We dig into the latest Intuit and Xero earnings reports to figure out who is winning the battle to conquer the world of small business cloud accounting. Also, one controller used the IRS to steal $2.8M, TurboTax uses a “military discount” to trick troops into filing their taxes, Senator Warren is on the attack against Intuit, QuickBooks Live plans to scale rapidly to 500 ProAdvisors, Baltimore is held hostage by ransomware, and why blockchain is all talk in accounting (at this point, anyway).
Can you believe it? A question about QuickBooks Live made it into the latest Intuit earnings call! In other Intuit news, the company recently caught and stopped a hack. Find out how you can protect yourself from similar attacks. Also, we take a look at ProAdvisor feedback from the Joe Woodard online town halls. In non-Intuit news, Jamie Dimon is jealous of Square’s innovations, Abacus adds travel booking to its expense management app, and a new study suggests switching jobs is the easiest way to make more money.
Despite bumper payouts to partners, the UK branch of KPMG announced it will be imposing penalties of £100 on staff who turn in their time sheets late. Meanwhile, the leader of the Labour party is calling the Big Four a “cartel” and is threatening to break them up. Meanwhile in the US, Square has revived its request to start a bank, which would primarily offer loans, deposit accounts, and prepaid cards to small businesses. Blake and David also discuss a couple of apps: 1) Earnin raised $125M to enable same-day payrolls for workers, and 2) Flux raised $7.5 in the UK to bring digital receipts to bank feeds via POS systems. Finally, Blake shares why it’s time to consider a 6-hour workday for knowledge workers.
CPA Practice Advisor has announced their annual “40 Under 40” in the accounting profession for 2018, Jason Andrew makes the argument that accounting firm partners are essentially franchisees, Ryan Lazanis blogs about a guy who is probably the most remote cloud accountant in the world, FASB has simplified GAAP for cloud computing, and how Square could be the disruptor that makes cryptocurrency payments go mainstream.