Identifying IRS Scammers this Tax Season

Since 2013, cyber criminals and scammers posing as the IRS have cost their victims as much as $23 million. As these criminals become more sophisticated, even well-educated people can fall victim to these convincing schemes. There are red flags in these interactions that you can take notice of and decide if something seems illegitimate. Here are the top two ways that scammers …

Partner Carl Vulcan Participates in LLS “Over the Edge” Fundraising Event

Partner Carl Vulcan, CPA, CFE, took his role as Chairman of the Board for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Western PA & West Virginia chapter) to new heights as he rappelled 22 stories down the side of the Koppers building in Pittsburgh, PA. The rappel was the main feature at the organization’s first annual “Over the Edge” event, which was designed to kick off their week of Light the Night …

Catanese Group Announces 2017 Promotions

Catanese Group is proud to announce the following promotions:

Jessica Dunlap, CPA, CFE has been promoted to Audit Partner. She overseas accounting,auditing, and business consulting ¬†engagements of the firm and and is a nationally known speaker on business management. Mrs. Dunlap began her career with Catanese Group in 2013 as an Audit Supervisor, and became Audit Manager in 2016 before being named …

Catanese Group Hires Three Staff Accountants

Catanese Group is excited to welcome three new members to our accounting firm.

Jeremiah O’Neil, Joseph Ruparcic and Cody Aurandt have joined the firm as Staff Accountants. They will perform tax, accounting, and audit service engagements for the firm.

Mr. O’Neil has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree, Accounting from Bucknell University. He resides in Johnstown, PA.

Mr. Ruparcic and Mr. Aurandt are both recent graduates of the University of Pittsburgh …

Leading Partner Wins Award from Junior Achievement

Sam Catanese, CPA, is set to receive the Junior Achievement National Bronze Leadership Award for 2015, after his nomination was approved by the National Junior Achievement Board of Directors.

The National Bronze Leadership Award is given to individuals whose support and participation in the organization has benefited their local chapter, in this case the Western Pennsylvania Chapter. This award is presented …

  • Posted: June 4, 2015
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New Office Opening in Hollidaysburg, PA!

We at Catanese Group are proud to announce the grand opening of our third office location in Hollidaysburg, PA, located in the Canal Basin Office Centre. Our office is officially open to meet clients, and we will be hosting several meet-and-greet events in the coming months. Stay tuned on our website and social media for more information.

Our new office space includes two separate offices – one large shared workspace and …

  • Posted: March 31, 2015
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One of Our Clients Honored as a “Heart Survivor”

Catanese Group is pleased to showcase one of our clients, George Milkie of Milkie’s Lawn and Garden, after he was honored as a “Heart Survivor” at the 2015 Cambria Somerset Heart Ball. On February 21, this American Heart Association event took place at Sunnehanna Country Club, and included an evening of dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and the introduction of three nominees.

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Profit Planning and Cost Accounting for Law Firms

by: Samuel Catanese, CPA

Most service industries do not believe that cost accounting applies to them, and believe that it is strictly for other industries such as manufacturing. How could you possibly have cost accounting for a law firm?

I am here to say that all law firms should implement a cost accounting system if they want to understand their own business. By implementing a cost accounting system, you will be able to determine if clients are profitable. You can tell if producers – attorneys or paralegals – are profitable. You can tell if divisions within the firm are profitable. If you have a firm with multiple offices, you can tell if each office is profitable. This information is valuable when considering mergers or acquisitions.

  • Posted: February 17, 2015
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Catanese Group Hosts Local College Juniors for Third Annual “Leadership Day” Event

Top Row (left to right): Samantha Britton (UPJ), Lex Winkelman (UPJ), Alina Allison (UPJ), Connor Bowie (Mt. Aloysius), and Allen Musselman (Mt. Aloysius) Bottom Row (left to right): Brittany Davis (UPJ), Anne Rummell (St. Francis), Katie Duttry (UPJ), and Christina Hrubochak (St. Francis)

On February 7, 2015, our Partners and Staff hosted nine local college juniors at our third annual “Leadership Day” event at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, PA.

Leadership Day is an opportunity for accounting students to learn valuable information on making the transition from accounting student to accounting professional.

Accounting students from three area colleges and universities were chosen based on their leadership skills and academic performance. Accounting faculty from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Mount Aloysius College, and Saint Francis University were given specific criteria and made their selections from their respective accounting students.

  • Posted: February 17, 2015
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Catanese Group Hires Three New Employees

We are pleased to welcome three new members to our accounting firm!

Donna Deist, CPA, MST, has joined Catanese Group as a Tax Supervisor. She will oversee individual and business tax compliance for the firm. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington & Jefferson College, as well as a Masters in Taxation from Capital University Law School. She …

  • Posted: January 30, 2015
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