Industry News: Have you heard about the ‘2021 Black CPA Centennial’ campaign?

Have you heard about the ‘2021 Black CPA Centennial’ campaign?  

As February marks the beginning of Black History Month, organizations across the accounting profession have marked the occasion by commemorating the 100th anniversary of John Cromwell Jr. becoming the first registered Black CPA with a new yearlong diversity program.

Industry News: Season of uncertainty: Aiming for April 15

Season of uncertainty: Aiming for April 15

The month ahead will be a critical time for tax preparers as they face issues on many different fronts. Old legislation, new legislation, stimulus payments and Paycheck Protection Program questions will complicate matters for preparers and taxpayers alike, according to observers — to say nothing of the delayed start to tax season.

The filing season itself will be “one for the ages,” said Mark Steber, senior vice president and chief tax officer at Jackson Hewitt.

Industry News: Ready for the 2021 Tax Season? Here’s How the Coronavirus Pandemic Affected Your Business Clients

Ready for the 2021 Tax Season? Here’s How the Coronavirus Pandemic Affected Your Business Clients



As some of your business clients prepare to reopen their doors while ensuring the safety of their employees and customers, it’s your job to nudge them to start gathering their tax documents and financials for the April deadline.

Industry News: Beware of identity theft scam involving unemployment benefits

Beware of identity theft scam involving unemployment benefits

The IRS is warning taxpayers of an identity theft scam involving fraudulent claims for state unemployment benefits. Identity thieves are reportedly using stolen personal information to file for and receive unemployment benefits. This scam has proliferated during the COVID-19 pandemic as unemployment claims in general have skyrocketed.

Industry News: Do you know why the IRS created the position of Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer?

IRS Creates New Position: Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer



The position will work with business units and offices across the IRS, including Chief Counsel, the Independent Office of Appeals and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The role is envisioned as working in coordination with the National Taxpayer Advocate...

Industry News: COVID Tax Credit Extended for Employers Who Keep Workers on Payroll

COVID Tax Credit Extended for Employers Who Keep Workers on Payroll

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted Dec. 27, 2020, made a number of changes to the employee retention tax credits previously made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

The Internal Revenue Service is urging employers to take advantage of the newly-extended employee retention credit, designed to make it easier for businesses that, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, choose to keep their employees on the payroll.

Industry News: IRS Offers New Contact-Free Signature Options for Tax Pros and Clients

IRS Offers New Contact-Free Signature Options for Tax Pros and Clients

Tax professionals can find the new “Submit Forms 2848 and 8821 Online” on the IRS.gov/taxpro page. Tax professionals must have a Secure Access account, including a current username and password, or create an account in advance of submitting an online ...

The Internal Revenue Service has rolled out a new online option that will help tax professionals remotely obtain signatures from individual and business clients and submit authorization forms electronically.

Industry News: 7 Tips to Keep Client Data Safe During this Work-from-Home Tax Season

7 Tips to Keep Client Data Safe During this Work-from-Home Tax Season



To keep client data safe when working from home this tax season, it is important to understand potential risks when sharing information electronically, and how to manage these risks effectively. Consider the following.

Industry News: 7 Reasons Accounting Firms Should Embrace Cannabis Clients in a Post-COVID World

7 Reasons Accounting Firms Should Embrace Cannabis Clients in a Post-COVID World



It's time for accounting professionals to embrace the cannabis industry. As accountants, we have the opportunity to be at the forefront of this exciting industry growth and have the ability to lend a sense of legitimacy to our clients' businesses.

 

Industry News: A Guide to Building a Culture of Accountability at Your Firm

A Guide to Building a Culture of Accountability at Your Firm



Compared to other workplaces in different industries, the typical accounting firm deals with a greater need for a direct and clear management style.

Compared to other workplaces in different industries, the typical accounting firm deals with a greater need for a direct and clear management style.

Industry News: How to make tax filing easier in 2021.

Steps to Take Now to Get a Jump on Your Taxes

Gather your tax records

Have your records organized to make preparing a tax return easier. It may also help you discover potentially overlooked deductions or credits. Include in your tax records:
  • Forms W-2 from employers
  • Forms 1099 from banks and other payers
  • Other income documents and records of virtual currency transactions.

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