evasion of digital assets — if the agency can capitalize on the opportunity.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/22/2022
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    Colorado Now Accepts Cryptocurrency for Tax Payments

    Colorado now accepts cryptocurrency as tax payments, the state Department of Revenue has confirmed. The payment program, which started September 1, was first announced by Gov. Jared Polis (D) earlier this year.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/22/2022
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    New York Attorney General Files Financial Fraud Case Against Trump

    Former President Trump, three of his children, and his organization have been accused of engaging in widespread fraud in order to enrich themselves economically by deceiving financial institutions and tax authorities.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/21/2022
    Rra longtermcareinsurancewaystopay

    How to Cover Long-Term Care Expenses

    Does planning for long-term care seem sensible for your retirement? The answer: Many will not plan for an LTC until it is too late.

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 09/21/2022
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    Pandemic Led to Personal and Corporate Tax Cuts, OECD Says

    Many governments shrank their personal income tax bases and cut corporate taxes or increased incentives to alleviate the economic pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic and spur growth, according to an OECD report.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/20/2022
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    Florida Governor Proposes $1.1 Billion in Tax Relief

    Florida taxpayers could see $1.1 billion in tax relief under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis's tax cut plan.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/20/2022
    Cpaj incometax

    Key Personal Income Tax Decision

    In a significant development, a New York appeals court recently held that a taxpayer’s vacation home did not, in fact, qualify as a “permanent place of abode” under New York’s personal income tax statutory residency rules. On June 30, 2022,...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 09/16/2022
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    Yellen to a Newly Funded IRS: ‘Meet the Moment’

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has set an ambitious target for the IRS to achieve an 85 percent level of service in answering taxpayer phone calls.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/16/2022
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    Squaring Off Between Carbon Taxes and Renewable Energy Incentives

    Some European renewable energy producers are concerned that the EU may lose green energy investments to the United States in the wake of recently enacted U.S. legislation.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/15/2022
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    California Governor Urges No on Lyft-Backed Measure to Tax the Rich

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has lent his voice to the campaign opposing a ballot measure to tax the state’s rich to fund electric car adoption and wildfire mitigation.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/14/2022
    Rra lirp

    What Exactly is a LIRP?

    Much like a game of chess, retirement planning is about strategy. Back in the 1970s the traditional route was relying on Social Security and having a pension. Today retirement is entirely on the individual to fund—and Social Security only s...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 09/14/2022
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    Department of Labor Position on Cryptocurrency Investment in 401(k) Plans

    Many 401(k) plan sponsors mistakenly believe that they have no liability for investment fund options made available to participants in core investment menus and self-directed brokerage accounts.

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 09/13/2022
    Boomer castle

    Who Owns the Keys to Your Castle?

    During the pandemic, many people switched from being on-site full-time to working entirely from home or in a hybrid environment. This was a blessing for many during this period but also an emergency action. We were all sent home one day, ex...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 09/13/2022
    Boomer conference

    How to Approach Business Development at a Conference

    This summer, I attended Connections 2022, put on by the CPA Firm Management Association. While it wasn’t my first in-person conference since the start of the pandemic, it was the first with a lot of networking outside our sponsor booth.

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 09/13/2022
    Boomer junkmetrics

    Are You Basing Decisions on Junk Employee Engagement Metrics?

    Employee engagement has shifted from solely a human resources metric to a top priority in many firms. But we have a long way to go.

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 09/13/2022
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    4 Growth Marketing Trends That Can Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2023

    If you want to grow your firm in 2023, consider incorporating growth marketing strategies. There are several ways to do this. You can start by identifying opportunities with your current clients and creating a team strategy that aligns with...

    Boomer Consulting, Inc.

  • Published: 09/13/2022
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    Examining Recognition & Measurement of Financial Assets/Liabilities: ASU 2016-01

    Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-01, Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities, became effective for financial statements beginning after December 15, 2017. One of its key provisions was a change in the...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 09/12/2022
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    Medtronic and the Role of Unspecified Transfer Pricing Methods

    Although the regulations offer straightforward grounds for challenging the fanciful transfer pricing method endorsed in Medtronic II, a potential appeal could shed light on broader questions about the proper role of “unspecified” transfer p...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/09/2022
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    Business of Tax: Pros Go to #TaxTwitter for Advice and a Shoulder to Cry On

    Stuck working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many tax practitioners from small firms around the country have been afforded big networking opportunities and professional support through Twitter.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/09/2022
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    Recent California State and Local Tax Developments

    CPAs need to be aware of current tax developments in key states to properly advise entities doing business in multiple jurisdictions. Below is an overview of some key developments in the state of California. On February 9, 2022, California...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 09/08/2022
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    Tax Litigation Returns to Normal Despite Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic, which shut offices and turned kitchen tables into workspaces, did not spare tax administration, resulting in fewer court filings, delayed deadlines, and suspended audits across both state and federal systems.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/08/2022
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    Minnesota, Michigan Tax Agencies Address Cryptocurrency

    Michigan and Minnesota are among the latest states to release information on the state tax treatment of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The Michigan Treasury Department’s Tax Policy Division published a newsletter in August that discusses the ...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 09/08/2022
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    Backlog Thwarted IRS’s ‘Well-Planned’ IT Modernization Strategy

    The IRS had $1 billion worth of carefully considered modernization projects ready to go when it was forced to scuttle those plans to deal with its backlog instead, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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  • Published: 09/07/2022
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    Using tax-advantaged retirement accounts to save during your working years is a smart move. By using these accounts, you are deferring taxes. However, this postponement does eventually come with an expiration date. The government will come ...

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  • Published: 09/07/2022
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    Using Data Visualization To Help Uncover Fraud

    Wirecard, one of Germany’s largest financial services companies, had long been suspected of employing questionable accounting methods before its auditor publicly announced in 2019 that it could not confirm the existence of €1.9 billion in c...

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  • Published: 09/06/2022
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    Timelines in Tax History: Moralistic Tax Policy in the 1930s

    As Franklin D. Roosevelt took the oath of office on March 4, 1933, the United States was struggling through the darkest days of the Great Depression. A quarter of the nation’s workers were unemployed, the banking system was nearing collapse...

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  • Published: 09/06/2022
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    Employee Turnover Is Impacting Not-for-Profits Too

    Over the past two years, Americans have quit their jobs in record numbers. According to the U.S. Labor Department, 47.4 million people have left their jobs since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In November 2021, 4.5 millio...

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  • Published: 09/02/2022
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    Yellen to Promote New Tax Measures With Speaking Tour

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will make a series of speeches in the coming weeks to highlight the various tax provisions in the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act.

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  • Published: 09/01/2022
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    Do Not Forget Healthcare Costs When Retirement Planning

    How are you to account for health care costs while retirement planning? Oftentimes, these expenses are underestimated. Even though Medicare Part A is free and covers hospitalization, the remainder of Medicare comes with premiums and the res...

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  • Published: 09/01/2022
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    D.C. Sues MicroStrategy Founder for Evading $25 Million in Taxes

    Tech billionaire Michael Saylor is facing a $25 million tax evasion lawsuit in the District of Columbia in which he is accused of masquerading as a Florida resident to avoid higher taxes.

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  • Published: 08/30/2022
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    Rapper 50 Cent Failed Math Problem on Missed Election

    A rapper’s former business consultants might have negligently failed to tell him about a bankruptcy tax election, but he didn’t have enough proof of how his tax liability would have changed to hold the consultants liable, according to a ban...

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  • Published: 08/29/2022
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    IRS Makes Huge Strides in Paper Processing

    All the IRS’s efforts this year to make it a top priority to dig out of its mountain of unprocessed paper might be paying off.

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  • Published: 08/29/2022
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    The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

    On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) into law as PL 1217-169. The IRA will make a historic down-payment on deficit reduction to fight inflation, invest in domestic energy production and manuf...

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  • Published: 08/26/2022
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    The Much-Maligned Inventory Tax

    Roxanne Bland is Tax Notes State’s contributing editor. Before joining Tax Analysts, Bland spent 17 years with the Multistate Tax Commission, where she worked with state revenue agency representatives to draft model legislation pertaining t...

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  • Published: 08/26/2022
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    Forgiven Student Debt Could Be Taxed in Some States

    The Biden administration has announced its long-awaited plan to forgive federal student debt up to $20,000, but there is some confusion regarding whether the plan would create state income tax liabilities.

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  • Published: 08/25/2022
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    EU Member States Eye Tax Response to Private Jet Outrage

    French and Belgian officials have called for an EU response to the public outcry linked to celebrities' and billionaires’ flights in private jets, sometimes for very short trips.

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  • Published: 08/25/2022
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    Biden Says Tax-Free Student Debt Relief Plan Will Help Millions

    President Biden made his long-awaited announcement on federal student loan forgiveness, providing up to $20,000 in debt relief for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for millions of other borrowers.

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  • Published: 08/24/2022
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    Working from Home: State Income Tax Complications

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic triggered an exodus of workers from their comfortable offices to the safety of their homes and other remote locations. For some, this displacement is temporary and will end when the pandemic subsides; for...

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  • Published: 08/23/2022
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    Forté Capital’s Selected Statistics

    One of the driving factors in both the economic picture and the capital markets is the expectation of rising interest rates. The Federal Reserve has now confirmed that it will begin raising rates in March 2022, and it will at the same time ...

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  • Published: 08/22/2022
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    Guidance on Digital Assets Seen as High Priority Option

    In their priority guidance suggestions, both the Tax Law Center at New York University and the American Bar Association Section of Taxation assigned a high priority to the tax treatment of digital assets. The Tax Law Center asked for guidan...

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  • Published: 08/22/2022
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    Trump: D.C. Circuit Made ‘Several Errors’ in Tax Return Case

    Former President Trump filed a petition for rehearing, arguing that the court was too deferential to the House Ways and Means Committee in its decision to hold the panel’s request for his tax returns valid.

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  • Published: 08/19/2022
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    Letter to the Editor: Shedding Light on Audit Deficiencies

    I read with interest “Article on the New Working World of the COVID-19 Pandemic” (Hila Fogel-Yaari and Kelly Gebhart, March/April 2022) of The CPA Journal. The article is interesting and insightful vis-à-vis COVID-19; however, I believe the...

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  • Published: 08/19/2022
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    Italian Police Break Up Antarctic Tax Haven Citizenship Scam

    Italian police have arrested 12 individuals for their alleged roles in selling citizenships to a bogus country in Antarctica that they claimed has a 5 percent income tax rate.

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  • Published: 08/19/2022
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    IRS Appeals Is Keeping Videoconference Option

    Taxpayers will continue to have the ability to resolve their disputes through videoconferences with IRS Appeals, an option that was initially necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Published: 08/19/2022
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    Ink Is Finally Dry on Charlie Sheen’s Agreement With IRS

    Actor Charlie Sheen is now on the same playing field as any taxpayer in a similar financial situation, which wasn’t the case when he had his first hearing, according to his counsel, Steven L. Jager.

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  • Published: 08/19/2022
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    Former Trump Organization CFO Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud Scheme

    A former Trump Organization CFO has pleaded guilty to all charges against him for his role in a 15-year tax fraud scheme and will serve five months in jail in exchange for his testimony against his former employer in an upcoming criminal tr...

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  • Published: 08/17/2022
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    Beware the Working Capital Adjustment Trap

    Here is a familiar story: An entrepreneur works for decades to build a successful business and has reached the point of successfully exiting from the business through a lucrative sale transaction. At the closing of the sale, the buyer pays ...

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  • Published: 08/16/2022
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    Supplier Finance Programs: Audit Concerns and Adjustments

    Both FASB and the IASB recently issued exposure drafts related to supplier finance programs (SFP). The exposure drafts were issued in response to requests for greater transparency in financial reporting of supplier finance programs. They su...

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  • Published: 08/16/2022
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    IRS Statement by IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig on the Inflation Reduction Act

    The signing of the historic reconciliation package marks a transformational moment for our agency – and an opportunity for the future of tax administration. The IRS has struggled for many years with insufficient resources to fulfill our imp...

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  • Published: 08/15/2022
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    The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and Its Impact on Your Retirement

    As a watered-down version of the Build Back Better Act of 2021, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is set to be signed by President this week. The bill is designed to reduce the deficit and lower inflation while investing in domestic energ...

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  • Published: 08/15/2022
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    ESG: The Latest in Sustainability Reporting

    The final panel session of the morning was focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues and sustainability reporting. The panel was moderated by Kristen Sullivan, U.S. sustainability and ESG services leader, Deloitte. Todd ...

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  • Published: 08/15/2022
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    Jump-Starting Clean Vehicles

    With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (H.R. 5376), Congress created a credit for clean vehicle technology for which few, if any, vehicles on the market qualify. That has troubled the industry, but if a credit is intended t...

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  • Published: 08/12/2022
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    IRS Accepts Charlie Sheen’s Offer in Compromise Over Tax Debt

    Actor Charlie Sheen finally got the agreement he was looking for to settle his tax liabilities, with the IRS’s acceptance of a $3.3 million offer in compromise.

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  • Published: 08/12/2022
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    Tax Season as a Gallon of Milk

    My daughter is learning about volume and liquid capacity in her math class. She frequently asks me questions like, “How many quarts are in a gallon?” or “How many pints are in a quart?” There are many analogies one could use for tax season,...

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  • Published: 08/12/2022
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    The Sneaky Small Business Tax Democrats Almost Passed

    To the Editor: While most Americans were enjoying their weekend, Senate Democrats were scrambling to pass a combination of tax increases and wasteful government spending. Wonky Senate procedure and dry tax policy doesn’t exactly make for t...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 08/10/2022
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    Rental Activity and Self-Employment Tax

    Tax planning for real estate activities often involves a myriad of tax considerations. For example, if the real estate produces a loss, a determination must be made whether the loss is limited by insufficient basis or by the at-risk or pass...

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  • Published: 08/09/2022
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    More Than a Trend: Why Dashboards Matter

    The modern business owner must inhabit two worlds: the present, where they react to daily crises or problems, and the future, where they make proactive decisions that impact the organization in the long run. Business owners thrive in this f...

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  • Published: 08/09/2022
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    A New Approach to Client Filtering

    It seems as though every firm we speak to these days has the same problem: capacity. While there are many ways to look at capacity, most firm leaders agree they don’t have enough people to properly serve the number of clients they have.

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  • Published: 08/09/2022
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    House Request for Trump Tax Returns Is Valid, Appeals Court Says

    An appeals court agreed that the House Ways and Means Committee’s request for former President Trump’s tax returns has a proper legislative purpose and doesn’t violate separation of powers.

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  • Published: 08/09/2022
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    Taxation of Cryptocurrency Resources

    Individual taxpayers have probably noticed that they have been required to answer questions on Form 1040 about virtual currency transactions in recent years. The U.S. Congress has introduced, and in some cases passed, a variety of legislati...

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  • Published: 08/08/2022
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    FASB Panel Discussion from the Baruch College Financial Reporting Conference

    The second day of the conference continued with a panel on major FASB standards, proposals, projects, and Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) matters. The panel was moderated by Kimber Bascom, partner in charge of the accounting group of the ...

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  • Published: 08/05/2022
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    Working with CPAs in the Wealth Management Business: A Reflection

    When Brian Mackey, Jesse Mackey, and I decided 10 years ago to start 4Thought Financial Group (4TFG), it was a process to feel comfortable with giving up some of our independence. As I later learned, being “comfortable being uncomfortable” ...

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  • Published: 08/05/2022
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    Shifting Goal Posts in Digital Taxation

    Within the span of just four weeks last month, Nepalese Finance Minister Janardan Sharma resigned from office but was then reinstated after he was absolved of an alleged corruption scandal.

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  • Published: 08/05/2022
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    Senate Drops Carried Interest Curbs to Secure Sinema's Vote

    A provision to make it more difficult to claim reduced tax rates on carried interest income has been dropped from the Senate's reconciliation bill at the request of Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

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  • Published: 08/04/2022
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    House Taxwriter Walorski Dies in Car Accident

    Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee since 2017, was killed in a car accident August 3. She was 58.

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  • Published: 08/03/2022
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    Tax-Advantaged Strategies for Inflation-Protected Investing

    As inflationary pressures continue to mount (e.g., 8.3% for the 12-month period ending April 2022), individuals may look to their financial advisors for practical and, where possible, tax-advantaged strategies for addressing this challengin...

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  • Published: 08/02/2022
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    Gift Tax Returns on Extension: What to Consider Before Filing

    Gift tax returns that have been extended can provide a breather for tax preparers. That time should be used to plan the return, obtain relevant information, and identify issues that might require follow-up. Using the extension time to merel...

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  • Published: 08/01/2022
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    IRS Tech Targets S Corp Officer Compensation

    The IRS is deploying technology and big data to combat compensation under-reporting. What does this likely mean for you and your S Corps? That Reasonable Compensation challenges will likely occur outside the traditional exam process. A chal...

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  • Published: 08/01/2022
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    Digital Assets: Discussion from Baruch College Financial Reporting Conference

    The second day of the conference kicked off with a panel on digital assets. Beth Paul, Deputy Chief Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Services Group, moderated the discussion. Alicia A. Manders, assistant director of technical a...

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  • Published: 07/29/2022
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    Spanish Prosecutors to Seek 98-Month Prison Term for Shakira

    Spanish prosecutors told a Barcelona court they will seek a 98-month prison term and a hefty fine if Colombian pop singer Shakira Mebarak is found guilty of tax evasion.

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  • Published: 07/29/2022
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    U.K. Lawmakers Call for ‘Affordable’ Resolution of Loan Charge

    A cross-party group of parliamentarians has asked Chancellor of the Exchequer Nadhim Zahawi to set up a “fully independent” review of the controversial loan charge and to work toward a “genuinely affordable settlement opportunity.” The APP...

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  • Published: 07/29/2022
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    Qualified Business Income Deduction and the Self-Employed

    The Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 (TCJA) included a new 20% deduction, known as the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction under IRC Section 199A, for sole proprietors and owners of pass-through entities for tax years beginning after Dece...

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  • Published: 07/29/2022
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    Qui Tam Suits: A Dust-Up Over Government Intervention

    Roxanne Bland is Tax Notes State’s contributing editor. Before joining Tax Analysts, Bland spent 17 years with the Multistate Tax Commission, where she worked with state revenue agency representatives to draft model legislation pertaining t...

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  • Published: 07/29/2022
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    Firehouse Subs Founders and IRS Dispute Share Valuation

    Robin and Chris Sorensen, the brothers who founded the restaurant chain Firehouse Subs, are fighting the IRS over the value of shares they contributed and sold to their living and family trusts. At issue in Sorensen v. Commissioner is whet...

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  • Published: 07/27/2022
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    Tax Provisions of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

    On March 31, 2021, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), creating a new Tax Law Article 20-C that legalizes and taxes the sale of adult-use marijuana by persons age 21 or older. Broad...

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  • Published: 07/27/2022
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    Shakira Faces Tax Fraud Trial in Spain After Rejecting Plea Deal

    Colombian pop singer Shakira Mebarak has rejected a plea deal offered by Spanish prosecutors that would have let her avoid trial on charges of evading €14.5 million in taxes.

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 07/26/2022
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    The Taxability of Third-Party Food Delivery Services

    Two years into an unprecedented global pandemic, the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) is still felt in many industries. The hospitality industry continues to be one of the hardest-hit. Although hotel occupancy is steadily rising as summer t...

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  • Published: 07/25/2022
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    Current Developments at the SEC

    The final session of the first day of the conference was focused on current developments at the SEC. Lindsay McCord, chief accountant, SEC Division of Corporation Finance, served as moderator and discussion leader. Jonathan Wiggins, senior ...

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  • Published: 07/22/2022
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    Greetings from your New CEO

    I want to take a moment to introduce myself to you. I am Calvin Henry Harris Jr., CPA, your new NYSSCPA Chief Executive Officer. It is an honor to serve the first and oldest state CPA society in America, and I am excited to join the Society...

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  • Published: 07/22/2022
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    Russia’s Revenue Roller Coaster

    Since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Russian government has denied access to a lot of financial statistics, but the data we can see show that Russia’s tax revenue in the first five months of 2022 was sky-high. Calendar year 202...

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  • Published: 07/21/2022
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    OECD’s Deputy Director of Tax Policy to Retire in 2023

    Grace Perez-Navarro, deputy director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, is retiring from her post next year.

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  • Published: 07/19/2022
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    Opening Remarks from the SEC and FASB: Richard Jones and Paul Munter

    Richard Jones is the Chair of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). He began his term as the eighth chair of FASB in July 2020. Prior to that, Jones was a partner at Ernst & Young and served as the firm’s chief accountant on tech...

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  • Published: 07/19/2022
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    Having An HSA While on Medicare

    Health savings accounts can be tricky, especially when you are on Medicare. Not only do you need to meet certain criteria to have one, but you need to meet the same requirements to keep contributing to it.

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  • Published: 07/18/2022
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    The 20th Annual Financial Reporting Conference was hosted virtually by Baruch College on May 4 and 5, 2022. The longstanding conference brought together—via videoconference—representatives from leading regulators, standards setters, prepare...

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  • Published: 07/18/2022
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    Keynote Fireside Chat: A Conversation with PCAOB Chair Erica Y. Williams

    The conference concluded with a “fireside chat” with newly installed PCAOB chair Erica Y. Williams. Williams was sworn in as the chair of the PCAOB in January 2022, coming from Kirkland and Ellis, where she was a litigation partner. Previou...

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  • Published: 07/18/2022
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    Tax History: Will Slumping Stocks Doom Mark-to-Market Tax Reforms?

    There’s nothing like watching an actual expert school a snarky columnist on Twitter. It happened last week when Samuel D. Brunson, a law professor at Loyola University Chicago, explained some basic income tax to Matthew Yglesias, a smart, p...

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  • Published: 07/13/2022
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    Expanding Options for Providing Attestation Services

    In September 2020, the Auditing Standards Board issued Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 21, Direct Examination Engagements. Its provisions are effective for assertion-based and direct examination engagement reports ...

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  • Published: 07/12/2022
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    Historic Rehab Projects at Risk From State Credit Lapse, Pillar 2

    The expiration of Minnesota’s historic tax credit puts historic building rehabilitation projects there at risk, and similar projects nationwide may face head winds if proposed global minimum tax rules remove incentives for investors to help...

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  • Published: 07/12/2022
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    Dutch Finance Secretary Wants to Investigate Uber Tax Avoidance

    Dutch State Secretary for Finance Marnix van Rij said he wants to investigate whether the Dutch tax service followed correct procedures in reviewing Uber’s tax affairs and inform the parliament of the Cabinet’s findings.

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  • Published: 07/12/2022
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    Seeking Truly Global Financial Reporting Standards

    For decades, leading standards setters have advocated a single set of global financial reporting standards. After large strides were made in converging U.S. GAAP and IFRS in the first decade of this century, progress seemingly stalled. The ...

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  • Published: 07/11/2022
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    Reading the Tea Leaves on Retirement Legislation

    Last year marked the centennial of the inclusion of tax incentives for employer-sponsored retirement plans in the code. For the 101st anniversary, passage of large retirement savings tax legislation that refines the system is looking increa...

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  • Published: 07/11/2022
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    Recently, FASB issued a new Accounting Standards Update (ASU 2019-12), Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes. The new standard amends section 740 of the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC), eliminating some problematic exceptions ...

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  • Published: 07/08/2022
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    Finding Financial Experts for Audit Committees

    Regulatory and market pressures have led to increased responsibilities for corporate audit committees, as well as greater demand for such members to possess financial expertise. Companies have responded by offering a wider variety of compen...

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  • Published: 07/07/2022
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    Former IRS Officials Skeptical of Foul Play in Comey, McCabe Audits

    Former IRS officials familiar with the highly selective audit process that ensnared two top rivals of former President Trump say the IRS is likely innocent of wrongdoing, despite the seemingly impossible odds.

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  • Published: 07/07/2022
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    Rettig Requests TIGTA Investigation of Comey, McCabe Audits

    IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig has requested an investigation into how the agency selected the returns of two top former FBI officials for intensive audits.

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  • Published: 07/05/2022
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    Qualified Charitable Distributions May Reduce Retirement Taxes

    Required minimum distributions may increase your tax bracket in retirement, but there is a way to help manage your tax exposure and help great causes: qualified charitable distributions (QCDs). At 72, you are required to take distributions ...

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  • Published: 07/01/2022
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    Connecticut Governor Seeks to Lure Businesses Post-Roe

    The governor of Connecticut has issued an open letter to businesses, touting the state’s protections for reproductive rights and its pro-growth environment and tax stability to lure businesses from states limiting access to abortion.

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  • Published: 07/01/2022
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    Wielding the Brussels Effect: A Self-Help Approach to Pillar 1

    Sometimes you read something in Tax Notes that causes you to stop and do a double take. The people who write for the publication are not immune from this phenomenon. The latest occurrence came as I read Elodie Lamer’s recent article on Hun...

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  • Published: 07/01/2022
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    How Independence and Commercialism Can Coexist

    This article is an updated and expanded version of one written by this author seven years ago (“Can Professionalism and Commercialism Coexist in CPA Firms? Putting the Public Interest before Increased Profits,” The CPA Journal, February 201...

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  • Published: 06/29/2022
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    Implementing CECL During the Pandemic: Unexpected Consequences Revealed

    The much-anticipated and -deliberated changes to the accounting for financial instruments ushered in by ASU-2016-13, Financial Instruments–Credit Losses, happened to take effect during an unprecedented economic crisis brought about by the C...

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  • Published: 06/28/2022
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    After Taxes Now, Tax-Free Later: Roth 401(k)

    Tax-advantaged has quite the ring to it, doesn’t it? Unlike the tax-advantages a traditional 401(k) offers—funded with pretax wages—a Roth 401(k) is funded with after tax wages. Income tax has already been paid so when it comes to withdrawi...

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  • Published: 06/28/2022
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    The State of the Profession – Predictions for 2022

    To complement the data-driven analysis presented in the Rosenberg Survey (see page 20), the authors assembled a virtual roundtable of observers from around the profession to give us their predictions for the 2022. What will this new year br...

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  • Published: 06/27/2022
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    Continuing Professional Education “Disruptor” Reaches 10 Years

    CPAacademy.org, the U.S. leader in free online continuing education for accounting professionals—with over 400,000 members and more than 17,300 courses—celebrated its first 10 years in business this month. Founded in 2012 in a converted gar...

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  • Published: 06/27/2022
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    Exploring the Gender Gap: Does it Begin Earlier than Expected?

    Previous research has established that women suffer from the impacts of the “gender gap” in the middle to late stages of their career. This gender gap manifests itself as reduced pay and reduced advancement opportunity for women relative to...

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  • Published: 06/21/2022
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    Tax & Accounting Update provided by Thomson Reuters

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  • Published: 06/20/2022
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    Retirement Savings: Consider a Roth IRA

    A Roth individual retirement account is a brilliant way to save for retirement. Much like a traditional IRA, a Roth IRA allows you to invest and for it to grow tax-free. One great advantage this type of account has is that it also lets you ...

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  • Published: 06/20/2022
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    Smoke and Mirrors - Race and the Black CPA

    Change is in the air for accounting. Many promises have been made about increasing diversity, particularly for Black accountants. But have all the projects, initiatives, and reports lived up to expectations? Or has it been a shell game?

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  • Published: 06/17/2022
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    Inventories, Inflation, and Supply Chain Disruption

    I think we’re going to see a new era in how we manage this type of thing. My hope is people are going to give more thought to the importance of carrying inventory and safety stock so that we can survive some of these disruptions, especially...

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  • Published: 06/17/2022
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    New International Accounting Ethics Standards

    In September 2018, the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) issued a new International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, which was recently revised with changes effective in 2022. The AICPA Code of Profess...

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  • Published: 06/14/2022
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    The Risks Facing the CFO

    Business risk is defined in generic terms as the exposure a company must consider that may lower its profits or lead it to fail. This definition will suffice for purposes of this discussion, especially because it clearly lays business risks...

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  • Published: 06/13/2022
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    The New Working World of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic created a new working world for businesses, accounting firms, and government. Most offices, including CPA firms and the PCAOB, pivoted to remote work. Unprecedented labor shortages meant auditors had to d...

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  • Published: 06/07/2022
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    Growing Today’s Accounting Businesses

    Over the past 20 years, many public accounting practices transformed into accounting businesses, with some even becoming multifaceted professional services organizations. The shift was precipitated by the emergence of effective, low-cost s...

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  • Published: 06/04/2022
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    Reasons to Pursue Entrepreneurship in Retirement

    Filling the time retirement allows is never the same for everyone. For some the relaxation is important and long overdue. Others may struggle to fill that free time, even with travel or hobbies. To feel fulfilled starting a new business may...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 06/03/2022
    Taximplications

    The Tax Implications of Disability Income

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 61 million adults in the United States have some type of disability affecting mobility, cognition, hearing, or vision (https://bit.ly/3ujKOlv). According to the Council for D...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 06/01/2022
    Gaa

    Government Accounting and Auditing: Clearing a Cloud of Confusion

    An estimated 3,000 audit practice units in the United States engage in state and local governmental audits. Most of these (65%) are members of the AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), a voluntary membership center that serves a...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 06/01/2022
    Rrascammers

    Why Retirees are Targeted Most by Scammers

    Annually, an estimated 3.5 million retirees fall victim to financial exploitation. Scammers take advantage of elders due their vulnerability. Those who are 80+ are the most at-risk group for scammers. Ruthless and always on top of trends an...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 05/27/2022
    Firstlook

    A First Look at the Addenda to the 2021 OMB Compliance Supplement

    The guidance and requirements that auditors must follow to perform single audits, including program specific audits, are included in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) annual Compliance Supplement. Although the supplement is w...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/26/2022
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    The Battle of Assumptions in Facebook's U.S. Tax Court Case

    Recent testimony in the U.S. Tax Court's Facebook v. Commissioner trial highlighted a problem with the U.S. cost-sharing regulations, which establish valuation rules for a type of related-party intangible property transfer that has long bee...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 05/25/2022
    Newreporting

    New Reporting and Disclosure Requirements for Contributed Nonfinancial Assets or

    Almost all not-for-profit organizations rely on contributions to help fulfill their mission. Contributions can either be in the form of financial assets, such as cash and investments, or nonfinancial assets, generally referred to as gifts-i...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/24/2022
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    Compulsory Payments Under the Final FTC Regulations

    New final foreign tax credit regulations have generated much controversy by limiting the kinds of foreign taxes that are creditable, but other changes made by the regulations also deserve careful attention; in particular, changes to the lon...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 05/24/2022
    Flatsum

    ‘Flat Sum’ Settlements: An ‘End Run’ Around New York’s Reporting Requirements?

    In computing a state resident’s adjusted gross income for personal income tax purposes, New York, like many states, starts with the individual’s federal adjusted gross income and makes certain additions or subtractions to arrive at the indi...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/23/2022
    Ethicseducation

    Examining the Ethics Education Requirements for CPA Candidates

    Although ethics is undoubtedly at the core of what it means to be a public accountant, there has long been dispute and divergence about how to ensure that new entrants to the profession possess the requisite ethical training to be licensed ...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/21/2022
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    What You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency and Your Retirement

    Started as a small project, cryptocurrency has become a large and continuously growing part of the finance industry. These blockchain tokens are making way into retirement planning slowly. Recently, some major companies have opened their do...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 05/20/2022
    Foodrelief

    CPAs’ Role in Food Relief Organizations after COVID-19

    This article considers the role CPAs take in nongovernmental nonprofit organizations and explores the opportunities for CPAs to help nonprofit food relief organizations face the challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. T...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/16/2022
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    Smartphone Apps Raise New Ethical Issues on Client Data Security

    Tax professionals need to carefully examine what they do with their smartphones and how they use social media programs to ensure that they don’t accidentally disclose confidential client data. It might not take a John Doe summons to identi...

    Tax Notes

  • Published: 05/13/2022
    Firesidechat

    A Fireside Chat with Joanne S. Barry

    Let’s start at the beginning. What is the story of how you came into the NYSSCPA? How did you get your start? My undergraduate degree was in English/Journalism and my early career included communications positions in the not-for-profit and...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/12/2022
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    CPAJ News Briefs: FASB, PCAOB

    FASB, PCAOB News provided by Thomson Reuters Checkpoint

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/11/2022
    Keys

    Keys to Successful Remote Audits of Not-for-Profit Organizations

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made remote audits a necessity rather than a luxury. CPA firms have adapted to the new environment, but challenges still remain with any client, perhaps especially not-for-profit organizations. The author...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/10/2022
    Sec

    SEC Enforcement Actions Support Critical Skills-based Ethics Training

    The question of how to teach ethics has plagued academics for generations, with some even wondering whether it can be taught at all. Steven Mintz, an expert in ethics education, captured the landscape of ethics education in accounting in a ...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/09/2022
    4ps

    The Four ‘Ps’ of a Successful Business Presentation

    Among the phrases that likely send shivers down the spines of many young CPAs is, “next week, you’ll have to make the presentation.” Rather than embracing the opportunity, too many CPAs dread the thought of delivering a presentation in fron...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/07/2022
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    Quick Check: How Ready for Retirement are You?

    Retirement readiness is not an overnight success story. It is not a simple formula either. It takes dedication, hard work, and good strategies. Why? Because it is simply not just retirement savings. Read this article for a quick check to as...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 05/06/2022
    Outdatedstereotype

    An Outdated Sterotype? Accounting Compared with Competing Professions

    The popular accountant stereotype portrays a person who lacks creativity, sitting alone crunching numbers. Those within the profession know that this portrayal is inaccurate and that the accounting profession encompasses a wide variety of s...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/04/2022
    Paycheck

    Paycheck, Culture, Work-Life Balance

    Millennials are the future of the accounting profession. Much has already been written about their generation’s preferences and the implications for employers. To attract and retain employees, however, it is important for employers to under...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 05/02/2022
    Definingclientservice

    Defining Client Service

    The buzzword in CPA firms these days is advising: How do we get our firm to do more advising, how do our teams become advisors, and how do we sell advising to our clients?

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/29/2022
    Cpaevolutionproject

    The CPA Evolution Project Realigns the Professional Certification

    Accounting—at least as an independent field of study—is becoming obsolete in today’s technology- and analytics-focused world. Its value lies in its interdisciplinary applicability and position as a foundational business curriculum. In recog...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/22/2022
    Leadingtheway

    Leading the Way on Sustainable Development

    In the past decade, sustainability has moved from the periphery to become central in the global efforts to promote economic development, foster trade, and lift people of all nations out of poverty. The UN has blazed a trail, as its Millenni...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/22/2022
    Jeffreyhales

    An Interview with SASB Chair Jeffrey Hales

    Sustainability is an increasingly important topic for the accounting profession. Recently, the editors interviewed Jeffrey Hales, the Catherine W. and Edwin A. Wahlen, Jr., Professor of Accounting at Georgia Tech and the current chair of th...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/22/2022
    Esg

    The ESG Reporting Journey: Take the First Steps … Before It’s Too Late

    Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting is no longer considered a soft investment. Market demand and regulatory guidance are coalescing quickly. Consistent and transparent financial reporting standards have helped investors me...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/19/2022
    Stateoftheprofession

    State of the Profession

    The seventh annual 2021 NYSSCPA–Rosenberg Survey identifies trends from the national 23rd Annual Practice Management Survey and provides profitability and growth data of participating New York CPA firms. This survey reflects how our profess...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/18/2022
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    How Inflation Silently Robs Your Retirement

    Even with careful retirement planning, one risk that is often not planned for well-enough is inflation. Inflation alone can hit retirement assets the hardest. The budget retirees begin with will change easily within the first 5-10 years—eve...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 04/12/2022
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    Market Volatility: Invest Smart, Know the Risks

    Investing into the market for retirement funds is a risky business. Retirees often purchase individual stocks or invest in financial products such as mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), or even variable annuities. There are other op...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 04/12/2022
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    Book Review: Advice for a Successful Career in the Accounting Profession

    Jerry Maginnis has written a book that should be on the bookshelf of anyone in the accounting profession, from interested students to experienced practitioners.

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/11/2022
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    Implementation of Critical Audit Matters

    On October 23, 2017, the SEC approved Auditing Standard (AS) 3101, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion. This standard requires some of the most significant changes to th...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/09/2022
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    CPAs: Want to Stay Connected to the Profession in Retirement?

    There’s a fork in the road when it comes to retirement. You leave behind your career to begin a new fulfilling chapter in life, but how do you fill your time? Some travel, others spend those years making hobbies a lifestyle or help raise th...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 04/08/2022
    9valuation

    Nine Valuation Mistakes for Business Owners to Avoid

    Whether or not a business owner plans to sell or transfer their business in the next few years, obtaining a proper business valuation is critical. A professional valuation performed by an accredited specialist, based on accurate modeling an...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/05/2022
    Caq

    Center for Audit Quality and Critical Audit Matters

    Accounting trend observers report that audit and assurance services regarding environmental, social, and governance reporting, as well as cybersecurity risks, continue to be prominent issues for auditors. Retaining and recruiting talent als...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/04/2022
    Assetacquisition

    Asset Acquisition Accounting: Understanding the Available Guidance

    A business combination is a transaction or event by which an acquirer obtains control of a business (i.e., the acquiree). If the acquisition of an asset or asset group (including liabilities assumed) does not constitute a business, however,...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 04/01/2022
    Fire

    Understanding Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE)

    Brought to light from the 1992 book Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominquez, the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) community was born as a movement that analyzes spending in terms of working hours as the ‘payment....

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 03/31/2022
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    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/29/2022
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    The Variety of Career Opportunities Offered by the Accounting Profession

    In my role as an executive in residence at Rowan University in southern New Jersey, I have had the opportunity to meet with many students and discuss their future.

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/29/2022
    Seekingtruly

    The Variety of Career Opportunities Offered by the Accounting Profession

    For decades, leading standards setters have advocated a single set of global financial reporting standards. After large strides were made in converging U.S. GAAP and IFRS in the first decade of this century, progress seemingly stalled. The ...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/25/2022
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    Working Smarter, Not Harder: Leveraging Your Life Insurance Policy

    An unconventional strategy for retirement, to maximize your life insurance policy is premium finance. Premium finance is where policyholders will pay substantial premiums via borrowing from a third-party lender—tying up the bank’s money ver...

    Retirement Risk Advisors

  • Published: 03/25/2022
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    Making SELF a Priority

    Listen in to this interview between CPAacademy.org founder, Scott Zarret, and Roger Knecht of Universal Accounting. You'll hear the story of their personal and professional journeys. Scott and Roger will review choices made and how they are...

    Universal Accounting Center

  • Published: 03/23/2022
    Lattice

    An Introduction to Lattice Allocations

    The invention of the system of equations method (i.e., the reciprocal method) was a significant step in the allocation of service department costs to production departments. Compared with the two other methods commonly in use—the direct met...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/22/2022
    Skillscfo

    The Many Skills of the CFO

    The demands placed on CFOs and their related financial organizations are driven by the many hats that they wear in discharging their responsibilities. As summarized in our prior column, “The Five Hats of the CFO” (October/November), these a...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/18/2022
    Advocating

    Advocating for CPAs for 125 Years and Counting

    As we enter our 125th year of representing and advocating for CPAs, I can’t help but be struck by the footprint we have made on the profession over multiple generations. From the moment our founder, Charles Waldo Haskins, championed new leg...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/16/2022
    Year

    How Long is a Year? A Deeper Look at 52/53-Week Reporting Conventions

    Although many businesses operate on a fiscal year distinct from the calendar year, some use a distinctive 52/53-week fiscal year. This reporting convention can enhance the comparability of periods and the convenience of reporting timeframes...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/15/2022
    Complexitysalestaxation

    The Complexity of Sales Taxation of Information Services

    The proper taxation of “information services” under the New York Sales Tax Law can raise complex and costly issues resulting in difficult audits and even litigation. Three recent tax cases in New York nicely illustrate the painstaking and l...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/08/2022
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    COVID-Related Tax Resources

    In addition to the human health, remote work environment, and technology challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) environment, tax practitioners have had to absorb and apply several tax law and related changes in the past two busy...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/07/2022
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    The Five Hats of the CFO

    The increasing complexity of business, whether it be from technology or globalization, has placed more responsibilities on an entity’s CFO and financial organization. In addition, these enhanced responsibilities have driven a need for CFOs ...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/04/2022
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    How ASU 2016-16 Changed the Treatment of Intra-Group Asset Transfers

    This article reviews the changes made by ASU 2016-16 pertaining to intra-group asset transfers and provides several illustrations seeking to assist CPAs and other accounting professionals in applying the new standard for intra-group asset t...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/02/2022
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    Accounting for Operating Leases

    This article examines the initial impact of the adoption of ASU 2016-02 (ASC Topic 842, Leases), which requires lessees to record assets and liabilities for operating leases. Under prior standards, operating lease payments were simply expen...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 03/01/2022
    Hackers

    A New Approach to Finally Stop the Hackers

    Everyone knows that hacking is a huge problem that typically results in the theft of large amounts of confidential information. But they don’t know a major cause of the problem: many organizations use only software-based procedures instead ...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/25/2022
    Analyticsautomation

    A Survey of Tax Analytics and Automation Technologies

    Tax departments are always looking for ways to streamline their processes and procedures, and provide greater value-added services to management. Tax analytics and automation technologies present new opportunities to corporate tax departmen...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/23/2022
    Accounting pandemic

    The Accounting Profession and the Pandemic

    When the entire world shut down because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the accounting profession had to adapt quickly. Not only did many CPA firms have to figure out how to provide services remotely, they also had to ensure that th...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/17/2022
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    CPAJ News Briefs: FASB, IASB, GASB

    FASB, IASB, GASB News provided by Thomson Reuters Checkpoint

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/15/2022
    Dearaccountant

    Book Review: Dear Accountant - Stories, Advice, and Explorations

    Cece Leung’s Dear Accountant is an innovative and creative work in accounting. It is both inspiring and entertaining, and provides a smorgasbord of enriching and helpful career journeys of extraordinary people—all of whom are accountants! T...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/14/2022
    Accountingdei

    Accounting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

    The accounting profession has a long and respectable history, and has made important contributions to business, commerce, and economies for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The accounting profession can provide a lifetime career to any...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/11/2022
    Retirementage

    Medical Coverage When Working Past Retirement Age

    It can be hard to know which medical insurance to use during the age of retirement when someone continues working. This is especially true when someone still has health insurance through a longtime employer. Medicare is managed by the Cente...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/09/2022
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    Five Ways for CPAs to Boost Their Technology Skills

    Technology trends can encompass a multitude of different areas, such as data analytics, cybersecurity, robotic process automation, and blockchain. Because these areas have saturated all industries, learning more can promote personal develop...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/04/2022
    Cpamobility

    Understanding CPA Mobility: How to Abide by the Rules

    Although CPA mobility laws and regulations have significantly eased the process for CPAs to practice across licensing jurisdictions, recent enforcement reports of the New York Board of Accountancy suggest that at least some CPAs may not rec...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/01/2022
    Fbar

    Recent Developments in FBAR Jurisprudence

    Failing to report foreign bank accounts on a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) form can carry severe financial consequences. The civil penalty for non-willful violations of the FBAR reporting requirement is $10,000. The c...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 02/01/2022
    Whatifscorp

    What if an S Corp Owner can’t afford to pay Reasonable Compensation?

    Depending on the company’s financial condition and business strategy, a shareholder-employee may be able to take Reasonable Compensation plus a distribution, just Reasonable Compensation, or neither. What the shareholder-employee can’t do t...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 01/31/2022
    Trust

    How the Next Generation of CPAs Can Restore the Public Trust

    Corporate fraud has resurfaced in the headlines, troubling those who might have believed the profession had moved past its audit failures of the past decades. Thought leaders throughout the profession are using the current moment to reexami...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 01/26/2022
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    The Value of Incorporating Values into Recruiting and Mentoring Program

    Many CPA firms are losing more than 25% of their staff each year, which is more than double the national average (Carolyn Kmet, “CPAs: Why They Leave, Where They Go,” Insight, Fall 2018). Shockingly, the direct costs associated with replaci...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 01/25/2022
    Toconfirmornottoconfirm

    To Confirm or Not to Confirm—Risk Assessment is the Answer

    Bank confirmations have been a valuable source of audit evidence since the dawn of the profession. Like all confirmations, they can be both effective and efficient, but only to the extent the auditor has properly identified and assessed the...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 01/19/2022
    Dst

    Identifying Delaware Statutory Trusts in §1031 Like-Kind Exchanges

    There is surprisingly little information available for investors who wish to identify Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) as potential replacement property in their 1031 exchange. Delaware Statutory Trusts have become increasingly popular with...

    Accruit

  • Published: 01/17/2022
    Debating

    Debating the Guideline Method

    I read with interest the article “Using the Guideline Company Method in Valuing Closely Held Companies,” by Nicholas Mastracchio (CPAJ July/August 2020), and I applaud the authors on their informed methodology. Read comments and the author'...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 01/14/2022
    Proposedeuropeanvaluechain

    Proposed European Value Chain Legislation Affects Companies Globally

    U.S. business owners and their accounting professionals may be surprised to learn about a proposed European legal regime that will have a major impact on global business. Their surprise might turn to shock when they learn that businesses th...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 01/13/2022
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    CPAJ News Briefs: PCAOB, GASB, AICPA

    PCAOB, GASB, and AICPA News provided by Thomson Reuters Checkpoint

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 01/11/2022
    Misty

    Public Speaking Is Not What You Think It Is

    Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, one thing is certain - public speaking is an important skill to build. This, of course, is no secret. After all, almost every profession requires it.

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  • Published: 01/07/2022
    Corporatelaw

    Book Review: Corporate Law and the Theory of the Firm

    In Corporate Law and the Theory of the Firm, author Wm. Dennis Huber, an attorney and CPA with graduate degrees in economics and finance, challenges decades of judicial opinions, as well as accounting, economic, and legal research by provid...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 01/03/2022
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    Divorce and Tax Considerations

    Since January 1, 2019, the tax rules for divorce instruments fall under dramatically new rules included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. These law changes were largely made as a result of tax underreporting, meaning that the tax...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/31/2021
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    An Introduction to Structured Installment Sales

    When the right set of circumstances presents itself, there may be no simpler way to defer, reduce, or completely eliminate long-term capital gains taxes when selling real estate, businesses, or certain other appreciated assets than a struct...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/29/2021
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    Material Participation as Significant Participation Activity

    A recent case serves as a convenient reminder for 2020 tax return elections. In Gurpreet S. Padda, et al. v. Comm’r (TCM 2020-154), a physician met the test for significant participation activities with respect to several restaurants and a ...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/27/2021
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    Did the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Really Lower Corporate Taxes?

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 modified several aspects of corporate income tax rules, including a key change to the treatment on foreign-generated earnings. Preliminary results from the authors’ investigation suggest the TCJA was...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/24/2021
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    Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals and Businesses

    There is still time in the final quarter of 2021 for tax professionals to advise taxpayers to take actions that can favorably impact tax liability for the full year and help to get ready for 2022. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/22/2021
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    Transitioning to Updated Required Minimum Distribution Tables in 2022

    The rules for required minimum distributions (RMD) can be challenging to navigate. New regulations that update the life expectancy tables to be used add another layer of complexity. The switch to those new tables can be simple for some taxp...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/21/2021
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    An Overview of Current Developments in D.C., Florida, and Maryland

    CPAs need to be aware of current developments in key states in order to properly advise companies doing business in multiple jurisdictions. This article will provide an overview of some recent developments in the jurisdictions of District o...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/20/2021
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    A Survey of Tax Analytics and Automation Technologies

    Tax departments are always looking for ways to streamline their processes and procedures, and provide greater value-added services to management. Tax analytics and automation technologies present new opportunities to corporate tax departmen...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/17/2021
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    How Businesses Can Claim COVID-19 Relief Before Time Runs Out

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the United States, not just in terms of lives lost, but also in terms of the country’s ability to maintain a fully operational economy.

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/16/2021
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    CPAJ News Briefs - FASB, IASB

    FASB News and IASB News provided by Thomson Reuters Checkpoint

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/15/2021
    Cohanrule

    “Cohan Rule” Estimates - A Useful Tool if Properly Used

    If a taxpayer lacks documentation to support items on a tax return, preparers may use estimates, following an approach long known as the “Cohan rule.” Although the rule remains useful for tax preparers, it is limited, and its application va...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/14/2021
    Taxsoftware

    Tax Software in the Ongoing Pandemic Environment

    CPAs continued to deal with a global pandemic during the 2021 tax season, requiring many tax practitioners to work from home, often while balancing other responsibilities. In addition to the persistent coronavirus (COVID-19) environment, ta...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/13/2021
    Blockchain

    An Introduction to Blockchain

    Bitcoin was introduced to the world under a cloud of mystery in January 2009. A white paper, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, published in 2008 under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, outlined the concept; to date, the autho...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/09/2021
    Sustainability

    Using Sustainability Initiatives to Engage Young Professionals

    Generation Z, like the millennial generation before it, is pessimistic about careers, life in general, and the world around it. However, it shares a deep concern for the environment and a desire to serve a higher purpose. Sustainability ini...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/07/2021
    Whistleblower

    Whistleblowing Intentions for Internal Auditors

    Financial fraud represents a serious threat to financial markets, and it has long been noted that whistleblowing can be an important deterrent to fraud. Because of their positions within corporations, internal auditors are uniquely position...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 12/07/2021
    Misty

    Quick Tips on Building Confidence for Public Speaking

    Picture this… you just finalized the writing of your speech, but now, it’s time to start practicing the delivery! Translating your written words into spoken ones requires more than simply reading the words off the page. Your writing is an ...

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  • Published: 12/01/2021
    Roboticprocessautomation

    Robotic Process Automation in Accounting Education

    Not very long ago, the word robot conjured a vision of a human-like mechanical being moving around and completing tasks. Then robots moved into the manufacturing area as arms and tools. Now robots are moving into the office. Organizations c...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 11/30/2021
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    Step 5 of 6: Encrypt Files on Computers and Removable Media

    Tax season is around the corner. If you don't have a written data security plan (or if you have one and haven't recently reviewed it), today is the day to start it. In these articles, we will walk you step-by-step through the process. The...

    Woodard

  • Published: 11/15/2021
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    Growing Interest in Lifelong Learning Creates a Positive Outlook

    Although the last year has spurred hardships for those in the accounting profession, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented a promising opportunity for future generations of accountants—a chance to become enriched in accounting p...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 11/12/2021
    Streamlined

    Standardization - The Key to Efficient Production Workflows

    In a recent webinar, Joe Woodard asked attendees, "Which of the following operational areas is your biggest challenge - the area you most need to streamline? More than half of them selected processes and workflows as their biggest pain poin...

    Woodard

  • Published: 11/11/2021
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    What now? Key Takeaways for Businesses Navigating the Federal Vaccine-or-Testing

    On November 4, 2021, OSHA issued the long-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”), detailing President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for most large employers (with 100 or more employees).

    Greenwald Doherty LLP

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  • Published: 11/11/2021
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    Pragmatic Realities of Bitcoin and Crypto-Investing

    Although many investors in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have witnessed great gains in the past year, values have also fluctuated dramatically in short order. Whether Bitcoin and other virtual currencies can retain their value over time is ...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 11/10/2021
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    An Unconventional Tax Saving Strategy for Parents of College Students

    PART 2 - Lifetime Learning Credit The Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) and the American Opportunity Credit (AOC) offer significant tax savings for education expenses. This second article in a two-part series for parents of college students e...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 11/09/2021
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    Kansas Clarifies Sales Tax Responsibilities for Remote Retailers

    From a sales tax compliance perspective, the past few years have been a roller-coaster ride for companies with customers in Kansas but no physical presence in the Sunflower State. Exactly who needed to register for sales tax hasn’t always b...

    Avalara

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  • Published: 11/08/2021
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    Step 4 of 6: Securely Back Up Files on a Routine Basis

    Tax season is around the corner. If you don't have a written data security plan (or if you have one and haven't recently reviewed it), today is the day to start it. In these articles, we will walk you step-by-step through the process. The...

    Woodard

  • Published: 11/08/2021
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    An Unconventional Tax Saving Strategy for Parents of College Students

    PART 1 - American Opportunity Credit The American Opportunity Credit (AOC) and the Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) have been topics of discussion for their utility in helping to fund college education expenses. This article is the first of ...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 11/01/2021
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    CPA Evolution Resources

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, there were more than 1.4 million accountants and auditors in 2019 (https://bit.ly/3DYhhSC). Based on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NA...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/29/2021
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    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Accounting Profession

    The accounting profession must be understanding and sensitive to the changing landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Frankly, we can—as individuals and as firms—do more. We can be proactive about advancing the...

    The CPA Journal

  • Published: 10/28/2021
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    Five Ways Tax Preparers Can Utilize SharePoint for Their Data Security

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has strict requirements that tax preparers must meet to remain compliant. They must create and implement a data security plan that ensures consumer information confidentiality and security, select service ...

    Woodard

  • Published: 10/28/2021
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    Internal-Use Software R&D Credits for Non-Traditional Industries

    There are a number of misconceptions out there concerning the eligibility of expenses incurred in the development of internal use software for the R&D tax credit. These include a belief that internal use software development doesn’t qualif...

    Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals

  • Published: 10/21/2021
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    Step 3 of 6: Use Two-Factor Authentication

    Tax season is around the corner. If you don't have a written data security plan (or if you have one and haven't recently reviewed it), today is the day to start it. In these articles, we will walk you step-by-step through the process. The...

    Woodard

  • Published: 10/14/2021
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    Step 2 of 6: Use Firewalls to Shield Your Computer or Network

    Tax season is around the corner. If you don't have a written data security plan (or if you have one and haven't recently reviewed it), today is the day to start it. In these articles, we will walk you step-by-step through the process. The...

    Woodard

  • Published: 10/07/2021
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    Step 1 of 6: Install and Update Antivirus Software

    Tax season is around the corner. If you don't have a written data security plan (or if you have one and haven't recently reviewed it), today is the day to start it. In these articles, we will walk you step-by-step through the process. The...

    Woodard

  • Published: 10/01/2021
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    “More Action Can Be Taken”: IRS Aims Big Data at Officer Compensation

    Just how big of an issue is S Corp. officer compensation under reporting? Big would be an understatement. The most recent estimate (TY 2011-2013) has S Corp. owners underreporting compensation by $24 billion per year, twice as much as ten y...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 09/20/2021
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    Claiming the 45L Tax Credit for Eligible Contractors

    Since 2006, U.S. tax code allows contractors building energy efficient residences to claim the 45L tax credit. The process is a bit time-consuming for accountants and CPAs, and there are multiple steps to claim the $2,000 per home or “dwell...

    Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals

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  • Published: 09/01/2021
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    Blossom Day Care v. IRS Tests 20-Year-Old Precedent

    It has been about seven or eight years since we last had an S Corp Reasonable Compensation challenge come out of the tax courts. In the author’s humble opinion, that’s because there is very little left for taxpayers to test out in court. Mo...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 08/30/2021
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    Your Role in Client Response Times - and What You Can Do About It!

    After the last tax season ended, it was disheartening to see so many practitioners express on social media that they were at their wits end with client response times. On #TaxTwitter, one poll indicated that many wanted to fire all their cl...

    Woodard

  • Published: 08/01/2021
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    Fact or Fiction – How Are You Advising Your Clients?

    We recently polled 993 CPAs, EA’s, and other tax professionals to find out if they could recognize fact from fiction as it applies to the IRS’s guidance on how to determine reasonable compensation. 81% believed the fiction. Congratulations ...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 07/01/2021
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    Don’t Get Ambushed: The IRS Is Arming and So Should You

    For two decades the IRS has been preparing an assault on reasonable compensation for S Corporations. Their arsenal is now fully stocked. In it there’s everything from commonsense tools to obscure memos. Get ready. Arm yourself with facts an...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 06/01/2021
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    How the IRS Determines Reasonable Compensation Using the IRS Job Aid

    Over the last decade the IRS has steadily and methodically tackled the compliance hassle that is reasonable compensation. According to an exhaustive 2009 GAO Report, S Corps were under-reporting shareholder compensation by more than $23 bil...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 05/01/2021
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    Reasonable Compensation for All Your S Corps in Three EZ Steps

    “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein Use time to your advantage! Here’s how one RCReports subscriber brought every S Corp he worked with into Reasonable Compensation compliance in three e...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 02/10/2021
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    The Impact of Coronavirus on Education in the Accounting Profession

    An unexpected side effect of the COVID- 19 pandemic might benefit CPAs. Experts predict we will see lower-cost continuing education as the supply of online content increases-- something that the profession has badly needed for far too long.

    CPAacademy.org

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  • Published: 08/01/2019
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    Did the IRS Really Lose? Lessons From the Davis Case

    The IRS usually wins when it challenges an S Corp.’s Reasonable Compensation in court. Over the years there have been in the neighborhood of 25 to 30 such cases. The IRS has come out on top in all except one: The Davis Case. What made Davis...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 05/01/2019
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    IRS Lays Out Steps to Keep Reasonable Comp Challenges Out of Tax Court

    In a recent memorandum to its examiners and appeals agents, the IRS lays out steps to keep Reasonable Compensation challenges out of Tax Court. Great, you say, nobody wants to go to court! Not so fast. The option of filing a petition in T...

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 02/01/2019
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    1099 or W-2 for Shareholder-Employees of S Corps? Updated for 199A

    1099 or W-2? That’s the number one question Jack receives at RCReports. Read on to find out more.

    RCReports, Inc.

  • Published: 01/01/2019
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    How to Stress Test a Reasonable Compensation Figure

    Stress testing a reasonable compensation figure is simple. The courts have listed the factors they consider when determining whether a reasonable compensation figure is indeed reasonable. We can use those factors to “stress test” any reason...

    RCReports, Inc.