NEWS

Disguised-sale partnership regs. withdrawn

The IRS announced that it was withdrawing temporary regulations on the treatment of partnership liabilities for disguised-sale purposes and proposing to reinstate the old rules.

6 steps to accounting automation success

For firms embracing the automation age, artificial intelligence requires smart thinking and human wisdom, Boomer Consulting’s Arianna Campbell and Marc Staut explained at the AICPA ENGAGE 2018 conference.

Make attest engagements more profitable

Better planning and more efficient processes and procedures can help accountants, auditors and firms gain more profit from their attest engagements, consultant Alan W. Anderson, CPA, said at the AICPA ENGAGE 2018 conference.

Tips for new managers

Leadership is a skill that can be learned, says Louis Griego, CPA. In his talk at ENGAGE, he gives advice new managers can use to hone their leadership skills.

Focus on clients, and revenue will follow

Figuring out what clients want can be a challenge for any CPA firm. But if you’re diligent in seeking feedback and take the time to listen, you’ll discover more opportunities to provide revenue-producing services.

How to recruit the best job candidates

Understanding candidates’ motivations and carefully crafting job descriptions can give employers an advantage in recruiting, says Sarah Dobek, the founder and president of Inovautus Consulting.

Draft 2019 Form W-4 and instructions posted

The IRS released a draft Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, and its instructions, for individual taxpayers to use to determine their income tax withholding for 2019.

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PODCAST

How tax reform — and Excel — are changing the CPA Exam

Mike Decker, the vice president of examinations at the AICPA, discusses changes being made to the exam as a result of tax reform — and about how Excel will now be available for use on the test.