In My Opinion

Welcome to In My Opinion, a monthly feature of California CPA magazine by Anthony Pugliese, CPA, CGMA, CITP. Pugliese, President & CEO of CalCPA and CalCPA Education Foundation, will cover key issues and trends impacting the profession—as well as personal insights. 

October 2020: Coming Together
While the concerns of our communities have grown, so too has our profession’s remarkable ability to come together and help one another in times of crisis.

September 2020: Inform, Connect, Engage
In this time of changing conditions and circumstances, CalCPA is especially focused on the growth and prosperity of our members, firms and employers.

August 2020: Reopening with Confidence
As California looks forward to continued recovery and fully reopening, CalCPA is committed to providing members with helpful resources and essential support as we return to our places of business.

July 2020: Following Through
Following the lead of research indicating that an inclusive, professional environment sharpens an organization’s competitive advantage, read about CalCPA's efforts to establish the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. 

June 2020: You Are Our Priority
While CalCPA supports members through every stage of recovery, we also must adapt to new regulations and public health guidance affecting how we can best serve our members. Here’s how we plan to move forward. 

May 2020: In This Together As One Profession
As feelings of concern and uncertainty abound with recent events, here are some steps CalCPA is taking to stay on top of developments to help our CalCPA community—staff, members, partners, the public and other state CPA societies. 

March/April 2020: Assembly Bill 5
AB 5 has been one of the most controversial pieces of legislation of the last year, with many raising concerns over implementation and unintended consequences.



January/February 2020: Understanding the Consequences
Imposing a complex shift in the tax burden by taxing CPAs and other professionals in California is bad tax policy, compounds an already complicated tax code and introduces compliance challenges.

December 2019: You Are CalCPA’s Advocacy Program
A successful advocacy program relies on the ability to build and maintain relationships with elected leaders and policymakers—and who does relationship building better than CalCPA?

November 2019: Privacy Is a Priority
The new California Consumer Privacy Act, set to take effect Jan. 1, has wide-reaching implications for CPAs and the clients and employers they serve. For CPAs in public practice, the new law may affect their own firms and those of their clients; for CPAs in business and industry, their employers also may face compliance issues.

October 2019: Family Law Issues 
In today’s times, family law complexities are growing fast in every direction. As daunting as it may seem, this evolution of a common practice area also can provide new opportunities for CPAs prepared for the change.

September 2019: Cognitive Audits
The audit of the future will look and feel very different from what we see today—it will be heavily automated through the use of technologies like robotic process automation and Blockchain. Are you ready?

August 2019: The Impact of AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a profound impact on the accounting and finance profession within the next 10 years. What do I mean by AI? PwC broadly defines AI as “a collective term for computer systems that can sense their environment, think, learn and take action in response to what they’re sensing and their objectives.”

July 2019: The First Step
As the new President & CEO of this great organization, I hope you will join me for an up close and personal look at the world of business, accounting and finance through my eyes. This will include a range of perspectives that I’ll share with you on key issues and trends impacting the profession—topics that push the edge of the leading edge—as well as personal insights into all things accounting, finance, business, strategy, technology and innovation. This will be a place to share my opinion … and every now and again, I hope you’ll also allow me to use a little humor.