Seattle-based Moss Adams is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, with the firm's North Bay-based practices among the offices that are commemorating the milestone on the local level.

The Santa Rosa office held a combined client appreciate and anniversary reception at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club in June, with over 130 guests in attendance.

Moss Adams opened its Santa Rosa office more than 30 years ago. With more than 70 staff members, the office serves as anchor for a Wine Industry Group that serves more than 200 wineries and vineyards in California, Oregon and Washington.

It is no longer the only North Bay office for Moss Adams. The firm acquired Napa-based Rabanal & Smith nearly one year ago, giving Moss Adams a physical presence in the Napa Valley.

Moss Adams launched in Seattle in 1913 as a forest products-focused accounting firm under John McIntosh. The firm was renamed Moss Adams in 1938, and opened its first California offices in the 1960s.…

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Also celebrating a significant anniversary in the North Bay is Dal Poggetto & Company, which turns 20 this year, said Managing Partner Jon Dal Poggetto.

The firm was launched from the former Santa Rosa office of "Big Four" accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, where Mr. Dal Poggetto served as partner in charge. Mr. Poggetto and other staff formed the new firm in 1992, following Deloitte's decision to consolidate into an Oakland office.

Today, the firm is the third largest in the North Bay in terms of certified public accountants on staff, and the region's largest independent accounting firm by the same measure. Dal Poggetto and Co. has a total staff of approximately 30 individuals.…

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Upper-division students at Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics have voted Pisenti & Brinker's Jim Perez as one of the business school's most impactful professors, a designation that acknowledges instruction, advising and service to students and the university, according to an announcement.

Conducted under the Business and Economics Student Association, the award involves one vote from each upper-division student at the business school.

Mr. Perez, a partner at the Petaluma-based accounting firm, serves as a volunteer professor in the school's accounting program. A graduate of that program himself, Mr. Perez is an advocate for instruction that prepares students for the reality of pursuing a career the constantly evolving accounting profession.

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Other news at Pisenti & Brinker includes the return of former staff member Josh Moore, who will serve as senior manager. Mr. Moore had most recently been serving as controller for Santa Rosa's TLCD Architecture.…

The Internal Revenue Service has released data that reflects a growing adoption of electronic tax return filing for the 2013 tax year, part of a larger migration to Web-based services for taxpayers.

As of May 20, more than 43 million people had self-prepared and "e-filed" tax returns from home, a 4 percent increase compared to the prior year. 43.6 million had e-filed in 2012.

The trend also held true, though less so, for filings prepared by tax professionals. The 70.4 million electronic filings by professionals representing an increase of one-tenth of one percent over last year, making the cumulative increase in electronic filing 1.7 percent. More than 84 percent of all filings were completed electronically.

Usage of the IRS website, www.irs.gov, was up 25 percent compared to the same period last year. The agency completed a redesign of its website in 2012, and reported more than 300 million visits in 2013.…

Total income tax revenue collected following the income tax year for California residents was 0.8 percent lower than estimated, but State Controller John Chiang announced that the $15.03 billion collected still represented an improving outlook.

Tax revenues had exceeded the state's projections by 6.1 percent for the first 10 months of the year, lead by gains in personal income tax. Yet in April, those taxes came in at 2.2 percent below monthly estimates due to fewer filed returns and more paid refunds than expected, according to the announcement.

Meanwhile, consumer spending helped drive sales tax collections 26.6 percent higher than expected. Corporate taxes were half a percent higher than anticipated.…

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