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R.I. CPA Society president fined for campaign finance violations

The head of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants has been fined for a pile of missing campaign finance reports, along with...
RELIEVED: Scott McCullough, co-owner of Symposium Books Inc. in Providence, is happy he won’t have to pay a tangible property tax, thanks to legislation passed by state legislators that exempts businesses from the first $50,000 they would typically owe in tangible taxes. 
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New tax exemption to make tangible difference in R.I.

At Symposium Books Inc. in downtown Providence, the property making up the store’s physical backbone – its numerous bookcases, for instance, or the computers...
HUMAN TOUCH: Bonnie Kennedy, assistant chair of Salve Regina University’s Department of Business and Economics, says that while accounting students will be expected to use artificial intelligence-enabled tools in the future, they will still have to master the skills of communication and critical reasoning. 
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CPAs, analysts grapple with high-tech evolution

Experts have predicted for years that the growth of artificial intelligence will transform the accounting industry. For some, it already has. The technology is enabling...

Employee benefits program launching for RIMA, RITA members

PROVIDENCE – For years Melissa Travis says rising costs have made it difficult for employers she’s worked with across Rhode Island to provide their...
RARE BREED: Edward F. Yazbak, chairman of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants who also owns his own accounting practice, says the number of CPAs has steadily declined in recent years, and there are fewer young people to replace them. 
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A lopsided ledger: Jobs plentiful, CPAs not

Edward F. Yazbak has been searching for five years for a younger upstart to take over his North Smithfield practice. But the chairman of the...
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RISCPA names Pirolli an ‘Industry Legend’

WILLIAM R. PIROLLI, a retired partner formerly with DiSanto, Priest & Co., was named an Industry Legend by the Rhode Island Society of Certified...

SBA hosts ‘Salute to Small Business’

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration will host its annual “Salute to Small Business” luncheon on Wednesday, honoring the 2023 National Small Business...

Five Questions With: Jack Renza

Jack Renza has taught accounting to thousands of the Community College of Rhode Island students since 1975. Many of those students have gone on...

R.I. CPAs to honor 4 local accounting ‘legends’

CRANSTON – Four high-profile people in the local accounting sector will be honored on April 20 as part of the Rhode Island Society of...

Five Questions With: Melissa D. Travis

Melissa D. Travis has been CEO and president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants since 2019. The society is one of...
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