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Your post spring conference season news roundup

Your post spring conference season news roundup

Blake and David get caught up on all the news that slipped by during AICPA Engage, Scaling New Heights and Xerocon, plus David's got some new intel on QuickBooks Live. Facebook announced a new cryptocurrency, B2B IPOs are triggering investor zeal, a disappointing percentage of firms are taking advantage of videoconferencing tech, we have a couple of podcast recommendations, the CMA is growing like crazy, Pilot plans to bring 450 jobs to Nashville, Freshbooks has a new Retainers feature, and much, much more! 

#Xerocon: Tony Ward, President of the Americas at Xero

#Xerocon: Tony Ward, President of the Americas at Xero

Tony Ward, just one month into his new gig running Xero for the United States and Canada, drops by the mobile podcast recording studio for an interview at Xerocon in San Diego. We ask Tony about Xero's plans for San Francisco, how Xero plans to crack open the U.S. market, where Xero fits in to the new world of "Software Plus a Service," the significance of the new Xero and PwC partnership, the outlook for small firms, and more.

#Xerocon San Diego: Xero and Stripe Join Forces

#Xerocon San Diego: Xero and Stripe Join Forces

Blake and David are reunited again in San Diego at the end of Day 1 of Xerocon! David wonders if accountants and bookkeepers are getting fed up with "fetching," and Blake shares the biggest news stories from Xerocon so far, including Xero Tax Mapper as well as partnerships with Stripe and PwC.

Is the CPA worth it in 2019, 2020, 2021…? Also, H&R Block acquires Wave and Xero appoints Jamie McDonald to lead Accounting & Global Services

Is the CPA worth it in 2019, 2020, 2021…? Also, H&R Block acquires Wave and Xero appoints Jamie McDonald to lead Accounting & Global Services

Blake is back from the annual AICPA Engage conference with lots of questions about the future value of the CPA. Meanwhile, H&R Block announced that they are acquiring Wave Financial, a provider of accounting software to millions of small businesses. Looks like H&R Block will be competing with QuickBooks Live? In other app news, Xero has appointedHubdoc co-founder Jamie McDonald to lead Accounting and Global Services. We’ll find out what that means for the future of Xero soon at Xerocon in San Diego.

Over 6 million small businesses using cloud accounting: QuickBooks and Xero numbers compared

Over 6 million small businesses using cloud accounting: QuickBooks and Xero numbers compared

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).

Intuit grows more defensive, CCH gets an IRS extension, QuickBooks Live quintuples, and Xero has a new Americas President

Intuit grows more defensive, CCH gets an IRS extension, QuickBooks Live quintuples, and Xero has a new Americas President

This week, ProPublica got its hands on an internal video from Intuit CEO Sasan Goodarzi to his 9,000 employees defending the company's actions before and after the Free File fiasco. Meanwhile, Wolters Kluwer negotiated on behalf of its customers with the IRS for a 7-day extension to file tax returns due to the CCH outage. Also, Intuit is increasing its QuickBooks Live workforce in anticipation of a June launch date, and Xero hired a new President to lead their Americas operation. All this and more on this episode of the Cloud Accounting Podcast!

Congress to ban IRS from creating online tax filing software, more CPA firms allowing work from home, update on QuickBooks Online Advanced, and how to brainwash your staff with an app

Congress to ban IRS from creating online tax filing software, more CPA firms allowing work from home, update on QuickBooks Online Advanced, and how to brainwash your staff with an app

The house passed a bill permanently banning the IRS from creating its own free online tax preparation software; as cashless stores grow, so does the backlash; at least one educator is still teaching people how to use Quicken for business accounting; updates from Xero, Canopy, TaxJar, and QuickBooks; a hack for avoiding the new rate limits on QuickBooks Online, stats on how many CPA firms permit remote work and/or flexible schedules; how people who work from home are more productive; and why people have a reason to be paranoid when it comes to smart speakers

The top benefit employees want is unlimited PTO (but most CPA firms don’t offer it), how you can evolve to compete with platforms, and California spent $1B on accounting software that doesn't work

The top benefit employees want is unlimited PTO (but most CPA firms don’t offer it), how you can evolve to compete with platforms, and California spent $1B on accounting software that doesn't work

Intuit is hiring in West Virginia; a new study says the top benefit employees want is unlimited paid time off, but not many CPA firms offer it; what accountants and bookkeepers can learn from taxi companies; NetSuite announces Brainyard, a free benchmarking and research service; how California spent $1B on an accounting system that still doesn't work right; and more

Small biz owners not happy with Intuit's new rate limits, details on the latest QuickBooks Live test, how to start a virtual bookkeeping business, and more

Small biz owners not happy with Intuit's new rate limits, details on the latest QuickBooks Live test, how to start a virtual bookkeeping business, and more

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Congrats to the Top 50 Women in Accounting! Also, details on Intuit’s “Expert Connections” test, how many accounts you should have in your CoA, and more

Congrats to the Top 50 Women in Accounting! Also, details on Intuit’s “Expert Connections” test, how many accounts you should have in your CoA, and more

Shoutouts to some of our favorite people on the new Top 50 Women in Accounting list by Practice Ignition, details on “Intuit Expert Connections,” another test that Intuit is running to gauge interest in a marketplace to connect tax pros and tax firms, a report suggesting that Congress should extend tax season, metrics on the typical number of accounts in a Chart of Accounts, the latest M&A activity in the cloud accounting ecosystem, a survey about remote work, and more