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Case study helps CPAs expand service options with new financial reporting framework

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 07, 2015

In many cases, the new Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs) may be the best reporting option for private companies that do not require U.S. GAAP. A new case study from the FRF for SMEs toolkit for CPAs and firms helps practitioners communicate the framework's benefits to small-business clients and financial-statement users.


Register today: Transition your billing away from time sheets

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 07, 2015

Learn what value pricing means, how it works and how you can sell it to your clients. Join the "Tax Power Hour: Billing Without Timesheets" webcast, July 16 at 1 p.m. ET.


Read the AICPA 6-Point Plan to Improve Audits

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 06, 2015

The 6-Point Plan to Improve Audits is the profession's road map to integrate 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: Introduction to compilation and review of private companies

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 06, 2015

For local CPA firms, compilation and review can open new revenue streams. Learn about these popular engagements and the steps to perform a basic compilation and review of financial statements in this webcast on July 7 at 9 a.m. ET.


Help your small-business clients create a system for record keeping

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 02, 2015

Good record-keeping preparation and planning can give clients a better handle on their overall financial position, make tax preparation easier and create operational efficiencies throughout their business. Share a brochure and present a PowerPoint presentation to your small-business clients.


Register today: Popular and effective asset protection strategies

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 02, 2015

This webcast explores the pros and cons of techniques and how to enhance your practice by adding asset protection advice services. Join us July 8 at 1 p.m. ET.


Help small-business clients sleep better at night

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 01, 2015

The Addressing Small Business Client Concerns webpage contains plug-and-play resources to help showcase your firm's value and knowledge to clients on need-to-know issues. Share your firm's expertise on issues such as accessing capital and small-business loans, health insurance costs and the Affordable Care Act, and tax changes and the complexity of tax laws.


Order today: New guide on the issuance of SSARS No. 21

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 01, 2015

SSARS No. 21 is a milestone in the Accounting and Review Services Committee's project to clarify the standards for reviews, compilations and engagements to prepare financial statements. This guide shows how to implement the new standard.


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

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 30, 2015

A new tool helps small-business owners understand the levels of assurance provided through various CPA services. Guide to Financial Statement Services: Compilation, Review and Audit, the latest co-brandable, printable resource in the AICPA's Small Business Marketing Toolkit, is available for download. The resource was created to help CPAs communicate their value to the small-business community.


Order today: Special Fourth of July savings

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 30, 2015

Enjoy 15% off at the AICPA Store with code HAPPY4TH. Expires July 7.


Register today: Practical guidance and live Q&A on SSARS No. 21

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 29, 2015

The Accounting and Review Services Committee's chair and the AICPA staff liaison to the ARSC explore the new standard, answer FAQs and take your questions live. Join us July 9 at 1 p.m. ET.


New Center for Data Quality seeks to support use of XBRL data

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 29, 2015

Together with an alliance of five companies, XBRL US has formed the XBRL US Center for Data Quality to improve the utility of eXtensible Business Reporting Language financial data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "To realize the full economic benefit of XBRL, investors and other consumers must have access to accurate and reliable XBRL data," said Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, AICPA president and CEO, and chair of the XBRL US board of directors. Read this article for more information.


Hear from our bloggers

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 26, 2015

AICPA Insights is the official blog of the AICPA and features posts from AICPA staff and members on an assortment of issues affecting the accounting profession. Explore the blog today and sign up for the RSS feed or email subscription.


Register today: Gain a deeper understanding of the peer review areas of focus

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 26, 2015

This webcast at 2 p.m. ET on July 7 will equip firms with the tools needed to navigate the Enhancing Audit Quality initiative's peer review areas of focus. Peer reviewers also will learn about the new peer review checklist questions specific to the focus areas. This webcast is eligible for CPE credit and meets peer reviewer training requirements.


3 tips to boost your firm's competitive edge

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 25, 2015

How well does your firm articulate its value to clients? This Small Firm Solutions article presents three ways firms can enhance their competitive advantage.


Register today: Fundamentals of workpaper preparation

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 25, 2015

Don't let a badly prepared workpaper waste another minute of your time. The "Audit Workpapers: Documenting and Reviewing Fieldwork" webcast will cover fundamentals of workpaper preparation and identify typical deficiencies. Join us June 30 at 9 a.m. ET.


Register today: Tax responsibilities for multistate businesses

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 24, 2015

Gain an understanding of the activities that trigger tax-filing obligations in multiple states. Join the webcast June 26 at 1 p.m. ET.


OMB releases draft 2015 Compliance Supplement for single audit planning

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 24, 2015

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has published a final draft of the 2015 OMB Compliance Supplement for auditors to use to plan their 2015 single audits. It contains new and critical information for testing expenditures subject to OMB's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The draft is subject to change, but no significant changes are expected. OMB is expected to issue the final supplement in the next several weeks. Visit the AICPA's Governmental Audit Quality Center website for updates.


Find help preparing for your next peer review

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 23, 2015

As part of the AICPA's Enhancing Audit Quality initiative, the AICPA Peer Review team has developed a list of potential emerging industries and risk areas to help peer reviewers focus their efforts and help practitioners improve audits in these areas. The list, as well as links to free and for-purchase resources, is available for firms to access in advance of their next peer review.


Register today: Leading experts reveal the buzzed-about topics at the SEC

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 23, 2015

The "SEC Quarterly Update Q2 Webcast" is your source for what's new and what's coming from the SEC. Register today and mark your calendar for June 24 at 2 p.m. ET.


Join the Young CPA Network on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 22, 2015

Connect with the AICPA's Young CPA Network on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. With more than 14,300 connections on LinkedIn, 9,900 friends on Facebook and 22,000 followers on Twitter, the discussions with young CPAs are always informative and the topics are cutting edge. Connect, like, follow, be yourself, join the conversation and socialize with others in your profession.


Register today: IT assurance training school

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 22, 2015

Gain focused technical proficiency on IT auditing techniques. The 2015 AICPA IT Audit School: IT Assurance Training will cover business processes, fraud considerations and business intelligence. Join us July 15-17 in Baltimore.


Learn more about the next version of the CPA exam

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 19, 2015

Find out what's planned for the next version of the CPA Exam, launching in 2017. A report on responses to an invitation to comment, as well as other information on evolving the exam, is online. Visit aicpa.org/nextcpaexam.


Register today: Discover proactive strategies for your agriculture clients

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 19, 2015

Keep your clients' agribusiness on track with the tips and guidance gained during the 2015 AICPA Agriculture Online Conference. Participate via webcast, or join us July 13-15 in Indianapolis.


Don't miss the latest management accounting news

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 18, 2015

CGMA Magazine delivers the depth and insight to stay ahead. Both online and in print, it's your source for management accounting news, in-depth analysis of key business issues and best practices for management accountants. Subscribe to CGMA Magazine Update, a weekly roundup of the most compelling articles from the magazine.


Order today: Unlimited access to AICPA webcasts

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 18, 2015

For the rest of June, access more than 40 courses and 66 CPE credits at a special discounted price. The robust webcast session lineup fits your schedule and your interest areas.


Proposed revision of AICPA Trust Services Principles and Criteria exposed for public comment

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 17, 2015

An exposure draft covering the Trust Services Principles and Criteria for Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy was released this week. The TSPC affect practitioners who provide trust services, SOC 2® or SOC 3® attestation engagements or consulting services to clients. Comments are due Aug. 15.


Register today: Weeklong Affordable Care Act webcast series

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 17, 2015

Add an AICPA webcast series to next week's lunchtime plans. Starting June 22 at 1 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, we'll cover the law's technicalities and nuances for deeper understanding. Each session spans 60 or 80 minutes, for 6.5 CPE credits total.


Free Washington tax brief on June 24

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 16, 2015

Join the AICPA's Tax Advocacy team for a free webcast June 24 at 1 p.m. ET, to get the latest on significant legislation and regulations that could affect your practice or your clients. Learn more about issues such as ID theft and understand the AICPA's advocacy efforts. Listeners will have the chance to ask questions and share their concerns.


Order today: New staff training in preparation, compilation and review

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 16, 2015

Strengthen your staff's competency and confidence with our latest staff training. This 17-hour program provides the comprehensive training your staff needs to perform their preparation, compilation and review engagements consistently and accurately.


Order today: Essential tax training for every level of your staff

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 15, 2015

This innovative series offers comprehensive tax staff training in four progressive levels. Choose between two formats: online CPE self-study training or on-site instructor-led training (for groups of 10 or more). Discounts are available for Tax Section members and multiple enrollments.


Learn more about a self-monitoring tool that could assist your audit practice

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 12, 2015

An early phase in the concept behind transforming the Peer Review Program includes the development of a self-monitoring "dashboard" firms can use to better gauge their audit quality and increase practice efficiencies. Learn more by reading the Evolving the CPA Profession's Peer Review Program for the Future concept paper. Provide your insights on the paper online or submit feedback via email at prsupport@aicpa.org before Monday.


Provide feedback on the FASB not-for-profit exposure draft

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 12, 2015

The Financial Accounting Standards Board recently issued a Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, that would significantly change the existing not-for-profit financial reporting model. A helpful article with tips for writing a comment letter is now available on the AICPA Not-for-Profit Section's site. Comments are due to FASB by Aug. 20.


What's your true CPA type? The results may surprise you

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 11, 2015

Are you a Traditionalist? A Networker? A Balance Seeker? Take the quiz and discover what you have in common with other accountants among the AICPA's professional community. Who knows? You may be surprised by what you learn.


Register today: Comprehensive prep for the Certified in Financial Forensics Exam

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 11, 2015

Newly enhanced and closely aligned with the exam, the CFF Exam Review Course is an essential step to earning the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential. Two full days of learning via webcast will boost your confidence and your success.


Get the toolkit to help your firm attract, recruit and retain a diverse workforce

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 10, 2015

The AICPA's Recruitment and Retention Toolkit offers best practices on how to attract, recruit and retain a diverse workforce that will ultimately drive business forward. Make sure everyone at your firm is present and accounted for.


Register today: Guidance from not-for-profit industry's leading experts

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 10, 2015

By popular demand, this year's AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Online Conference features more content, sessions and CPE than ever. Get answers from the industry's top experts June 15-17 via webcast.


The Global Management Accounting Principles

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 09, 2015

Quality decision-making has never been more important -- or more difficult. New innovations and innovators daily disrupt the status quo. The volume and velocity of unstructured data are increasingly complex. The Global Management Accounting Principles, prepared by the AICPA and CIMA, reflect the perspectives of CEOs, CFOs, academics, regulators, government bodies and other professionals in 20 countries across five continents.


Register today: Key takeaways from EBP regulators and experts

CPA Letter Daily | Jun 09, 2015

Missed the 2015 AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference? You still can access answers straight from the Department of Labor, Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service with our webcast of conference highlights, streamed live June 18 at 1 p.m. ET.




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