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3 tips to manage tax season

January 25, 2023

CPA firms are extremely busy during tax season, as you know, and many tax accountants become swamped during this stressful time of year. You want to give the best service possible for each person, and it’s important to be open and honest with your clients throughout tax season.

How to Affordably Support Employee Mental Health

January 25, 2023

Improve the health of your employees and your business with these methods.

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An Update on the Future of Accounting Education

January 04, 2023

The future of accounting education has been a topic of concern for the profession’s leaders for years in the light of demographic shifts, competition for talent, and declining enrollments. The authors, following up a previous article on the subject, take another look at trends in enrollment, hiring, and sitting for the CPA exam. The authors fear that without major changes—more flexibility in education and licensing, higher salaries, and greater work/life balance—these trends will continue in a negative direction and imperil the future of the profession.

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The CPA Examination in Evolution

January 04, 2023

The recent CPA Evolution Project represents the accounting profession’s attempt to transform the CPA licensure model to fit the skills and competencies that new CPAs will require today and in the future. It marks the most significant change to the Uniform CPA Examination in many years. This article describes the changes to the structure and content of the exam, assesses the likely impact of the changes, and discusses how universities will need to adapt their curricula to new exam.

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AICPA Unveils Blueprints for Redesigned CPA Exam

January 03, 2023

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) released the updated Uniform CPA Examination® Blueprints, the official document of content eligible for assessment on the Exam. The Blueprints are based on the knowledge and skills required of a newly licensed CPA to meet the demands of firms, employers and clients.

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5 steps to align a firm sale with your aspirations

December 13, 2022

Know the value of your firm by having a formal valuation done by a third-party professional; otherwise, you could leave money on the table. Ask for advice from an attorney, advisor, or coach. Take their advice seriously. Put everything in writing; if it is not written down, it does not exist.

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4 audit challenges firms could face in 2023

December 12, 2022

As auditors navigate the financial waters ahead, what challenges might exist and how can you best prepare for 2023? Using a data-driven approach through the Enhancing Audit Quality initiative, AICPA & CIMA have identified possible issues and ways to overcome them in four main topics: risk assessments, single audits, auditor's reports and technology-enabled auditing.

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How Employee Mental Health Impacts the Finance, Marketing, Healthcare, and Technology Industries: Facts and Strategies

December 07, 2022

Working professionals and companies that employ them are in much need of information regarding mental health. Several industries, including finance, technology, healthcare, and sales and marketing, struggle to address this topic among employees. As a result, these industries experience high turnover rates and burnt-out professionals. Globally, depression and anxiety account for 12 billion missed work days each year, and companies lose $1 trillion in productivity annually.

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6 Essential Practices to Protect Your Firm from Cyberattacks

December 01, 2022

Is your accounting firm taking steps to protect against a cyberattack? If not, you may be putting your firm’s future at risk. On average, cyberattacks cost companies $4.24 million in 2021, up from $3.86 million in 2020. On top of that, an estimated 60 percent of small businesses go out of business within six months of a cyberattack.

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Virtual Interviews: Five Tips for Excelling Through the Screen

December 01, 2022

Job interviews can be intimidating, but virtual interviews can often be even more intimidating. Many employers have transitioned to virtual recruiting and interview processes. While this has many benefits for both parties, it opens the door to some possible complications or challenges. You should enter a virtual interview with the same mentality as you would for an in-person interview

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IRS raises interest rates for Q1 2023

November 29, 2022

With inflation at nearly a 40-year high, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that interest rates will increase for the calendar quarter starting Jan. 1, 2023.

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Building a Stronger Pipeline

November 28, 2022

Many initiatives have tried to solve the perennial problem of attracting more students to become CPAs. The author believes more innovative approaches are required, such as the creation of “step” certifications that one could complete on the path to full CPA licensure. The proposal is for creation of two new “pre-CPA” accounting licenses candidates could earn during their college studies. These new licenses would enable candidates to earn formal credentials and work as professionals in CPA firms and elsewhere while completing the requisite 150 college credit hours for full CPA licensure.

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Amazing Career Opportunities in Public Sector

November 26, 2022

Imagine the myriad of financial and accounting positions and within each function a steward of funds exists supporting operations in the background. Regardless of title or job function, stewards of funds create an internal foundation by which all departments interact to form a story in numbers. They contribute to the customer experience through direct interaction or intercompany/interagency exchanges. The government sector is no different.

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The Critical Role of Practitioners in Inspiring Future Accountants

November 21, 2022

In recent years, declining enrollment in accounting programs has made attracting more high-achieving students into the major and then into the professional pipeline a matter of critical importance. To that end, the authors have developed a project to bring practitioners into the classroom where students can get to know them, understand their skills and experiences, and be inspired by all that an accounting career offers. The authors’ experience has indicated that these encounters with practitioners leave a lasting impression on students and can lead more young people into the accounting major and profession.

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The ABCs of the Taxation of Virtual Currency

November 16, 2022

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—that have become increasingly popular over the past several years. This article covers the basics of digital assets, with a focus on the valuation and taxation of digital currencies.

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What employers should understand about today’s accounting students

November 09, 2022

The accounting profession is seeing a lot more of Gen Z, the first digital native generation to enter the workforce. These young professionals, who were born after 1996, will make up 30% of the workforce in just a few short years. To successfully attract, recruit, and retain this talent pool, employers need to understand the unique attributes and preferences of these young professionals who have come of age in a rapidly changing and technological world.

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How Charitable Giving Affects the Comprehensive Financial Plan

November 01, 2022

Clients who are charitably inclined may have different ideas on giving. Depending on where the funds are coming from, it may impact one or more of the six main areas of a comprehensive financial plan.

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From A Headache to the Hospital

October 10, 2022

We have all been there, stretched to our limit working too many hours trying to accomplish too much. After awhile you get a headache, take some aspirin, and go back to work. Last month MTCPA member Ryan Jordan was having one of those days… but it took a turn for the worse.

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Get Ready Now for the New CPA Exam in 2024

September 28, 2022

The Uniform CPA Examination is about to change significantly under the CPA Evolution Initiative, a joint effort by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the AICPA. Set to launch in a little over a year (January 2024), it is important for those preparing to become CPAs to understand the new CPA Exam structure and how it might impact their journey. By getting a handle on the new process now, those taking the exam in the 2023-2024 time frame have an opportunity to be strategic in their planning.

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The 30 Credit Conundrum

September 28, 2022

What do nutrition, astronomy, and physical education have to do with becoming a CPA? These are the types of courses some accounting majors take to earn the requisite 150 credits needed to obtain a CPA license. When the 150-credit-hour rule was established, the expectation was that CPA candidates would pursue a master’s degree after completing the 120 hours required for most undergraduate degrees. Today, however, many are pursuing lower-cost, less-intensive options to complete the credit-hour requirement.

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