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Tax Section Odyssey

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Keep your finger on the pulse of the dynamic and evolving tax landscape with insights from tax thought leaders in the AICPA Tax Section. The Tax Section Odyssey podcast includes a digest of tax developments, trending issues and practice management tips that you need to be aware of to elevate your professional development and your firm practices.

Keep your finger on the pulse of the dynamic and evolving tax landscape with insights from tax thought leaders in the AICPA Tax Section. The Tax Section Odyssey podcast includes a digest of tax developments, trending issues and practice management tips that you need to be aware of to elevate your professional development and your firm practices.

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Keep your finger on the pulse of the dynamic and evolving tax landscape with insights from tax thought leaders in the AICPA Tax Section. The Tax Section Odyssey podcast includes a digest of tax developments, trending issues and practice management tips that you need to be aware of to elevate your professional development and your firm practices.

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English


Episodes

Managing your risk with engagement letters

12/1/2022
An engagement letter is an important written agreement that describes the business relationship and the types of services agreed upon by a client and a professional firm. The letter details the scope of the agreement, terms and costs and sets expectations for both sides of the arrangement. In this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, chats with...

Duration:00:20:49

Advice for when it's time to say goodbye (to clients)

11/21/2022
Knowing the right time to end a client relationship can be tricky. No matter the reason for termination, managing the practical components plus the human emotions can be difficult. In this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, chats with Daniel Moore, CPA, Owner — D.T. Moore & Company, LLC, and Brandon LaGarde, CPA, JD, LLM, Director —...

Duration:00:32:27

Tax practice resiliency and due dates

11/16/2022
Managing a future-forward tax practice that is efficient, profitable and agile can be overwhelming. Meeting client expectations, streamlining workflows and handling staffing challenges are just some top-of-mind concerns. One resonating topic throughout this year, is also the debate regarding shifting the tax filing deadlines. Will they remain what they currently are or is there an appetite for change? The AICPA Tax Practice Resilience Task Force, composed of a diverse group of tax...

Duration:00:37:09

Shaping the future of tax standards — SSTSs

10/19/2022
Statements on Standards for Tax Services (SSTSs) are the foundation for validating reputational integrity in the tax profession. The SSTSs are the enforceable tax practice standards for members of the AICPA. To keep pace with the evolving tax profession, the updates to the AICPA’s SSTSs will guide tax practitioners into the future, help them enhance their services and maintain their professional edge. On this Global Ethics Day, in collaboration with the Journal of Accountancy podcast,...

Duration:00:21:37

Cybersecurity Lab — Building a nimble cybersecurity response plan

10/12/2022
Securing data against bad actors is crucial to the long-term success of a business. The average cost of a data breach in the U.S. in 2022 was over $9 million. With proper planning the risk can be mitigated, and even if an incident occurs, the cost and the time to recover can be significantly reduced. In this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA,...

Duration:00:28:53

Reconciling ERC claims with reality

9/22/2022
The employee retention credit (ERC) has been an important lifeline to many struggling businesses impacted by the economic uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERC has helped support many businesses through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and taxpayers, many with the help of their CPA practitioners, have faithfully filed for refund claims. However, some taxpayers have been approached by firms or consultants who may promote an overly aggressive narrative with the promise that any...

Duration:00:18:57

Take 2 — New IRS funding in the Inflation Reduction Act

8/31/2022
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 increases the IRS budget by roughly $80 billion over 10 years. The funds are broken down into four main categories: taxpayer services, business system modernization, operations support and enforcement. On this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — AICPA Tax Section, talks with Gloria Sullivan, Managing Director, Tax Controversy & Regulatory Services — PwC, who spent 37 years with the IRS Large Business & International (LB&I)...

Duration:00:35:24

Inside look at the Inflation Reduction Act

8/17/2022
President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, H.R. 5376, into law on Aug. 16, 2022. Tax professionals must now undertake the task of quickly understanding the tax provisions, including the new corporate minimum tax, based on financial statement, or "book," income and various energy credits, which include several new credits for clean energy and fuels and clean vehicles and other transportation. The bill also extends several temporary existing credits. On this Tax Section Odyssey...

Duration:00:30:47

Q&A on ERC, tax legislation and IRS woes

6/30/2022
The tax ecosystem is in constant flux given the rotating release of legislation and regulations and reliance upon open communication with, and accessibility to, the IRS. On this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager – AICPA Tax Section, and Lauren Pfingstag, Director of AICPA Congressional & Political Affairs, review frequently asked questions (FAQs) that the AIPA Tax Section receives from members on topics such as the employee retention credit (ERC),...

Duration:00:28:55

Mythbust and maximize the employee retention credit

6/7/2022
The employee retention credit (ERC), the refundable tax credit designed to reward business owners for retaining employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic was signed into law on March 27, 2020, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and further significantly expanded in 2021. Eligible business owners can claim up to $5,000 in refundable tax credits for each employee on their payroll in 2020 and up to a $7,000 credit per quarter (excluding Q4) for each...

Duration:00:31:01

Amplifying growth — thought leadership for client business advancement

5/25/2022
In this episode of the Tax Section Odyssey, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — AICPA Tax Section, talks with brand, marketing and growth strategists, Manny Torres and Kenny Harper from Growth Amplifiers. Growth Amplifiers works with business advisors to help them increase their profits and the success of their businesses. The organization provides tips, tools and strategies to help advisory businesses elevate the value and experience they provide to their customers and/or...

Duration:00:34:36

Blueprint for tax technology and digital optimization

5/11/2022
Alternative work arrangements such as remote or hybrid options are becoming more prolific making it crucial for firms to fully leverage digital technologies. Mainstays like automation, e-marketing and employee engagement strengthen relevancy and future proof a business — especially with the “great resignation” looming and client interaction mechanisms evolving. In this episode of the Tax Section Odyssey, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — AICPA Tax Section, talks through these topics...

Duration:00:25:08

Playbook for surviving and thriving in year one for a CPA firm

4/28/2022
The April 2022 tax deadline has passed and many tax practitioners are soaking in a well-deserved respite. Now may be the opportune time to think about starting up your own tax practice. While the thought of being a successful entrepreneur may seem daunting, there’s some best practices to get you started. On this episode of the Tax Section Odyssey April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — AICPA Tax Section, talks with Kelly Rohrs, CPA, P.C., Owner — Kelly A. Rohrs, CPA, about her transition...

Duration:00:25:36

3 top-of-mind items for the tax season homestretch

4/6/2022
The homestretch of the tax season is drawing near. On this episode of the Tax Section Odyssey April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — AICPA Tax Section, highlights three top-of-mind items lingering on as we near the end of busy season 2022. What you’ll learn in this episode AICPA resources Gramm-Leach-Bliley Information Security Plan Template The 2023 tax revenue proposals released by the Biden Administration Other resources General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2023...

Duration:00:09:54

State implications with the PTE tax

3/22/2022
At the end of 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), P.L. 115-97 delivered the $10,000 state and local tax (SALT) deduction limitation. Before passage of TCJA, individuals who itemized deductions could deduct their state tax payments in full using Schedule A, Itemized Deductions, of their federal Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Now that the amount of the deduction is limited, shifting the income taxes directly to the passthrough entity swings the deduction upstream. In...

Duration:00:25:26

Finding the sweet spot in tax planning and technology

3/9/2022
Non-cash compensation has become more familiar in the workplace, with nearly one-in-five individuals holding some type of equity. As such, taxpayers need to have the right mix of tax, financial and legal advice, as well as appropriate technology solutions, to confidently make critical decisions around wealth management. On this episode of the Tax Section Odyssey, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — AICPA Tax Section, talks with guest David Snider, Founder and CEO — Harness Wealth, about...

Duration:00:28:25

Transitional challenges for Schedules K-2 and K-3

2/24/2022
The new Schedules K-2 and K-3 aim to improve reporting by standardizing international tax information to partners and flow-through investors, making it easier for them to report these items on their individual tax returns. However, implementing the required changes continues to cause transitional challenges for the tax community. Although the IRS has released IR-2022-38 and a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs), more guidance is needed. On this episode of the Tax Section Odyssey,...

Duration:00:19:50

Being proactive with your cybersecurity game

2/9/2022
According to the FBI, cybercrime has increased by 300% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more crucial than ever, tax practitioners need to remain vigilant and one step ahead of cybercriminals in the everchanging world of data security. Listen in to a frank discussion on cybersecurity with April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — AICPA Tax Section and special guest Byron Shinn, CPA, Partner — Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, on this episode of The Tax Section Odyssey. What you’ll...

Duration:00:27:48

Bonus edition — IRS woes and possible remedies

2/3/2022
From a record number of unprocessed returns to the inability to contact the IRS, these ongoing issues continue to be a problem for taxpayers and tax practitioners. The Tax Professionals United for Taxpayer Relief Coalition — a diverse group of stakeholders from the tax community including the AICPA — is taking steps to help by providing recommendations the IRS can implement now and raising the profile of the systematic issues. Hear how the IRS can do more on this Tax Section Odyssey...

Duration:00:24:00

Tax season déjà vu in 2022

1/26/2022
The IRS is now accepting and processing 2021 tax returns — a signal that the official start of the busy tax filing season is here. While it’s a new year, this tax season has similar vibes as the past two years but with some new obstacles as well. On this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager – AICPA Tax Section sits down with Daniel Moore, CPA, Owner — D.T. Moore & Company, LLC, to discuss issues tax practitioners may encounter this season, as well as provide...

Duration:00:38:57