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MNCPA Perspectives Archive

Golfing is more than a game
May 30, 2019  |  By Geno Fragnito
You’re likely involved in many organizations: an alumni association, a charitable foundation, a community organization and/or a professional association, just to name a few... Read more
529 funds can be used for K-12 tuition, but Minnesotans should approach with caution
July 22, 2019  |  By Corey Butler
Back-to-school shopping season is upon us, which means kids will be returning to school before we know it. For some, this can be a financially stressful time... Read more
Discovering unexpected gifts in candid conversations
August 9, 2019  |  By Linda Wedul
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is attending MNCPA events and meeting new people. I greatly enjoy having conversations with members... Read more
Wayfair: Challenges, strategies, opportunities
August 14, 2019  |  By Faye Hayhurst, CPA
It’s hard to overstate the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. (June 21, 2018), which allows states to require a remote seller... Read more
Use technology to your advantage, but don’t lose sight of the fundamentals
September 10, 2019  |  By Geno Fragnito
Nearly every professional industry is witnessing a technological revolution. The CPA profession alone has seen its share of new software and automation options... Read more
Candid reflections: An overview of our women's event
September 24, 2019  |  By Linda Wedul
The range of experience at Candid Conversations With Women was incredibly deep: from firm partners nearing retirement to a new graduate just beginning to sit for the exam... Read more
Calculated risk
October 1, 2019  |  By Faye Hayhurst, CPA
Who do business people call when they need help with calculating just about anything? Their CPA, of course! But when it comes to evaluating where their own risks lie, do CPAs fully... Read more
Finding qualified staff: A new approach
October 31, 2019  |  By Linda Wedul
Are we looking for the unicorn employee and then disappointed when one can’t be found? To help address the staffing challenge, each business should... Read more
Giving to the max has its tax benefits on Minnesota returns
November 8, 2019  |  By Corey Butler
Minnesotans give generously to local charities every year. Charitable donations bring... Read more
2019 tax law reveals significant issues for some taxpayers
December 18, 2019  |  By Geno Fragnito
Earlier this year, I wrote about how your expertise can help clarify Minnesota's 2019 tax law changes. This post ran shortly after... Read more
Not-for-profits receive a welcome year-end gift: A repeal of the parking lot tax
January 7, 2020  |  By Faye Hayhurst, CPA
Since the end of 2017, a hot topic of conversation for not-for-profit leaders and the CPAs who serve them has revolved around a particular provision within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act... Read more
Listen to the music: Your tax season playlist
January 14, 2020  |  By Kinzie Jensen
For more reasons to smile at work — especially during stressful, busy times like tax season — consider popping in your ear buds... Read more
A tale of two Form W-4s
January 21, 2020  |  By Corey Butler
When it comes to taxes and tax planning, it’s often the case of, “Out with the old, in with the new.” But, sometimes... Read more
CPA credentialing: The times they are a-changin'
January 23, 2020  |  By Linda Wedul
It’s no surprise that technology is significantly impacting the accounting profession. Some of the technologies changing the very nature of how accounting is done include... Read more
Scams run rampant during tax season
February 24, 2020  |  By Corey Butler
Scam artists are getting more creative — and aggressive — by the day. One MNCPA member said a client received five calls from a person demanding her Social Security number and Medicare information... Read more
COVID-19: How the pandemic is impacting the CPA world
June 4, 2020  |  By Corey Butler
From CPA candidates to tax preparers, small businesses and large, the profession has seen significant ramifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This post will compile the latest information... Read more
Unpacking the PPP money
June 24, 2020  |  By Corey Butler
There’s a lot to unpack and understand about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), especially in terms of how to correctly use the funds to avoid issues — including a whistleblower suit — in the future. Read more
MNCPA joins more than 25 state societies urging more relief for states, local governments
July 23, 2020  |  By Linda Wedul
It’s clear that COVID-19 has impacted every facet of our community, from tax season filing deadlines to how we run our businesses. This is especially evident when you look at... Read more