202008.03
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COVID-19 Has Slowed Mergers, But Market is Still Active | Robert Fligel, The Trusted Professional

By: Chris Gaetano Published Date: Jul 9, 2020 Robert Fligel, a consultant specializing in CPA firms who spoke at a recent NYSSCPA CPE event, said that while the global pandemic has slowed merger-and-acquisition activity among CPA firms, it has by no means stopped, and there remain many opportunities for owners looking to sell or merge their practices. Speaking on July 8 before members of the Society’s Small Firms Practice Committee, Fligel said that since the middle of March, he has had “a lot of meetings with buyers and sellers.” While the process is slower, as “the in-person meetings haven’t happened yet and timetables may be stretched out a little bit,”…

202005.13
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PPP Payback Deadline May Have Unintended Consequences by Walter Primoff, CPA/PFS, CGMA | The CPA Journal

PPP Payback Deadline May Have Unintended Consequences CPAs Should Revisit Advice Given to Clients April 2020 To supplement its Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Rules, the Small Business Administration (SBA) regularly issues PPP frequently asked questions (FAQ) in numerical order, easily found from the “red line” across the Treasury Department homepage. On April 23, the SBA issued FAQ 31 (https://bit.ly/2SjiC01), stating that PPP loan recipients who have not faced COVID-19 crisis liquidity problems and economic harm were not PPP-eligible borrowers. Anyone who received PPP funds has until May 7 to return unneeded funds without violating the “good faith” certification made about suffering economic harm. FAQ 31 likely was a response to…

202004.28
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Art of Accounting: Deciding Who To Let Go | Accounting Today

Art of Accounting: Deciding who to let go By Edward Mendlowitz April 20, 2020, 10:00 a.m. EDT In normal times, ideally no one should be let go unless they are just not good. In these times, being practical means some may need to go. How do you decide? Small firms are businesses, but many are run like a family unit. Loyal and long-term employees get favored in many ways over newer staff even if the newer staff outperform the longer-term people. I believe we need to operate in some sort of survival mode. While loyalty should be rewarded, we now need a harder look at skills, growth, competence, client relationships…

202002.25
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Art of Accounting: Black History and Women’s History Months | Accounting Today

By Edward Mendlowitz February 24, 2020, 12:48 p.m. EST February is Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month. Here is some information about the first black CPA and the first woman CPA. John Cromwell Jr. became the first black CPA in 1921 in New Hampshire. He was a native of Washington, D.C., which had an experience requirement in order to become a CPA, as did all of the surrounding states. He wasn’t able to get a job with any CPA firm in that area. New Hampshire did not have an experience requirement, so he took the exam there and was successful. Cromwell was a member of one of the…

202002.17
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Art of Accounting: Barry Melancon updated | Accounting Today

By Edward Mendlowitz AICPA president and CEO Barry Melancon gave his annual update at the Accountants Club of America on Feb. 4. This was a can’t-miss program for me and likely for all of the other attendees at the sold-out breakfast. An excellent article by Michael Cohn appeared that day reporting on the presentation. However, my interest in what Barry said is less global and pretty specific to small firms, so I am adding my views on what he said. There are really big issues confronting public accountants, but most of the firms are small and they face issues getting through the day, hiring and retaining staff, trying to keep up with…

202002.13
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AICPA’s Melancon Addresses Need to Keep Pace with Technology, Warns of Licensing Threats | The Trusted Professional

By: Ruth Singleton Published Date: Feb 7, 2020 At the Accountants Club of America’s (ACA) “Annual Issues Breakfast,” Barry C. Melancon, the president and CEO of the American Institute of CPAs, discussed how the profession needs to evolve to match the pace of technology and warned of threats posed by some state governments to unwind the basic licensing regime. Melancon began by addressing the tremendous impact of technology on the profession. “I get to spend a lot of time with people who are futurists,” he said, and thus has gained insights on what to expect from technology. He spoke of 2012 as the year when the power of artificial intelligence really took…

202002.04
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AICPA CEO Melancon: CPA Licensing Under Threat | Accounting Today

American Institute of CPAs president and CEO Barry Melancon talked about the need for CPAs to learn new skills as hiring of accounting graduates has slowed and the CPA licensing model has come under threat in some states. “There’s a lot of action in the states,” Melancon noted during a speech Tuesday at a meeting of the Accountants Club of America in New York. “There are major forces at work, and lots of big money, to unwind in the states the basic licensing regime that exists in this country. It’s not just targeted to CPAs, but it’s targeted to all licensing. Now that doesn’t mean it’s manifested itself in every…

201912.07
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NCCPAP Honors Two With Gold Award | Accounting Today

The National Conference of CPA Practitioners announced that Karen Giunta and Sanford (Sandy) Zinman are the recipients of its 2019 Gold Awards. The lifetime achievement award recognizes CPAs with successful careers who are also “contributors, advocates, and selfless volunteers” to NCCPAP. Giunta has previously served as membership chair, treasurer, and president of the NCCPAP at the national level, as well as serving as a vice president and president at the chapter level. She has also served on the Long Island Tax Professionals Symposium Committee for over 17 years since its inception. She is a self-employed sole practitioner who was introduced to both accounting and the NCCPAP through her late husband….

201912.06
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Accountants Work to Counter Climate Change | Accounting Today

Michael Cohn, Editor In Chief, Accounting Today Accounting groups are reacting to the latest reports about the accelerated pace of climate change as global warming reaches record levels. Against the backdrop of the United Nations’ 25th annual Conference of the Parties, or COP25, in Madrid, the International Federation of Accountants published a Point of View on climate action to highlight the role of the global accounting profession in addressing what many experts are calling a “climate emergency.” “Ignoring the impact of climate change is not an option – nor is business as usual,” said IFAC CEO Kevin Dancey in a statement Tuesday. “As instrumental members or advisers of every government, business, and…

201911.07
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Voices Art of Accounting: A day in Manhattan | Accounting Today

By Edward Mendlowitz November 04, 2019, 12:12 p.m. EST Last Wednesday I spent the day in Manhattan and some things occurred that I would like to share here. My primary reason was to attend a lunch meeting of the Accountants Club of America with a speaker I thought would be interesting. I also arranged to drop into the office of a new client with whom I was doing some valuation and succession planning consulting. I also planned the “route” so I could walk everywhere and allow time to do some window shopping. The day ended up far better than I could ever have hoped for. I was early so I decided…