CPA Association News


Order today: Internal control specific to business, government and not-for-profits

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 26, 2016

The AICPA's Internal Control and COSO Essentials for Financial Managers, Accountants and Auditors CPE course covers the components and principles of effective internal control and introduces basic tools used to document the accounting process. Author: Glenn Helms, CPA/CFF/CITP, Ph.D.


A CPA spends years preparing for moments just like these

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 26, 2016

Getting your firm noticed can be a challenge in today's crowded market. Stand out with these compelling print ads that capture CPAs' qualifications to help with life's most important moments. Offer them to community papers, alumni magazines or school programs. Just add your contact information.


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

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 25, 2016

Take a look at the AICPA's updated user guides to start or 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.


Order today: New standards for governmental and not-for-profit accounting and auditing

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 25, 2016

The AICPA's Governmental and Not-for-Profit Annual Update includes the most recently issued Governmental Accounting Standards Board statements on pensions and other post-employment benefits, interactive case studies on Financial Accounting Standards Board exposure drafts and more. Author: Lydia Dennis, CPA, Ph.D.


Register today: All-new event brings together 6 conferences

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 24, 2016

ENGAGE 2017 brings together five AICPA conferences, plus the AAM Summit, for four days of fresh ideas and presentations -- all under one roof. Main event sessions take place June 12-15; workshops begin June 10. Register by Aug. 31 to save $150.


AICPA members experiencing hardship can contact the AICPA Benevolent Fund

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 24, 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.


Register today: Nexus issues for small- and medium-size businesses

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 23, 2016

The AICPA's "Multi-State Nexus Issues That Impact the 'Everyday' Tax Client" webcast reviews the scenarios that create filing requirements. You'll also learn the variations in nexus for your clients. The webcast starts Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. ET.


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

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 23, 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: Avoiding common employment tax pitfalls

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 22, 2016

During the AICPA's "Employment Tax Compliance for Charitable Organizations" webcast, industry experts will cover the new overtime regulation, employee status, health care reform effects and more. The webcast starts Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. Certified Association Executive credits are available.


Free webcast: DOL offers guidance on Form 5500 modernization and improvement revisions

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 22, 2016

The US Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration is sponsoring a free webcast Wednesday, 12-2 p.m. ET, on the Proposed Form 5500 21st Century Modernization & Improvement Initiative. The webcast will help plan administrators and service providers, auditors, and others who prepare and file Form 5500 navigate the proposed changes during the proposed rule's notice and comment period. Speakers from the DOL, IRS and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. will present an overview and address questions. Registration required.


Register now: Audit requirements specific to the Department of Housing and Urban Development

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 19, 2016

The AICPA's "Audits of HUD-Assisted Projects" webcast, Aug. 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET, provides compliance tips for regulations, contracts and procedures. Also get up to speed on professional standards related to federal programs. Encore webcasts: Sept. 30 and Oct. 17.


AICPA releases revenue recognition implementation issues for public comment

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 19, 2016

The AICPA's Financial Reporting Executive Committee has released working drafts of revenue recognition implementation issues for the following industries: aerospace and defense, airlines, asset management, broker-dealers, construction contractors, gaming, health care, not-for-profit, software and telecommunications. Comments for the first nine industries are due Sept. 1, while comments on telecommunications are due Oct. 1.


Register today: New locations for internal control systems certificate program

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 18, 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.


Disaster relief information for those affected by flooding

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 18, 2016

The AICPA's thoughts are with those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. To help mitigate potential damages and lessen the financial blow of this disaster, the AICPA, American Red Cross and National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) provide the Disaster and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness and Recovery. This guide, written for consumers, is also a useful tool for CPAs to counsel individuals on what steps to take to reduce a catastrophe's financial impact. Additionally, the AICPA's 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program provides resources, including those on business continuity insurance and natural disaster planning for small businesses.


Register today: Nuances of fair value and its practical applications

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 17, 2016

The AICPA Fair Value Measurements Workshop, Oct. 5-7 in New York, covers fair value from all sides for application in financial reporting. Highly rated features include small-group settings, case studies and Q&A opportunities. Register by Aug. 22 to save $75.


Keep up to date on SSARS No. 21 implementation

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 17, 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: Excel features, functions and techniques to save you time

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 16, 2016

Registration for the AICPA's Excel for Accounting Professional webcast series includes access to the entire series through December. If you are unable to attend one or more broadcasts in the series, attend a later session to earn CPE credit.


Access employee benefit plan resources from the EAQ initiative

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 16, 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: All about tangible property regulations

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 15, 2016

Join the AICPA's "Tangible Property Regulations: What to Do Now to Maximize Client Benefits" webcast, Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, for guidance on applying the repair regulations and taking advantage of additional deductions for your clients.


Show clients you are looking out for them

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 15, 2016

Any client who volunteers for a school booster club or other types of fundraising activities will appreciate that you are alerting them to potential tax pitfalls with fundraising FAQs (for AICPA members only) from the Tax Practitioner's Toolkit.


Register today: 2-part encore from the 2016 AICPA Agriculture Conference

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 12, 2016

The AICPA's Agriculture Income & Estate Tax Update Series is a rebroadcast of the popular workshop from May's Agriculture Conference. Learn key developments in tax preparation and succession planning. Join the series Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. ET.


Free webcast: Small Firm Update

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 12, 2016

Join Carl Peterson, AICPA vice president -- Small Firm Interests, Firm Services & Global Alliances, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. ET for an environmental scan of the challenges and opportunities small firm practitioners face today, as well as best practices for common practice problems. In addition, participants may submit questions about the issues facing their own firms. Register for this free, informative and interactive audio webcast today.


Order today: Intermediate-level learning about Form 990 and not-for-profit tax

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 11, 2016

"Tax Compliance for Not-for-Profit Organizations" cherry-picks the most critical tax topics from the AICPA's not-for-profit certificate series. Best suited for those familiar with the auditing and accounting aspects of NFPs, this CPE program builds essential knowledge to meet compliance requirements.


Learning never stops

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 11, 2016

The AICPA | CIMA Competency and Learning website has resources for all major practice areas of public and management accounting, providing everything you need for a lifetime of learning and professional development. Discover more at competency.aicpa.org.


Register today: Guidance for fine-tuning auto dealerships' daily operations

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 10, 2016

The AICPA Auto Dealership Conference, Oct. 6-7, explores the issues affecting your auto dealership clients: consolidation, cybersecurity, unclaimed property and more. Attend the conference in Las Vegas or stream the event via live webcast. Register by Aug. 21 to save $75.


COSO seeks comments on ERM framework proposal

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 10, 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: Defensive and offensive cybersecurity strategies

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 09, 2016

The AICPA's "Time to Get Serious About Information Security" webcast explains clearly and concisely the threats against your sensitive data and the proactive steps your organization should take. Wednesday's webcast starts 2 p.m. ET.


Winners of 2016 Outstanding CPA in Government Awards announced

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 09, 2016

The AICPA Government Performance and Accountability Committee (GPAC) is excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Outstanding CPA in Government Awards. Congratulations go to Sam McCall (Career Contribution), Paul Curtis (Federal Level) and Kristen Scalise (Local Level). Learn more at the AICPA's Government Resource Center.


Register today: Countdown to the revenue recognition effective date

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 08, 2016

The AICPA's "Revenue Recognition: Mastering the New FASB Requirements" webcast is a daylong deep dive into the new standard. Gain transition and implementation guidance in addition to tips for identifying appropriate revenue recognition decisions. Join us Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. ET.


Revised AICPA Code of Professional Conduct is now effective

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 08, 2016

The AICPA Code of Professional Conduct has been completely updated to allow for quick, easy navigation and now lives on a dynamic online platform. Familiarize yourself with the new code, now effective.


Order today: Fast, convenient and unlimited CPE credits from the AICPA

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 05, 2016

The AICPA's Annual Webcast Pass unlocks year-round unrestricted access to more than 500 webcasts featuring top experts, regulators, agency representatives and more. There's no better source for relevant, convenient and valuable professional guidance and career development.


Register today: Accounting, auditing and tax issues of construction contractors

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 04, 2016

Join Jennifer Elder, CPA/CFF, CGMA, for a daylong review of contract accounting, sureties, taxation for small to large contractors and more, all specific to the construction industry. The AICPA's "Construction Contractors: Accounting, Auditing, and Tax" webcast starts Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. ET.


2 tools help you educate clients on small business legal structure

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 04, 2016

Help your clients select the right legal structure for their startup business. This brochure and PowerPoint presentation provide a comprehensive overview of the various legal structure options for small businesses and list their pros and cons.


Define what your practice stands for

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 03, 2016

To reinforce your value to clients, make sure you (and your practice) are clear on what that value is and communicate it regularly. This step-by-step checklist from the Tax Practitioner's Toolkit can get you started -- choose one that fits your firm's size: Small, Medium or Large.


Register today: Daylong webcast on tax planning tips and strategies

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 03, 2016

Reinforce your understanding of frequently used principles during the AICPA's "Intermediate Individual Taxation" webcast, Aug. 5 at 9 a.m. ET. This fast-paced course will cover all key tax-return issues and the latest guidance for the upcoming tax season.


Register today: Live stream of governmental accounting and auditing updates

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 02, 2016

The AICPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference, Aug. 8-9, is available via live webcast for convenient professional guidance. Core topics include uniform guidance, pensions, fraud and cybersecurity; sessions are customized for federal and state/local applications.


Free webcast: Guide to M&A -- Your game plan for success

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 02, 2016

Whether your firm is looking to grow via acquisition or you're planning to sell your firm as an exit strategy, you need a good plan. Join thought leader Jim Boomer, CEO at Boomer Consulting, in this free webcast on Aug. 10, from 2-3 p.m. ET, as he explains five key areas in mergers and acquisitions.


Register today: Comprehensive review of the current expected credit loss standard

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 01, 2016

The Financial Accounting Standards Board's new current expected credit loss standard represents a monumental change for financial institutions of all sizes. The AICPA National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions, Sept. 21-23, offers an in-depth review of implementation considerations and answers to pressing questions. Register by Aug. 7 to save $75.


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

CPA Letter Daily | Aug 01, 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: Strategies for growth and success in global manufacturing

CPA Letter Daily | Jul 29, 2016

Professionals in global operations and finance firms that support manufacturing companies are invited to attend the AICPA Global Manufacturing Conference, Sept. 12-14 in Indianapolis. Sessions cover the economic outlook, cybersecurity, Industry 4.0, supply chain design and more.




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