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Current Report (Form 8-K)

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 2, 2021

DSS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

New York 001-32146 16-1229730

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

(Commission
File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

6 Framark Drive

Victor, New York14564

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(585)325-3610

Registrant's telephone number, including area code

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.02 Par Value DSS The NYSEAmerican LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Item 4.01. Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant.

(a) Change of Independent registered Public Accounting Firm

On December 2, 2021, Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. (the "Former Accountant") resigned as our independent registered public accounting firm, and on December 3, 2021, we engaged Turner, Stone & Company, L.L.P. (the "New Accountant") as our independent registered public accounting firm, subject to completion of Turner Stone's standard client acceptance process and execution of an engagement letter. The engagement of the New Accountant was recommended and approved by the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

The Former Accountant's audit report on our financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion, nor was it qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.

For the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, and through the interim period ended December 2, 2021, there were no "disagreements" (as such term is defined in Item 304 of Regulation S-K) with the Former Accountant on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedures, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of the Former Accountant, would have caused them to make reference thereto in their reports on the financial statements for such periods.

For the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, and through the interim period ended December 2, 2021, there was the following "reportable events" (as such term is defined in Item 304 of Regulation S-K). As disclosed in Part II, Item 9A of the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company's management determined that the Company's internal controls over financial reporting were not effective as of the end of such period.

The Company's internal controls have not been remediated as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Other than as disclosed above, there were no reportable events for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, and through the interim period ended December 2, 2021. Our Board of Directors discussed the subject matter of the reportable event with the Former Accountant. We authorized the Former Accountant to respond fully and without limitation to all requests of the New Accountant concerning all matters related to the audited period by the Former Accountant, including with respect to the subject matter of each reportable event.

Prior to retaining the New Accountant, the Company did not consult with the New Accountant regarding either: (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either contemplated or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company's financial statements; or (ii) any matter that was the subject of a "disagreement" or a "reportable event" (as those terms are defined in Item 304 of Regulation S-K).

On December 3, 2021, the Company provided the Former Accountant with its disclosures in the Current Report on Form 8-K disclosing the resignation of the Former Accountant and requested in writing that the Former Accountant furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether or not they agree with such disclosures. The Former Accountant's response is filed as an exhibit to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No. Description
16.1* Letter from Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C., dated December 3, 2021
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
* Filed herewith
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

DSS, INC.
Dated: December 3, 2021 By: /s/ Frank D. Heuszel

Frank D. Heuszel

Chief Executive Officer

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