April, 2024

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How AI is transforming accounting

Accounting Today

A recent survey from EY found that 90% of respondents already use at least some AI in their work, and other recent developments around the technology.

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Intuit Survey: U.S. High School Students Want Financial Education at School

Intuit

Financial education has the potential to improve the lives of millions of high school students by giving them the skills they need to make informed decisions. Yet according to Intuit’s Financial Education survey, most high school students today rely on their parents for any financial knowledge. The survey shows that there is a massive opportunity to fill this gap and empower the next generation by teaching financial education in our schools.

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New changes to Xero’s plans in Australia from July

Xero

We want to make sure the needs of small businesses and their advisors are met well into the future — and that means providing you with easier access to tools that help you run your business efficiently. That’s why we’re refreshing our subscription plans for small businesses and partners, which will be available from 1 July 2024. We’ve put a lot of consideration into creating streamlined plans with bundled tools and features, to help solve your most important accounting and people managemen

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Tackling Growth and Compliance Tax Challenges with Avalara

Accounting Department

As small and medium-sized businesses undergo rapid expansion and growth, they are often faced with a myriad of sales tax challenges, particularly within the retail and e-commerce sectors. The complexities of managing sales tax compliance can be overwhelming for smaller businesses, especially when juggling various omnichannel strategies to handle their financial operations.

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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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Insightful Accountant's Top 100 ProAdvisors for 2024

Insightful Accountant

Insightful Accountant proudly announces this year's Top 100 ProAdvisors along with our Emeritus ProAdvisors of the Year. Congratulations to all being recognized for this year's awards.

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Why you should be very skeptical of that auditor’s report

Blake Oliver

I'm honored to be quoted by Gene Marks, CPA , in his latest piece on The Hill, in which he brilliantly unpacks why investors should approach audit reports with a healthy dose of skepticism. Read it here.

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Simplifying Family Tax Credits: Why it Matters and What Can Be Done

Intuit

We have recently seen quite a bit of discussion in Congress about family tax credits, and, in particular, the EITC and CTC. In fact, the US House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to expand the CTC, a proposal that according to some would benefit 16 million children from low-income families and in its first year, raising 400,000 children above the poverty line.

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So… what is carbon accounting?

Xero

Understanding the environmental impact of your business is critical in today’s business environment — and carbon accounting is a fundamental step in this process. With carbon accounting increasingly becoming another compliance measure mandated by regulators, businesses of all types and sizes need to get their emissions numbers in order. This is particularly true if you’re a small business that provides goods and services to a larger organisation.

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The Hidden Key to Profits: Understanding Opportunity Cost in Small Business

Accounting Department

In the competitive world of small business, every decision can determine the trajectory of success or failure. One concept that lies at the heart of strategic business decisions but is often overlooked is opportunity cost. It's not just an economic theory; it's a practical metric that every small business owner and entrepreneur should master to make better choices and drive competitive advantage.

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Thomson Reuters Upcoming Tax Launch

Insightful Accountant

Tax technology is changing, and tax professionals are looking for reliable resources when it comes to the future of AI within tax tech. Today, Thomson Reuters is announcing their upcoming tax launch.

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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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Top Remote Accountants for Hire | April 4, 2024

accountingfly

Top Remote Accounting Candidates This Week Looking for remote accountants? Accountingfly can help! With our ‘ Always-On Recruiting ‘ program, you can access highly skilled and experienced remote accountants with no upfront cost. These are just a few of our top candidates this week. Sign up now to receive our full list of top accounting candidates available weekly!

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Poor cash flow can sink any business

Accounting Today

If an enterprise doesn't accurately measure and manage cash flow effectively, it won't be able to make sound financial decisions for the future.

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Why Accounting Firms Should Budget for Managed Security Services in [2024]

Ace Cloud Hosting

Data breaches are on the rise. According to Statista, data breaches impacted 353 million individuals in 2023. Hence, with the increasing cyber threat spectrum, cybersecurity has been a focus for.

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Small businesses are hiring: what to consider when growing your workforce

Xero

The latest Xero Small Business Insights (XSBI) data is a good reminder about the important contribution your small business makes to your local community, particularly around job opportunities. There are more people working in small businesses than a year ago in the three countries where we track jobs (Australia, New Zealand and the UK). In fact, jobs growth is either already well above average, as seen in New Zealand, or accelerating.

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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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Making the Switch to Outsourced Client Accounting Services

Accounting Department

When you have a small or mid-size business, one of the issues you can run into is not having all the departments a larger company would have. In other words, you might not have dedicated employees for HR, accounting, and other areas.

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Feature Focus Fridays - First Look at Figured

Insightful Accountant

Murph takes a first look at 'Figured', a cloud-based agribusiness software app that works with either QuickBooks Online or Xero and that he thinks is '"perfect for farming and ranching.

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Accountingfly Hiring Update: April 2024

accountingfly

Sharing our perspective on the latest trends impacting talent acquisition in the accounting industry. Market Trends: RTO Causing Tax Pros to Head for the Door; 2024 Busy Season Freelancer Trends Tax Pros Fleeing RTO Firms Tax hiring season usually ends on December 31. So, we were surprised to see qualified tax candidates applying to Accountingfly in January and February 2024.

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Submissions open for 2024 Top Firms by AUM

Accounting Today

Accounting Today is in the midst of surveying CPA firms with wealth management practices for this year's 'Wealth Magnets' ranking.

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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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Importance of Cybersecurity Awareness Training for Employees in Tax Season [2024]

Ace Cloud Hosting

Tax season 2024 is ongoing, and the tax firms are busy handling their clients’ taxes. However, cybersecurity is one aspect most tax firms ignore during the tax season. Like tax.

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What is labour productivity and how does it impact your business?

Xero

If you or your clients are looking for ways to grow profits, drop prices or pay staff more, then one strategy is to lift productivity in your business. But what is productivity exactly (hint: it’s not about working longer hours), and how can you lift it in your small business or practice? What is small business productivity? Small business productivity is the measure of how much value a business can produce using the resources it has at its disposal (ie staff, capital, materials).

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Check Processing Made Easy with Biller Genie Check Scanning

Accounting Department

Our friends at Biller Genie have announced a new software update that is packed with new features designed to streamline the check processing process and enhance the financial operations of businesses. This update introduces innovative features that will revolutionize how businesses manage paper checks and adapt to the future of accounting software integrations.

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Insightful Accountant Announces Dates for Awards

Insightful Accountant

In an attempt to give our readers some degree of advance notice, Insightful Accountant is announcing the specific dates for which the 2024 ProAdvisor Awards will be announced.

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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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Nailing cash flow statements: How to ensure you know where your business stands

Plooto

Managing cash flow effectively is an essential aspect of running a business smoothly. However, many small businesses struggle with cash flow management, especially if they don’t have a lot of experience in bookkeeping and accounting.

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PCAOB levies $27M in fines for exam cheating

Accounting Today

The board imposed its largest-ever penalty of $25 million against KPMG's firm in the Netherlands, in addition to $2 million in fines against Deloitte's firms in Indonesia and the Philippines.

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QuickBooks for Small Business – Which Version Do You Need?

Ace Cloud Hosting

Just like for smooth money handling, you need to create a bank account. Similarly, the right accounting platform is necessary to manage the business financial landscape. This is where QuickBooks.

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Five ways to work smarter in Xero this FY25

Xero

With the new financial year officially upon us, now is your chance at a fresh start. This means it’s time to revisit goals, set intentions, and level up in order to make the most of the next 12 months. A good place to start? By optimising your systems and processes to create more seamless workflows and win back time. To help you set off on the right foot, we’ve rounded up a list of ways to work smarter in Xero.

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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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Simplifying the Monthly Close Process with These Simple Strategies

Accounting Department

The month-end is coming up and that means it is time to close. A monthly close can be a laborious process that is dreaded by some accounting and finance departments, but it doesn't have to be that hard!

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QuickBooks Recertification Training For May, 2024

Insightful Accountant

It's time to recertify for most QuickBooks Online ProAdvisors ('Core' or 'Advanced'). The recertification window opens May 1 with a June 30, 2024 deadline for exam completion.

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How to pay Contractors in QuickBooks online?

Nanonets

Businesses increasingly lean on outside contractor support for many operational functions as payroll costs balloon and global talent pools become increasingly accessible. For companies using QuickBooks, a range of self-service contractor payment options are available that, additionally, can be optimized using third-party integrations. We’ll take a quick look at paying contractors through QuickBooks, but, in reality, the process couldn’t be more straightforward for even the least te

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Tax season so far: Eclipsing last year

Accounting Today

At 90,315,000, the number of individual returns received this tax season finally surpassed the same period last year, up 0.2% as of March 29, 2024.

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Best Practices to Ace Your Close

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

Whether you’re on a 1-day close or a 10-day close, there are some fundamental commonalities that all strong accounting departments share when it comes to the month-end close. Please join us for an informative webinar where we share best practices that your team can implement today to ace your close! 1 CPE credit will be provided for qualifying participants.