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A new internet domain for the CPA profession: .cpa

The AICPA and CPA.com are launching .cpa, a restricted Internet domain exclusively for licensed CPA firms and, beginning next year, individual CPAs. The new .cpa domain is designed to promote greater trust in firms’ online interactions with clients and the public.

IRS temporarily allows e-signatures on some forms

The IRS identified a dozen forms for which is will accept e-signatures for the rest of the year. The forms covered include Form 8879, IRS e-file Signature Authorization, used for e-filing individual income tax returns.

Blockchain not seen transforming accounting processes — yet

Blockchain is often misunderstood. For instance, there is not one blockchain but many. Similarly, there are many opinions about how blockchain will affect the practice of accounting. Participants in the our annual technology roundtable add their voices to the debate.

Guidance issued on payroll tax deferral

The IRS issued guidance on the payroll tax deferral ordered by President Donald Trump on Aug. 8. The notice requires employers to withhold deferred taxes during the period from Jan. 1 to April 30, 2021.

How lenders should account for forgivable PPP loans

The forgivable portion of a Paycheck Protection Program loan should be accounted for by the lender as an interest-bearing loan until payment for that loan is received from the SBA, according to new Technical Question and Answer Guidance issued by the AICPA.

Records-request duties clarified in AICPA ethics proposal

AICPA members’ responsibilities when responding to client requests for client-provided records would be clarified under a proposal issued by the AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee that would amend the “Records Requests” interpretation in the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.

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