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CPA news to know: PPP vigilance and the start of the tax season

02/09/2021 8:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

January 29, 2021

Hosted by Neil Amato

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and the start of tax season are two topics squarely on the minds of CPAs these days. This episode analyzes the Jan. 25 update by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) about processing second-draw loan applications and looks at what recent IRS announcements mean for tax season. Kari Hipsak, CPA, CGMA, a senior manager at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, and Alistair Nevius, J.D., the JofA’s editor-in-chief, tax, are the guests for this quick look at recent news that affects the accounting profession.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • Why PPP loan applicants should be patient and vigilant.
  • The practical applications of the SBA’s recent update.
  • A preview of the JofA’s February print issue.
  • What the announced date that the IRS begins accepting tax returns means for practitioners and filers.
  • Effects of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), P.L. 116-260, on tax season.

Play the episode below:

Accounting firms can prepare and process applications for the PPP on the CPA Business Funding Portal, created by the AICPA,, and fintech partner Biz2Credit.

AICPA experts discuss the latest on the PPP and other small business aid programs during a biweekly virtual town hall. The webcasts, which provide CPE credit, are free to AICPA members. Go to the AICPA Town Hall Series webpage for more information and to register.

To comment on this episode or to suggest an idea for another episode, contact Neil Amato, an FM magazine senior editor, at

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