CPA Association News


Register today: Simple Excel techniques to minimize organizational fraud risk

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 27, 2016

The AICPA's "When Excel-Based Analytics Detect Fraud" webcast, July 28 at 2 p.m. ET, will explore analytic reports to detect the three most-common frauds, essential data fields to execute fraud detection, how to calculate "fraud quotients" and more.


Articulate your value to business clients seeking startup financing

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 27, 2016

Share this brochure and accompanying checklist with your clients as they explore options for securing capital and help them understand how a CPA can assist. These tools, plus a PowerPoint presentation, part of the CPA Marketing Toolkit for Small Business, outline the required steps small businesses must take to obtain additional funding.


Register today: Prevention and detection procedures against fraud in government and not-for-profits

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 26, 2016

The AICPA's "Recognizing and Responding to Fraud Risk in Governmental and Not-for-Profit Organizations" webcast, today at 1 p.m. ET, uses real-world examples, explanations of audit standards and case studies to protect your clients and organizations against fraud risks.


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

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 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.


Register today: Webcast series on individual retirement account planning

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 25, 2016

Starting today and every day through Thursday, join a two-hour webcast on how to build and maintain winning IRAs on behalf of your clients. The AICPA's IRA Planning Workshop with Bob Keebler Series also is available as individual webcasts.


Learn how to optimize your use of social media with free guides

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 25, 2016

Take a look at the AICPA's updated user guides to start and expand your social media reach. Additional tools from the AICPA Private Companies Practice Section help CPA firms make a plan of action for how to use and optimize social media usage.


Register today: Certificate program on internal control systems

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 22, 2016

Through a blend of self-study and on-site training, the COSO Internal Control Certificate offers a unique opportunity to develop expertise in designing, implementing and monitoring a system of internal controls and to earn 25.5 CPE credits. Nationwide locations are available.


AICPA extends comment period on Mandatory Performance Framework for the Fair Value Quality Initiative

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 22, 2016

The AICPA, in collaboration with the American Society of Appraisers and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, has extended the comment period on a Mandatory Performance Framework for the Fair Value Quality Initiative, which is targeted at improving the transparency of fair value measurements for US public company financial reporting. Comments can be sent to FVM@aicpa.org through Aug. 24.


Spanish language resources now available on 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 21, 2016

There is a growing need to provide financial literacy resources to Americans in the language they best understand. With this in mind, the AICPA's 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program launched a new consumer Spanish-language resource center. Over the coming months, we will add to the list of resources available in Spanish.


Learn more: 4 ways to prove employee benefit plans audit expertise

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 21, 2016

Differentiate your skill set with the AICPA's certificate programs in EBP audits. Each of the four programs pairs an exam and optional prelearning. Your successful completion results in a digital badge you can display and share electronically.


Help small-business clients better understand compilation, review and audit

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 20, 2016

The AICPA's Guide to Financial Statement Services: Compilation, Review and Audit helps small-business owners understand the levels of assurance provided through various CPA services. This co-brandable, printable resource from the CPA Marketing Toolkit for Small Business is one of the many free AICPA tools created to help CPAs communicate their value to the small-business community.


Register today: Basis computations that are heavily scrutinized

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 20, 2016

The AICPA's "Basis/Distribution for Pass-Through Entities: Simplifying the Complexities" webcast, July 26 at 9 a.m. ET, clarifies the correct allocation of liabilities among partners, types and amounts of income resulting from distributions and sales of interests, and basis of distributed assets.


Register today: HUD organizations, programs, policies and procedures

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 19, 2016

Learn about various audit requirements and how to comply with specific HUD regulations, contracts and procedures, as well as the professional standards for federal programs, at the Audits of HUD-Assisted Projects webcast, July 26 at 1 p.m. ET.


Help clients prepare for potential effects of Brexit

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 19, 2016

If your firm or client conducts business with the UK, the recent vote to leave the EU may be a concern. This article from the AICPA's Private Companies Practice Section can help you and your clients prepare for Brexit-related unpredictability and provides suggestions on actions to take to mitigate risks.


Register today: Critical tax topics that may affect your not-for-profit

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 18, 2016

Learn about the issues that affect Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements during the AICPA's Emerging Tax Topics for Not-for-Profits webcast. Experts will cover unrelated business income, excess benefit transactions, payroll tax, Form 990 and more, July 20 at 1 p.m. ET.


Crowdfunding and Regulation A+ resources help facilitate client discussions

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 18, 2016

Are your small-business clients starting to ask about the implications of using crowdfunding as a source for raising capital? The Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Crowdfunding rules went into effect in May. Learn more about these rules and the Regulation A+ rules by visiting the AICPA's new webpage, which contains an overview video and summary documents.


Learn more: Financial reporting for the global business environment

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 15, 2016

More than 120 countries either require or permit the use of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for domestic listed companies. The AICPA's IFRS Certificate Program distinguishes your skill set and expands your career opportunities in the United States and abroad.


Last chance to participate in national firm benchmarking survey

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 15, 2016

Today is the last day to sign up to take the 2016 AICPA Private Companies Practice Section/CPA.com National MAP survey. Firms that sign up today have until July 31 to complete the survey. All respondents will receive a free personalized summary report with more than 100 data points to compare when the survey results are released.


Register today: How to tap available information for Big Data insights

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 14, 2016

The AICPA's "Be the Data: Using Easy-to-Access Big Data Sources Now" webcast offers a practical point of view on how to use, obtain, import and analyze data from internal and free external sources. The July 19 webcast starts at 2 p.m. ET.


Free Webcast: Will Your Firm Thrive or Just Survive? The Critical Competency for Today’s Practitioner

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 14, 2016

Learn the critical skills practitioners and firms need to thrive in today's business environment during the July Digital CPA webcast. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from Daniel Burrus, one of the world's leading technology forecasters, as he discusses opportunities for the future on July 20 at 2 p.m. ET. CPE available; free with no CPE.


Register today: How Labor's new overtime rule will affect firms and businesses

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 13, 2016

According to the Department of Labor, the new white-collar exemption rule will affect 4.2 million people. Prepare for the Dec. 1 effective date with the AICPA's "An Overview of the Department of Labor Final Overtime Rule" webcast, Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.


Read the AICPA's 6-Point Plan to Improve Audits

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 13, 2016

The 6-Point Plan to Improve Audits is the profession's road map for integrating quality enhancements throughout an auditor's journey. The plan places the necessary emphasis on areas that will drive higher audit performance -- both before the audit engagement is performed and after. Find the plan at aicpa.org/auditquality.


Register today: What to do before your next peer review

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 12, 2016

The AICPA's "Are You Ready for Your Peer Review?" webcast explores the peer review process, preparation steps, recent changes in the public interest and the most common noncompliance areas. Get this information and more during today's webcast at 2 p.m. ET.


2 tools help you educate clients on small business legal structure

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 12, 2016

Help your clients select the right legal structure for their startup business. A brochure and PowerPoint presentation, available in the CPA Marketing Toolkit for Small Business, provide a comprehensive overview of the various legal structure options for small businesses and list their pros and cons.


Register today: Sophisticated updates on estate, income tax, gift and inheritance planning

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 11, 2016

The AICPA's Advanced Estate Planning Online Conference, available via live stream, offers more than 50 sessions on the various intricacies of estate planning. Stream the complete conference July 18-20, or choose any 10 sessions over the three days.


AICPA urges modifications to Sec. 385 proposed regulations and effective date delay

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 11, 2016

The AICPA recommended to the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service numerous exceptions and a delay in the effective date of Internal Revenue Code Sec. 385 proposed regulations (REG-108060-15) related to the treatment of certain interests in corporations as stock or debt for federal tax purposes. In a recent comment letter, the AICPA described the effect of the proposed regulations as "pervasive and novel" and covered a variety of additional areas, including cash management practices, partnerships and S corporations.


Gain a better understanding of the CPA's role in addressing cybersecurity issues

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 08, 2016

Not just a public company concern, cybercrime has emerged as a leading financial and operational risk for organizations of all sizes in all sectors. In a new video, AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, discusses the leadership role CPAs can play in addressing cybersecurity concerns for the organizations where they work, the businesses they operate or the clients they serve. The video is the latest addition to the AICPA's Cybersecurity Resource Center.


Register today: Key technologies to support not-for-profits

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 08, 2016

The right technology infrastructure is crucial to growing and sustaining not-for-profits of every size. The AICPA and Abila share best practices and personal experiences during the Everyday Technology for Not-for-Profits webcast, July 21 at 1 p.m. ET.


Register today: What to expect during a criminal tax investigation

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 07, 2016

Tax specialists are invited to learn about the investigative processes of the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice and how to find a resolution. The AICPA's "Understanding Stages & Strategies in a Criminal Tax Case" webcast, July 19, begins at 1 p.m. ET.


Make a difference: Be an online mentor

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 07, 2016

The new AICPA Online Mentoring Program seeks volunteer mentors with at least five years of experience to help shape the future of our profession. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to share your experience and perspective to help a promising CPA achieve his or her goals. First-time users should use the passcode aicpa2016 to sign up. Additionally, if accessing from a mobile device for the first time, be sure to utilize the "Desktop site" link.


Women in tax share their stories

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 06, 2016

The work world has changed for women in the past several decades. That's true for most professions, and tax is no exception. In this video, three women tax professionals discuss their careers and challenges, as well as what the future has in store for women in tax.


Register today: Exam review for the Advanced Defined Contribution Plans Audit Certificate

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 05, 2016

Prepare for the Advanced Defined Contribution Plans Audit Certificate's exam with the AICPA's daylong webcast, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. ET. Advanced learning exercises include each phase of audit engagement, plus strategies for taking the exam.


Benchmarking is key for firm strategic planning

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 05, 2016

Is your firm ready for its next strategic planning session? By participating in the 2016 AICPA Private Companies Practice Section/CPA.com National MAP Survey, your firm can gain crucial insights to help in the planning process. Take the survey today and get a free personalized summary report with more than 100 data points to compare when the survey results are released.


Register today: Understanding the principal issues of cybersecurity

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 01, 2016

The AICPA, in partnership with Ridge Global, presents the final chapter in its cybersecurity series on July 21 at 2 p.m. ET. The Advanced Concepts in Cybersecurity webcast covers more topics, including centralized systems, forensic/malware analysis, security testing and software security.


Seeking small business client success stories

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 01, 2016

The AICPA is soliciting member stories about their relationship with small business clients and how this relationship has resulted in successful growth. The stories will be featured in the next #CPAPOWERED campaign set to launch in the fall. Contact Susan Josephson at sjosephson@aicpa.org by July 8 to learn more.


COSO releases ERM framework proposal, seeks comments

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 30, 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 coso.org by Sept. 30.


Register today: Benefits and risks of migrating your tax files to the cloud

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 30, 2016

If you're considering an upgrade to your document-management approach, this webcast can help you weigh the pros and cons. Join the AICPA's "Cloud-Based Document Management and Storage Solutions for Tax Professionals" webcast, July 13 at 1 p.m. ET.


AICPA extends comment period on Fair Value Quality Mandatory Performance Framework


CPA Letter Daily | Jun 29, 2016

The AICPA, in collaboration with the American Society of Appraisers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, has extended the comment period on a Mandatory Performance Framework for the Fair Value Quality Initiative aimed at improving the transparency of fair value measurements for US public company financial reporting. Comments can be sent to FVM@aicpa.org through Aug. 24.


Register today: The most up-to-date ethics review for the CPA profession

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 29, 2016

CPE for Professional Ethics: The AICPA's Comprehensive Course covers independence rules from the AICPA, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the US Government Accountability Office, in addition to the revised AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. Choose between print and on-demand.


AICPA issues new edition of alert on revenue recognition

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 28, 2016

This year's expanded edition of the AICPA's revenue recognition alert provides accountants and auditors of financial statements with an overview of recent developments related to the Financial Accounting Standards Board's new revenue recognition standard. The alert outlines the provisions under the new framework for revenue recognition, illustrating differences from current standards, and also focuses on many of the relevant auditing considerations applicable to revenue.


Register today: Encore session from the AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Online Conference

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 28, 2016

The Developments in the Valuation of Early-Stage Companies webcast, June 30 at 2 p.m. ET, covers the challenges with the income approach, handling complex capital structures, inferring value from transactions in the company's own stock and assessing lack of marketability.




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