Industry Insights & Firm News

Industry Insights & Firm News

H2R CPA and Cottrill Arbutina Announce Merger; Combined Firm to be Called H2R CPA

Pittsburgh, PA – Dec. 5, 2019 – Pittsburgh-based H2R CPA and Cottrill, Arbutina & Associates PC of Beaver County announced that they will merge into one firm, effective January 1, 2020. The staff of both firms will operate as H2R CPA, while maintaining their existing office locations in Parkway Center and downtown Beaver. The combined […]


Monaca, PA, March 26, 2019 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County (BBBS) and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) are launching an innovative workforce development program aimed at bringing neighboring high school students to CCBC’s campus to develop one-on-one mentoring relationships with college leaders. This effort is made possible by a $10,000 […]

Cottrill Arbutina’s Rihely Named to Beaver County Rehabilitation Center Board

BEAVER, PA –March 11, 2019 – Lucas Rihely, CPA, CFE, a shareholder and tax practice leader with Cottrill Arbutina & Associates, P.C. of Beaver, has been elected to the board of directors of the Beaver County Rehabilitation Center. Based in Center Township, BCRC ( helps people with intellectual, developmental, psychiatric and co-occurring disabilities to secure […]

Cottrill Arbutina Cares About… Educating and Developing Community Leaders

By:  Michele Renz “Cottrill Arbutina Cares About…” is a blog that highlights the employees and community service of Cottrill Arbutina. On Friday, January 18, 2019, Joel Martin, Audit Group and Contracted Services Shareholder, presented to the 2018-19 participants of Leadership Beaver County on the topic “Fiduciary Responsibilities of Non-Profit Boards”.  Drawing from his over 20 […]

The Most Important Steps That You Can Take to Combat Embezzlement in Youth Sports and Other Organizations

By:  Michele Renz If you are a parent of a school-aged child in Western Pennsylvania, you are undoubtedly familiar with the seemingly endless amount of choices of teams, clubs, associations, and groups that are available for your child to join.  For example, take sports.  Not only are there school-related sports teams – there are regional, […]

UPDATE: New Pennsylvania State Tax Withholding Obligation on Certain Leases

Pennsylvania Act 43 of 2017 created a withholding obligation for certain payors of PA-source income and lessees of PA real estate to non-residents.  Beginning January 1, 2018, anyone that makes payments to non-resident individuals or disregarded entities with a non-resident member that is subject to 1099-MISC reporting is required to withhold PA tax from the […]

Individual Tax Provisions Included Within the Recent Budget Deal

On February 9, 2018, Congress passed and the President signed into law, the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.”  Included in the act are several tax provisions, including “extenders” for individuals, which affect the 2017 tax year.  These “extenders” are:         1. Exclusion for discharge of indebtedness on a principal residence:  Normally, a […]

Cottrill Arbutina Cares About… Supporting Our Clients’ Charitable Initiatives

By:  Michele Renz “Cottrill Arbutina Cares About…” is a blog that highlights the employees and community service of Cottrill Arbutina. On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Cottrill Arbutina employees Vito Farelli, Katie Pagan and Shannon McVey, along with Katie’s boyfriend, Wayne Butler, represented our firm in supporting our credit union clients at the Beaver Valley Chapter […]

A New Year, A New Beginning – Implementing the HMDA Rule

By:  Michele Renz January.  The month marking the start of new beginnings – a new year of good intentions and implementation of resolutions to better yourself personally.  While you undoubtedly started strong toward your goals and still have the best intentions, the reality, at least according to one study, is that 80% of resolutions fail […]