Firm practice management

What we can do to increase the number of Black CPAs

African Americans are still underrepresented in the accounting profession: Only 2% of CPAs are Black. In this second part of a two-episode podcast, we look at what the profession can do to increase the number of Black CPAs.

How the 2021 busy season is different

Some accounting firms prepared for the 2021 busy season by staffing up and offering more flexible work options for employees dealing with family issues during the pandemic.

The struggles and triumphs of the first Black CPAs

We take a look at the remarkable accomplishments of Black CPAs in the 20th century, featuring the testimony of two CPAs who witnessed Black CPA history firsthand: Ruth Harris, the first Black female CPA in Virginia, and Frank Ross, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Accountants.

Broaching tough conversations with clients

CPAs are knowledgeable about their small business clients’ financial conditions and emotionally removed enough from the organizations to help business leaders see what they often would rather avoid.

CPAs urged to be voice of calm in PPP storm

Rule changes, deadline pressures, and ongoing processing problems with the Paycheck Protection Program are causing high levels of frustration and anxiety among many small businesses. This creates an opportunity for CPAs to provide calm guidance for stressed clients.

Assessment is key to a successful D&I effort

Before launching a diversity and inclusion program, learn where your organization stands in terms of D&I. Tools such as the AICPA’s Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model can help you track your progress.

Alaska, Maine, and Oklahoma weigh CPA firm mobility bills

Alaska, Maine, and Oklahoma are the latest states to consider CPA firm mobility legislation, which allows CPA firms that meet certain licensing requirements to provide their services across state lines in order to serve clients without the need to obtain an additional license.

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Scorecard preparation templates and tips

With Workiva, we've created a PowerPoint deck that helps you create your own scorecards -- quick reference reports used across organizations to update stakeholders on the performance of defined deliverables.

100th ANNIVERSARY

Black CPA Centennial, 1921–2021

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the first Black licensed CPA in the United States, a yearlong campaign kicked off to recognize the nation’s Black CPAs and encourage greater progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession.