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The AICPA staff issued Technical Information Service (TIS) 9110.15, a practice aid on auditor “certification” of the cost reports that health care organizations sometimes must submit as a condition of participation in Medicaid, Medicare and other third-party reimbursement programs ( www.aicpa.org/download/members/ ). Practitioners are encouraged to implement the guidance as soon as possible.

NEWS

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.

PODCAST

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.