Western CPE Blogs

Written by industry professionals on the latest trends and changes in the accounting landscape. Our CPE courses offer comprehensive instruction taught by the same instructors that author our blog posts.

eTax Alerts

IRS Draft of 2020 Form W-4 - What You Need to Know
September 18, 2019
Because of withholding problems in 2018, the IRS proposed a massive change to the 2019 Form W-4. The early draft of the 2019 Form W-4 had 11 pages of instructions. The expansive instructions resulted
36 Years Later - New Non-Employee Compensation Reporting Form
September 10, 2019
Form 1099-NEC has been resurrected by the IRS after 36 years on the shelf. Non-employee compensation paid in 2020 will be reported on Form 1099-NEC instead of Form 1099-MISC.
Are You a One-Percenter?
September 04, 2019
We constantly hear from the media about the "one-percenters," those Americans who report the top 1% of income. Sometimes we hear about how good the "one-percenters" are for our economy and job
IRS News - Fax No More
August 27, 2019
IRS ended its tax transcript faxing service June 28, 2019. Taxpayers can access Get Transcript Online at IRS.gov, and after identifying themselves, immediately download or print a transcript.This is
Taxpayer First Act - What's New and Missing
August 20, 2019
A bipartisan IRS reform bill, Taxpayer First Act (HR3151), was signed into law by President Trump July 1, 2019. This is the first legislation in twenty years aimed at modernizing the IRS and

Accounting Tips

Lease Accounting Alert - FASB Codification 842
July 23, 2019
Planning Time Extended, But It's Needed Last week, the FASB gave private companies a wonderful surprise. On Wednesday, July 17, the board proposed to delay the effective date of the new lease standard
2019 CONFERENCES
May 10, 2019
Earn 40 credits in a week while visiting one of our spectacular 25 destinations. Featuring the best instructors and curriculum in the industry. Learn in the morning and play in the afternoon!
Marketing for CPAs, Accountants, and Tax Professionals
November 21, 2018
Are you looking for solutions for marketing and growing your tax and accounting firm? Did you know 30% of mobile searches are related to a location? If someone searches for “cpa firms near me” on Google, and you are not there in the top results, you just lost a potential customer.
Instructor Spotlight: Jeff Sailor, CPA
February 22, 2018
Jeff’s unrelenting energy is palpable as he talks about professional development—as a speaker, a business professional, and an individual.
Cryptocurrency Generation and Taxation
January 31, 2018
New cryptocurrency investors and CPAs alike have questions about how digital currency tokens are created, traded, and taxed. Below, we’ll give an overview of how miners acquire derivatives of a cryptocurrency token, as well as a brief synopsis of what the IRS has said so far regarding the taxation of gains on the trading of digital currencies.