CPA Association News


Register today: Integrated approach to personal financial planning

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 27, 2017

Get ready for the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning Boot Camp. This series reviews every PFP practice area for a comprehensive look at how you can increase your firm's productivity and revenue streams. The first webcast of the seven-part series begins May 1 at 9 a.m. ET.


Feed the Pig's tips help millennials save

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 27, 2017

What better time than Financial Literacy Month to encourage Americans ages 25-34 to take control of their personal finances? Feed the Pig, a national public service campaign sponsored by the AICPA and the Ad Council, can help. Free resources, relevant financial tips and daily social posts help millennials save and budget regularly and wisely.


Get guidance for successful SOC engagements

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 26, 2017

The AICPA's SOC School, June 28-29 in Durham, N.C., covers complex situations and issues related to Service Organization Controls engagements. Experienced instructors will help you apply new skills in your next engagement. Register by May 14 to save $75.


PCPS CPA Firm Top Issues survey: What's keeping you up at night?

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 26, 2017

Help shape the future of the profession and share what's important to your firm. Participate in the AICPA's Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) CPA Firm Top Issues survey to provide insight that will help us create the resources you need to address your toughest challenges. The survey is open through May 15.


Jump-start your Excel knowledge

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 25, 2017

If you want to turbocharge how you use Excel, sign up for the AICPA's "Mastering Data Preparation and Analysis in Excel" webcast, April 29 at 11 a.m. ET. It will help you incorporate good habits into your daily routine and teach fundamentals such as logical spreadsheet progression, design concepts and data analysis that build on your new skills.


Workplace ethics: Find employees who fit

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 25, 2017

A free CGMA report discusses the importance of cultivating and maintaining a strong ethical culture within organizations. Download Ethical Due Diligence in Hiring and Assessing Professional Accountants to explore how companies can screen potential employees to align with their culture, and also learn questions candidates might ask potential employers to screen for the right fit.


Register today: Get up to speed on tax reform

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 24, 2017

Catch up on the latest news from Washington. AICPA senior leaders Ed Karl, CPA, CGMA, vice president-Tax Policy and Advocacy, and Melissa Labant, J.D., CPA/PFS, CGMA, director-Tax Policy and Advocacy, provide expert analysis and guidance on what's coming down the pike in the "Tax Reform: Are You and Your Clients Ready?" webcast on May 9 at 1 p.m. ET.


Prepare your business for the unexpected

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 24, 2017

Natural disasters and unanticipated disruptions can wreak havoc on your organization. Business continuity management capabilities enable businesses to get back up and running. This tool helps finance and accounting managers further develop their business continuity management strategy and processes.


Order today: Key accounting implementation issues for revenue recognition

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 21, 2017

The AICPA's Revenue Recognition -- Audit and Accounting Guide reflects the evolving nature of Topic 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, with the latest information possible. Additional updates, included in your purchase, will be released as implementation issues are finalized.


What's going on with the CPA Exam?

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 21, 2017

Don't miss out on the latest exam announcements and resources. Visit aicpa.org/cpaexam today!


Hardware and software trends to put on your radar

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 20, 2017

Get up to speed on what’s new in computers, mobile devices, the cloud, information security and more at the AICPA's 2017 Technology Update webcast, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Learn how these technologies can be applied to increase productivity, profitability and quality.


Hot off the presses: Check out the 2017 CPA Exam booklet

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 20, 2017

The new 2017 CPA Exam booklet is a valuable resource for candidates who are ready to sit for the exam or those folks still deciding whether to take that leap. Check out what everyone needs to know about starting the CPA journey.


Learn from classic and recent nontraditional fraud cases

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 19, 2017

The AICPA's "Fraud: Recent Findings, Red Flags and Corruption Schemes" webcast April 19 at 1 p.m. ET, investigates the "who, what, why" of landmark fraud cases. Learn the warning signs of nontraditional schemes, plus internal controls to prevent losses.


Resources to assist as you implement the revenue recognition standard

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 19, 2017

Are you on track to implement the Financial Accounting Standards Board's revenue recognition standard in time for its effective date? The AICPA revenue recognition webpage contains comprehensive resources to help.


The impact of higher education costs on financial planning

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 18, 2017

Help your clients understand and factor in higher education costs when creating their overall financial plan at the AICPA's "Advising Clients on Planning for Education" webcast, April 26 at 11 a.m. ET. The webcast provides tips to guide your client conversations during a critical and costly juncture and provides guidance on academic planning, tax impact, financial aid and cash flow.


Coca-Cola CFO talks about dreaming big

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 18, 2017

You can’t get far if you don't aim high. Hear Kathy Waller, CPA, CGMA, and CFO of the Coca-Cola Company, share her wisdom in this video profile. She talks about the importance of dreaming big, adapting and rewriting yourself as challenges arise, and the significance of the CGMA designation.


Get to the next level of PivotTable fluency

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 17, 2017

Increase your productivity and efficacy by attending the AICPA's Streamlined Excel Reporting Series. It can help you elevate your skills and learn how to build PivotTables from data extracts and dynamically linked external databases and financial accounting systems. The next series starts April 21 at 11 a.m. ET.


Earn an A+ with clients for your crowdfunding knowledge

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 17, 2017

If you have small business clients that use or show interest in crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, GoFundMe or Lending Club, visit the AICPA Crowdfunding and Regulation A+ Rules website. Find facts and resources about small business eligibility, SEC requirements, financial reporting and more.


Get the latest employee benefit plan resources

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 14, 2017

Keep up-to-date on plan transfers, going concerns, service provider changes and more in the AICPA's "Employee Benefit Plans Audit and Accounting Guide." These 2017 updates will help firms of all sizes benefit from regulatory coverage and specialized A&A guidance.


Getting small business legal structure right

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 14, 2017

Running a successful, profitable small business can be a challenge for even the most experienced entrepreneurs. One key to success is establishing the proper legal structure for the business. Help your clients get it right. The CPA Marketing Toolkit for Small Business includes a brochure and PowerPoint presentation to help them understand the various legal structure options and the pros and cons of each.


Take a deep dive into business valuation expertise

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 13, 2017

Build a solid foundation of knowledge and meet the Accredited in Business Valuation credential education requirements at AICPA Business Valuation School, June 19-23. Register by May 5 to save $75.


Join exceptional company: Apply for the AICPA Leadership Academy

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 13, 2017

Be one of 38 young leaders selected to attend the AICPA Leadership Academy. You'll get the tools and support you need to become a leader within your organization, the community and the profession at large. Apply for the 2017 class before the May 31 deadline.


Digital currencies and blockchain in "Finance 2.0"

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 12, 2017

The AICPA's "Implications of Blockchain Technology in Financial Markets" webcast, April 17 at 1 p.m. ET, explores a potentially seismic shift in global operations. You'll gain a basic understanding of blockchain and distributed ledgers, as well as effects on audit and assurance.


Achieve financial #lifegoals

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 12, 2017

April is Financial Literacy Month, and the AICPA's Consumer Education team invites you to participate in the #360lifegoals challenge. Everyone posts about #lifegoals on social media, but what does it actually take to achieve them? Follow along as a new challenge is posted each week, and provide your expertise on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #360lifegoals to help educate the public on fiscal responsibility.


Take an integrated approach to personal financial planning

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 11, 2017

Lace up your sneakers for the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning Boot Camp. The webcast series reviews every PFP practice area for a comprehensive look at how you can increase your firm's productivity and revenue streams. The first of the seven-part series begins May 1 at 9 a.m. ET.


Comment on revenue recognition implementation issues

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 11, 2017

Provide the AICPA's Financial Reporting Executive Committee with feedback on working drafts of revenue recognition implementation issues for aerospace and defense, power and utility, broker-dealers and timeshare. Comments are due May 1.


New inventory subledger audit data standard released

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 10, 2017

Audit Data Standards are voluntary, uniform IT standards that identify the key information needed for audits and facilitate the use of audit data analytics. The AICPA's Assurance Services Executive Committee's Emerging Assurance Technologies task force recently issued a new audit data standard that covers the inventory account.


Register today: New updates for 401(k) audit basics

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 07, 2017

Are you new to Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 audits? The AICPA's EBPAQC 401(k) Audit Basics Webinar 4-Part Series provides a complete overview of a 401(k) plan audit. Part 1 is May 4 at 1 p.m. ET.


What's the No. 1 study resource for CPA candidates?

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 07, 2017

If you're ready to sit for the CPA Exam, be sure to check out the Exam Blueprints. This comprehensive document covers everything a candidate needs to know about what's tested on the exam. The blueprints are the go-to resource for any study session.


Take a holistic approach to your clients' finances

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 06, 2017

Numerous factors affect the personal financial planning process, but the AICPA's Essentials of Personal Financial Planning publication makes the case for prioritizing your clients' desires, dreams and goals above all. This book offers a step-by-step process for building a client-first game plan.


Nominate an outstanding accounting educator for recognition

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 06, 2017

The AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award recognizes full-time college accounting educators for excellence in teaching as well as national prominence in the accounting profession and promotes role models in academia. State CPA societies and individuals may submit nominations for the annual award. Self-nominations are not accepted. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 10.


Guidance for service auditors performing SOC 2 reports

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 05, 2017

The AICPA publication Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy (SOC 2) reflects the latest industry developments, auditor responsibilities and how-to guidance in service organization control engagements.


Become a mentor for up-and-coming CITPs

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 05, 2017

The AICPA IMTA Division's Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) Mentor Program, launching this summer, will support the professional growth of new and prospective CITPs. The program is looking for volunteer mentors with three or more years of experience as a CITP. If you are interested, please contact CITP manager Paul Warrick.


Register today: Form 990 complexities, simplified

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 04, 2017

The AICPA's "Form 990: Exploring the Form's Complex Schedules" webcast, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. ET, covers advanced tax and not-for-profit issues in Form 990's schedules. Gain an understanding of what's necessary to complete Schedules A, C, F, J, K, L, N and R, plus how to communicate with exempt clients.


Tax practitioner groups unite to recommend IRS taxpayer service improvements

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 04, 2017

On Monday, April 3, nine organizations representing diverse segments of the tax practitioner community presented a comprehensive set of recommendations to federal lawmakers designed to improve services provided by the Internal Revenue Service to taxpayers and tax practitioners. The AICPA helped lead the effort and endorses these recommendations as part of its mission to support CPAs and protect taxpayers' interests.


Register today: Preparing for CGMA exam success

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 03, 2017

The AICPA's CGMA Exam Live Review Course, May 1-3 in New York City, takes a three-pronged approach to help you prepare for the exam and maximize your score: participation, simulation and expert guidance. Register by April 21 to save $75.


Quick answers for clients about extensions

CPA Letter Daily | Apr 03, 2017

April 18 is looming. If you have clients scrambling before tax deadline who may benefit from an extension, this downloadable brochure can help. It provides answers to client FAQs and a better understanding of what an extension entails and whether it's the right answer. Find this useful resource -- along with many others -- in the AICPA's Tax Practitioner's Marketing Toolkit.


Definitive resources for employee benefit plan audits

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 31, 2017

The AICPA's Employee Benefit Plans -- Auditing and Accounting Guide is packed with the latest updates for this practice area, plus a new employee stock ownership plans chapter on accounting and auditing. Considered the industry standard, this guide provides you with essential information to meet regulations and standards.


Register: Key not-for-profit learning for all experience levels

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 30, 2017

Whether you're new to the not-for-profit industry or a seasoned CEO, the AICPA's Not-for-Profit Industry Conference, June 21-23, can help you better position your organization. Gain insight on generational trends, societal challenges and changing demographics, plus accounting, regulatory and compliance updates. Register by May 7 to save.


College scholarship applications due April 1

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 30, 2017

If you know any current accounting students, you can tell them that they could be eligible for up to $10,000 toward their college or graduate degree. Four different AICPA Legacy Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 are awarded annually. Read the Legacy Scholarship details to learn more! Hurry -- deadline is 3 p.m. ET, April 1.


Register today: Client advisory services vital for firm growth

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 29, 2017

Cloud technology is transforming accounting practices -- with new ways to provide value-added bundled services, but also with implications for staffing, pricing and client engagement. Learn how to navigate the change at CPA.com's Digital Client Advisory Services Roadmap Workshop, May 18-19. Early bird pricing through April 28.


Vibrant new look for a united profession

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 29, 2017

The AICPA is introducing a bold new brand to reflect the profession's dynamic role in today's complex times. The iconic look was developed through extensive testing with members and students, who described it as professional, visionary, dynamic and influential. The same logo, colors and other attributes will also be used by The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) to demonstrate strong connectivity across the profession worldwide. Learn more in this letter to members. Visit the Association website to see the new brand now.




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