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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.
  • 10 Firms Settle with SEC Over Pay-to-Play Charges
    Jan 18, 2017
    The SEC has settled with 10 investment advisory firms that they said violated pay-to-play rules by receiving compensation from public pension funds within two years after campaign contributions made by the firms’ associates.
  • PCAOB Makes Available XML Data File for Form AP, Auditor Reporting of Certain Audit Participants
    Jan 18, 2017
    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board yesterday formally released the Firm Data File for the Form AP, which is used to disclose certain audit participants. 
  • Regulatory Roundup, Jan. 11-17
    Jan 17, 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.
  • Study: Supply Chain Audits Ineffective at Driving More Ethical Business Practices
    Jan 17, 2017
    While supply chain audits are seen as standard tools in determining whether a company is, say, using conflict minerals or following environmental standards, a recent study from the University of Sheffield says that they have been largely ineffective at driving ethical business practices and, indeed, might actually be contributing to the problem. 
  • Number of IRS Whistleblower Awards Grows 322 Percent in a Year
    Jan 17, 2017
    The number of whisteblowers receiving cash payouts from the IRS spiked 322 percent between 2015 and 2016, resulting in more than $61 million in reward money. 


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