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It's January and you know what that means... Everyone is making predictions! We cover the best and worst predictions for the profession, and make some of our own. In this episode: Accountex USA is no more, what's next for blockchain, what's next for gadgets, what Millennials want from your firm, accounting trends that will shape 2020, critical issues facing the profession, what regulators are up to in accounting, AI predictions, creepy applications that will change your business, and how big tech is coming for fintech.
Ben Wann, CMA, MBA, CPA joins our weekly news update to read his "Dear AICPA" letter on the air and discuss the latest accounting happenings, including: notable industry exits by Jennifer Warawa from Sage, Matt Rissell from TSheets, and even our own Blake Oliver from FloQast; HUGE venture capital raises by FreshBooks and ScaleFactor; further updates (and possibly closure) on the iNSYNQ ransomware saga; and finally, continuing discussion of the value and future of the CPA license, and much more!
Blake and David chat with Sabrina Parsons, CEO of LivePlan, and Kathy Gregory, LivePlan's Director of Strategic Development at Xerocon 2019 in San Diego. They cover a range of issues from advisory and strategic planning to leveraging AI to build a better practice. Discover key LivePlan features and solutions for small business owners, accountants and bookkeepers. Don't miss LivePlan's Client Advisory Services Bootcamp slated for this October in Eugene, Oregon!
Blake sits down with Shawn Kanungo, at Xerocon San Diego 2019 after his keynote, to discuss all things experimentation, disruption, innovation, storytelling, and where the accounting industry is headed, especially if firms can’t let go of their nostalgia and embrace cloud!
We hope you're enjoying your extended free trial of 2021! We've got lots of news to share in today's episode, including how Big 4 leaders reacted to the Capitol riot, and some tips and tricks on how to avoid being de-platformed (like a certain president). Plus, there's more news on the kickoff of PPP 2.0, stimulus payment issues, agent fees, and such. In app news, we'll talk about Pennylane's fundraising to build software plus an accounting service, the departure of a neobank, Azlo, Avalara's new Cloud Sales Tax Returns solution, and more. We'll take a "look" at BKD's film noir, "The Missing Deduction," examine what FASB plans to tackle, like Goodwill, in 2021, and unearth some other interesting accounting-related tidbits.
Whether you're starting a new year, or just continuing 2020 indefinitely, we've got new news, including Blake's quest to find out how to offer CPE credits for our loyal U.S. listeners! We're talking a $2 billion tax fraud, and the Treasury's claim of no evidence to suggest taxpayer data was stolen in IRS hack, along with some stories of PPP winners and losers, and how the NASBA offices narrowly avoided the Nashville bombing. We'll also explore how to get your CPA without spending tons of $$. Then, we'll rummage through the latest app news, and acquisitions, some enlightening survey data, and more!
Grab your party favors, confetti, and tinfoil, it's time to look back, and move forward! Blake and David review their past predictions and make some new ones for 2021. Also, a survey reveals that the majority of bookkeepers now offer AP services, and another survey suggests the remote work method is here to stay, post-pandemic, along with more discussion on state income taxes. In app news, Zoom phones in text messaging support and announces an email/calendar service, Square is buying a music streaming service, and Expensify launches, plus some discussion on what Google's return-to-office strategy suggests about the future of remote work. Happy New Year, and thank you for joining us!
This is BIG NEWS for PPP borrowers: Business that received a PPP loan are now eligible for the Employee Retention Credit (assuming President Trump signs the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law). Hear from Justin Elanjian, CPA and Partner at Aprio, what strategies you need to be considering when it comes to maximizing the benefit of PPP forgiveness paired with the ERC for your clients.
CAP NEWS EXCLUSIVE: LegalZoom has purchased an accounting firm and is growing it with bookkeeping, tax, and onboarding hires in Austin, Texas. With recent executive hires from Intuit, it seems clear that LegalZoom is intent on building a tax and accounting services business that could very well compete with your firm. David and Blake have the details. Also in this episode: How Bob Dylan’s catalog sale highlights a tax advantage for songwriters, how US customers’ attitudes to fintech are shifting during the pandemic, why Slack is the right tool for the wrong way to work, how the huge federal government hack could impact the IRS, and more!
Blake interviews Justin Elanjian, CPA, nationally recognized PPP expert and a partner at top accounting firm Aprio, about the top 10 changes to the Paycheck Protection Program in the pending bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020.
Today, some of our loyal listeners take us to school about where we've missed the mark on things like audit, tax, and our favorite subject - the Paycheck Protection Program, and more. There's a plethora of app news, including some details on Oracle's move to Austin, how Square is "Cash"-ing in on clothing, BQE's partnership with AffiniPay, and more talk about fintech, including how Revolut quietly broke even. In the world of tax, and PPP, Mnuchin's got a new proposal, and how an extra paycheck will somehow, some way be in your future. All this and more on this festive episode!
Ho-ho-ho ... Can't figure out what to buy that special accountant in your life? We've got a list of great gifts for the remote workers in your life! In all the news that matters, we've got a ton of PPP news, including the release of PPP loan data. In the world of fraud, you'll learn how virtual escape rooms help train employees to catch fraud and avoid scams, and we'll talk about the QuickBooks phishing email you need to avoid. In App News, Stripe's got a new Treasury API, there's a sparkly new "full service" offering from TurboTax, just in time for Tax Season 2021, and we'll examine Facebook's CRM acquisition. All this, and more on today's episode! Enjoy!
If you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of Cloud Accounting news while you recover! There's a lot to cover, including Salesforce's potential Slack acquisition, how virtual HQs are racing to win over a remote work fatigued market, and what happens now that Intuit has won U.S. approval for purchase of Credit Karma. We'll also examine Expensify's $100 million in annual recurring revenue, a wealth of FreshBooks news, and ponder all the possibilities for spending Xero's mountain of cash. In other news, AWS went down in the midst of trying to upgrade capacity, Scottsdalians are among the first to get autonomously delivered stuff from Walmart, and how COVID has increased the urge to shop digitally. All this and more, right here, right now!
Happy Almost Thanksgiving! Before we stuff ourselves senseless on socially distanced turkey, we're talking remote work, and compensation for all those work-from-home expenses. We'll also discuss why women are less likely than men to feel fairly compensated for those expenses. Then we'll dig into PPP news, with talks about how the IRS plans to increase audits on small businesses by 50% — and how that's a joke based on the latest numbers. Meanwhile, since the IRS is investigating fewer tax preparers, is fraud declining? We'll also hit on the various and sundry confusion points regarding PPP loan forgiveness, the AICPA's contentions with the IRS on penalty relief, and the PPP loan necessity questionnaires by the SBA, all while Mnuchin pulls the plug on some pandemic lending programs. In other news, we'll examine some of the top challenges of accounting firms in 2020, and ponder why over a third of Americans won't move to rural areas due to slow internet speeds. In app-ish news, we'll talk all things QuickBooks Connect (Virtual) 2020, QuickBooks Live, Intuit earnings, and why Xero investors should forget about the United States market. Enjoy!
With the holidays fast approaching, we talk about new ways to celebrate, at a healthy distance, of course. Inspired by feedback from Leary's theory on why Trump lost, we dive deep into the reasons, and logic behind it. Looking for some great practice management ideas for winning millennial clients? We've got 11 from Ryan Lazanis, founder of FutureFirm. In app news, we talk about how NetSuite's debut of an accounting partner program; Receipt Bank availability on QuickBooks Desktop via Right Networks, and we'll look at Xero's fast growth slowing down, while profits surge. In the world of taxes, Deutsche Bank calls for taxing remote workers for the privilege of working at home, others are considering the benefits of a wealth tax, and Blake sits down with CAP listener, Juventino Gaytan, NAVSEA accountant, to talk more about relocation, income taxes, and more!
David Leary has a theory... that Donald Trump's tax cuts way back at the beginning of his presidency were ultimately what caused him to lose this election, and an Excel error leads to voter fraud accusations. In other news, we'll talk about why Walmart's abandoning shelf-scanning robots, how to double your client conversions, and just what and Square earnings are telling us about the future of cloud accounting. In PPP news, we'll discuss how a judge ordered the SBA to reveal PPP loan data it sought to obscure, while evidence of PPP fraud mounts. We'll also talk about the income tax surprise waiting for remote workers in 2021, and why California fined KPMG $1.3M for cheating scandal. All this and more, right now!
While we wait to learn who's going to be in charge of the country, this episode is full of all the news that's good to know, including what accountants can learn from the 3 billion texts sent during this U.S. election, how employers are refilling open accounting jobs during the pandemic, and the future of remote work after the pandemic ends. There's more PPP-ish news, including how the SBA is pressing big businesses to justify the necessity of their PPP loan applications, more related frauds, and updates on the Main Street Lending program. Then, we dive into an all-you-can-eat buffet of app news from the likes of QuickBooks, FreshBooks, Lendio, Square, Stripe, and more!
David Barrett, CEO of Expensify, emailed all 10 million users on Friday morning telling them that, “If you are a U.S. citizen, anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy.” Blake and David dive into the reactions from and impact on the accounting and bookkeeping community, including results from this week's Twitter survey. In app and fintech news, Jirav partners with, Chase goes after Square, PayPal adds crypto, FreshBooks adds inventory, and Jetpack Workflow gets a new perspective. In news of a stranger nature, Accounting Seed makes an accounting board game, George Washington's Revolutionary War expense report. Finally, we balance the depressing political news with a spirit-boosting voicemail from another satisfied Cloud Accounting Podcast listener!
We're celebrating the passing of the final official tax deadline of 2020 with a huge slew of news! We'll dive into what E&Y has in common with a string of imploding firms. Then we'll Zoom into a wide array of updates and features that will take the yawn factor out of videoconferencing, and enhance employee safety, and enable hybrid workforces. If you've been itching to travel, a new study reveals that it's nearly impossible to catch COVID on a plane. Venturing into other news, we'll talk about Robinhood, and the lack of security in many newer fintech players, and we look at Revolut's play to get a bank charter in Cali. Then, we'll round out the party with some IRS updates, PPP happenings, and we'll also see who's not charging for PPP services. All this, and party favors! Enjoy!
We've got news! A lot of news! In this episode, we cover the latest on PPP forgiveness, the IRS's continuing lack of resources, and how they make it easier to audit the poor, while those with lots of cash, like the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, and John McAfee, software pioneer, are suspected of, and indicted for tax fraud. In the midst of, and beyond COVID, there's more news around remote work, and productivity, including how Microsoft is now allowing employees work from home 50% of the time, and Google is challenging Microsoft Office with a new version of G Suite, called Google Workspace. We cover app news, with updates on offerings from Gusto, Expensify, Avalara, Client Hub, and more, and talk about the recent Robinhood "potential" hackery, serious mystery software errors that plagued the state of Georgia, and more flaws in Excel affecting accurate reporting of COVID cases in the UK. All this and so much more!
Birthdays abound! Both David and Microsoft Excel celebrated special days this week! We'll take a brief look at Excel's long run and talk about their future. We spot some almost silver linings in the COVID clouds, including why your website is crucial to gaining new business in this "new normal" landscape, and how EisnerAmper is leading the "return to work" charge with its own homegrown social-distancing app. In other news, Intuit removed itself from all Scaling New Heights in-person and virtual events for the time being, while Sage intacct has been busy releasing what looks to be a pretty useful feature - an AI-powered timesheets app built into Sage Intacct Cloud. We'll review the list of top accounting apps, as seen in Accounting Today, and dig into some Stranger news Things, revolving around the Apple credit card, and then enjoy the latest in entertaining stupid human tricks, and learn what the Mother of Dragons, White Walkers and the Night's Watch have in common with the PPP. Grab some cake and ice cream and enjoy the party!
Accountants favor Trump in election by large margin; New Job Cuts at CPA Firms; Is It Insane to Start a Business During Coronavirus? Millions of Americans Don’t Think So; Not One PPP Loan Has Been Forgiven; Trump's tax returns show chronic losses and years of income tax avoidance; FreshBooks Buys Mexico's Facturama; Intuit launches new QuickBooks Commerce platform; 2 Shopify Employees Took Consumer Data; Avalara debuts suite for alcohol industry; Blackbaud Ransomware Breach Victims, Lawsuits Pile Up; QuickBooks Recurring Transactions now available to third-party apps; New audit evidence standard allows for non-human evidence collection.
So. Much. News. TikTok Bid Highlights Oracle’s Public Embrace of Trump; Senate, Supreme Court opt out of Trump payroll tax deferral; House Republicans push to reopen Paycheck Protection Program amid coronavirus relief gridlock; E-filing problems plague some Sept. 15 tax returns; Penalty relief may be available to those who miss Sept. 15 deadline due to COVID-19; IRS set to begin rolling out new case management system; US Offices Only At 50 Pct Capacity In August; Almost 60 percent of business closures are now permanent, new Yelp data shows; Square launches payroll feature that could boost its banking business through the Cash App; Xero revamps Early U.S. plans; What’s new in QuickBooks Online: September 2020; TD Rolls Out Online Accounting In Bid For Small Biz Accounts; Chime is now worth $14.5 billion, surging past Robinhood as the most valuable U.S. consumer fintech; Wolters Kluwer buys XCM Solutions; Bookkeeper360 Launches App That Integrates with Xero to Provide Real-Time Business Insights; Survey Says: Fintech On The Rise During COVID; Klarna Valued At $10.65B After $650M Fundraise; QuickBooks Desktop 2021 updates respond to new COVID realities
So. Much. News! Grab a beverage, and/or snacks! Major companies reject Trump’s payroll tax deferral; SaaS Firm CEO Resigns; Layoffs, Probe Follow; DOJ: 57 Charged With Alleged PPP Fraud; Melio Raises $144M to keep Small Businesses in Business by Simplifying their B2B Payments; Sage and Revolut partner to hand back three weeks of admin time to small business owners; The FTC Is Investigating Intuit Over TurboTax Practices; Deel Lands $30M For Workforce Payroll; The majority of workers use automation software at work—here's why; Employers added 1.4M jobs in August, but subtracted 1.6K accounting jobs; Quickie lender Kabbage doled out billions in PPP loans. A number of borrowers raised red flags; SBA Loan Program Contractor and Rocket Loans Face Scrutiny; GPT-3 bot that lets people with no accounting knowledge generate financial statements.
There's a lot to talk about today, including news on how CPA domain applications are now open, and some discussion on the Federal Reserve's new FedNow service. We'll also touch on Arizona being the first state to okay non-lawyer ownership of law firms. In App News, Karbon releases Time & Budgets; a spreadsheet error led to Edinburgh hospital opening delay, and some news of Zoom, and Xero. Then, the piece de resistance - our take on the average annual compensation of equity partners in the top 100 accounting firms, and why big firms are starting to resemble pyramid schemes!
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Blake Oliver
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Nov 3rd, 2017
Latest Episode
Jan 13th, 2021
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