PCPS News

The following online publications are among the many benefits to AICPA Firm Global Connection membership. They cover news, topics and developments related to practicing CPAs in firms of varying sizes. Here you’ll find news and articles on best practices in firm practice management, as well as developments in accounting, auditing, compilation/review, ethics standards and more.

Practicing CPA Feature Focus: Keep Calm and Carry On

The feature focus article in the January issue of The Practicing CPA e-newsletter provides tips for the 2016 busy season. The article provides ideas on how to keep calm during busy season stress and highlights solutions to common busy season mistakes.  The article also highlights the PCPS Busy Season Calendar, the Tax Practitioners Toolkit, 1040 Tax Return Status Updates, Identity Theft Resources, the PCPS Exploring SSARS No. 21 Toolkit, and the Practitioners Symposium and Tech+ Conference.

Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

Strategically Optimizing Information Technology in Today’s CPA Firm

Accounting firms are amongst the most complex business entities from an IT perspective as their individual departments require unique applications and equipment to optimize each department’s production processes. The average accounting firm utilizes more than sixty applications that are constantly being updated on a wide variety of workstations, ranging from multi-monitor tax desktops to mobile workstations designed for auditors and remote consultants....

Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

Absolutely Awesome Apps!

Smartphones and tablets have become standard tools utilized within accounting firms and while major accounting applications are adding mobile functionality to their tax, audit and accounting tools, there are a large amount of applications that make CPAs more productive in their day to day office work and when they are on the road. Below are...

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Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

AICPA Firm Global Connection Series: Becoming a Trusted Client Adviser

No matter your level in the firm, you can become a strategic partner to your clients by translating day-to-day client challenges into consulting opportunities. Join Jacquelyn Tracy, Partner at Mandel & Tracy, LLC, for this hour-long tour of the AICPA Firm Global Connection and its Trusted Client Adviser Centre. This webinar will showcase the process and existing tools that you could use today to assist you in transforming your client service and growing your practice.

Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

AICPA Firm Global Connection Series: Staffing Solutions

Recruiting and retaining quality staff is key to firm success. In this 60-minute webinar, Cheryl Burke, Partner and COO at DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP, will share best practices and guide you through how to use the tools and information in the Human Capital Centre to help you attract and retain top-quality talent, boost morale and find solutions to your top HR issues.

Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

AICPA Firm Global Connection Series: Unleash Your Firm’s Potential

A top priority for firms is to grow and maintain a thriving practice in this evolving economy. Join Bill Pirolli, Partner at DiSanto, Priest & Co., as he guides you through the Practice Growth and Client Acquisition Centre, showing you how to utilize powerful customizable tools and sharing best practices and practical tips that are designed to help you win, keep and grow your clients.

Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

Turn Up the Volume on Social Media

“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it.”
- Erik Qualman

Like it or not, social media has become a mainstay on the professional landscape. The good news is social tools such as the firm’s website, Twitter feed, blog, Facebook page and...

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Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

The New Reality of Succession Planning

“Why do I need succession planning?
I’m very alert. I’m very vibrant. I have no intention to retire.”
- Sheldon Adelson

Yes, it is a bit daunting to be sharing the latest succession planning news with such an illustrious group of planners. For starters, you totally understand...

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Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

Malicious Malware and Methods to Mitigate the Risk

The greatest strength of the internet is also its greatest weakness. Sitting at a keyboard, you can quickly access vast and valuable resources which are available at your fingertips. However, unless you are very careful, malware may tag along for the ride. Consider this scenario:

You are at work perusing email and...

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Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

Is Your Firm Getting Crushed by Workload Compression?

Workload compression: unfortunately, it’s a new reality in today’s firms. In this issue of Feature Focus, we are going to take a closer look at workload compression. We will start by highlighting key insights to help you gauge how your firm stacks up. Then offer proven strategies you and your colleagues can put to work in keeping it...

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Firm Size: Sole Practitioners, Small Firms, Medium Firms, Large Firms

Shoes Key to Busy Season Success

My dad was a shoe salesman and entrepreneur. He taught my brothers and me how to sell shoes. I financed college selling shoes. My brothers did too. Then, unlike our dad, we became CPAs. Selling shoes taught us many things. We learned about problem solving and adapting to trends. Most importantly, we learned that it’s not really about shoes at...

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Firm Size: Medium Firms