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This month's cover: With the new year comes the busiest season for many CPAs. In this issue, we turn our attention to the oncoming tax filing season, with all the attendant issues and complexities it brings for preparers. Our feature articles this month are drawn from a recent conference covering issues in dealing with the IRS. The highlights run the gamut, from dealing with new clients that have little or no documentation or filing history to filing returns and negotiating with the IRS. 

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  • Cross-generational Learning More Important Than We Think
    Nov 22, 2016

    At work, a younger generation often takes the advice of senior colleagues. But nowadays, as the retirement age increases and the workforce becomes older, experienced professionals looking to continue with their jobs could take some advice from younger co-workers. In fact, research shows that with greater emphasis on cross-generational mentoring, longer and more satisfying careers may be possible.

  • Data Analytics Could Boost Pay as Firms Weave AI, Drones Into Auditing Processes
    Nov 18, 2016
    You’ve got your accounting degree, but what now? Supplementing it with experience in data analytics can net you a higher salary than simply being a CPA. And the push to weave cognitive technologies into auditing processes could give you the chance to work with artificial intelligence, and even drones.
  • Prepare for the CPA Exam With 'Accounting for Empires' Gaming App
    Nov 14, 2016
    CPA Exam preparer Becker is using a mobile gaming app to prepare accounting professionals for the test. “Accounting for Empires” is a cross between "Age of Empires" and "Civilization," and attempts to help CPA candidates with sample questions on topics from the exam. But it's not the first app designed to help accountants study through gaming.
  • New e-File Regulations Requires Drivers License Information
    Jan 13, 2017
    In the interests of providing an extra layer of verification, software for processing e-filed New York state personal income tax returns will now require the inclusion of driver's license information. 
  • SEC Names Retail Investors, Market-wide Risks, and Retirement Investments as 2017 Enforcement Priorities
    Jan 13, 2017
    The Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations said that it will pay particular attention to issues relevant to retail investors, retirement investments and market-wide risks as areas that it considers to present potentially higher risk to investors and the U.S. capital market as a whole. 
  • National Taxpayer Advocate Expresses Worry About "Enforcement First" Mentality of IRS
    Jan 11, 2017
    National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson said that the IRS needs to stop thinking of itself primarily as an enforcement agency and start thinking of itself mainly as a service agency, saying the current mindset treats taxpayers who make innocent mistakes as malicious tax evaders, something that could ironically create a self-fulfilling prophesy. 
  • Senate Democrats Propose Capping Deductions for Performance Pay
    Jan 11, 2017
    Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that, if passed, would apply the same $1 million limit to compensation deductions to performance pay, saying that the current exception effectively amounts to a subsidy of multi-million dollar bonuses.  
  • Regulatory Roundup, Jan. 4-10
    Jan 10, 2017
    With so many regulators out there, it can be tough to keep track of everything they say from week to week. Luckily we here at the Trusted Professional have collected relevant regulatory announcements from this past week and put them here in one place to help you stay on top of regulatory issues or matters. This is the first of a regular series that will let you know what you may have missed in the past seven days.

Intuit

Carry It Forward

Internal Audit Committee

Pearl

Acumatica