At the annual ENGAGE conference in Las Vegas, Blake, Megan, and Ryan discuss the value of the CPA license in a rapidly shifting professional landscape, H&R Block's acquisition of Wave Financial (the free invoicing and accounting software), QuickBooks Live & the rise of remote work in accounting, and EY's clever release of millions of dollars worth of blockchain code into the public domain.
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
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
Blake and David dig into the lack of growth in accounting salaries despite the tight job market, KPMG’s representative contestant on this season of “The Bachelor,” Plaid’s acquisition of Quovo, TaxJar’s $60 million round of fundraising, Craig Smalley’s argument against virtual offices for accountants, where Americans moved in 2018, how the California Board of Accountancy just started (finally) accepting credit cards, and how some small businesses are no longer accepting cash.
Blake and David share news and stories about the era of cloud ERP, blockchain, banking investments in FinTech, multi-factor authentication, why America needs more accountants in Congress, whether or not the Big Four have los their advantage in audit technology, and the growth of remote work among the professional class.
Only 53% of accountants' clients are ready for the UK's "Making Tax Digital" launch in 6 months; two entrepreneur speakers advise other entrepreneurs never to outsource accounting (and why); the FBI warns that hackers are targeting Remote Desktop Protocol connections; 6 things your remote accountant policy should probably include; and how to protect your firm from risk of outsourced CFO engagements
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.
On Episode 6 of the podcast, I'm joined by Jeff Phillips of Accountingfly, a site for accountants and finance professionals to apply easily to hundreds of great jobs. We discuss the latest cloud accounting news, including: The four drivers of workaholism, and how it doesn't make for more productive employees; why meetings are toxic; how Gusto hired more women engineers; and how to be part of a team, even when working remotely
Welcome to the first episode of Cloud Accounting Weekly, the Podcast Edition! Phil Gross joins the podcast to discuss top stories in accounting technology from the past few weeks. Topics in this episode: The hack of Deloitte's email server, the debate over remote vs. office work, the untold story of how Xero got its domain name, whether or not to move data when converting accounting systems, and JPMorgan's investment in Bill.com.