The Accounting Podcast

The Accounting Podcast

The Accounting Podcast (formerly the Cloud Accounting Podcast) is the world's #1 accounting, bookkeeping, and tax podcast! Join us weekly for a roundup of accounting news, analysis, and interviews. Plus, earn free NASBA-approved CPE credits for listening with the Earmark app. Learn more at


September 21, 2023 62 mins

Buckle up for a wild ride covering everything from brazen ERC scams to cutting-edge AI. Join Blake and David as they expose the rampant fraud sucking billions from the federal coffers. You'll hear an unbelievable voicemail scam promising gangbusters refunds—could it really be Snoop Dogg or is your mind playing tricks?

Fast forward to the bleeding edge of technology with jaw-dropping examples of AI voice and face swapping. T...

The IRS has announced an immediate moratorium on new Employee Retention Tax Credit claims through the end of the year amidst a surge of questionable submissions. Tune in for details on the ERC crackdown, including new criminal probes, longer processing times, and options for withdrawing improper claims.

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Employee Retention Credit Eligibility Checklist: Help understanding this complex credit

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This week we dive into the pipeline shortage and the need for more accounting candidates, and discuss Intuit's groundbreaking use of AI in TurboTax and its potential impact on accounting professionals. Guest Jack Castonguay sheds light on FASB's recent announcement on accounting standards for digital assets and how it affects companies holding crypto assets. We also explore positive aspects of the accounting profession and...

Join us for an in-depth conversation with Jerry Maginnis, a retired Big Four audit partner, about the value and criticisms of financial statement audits.

Jerry draws on his decades of experience auditing public companies to respond to issues around audit quality, staff work conditions, complexity in accounting standards, and whether audits truly protect investors. He provides perspective on PCAOB inspections, the pass/fail ...

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September 6, 2023 71 mins

We’ve got an AI-packed episode this week! Ryan Lazanis demonstrates how AI and voice cloning technology can be utilized to streamline the analysis of financial statements. Blake and David examine various applications of AI in accounting, including tools for extracting key information from emails and documents, an AI-powered tax analysis tool, and the potential for AI to enhance advisory services. They also dig into some is...

Blake and David discuss issues relating to the accounting profession's talent pipeline, including a high school student's negative experience in her first accounting class and efforts by state CPA societies to reduce licensing barriers. They move on to tech topics, like the slow adoption of AI tools such as ChatGPT among accountants and new product features announced by Intuit and Xero. Wrapping things up, they share liste...

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The requirements to become a licensed CPA differ across states, yet CPAs maintain mobility to practice in multiple jurisdictions. How does this work? David Knoble, Chair of the South Carolina Association of CPAs (SCACPA), joins the show to bust myths around substantial equivalency and mobility rules for CPAs and discuss the SCACPA's proposed changes to licensure requirements in the state to encourage more accountants to be...

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In this episode, Blake and David talk app integration frustrations, Gusto's new payroll feature, increased fees for tax professionals, a tragic accident involving an IRS agent, low job fulfillment among accountants, and an employee stock ownership plan at BDO. They also dive into Amazon's new product review feature and the appointment of a former Intuit executive as the new CEO of PayPal. Rounding things out, they speculat...

We discuss whether the economy is headed for a soft landing or hard fall with Gusto's Chief Economist Liz Wilke. 
Topics include:

  • Recession outlook and key indicators like interest rates and inflation
  • Labor shortage impacts on the economy
  • Commercial real estate risks for banks
  • Impacts of bank mergers on small business lending

Liz evaluates recession odds, labor trends, and lending risks - offering nuanced outlo...

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Jen Cryder, CEO of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, joins Blake and David to discuss the accounting profession's pipeline problems, including the decline in accounting majors and the difficulties of replacing retiring CPAs. Join the discussion on solutions like work-and-learn models and redefining education requirements. Discover strategies to attract and retain talent, prioritizing the preferenc...

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August 14, 2023 90 mins

Today, we have a special bonus episode from our sister podcast, Oh My Fraud. Hosts Caleb Newquist and Greg Kyte speak with Nathan Mueller. As a young person, Nathan was hyper-focused on wanting to make money, which led him to perpetuate an $8-million embezzlement scheme in the mid-2000s. Nathan tells his story and answers questions about the fraud, his time in prison, and his new job as ... an accountant!

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Blake and David delve into the use of AI in detecting plagiarism in students' papers and its implications for the ongoing debate on AI's impact on employment. They also shed light on the increasing cost of audits and the alarming decline in audit quality. Shifting the focus to remote work, they analyze a study's findings on productivity and emphasize the importance of considering the nature of the work. The conversation ta...

In this episode, Blake and David cover the downfall of Mattel's co-founder and Barbie inventor, Intuit's new ad network that allows businesses to target specific audiences using data from QuickBooks Online, and the increasing rate of deficiencies in public company audits. They also discuss the detrimental effect of the 150-hour rule on students pursuing careers in accounting, the availability of a malicious code-writing to...

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In this episode of The Accounting Podcast, Blake and David discuss the economic impact of Taylor Swift's "The Eras Tour," Microsoft's CoPilot price with AI, the SEC vs Ripple case decision, the launch of FedNow, and a bill proposed by two senators to ban lawmakers from owning stocks. They also dig into stories about Apple's work on AppleGPT, software spending rising 25% over the last 12 months, the 150-hour rule, and the l...

This week, Blake and David talk app survival signs, Big Tax Prep sending taxpayer data to Facebook, and the dearth of accountants visible in financials. They cover news from the accounting world, including Jirav's $20 million raise in its series B round, and Pilot's 13% workforce layoff, Collective's $50 million raise, and the story about the IRS website sending data to Google Analytics. They also discuss the Accountests C...

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Join Blake Oliver, CPA, and David Leary as they review using TurboTax Live Full Service for their business taxes. See their candid reactions and feedback as they go through the process of filing their 2022 taxes with TurboTax for the first time.

Blake and David walk through the steps of getting matched with a tax expert, gathering documents, communicating with their preparer, and finally filing their partnership return. You...

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Learn how Meryl built a 30-headcount bookkeeping firm in eight years that can operate without her. We also get Meryl's take on the PwC scandal in Australia. Earn free NASBA-approved CPE credits for listening with the Earmark app. Learn more at

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In this episode, Blake and David examine the story of the 15-year-old who recently passed the CPA exam, as well as recent news involving accounting firms transitioning to corporations, AI investments, and new laws concerning AI hiring. They also cover several tech stories related to accounting, problems with client portals, and much more!

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In this episode of the Accounting Podcast, Blake and David talk to CPA Roger Knecht about how much CPAs should charge for business tax returns. They also touch on the latest news, including Hunter Biden's plea deal for tax charges, the Pentagon overestimating supplies sent to Ukraine by $6.2 billion, and the SEC charging Marcum with quality control failures. They also dig into sports gamblers losing more money as parlays g...

In this episode, Blake and David talk about the lack of audits hurting the profession, alternatives to tracking hours, whether to pursue a CPA or EA, and salary advice for new accountants. Next, they tackle a ton of news including AI integration in Mailchimp, the launch of FedNow Payment Network, the ROI of IRS audits, and the UK's Making Tax Digital rollout. Remote work, the ESG startup Omnevue securing $3 million in fund...

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