For many years, Congress has passed income tax laws designed to mitigate the so-called “marriage penalty.” The marriage penalty occurs when a married couple with similar incomes incurs a higher tax liability by filing taxes jointly than if they would by filing as two single taxpayers. Examples of such provisions by Congress to attempt to alleviate this burden include lower income tax brackets, increased alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amounts, and most notably a higher standard deduction for married taxpayers filing jointly.
The AICPA has formed an advisory group representing a broad spectrum of the accounting profession that will help shape a national strategy to address the profession’s talent shortage, including accounting students who go on to obtain a CPA license.
Why and how leaders can promote and foster psychological capital in the workplace through hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism. Courtesy of the Virginia Society of CPAs
As health care costs and life expectancy rates rise, CPAs should ensure their clients are preparing for the potential need for long-term care.
The death, illness or even just retirement of a practitioner can leave behind not just an untended practice but many unanswered questions and a great deal of uncertainty about consequences for clients.
With fewer and fewer individuals entering the accounting profession, Dext VP of Product Strategy Paul Lodder offers up an op-ed on how and why existing accountants need to leverage today's technology to protect tomorrow.
Twenty percent of respondents said their firm or company has warned employees against the unauthorized use of generative AI at work.
Forensic accounting is a specialized field that uses accounting, auditing and investigative skills to investigate and examine financial statements and records to uncover irregularities or fraudulent activities and identify and analyze financial data patterns, providing valuable insights to legal professionals.
Accountants can address the shortage of young talent in the field by embracing new technology, committing to diversity, and investing in mentorship
Accounting and finance departments are hoping to diversify their workforce, especially with the ongoing shortages of young accountants joining the profession, but one segment of the population that's often left out of the discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion is "neurodiverse" or "neurodivergent" people.
Perhaps it would be helpful for students, families and businesspeople to refresh their understanding of the many unique benefits of accounting education, as well as related professional experience. A career in accounting is not for everybody; however, one should make an informed choice among careers, especially at the key early stage of one's growth after college.
The way people plan for retirement has changed dramatically over the last several decades. Those nearing retirement should avoid underestimating their longevity as well as stock market volatility. Here are the seven biggest risks retirees should avoid at all costs, along with tips to address them.
Very often life transitions trigger in people a desire to seek more fulfillment in their lives. Such transitions can be the beginning of a new year or entering the second half of life. Starting a new career can represent an overwhelming task, one that is filled with uncertainty and requires a lot of time and effort. A constructive way to embrace that uncertainty is by planning ahead. By doing so, it puts you in the driver's seat, enabling you to make the right decisions. This article provides a framework that will enable you to increase your chances of success when switching careers.
The significant shift from shareholder returns to stakeholder capitalism has brought sustainability and ESG management into every public or large private company boardroom. The strong linkages between an entity's sustainability management and financial performance elevate sustainability and ESG as core practice areas for accountants.
Although stress in public accounting is unavoidable, especially during the busy season, excessive amounts can be dysfunctional for both individual CPAs and their firms. Prolonged exposure to high levels of stress can lead to psychological symptoms of depression and anxiety. Stress-related illnesses can decrease performance, generate health problems for individuals, increase group health premiums for organizations, increase absenteeism, and increase turnover. CPA firms can proactively address these stress-related costs by recognizing the drivers of the stress and tailoring responses accordingly.
Accounting ranked eighth out of nine industries with 23% of employees willing to discuss their mental health, a survey revealed.
Accountants speak the language of numbers, they’re especially skilled in evaluating financial statements, and experts in determining how to drive profits for a company. Aside from becoming a certified public accountant (CPA), people who hold a master’s degree in accounting can enter other unique roles, or increase their earnings by going into leadership positions—which can lead to the C-suite roles of chief financial officer (CFO) or even chief executive officer (CEO).
While women have been making strides in accounting, they still tend to be underrepresented in top leadership roles and face issues related to pay equity and work-life balance. Women leaders have been negatively impacted by a recent decline in public trust, too.
If you’re wondering what you can do with an accounting degree, rest assured it’s a valuable asset. In fact, renowned billionaire investor Warren Buffet once called accounting the language of business. An accounting degree prepares you to speak and understand that language, whether you pursue accountancy, auditing, sales management, advising or one of the many other accounting career paths. In this article, we overview what an accounting degree is, various accounting concentration areas available and ten jobs you can get with an accounting degree.
If you’re a detail-oriented person with a knack for numbers and a strong sense of ethics, you may enjoy a career in auditing. Auditors examine companies’ records, processes and systems to ensure accuracy and compliance, as well as to identify and manage risk. The auditor career path is straightforward, beginning with a bachelor’s degree and progressing through on-the-job training, further education and optional certifications. We’ll explore how to become an auditor in detail below, along with information about this diverse profession and its job outlook.