Technology


Beginning July 1, accountants and other professionals who had registered a trademark or service mark before September 30, 2002, can secure a .pro domain name, or Internet address suffix, that exactly matches their registered mark. For example, a firm with a trademark such as Smith & Jones, CPAs, would qualify for a Web address of www.smith&jonescpas.pro. Through the use of digital certificates—information packets that confirm the identity of participants in online transactions—such Web addresses will provide greater security and confidentiality for electronic commerce and communications. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, www.icann.org ) added .pro to the existing list of approved domain names, such as .com, .org, .gov and .edu, and designated RegistryPro ( www.registrypro.com ) as the operator for the registry. ICANN is the nonprofit corporation responsible for Internet address allocation and domain name system management.

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IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Why CPAs can’t wait on automation tools

What do accounting firms waiting on others to develop AI, automation, and data analytics tools have in common with a baseball fan sitting in a stadium filling with water at an exponential rate? The answer could determine your firm’s fate.