Not enough trained staff, not enough seasonal staff, not enough staff. Next question: The smartest moves this busy season? Join the survey; get the results By CPA Trendlines Research The CPA Trendlines annual Busy Season Barometer is eliciting a panoply of lessons learned and plans for a smoother season next year. A lot of professionals’ comments this year are nothing short of outright complaint. And not without reason. It’s been a rough year. If the snow didn’t get you, Forms 3115, 8962, 8965 or 1095a did. Plus, all things IRS got more complicated, clients got more desperate and, apparently, tensions rose as CPAs and staff stretched themselves to the limits of professional endurance. One of the main lessons learned is the need for […]
17 specific action steps you should take. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know When you sponsor a woman, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that the relationship is productive and achieves its objectives. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship | How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together Well | Fear of Sex and Rumors Inhibits Sponsorship | Why Women Resist Networking and Powerful Role Models | Women Must See Politics as Leadership to Get Ahead | Mommy Bias Persists | Different Standards, Double Binds Challenge Women | 5 Ways Gender Bias Plays Out at CPA Firms Here are […]
The best December in the last decade. The U.S. tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries closed 2014 with the strongest employment trends in a decade, according to CPA Trendlines sources. Here CPA Trendlines reports on: Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, tax, payroll and CPA segments of the industry. Average hourly wages for key segments. Typical hours worked per week. And trends concerning women in the accounting workforce.
How savvy firms capture their best practices and foster continuous improvement. By Roman H. Kepczyk Quantum of Paperless Every firm has accountants who are 10 percent, 20 percent or even 50 percent more productive in their departments than other personnel because they have simply “figured it out.” MORE ON TECH SPENDING: Going Paperless Means Convincing Clients First | How to Cut Tax Prep Costs with Scanners | Making Digital Tax Process Easier Is All About the Workflow | Why Firms Need Document Retention Standards | Intranet Is the Best Place for Firm Knowledge | Digital Fax Has Benefits You May Be Ignoring | Wireless Is Hot, and Here’s How to Handle It | How Safe Is Your Internet Lifeline? | New Tech […]
Career penalties for romance are greater for junior women than senior men…
These lessons were learned the hard way in the media business. But they can apply to accounting firms just as well.
The harmful impact of gender bias on women’s careers. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Gender bias reflects entrenched beliefs and assumptions about women based on stereotypes about appropriate roles and behaviors for women. Unconscious thoughts about the kinds of work women are and are not suited for, especially if they are mothers, remove highly qualified women from consideration for leadership opportunities and positions. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Reasons Why Men Don’t Pick Women Protégées | Men Advance 2 to 1 over Women without Sponsors | 18 Ways Sponsors Can Help Their Protegees | The 6 Market Advantages of Women-Led Firms | Beyond Mentoring: Why Sponsoring Women for Leadership Matters In the […]
As partners work longer, average partner incomes decline. The aging in the partner ranks of the CPA profession is by far most prominent at smaller firms, according to the most recent edition “The National MAP Survey of CPA Firm Statistics.” At firms with less than $2 million in fees, the percentage of partners over the age of 50 has risen to a startling 73.3 percent, up from 65.4 percent last year. And at firms with fees of $2 million to $10 million, the number has risen to 66 percent from 65.3 percent.
When leadership models are male, sometimes female candidates go unrecognized. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Let’s assume a powerful man works with two junior colleagues, a man and a woman, who are both equally talented, motivated and superbly skilled performers. According to what we know from research and experience, that powerful man is more likely to sponsor the man than the woman. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Men Advance 2 to 1 over Women without Sponsors | 18 Ways Sponsors Can Help Their Protegees | The 6 Market Advantages of Women-Led Firms | Beyond Mentoring: Why Sponsoring Women for Leadership Matters
Profession adds 1,400 new jobs in latest month. Next question: Who’s hiring; who’s not. Join the survey; get the answers. By CPA Trendlines With practitioners across the country reporting strong demand for new hires, the nation’s tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries added 1,400 new jobs last month, with some sectors marking new highs for 2014 and approaching the pre-crash peak six years ago. Jennifer Dizon, an audit and advisory partner at Hood & Strong’s San Jose, Calif., office, tells CPA Trendlines her firm is looking to hire. “We need more staff to service business growth,” says Dizon, who is also the newly elected state chapter president of the National Association of Women Business Owners. In Elkhart, Kan., enrolled agent Terri Ryman at Southwest Tax & Accounting says the office […]
Congratulations to the winners of the Accounting Today program. The annual survey and awards program, which Accounting Today conducts in partnership with Best Companies Group, is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting profession, benefiting its economy, workforce and businesses. They are: