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Surgent's Monthly Accounting and Auditing Update

November 29, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Online/Webcast

1.00 Credits

The one constant in life is change. This is true in the A&A world as well. 2022 will continue to challenge the accounting profession in many areas, including implementing new AICPA and FASB pronouncements. In this monthly series, we will explore the hot topics and current events that are driving financial accounting today, such as auditing and SSARS standards implementation and getting ready for ASC 842 implementation. Through detailed discussion of new standards and commentary from relevant industry experts, this monthly update will keep you up to date on what you need to know in the accounting world. So, whether your area of specialty is employee benefit plans, leases, not-for-profit and governmental accounting or something else, this monthly hour will give you what you need to know to do your job as effectively as possible.Speaker - Richard Daisley, CPA

Surgent's Going Concern Accounting and Reporting Considerations in the COVID-19 Environment

November 29, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

One of the unfortunate outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic is the economic stress. Such stress has raised concerns about many entities' abilities to continue as a going concern, which has significant accounting, disclosure, and reporting implications. This course will review the relevant considerations related to going concern, including when substantial doubt concerning an entity's ability to continue as a going concern exists, management mitigation efforts, and required disclosures both when management, and the accountant, feel such efforts will be effective in mitigating the risk, as well as when they do not. Lastly, we'll consider the accountant's reporting responsibilities under various scopes of services in various scenarios.Speaker - Richard Daisley, CPA

Surgent's How to Conduct an Effective Virtual Interview

November 29, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Effective interviewing is a skill that provides you with two key opportunities: (1.) an opportunity to assess the candidate's fit for the position based on their prior experience and tangible/intangible skills and (2.) an opportunity to showcase your organization. In this session, we will review how to more accurately assess the organizational fit of a candidate, reduce bias throughout the interviewing process, successfully conduct a virtual interview, and as a result, promote your organization as a great place to work. In addition, we will review key legal dos and don'ts of the interviewing process.Speaker - Marian Vallotton

Surgent's Work-Life Balance: Maximizing Productivity and Understanding Related Tax Issues

November 29, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Working as a financial professional is an accomplishment that offers the potential for a good salary with long-term growth. Despite being a sought-after career, studies show that being overworked is the greatest source of anxiety and dissatisfaction among financial professionals. Left unchecked, a life centered exclusively around the demands of work can be both physically and emotionally detrimental. Establishing a work-life balance is difficult in any profession, yet financial professionals confront unique challenges that make this goal seem even more elusive. Technology results in being "always on," with no true time to disconnect and genuinely enjoy family, exercise, or hobbies. Lack of balance comes with costs, including poor health and lower productivity. Why are some professionals able to establish a successful balance between career demands and family while others are not? How are some firms able to achieve both high employee satisfaction and strong productivity? This webinar looks at research, surveys, and simple anecdotal information to provide a better understanding of how to achieve a realistic work-life balance in the modern world. We also discuss the tax consequences that arise when professionals seek balance by working from home in one state while their employer is located in a different state.Speaker - Jason Cornell

2022 Ethics Course for Louisiana CPAs in Public Practice - A Case Study Approach

November 29, 2022 1:00pm - 3:40pm

Baton Rouge

3.00 Credits

The Louisiana State Board of CPAs requires all CPAs licensed in Louisiana to obtain 3 hours of continuing education in the field of professional ethics during the year 2022. This course is approved by the State Board and meets the 2022 requirements. This program emphasizes the rules and interpretations that are specific to members in public practice. The authors and presenters have over 50 years combined experience as Louisiana CPAs and have served in multiple roles related to professional ethics for both the AICPA and the LCPA.

Big Four Reasons Why CPAs and Consultants Are Fired

November 29, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Whether you are in public practice, a consultant, or in industry – no one wants to lose their clients or their job. But why do so many CPAs treat their clients badly?  Result - the client fires that CPA. What are the four (4) leading reasons why clients fire their CPA or consultant?  Why do these actions alienate clients? Agreed, some of these actions may be unintentional, but the result is the same, the client moves on. Frustrating because it takes a long time to cultivate good clients.    The discussion focuses on over forty (40) recommendations to strengthen the relationship with the client, to hopefully prevent the client from moving on. You may not practice the Big Four Reasons Why CPAS are Fired, but you probably know others who do. What are the lessons learned? We will discuss proven techniques to effectively retain existing clients, keep you employed and help you gain new clients!  Speaker - Don Minges

Cost of Capital: What it is and How to Use it

November 29, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Every business needs capital, and capital has a cost. Providers of debt and equity demand a return and the combination is the cost of capital for the business. This session discusses how to calculate the cost of capital, how to use it to make superior business decisions every day and some common ways organizations misuse this number. Who should understand your organization’s cost of capital? Even if you are not yet the CFO, you need to thoroughly understand the cost of capital and its use. The cost of capital allows managers to, “Get the biggest bang for the buck.” If you want to enhance your corporate finance skills, this session is for you. Speaker - Don Minges

K2's Improving Productivity With Office 365/Microsoft 365 Cloud Applications

November 29, 2022 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Online/Webcast

4.00 Credits

Many Office 365/Microsoft 365 subscriptions include robust cloud services for improving productivity. Foundational services, such as SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Exchange Online, join with other powerful tools such as Teams, Planner, Power Automate, Forms, and Power Apps to provide a productivity platform second to none. Unfortunately, most users will never benefit from working with these tools simply because they remain unaware of these features. Make plans now to attend this session so that you can learn about the “rest” of Office 365 and how these cloud-based applications can enhance personal and team productivity while simultaneously facilitating remote working arrangements.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get all the knowledge and guidance necessary to take full advantage of your investment in Office 365. Speaker - Thomas Stephens

Navigating Difficult Conversations with Clients

November 29, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Online/Webcast

1.00 Credits

When you're working with clients, it's not always smooth sailing (though we wish it was). Often we need to have difficult conversations. Whether it's to overcome objections, negotiate a new contract, or manage a conflict, these conversations can be navigated successfully with the right tools. This workshop gives you those tools and an understanding how how the human mind works when it comes to processing communication in difficult situations. Speaker - Jill Schiefelbein

K2's The How's And Why's Of Data Analytics

November 29, 2022 3:00pm - 4:45pm

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Increasingly, accountants and auditors are called upon to use data analytics to understand and improve results. Yet, many professionals struggle with the concept of data analytics and remain unaware of how to obtain the results needed using tools they already own. In this session, you will learn about the four primary types of data analytics and when to use each. Further, you will learn how to generate meaningful analytical measurements using Excel, Power BI, and other tools and, more importantly, how to interpret the results. If you seek to use data analytics – and who isn’t – this session is for you. Speaker - Thomas Stephens

Yellow Book Update

November 29, 2022 3:00pm - 4:45pm

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

This two-credit Yellow Book Update will cover some of the recent guidance issued by the Government Accountability Office. We will review the 2021 Technical Update to the 2018 Uniform Guidance as well as the GAO guidance on data quality. We'll also cover the GAO's identification of the most high-risk areas in government. The course will close with a look at Yellow Book independence requirements, which is frequently cited as an issue by Peer Review. Speaker - Melisa Galasso

Getting SASsy - A Look at Recent Auditing Standards

November 29, 2022 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Online/Webcast

1.00 Credits

Many entities look to their CPA as a trusted advisor when tackling complex accounting topics. This is more relevant now than ever. The FASB's big three accounting pronouncements involving revenue recognition, leasing and credit losses have placed a magnifying glass on this reality. Practitioners need to exercise caution to ensure they maintain independence as they assist their review and audit clients with such matters, as well as with compilation engagements. This course addresses these issues and explores best practices and guidance provided by the AICPA's Code of Professional Conduct.   Speaker - Chris Harper

Baton Rouge Chapter: Holiday Party

November 29, 2022 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Saint Gabriel

0.00 Credits

Join us for food, drink, and fun as we celebrate the Holiday Season with the Baton Rouge Chapter. Bring a guest to mix and mingle and we will provide the jinglin' hops for this night of holiday glee. In place of admission, we ask that you bring a toy to donate to a child in need this Christmas. We hope to see you there!   Members and a Guest: FREE Non-members: $10

Pricing for Profitability: How Finance Can Save The Bottom Line

November 30, 2022 8:00am - 9:45am

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Much has been written recently about value pricing with some authors implying that understanding your product's value is the most important and perhaps only requirement for superior profitability.  While every company should understand product value, understanding cost, competition, and capacity utilization are far more important for most organizations. Left unchecked to "value price" products, incentive programs usually motivate sales personnel to set price at the lowest allowable number.  Finance can influence profit in a big way by getting involved in pricing.  This session will show you how. Speaker - John Daly

Surgent's Technology Trends and Hot Topics Impacting the Accounting Profession

November 30, 2022 8:00am - 11:30am

Online/Webcast

4.00 Credits

Never have the benefits, and related risks, of utilizing new technology been greater for those in the accounting profession. From Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Process Automation(RPA), and Audit Data Analytics (ADA) to cloud-based software solutions, our clients' technology landscape is rapidly changing. Accordingly, we, as accounting professionals, need to be on the forefront of these changes, including having a firm understanding of the risks associated with the use of these tools. In this course, we'll review these trends, highlight new and emerging products, and focus on cyber-security risks and best practices that will allow accounting professionals to help our clients navigate these exciting but challenging times. Plus, we'll review the newly issued guidance on audit evidence found in SAS 142, which guides our use of technology on our professional engagements.Speaker - Richard Daisley, CPA

The Best Individual Income Tax Update Course by Surgent

November 30, 2022 8:00am - 4:00pm

Online/Webcast

8.00 Credits

This highly informative course comprehensively covers all the latest tax law developments. The focus is on individual taxation and discussion of the planning opportunities practitioners need to understand to help clients respond effectively. You will come away from the course with the up-to-date knowledge to educate your individual tax clients and implement tax-saving ideas that will serve their ever-evolving needs. This course is continually updated to reflect enacted legislation.Speaker - Bob Lickwar, CPA

The Best Federal Tax Update Course by Surgent

November 30, 2022 8:30am - 4:30pm

Bossier City

8.00 Credits

In this continually revised course, tax advisors will be fully updated on the most recent enacted legislation and IRS guidance, as well as major trends on the horizon with a view toward planning considerations. This update course is designed for all practitioners, both those working in public accounting as well as those in private industry, who need the latest information on tax changes.

The Role of HR in Business Sustainability

November 30, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am

Online/Webcast

1.00 Credits

In 2020, 96% of the world’s largest 250 companies published reports on their sustainability performance in accordance with national and international standards.   Now many more companies are committing to sustainability, and Net Zero emissions in particular.   This creates a new responsibility and opportunity for HR leaders.   Staff must be trained in new policies, goals and procedures.  Executives need help as leaders in this new approach.  This one-hour course summarizes SHRM research into HR and sustainability, plus other expert sources and the instructor's own 30-year journey helping companies become more sustainable.   The course presents key concepts, tools and sources to help HR find its role. Speaker - Burt Hamner

K2'S Options To Automate Your Tax Preparation Workflow

November 30, 2022 9:00am - 10:45am

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Tax Season can be a daunting time for tax preparers, but it doesn’t have to be with the help of tax automation software tools and other innovative technology. This session will provide an overview of the latest technologies and tools that can help automate your workflow and make the entire tax return preparation process smoother and more efficient. From client portals, workflow management, and e-signatures to robotic process automation, you’ll learn about all the options available to help streamline your tax preparation process. So don’t dread Tax Season - attend this session and arm yourself with the tools you need to succeed! Speaker - Randolph (Randy) Johnston

Profit Improvement: Ten Tips for a Better Bottom Line

November 30, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am

Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

When a company has poor financial performance, the financial person is often the first to go.  Proactive efforts by financial managers can prevent the need for a company to “catch up.”   Speaker - John Daly