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Strategic planning and developing a marketing plan are critical topics to be covered in live, online forums the AICPA’s Private Company Practice Section (PCPS) is offering free to its members. The series, which began in June, includes events in August and September, with others to follow, and features presentations by prominent consultants. A schedule and information on section membership are available at the PCPS Firm Practice Center ( www.aicpa.org/pcps ).

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IRS sets start date for tax season

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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.