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Maximizing your technology while minimizing your expenses [MNCPA]
Challenging business climates demand that we keep a sharp eye on expenses without sacrificing the quality of our services or the goods we produce.

What’s in a name? Turns out, a lot [MNCPA]
The BOA has spelled out rules regarding how a firm can be named in Minnesota Rules 1105.6300 and 6400. We’ll break it down for you right here.

Tips for reviewing your firm processes
Reviewing your firm processes is an important element of ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement.

Putting your team in the mental position to accelerate change
You already know your team is vital to successful changes, put them in the place to drive it forward with confidence.

When changing process hits a bump
Executing change is not always easy and there are bound to be bumps along the way, but with the right guardrails and mindset going into your change you can find success with your team.

Managing your EX (employee experience) [MNCPA]
In a tight labor market, the employee experience becomes a major part of your recruitment and retention strategy. Employers must define and articulate what makes them stand out from other employers.

Overcome the martyrdom of the profession [MNCPA]
Here are changes that can help curb death by a thousand paper cuts in your A&A practice.

Is there a silver lining to the Great Resignation?
Here are five recommendations to implement now to help mitigate a stressful busy season due to staff shortages.

Business as unusual
Employers are faced with changing traditional ways of addressing employment issues and short-term solutions are not likely to help.

5 critical technologies for 2022 [MNCPA]
With so many new and emerging technologies available, it can be challenging to identify those that can have an immediate, positive impact on your bottom line.

CPA firms: Expect the unexpected [MNCPA]
Don’t forget to incorporate the BOA rules into your succession-planning discussion. Doing so will help you to avoid complications, especially if non-CPA owners are involved.

The importance of employer branding [MNCPA]
A dive into what an employer brand is, how to build your employer branding strategy and how to promote it to attract high-quality candidates.

Legacy and groceries:
After you retire, do you plan to eat or to buy groceries? If you answered yes, you may want to consider an ESOP.

A look at last year’s peer review [MNCPA]
Firms that perform attestation engagements are required to undergo a peer review every three years.

Firm permit renewal is a very big deal [MNCPA]
Without a permit, a firm cannot operate or advertise as a CPA firm, nor perform compilations, audits or other attest services.

Best practices for digital ad campaigns
You can’t control how people search for your services, but using digital ads regularly can help you build brand awareness and a more detailed profile of qualified leads.

Is an ESOP the right exit strategy for you?
Though ESOPs can be relatively complex, they are often an excellent succession tool for a seller that can provide significant tax and intangible benefits.

How to prevent turnover when introducing your ‘new normal’ [MNCPA]
It’s time to prepare for a long-anticipated but more gradual shift to the workplace of the future.

What tax practitioners need to know about cybersecurity [MNCPA]
While leaders and security experts continue to evolve protective measures to lessen the threat of tax identity theft, tax preparers must take precautions to shield themselves and their clients.

Should employers require a mandate to vaccinate?
President Joe Biden last week unveiled new vaccination requirements that are expected to have major repercussions for employers.

The 10 biggest myths (missed opportunities) with the Employee Retention Credit
Many CPAs are not fully understanding the nuances and complexities of this expanded law.

How can you take constructive action understanding Minnesota Nice, diversity, equity and inclusion? [MNCPA]
What steps can you take regarding niceness at work? This article provides you with insights to help you be further educated and action items to help you going forward.

Take care of yourself, each other [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Considerations for financing ESOPs — a banking perspective
Owners and trusted advisers should review items like motivation, finances, culture, legacy, community impact, tax and bank issues.

Who was Dorothy Vaughan and what can you learn from her leadership?
Vaughan overcame gender and racial barriers to become a respected leader at NASA during the space race of the 1960s and 1970s.

As organizations move back to work, what does ‘the new normal’ look like? [MNCPA]
The pandemic required employers to rethink office and work arrangements. Employers are also were faced with demographic, economic, cultural and technological changes.

Can we have the best of both worlds? [MNCPA]
Hybrid work may be a win-win for employees and employers.

What is ESG? [MNCPA]
One acronym has quickly risen to the top of many C-suite and board agendas in the past year: ESG, or environmental, social and governance.

Acknowledging the good in challenging times [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Flexibility and the workplace of the future: What does that mean? [MNCPA]
Here’s the bottom line as you prepare to lead the workplace of the future: Creating flexibility by design gives your organization a better chance of success than allowing flexibility with ambiguity.

Advancement of women in public accounting [MNCPA]
Women continue to be underrepresented in the leadership of public accounting firms and are not progressing to the top of the profession at the same rate as their male counterparts. 

Business interruption insurance: What does it cover, and should I purchase it for my business? [MNCPA]
Does a pandemic displacing millions of workers and thousands of businesses fall under business interruption insurance? Read on.

Business Perspective: Salo [MNCPA]
Crises are nothing new for career consultants. After all, organizations often bring in consultants when they have big, hairy, complicated problems to solve and little time to solve them.

Dealing with return-to-work stress
As more workers transition back to the office, what can organizations do to plan for a safe, comfortable transition?

The value of neurodiversity
Neurodiversity is a term that recognizes certain individuals' brains function differently and includes people on the autism spectrum, as well as those with dyslexia or ADHD, among other conditions.

Getting back to the office during the COVID-19 pandemic
For most employees, the future is not circling a “return-to-work” situation, but rather a return-to-the office one. This produces a variety of emotional reactions, ranging from relief and eagerness to see your peers in the flesh, to concern about contracting COVID-19 and how restrictive the office setting may be.

COVID-19 pandemic turns CPAs into emergency workers
Many people think that accountants are just rational unfeeling counting machines who operate completely on logic and reason.

COVID-19, disaster planning guidance for employers [MNCPA]
Whether for the COVID-19 pandemic or a future disaster, make sure your office has a plan in place to keep operations going.

Making teleworking work in a time of crisis
With the spread of COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, many employers who have not previously implemented telecommuting/work from home (WFH) arrangements, are being forced to offer WFH arrangements.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance for employers
How should your office leaders prepare for and respond to a potential pandemic affecting the workplace?

In a political world, what topics can be banned in the office?
Given the current highly charged political environment, employers and employees alike may also be wondering: What, if any, political and other conversations in the workplace is acceptable or appropriate?

Generation who cares? [MNCPA]
Do generational differences really matter? Consider these thoughts to address the situation in your office.

Tis the season, but watch out for the Grinch at holiday parties
Many organizations are planning holiday parties — onsite and offsite — to thank employees for their hard work, celebrate the season and build employee morale. Not to be a Scrooge, but there are key issues to be aware of to avoid potential litigation and employee relation issues.

Leading indicators and key statistics [MNCPA]
We are trying to establish the roadmap for measuring, monitoring, evaluating and changing business actions when we create leading indicators.

She said/she said [MNCPA]
We sat down to chat with a mentor and mentee from Deloitte about how both people can benefit from the relationship and experience of mentoring.

The kids are alright [MNCPA]
Sixteen accounting students share their thoughts and expectations for the future of the profession and their respective careers.

Employee expense reimbursements: Legitimate or fraudulent?
Expense reimbursement schemes fall within a subset of fraudulent disbursements underneath the "asset misappropriation" umbrella. So, what exactly are expense reimbursement schemes, how do they occur, which type of organization is most vulnerable, and most importantly, what are the best practices organizations can adopt to reduce their risk of these fraud schemes?

Giving thanks in trying times [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

MNCPA Perspectives blog posts

Blackout dates ahead of CPA exam changes
A completely overhauled CPA exam will hit testing centers in January 2024. Newsflash: That’s officially one year away! Mark these important dates on your 2023 calendars...

Tips to help you facilitate your next meeting
For some, leading and facilitating meetings comes naturally. For others, it’s akin to pulling teeth. It turns out the key to effective meetings lies in the often-overlooked fundamentals...

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