How CPAs can rise above a polarized political climate

A severely polarized political climate doesn’t have to stop CPAs from achieving their ambitions. Instead, a little empathy can go a long way, according to AICPA governing Council guest speaker Amy Walter, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Cook Political Report.

Creating the right visuals for your data

Two leading figures in the field of data visualization explain how CPAs can best use visual depictions of numbers and how history’s “heroes of visual thinking” transformed numbers into images that carry ideas and meaning.

Time has come for firms to cull clients

Accounting firms see many opportunities in the marketplace but with an already stretched workforce, they are struggling to find the capacity to take on new challenges.

Social Security wage base, COLA set for 2022

The Social Security Administration announced the maximum amount of wages subject to Social Security tax in 2022 and a cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits.

CAS practices see 20% growth rate

Client advisory services practices saw a 20% growth rate in terms of net client fees per professional, according to the latest & AICPA PCPS Client Advisory Services Benchmark Survey.

New standard sharpens focus on risk-based auditing

The AICPA Auditing Standards Board issued a new standard designed to help auditors determine the areas that pose the greatest risks of material misstatement in an audit engagement and spend more of their time performing procedures in those areas.

Private equity’s push into accounting

TowerBrook Capital Partners’ purchase of an ownership stake in EisnerAmper marked the first private-equity deal with a top 20 accounting firm. In a Q&A with the JofA, accounting firm consultant and M&A broker Allan D. Koltin discusses the mechanics of such a deal and the likelihood that there will be more PE forays into large accounting firms in the future.


Get your clients ready for tax season

Upon its enactment in March, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) introduced many new tax changes, some of which retroactively affected 2020 returns. Making the right moves now can help you mitigate any surprises heading into 2022.


Black CPA Centennial, 1921–2021

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the first Black licensed CPA in the United States, a yearlong campaign kicked off to recognize the nation’s Black CPAs and encourage greater progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession.