CPA Association News


Register today: Key changes align the going concern standard

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 24, 2017

The Dec. 15 effective date for the revised going concern standard will be here before you know it. Start preparing by attending the AICPA's "Understanding the Revised Going Concern Standard" webcast, March 28 at 2 p.m. ET. It outlines changes in your responsibilities as an auditor and offers tips to make sure you're ready.


Workplace ethics: Find employees who fit

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 24, 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.


Enhance audit quality with documentation toolkit

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 23, 2017

A lack of adequate documentation is the most common audit issue identified by the Peer Review Enhanced Oversight Program. Use this new free toolkit to help you comply with standards. The toolkit includes a training program for firms, a tool for evaluating SOC 1 reports, model working papers and more.


New learning option for internal control expertise

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 23, 2017

The COSO Internal Control Certificate Program's online self-study option allows you to pace your learning according to your schedule, then follow up with the certificate exam. Upon successful completion, you'll receive a digital badge to share in your professional network.


Learn inclusive workforce strategies and earn free CPE

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 22, 2017

Today, more inclusive strategies are imperative to retain diverse talent, especially now, when these employees are increasingly courted by the competition. Diversity expert Trudy Bourgeois will share ways you can keep your staff 100% engaged. Join us for this free CPE webcast -- "How to Effectively Coach, Mentor and Sponsor Diverse Talent" -- on April 19 at 1 p.m. ET.


Get the knowledge to grow your business valuation services

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 22, 2017

If you're looking to expand your business valuation practice and develop skills to offer tax, business advisory and litigation services, AICPA Business Valuation School, May 8-12 in Atlanta, can help. The program agenda includes a day dedicated to real-world case study learning. Register by Friday to save $75.


CPExpress: Convenience, learning and value

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 21, 2017

Get 600+ CPE credit hours and 450+ courses at your fingertips when you subscribe to CPExpress, brought to you by the AICPA. The subscription includes one year of unlimited online access. Start and finish most courses in as little as one to two hours, ideal for busy schedules.


Free report: Top 10 elder fraud scams

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 21, 2017

An aging population is sparking a rise in reports of elder abuse. Download this free FVS Eye on Fraud report to learn today's top financial scams targeting seniors, such as investment schemes, bank account manipulation and even grandparent scams. You'll also find case studies and educational resources, plus practical tips to help you better protect clients.


Register today: Strengthening all aspects of your EBP practice

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 20, 2017

Quality is at the forefront of the agenda of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference, May 8-10 in Nashville, Tenn. The event offers a comprehensive, in-depth EBP program for professionals of all experience levels looking to ensure accuracy, sound judgment and expertise in every engagement. Register by Friday to save $75. Sessions are also available live online for this conference, located in the Central time zone.


Essential tools for management accountants

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 20, 2017

Management accountants require a specialized set of tools to navigate their unique business landscapes. This collection brings together essential resources and outlines how they can benefit organizations, regardless of size or sector.


Register today: Effective and efficient risk assessment for audits

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 17, 2017

Learn to use a risk-based approach within your engagements to enhance audit quality. The AICPA's "Applying the Risk Assessment Standards to Enhance Audit Quality" webcast, March 22 at 1 p.m. ET, will help you apply the risk assessment standards without over-relying on checklists or missing crucial documentation steps. Encore presentation: April 7.


New form for S corporation basis proposed

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 17, 2017

The AICPA recommended that a new income tax form be developed to improve S corporation shareholder compliance with the basis rules. If required to submit a form on which their basis in the S corporation is computed, taxpayers would be less prone to making mistakes such as claiming losses in excess of basis.


Register today: Digital currencies and blockchain in "Finance 2.0"

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 16, 2017

Blockchain technology is causing a seismic shift in how global markets operate. The AICPA's "Implications of Blockchain Technology in Financial Markets" webcast, March 23 at 1 p.m. ET, explores this shift and provides a basic understanding of blockchain and distributed ledgers, as well as effects to audit and assurance.


Earn an A+ with clients for your crowdfunding knowledge

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 16, 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.


Register today: Income taxes and limited liability companies and partnerships

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 15, 2017

Preparing income tax returns for LLCs and partnerships requires in-depth knowledge of these entities. The AICPA's "Tax Fundamentals of LLCs and Partnerships" webcast, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. ET, helps you identify the information required from the accounting system and the questions to ask managers or business owners. Encore presentation: April 18.


Prepare your business for the unexpected

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 15, 2017

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


Order today: Key accounting implementation issues for revenue recognition

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 14, 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 as part of your purchase, will be released as implementation issues are finalized.


Getting small business legal structure right

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 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.


Register today: Ideas and inspiration for C-suite executives

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 13, 2017

The AICPA CFO Conference, May 3-5 in Phoenix, addresses economic, tax and political challenges at the executive level. Register by March 20 to save $75. Sessions are also available live online.


C corporation due dates chart available

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 13, 2017

Get additional clarification on due dates from a new AICPA C corporation due dates chart, which provides additional clarification regarding the C corporation (Form 1120) original and extended due dates. Find the chart and other tools to help practitioners on the due dates resource page.


Register today: Visionary speakers, innovative event

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 10, 2017

AICPA ENGAGE, June 12-15, brings five of the AICPA's well-known conferences, plus the Association for Accounting Marketing Summit, together under one roof. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for more top-quality content, leading speakers and crossover learning. Attend in Las Vegas or via webcast.


Become a mentor for up-and-coming CITPs

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 10, 2017

The AICPA IMTA Division's 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.


Upcoming framework helps organizations address cybersecurity risks

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 09, 2017

Two new videos discuss the AICPA's soon-to-be-released reporting framework on cybersecurity. CPAs are well positioned to use this framework to help organizations implement a cybersecurity risk management program. Visit aicpa.org/cybersecurity to learn more.


Register today: Encore session from Forensic & Valuation Services Conference

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 09, 2017

If you missed November's FVS Conference, the AICPA's "Navigating the Family Law Minefield" webcast, March 15 at 2 p.m. ET, is your opportunity to catch up. Hot topics, such as unreported income and retained earnings, are the focus of the panel discussion.


Register today: Improve planning processes for performance management

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 08, 2017

The AICPA's "Incorporating Non-Financial Metrics in Budgeting & Planning" webcast, March 14 at 11 a.m. ET, helps you discover non-financial business drivers that contribute to financial results. Learn how to identify these drivers, incorporate them into budgeting and planning models, and more.


Quick answers for clients about extensions

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 08, 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 about 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.


Video: The value of a CPA financial planner

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 07, 2017

Why are CPAs well-positioned as financial planners? Hear what CPA financial planners say about this question and others in a series of short videos. And check out the CPA Financial Planner Marketing Toolkit to help you tell clients and prospects about the value of working with a CPA personal financial planner.


Register: Hands-on exam prep for employee benefit plans certificate

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 07, 2017

The AICPA's Advanced Auditing for Defined Contribution Retirement Plans program, May 8-10 in Nashville, Tenn., uses a mock-audit approach to hone your expertise. It's an ideal precursor to the Advanced Defined Contribution Plans Audit Certificate Exam. Register by March 24 to save $75.


Register: Guidance to sort through A&A complexities

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 06, 2017

The AICPA's comprehensive "Accounting and Auditing Update" webcast, March 16 at 1 p.m. ET, helps you stay apprised of the fast-paced changes in auditing and accounting. Learn how to identify recently issued standards and guidance, incorporate the new standards' effects into your work and more.


Feed the Pig's tips help millennials save

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 06, 2017

Feed the Pig, a national public service campaign sponsored by the AICPA and the Ad Council, encourages Americans ages 25-34 to take control of their personal finances. Free resources, relevant financial tips and daily social posts help millennials save and budget regularly and wisely.


Easily navigate the PCAOB standards

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 03, 2017

This new, comprehensive, two-volume set directs you through both the previous PCAOB standards as well as the new reorganized standards and corresponding guidance. Order your copy of the 2016 edition of the AICPA's PCAOB Standards and Related Rules today.


Free webcast: Retaining and advancing diverse talent

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 03, 2017

Attend the upcoming Workforce Diversity webcast, March 16 at 1 p.m. ET, to learn practices and strategies to improve retention and development of a diverse workforce. This free webcast shares ways to enhance onboarding processes, support professional development and other techniques that can help you retain top talent longer through honing individual needs. CPE eligible.


Webcast: Master the complexities of Form 990

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 02, 2017

Join the AICPA webcast "Form 990: Exploring the Form's Complex Schedules" on March 7 at 9 a.m. ET. You'll learn how to navigate the form's advanced tax and nonprofit issues, better communicate with exempt clients about its unique demands, and gain knowledge about various schedule intricacies.


New CGMA toolkit -- Treasury and cash management essentials

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 02, 2017

If you're a finance professional with treasury responsibilities, the new CGMA Treasury and Cash Management Essentials toolkit provides vital resources to deepen your knowledge and understanding of key practices.


Spanish-language financial literacy resources

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 01, 2017

Located on 360finlit.org, the Spanish-language Resource Center offers Spanish-speaking consumers help in a variety of financial areas. Find important information on credit card fraud, online shopping, paying for college and a variety of other topics.


Excel for accounting professionals webcast series

CPA Letter Daily | Mar 01, 2017

Get hands-on experience with over 30 Excel features, functions and techniques. Learn to tackle real-world issues, build robust workbooks and save time in this eight-session webcast series, starting March 8.


Use busy season to strengthen client relationships

CPA Letter Daily | Feb 28, 2017

Want to build business that lasts long after tax season? This Analysis of a Tax Return checklist can help. Use it as you prepare, review and discuss individual tax returns with clients to identify issues and planning opportunities, then reference it to provide personalized insight that helps clients for years to come.


Order today: How to provide holistic life-planning advice

CPA Letter Daily | Feb 28, 2017

The AICPA's "Essentials of Personal Financial Planning" publication encourages advisers to step back and prioritize clients' desires, dreams and goals above the financial plan. Learn how to guide your clients through purposeful steps and make recommendations that help get them closer to their goals.


Register today: Preparing for CGMA exam success

CPA Letter Daily | Feb 27, 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. This course is the ideal precursor for the May CGMA testing window.


The decision to audit -- what not-for-profits need to know

CPA Letter Daily | Feb 27, 2017

While not all organizations are federally required to be audited, they may still find the benefits worthwhile. This article shares the pros and cons of auditing; the differences between audits, reviews and compilations; and other important considerations for not-for-profit organizations.




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