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Isaac M. O'Bannon

Managing Editor

Phone: 800-547-7377 ext. 1700

Isaac M. O'Bannon is the managing editor and digital content manager for CPA Practice Advisor (, drawing on two decades of experience covering the areas of professional accounting, taxation, business productivity and consumer technologies. Prior to CPA Practice Advisor, Isaac was a consultant at firms in San Francisco, Denver and Tulsa, serving clients that included Logitech, Polycom, Hilti, Microsoft, the Stanford Research Institute, the University of Oklahoma's College of Engineering and other technology leaders. He is a U.S. Navy veteran.Twitter: @imobannon

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Product & Service Guide

Why Florida Leads Nation in ID Theft Income Tax Refund Fraud: IRS Cracking Down

Florida has been in the news a lot recently, and probably not for reasons that promoters of the Sunshine State would prefer. The spotlight is because hundreds of people have been arrested over the past year for identity theft crimes that involved filing bogus income tax returns for thousands of taxpayers, and then having the refund checks sent to the criminal. And more than 33,000 Florida residents have claimed identity theft in the past year.

Accounting & Audit

Accounting Profession Ranked as Most Underrated Job

The accounting profession tops the list of the most underrated jobs, according to a new report by jobs search portal And while advertising account executives, public relations managers and senior corporate executives may have fast-paced, highly coveted careers, they rank among the most overrated jobs. Other highly sought-after jobs that made CareerCast’s overrated jobs list include event coordinator, attorney, author and surgeon.

Accounting & Audit

10 College Students Receive Scholarships from AICPA and Accountemps

The American Institute of CPAs has announced the 10 winners of the 2014-2015AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship. The award and scholarship are presented each year to undergraduate and graduate-level accounting students who plan to pursue their CPA license. The recipients have demonstrated academic excellence, while showing exceptional leadership. Each recipient will receive a $2,500 award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Human Resources & Payroll

ZenPayroll Announces Partnerships with Multiple Technology Companies

ZenPayroll, the maker of cloud-based payroll management systems, has announced partnerships with over a dozen SMB-focused technology companies. Through the partnerships, users will have integration options that will allow them to connect critical back office tools for small businesses, from payroll to benefits to human resources. ZenPayroll has already had partnerships with small business leaders like Intuit, Xero and FreshBooks.

Accounting & Audit

Jim Dolinar to Head AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee

Dolinar, 55, is managing partner of the Assurance Professional Practice, national office of Crowe Horwath LLP, Chicago, Ill. As chairman, he will head one of the Institute’s most important volunteer bodies. It serves as the AICPA’s official voice on financial reporting matters and develops industry-specific accounting guidance. The committee’s membership includes representation from business and industry, public practice and academia.

Product & Service Guide

Tax Research Certificate Program Helps Hone Knowledge and Skills

Thomson Reuters has launched a new Checkpoint Learning Tax Research Certificate Program designed to help professionals develop foundational tax research knowledge and skills. It is designed to fill in knowledge gaps for entry-level tax professionals and those re-entering the workforce after an extended leave. The program also applies to accounting and audit professionals from diverse organizations who wish to gain valuable tax research capabilities.

Product & Service Guide

Wolters Kluwer, CCH Tax Data Chosen by IRS for 10th Consecutive Year to Help Millions File Returns

For the 10th year in a row, Wolters Kluwer, CCH has been selected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for its comprehensive sales tax rate and taxability tables to help millions of taxpayers across the country prepare their tax returns. With access to updated information from thousands of tax jurisdictions provided by Wolters Kluwer, CCH, tax filers can determine whether they'll save more by deducting state and local sales taxes they've accrued during the year instead of taking standard or itemized tax deductions.

Accounting & Audit

PwC Report Examines Cyber Risks for Companies

A new report from PwC US and the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) indicates that while companies must disclose significant cyber risks, those disclosures rarely provide differentiated or actionable information. The report examines key cybersecurity threats to corporations and provides information to investors struggling to evaluate investment risk, business mitigation strategies and the quality of corporate board oversight.


Intuit CEO Brad Smith Discusses Small Business Finances with President Obama

Brad Smith, the CEO of Intuit, which makes QuickBooks, TurboTax and many other personal and small business management systems, met with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss how big business and government can work together to support small business. Smith joined other leading executives at a roundtable discussion during which the companies will champion new ways of helping finance small businesses to help them grow and succeed.

Firm Management

Intuit Signs with SmartVault to Provide Document Management for ProSeries and Lacerte

Small business accounting and tax company Intuit has partnered with cloud document storage and sharing firm SmartVault, which will provide integrated cloud-based document management for Intuit's two professional tax systems, Lacerte and ProSeries. The combination of these professional programs is intended to further automate tax preparation workflow, from receiving source files securely from clients to printing and sharing final tax returns with a built-in custom branded client portal.

Accounting & Audit

GASB Proposes Improvements to State and Local Post Employment Benefits Reporting

On Monday, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) published two proposed Statements intended to significantly improve financial reporting by state and local governments of other postemployment benefits (OPEB), such as retiree health insurance. The GASB also published a third Exposure Draft that would establish requirements for pensions and pension plans that are outside the scope of the pension standards the GASB released in 2012.

Accounting & Audit

FASB Issues New Standard on Reporting of Repurchase Agreements

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued a new standard to improve the financial reporting of repurchase agreements and other similar transactions. Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-11, Transfers and Servicing (Topic 860): Repurchase-to-Maturity Transactions, Repurchase Financings, and Disclosures, changes the accounting for repurchase-to-maturity transactions and repurchase financing arrangements.