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Caleb Newquist - Voice of the Editor

Caleb Newquist is the Editor-in-Chief of Sift Media US, overseeing content for both AccountingWEB and Going Concern.

Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.

Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.

Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Caleb spends a lot of time on a bicycle and reading, but never at the same time.

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QR codes – those funny-looking black-and-white boxes that you see everywhere you look these days – are finding their way into the accounting profession. To access the information behind a QR code, you need a QR code reader on your smartphone. You focus your mobile device on the code and then you are taken to a Web site. Sometimes the code takes you directly to a company or personal home page. More often, the code leads you to a special promotion or to a place where you can read more information than what would normally fit in a small advertisement or on the back of a business card.
I've been traveling for the past couple of weeks, speaking at and attending Thomson Reuters and CCH user conferences. The biggest take-away I've gotten from these conferences is that technology is moving ahead at lightning speed these days, and the firms that don't jump in with both feet are likely to be left in the dust (sorry – I'm awash in clichés today). Basically –while we've been chugging along, adopting new technologies here and there, upgrading our software when the venders make us do it, upgrading hardware when we need more speed or when we spill coffee on the keyboard, sticking our toes in the water of tools that let us use less paper, technology has started racing ahead, and the needs of our clients to stay on top of trends are going to drive our need to be in front of the curve.
When the THRIVEal network began, my first reaction was, "This sounds like fun!" And "fun" is not a term often associated with the accounting profession, so I was intrigued. Founded by Jason Blumer of Blumer & Associates in Greenville, SC, THRIVEal embraces a concept that some might consider revolutionary and many might consider unpopular.
Hats off to the AICPA for stepping in and suggesting to the IRS that maybe requiring CPAs and other tax preparers to be fingerprinted is going just a bit too far. Right now, the proposal for fingerprinting doesn't extend to CPAs, but it wouldn't hurt to have that part in writing once the permanent regs are created. I'm still waiting to hear how registering my fingerprints will make me a better tax preparer.
The mid-year automatic extension filing season is behind us, and so it's time to set our sights on the tax season ahead, and renew our PTINs. Sure, you can procrastinate until the end of the year if you like, but wouldn't it be nice to have this behind you? Get everyone in your office who needs a PTIN signed up today. And while you're taking care of IRS busy work...
Everybody is buzzing about Herman Cain's new tax plan, and everyone seems to have a reason for why the plan wi
A lot of people have opinions about whether or not purchases made on the Internet are subject to sales tax. The Streamlined Sales Tax Commission has been trying for more than a decade to get enough states to agree on how to simplify the sales tax system and move forward so that states can get a piece of the Internet retail action. Not an easy task. The arguments continue to focus on a 1992 Supreme Court ruling (Quill vs. North Dakota) that concluded that a company can't collect sales tax in a state if the company doesn't have a physical presence in that state.
"Pass this jobs bill." "You should pass it right away." This was the refrain, over and over again, when the president spoke to Congress earlier this month about his vision for a new jobs bill. "Pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small business will get a tax cut…" Seriously? Was Congress supposed to vote that night on a bill that hadn't even been written, and enact the bill so that tax cuts would take place the next morning?
Do you have a student starting in college this year? If so, you've probably already had that shell-shock moment when you start adding up the costs that go beyond tuition and room and board. Welcome to my world! Both of my children have finished college and one is going back for more. The costs don't stop just because it's the second time around. The Texas Society of CPAs gets us started with some excellent tips for cutting costs, but I'll bet you've got a few of your own to add. Click the Comment option and share your ideas for sending children to college on a budget.
What is the solution to dealing with tax preparers who insist on helping their clients steal money from the government (and, by extension, the nation's taxpayers) by intentionally preparing false tax returns designed to increase refunds? Will the new tax preparer regulations prevent these preparers from doing business? Unlikely, since it takes a person knowledgeable about the tax laws, and thus probably able to pass the IRS preparer certification exam, to perpetrate the fraud.


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