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    1. How to deliver successful diversity and inclusion results and benchmark your progress   WebExclusive

    BY Ken Tysiac
    As leaders in the accounting profession come to understand the business case for diversity and inclusion, they often have a similar quandary. “The next natural question is, ‘So what do I do about it?’ ” said Kenneth Bouyer, CPA, chairman of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion and EY Americas director of Inclusiveness Recruiting.

    2. How to deliver successful diversity and inclusion results and benchmark your progress   WebExclusive

    BY Ken Tysiac
    As leaders in the accounting profession come to understand the business case for diversity and inclusion, they often have a similar quandary. “The next natural question is, ‘So what do I do about it?’ ” said Kenneth Bouyer, CPA, chairman of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion and EY Americas director of Inclusiveness Recruiting.

    3. Ibanez ruling set precedent for right of CPAs to advertise dual credentials  

    BY Michael Buddendeck, Esq., and Andrea Short, Esq.
    This June marked the 20th anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that remains of interest to the accounting profession because the litigants included a state board of accountancy and a dually credentialed attorney advertising that she was both a CPA and an attorney. In Ibanez v.

    4. Pricing issues for small firm sales  

    BY Joel Sinkin and Terrence Putney, CPA
    For CPAs looking to sell their accounting practice, it can be a big plus to be in a small firm. That’s because small firms generally can command higher multiples than big firms, and external sales usually produce higher prices for accounting practices than internal ownership transfers. Those are two of the trends that will be explored in a three-part series on valuation issues in accounting firms.

    5. CPAs have opportunities in financial planning and forecasting   WebExclusive

    BY Ken Tysiac
    Many accountants may have opportunities to expand their service offerings to small business clients by providing financial planning and forecasting, according to a new survey.Just one in three accountants offers financial planning or forecast services as part of clients’ business planning process, according to a survey of 150 accountants by business software company Exact.“Small businesses that see the bigger picture are likely to capitalize on an opportunity before their competition does, but too many are focused on the day to day,” Steve Leavitt, general manager of U.S.

    6. All in a dishonest day’s work  

    BY Deborah K. Rood, CPA and Gretchen McCole
    It’s difficult to believe, but sometimes CPA firm employees, and even partners, steal from clients. While a CPA firm’s leaders may believe this would never happen to them, claim experience in the AICPA Professional Liability Insurance Program demonstrates this does occur. Consider these claim scenarios:SCENARIO 1A CPA firm provided bookkeeping and bill-paying services to several clients.

    7. High-functioning firms  

    BY Jennifer Wilson
    High-functioning firms have leadership teams that assess situations, develop strategies, and make and execute decisions with relative ease, speed, and success. Others, however, function with a drag that pulls against their momentum, causing the business of leading, managing, and executing to take longer and produce less-than-stellar results. High-functioning firms seem to share the following eight attributes: Operate with vision.

    8. Time’s up: The benefits and challenges of moving away from the billable hour  

    BY Chris Baysden
    Debbi Warden, CPA, CGMA, still remembers exactly why her bookkeeping firm decided to—as she colorfully puts it—jump off a cliff. “It felt as if every other week we were putting dollar signs in front of our clients,” she said of her firm’s previous billing practices. “We are a relationship business.

    9. A pipeline for diversity  

    BY Frank K. Ross, CPA, Jean T. Wells, CPA, J.D. and and Allyson T. Clarke, CPA
    Despite decades of intensive efforts, the accounting profession has not reached its diversity goals. African-Americans and Hispanics made up 13.1% and 16.9%, respectively, of the U.S. population in 2012, according to U.S. Census data, but secured just 4% and 6% of the new hires in 2011–12 at CPA firms, AICPA data show.Misperception about accounting as a career is one reason for the disparity.

    10. AICPA advises CPA firms to review state registration and compliance   WebExclusive

    BY Ken Tysiac
    CPA firms are being urged by the AICPA State Regulation and Legislation team to review their registration compliance procedures to ensure that they are complying with out-of-state registration requirements when performing attest engagements.The AICPA advisory was issued after recent activity by some state boards of accountancy to ensure that out-of-state firms operating in their states have met their registration obligations.Several state boards have examined recent information on employee benefit plan audits provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the U.S.
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