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An Ignite Blog by: Brian Kush, PCC, CPA Intend2Lead The mindsets we hold create our reality and results. Psychologist Carol Dweck performed extensive research around a certain set of beliefs and how they impact people’s lives: The growth mindset is the belief that your talents can be developed through learning and effort. The fixed mindset, in contrast, ...
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An Ignite Blog by: Randy Johnston, Executive Vice President K2 Enterprises During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies had to work at home. Professional accounting firms were no exception. Technology now plays a significant role in virtually every type of business. During a post-tax season debriefing, it was interesting to learn what worked and what did not work ...
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Mid-Year Tax Planning Tips

Ignite Blog by: Becky Shaw, CPA, and the BT&Co. Team BT&Co., P.A. The "new" deadline for filing 2019 taxes may have passed in July, but it is already time to think about 2020 taxes. By taking a mid-year look, we can plan and execute tactics to minimize tax liabilities. Mid-Year Tax Recommendations for Individuals  The unique circumstances of 2020 ...
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An Ignite Blog by: Natasha Schamberger, CPA KSCPA CEO & President Several of us are uncertain what the back to school season will look like. Some may already know it will start remotely, which is a bit daunting if you are still haunted by the memory of what it was like in the spring.  Once my district announced school would be 100% virtual for at least the ...
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An Ignite Blog by: Damon Ward, Chair of the KSCPA Board of Directors Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. Vice President, Corporate Controller Each summer the KSCPA Board and staff meet in person for two days of strategic planning. These sessions have proven to be an invaluable tool to help us take a step back from our day-to-day commitments, evaluate what we have achieved ...
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An Ignite Blog by: Danielle Hologram, CAE KSCPA Sr. Director of Membership and Career Development While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many large venues to close their doors, preventing in-person training and conferences, it has not eliminated opportunities to expand your professional knowledge and assure your lifelong career development. Rather, it’s moved online. ...
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Q&A with Secretary Burghart, KS Department of Revenue An Ignite Blog Featuring Secretary Mark Burghart Kansas Department of Revenue We asked Secretary Burghart to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the KS Department of Revenue and the state’s budget. If you have unanswered questions, Secretary Burghart will also be speaking at our ...
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SBA Updates First PPP Interim Final Rule Following PPP Flexibility Act An Ignite Blog by: Amber K. Goering, CPA, CGMA Goering and Granatino, P.A. On June 10, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an updated interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in response to the PPP Flexibility Act passed on June 5, 2020. ...
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A Better Approach to Our Relationship With Tech An Ignite Blog by Amy Vetter CEO, The B3 Method Institute Business, Balance & Bliss When it comes to the myriad ways technology has altered our personal and professional lives, we tend to hear only all-or-nothing opinions. Tech is either the miracle of our time, building a better world and improving our ...
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But wait, there’s more. Thoughts on PPP forgiveness guidance. An Ignite Blog by John M. Trowbridge Senior Vice President, Business Development Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. When I was asked to write around 500 words about Steps to Consider for Paycheck Protection Program Debt Forgiveness , I thought it would be no problem as there is plenty of material, ...
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Summary of CARES Act Provisions An Ignite Blog by Nick Spoltore, Esq. VP of Tax & Advisory Content for Surgent CPE The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, H.R. 748, hereinafter “the Act”) was enacted into law on March 27, 2020. It contains many tax provisions which will impact your practice immediately. This post highlights the major tax law changes contained ...
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  Excel’s New Dynamic Array Feature    An Ignite Blog by Tommy Stephens Jr., CPA, CGMA, CITP    Shareholder K2 Enterprises Excel’s new dynamic array feature is one of the best enhancements Microsoft has added to Excel in years. With dynamic arrays, we now have the capability of creating more powerful formulas than ever before. That is, dynamic arrays allow ...
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 Advocacy Efforts Show Love for CPAs An Ignite Blog by Natasha Schamberger, CPA KSCPA CEO & President We’ve had decades of advocacy success. It’s not just tax and audit professionals that we advocate for, it’s the overall CPA profession. Over the years, the volunteers on the KSCPA Advocate Task Force and the Legislative Committees have built influence ...
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   Go Beyond the Tax Return   An Ignite Blog by Lindsey Curley, CPA, CGMA  AICPA Senior Manager, Firm Services Have you reduced their tax burden as you promised last year? Have you identified ways they could save money in the future? Did you find opportunities to improve their bottom line? Today’s clients want to know that you have their backs. And with ...
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2020 Legislative Session and CPAs at the Statehouse    An Ignite Blog by: M arlee Carpenter, J.D.    Governmental Affairs Consultant at Bright and Carpenter Consulting, Inc.   Legislative Session Preview The 2020 Legislative Session began on Monday, January 13 th .  With revenues exceeding expectations almost every month this fiscal year, the Legislature ...
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Process Development - Fundamentally Firm Changing An Ignite Blog By: Melody Feniks, CPA, CGMA Owner of Feniks & Company, LLC “If you can’t describe what you’re doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing” -- W. Edwards Deming For most of my career as the owner of a small firm, I used few if any formal processes. I believed formal structure to be a form of micromanagement ...
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Winter is Coming and So is a New Decade An Ignite Blog By: Damon Ward, CPA, CGMA Director of Tax, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. Published December 6, 2019 As I prepare for my year as the 87 th Chair of the KSCPA, I would like to begin by saying thank you to the membership for the opportunity to serve. I have been fortunate to have the support of ...
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Technology is Driving the Future of Tax: Is your foot on the gas or are you just along for the ride? An Ignite Blog By: Susan Day, CPA, CGMA Principal, Adams Brown Beran & Ball, Chartered (ABBB) Published November 22, 2019 The KSCPA recently sat down with Susan Day for a Q&A discussion of technology and tax industry trends. Whether you find ...
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How CPAs Can Protect Client Data with Third-Party Vendors An Ignite Blog by: Dustin Hall Director, CPACharge Published November 15, 2019 As an accounting professional, you’re likely all too familiar with the rise of cyber-attacks targeting our industry. Hackers know that CPAs have access to their clients’ most personal financial data, which makes them prime ...
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Playbook Strategies for Business Relationship Development An Ignite Blog By: Mark Lacy, CPA Lead Client Service Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP Published October 25, 2019   The anticipation before game time for my favorite teams is probably when I’m most excited. The anxious anticipation is what it’s all about for me. My friends and I have dissected ...
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