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  • March 31, 2020

    Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded 20 grants totaling more than $9.5 million to provide high-speed internet access to numerous communities throughout Alabama.

  • November 14, 2019

    System and Organization Controls (SOC) examinations performed by CPAs can give companies assurance that outsource providers possess appropriate controls. And in an environment with increased outsourcing and rapidly changing risks, the growing need for these reports presents a business opportunity that CPA firms may wish to consider.

  • August 2, 2019

    Suffice to say, it’s not been a good week for the 5th largest U.S. credit card issuer. This week, Capital One was hacked in what’s being called one of the largest data breaches in history. A lone hacker gained access to more than 100 million American and Canadian customer accounts and credit card applications. The data theft exposed 140,000 social security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, among customers’ other personal data. Capital One estimates the breach will cost them between $100M and $150M in 2019 on customer notifications, credit monitoring, technology costs and legal support. And this does not include potential reputational damage or political and regulatory actions, including possible penalties. Capital One’s stock also plummeted 6% overnight.

  • July 24, 2019

    Over the past several years, the emergence of new technologies has provided new ways for CPAs to provide services to clients through cloud-based and virtual platforms. These new services required careful consideration to maintain the high ethical principles that always have been a source of pride for CPAs, who are determined to maintain their independence so they can perform attest services without even a hint of possible impropriety.

  • February 27, 2019

    2019 is in full swing and it’s safe to say what the buzzwords of the year will be: innovation, disruption, AI and blockchain. Newsfeeds are abounding about how these technologies will automate the accountant’s role and their potential impact on the profession as a whole.

  • February 15, 2019

    Companies that don't transform digitally can see an annual operating performance drop of up to 8%. Read three key ways they can catch up.

  • February 15, 2019

    Yesterday, several members of the ASCPA State Tax Committee had the privilege to meet with members of the Alabama Department of Revenue Forms and IT sections to discuss a couple of common issues that have been shared with us over the past two weeks.

  • February 6, 2019

    Alabama taxpayers enrolled in the IDEMIA eID app (formerly Alabama eID) can securely approve the legitimacy of their state tax returns and receive refunds up to 60 percent faster.

  • February 1, 2019

    Finance professionals aren't adapting quickly enough to new technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation and must do so over the next three years, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

  • February 1, 2019

    Technology is driving the need for accounting and finance professionals to shift their focus from cost compliance to value creation. A new CGMA report reveals practitioners aren’t evolving their digital skills fast enough and provides them a roadmap to navigate this new terrain.