The Accounting Podcast

Blake Oliver & David Leary

The Accounting Podcast (formerly the Cloud Accounting Podcast) is the world's #1 accounting, bookkeeping, and tax podcast! Join us weekly for a roundup of accounting news, analysis, and interviews. Plus, earn free NASBA-approved CPE credits for listening with the Earmark app. Learn more at https://earmarkcpe.com. read less
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Get Rich Doing Bad Audits
4d ago
Get Rich Doing Bad Audits
Blake and David dive into the concerning trend of small CPA firms conducting shoddy audits of large companies and SPACs, raking in big fees while facing minimal consequences for deficient work. They also discuss the latest accounting app funding news, the power of AI for crafting persuasive arguments, and the American Institute of CPAs' puzzling resistance to changes in CPA licensure requirements and touch on the growing importance of client accounting services for public accounting firms.Sponsors Cloud Accountant Staffing - http://accountingpodcast.promo/cas Uncat - http://accountingpodcast.promo/uncatEarmark - https://earmark.appChapters(00:38) - Blake is back from a conference in Atlanta (03:58) - The truth behind Trump's Truth Social SPAC audit (19:27) - AI startup Fieldguide secures $30 million in Series B funding (22:43) - FundGuard secures $100 million in Series C funding round (24:28) - BotKeeper launches BotKeeper Infinite (30:03) - Scientists find that AI is more persuasive than humans at changing people's opinions (38:15) - Formula 1 team using Excel to track car parts (40:08) - CAS is the fastest-growing service in Accounting Today's annual survey (42:08) - The AICPA warns about losing the 150-hour rule (49:20) - Send us an email and remember you can earn FREE CPE for listening to this podcast! Show NotesFieldguide Raises $30 Million to Combat CPA Shortage With AIhttps://www.pymnts.com/news/investment-tracker/2024/fieldguide-raises-30-million-to-combat-cpa-shortage-with-ai/AI accounting startup raises $100Mhttps://www.accountingtoday.com/articles/ai-accounting-startup-fundguard-raises-100m-in-new-fundsOn the Conversational Persuasiveness of Large Language Models: A Randomized Controlled Trial (PDF) https://arxiv.org/pdf/2403.14380.pdf?utm_source=www.therundown.ai&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nvidia-s-new-ai-chip-competitor The year CAS took overhttps://www.accountingtoday.com/opinion/the-year-cas-took-over-accountingNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsRoyalwise - https://royalwise.com/partnerForwardly - https://www.forwardly.com/ClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
Pizza Parties Boost Morale
Apr 4 2024
Pizza Parties Boost Morale
Blake and David dig through the latest accounting news, including the effectiveness of pizza parties in boosting accounting firm morale, the record number of baby boomers reaching retirement age, and the impact on Social Security, as well as the massive amount of COVID-related fraud originating in South Florida. They also take a look at audit integrity issues, the long working hours in accounting, and some of the latest app headlines.SponsorsLiveFlow - http://accountingpodcast.promo/liveflow Relay - http://accountingpodcast.promo/relay Bookkeep - http://accountingpodcast.promo/bookkeepChapters(00:22) - Thomson Reuters says pizza parties boost accountants morale (03:33) - Trump cheats at golf (04:50) - Truth Social goes public (07:41) - Grant Thornton sells majority stake to private equity firm (12:28) - Almost 20% of all PPP fraud happened in South Florida (17:59) - 49ers docked 5th round draft pick for accounting error (20:08) - Sam Bankman Freed sentenced to 25 years in prison (22:29) - David shares WSJ video on the future of social security (31:16) - Tingo audit faulire update (41:48) - Big 4 Transparency firm awards (50:28) - Blake takes on a Reddit user's problem (56:35) - Microsoft Teams combining business and personal offerings (57:04) - Thanks for listening and remember to subscribe Show NotesFTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Sentenced to 25 Years https://www.wsj.com/finance/currencies/sam-bankman-fried-sentencing-ftx-fraud-2d92fce9?st=d45lmr6uc8gg6wcTrump ‘cheats like a mafia accountant’ at golf, writer who played with him says - pennlive.com https://www.pennlive.com/news/2024/03/trump-cheats-like-a-mafia-accountant-at-golf-writer-who-played-with-him-says.htmlBig 4 Transparency - Awards Season 🏆 https://big4transparency.beehiiv.com/p/big-4-transparency-awards-season?utm_source=big4transparency.beehiiv.com&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=big-4-transparency-awards-seasonPCAOB bars Colorado firm Gries & Associates from doing audits | Accounting Today https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/pcaob-bars-colorado-firm-from-doing-auditsSan Francisco 49ers docked 2025 fifth-round draft pick for accounting error | FOX Sports https://www.foxsports.com/stories/nfl/san-francisco-49ers-docked-2025-fifth-round-draft-pick-for-accounting-errorGrant Thornton gets major PE stake from New Mountain Capital | Accounting Today https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/grant-thornton-gets-major-pe-stakeHow Miami Became a Hub of PPP Fraud After Pandemichttps://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/2024/03/26/how-miami-became-a-hub-of-ppp-fraud-after-pandemic/103156/ Audit Plan to Flag Illegal Acts Needs Do-Over, Critics Chargehttps://news.bloombergtax.com/financial-accounting/audit-plan-to-flag-illegal-acts-needs-do-over-critics-charge Blackrock larry fink annual letter 8484e68e      https://www.wsj.com/finance/investing/blackrock-larry-fink-annual-letter-8484e68e Ahead of sentencing, SBF team argues for 5-6 years in jail because FTX customers will get money back          https://www.cnbc.com/2024/03/27/sbf-team-argues-for-5-6-year-sentence-ftx-customers-to-get-money-back.html The Home Stretch: Strategies & insights for today’s tax professionals as their busy season concludes              https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en-us/posts/tax-and-accounting/home-stretch-tax-professionals/ Trump's social media company rises 16% in first day trading gains, but the stock could fall 95%, says an IPO expert  https://fortune.com/2024/03/26/trump-social-media-rises-trading-gains-fall-expert/ FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried gets 25 years in prison           https://www.bankingdive.com/news/sam-bankman-fried-25-years-prison-fraud-conspiracy-ftx-crypto-sbf-kaplan-alameda/711601/ IRS Criminal Investigation Says COVID-Related Fraud Totaled Nearly $9 Billionhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2024/03/28/irs-criminal-investigation-says-covid-related-fraud-totaled-nearly-9-billion/Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? ...
Modern Pricing Models Drive Higher Valuations for Accounting Firms
Apr 3 2024
Modern Pricing Models Drive Higher Valuations for Accounting Firms
Blake and David meet with M&A advisor Charles Bedard about valuations for accounting firms looking to sell. Bedard explains that subscription-based "modern" firms command much higher multiples than traditional hourly billing firms. Bedard provides specific valuation ranges based on revenue and EBITDA multiples and highlights the importance of recurring revenue. He also offers actionable tips for firm owners to increase their value in preparation for an exit.Meet Our Guest, Charles BedardLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbedard/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SolvingtheValueLearn more about ERGO Comps, LLChttp://www.ergocomps.com/Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
A Sizable Portion of Accountants See No Use Case for AI
Mar 29 2024
A Sizable Portion of Accountants See No Use Case for AI
Blake and David look at the potential impact of AI on the accounting profession and discuss how AI tools like ChatGPT can boost productivity by automating tasks, improving communication, and assisting with problem-solving. They also examine the implications of these efficiency gains on the billable hour, predicting that firms will need to adapt their pricing strategies as a result. Finally, they review the results of a recent Accounting Today survey, which reveals accountants' perceptions and concerns about AI in the profession.Sponsors OnPay - http://accountingpodcast.promo/onpayKeeper - http://accountingpodcast.promo/keeper Bookkeep - http://accountingpodcast.promo/bookkeepChapters(02:24) - The inefficiency at Disney World compared to accountants and timesheets (09:38) - JP Morgan AI tool cuts human work by 90% (11:14) - BofA Cash Pro Forecasting (18:29) - Blake checks in on live chat (19:11) - Survey on how much people actually want to work (27:17) - Kindness initiatives at firms (28:26) - Is gratitude better than a pay raise? (29:34) - New Accounting Today AI survey (40:00) - Blake shares example of how he used AI in his personal life (42:36) - Forbes article on ChatGPT prompts for leaders and managers (55:29) - Thanks for listening and remember to subscribe Show NotesJPMorgan Says Its AI Cashflow Tool Cut Human Work Almost 90%https://www.entrepreneur.com/business-news/jpmorgan-says-its-ai-cashflow-tool-cut-human-work-almost-90/470682 Accounting's reluctant AI revolution    https://www.accountingtoday.com/research-report/accountings-reluctant-ai-revolution Firms find it’s cool to be kind    https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/issues/2024/mar/firms-find-its-cool-to-be-kind.html Bank Of America CashPro Forecasting               https://business.bofa.com/en-us/content/cashpro-forecasting.htmlAmericans Don’t Care as Much About Work. And It Isn’t Just Gen Z.https://www.wsj.com/lifestyle/careers/americans-attitude-work-data-0c2e487c?st=zyx80zw1zyfu1jfGratitude is Better Than a Pay Raise for 55% of U.S. Workers, Survey Findshttps://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/2024/02/29/gratitude-is-better-than-a-pay-raise-for-55-of-u-s-workers/102148/12 ChatGPT Prompts For Leaders And Managers In 2024https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelwells/2024/01/23/12-chatgpt-prompts-for-leaders-and-managers-in-2024/Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsRoyalwise - https://royalwise.com/partnerForwardly - https://www.forwardly.com/ClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
Do Audit Opinions Matter? A Discussion with Professor Ed Ketz
Mar 26 2024
Do Audit Opinions Matter? A Discussion with Professor Ed Ketz
Professor Ed Ketz of Penn State joins the show to discuss audits' current state and future. We delve into the relevance of audits and explore the value of unqualified opinions in making audits meaningful. The discussion also touches on the overstandardization of audit reports and how this can lead to investor misunderstandings. Professor Ketz brings a unique perspective, sparking a debate on whether the existence of the unqualified opinion creates value rather than the content within. The episode ends with a brainstorm on potential regulation improvements to improve audit quality and usefulness.Meet Our Guest, Ed KetzWebsite: https://directory.smeal.psu.edu/k55LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ed-ketz-7982421a7Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
Banks Will Fail & Listener Mail
Mar 22 2024
Banks Will Fail & Listener Mail
Blake and David start with a discussion on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's testimony regarding the failure of small and mid-sized banks due to exposure to the commercial real estate sector. They also get into Minnesota's CPA licensure bill for 150-hour requirement alternatives and KPMG's audit findings on the Department of Education and the cost of the federal student loan program. Rounding out the episode, they answer listener questions and comments on topics including the psychological challenges of CPA firm employment, NASBA's lack of customer service, and the high fees for taking the CPA exam internationally.SponsorsLiveFlow - http://accountingpodcast.promo/liveflowKeeper - http://accountingpodcast.promo/keeperClient Hub - http://accountingpodcast.promo/clienthubChapters(00:28) - Welcome to the show, how much trouble are small banks in? (06:49) - Minnesota CPA Society's Pathways CPA Licensure Bill advances in Senate (10:08) - Our listener plugs a security hole in tax client portal software (14:03) - The cultural issues that plague the accounting profession (20:57) - Fortune magazine article that CPAs need to tell their stories (24:48) - Should we have a federal CPA license? (27:54) - The government doesn't know the costs of student loans (35:03) - Christy shares a positive message (36:21) - Does starting your career at Big 4 lead to better industry jobs? (40:42) - Alex writes in about problems they had scheduling their CPA exam (45:55) - IRS inviting biggest ERC filers to learn the correct way to file them (50:34) - Tax preparer using basic Word doc to collect information (52:04) - Listener replies to Blake's Accounting Today article (54:27) - The international costs to take the CPA exam (57:45) - The firm and work culture issue (58:52) - Why students don't want to major in accounting (59:39) - Thanks for listening! The new Earmark app is coming soon! Show NotesCould CPAs telling their stories be the key to attracting Gen Zers to accounting? A PwC vice chair thinks so   https://fortune.com/2023/11/15/cpa-attracting-gen-z-accounting-pwc/ Senate File 1660, the MNCPA-backed bill to broaden the pathways to CPA licensure, advanced in the Minnesota Senate on Thursday.     https://www.mncpa.org/about/press/releases/pathways-cpa-senate-bill-hearing/ Powell: ‘There will be bank failures’ caused by commercial real estate losseshttps://thehill.com/business/4516758-powell-there-will-be-bank-failures-caused-by-commercial-real-estate-losses/Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsFutureFirm - https://futurefirmaccelerate.com/capRoyalwise - https://royalwise.com/partnerForwardly - https://www.forwardly.com/ClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
Earmark Media Presents: Corporate Transparency Act Ruled Unconstitutional (Federal Tax Updates)
Mar 18 2024
Earmark Media Presents: Corporate Transparency Act Ruled Unconstitutional (Federal Tax Updates)
Here's a preview of Blake's recent appearance on Federal Tax Updates, where he joined host Roger Harris to unpack some of the biggest tax stories making headlines, from a federal court ruling deeming a new business reporting law unconstitutional to the staggering estimates of tax evasion by the wealthy. To hear the complete discussion, visit Federal Tax Updates: https://share.transistor.fm/s/d8c45ed9Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAd
The Race to Automate Audits
Mar 15 2024
The Race to Automate Audits
Blake and David meet up with AJ Yawn, partner at Armanino LLP, about Armanino's new tool, Audit Ally, which streamlines and automates SOC 2 audits. They discuss the growing trend of tech companies entering the audit space and commoditizing services like SOC 2 audits, and explore how Audit Ally aims to help accounting firms compete on price and quality by utilizing AI and machine learning.Meet Our Guest, AJ YawnLinkedIn: https://www.armanino.com/company/people/aj-yawnLearn about about Audit Ally Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
IRS Agents Working From Home Can Watch H&R Block Reality TV Show
Mar 12 2024
IRS Agents Working From Home Can Watch H&R Block Reality TV Show
We're celebrating surpassing 10,000 YouTube subscribers! Thank you! Blake and David look into H&R Block's new reality show about teaching people life skills like doing their taxes. They also talk about workflow automation challenges for accounting firms, how the IRS is contacting wealthy non-filers, and the Trump Organization CFO pleading guilty to perjury. They also break down the SEC's extensive new climate disclosure rules and the job opportunities this could create for accountants.Sponsors FreshBooks - http://accountingpodcast.promo/freshbooksRelay - http://accountingpodcast.promo/relay Webgility - http://accountingpodcast.promo/webgilityChapters(03:04) - H&R Block is creating a reality TV show (08:51) - WSJ Op-Ed says IRS agents shouldn't work from home (12:21) - The Accountant 2 gets a big tax credit (14:42) - South Carolina finds $2 billion in bank account (20:49) - Bloomberg article on the lack of accountants (23:18) - Regional banks in trouble? (27:00) - Lyft being sued by their shareholders (29:39) - Is bad workflow automation the cause of bad work/life balances? (37:42) - CPA Trendlines: "Which Niche is the Best Niche?" (46:28) - TurboTax and H&R Block are using AI giving awful tax advice (50:12) - Blake shares new SEC rule's GPT he made (53:19) - AI and data privacy concerns (55:48) - Can AI predict when you'll die? (01:01:37) - Former Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to perjury (01:03:56) - Thanks for listening and remember to subscribe Show Notes2024 Report: The State of Accounting Workflow Automationhttps://financial-cents.com/resources/articles/2024-report-state-of-accounting-workflow-automation/ Gartner Survey Shows That a Third of Accountants Make Several Financial Errors Per Week due to Capacity Constraints       https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2024-02-21-gartner-survey-shows-that-a-third-of-accountants-make-several-error-per-weeo-due-to-capacity-constraints The U.S. is short 340,000 accountants-just look at the wave of earnings report mistakeshttps://fortune.com/2024/03/01/accounting-shortage-earnings-report-mistakes/ Intuit, H&R Block tax AIs critiqued on accuracyhttps://www.accountingtoday.com/news/intuit-h-r-block-tax-ais-critiqued-on-accuracy-of-answers-many-inaccurate SC accounting error gets renewed focus over $1.8B sitting in state bank accounthttps://www.southcarolinapublicradio.org/sc-news/2024-03-05/legis-treasurermoney Ex-Trump Org CFO Pleads Guilty to Perjury in Fraud Casehttps://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/2024/03/05/ex-trump-org-cfo-pleads-guilty-to-perjury-in-fraud-case/102306/ H&R Block to Release Short Format Comedy Streaming Series, “Responsibility Island”https://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/2024/02/29/hr-block-to-release-short-format-comedy-streaming-series-responsibility-island/102172/ Federal court holds Corporate Transparency Act unconstitutionalhttps://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2024/mar/federal-court-holds-corporate-transparency-act-unconstitutional.html Lyft earnings report error prompts shareholder lawsuit              https://finance.yahoo.com/news/lyft-earnings-report-error-prompts-150849490.htmlNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsFutureFirm - https://futurefirmaccelerate.com/capRoyalwise - https://royalwise.com/partnerForwardly - https://www.forwardly.com/ClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel ma...
SPAC Attack: Why Withum Got Slapped with a $2M PCAOB Fine
Mar 8 2024
SPAC Attack: Why Withum Got Slapped with a $2M PCAOB Fine
Blake and David meet with Chris Vanover, President of CPAClub, about the recent $2 million PCAOB fine against Withum for poor audit quality on many 2021 SPAC audits. They examine Withum's 500% increase in audits with minimal staff growth, leading to overworked teams and partners working 100+ hour weeks. They also debate whether the fines are large enough to change behavior or just a cost of doing business.Meet Our Guest, Chris VanoverLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisvcpa/Learn more about CPAClubWebsite: https://cpaclub.cpa/Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
Weighing The Risks and Rewards Of Surge Pricing Tax Returns
Mar 7 2024
Weighing The Risks and Rewards Of Surge Pricing Tax Returns
Fast food chain Wendy's considers demand pricing – should your firm, too? We discuss the potential for surge pricing tax returns to smooth workload and raise revenue. We also dive into new AI-powered accounting productivity tools from Sage and Xero, Zoho's $5 per user practice management suite, and analyze the results of our listener survey.SponsorsLiveFlow - http://accountingpodcast.promo/liveflowZoho - http://accountingpodcast.promo/zohoClient Hub - http://accountingpodcast.promo/clienthubChapters(06:40) - What can accountants learn and try in pricing? (13:59) - The IRS debuts free file system (26:47) - Xero announces their AI tool JAX (34:12) - QuickBooks new offering, Solopreneur (40:11) - Zoho is getting into practice management (44:52) - FTC goes after H&R Block over free filing claims (47:15) - Can AI teach accounting? (55:41) - TAP Listener Survey results (01:00:40) - Blake asks AI to generate an image of the average listener (01:05:09) - Thanks for listening and remember to subscribe Show NotesJust Ask Xero | Xero US Introduction to QuickBooks Solopreneur (intuit.com) Practice software features for businesses | Zoho practice FTC alleges H&R Block deleted customer tax data, used deceptive advertising             IRS Direct File free tax system moves into public test phase Intuit introduces QuickBooks Solopreneur for one-person businesses Intuit Introduces QuickBooks Solopreneur, an Easy-to-Use Financial Tool Built for One-Person Businesses    H&R Block’s online tax prep tricked customers into paying more money, FTC claims AI will 'change nature' of accounting, says Sage boss    Sage launches generative AI copilot assistant for SME accounting H&R Block ‘Data Wiping’ and Upgrade Policies Harm Taxpayers, FTC Says Expert Examines AI's Role in Accounting Education       Sage Intacct Unveils New Features to Streamline Operations and Boost Productivity Zoho dives into practice management with Zoho Practice Xero's AI Leap: Unveiling 'Just Ask Xero' to Revolutionize Small Business Accounting How GenAI will shape the future for our customers       IRS reopens Direct File testing after pause Study: ChatGPT Won’t Be Replacing Accounting Professors In the Near Future ChatGPT in Education: Study Reveals Utility and Limits in Financial Accounting Learning Xero wants to use AI to help your SMB solve all its accounting woes Wendys surge pricing ai backlash internet        Need CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/pod...
Trust Me, I'm an AI: Aaron Harris on the Future of Accounting
Mar 1 2024
Trust Me, I'm an AI: Aaron Harris on the Future of Accounting
Aaron Harris joins Blake and David to discuss Sage's new AI offering, Sage Copilot, which brings generative intelligence into Sage Intacct to eliminate routine accounting work. They discuss specific use cases Copilot handles, like chasing people for approvals/documents, drafting emails, and answering ad hoc questions without running reports. Aaron also shares his perspective on AI’s impact on the accounting profession and why increased automation will make human review and trust even more essential.Meet Our Guest, Aaron Harris, CTO, SageLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-harris-7407b2/Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2FAaronRHarrisLearn more about Sagehttp://www.sage.comListener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
Lyft's Big Financial Typo
Mar 1 2024
Lyft's Big Financial Typo
Blake and David discuss the Lyft financial typo that sent its stock price soaring. They also examine how AI-powered help desks and customer service are improving efficiency by 10-20%, and look at some alternatives to the pesky 150-hour rule. Other news includes the future of commercial real estate taxes, the use of AI tools to monitor employee communications, and how the IRS plans to collect over $500 billion more in owed taxes. Sponsors OnPay - http://accountingpodcast.promo/onpayCloud Accountant Staffing - http://accountingpodcast.promo/casWebgility - http://accountingpodcast.promo/webgilityChapters(00:39) - David asks Blake to guess the profession (07:25) - Lyft's earnings report typo (14:36) - Trump found guilty! (23:08) - The City of Boston could lose over $1 billion from commercial real estate taxes (29:24) - How are some companies using generative AI to improve their businesses? (37:11) - Companies using AI to monitor employee messaging (40:20) - New Jersey CPA Society talks 150-hour rule (52:21) - The IRS is collecting $500 billion more in taxes (54:04) - Thanks for listening, leave us a review and Earn Free CPE Show NotesHow Walmart, Delta, Chevron and Starbucks are using AI to monitor employee messagesLyft's Extra Zero Puts Focus on Corporate Controls: Explained$1,741 Is the Average Tax Refund So Far, IRS SaysIRS aims to close 'inequity gap' for unpaid taxes. How the agency targets top earners for auditAs A New Tax Filing Season Kicks Off, We Look at the IRS Efforts to Improve Customer Service and the Audits of Two Very Different Kinds of Taxpayers               Trump civil fraud case: Judge fines Trump $354 million, says frauds 'shock the conscience'                How WeWork became the largest tenant in Boston           In biggest office lease of the year, Deloitte plans move to Winthrop Center             Lyft CEO addresses major typo in earnings report Listener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsThe CAS Cache - https://cas.beehiiv.com/Royalwise - https://royalwise.com/partnerForwardly - https://www.forwardly.com/ FutureFirm - https://futurefirmaccelerate.com/capClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
Why Accountants Quit Public Accounting Firms
Feb 24 2024
Why Accountants Quit Public Accounting Firms
Blake and David meet with Geoffrey Brown of the Illinois CPA Society to examine some key findings from ICPAS's recent retention report, including top reasons for turnover, where departing accountants are going, and ideas for improving work-life balance.Meet Our Guest, Geoffrey BrownLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffrey-brown-cae-9039484/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IllinoisCPAFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICPASInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/illinoiscpasociety/Learn more about the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)Website: https://www.icpas.org/Listener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
The Biggest Check You Can Write to The IRS
Feb 21 2024
The Biggest Check You Can Write to The IRS
Blake and David break down the IRS's $99 million paper-check limit, how states use tax credits to attract movie productions (sometimes unsuccessfully) and give their take on actor Kenan Thompson losing $1.5 million to fraud as a child. They also cover couples arguing over finances, AI answering tax questions in California, accounting rules hiding commercial real estate loan losses on bank balance sheets, and the lack of action from accounting standards boards to change these rules.SponsorsLiveFlow - http://accountingpodcast.promo/liveflow Relay - http://accountingpodcast.promo/relayClient Hub - http://accountingpodcast.promo/clienthubChapters(00:40) - What's the largest check you can write to the IRS? (05:38) - Jeff Bezos could be saving $600 million from moving to Florida (14:44) - Why movie studios are throwing out projects for tax breaks (21:03) - Keenan Thompson's accountant stole $1.5 million from him (26:27) - How much of relationship problems are finance-related? (31:38) - California plans to use AI to help answer people's tax questions (35:51) - PwC UK boss says AI is why workers should be in the office (40:45) - Silicon Valley Bank collapse follow-up and why it could happen again (51:09) - Thanks for listening and check out the Unofficial Quickbooks Accountants Podcast Show NotesWarner Bros.' Disgusting Accounting Trick May Find an Opponent in the U.S. GovernmentIRS Seeks More Than $1 Billion From SVB for TaxesIRS sues FDIC to get $1.45B in SVB back taxes       Mayweather’s $18 Million Check To The IRS Packs A Punch, But Is Under The $100 Million Weight LimitCalifornia plans to use AI to answer your tax questionsJeff Bezos will save over $600 million in taxes by moving to MiamiThe Indicator from Planet Money : NPR  Mayweather’s $18 Million Check To The IRS Packs A Punch,But Is Under The $100 Million Weight Limit Jeff Bezos reaps Florida tax benefit with $4B Amazonshare sale Young staff need to be in the office because of AI, saysPwC's UK boss | Accounting Today Money is the Biggest Relationship Hurdle for 1 in 4Couples, Survey Reveals - CPA Practice Advisor Kenan Thompson Reveals a Crooked Accountant Stole $1.5Million From Him During His Nickelodeon Days | Video When accountants attack: why Netflix is cancelling HalleBerry’s new sci-fi movie Ben Affleck Reportedly Filming The Accountant 2 This Year FASB Won’t Consider Changes in Securities AccountingAfter Bank Failures - WSJNew York Community Bank’s Commercial Real Estate LoanProblem May Be Isolated, Experts Say Banking Crisis Plays Out at America’s Smallest LendersListener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast:...
From Carpet Cleaner to CPA: An Accounting Student's Journey
Feb 16 2024
From Carpet Cleaner to CPA: An Accounting Student's Journey
Blake and David talk with Chayton Farlee, an accounting student at the University of the Pacific, about his journey into accounting and his thoughts on the profession. They discuss his inspiring path from cleaning carpets during the pandemic to pursuing his CPA and CMA, the disconnect many students feel between accounting theory and real-world application, the importance of bookkeeping skills, and considerations around starting his career at a Big Four firm or a smaller, more lifestyle-friendly firm.Meet Our Guest, Chayton FarleeLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chaytonfarlee/Listener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
Beware of E-Filing Your Tax Return
Feb 15 2024
Beware of E-Filing Your Tax Return
Blake and David discuss a wealth of timely topics, including the risks of filing taxes electronically versus by mail, the impact of the 150-hour rule on diversity in the accounting profession, and how major accounting firms are turning to private equity funding to accelerate growth. They also explore news from the artificial intelligence space, including Google's unveiling of Gemini, as well as ADP's new AI assistant, and examine how deepfake video calls enabled the theft of $25 million.SponsorsRelay - http://accountingpodcast.promo/relayFreshBooks - http://accountingpodcast.promo/freshbooksAirbase - http://accountingpodcast.promo/airbaseChapters(00:29) - Welcome to the show (03:24) - Finance worker pays $25 million after video call with a deep fake of company CFO (08:54) - Is QuickBook taking tax accountants' jobs? (16:23) - Three AI accounting startups raise money funding round (25:14) - Baker Tilly is now private-equity-owned (27:32) - How much do the Big 4 spend on lobbying? (31:52) - The Wall Street Journal's terrible opinion piece of E-filing (38:25) - 13 states are suing the IRS for direct file system (40:15) - MIT study on effects of 150-hour rule (46:28) - Dual licensed CPAs and CMAs earn almost $40k more per year (49:17) - Google releases Gemini and is retiring BARD (53:33) - ADP launches ADP Assist (56:48) - Gemini also now does AI art (59:25) - Thanks for listening and please fill out our survey Show NotesFinance Employee Defrauded for $25M by Deepfake CFODual Certifications Mean Big Bucks for Accountants - CPA Practice AdvisorBaker Tilly US gets PE investment | Accounting TodayBig Four Lobby Congress on Accounting Pipeline, AI, CryptoBeware of E-Filing Your Tax ReturnQuickBooks Live Tax Update: Understanding QuickBooks customers use of tax prep servicesAccounting software startup Pennylane becomes France’s latest unicorn | TechCrunchGoogle’s Gemini is now in everything. Here’s how you can try it out.Accounting body tells members to make annual pledge to be ethical    Platform Accounting Group gets $85M funding round   Finally, now with $10M, adds AI for better insight into small business accounting    AI Will Be Doing More Accounting If Startup Investors Have Their Way    ADP launches ADP Assist genAI assistant    Republican attorneys general denounce IRS free file pilot as rival to products like TurboTax    Higher tax filing costs could take a bite out of your refund    DataSnipper, startup that uses AI to eliminate some of the ‘dread’ in accounting, is valued at $1 billion in latest funding round    Platform Accounting Group Secures $85 million in Funding Led by Cynosure Group    Finally Raises $10 Million to Expand Small Business Automation Solutions    Finally, the AI-Powered Accounting & Finance Suite, Closes $10M Raise to Propel SMB Growth Forward    France gains a new unicorn as Pennylane raises €40m    QuickBooks Live Tax Update     Beware of E-Filing Your Tax Return    DataSnipper Raises $100M at $1B Valuation to Empower Auditors with AI    Big Four Lobby Congress on Accounting Pipeline, AI, Crypto    Finance worker pays out $25 million after video call with deepfake ‘chief financial officer’    I'm an Accountant and Here's Why I'd Never File My Taxes Online — Best Life Listener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver ...
Building a Bank for Accountants and Small Businesses
Feb 8 2024
Building a Bank for Accountants and Small Businesses
Yoseph West joins Blake and David to examine Relay Financial's background and their ambition to solve banking problems by becoming a bank themselves, designing the ideal user experience, and overcoming regulatory challenges. West also outlines Relay's redesigned accountant partner program, its many benefits, and upcoming features like receipt capture. The discussion turns to best practices for incorporating technology like Relay into accounting practices to solve client problems and the importance of understanding client pain points.Meet Our Guest, Yoseph WestLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yosephwest/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bankwithrelayFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/bankwithrelayInstagram: https://instagram.com/bankwithrelayLearn more about the Relay Partner Program: https://www.relayfi.com/advisor-partner-program?referralcode=acctpod&utm_source=ab&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=abpartnerprogramDisclaimer: Relay is a financial technology company, not an FDIC-insured bank. Banking services and FDIC insurance are provided through Thread Bank; Member FDIC. The Relay Visa® Debit Card is issued by Thread Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa® debit cards are acceptedListener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAdTranscriptsThe full transcript for this episode is available by clicking on the Transcript tab at the top of this page
What to Do if You Can't Find an Accountant for Tax Season
Feb 2 2024
What to Do if You Can't Find an Accountant for Tax Season
CNBC tells taxpayers to seek out EAs if they can't find a CPA, crypto fraud by a pastor who claims God told him to do it, issues with IRS taxpayer notices and filing, accounting irregularities at agricultural giant ADM send the stock plummeting, CPA reciprocity is a pain, AI updates including Microsoft Mesh VR meetings in Teams, FTC forcing TurboTax to stop advertising as "free," Wave’s new paid subscription model, and the liquidation threat facing massive Chinese developer Evergrande.SponsorsLiveFlow - http://accountingpodcast.promo/liveflowZoho - http://accountingpodcast.promo/zohoClient Hub - http://accountingpodcast.promo/clienthubChapters(00:29) - Welcome to the show (02:19) - CNBC article on what to do if you can't find a CPA to do your taxes (07:12) - Trump tax leaker sentenced to 5 years in prison (08:45) - FTC rules Intuit can no longer advertise their product as free (12:51) - H&R Block and Intuit are suing each other and each one's AI (18:39) - Brex is cutting 20% of their staff (20:59) - Microsoft Mesh and virtual reality meetings (24:14) - Wave introduces paid pro plan (26:05) - Microsoft passes Apple as the world's most valuable company (30:01) - Blake reads a few live viewer comments (30:57) - ADM suffers big stock drop amid accounting investigation (36:03) - Pastor charged with cryptocurrency fraud (38:35) - FTX has amassed $4.4 billion by selling cyrpto assets (39:54) - Tingo fraud update and correction (44:43) - Iowa CPA survey shows CPAs support alternative pathways to license besides 150-hour requirement (52:29) - A few IRS stories (01:00:19) - Blake teases China and Evergrande story (01:01:37) - Wrap up and please fill out our listener survey Show NotesSEC Charges Tingo Mobile Founder, Three Companies with Massive Fraud and Obtains Emergency ReliefPastor Charged With Cryptocurrency Fraud Said God Told Him to Do It - The New York TimesAccounting investigation under way at ADM and its top financial executive has been placed on leave | AP NewsHere's what to do if you can’t find an accountant for tax seasonFormer IRS Contractor Sentenced for Disclosing Tax Return Information to News Organizations | United States Department of JusticeTurboTax Can No Longer Advertise Products as Free, F.T.C. SaysH&R Block launches AI tax filing assistant - The VergeTurboTax bolsters support options, both human and AIBrex cuts 20% of staff amid reports of stalled growth, high burn | TechCrunchBring virtual connections to life with Microsoft Mesh, now generally available in Microsoft TeamsInvestors see Microsoft's stock market value leaving Apple behindInput steers CPA licensure pathways recommendation - Iowa Society of CPAsListener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsREFRAME WORKSHOP - https://www.reframe2024.com/Royalwise - https://royalwise.com/partnerForwardly - https://www.forwardly.com/The CAS Cache -
Listener Mail: Finding Balance with Tech & CPA Pipeline Problem
Jan 30 2024
Listener Mail: Finding Balance with Tech & CPA Pipeline Problem
This week, Blake and David Leary sort through the mail and respond to a variety of listener emails and voicemails. Amongst the topics covered, they explore working as a TurboTax preparer to barriers faced by career-changers entering public accounting. They go on to debate the root causes behind accounting's heavy workloads and offer perspectives on how licensing rules and firm profitability shape experiences.SponsorsOnPay - http://accountingpodcast.promo/onpayA2 Advisors - http://accountingpodcast.promo/luke Earmark - https://earmarkcpe.promo/EarmarkMediaKitChapters(00:04) - Welcome to the show and some personal updates from David and Blake (07:38) - A TurboTax expert tells us why she loves her job (16:26) - Tyler writes in about the pipeline problem (23:42) - Looking at other career certification requirements as inspiration for CPA change (27:47) - CPA mobility and reciprocity (37:32) - Bank statements are the norm for getting any loan in Puerto Rico (39:37) - The CPA profession is the transmission of a car (44:37) - Accountant's starting salaries are the biggest pipeline problem (53:39) - Blake checks in with the live chat (57:26) - Creating a "paralegal" type license in the accounting field (58:59) - Ways to mitigate busy season (01:02:17) - Wrap up and remember to send us your thoughts and stories  Show NotesComing soon!Listener SurveyPlease take our listener survey: https://accounting.show/surveyNeed CPE?Get CPE for listening to podcasts with Earmark: https://earmarkcpe.comSubscribe to the Earmark Podcast: https://podcast.earmarkcpe.comGet in TouchThanks for listening and the great reviews! We appreciate you! Follow and tweet @BlakeTOliver and @DavidLeary. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you like what you hear, please do us a favor and write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Call us and leave a voicemail; maybe we'll play it on the show. DIAL (202) 695-1040.SponsorshipsAre you interested in sponsoring the Cloud Accounting Podcast? For details, read the prospectus.Need Accounting Conference Info? Check out our new website - accountingconferences.comLimited edition shirts, stickers, and other necessitiesTeePublic Store: http://cloudacctpod.link/merchSubscribeApple Podcasts: http://cloudacctpod.link/ApplePodcastsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheAccountingPodcastSpotify: http://cloudacctpod.link/SpotifyPodchaser: http://cloudacctpod.link/podchaserStitcher: http://cloudacctpod.link/StitcherOvercast: http://cloudacctpod.link/OvercastClassifiedsREFRAME WORKSHOP - https://www.reframe2024.com/Royalwise - https://royalwise.com/partnerForwardly - https://www.forwardly.com/ClassifiedsWant to get the word out about your newsletter, webinar, party, Facebook group, podcast, e-book, job posting, or that fancy Excel macro you just created? Let the listeners of The Accounting Podcast know by running a classified ad. Go here to create your classified ad: https://cloudacctpod.link/RunClassifiedAd