CPA Association News

Order today: Tax-saving strategies to use during busy season

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 30, 2016

The AICPA's "Hottest Tax Topics for 2016" helps you prepare well in advance of busy season, with key legislative updates, tax credits, deductions and more for your individual clients. Available in text and via on-demand CPE.

Learn about the clarified attestation standards

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 30, 2016

Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 18, Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification, is effective for reports dated on or after May 1, 2017. The AICPA's Attest Clarity webpage contains up-to-date information on SSAE No. 18, including an overview video and a summary document.

Register today: Daylong webcast on payroll tax and reporting compliance

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 29, 2016

The AICPA's "Best Practices for Payroll Taxes and 1099 Issues" webcast, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. ET, reviews proper reporting of payroll withholding, health care law changes, employee benefit tax liabilities and more to help you make sure you and your clients are in compliance.

How to respond to third-party verification (comfort letter) requests

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 29, 2016

The AICPA's third-party verification request resources webpage contains articles and tools to help CPAs make informed decisions regarding requests and determine related or alternative services they may perform on a client's behalf.

Register today: Guidance during the oil-and-gas industry downturn

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 28, 2016

The AICPA and PDI Oil & Gas Conference, Nov. 14-15, covers production and price trends, changing regulations, election impact and more, all specific to the oil-and-gas industry landscape. Register by Sept. 29 to save $75; attend the conference in Denver or via live webcast.

Free resources for year-end tax planning conversations

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 28, 2016

New year-end tax planning materials from the Tax Practitioner's Toolkit, including a PowerPoint presentation (with speaker notes) and client letters, can help to educate individuals and small-business owners on year-end planning issues.

Register today: Webcast on the new not-for-profit financial statement standard

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 27, 2016

The AICPA's "Applying FASB's New Not-for-Profit Financial Statement Standard" webcast, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. ET, covers critical issues for your organization or clients, with guidance from industry experts. Register today to be eligible for 2 CPE credits or 1.5 CAE credits.

AICPA online mentoring program calls for mentors and mentees

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 27, 2016

The new AICPA Online Mentoring Program is now seeking mentors with at least five years of experience and mentees who wish to be advised by veteran CPAs. First-time users should use the passcode aicpa2016 to sign up.

Register today: Defensive and offensive cybersecurity strategies webcast

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 26, 2016

The AICPA's "Time to Get Serious About Information Security" webcast will clearly and concisely explain the threats against your sensitive data and the proactive steps your organization should take. The webcast starts at 2 p.m. ET Sept. 28. An encore presentation will be available Oct. 18.

New AICPA interest area and upcoming credential focus on fair value measurements

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 26, 2016

To improve quality, consistency and transparency in fair value measurements for US public company financial reporting, the AICPA launched a new Fair Value Measurement interest area and will soon offer the Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations (CEIV) credential to CPAs and finance professionals. Learn more and get started on the pathway to the CEIV credential.

Learn more: Certificate program for foundational and ongoing forensics knowledge

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 23, 2016

Getting started in financial forensics? The AICPA's Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting Certificate Program provides an introduction to this in-demand specialization. Need education hours for the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential? Learn how this program can help.

COSO seeks comments on ERM framework proposal

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 23, 2016

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission has released a proposal to its updated enterprise risk management (ERM) framework that would update the definition of ERM and emphasize the link between risk and value. Comments on the exposure draft should be submitted through by Sept. 30.

Register today: Forensic and valuation services, together in Music City USA

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 22, 2016

The AICPA's Forensic & Valuation Services Conference, Nov. 6-8, unites two disciplines for deeper knowledge and context. New this year: Family Law learning path and Fair Value Measurements track. Register by Sept. 30 to save $75; attend in Nashville, Tenn.; or stream it live.

Are you an accounting educator? Submit an RFP by Oct. 14 for a chance to get research funding

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 22, 2016

The AICPA Assurance Research Advisory Group is currently requesting research proposals from accounting educators on audit quality, risk assessment and response, audit documentation and limited assurance. Approved proposals are eligible for funding and, where applicable, access to CPA firm personnel and data gathered by the AICPA Peer Review Program. The request for proposals closes on Oct. 14.

Register today: Effective Excel techniques for testing the revenue cycle

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 21, 2016

Gain tips and strategies to swiftly identify fraud. The AICPA's "Leveraging Excel-Based Data Analytics in Your Audit of the Revenue Cycle" webcast, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. ET, includes Excel data templates so you can test the approaches in real time.

Free webcast: The cloud and modern-day financials

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 21, 2016

The cloud transformed CPAs' relationships with their clients, especially when it comes to financial reporting and advisory services. Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of, and his panel of experts will share their insights on this topic during a free Digital CPA webcast on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. ET.

Register today: Webcast series on single audit fundamentals

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 20, 2016

Gain a basic overview of the single audit and its requirements with the AICPA's Single Audit Fundamentals Series. Four webcasts over two days, Sept. 26-27, will help you understand major program determination, compliance testing, resources for reporting and more.

Free webcast: 5 strategies to increase the capacity of your tax department

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 20, 2016

Corporate tax departments can be chaotic. Tax leaders must successfully juggle tax compliance, resource productivity and strategic activities. Join Mike Sabbatis, XCM's COO, on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. ET for this one-hour webcast in which he will share five unique strategies to make your tax department do more for your company -- a must for any corporate tax professional.

Do you have a succession plan in place?

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 19, 2016

While succession planning is important for all practitioners, it is crucial for small-firm owners. Of sole practitioners surveyed in the latest AICPA Private Companies Practice Section/Succession Institute 2016 CPA Firm Succession Management Survey, most said they expect to retire in eight years, on average. It is never too early to start to consider what a succession plan might look like for your small firm. You can find tips and advice in this Small Firm Solutions article.

Register today: How to build your organization's key performance indicator dashboard

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 19, 2016

Evaluate KPI dashboards and various platform options during the AICPA's "KPI Dashboards: The New Financial Reporting Model" webcast Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. ET. You'll learn how to maximize real-time analytics and integrate dashboards into your reporting model.

Learn more: Which not-for-profit certificate is right for you?

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 16, 2016

Whether you work in public accounting or for a not-for-profit, the AICPA's not-for-profit certificates give you targeted knowledge and marketable skills to set yourself apart. Not sure where to start? Take the self-assessment to determine which certificate best fits your needs.

Keep up to date on SSARS No. 21 implementation

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 16, 2016

Understand the most significant revisions to standards for accountants in public practice who prepare financial statements. Visit the AICPA's Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services No. 21 webpage, where you will find background information on the standard, resources and a video.

Register today: 5th annual leadership summit for women in accounting and finance

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 15, 2016

The AICPA's Women's Global Leadership Summit, Nov. 2-4, is an annual gathering of exceptional leaders. Roundtables specific to five interest areas also return by popular demand. Register by Sept. 18 to save $75; attend on site in Boston or online via live webcast.

Free webcast: Maximizing the visibility and control of your audit process

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 15, 2016

Today's audit practice faces increased regulation, tight deadlines and staffing constraints. Join XCM's Shannon Keane, CPA, on Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. ET for this one-hour webcast, which will provide expert advice on improving the overall audit process. Learn about using the right technology to automate the process and how to improve knowledge management.

Register today: On-site workshop for defined contribution plan audits

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 14, 2016

The AICPA's Advanced Auditing for Defined Contribution Retirement Plans course, Nov. 3-4 in New York City, covers concepts and skills necessary for a solid audit foundation, specifically related to defined contribution retirement plans and audit engagements. Register by Sept. 19 to save $75.

Highlights and progress: The AICPA's Enhancing Audit Quality initiative

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 14, 2016

As part of the Enhancing Audit Quality (EAQ) initiative, launched in 2014, the AICPA implemented several programs that promote audit quality and support the profession's ongoing commitment to quality improvement. The report, AICPA Enhancing Audit Quality Initiative: Highlights and Progress 2016, highlights the effort's progress since the AICPA issued the 6-Point Plan to Improve Audits in 2015.

Register today: Webcast series with step-by-step PivotTable demonstrations

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 13, 2016

Increase your productivity and effectiveness as a finance professional with the AICPA's Streamlined Excel Reporting Series. The four webcasts, held Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, cover PivotTable features, functions and techniques so you can save time on your reporting tasks.

Access employee benefit plan resources from the EAQ initiative

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 13, 2016

Employee benefit plans are vitally important to millions of Americans. Accounting professionals take seriously their responsibility to protect those Americans. To help find the information you need to perform employee benefit plan audits, the AICPA has developed numerous resources -- all part of the Enhancing Audit Quality initiative.

Register today: CPA Career Center's 2016 Fall Virtual Career Fair

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 12, 2016

Connect with talented accounting and finance professionals from across the country who are looking for opportunities within your firm at the Fall Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The online format provides an easy, effective way to reach qualified candidates and conduct interviews from the convenience of your desk. PCPS members save $200.

Revised quality-control practice aid now available free of charge

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 12, 2016

As part of the AICPA's Enhancing Audit Quality initiative, the AICPA has posted an Audit and Accounting Practice Aid online for members at no charge. The revised practice aid, intended to help practitioners develop the policies and procedures that comprise a firm's system of quality control, is now more easily customizable and includes enhanced guidance.

Register today: Top Excel techniques for general ledgers and journal entries

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 09, 2016

The AICPA's "Leveraging Excel-Based Data Analytics in Your Audit of General Ledger/Journal Entries" webcast covers detection of management override, key data tables and fields for extraction, trending visualization and more. Join us Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. ET.

Register today: The effect of the current expected credit loss model on credit unions

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 08, 2016

CECL represents a monumental change for all financial institutions. The AICPA Conference on Credit Unions, Oct. 24-26, examines the changes for credit unions of all sizes. Register by Friday to save $75; attend the conference in Orlando, Fla., or stream the live webcast.

Accounting Doctoral Scholars program relaunches to address demand for accounting faculty with practice experience

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 08, 2016

A new phase of the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program has launched to transition more CPAs with audit and tax experience into the classroom. Applications are being accepted until Oct. 7. Chosen scholars will receive up to $40,000 in addition to university-supported funding.

Register today: Financial consequences for your divorcing clients

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 07, 2016

The AICPA's "Protecting Yourself From Your Future Ex-Spouse" webcast covers a dreaded but frequent scenario for clients: divorce. Learn about the financial implications, state law differences and the role of the prenuptial agreement today at 3 p.m. ET.

Register today: New locations offered for internal control systems certificate program

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 06, 2016

The AICPA's COSO Internal Control Certificate is your opportunity to develop expertise in designing, implementing and monitoring an internal control system. Register to attend in Bellevue, Wash., Sept. 13-15, or search for additional dates in Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla.

Want to better manage client expectations?

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 06, 2016

Managing clients' expectations about what they can anticipate for turnaround times or fees is key to maintaining good relations. Use these talking points (available to AICPA members) to help you address tough questions like "Why is my bill higher this year?" and be clear about your practice's procedures.

Order today: Introduction to forensic accounting

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 02, 2016

Learn about forensic accounting, fraud detection, expert testimony and more with the AICPA's Forensic Accounting: Fraudulent Reporting and Concealed Assets. With that foundation, you'll learn how to sharpen your forensic skills and identify potential fraud.

AICPA members experiencing hardship can contact the AICPA Benevolent Fund

CPA Letter Daily | Sep 01, 2016

The AICPA Benevolent Fund, established in 1933, helps AICPA members through temporary periods of financial difficulty. If you are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi, or for any other reason, consider applying for a financial assistance grant. They are provided on a case-by-case basis. For more information, call 866-527-2228. You can also make a charitable donation to the fund.

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