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NOT EASY: Saeed Roohani, chair of the Department of Accounting at Bryant University, says becoming a certified public accountant requires money and time, which may be dissuading some people from becoming a CPA candidate. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Is qualifying for a CPA license too tough?

Within the accounting profession, certified public accountants are regarded as among the field’s most highly capable and well-compensated individuals. But as firms have difficulty...
Cecile Roberti

CCRI professor earns top teaching award

CECILE ROBERTI, a business and professional studies professor at the Community College of Rhode Island, recently received the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and...

John Rainone

2021 40 Under Forty Awards John Rainone | 37 | Principal, DiSanto, Priest & Co. What was your first job? My first job was working for...
EXTRA BUSY: Laura Yalanis, a CPA and partner of the tax services group for Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. Ltd., says the increasing complexity of tax laws, particularly in the wake of pandemic aid, has increased requests for help from tax filers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Accountants fielding deluge of rescue calls

Accountants never really go out of style, but after a year of pandemic, they’re having a moment in the spotlight. Between federal tax law changes,...
FEELING OF PRIDE: Ernst & Young LLP Providence employees gather during a recent Pride Day event. / COURTESY ERNST & YOUNG LLP

Collaboration is key to a welcoming environment at Ernst & Young

PBN DIVERSITY & INCLUSIONS 2020 AWARDS Accounting: Ernst & Young LLP AT GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL-services provider Ernst & Young LLP, the idea of diversity and inclusion is...
GETTING AHEAD: Andrew Parrish, CEO and president of Diligentiam, says it’s crucial for accounting firms to get training in data analytics. 

Accounting firms trying to make sense of big data

Accounting is inherently a data-driven profession. Spreadsheets laden with numbers from financial reports and tax filings are staples of the profession. But transitioning from a...
PLANNING AHEAD: Brad McGuire, a tax partner at Blum, Shapiro & Co. in Cranston, and other accountants have been spending a lot of time talking with clients about possible changes to the estate and gift taxes under the Biden administration. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fear of heftier estate tax has R.I.’s wealthy worried

The potential of higher taxes on gifts and estates after Democrat Joe Biden enters the White House in January is giving a lot of...
TAXING VOCATION: Certified public accountant Jonathan L. Ucran started Ucran & Co. LLC, a full-service public accounting and tax firm, eight years ago with only a part-time receptionist, but he now has 15 full-time employees and recently acquired a small, independent firm in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ucran accounting firm adds second location in R.I.

Certified public accountant Jonathan L. Ucran knew he was good with numbers and people, an essential combination to succeed in public accounting. But when...
HOLDING ON: Joseph A. Mansour Jr. is the president of Marcovich, Mansour & Capobianco LLC in Lincoln, an accounting firm that represents about 400 businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans. Mansour said he’s advising those clients to keep some of that money, if possible, in case they have to pay taxes on the funds in April 2021. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tax questions over PPP loans remain unresolved

Accountants who helped shepherd businesses through the process of obtaining federal Paycheck Protection Program loans this year are now cautioning them to not assume...
LONGTIME GOAL: David Sheperd, a 25-year veteran of public accounting, opened his own business, David J. Sheperd CPA LLC, in Cumberland in June. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Shepherd counting on an economic turnround after launching his accounting business

If there is a pandemic-proof business in 2020, it just might be accounting. Small businesses and nonprofits still need to file their tax returns...
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