Groups weigh in with SEC on PCAOB audit report standard

Accounting and financial firms and business groups are sending comment letters to the Securities and Exchange Comment ahead of a deadline Friday for approving a new standard from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board on expanding the scope of audit reports. In June, the PCAOB voted to approve a new standard that would significantly change […]

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How to Prepare Your Firm for a New Generation

For the past several years, accounting firms have faced a leaky bucket in terms of staffing. While firms are currently growing—the latest AICPA survey estimates that more than 60 percent of firms are planning expansions—many face a talent shortage. Now comprising the largest segment of the workforce, the tech-savvy Millennial generation stands to fill the […]

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Th Accounting Firm’s Sustainability Index

How sustainable is your firm? Meaning, if the Partners were not there, how would it perform? Would it make money? Would it lose money? Could it continue to grow without you? Here’s a simple but sobering equation: Take Partner revenue delivered (your personal billable time / dollars) away from your profit (before Partner salaries) and […]

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GASB establishes new approach for reporting leases

GASB established a single approach to accounting for and reporting leases by local and state governments in a new statement issued Wednesday. GASB Statement No. 87, Leases, is based on the principle that a lease finances the right to use an underlying asset. The standard offers guidance for nonfinancial assets, including vehicles, heavy equipment, and […]

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The Perfect Succession Plan

There was time not long ago when I considering retirement. As an entrepreneur, the question is always, “how can I step away from the business and be assured that my clients are taken care of and my legacy and cash flow are preserved?” For most practitioners, the first thought is to sell the practice to […]

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The working vacation; Having Your Cake and Eating it too.

Who doesn’t want to take multiple vacations every year. Better yet, visiting exotic locations around the world while still maintaining a high level of productivity, training staff or meeting with clients. Sounds too good to be true, right? Or maybe you’re thinking that you have to be super rich or have the last name “Trump”. […]

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Practitioners’: This is a must read.

Being a sole proprietor or owner of an accounting firm can be very gratifying but quite challenging at times. It doesn’t really matter if you are a sole practitioner or have staff, the buck normally stops with you. We jokingly call it wearing a lot of hats….when all the decisions come from you and hardly […]

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Confidentiality in the Cloud

As accounting professionals, we are keenly aware of maintaining the confidentiality of client records. Our clients trust us with their most sensitive and personal information whether it’s accounting records, banking information or tax ID numbers. Our worst nightmare is to have a security breach or otherwise compromise client information or worst yet have a fraud […]

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