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Today, Aprio, LLP , a top business?advisory and CPA firm, announced RSM’s Firm Foundation program will transition to Aprio as a key driver for expanding Aprio’s partnership program with independently owned CPA firms nationwide. On December 1, 2021, Aprio will adopt the Firm Foundation model and aggressively expand it as a national alliance focusing on the firm’s passion for “what’s next.” “Aprio is taking the next step in evolving our partnership program and working with firms across the country to drive their success,” said Richard Kopelman, managing partner and CEO of Aprio, LLP. “We are dedicated ...
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On Sept. 9, 2021, President Biden announced, as part of his “Path out of the Pandemic” Action Plan, a forthcoming OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) which will require employers with 100 or more employees (projected to impact over 80 million workers) to mandate all employees be vaccinated or produce a negative COVID-19 test at least once per week prior to being permitted to report to work . Because the rule would be an emergency temporary standard, it will undergo an expedited review process without solicitation or review of public comments before it is issued by the Department of Labor (DOL). This impending ETS (like the earlier ETS OSHA issued ...
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July 29, 2021 -- During the CPA Firm Management Association's National Practice Management Conference, held in partnership with the AICPA & CIMA ENGAGE 2021 event, July 26-29, CPAFMA announced the recipient of it's 2021 Firm Manager of the Year Award. The award will be presented in-person during the Association's CONNECTIONS2022 event, June 21-24 in Portland, Maine when everyone is able to be together in-person. This year's recipient along with the firm were told of the award in advance of the announcement and true to character, the day of the presentation, the recipient could be found moving more than a dozen members of her firm's newly acquired firm ...
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One of the top strategic priorities in every firm I have worked with in the past year is the development of their CAAS (Client Accountant and Advisory Services) service capabilities. In addition to identifying niche expertise and segments to deliver targeted future services, these firms are actively learning advisory, facilitation, and marketing skills with a focus on directing their clients towards improving their businesses. Much of each firm’s CAAS practice will be built upon automating the various components of their client’s businesses through the adoption and integration of a business “suite” of applications which is being referred ...
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The latest Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report pointed out that just under 1.4M people in the US had their identities stolen in 2020, which was double the number of the previous year. Many of these thefts led to the creation of fraudulent driver’s licenses, passports, health insurance cards, and other government identification but most thefts led to financial fraud with a whopping 394,280 ID thefts specifically targeting unemployment benefit fraud in 2020. The unfortunate reality is that Identity theft is expected to significantly increase in 2021, which in turn creates significant havoc on victim’s lives. ”60% of Americans believe that ...
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Take advantage of our exclusive virtual event , “ Exploring New Frontiers: An Evening of Innovative Ideas ” , b y registering for the 2021 CPAFMA National Practice Management Conference in conjunction with ENGAGE. The event will feature NASA engineer for Jet Propulsion Labs, Adam Steltzner, Virgin Group founder and entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, as the keynote speakers , and will be streamed live on June 8 th from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm . During the session, Steltzner will begin by detail ing Jet Propulsion Lab’s successful landing of the rover “Perseverance” on Mars on February ...
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The latest Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report pointed out that just under 1.4M people in the US had their identities stolen in 2020, which was double the number of the previous year.  Many of these thefts led to the creation of fraudulent driver’s licenses, passports, health insurance cards, and other government identification but most thefts led to financial fraud with a whopping 394,280 ID thefts specifically targeting unemployment benefit fraud in 2020. The unfortunate reality is that Identity theft is expected to significantly increase in 2021, which in turn creates significant havoc on victim’s lives. ”60% of Americans believe that Identity theft is ...
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There are 6 NEW MAPCast opportunities to increase your knowledge.  The 2021 Technology Series presented by Roman Kepczyk, CPA.CITP, CGMA, PAFM, Director of Firm Technology Strategy, Right Networks  available individually, or you can save by registering for the whole series. See links below - Cost per MAPCast $25.00 for CPAFMA Members / $40.00 for Non-Members / Free for PAFMs Choose your MAPCast The entire series can be purchased at a discount for: $100.00 for Members / $225.00 for Non-Members / Free for PAFMS Register for ENTIRE SERIES
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Are you willing to step forward as a leader in the profession and join the CPAFMA National Board of Directors? Do you know a CPAFMA peer who would be perfect for this important role? The CPAFMA Board of Directors is seeking qualified candidates to be considered for Board service for the 2021-2022 year. If you have a commitment to the organization and to the profession and are willing to invest some time and energy in helping to make a difference, please complete the Association's Nominee Resume and submit it by midnight local time on   March 15, 2021 . This application should be completed by the individual who would like to be nominated. IMPORTANT FACTS ...
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If you are in the 20% of firms your size that have not applied for .CPA, it is important for you to listen to the following video overview from Erik Asgeirsson, Roman Kepczyk and Bill Reeb on why you should register at least your firm’s name prior to January 15th. This  video  also addresses the top questions being asked by CPA firms. Let’s unpack that discussion a bit. As Erik, Roman, and Bill discuss, .CPA is different from other top level domains (TLDs). Please consider the following as you walk through your decision-making processes relative to moving to the new .cpa domain: • is exclusive to the CPA Profession • provides a great opportunity ...
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There has been some confusion surrounding the activation requirements of the .cpa domain since the AICPA launched the program on September 1. The following was recently outlined as the Basic Activation Requirements effective November 1, 2020. Basic Activation Requirements Website - within one month of being issued your domain, redirect it to your current .com website - within one year of being issued your domain, use it as an active firm branded website. You have multiple options: Create a microsite Create a web page(s) with your name, logo and content Make it your primary website - if you bought multiple domains, you only need to activate ...
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This program is exclusively designed to help participants professionally manage accounting firms of varying sizes. Understanding the challenges firms have faced in 2020, CPAFMA has designed this virtual Accelerator to be affordable and inclusive, providing the opportunity for up to five members of the firm's leadership group to participate for one low price from the convenience of one's office. The two-day educational exchange has something for everyone involved in accounting firm management. The live online event includes high-level keynote sessions to facilitated discussions customized to provide information that can be implemented immediately. TAKEAWAYS ...
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From the August 2020 Confab on Diversity, Inclusion & Equity, several members noted the usefulness of the PCPS Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit.  CPAFMA is proud to be an alliance partner with PCPS and share the following table of contents of their D&I Toolkit with you.  For members of the PCPS, we are happy to forward the Toolkit to you, simply message CPAFMA HQ through Connect.  For membership information, visit AICPA.org. PCPS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit Table of Contents * indicates resource is pdf included in zip file download Toolkit roadmap* - Use the roadmap as a guide as you set your firm's priorities for increasing diversity and building ...
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Our dear CPAFMA friends – what a year this has been!  My time on the CPAFMA board has been so magnificent and although I have another year as Immediate Past Chair, I feel compelled to list some accomplishments we’ve made over the past seven years! I am honored to have served with the best-of-the-best firm managers and COO’s this country’s accounting firms have ever seen. I was part of this grand organization when, together, we ... changed our name from administrators to managers solidified our relationship with the AICPA and PCPS upgraded our website to include Connect strengthened our MAPCast offerings collaborated with the Association ...
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Firms recognize the value in diversity and inclusion, but implementation can be challenging. If you’re asking yourself, Where do I start?, complete our Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model . This FREE assessment tool measures 13 competencies in four core areas (workplace, workforce, marketplace and supplier/community). Use the results to determine next steps, improve results each year and benchmark with other firms.
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CPAFMA will begin hosting informal discussions and sharings that the organization is calling Confabs that will take place virtually over Zoom on the third Monday of every month at 3:30 PM ET.  The first one is scheduled for July 20, 2020. They will be facilitated by a member of CPAFMA but will be led by those participating. The topics will be broad and participants are encouraged to bring questions, stories, challenges and needs. The first will be on the topic of "How is Re-Opening Going?" Be prepared to hear successes, stories, frustrations, questions, concerns and possibly some failures. This is your opportunity as well to check-in and let your friends ...
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The CPA Firm Management Association is conducting an informal  compensation survey . The survey is intentionally designed to be efficient and provide information needed by firms regarding the firm manager position.   Completing the survey will take no more than ten minutes and should be completed by the firm manager (Administrative Partner, COO, Director of Operations, Firm Manager, Officer Administrator, etc.).  Data will be captured electronically and results distributed to members the first week of July 2020. All data will be confidential.   The deadline is June 18, 2020 at midnight local time.   To complete the survey, click   here .
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CPAFMA member firm,   Maner Costerisan , in Lansing, MI recently announced the hiring of their first Director of Marketing,  Julie Ross . Julie comes to the firm after serving as Jackson's content marketing manager.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Julie brings more than 15 years of experience to the  full-service public accounting, technology, and business advisory firm. Maner Costerisan, a BDO Alliance USA firm, is the largest locally-owned firm in mid-Michigan, serving clients of all sizes and across a range of industries with a staff of more than 130 individuals.  The firm's Director of Administration,  Kris Latchaw, CPA  is a Director on ...
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American Institute of CPAs executive vice president of firm services Mark Koziel announced that he is leaving after almost a decade-and-a-half with the institute to take the helm at international accounting association Allinial Global. Koziel will become president and CEO of the association on August 1, following the retirement of current chief Terry Snyder. He was selected after an extensive review that looked at over 100 candidates. A widely respected figure in the profession, Koziel has often been one of the AICPA's most prominent faces for members through his work as head of firm services and his frequent public speaking. He has been regularly included ...
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Accountable for Change is making online courses available to all CPAFMA members and their firms for free until April 30, 2020. Once members register for the courses they have access for 6 months. This offering has no strings attached, Accountable for Change is looking to help member firms by providing free online training. To take advantage of this opportunity to build new capabilities / skills by providing free, online training to your teams.  Each team member can select two (2) courses from this list for six (6) months. To register, email sueg@accountableforchange.com with the course information you are interested in completing. Once registered, you ...
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