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Wipfli is dedicated to business leaders and their organizations. We bring you thought-provoking articles on long-range organizational issues related to people, processes, technology, customers, and financial management.

Continuous closing: Get more value out of your financial statements, more often

Financial statements contain vital information needed to uncover new opportunities and make purchasing and tax decisions. They also provide insight into day-to-day operations and the effectiveness of your strategic plans. So why are they only prepared yearly, quarterly or monthly? 

May 06, 2021
Services: Audit and Accounting
By: Jessica Hall

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Financial accounting vs visionary accounting: Becoming a next-level CFO

The growing need to discover and predict the future is changing our expectations of CFOs. Like scanning the landscape through the windshield vs. what we just saw in our rearview mirror, the emerging CFO role is no different. For years now, it’s been gradually moving from historical recordkeeper into strategic forecaster, a visionary — and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this evolution and its necessity.

May 05, 2021
Services: Audit and Accounting
By: Tony Cantor

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Four big Uniform Guidance requirements

Our previous article discussed when a single audit is required. Uniform Guidance also requires organizations to be in compliance with other regulations, including those regarding allowable costs, procurement, internal controls and cost allocation.

May 04, 2021
Industries: Nonprofits
By: Ciara M. Leahy

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American Rescue Plan Act makes two big changes to Affordable Care Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) included some changes to programs aimed at helping those most in need, such as lower-income individuals and families. When it comes to health insurance premium subsidies (i.e., premium tax credits) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the changes it made actually benefit individuals and families in a wide range of income levels.

May 04, 2021
Services: Tax, Private Client Services

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Maine enacts retroactive federal income tax conformity bill

After much debate, on March 18, 2021, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law the state’s fiscal 2021 Bipartisan Supplemental Budget bill (L.D. 220, enacted as P.L. 2021, ch. 1). With this came several updates to Maine’s tax code. Unfortunately, these tax changes weren’t made law until March 18, three days after Maine residents had to file their 2020 business tax returns. Additionally, Maine Revenue was unable to issue guidance to taxpayers about these changes until April 2021.  

May 04, 2021
Services: Tax
By: Michael J. Santo

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What is a single audit, and do you need one?

If your organization has received a significant amount of federal dollars from the CARES Act and other COVID-19-related legislation, it may be a bit overwhelming to realize that you’re now subject to what’s known as a single audit. Receipt of these funds may trigger an audit requirement under the Single Audit Act, which was enacted to streamline and improve the effectiveness of audits of federal awards

May 03, 2021
Industries: Nonprofits
By: Ciara M. Leahy

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American Families Plan proposes major changes, including tax reform

On Wednesday, April 28, President Biden revealed the American Families Plan to Congress. The plan touches on a broad range of topics but at its root aims to address poverty issues and prioritize working and middleclass American families.

Apr 30, 2021
Services: Tax
By: Andrew Seifert

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The Restaurant Revitalization Fund: A $29 billion grant program for struggling food and beverage businesses

The restaurant industry was one of the most devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with an unprecedented number of establishments being forced to close permanently. But for those restaurants that have managed to survive up to this point, there is finally a little good news.

Apr 29, 2021
Industries: Hospitality Accommodations
Services: Tax
By: Crystal Christenson

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Rural healthcare in 2021: How legislative changes will impact rural providers

On April 20, as part of Wipfli’s 2021 Rural Health Clinic Virtual Conference, Wipfli convened a panel discussion on the current and future state of rural healthcare. 

Apr 29, 2021
Industries: Healthcare
Services: Consulting
By: Kelly Arduino

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Fair lending in online advertising

The pandemic has made us do more virtually, which means financial institutions are seeing more traffic on their websites. There are several things you can do on your website to encourage — and discourage — borrowers from using your institution for their credit needs.

Apr 28, 2021
Industries: Financial Institutions
By: Teri Downey

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