June, 2023

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Payments Fraud Trends to Watch in 2023

Fidesic blog

Overall, payments fraud is the lowest it has been in nearly 10 years, according to an annual report released in May by the Association for Financial Professional and J.P. Morgan.

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Small firm, big impact: Tennick Accountants win hotly contested Xero Award

Xero

You win, or you learn – that’s one of Tennick Accountants’ internal mottos, and one that encouraged the firm to put themselves in the running and enter the 2023 Xero Awards UK & Ireland. For Graeme Tennick and his team that belief paid off, with the firm taking home the Small Firm of the Year award, the most hotly contested category of the programme.

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AI can help UK small businesses grow and do more

Intuit

Intuit’s mission is to power prosperity around the world and help customers and communities overcome their most important financial challenges. Helping small businesses succeed is personal for us. In the UK, 99% of businesses are small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and they account for 61% of all employment. Small businesses power local communities and are the economic engine of countries all over the world, but more than half don’t survive beyond their fifth year.

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Deadline for MP Elite 2023 submissions extended

Accounting Today

Due to extensive interest, Accounting Today is extending the deadline for submissions for its annual Managing Partner Elite list to the end of the day on Monday, July 10.

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5 Steps to Shield Your Business: The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Payment Fraud

As scams grow more sophisticated, it's crucial to stay proactive in defending against these threats. This guide equips CFOs, accountants, and business leaders with five essential steps—from fundamental safeguards to advanced security measures to strengthen your financial defenses. From enhancing data security to implementing fraud detection tools and safeguarding financial transactions, this guide provides expert advice that could save your company millions.

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18 Unbeatable Benefits of Using Business Process Automation

Accounting Department

Business Process Automation (BPA) is used for operations in production workflows, accounting systems, data management, customer service processes, and even sales funnel coordination. Forms of BPA have become indispensable in industries such as manufacturing, banking, telecom, shipping, stock trading, food production, and many others. NetSuite is a software solution that offers many superior benefits for businesses that make the transition to automated processes.

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Rewind 'Bulk Linking' Feature Now Available

Insightful Accountant

Rewind, the No. 1 rated commercially-available backup app for QuickBooks Online, has just introduced a new bulk linking feature, which makes it easier than ever for ProAdvisors to protect their clients' data.

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Changes are coming to the contact overview page

Xero

Changes are coming to the contact overview page We wanted to share the next step in improving the contacts experience in Xero, helping you better manage the relationships with your customers and suppliers, as well as your cash flow. We’re excited to share that we’ve updated the design of our contact overview page, and introduced search and filter functionality.

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Consumer Data Right (CDR) reform presents limitless opportunities for Australia’s small businesses

Intuit

As inflation and other economic pressures weigh on Australian small business owners, having access to tools that can help them make smart financial decisions is critical. The best tools should leverage data to provide a personalised experience and give small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the information they need to hire, expand, cut costs, and streamline with confidence.

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Recruit, retain, repeat: Top tips for talent

Accounting Today

With the pipeline problem on everyone's mind, here are the most important strategies and approaches firms need to take to remain competitive.

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FP&A is More Than Just Traditional Accounting

Accounting Department

Every savvy business leader knows the value of having a well-run bookkeeping or accounting department. But, not everyone is aware of how important it is today to have a financial planning and analysis (FP&A) team to help back their business with effective and accurate financials. While both accounting professionals and FP&A team members guide executive decision-makers and improve an organization's financial health, each one serves a different, critical function within the company.

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How to Navigate Revenue and Expense Management: Competitive Insights for Financial Success

Speaker: Hilary Akhaabi, PhD - Founder, Chief Financial & Operations Officer at Go Africa Global

In the fast-paced world of corporate finance, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for sustainable growth and profitability. This exclusive webinar with leading expert Hilary Akhaabi, PhD, will teach you practical ways to navigate complex financial landscapes and enhance your company's revenue management capabilities. Whether you're aiming to refine your financial strategies or seeking innovative solutions to drive performance, this new session is for you!

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Forwardly Instant Payments Debuts to Improve Cash Flow for SMBs

Insightful Accountant

See how the First Real-Time Payments only solution empowers US businesses to get paid up to three days faster, while saving money on processing fees and streamlining workflows with automatic payment reconciliation.

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Handling Multiple Companies and Entities inside Business Central (BC)

Fidesic blog

Handling Multiple Companies inside Business Central (BC): The Difference between multiple companies and multi-entity management (MEM)

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How we’re making it easier for practices in the UK to manage clients in Xero

Xero

We’ve made some great progress towards creating a single source of truth for your client data. It’s all part of our work to connect our practice tools, so that in the future, as you manage your clients’ tax obligations in Xero, the data flows seamlessly into our practice management tools. This will help you work more efficiently, collaborate with your clients more effectively, and manage everything for your practice within Xero.

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Announcing our Investment in Finch

Intuit

As a leading payroll provider for small and medium businesses (SMBs), Intuit knows how valuable payroll data is to them. However, the payroll ecosystem is highly fragmented with close to 6,000 total payroll providers. On top of that, most of these systems run on legacy software stacks that don’t easily share data. Companies who need data from these systems—such as 401k/benefits providers or HR tools—must rely on individual integrations and manual data transfers with every payroll system their cu

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How To Streamline Finance Operations Through Automation

Speaker: Claire Grosjean

In today’s fast-paced business environment, finance professionals are under increasing pressure to optimize operations and drive strategic value. As a result, automation has become a core part of business strategy, offering unprecedented opportunities to streamline operations and drive efficiency. Join esteemed global finance and operations executive, Claire Grosjean, for a comprehensive guide on how to harness automation’s power through strategic collaboration with functional leaders.

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New guidance on tax credits for clean energy projects

Accounting Today

The service posted a fact sheet Friday on tax credits for renewable energy projects under the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Finding the Right Outsourced Client Accounting Services for Your Business

Accounting Department

Making the decision to turn to outsourced client accounting services can be a great way to save time and resources for your business. However, finding a trustworthy outsourcing partner can be a challenge. But how can you be sure you’re choosing an outsourced accounting service you can trust? There are a few characteristics of trustworthy, competent, and reliable accounting services that will help you know the provider you chose is the right one.

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Eight New Apps in the QuickBooks App Store

Insightful Accountant

Just because you are not at Scaling New Heights doesn't mean you can't have an 'exhibit hall' of your own. Check out these eight new apps in the QuickBooks App Store, I guarantee it won't be nearly as many steps to walk.

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Effortlessly Viewing PDF Files on Your Computer or Tablet

LedgerDocs

PDF files are by far the most widely used format for sharing and viewing documents. Whether you are looking to open a business report, academic paper, or e-books, knowing how to view PDF files on your computer or tablet is essential but can be confusing depending on what device you are using. This blog outlines how you can access your PDF no matter what device you are using: Adobe Acrobat Reader: The easiest way to access a PDF file is using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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How to Avoid Getting Ghosted: Top 3 Secrets to Staying Relevant with Gen Z

Speaker: Brian Muse-McKenney, Chief Revenue Officer & Matt Simester, Cards and Payments Expert

In today’s world of social media, dating apps, and remote work, businesses risk becoming irrelevant or getting "ghosted" if they fail to meet the evolving needs of Gen Z consumers. In this new webinar, Brian Muse-McKenney of Episode Six and Matt Simester of Payments Consultancy Limited will reveal key considerations banks should factor into their efforts to develop target products for the next generation of bank customers.

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Our support for women’s football through the better numbers program

Xero

Millions of people around the world, myself included, are beyond excited in anticipation of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in July and August and Xero is incredibly proud to be a FIFA Women’s Football Partner. While we’ll all be caught up in the excitement of the tournament, it’s important to keep in mind the legacy – the enduring benefit – we can create from this moment in time.

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A North Star for the Next Generation of Women Technologists

Intuit

By day, I work as a Senior Software Engineer on the Intuit TurboTax team. I spend the rest of my time as one of the co-founders of Code With Her , a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) non-profit. Code With Her’s mission is to close the gender, diversity, and socio-economic gaps in tech. It’s an issue that’s close to my heart. As an Indigenous Chamoru woman from the island of Guam, being in the tech industry transformed my life beyond my parents’ wildest dreams.

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Everything You Need to Know About Offshore Staffing For Accounting Firms & Its Beneficial Nature

CapActix

Financial and Accounting Services are one of the core elements of a business organization. Thus, it is the responsibility of accounting firms and staff to perform their duty with utmost care and dedication. After understanding the weight of accounting work, some of the CPA firms in the US are adopting alternative hiring models to develop flawless accounts like offshore staffing for accounting firms.

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The Benefits of Outsourcing for E-commerce Businesses

Accounting Department

Simplifying e-commerce business operations can be achieved by outsourcing specific functions such as accounting and bookkeeping services. For an e-commerce business to thrive and succeed, it is crucial to maintain a clear understanding of its financial position, performance, profit margins, marketing commitments, stock levels, and cash flows on a regular basis.

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Navigating the Automation Landscape: Selecting Tools That Fit Your Business

Speaker: Gary Dmitriev

Our upcoming webinar aims to demystify the process of selecting and implementing automation tools for financial institutes. This session will provide your roadmap for vetting potential solutions, focusing on due diligence, vendor assessments, and aligning technology with strategic goals. We’ll also address the critical issue of innovation fatigue, offering tips on maintaining enthusiasm and momentum for new initiatives.

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CLA Summer Internship Underway

Insightful Accountant

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP has kicked off its high school summer internship program in 15 select cities across the country with 60 students chosen from more than 400 applicants.

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The Best Integration Apps for Law Firms for Quickbooks Online

SLC Bookkeeping

Law firms face new challenges every day as technology advances and security becomes more and more important. With the new remote work environment, it is essential that workflow processes keep up with the changes. This equates to eliminating manual work, maximizing performance, and helps to strengthen case victories.

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Small business retailers, beat the tax time woes with these simple tips

Xero

If your inbox is anything like ours right now, emails spruiking EOFY discounts, mid-year promotions and stocktake clearances are piling up by the dozen. And with a new financial year around the corner, it’s no surprise that retailers are cleaning house in preparation. So if you’re looking to do the same (and tackle tax time while you’re at it), below are a few simple tips to consider ahead of the ‘23 year-end.

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From Intern to Full-Time: Britney Peart’s Journey of Growth and Opportunity

Intuit

Tell us about your background and what brought you to be an intern at Intuit. I’m an alum of George Washington University where I graduated with a B.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Equity and a minor in African American & Diaspora Studies. My coursework focused heavily on structural barriers that marginalized populations faced throughout history and its impact on their livelihoods and communities.

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Secure SaaS Success: Embedded Finance as a Competitive Advantage

Speaker: Ian Hillis, SVP of Growth at Payrix and Worldpay for Platforms

Join us for an exclusive webinar hosted by Ian Hillis, SVP of Growth at Payrix and Worldpay for Platforms, where he’ll explore the significant impact of embedded finance on the software industry! This session is designed to provide you with the strategic insights needed to navigate the future of SaaS successfully, all while gaining a deeper understanding of how these trends can enhance your competitive edge, boost revenue, and deepen customer loyalty.

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The Surviving “Busy Season Accounting” Guide

Future Firm

Busy season accounting can in many ways seem unavoidable, but it can be manageable with the right approach. In this post, I’ll lay out 10 simple tips your firm can implement to keep yourself sane and to avoid you from working long hours during the busiest time of the year. Table of Contents Why Does Busy Season Accounting Happen? 10 Tips to Master the Busy Season 1.

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Manage Invoices an Payments Easily with Tipalti

Accounting Department

Imagine having the ability to scale accounts payables (AP) operations for your e-commerce business, with the same amount of staff, or even less. With Tipalti's AP automation technology, businesses can do just that and accelerate their AP processes across the board.

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Intuit Ventures Invest in Finch

Insightful Accountant

Intuit Ventures has announced an investment in Finch, the No. 1 API for employment systems. The investment will allow Finch to build deeper integrations with the Intuit QuickBooks ecosystem.

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Rethinking the CPA 150-hour requirement: There must be a change

Blake Oliver

If we want a robust, dynamic, and inclusive accounting profession, we need to remove costly and unnecessary barriers to becoming a CPA. In my latest article on the Firm of the Future blog, I delve into the challenges associated with the CPA 150-hour education requirement.

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How to Easily Navigate Crypto Accounting in the Web3 Era

Speaker: Aaron Jacob, VP of Accounting Solutions & Reagan Cook, GTM Lead

Are you struggling to navigate the complexities and challenges that come with crypto accounting? 🤔 This new webinar will cover everything businesses need to know to get started with crypto accounting after incorporating crypto into their business models! Industry experts Aaron Jacob and Reagan Cook of TaxBit will thoroughly explore the prevalent operational hurdles encountered by accounting teams when interacting with crypto on the books, and detail how software solutions can effectively