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The Hidden Costs of Projects

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 10/29/20 9:00 AM

Every project has a known or starting cost. Creating a budget is a natural part of any project. However, all too often, additional unexpected costs will creep up, not only within the known project costs but also as opportunity costs and resource costs. These hidden costs can make the difference between success and failure – and between project completion and abandonment.

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2019 Tax Season in Data: 10/15/2020

By Mark McAndrew on 10/22/20 9:00 AM

Welcome to the ninth installment of the tax season in data, for the period ending 10/15/2020. Congratulations, tax filers, the last deadline of the year has passed!

Topics: Technology Industry Tax Public Accounting COVID-19 Analytics Tax Season in Data Tax Season 2019
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Workflow 101: You Should Document Your Workflow – Here’s How To Do It

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 10/19/20 9:00 AM

Whether you realize it or not, your organization already has some form of a process in place for moving work around your office. It may not be well-documented or standardized, but it exists. However, there’s a significant difference between a workflow documented ad hoc and one deliberately documented to capture the end-to-end process.

Topics: The Process Productivity Enablement Workflow 101
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8 Questions You Need to Ask When Interviewing Tax Outsourcing Providers

By Ray Barlow on 10/15/20 9:00 AM

Three months ago, firms – and exhausted tax staff – celebrated the end of an extended busy season. However, celebrations may have been a little muted as many immediately turned their eyes towards extension season. And now, even as extension season ends, forward-thinking firms are looking towards the 2020 busy season. As Managers and Partners begin to plan tax strategy meetings, one of the topics typically discussed is the value of utilizing tax outsourcing services, and with good reason. Firms who utilize tax outsourcing services see an average increase of 8-15% in returns completed during tax season (based on an analysis of firms utilizing XCMWorkflow®).

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Skills Needed for Building an Effective CAAS Team

By Roman Kepczyk, CPA, CITP, PAFM on 10/13/20 9:00 AM

With information technology eliminating most geographic boundaries, generalist firms will find it increasingly harder to compete with niche specialists who have differentiated themselves with more expertise and process efficiency, particularly those targeting CAAS (Client Accounting and Advisory Services). Firms will find that there are different skills required to optimize the delivery of advisory services including not only technical and consulting skills but also project management and marketing skills, which requires a team approach.  Does your firm have all the necessary skills covered?

Topics: Growth Industry Client Accounting Advisory Services Cloud Technology Public Accounting
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4 Things You Need to Consider When Creating a Tax Outsourcing Strategy

By Ray Barlow on 10/5/20 9:00 AM

Having a successful partnership between the firm and its tax outsourcing partner takes more than just luck. It takes preparation and planning, even before the firm starts interviewing potential tax outsourcing companies. For those firms considering tax outsourcing services as part of their strategy, a tax outsourcing-specific plan should be made, as well.

Topics: Technology Growth Outsourcing Tax Tax Outsourcing Success Tax Outsourcing
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The Future of Audit is Workflow Automation

By Glen Keenan, CPA on 10/1/20 9:00 AM

A common misconception of the audit community has long been that engagement management software is enough to complete a quality audit within the budgeted time.

Topics: Technology Growth XCM Spotlight Workflow & Productivity Enablement Audit & Assurance Future Forward
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Think Progress, Not Perfection: Strategies to Increase Your Capacity

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 9/28/20 9:00 AM

At some point, we have all been told to “strive for perfection.” There’s no better grade in school than 100%, and no better ranking on your annual performance evaluation than first amongst your peers. This emphasis on perfection inherent in our culture has historically driven amazing inventions and discoveries. It has also led to truly devastating failures. Perfectionism has its place – it encourages attention to detail, accountability, and quality control. However, left unchecked, the pursuit of perfection can destroy deadlines, derail projects, squash employee morale, unhinge productivity, and completely destroy capacity.

Topics: The Process Workflow & Productivity Enablement Productivity Enablement increasing capacity
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Impact of Workflow on the New Normal

By Randy Johnston, Executive Vice President, K2 Enterprises on 9/24/20 9:00 AM

Topics: Technology Workflow & Productivity Enablement
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Fall is Here: Resources to Help You Succeed in the Current Normal

By Kristin Lopes, SHRM-SCP, PHR on 9/21/20 9:00 AM

As seasons begin to change, and summer starts to give way to fall, many of us are finding areas of our lives are still in flux. The ripple effects of COVID-19 have spread further, and longer, than many of us anticipated, bringing change and uncertainty into many parts of our lives:

Topics: Your People Employee Engagement