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Surgent's Federal Tax Update

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Online/Webcast

4.00 Credits

Both businesses and individual clients face major changes as a result of new legislation, and tax professionals face the considerable challenge of delivering effective planning advice and services to address this myriad of recent developments. This course addresses this challenge and also encompasses the latest cases and rulings applicable to individual and business clients. Continually updated to reflect enacted legislation. Please Note: Due to content overlap, it is recommended that this course NOT be taken together with BIT4.

Surgent's The Most Critical Challenges in Governmental Accounting Today

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Online/Webcast

4.00 Credits

With the constant churning of governmental accounting standards, now is the time to know more than just what the standards say; we need to know what they mean and how they will affect governmental entities. This course is designed to do just that! The course materials utilize a highly illustrative and innovative format. Over 15 focused exercises are included to provide an enhanced working knowledge of the most critical challenges in governmental accounting today.

Comprehensive Accounting and Financial Reporting Update

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Online/Webcast

4.00 Credits

This course covers recently issued accounting and financial statement reporting standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Key implementation challenges and experiences from public company filings will be identified. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - Allison M. Henry, CPA, CGMA

Managing Current Fraud Trends in a Shifting Environment

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Online/Webcast

8.00 Credits

As our business environment shifts, so do trends with fraud schemes and perpetrators. This course will give you the absolutely latest information with how to identify and mitigate shifting fraud risks in any entity. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - Jennifer F. Louis, CPA

The Best Federal Tax Update Course by Surgent

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Online/Webcast

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. Please Note: Due to content overlap, it is recommended that this course NOT be taken together with BITU.

Entertainment, Meals & Travel Expenses: Review and Update

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

This program reviews the statutory and regulatory guidance as they relate to fringe benefits. There will be an emphasis on entertainment, meals and business transportation expenses, including qualified employer-provided parking, with a focus on planning opportunities. Recent federal tax legislation, cases and rulings will also be addressed. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - Steven C. Dilley, CPA, JD, PhD

Staff Training Level I

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Lafayette

16.00 Credits

This intensive course is designed to get new professionals up to speed quickly and make them more confident and productive, so if you plan to bring new staff on board this summer or if you recently hired new staff, make plans to send them to this course.MODULESRole of New StaffBy identifying the factors accounting for the growth of local and regional firms in the past decade, participants become aware of the changing nature of the profession. After recognizing that “taking the total service approach” is the key to growth, participants identify the ways in which new staff can contribute to the success of both themselves and their firm.Understanding Audit ObjectivesThrough guided discussion, participants identify the major steps in the audit process and the alternatives that are available throughout the process. Audit objectives are identified and discussed. The nature of and the circumstances under which tests of transactions and tests of balances are performed are discussed. Accounting Data AnalyticsIn this module, we introduce Accounting Data Analytics (ADA) and provide a framework that participants will apply to specific cases in later modules of this course, as well as in Levels II and III. In addition to the theory behind ADA, participants will get hands-on experience with applying ADA to realistic client scenarios. Working Paper Techniques / CashIn a session scheduled on the first day of the program, participants critique a set of working papers in an area that they are familiar with—cash. Participants first identify the most common deficiencies found in the working papers of new staff. Then through guided discussion and exposure to electronically generated working papers, participants learn the most practical means of overcoming these deficiencies. In the process participants become aware of the characteristics and benefits of using electronic working papers. Techniques developed in this session are reinforced throughout the course. Analytical ProceduresGuided discussion is used to introduce participants to the purposes served and the fundamental techniques employed in performing analytical procedures. Participants are assigned a case study in which they utilize these techniques to first identify and then follow up on accounts where special problems may exist. Compilation and Review ServicesParticipants identify and discuss the different levels of assurance and responsibility associated with compilations, reviews and audits. Minimum levels of knowledge required in performing compilations and reviews are identified. The kinds of procedures performed on compilations and reviews and the circumstances under which they are performed are identified and discussed.Participants are given an unadjusted trial balance taken from the books of a closely–held corporation along with selected information about certain accounts. Utilizing this information, small groups of participants identify accounts needing possible adjustments, discuss the various alternatives available under GAAP, and then prepare adjusting entries that will permit the preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Tax Recognition and Research TechniquesThe twofold objectives of this session are to improve each participant's skills at Identifying situations common to small and medium–sized clients that have tax implications Performing noncomplex tax research to resolve questions associated with each situation. Working with the same small company case used in the Compilation and Review Services module, participants first identify numerous situations with tax implications and then perform basic tax research in a tax reference manual, such as the Master Tax Guide, in order to either resolve each tax question or recommend more in–depth research. Auditing / Reviewing Selected AccountsIn several sessions devoted to various balance sheet accounts, emphasis is placed on: Identifying the audit and/or reviewing objectives applicable to a given account Designing and implementing those procedures that will, in the most efficient and effective manner, provide sufficient evidence to meet Small group case analysis is used to help participants improve the skills they need in effectively and efficiently auditing accounts receivable, accounts payable, and notes payable

Surgent's A Complete Tax Guide to Exit Planning

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

When exit planning, it is important to weigh various issues, including tax implications, to achieve an effective management and/or ownership change. Many envision tax-free reorganizations being the most preferable structure to avoid capital gains tax, but the opportunities come at a cost to the seller. This course will provide a well-rounded discussion of the various strategies to consider when advising on exiting a business.

Surgent's Strategies for Maximizing Social Security Benefits

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

As the population of the United States ages, tax practitioners will be asked to advise their individual clients with respect to when they should begin to take Social Security benefits. This program will provide you with the background to knowledgeably discuss the benefit options available to Social Security beneficiaries and the alternative payment options available to married couples, dependents, a surviving spouse, and a divorced individual.

The Omniverse and Metaverse for Accountants

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

This course provides a concise overview and non-technical explanation of the Omniverse and Metaverse - a shared virtual space that integrates various virtual, augmented, and actual realities. While futurists have been predicting and describing this concept for decades, interest and investment in this platform have recently exploded. Facebook has changed its very name to Meta - as in Metaverse - to reflect its pivot from a social media company to a virtual space company. Other tech companies, big and small, have announced ambitious plans to enable people to access digital environments and experiences through different devices. While sometimes perceived as science fiction, the metaverse is no entertainment gimmick. A growing consensus is that it will be the successor to the mobile Internet, and fundamentally transform the Internet, and perhaps even reality itself. You'll walk away with a foundational understanding of how the metaverse is transforming the modern business world, and how accountants can position themselves for success in this emerging economic digital dimension. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - Garrett Wasny, MA, CMC, CITP/FIBP

2024 Fiduciary & Tax Accounting Guide for Estates and Trusts

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Online/Webcast

4.00 Credits

This course will review the fundamentals of fiduciary accounting and provide a reporting guide for determining whether receipts and expenditures are assigned to income or principal/corpus. Critical issues, rules, and special opportunities when preparing your clients' Form 1041 U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts will be examined, including what is considered taxable income and allowable deductions.  Planning and potential pitfalls will also be explored.  Speaker - Doug Van Der Aa, CPA, JD

Surgent's Compilations, Reviews, and Preparations: Engagement Performance and Annual Update

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Online/Webcast

8.00 Credits

Specifically designed for preparation, compilation, and review practitioners, this course will provide you with a comprehensive review and hands-on application for performing financial statement preparation, compilation, and review engagements. You will learn the ins and outs of applying SSARS No. 21, Clarification and Recodification, as well as the additional guidance related to SSARS engagements through the issuance of SSARS Nos. 22-26 by the ARSC. In addition to SSARS 26, the entire suite of quality management standards is discussed. However, knowing the standards is not enough. You need to be able to effectively apply them. To support this, the course will review recent peer review feedback on SSARS engagements, providing insights on how to successfully apply this guidance. Not only will this course bring you up to date on SSARS requirements and guidance, but more importantly, it will provide you with practical examples and illustrations to help you effectively and efficiently perform these types of engagements. This course is intended to be your go-to reference for training your staff and managing your SSARS No. 21-26 services in compliance with professional, ethical, and technical requirements.

Adobe Acrobat Tips for Working with PDF Files

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

If you find yourself working with PDF files consistently throughout the day, this course will teach you how to review, annotate, format and organize PDF files more effectively and in less time. You will also learn how to use Adobe Acrobat for e-signatures to reduce document processing time significantly and enhance confidentiality. Adobe Acrobat has many features that you can take advantage of and this course will explain and demonstrate how to use them. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - John Higgins, CPA.CITP

Monthly Federal Tax Updates - June 2024

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Seismic changes in tax legislation is currently taking place, and the well-informed tax practitioner will want to attend this two hour monthly program in order to stay abreast of these developments! Approximately one-half of the program is devoted to individual tax issues, and the remaining time is spend on business entity taxation, IRS procedure, tax legislation and other issues. Due to the changing nature of the topic, learning objectives, course descriptions and program content will vary and will be provided in more specificity closer to presentation time. This course provides a concise look at the hottest topics affecting every tax practitioner. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - Allison M. McLeod, LL.M., CPA

2024 Accounting & Auditing Update for Small Businesses

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Online/Webcast

4.00 Credits

For many small businesses, the standards issued by the FASB may have little to no effect as they impact topics that do not reflect the type of transactions that these entities most frequently experience. This class will focus on the Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) that are most likely to impact small businesses with a focus on ASUs initiated by the Private Company Council (PCC). We'll then look at alternative reporting options to GAAP including FRF for SMEs and IFRS for SMEs for entities who don't necessarily need to prepare GAAP financial statements but want to use accrual accounting. Finally, we will transition to audit standards that small business auditors will need to implement. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - Melisa F. Galasso, CPA

Audit 407: Auditing Contingencies and Going Concern

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Auditing Contingencies and Going Concern Uncertainty - Testing for Completeness and Proper Disclosure will provide tips and techniques for obtaining sufficient appropriate audit evidence to support conclusions related to contingencies and going concern uncertainty. Financial statements may contain significant uncertainties requiring special audit consideration for evaluating proper accounting and financial reporting treatment. Note: This course is recommended as a part of a 16-hour audit skills curriculum for supervisory or managerial auditors, while it is also appropriate for anyone who has responsibilities for evaluating loss contingencies and substantial doubt about going concern. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - Jennifer F. Louis, CPA

2024 Internal Control Best Practices

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

'Whether your organization is developing a new control framework or seeking to strengthen its current controls; practical development and implementation is critical.  This course will review the intersectionality of controls and provide real-world examples and best practices from people to technology and process.   Speaker - Melisa Galasso

CFO Career Upgrade with LinkedIn

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Online/Webcast

2.00 Credits

Today's senior executives use LinkedIn to impress hiring managers, find talent, develop opportunities, and build relationships. This interactive session is for the financial executive who wants to position themselves internally and externally for career success by leveraging the #1 professional digital platform. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.Speaker - Sandra Long

Taxation of Judgements and Settlements

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Online/Webcast

2.40 Credits

In the course of legal actions, payments may be made pursuant to a final disposition of a court case or a mutually agreed-upon settlement.  This course will cover the tax implications for payments made for personal injury, emotional distress, lost wages, punitive awards, pre- and post-judgement interest, contract claims, among other damages. **Please Note:  If you need credit reported to the IRS for this IRS approved program, please download the IRS CE request form on the Course Materials Tab and submit to kori.herrera@acpen.com.   Speaker - Allison McLeod

2024 Fiduciary Accounting for Estates and Trusts

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Online/Webcast

4.00 Credits

Financial accounting for trusts and estates is one of the least understood branches of accounting. It is not particularly concerned with recording income and expenses but is obsessed with determining whether receipts and expenditures are assigned to income or principal/corpus. This course will dive into this tricky area and provide a reporting guide for fiduciary accounting. Speaker - Doug Van Der Aa, CPA, JD