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Generative AI may let tax pros charge more

Accounting Today

A recent survey has found that 40% of tax professionals believe generative AI will allow them to demand higher rates, in comparison to 6% who said rates will decrease.

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Recognizing Our Military Spouses - Happy 2024 MilSpouse Appreciation Day!

Accounting Department

Our AccountingDepartment.com family is proud of its vibrant and diverse “cast of characters”—we span the country with our team members coming from all backgrounds and personalities. Included among our team are some amazing Military Spouses whose hard work, dedication, and contributions are part of what makes our family so strong—and theirs as well.

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US April budget surplus hits $210B on higher tax receipts

Accounting Today

The U.S. government recorded a higher budget surplus for the month of April than a year ago thanks to a rise in tax receipts, while steeper debt-servicing costs continue to impose a major drag.

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This tax season, we saw more reasons why the tax code should be more simple, fair, and transparent

Intuit

Over the last 30 years, the tax code has more than tripled in size. That’s three times the amount of complexity and headaches for many families. For our Intuit TurboTax customers, we’ve helped make the complicated easy for decades, continuously improving and evolving our product to help taxpayers navigate the pages, and pages , and pages of complicated code.

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Live Demo: How to Achieve Reconciliation Zen

Speaker: Nancy Wu, Head of Sales and Customer Success at SkyStem

Automation generally supercharges any process and brings its value to the forefront. See how infusing automation such as ART (our month-end close solution), into your close can get you to the next level of closing. We will share a live demo of SkyStem's solution, ART and share the key elements of month-end close automation. Through ART, we'll take a look at: What month-end close automation entails Which process steps can and should be automated Benefits of achieving process automation, and Why i

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On the move: PYA names chief marketing officer

Accounting Today

Eide Bailly admits 24 partners; MGI Worldwide adds new member firm; and more news from across the profession.

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The difference between authorized and outstanding shares

Accounting Tools

What are Authorized Shares? Authorized shares are the number of shares that a corporation is legally allowed to issue. The number of authorized shares is initially set in a company's articles of incorporation. The shareholders can increase the number of authorized shares at any time at a shareholders meeting, as long as a majority of shareholders vote in favor of the change.

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Revenue recognition methods

Accounting Tools

There are a number of ways in which revenue can be recognized in an organization's income statement. The method chosen depends on the industry and the specific circumstances. In the following sections, we note a number of recognition methods, how they work, and when they can be used. Completed Contract Method The completed contract method is used to recognize all of the revenue and profit associated with a project only after the project has been completed.

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Tax pros, protect your clients and firm after massive IRS data breach

Accounting Today

The extent of how many taxpayers were affected by the breach was unknown until now.

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Asset accounts definition

Accounting Tools

What are Asset Accounts? Asset accounts store monetary information about a company’s resources. Assets can be subdivided into many accounts , depending on their nature and assumed holding periods. The ending balances in these accounts roll forward into the beginning balances for the following year. The general categories of asset accounts are as follows, along with the accounts commonly used within each category: Current Asset Accounts Cash.

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FICPA launches pilot program to help accountants complete 150 credit-hours for free

Accounting Today

The Bridge to CPA program allows accountants to complete their remaining credits for CPA licensure for free through Nova Southeastern University.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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Benford's Law definition

Accounting Tools

What is Benford’s Law? Benford’s Law states that, in a naturally occurring set of numbers, the smaller digits appear disproportionately more often as the leading digits. The leading digits have the distribution shown in the following table, where the number 1 appears slightly more than 30% of the time as the leading digit, and the number 9 appears as the leading digit less than 5% of the time (which is a difference of 6x). 1 = 30.1% frequency of occurrence 2 = 17.6% frequency of occurrence 3 = 1

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PwC cuts around 60 Canadian jobs

Accounting Today

The firm employs about 7,700 people in Canada and had already cut about 2% of its workforce in the country at the end of last year.

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Asset turnover ratio definition

Accounting Tools

What is the Asset Turnover Ratio? The asset turnover ratio compares the sales of a business to the book value of its assets. The measure is used to estimate the efficiency with which management uses assets to produce sales. A high turnover level indicates that a business uses a minimal amount of working capital and fixed assets in its daily operations.

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CFO strategies can maintain profitability despite economic uncertainty

Accounting Today

To maintain steady organic growth and decrease time to value, financial leaders must implement effective response strategies.

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The Definitive Guide to Spend Management

The status quo for AP in small and mid-market companies is broken. It consists of messy tech stacks of siloed solutions that give rise to manual work, a lack of control, wasted spend, and unnecessary risks. The benefits of shifting to spend management are tangible, measurable, and are felt across the whole organization. Spend management is a different way of thinking and an innovation whose time has come.

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How TaxAct on Cloud Can Benefit Your Tax Firm

Ace Cloud Hosting

TaxAct is a comprehensive tax preparation and filing software for individuals and firms. It offers online and desktop-based software enabling users to file federal and state tax returns. This tax.

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Tech News: Patriot Software launches 1099 portal

Accounting Today

Patriot Software launches 1099 portal; Expensify launches Expensify Travel; Sage launches two new integrated suites in U.K. and Canada; and other accounting technology updates.

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Advising Employees: Why Their Form W-2 Is Different From Their Last Pay Stub

CSI Accounting & Payroll

As a small business owner, you know that sometimes your employees are going to ask you questions about their tax forms. It’s a common misconception that their last pay stub of the year will always match their W-2, so how can you help them understand the difference? At CSI Accounting & Payroll, we’ve worked with small businesses for over 50 years.

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Financial reporting made easy for NGOs

Plooto

Thames Valley Family Health Team (TVFHT) provides primary health care to more than 160,000 patients through a network of 120 physicians. As the team grew, managing its accounts became more onerous. The organization’s small accounting team input data manually to process, pay and track invoices — an approach that became unmanageable as the number of invoices tripled and then quadrupled over a two-year period.

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Navigating Financial Storms: Strategies for Building Resilient Balance Sheets

Speaker: Carolina Aponte - Owner and CEO, Caja Holdings LLC

In today's rapidly changing business environment, building a resilient balance sheet is crucial to the survival of any business. A resilient balance sheet allows a company to withstand financial shocks and adapt to changing market conditions. To achieve this, companies need to focus on key strategies such as maintaining adequate liquidity, managing debt levels, diversifying revenue streams, and prioritizing profitability over growth.

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Web Scraping for Market Research

Nanonets

In today’s highly competitive business landscape, staying ahead is a constant struggle for all organizations. To achieve this, businesses must be updated with the latest information about the market, customers, and competitors. Gathering information about any of these is known as market research.  Whether you are launching a new product or improving an existing one, market research is necessary to understand the market trend and user perception.

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Top Challenges Accounting Firms Face – Blog Series Part 1 – Burnout

Ace Cloud Hosting

In the modern world of finances and accounting, where staying ahead of the curve is essential, the year 2024 brings with it a new set of challenges for firms. Challenges.

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Songs about tax avoidance?

Accounting Fun

The titles were cleaned up eventually of course! VAT's the way uh-huh uh-huh I like it Greedy Woman by Roy Orbison I want it tax free - by Queen Hello, is it me money you're looking for?

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Top Challenges Accounting Firms Face – Blog Series Part 1 – Burnout

Ace Cloud Hosting

In the modern world of finances and accounting, where staying ahead of the curve is essential, the year 2024 brings with it a new set of challenges for firms. Challenges.

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Putting the ‘Tech’ in Spend Management Techniques

Speaker: Wayne Spivak, President and CFO of SBA * Consulting Ltd., Industry Writer, Public Speaker

If you’re lost in the world of spend management needs and your GAP analysis is lacking perspective on the future state of your business performance, listen up! With the advancement of technology, the implementation of spend management best practices and concrete GAP analyses is more streamlined and accessible than ever before. And while this may sound like great news for you and your clients, it won’t be worthwhile unless you have the latest techniques to back up your ambitions!

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How to calculate the market value of a company

Accounting Tools

There are several ways to calculate the market value of a company. This is of critical importance to an investor , who wants to understand whether it makes sense to buy or sell a firm’s shares. We explore the different types of market valuation approaches in this article. Valuation of a Company by Stock Price When the shares of a company are already publicly-held , the easiest way to calculate its market value is to multiply the number of shares outstanding by the current price at which the shar

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Brainard vows corporate tax hike with Trump cuts set to expire

Accounting Today

President Biden's top economic advisor pledged Democrats would push to reverse Donald Trump's corporate tax cuts next year.

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Material misstatement definition

Accounting Tools

What is a Material Misstatement? A material misstatement is information in the financial statements that is sufficiently incorrect that it may impact the economic decisions of someone relying on those statements. For example, a material misstatement of revenue could trigger a decision to buy a company's stock , causing losses for the investor when the misstatement is later corrected and the price of the stock declines.

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Overhead costs definition

Accounting Tools

What are Overhead Costs? Overhead costs are any expenditures not directly associated with the creation of a product or service. They must be incurred in order to stay in business, irrespective of the sales level of the organization. Overhead costs are any operational expenses stated in a company’s income statement that are not directly associated with the cost of goods or services.

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Book of Secrets for the Month-End Close

Developing a consistent month-end close doesn’t need to be a mystery. We’re sharing our top 10 secrets (plus one bonus!) for streamlining your close.

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Impairment of long-lived assets definition

Accounting Tools

What is a Long-Lived Asset? A long lived asset is any asset that a business expects to retain for at least one year. This definition can be broadened to include any asset that is expected to be retained for more than one accounting period. Long lived assets are usually classified into two subcategories, which tangible long-lived assets and intangible long-lived assets.

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Post balance sheet events definition

Accounting Tools

What are Post Balance Sheet Events? A post balance sheet event is something that occurs after a reporting period , but before the financial statements for that period have been issued or are available to be issued. The two types of post balance sheet events are as follows: An event provides additional information about conditions in existence as of the balance sheet date , including estimates used to prepare the financial statements for that period.

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Revenues definition

Accounting Tools

What are Revenues? Revenues are the fees generated from the sale of goods and services. Under the cash basis of accounting , revenues are recorded when cash is received from a customer in payment of these items. Under the accrual basis of accounting , revenues are recorded when goods and services are delivered to customers. Examples of Revenue Accounts There are several possible accounts in which revenue transactions may be stored, such as Sales - Goods, Sales - Services, and Fees Earned.

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Bond interest expense definition

Accounting Tools

What is Bond Interest Expense? Bond interest expense is the aggregate interest expense incurred during a reporting period for an organization’s bonds payable. It includes the following types of expenses: Interest payments. This is the interest payments made by the issuer to bond holders. It is calculated as the bond coupon rate times the face value of the bond.

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Global Accounting Principles and Commission Capitalization

Speaker: Ryan Dillard, Chief of Staff Director at CBIZ ARC Consulting LLC; Kelly Hicks, Global Controller at Airbase

ASC 606 is the revenue recognition standard that sets global accounting principles for all private or public companies that enter sales agreements or contracts with customers. Along with ASC 606, ASC 340-40 was added to address accounting costs to obtain a contact and costs to fulfill a contract. Join us for this webinar when Airbase Controller Kelly Hicks and Ryan Dillard, a Director at CBIZ ARC Consulting explore how to approach capitalizing sales commissions under ASC 340-40.