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Independence and Conflicts of Interest

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

1.00 Credits

This course focuses on how to integrate independence and avoid conflicts of interest in situations accounting professionals face daily. Participants will be able to know not just what is the right thing to do according to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, but how to put values into action. As part of this course, we also walk through real-world examples of individuals and companies faced with these dilemmas. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

QuickBooks ONLINE: Monthly Closeouts and Year-End Cleanups

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 11:00am

Online

2.00 Credits

The process of closing out the books every month can make year-end accounting a breeze! But isn't this time consuming? Not when you know the steps to take on a monthly basis. We'll show you what to do in QuickBooks Online as well as what you can do monthly to ensure a tax return that will stand up again an IRS audit. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Tax Penalties and Penalty Abatement

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 11:00am

Online

2.00 Credits

Those late-night commercials make it sound just so easy, but how do you get rid of tax penalties? This program covers the various penalties applied by the IRS, and the various ways practitioners can seek to have them removed. Additionally, First Time Penalty Abatement, abatement for reasonable cause, and how to lay the groundwork for avoiding penalties during the audit is covered. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

K2's Small Business Accounting Shootout

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 12:39pm

Online

4.00 Credits

The market for accounting solutions designed for small businesses has never been better! From traditional desktop applications to newer Cloud-based solutions, small businesses have affordable options available today that were unthinkable for many just a few years ago. In this seminar, you will learn about these options and receive the benefit of an unbiased comparison of many of today’s leading solutions, helping you make an informed decision about the future direction of your accounting platform. Solutions from Intuit, Sage, Xero, Wave, and others will be reviewed and compared to help you decide whether you should remain with your current platform or perhaps switch to a different one. Additionally, you will learn about various third-party add-ins to help you make informed decisions about issues such as automated data entry, sales tax processing, reporting, and business intelligence. In sum, if you are the least bit curious about the accounting options available for smaller businesses, this is the most critical session in which you will participate this year.

The Competent Accountant - Mastering the Role of the Controller/ CFO

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 12:44pm

Online

4.00 Credits

How do you raise your skills to the next level to master the Controller or CFO role?  Welcome to a course that provides insights that align the CGMA Competency Framework. The course will examine each of the areas: Technical, Business, Leadership and People to increase your competency.  How are your technical skills?  Are you a traditional accountant or have you learned to expand your technical skills to go beyond “what are the financial numbers?” to “why did these financial results occur?”  Are you able to use ratios to understand the business dynamics and the implications to change course or take corrective action?  Are the systems that you implement and operate best practices or merely stop-gap solutions? How are your business skills?  Can you set a vision? Can you develop a strategy?  Do you understand the macroeconomic environment of your organization?   Can you lead a major project to a successful conclusion?  This session will explore the role of business as opposed to tracking the results of the business. How are your people skills?  How good is your ability to influence others? How are successful are your negotiation skills?   How well can you communicate?  Are you a collaborator or a partner?  This section will help accountants understand that it is people skills that drive the overall success of the accounting operations. Finally, how are your Leadership skills?  Do you inspire staff or make them angry?  Do you know why your staff work for your company and you?  Do you understand what employees want from their position?  Do you know how to deal with a difficult staff person?  Can you lead difficult change?  This session will help you recognize what leadership truly is as opposed to what passes for day to day management.

Surgent's Assessing the Risk of Fraud In a Financial Statement Audit

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Online

8.00 Credits

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners says that there is fraud lurking in all businesses including not for profit organizations. It often goes undetected for years and when uncovered, management and the board may question why the auditor did not identify it. The auditor's responsibility in a financial statement audit is to assess risk and perform sufficient procedures to obtain reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free from material misstatement due to fraud or error. However, failure to perform an adequate fraud risk assessment and report deficiencies in internal control, such as lack of segregation of duties can leave a firm vulnerable. This course will discuss the audit procedures that should be performed in accordance AU-240 as recently amended, best practices in performing fraud risk assessment procedures, when and how to report control deficiencies noted in an audit and the most frequent types of fraud found in small to mid-size entities along with internal controls that could be implemented to help prevent and detect them. We will take a look at various cyber fraud schemes and how they might be prevented/detected, at the use of analytics as fraud risk procedures, and at assessing the risk of fraud in a Single Audit. This course features case studies.

Surgent's Handbook for Mastering Basis, Distributions, and Loss Limitation Issues for S Corporations, LLCs, and Partnerships

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Online

8.00 Credits

The most difficult concepts to master when dealing with flow-through business entities are the basis and distribution concepts. Major error and malpractice issues occur if the CPA does not fully understand the impact of these rules. This course is designed to focus on the practical applications of these rules.

Surgent's Individual and Financial-Planning Tax Camp

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Each year brings its own set of tax planning challenges, and this year is no exception. This course aims to arm tax planners with planning strategies and ideas that all clients, but in particular, wealthy clients, middle-income clients, and closely held business owners need to consider right now to take advantage of present opportunities and plan for future tax advantages. Learn strategies that can really have an impact on client lives, while also bringing value to you and your firm. This material is continuously updated for recent legislation impacting individual taxpayers.

Surgent's Social Security and Medicare: Planning for You and Your Clients

Thursday, December 1st, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Social Security seems poised for changes in benefits and eligibility age. The leading edge of the baby boomer generation has already reached retirement age. Financial and tax planners can expect increased demand for strategies that dovetail Social Security with other retirement and estate planning objectives. This course provides tax and financial planning professionals with both the background information on the Social Security system and the strategies clients will need in dealing with Social Security, and the myriad other related retirement planning issues.

OneNote: Mastering Organization of Your Notes & Correspondence

Thursday, December 1st, 9:30am - 11:30am

Online

2.00 Credits

OneNote is rapidly becoming one of the most popular applications in the Microsoft Office and Office 365 product suites. The reason for this becomes pretty evident when you learn about all that you can do with OneNote to record and manage notes, to do lists, meeting agendas and much, much more. This course will provide a thorough review of all of the features of OneNote so you can master them in order to organize all of your activities and communications in one central place. You will be amazed at how powerful and yet simple to use this application is. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

K2'S CPA Firm Technology For The Future

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 11:40am

Online

2.00 Credits

The next five years are going to be eventful for CPA firms. The profession has never seen such rapid change, with new and changing technologies appearing almost daily! So, what will your firm do? How can you keep up without getting overwhelmed by these fast-paced transformations in the profession and stay profitable during this turmoil? What are the best technologies to handle client interactions, PBC lists, electronic signatures, and Advisory services? How do the cloud, next-generation accounting software, and client demands affect partner profitability? Attend this session to get an independent overview of the state of technology in the profession.

K2'S Tech Update 2022

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 11:40am

Online

2.00 Credits

The speed of technology change has been accelerating. But unfortunately, we can’t keep up, and we don’t know what to do about it. This visionary session provides insights, choices, and recommendations to help you decide how rapidly to move, which technologies will affect your business, and how to separate sales pitches from innovative ideas. This session will explore emerging and evolving technologies important to accounting professionals. We will cover the benefits and risks of adopting new technologies in areas ranging from software applications to hardware devices. You’ll also learn how to develop a balanced technology strategy that includes current, emerging, and future technology choices for your firm or business.

The Civil Advantage: Ethics and Civility in Disquieting Times

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 11:40am

Online

2.00 Credits

Most people dislike capricious judgment, intolerance, crime, shaming, blaming, punishing, unequal treatment and predatory opportunism. Yet we witness, hear about or directly experience one or more of these uncivil behaviors daily. What’s going on? It used to be that when incivility in our home, neighborhood, schools, or community spaces harmed us, we counted on shared ethical norms to guide and help. We confidently relied on societal guardrails like the law, regulations or corporate policies for fair remedy. But can we still? These days it sometimes feels like up is down, down is up, right is wrong, wrong is right, the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. Even our ethical compass doesn’t seem as reliable as it used to. We’re not crazy to feel unanchored or anxious. Americans live in a moment when our constitutional federal republic and Western ethics face enormous challenge from those who would prefer a different construct. Desiring change is one thing, but abandoning civility in its pursuit results in ethical chaos, societal breakdown, and individual misery. This holds true for human groups small and large, from the family to the federal government. 

Estate and Financial Planning

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 11:49am

Online

2.20 Credits

Did you know CPAs or EAs may charge premium rates for Estate and Financial Planning, better than rates charged for tax returns?   This course offers the best techniques for incorporating Estate and Financial Planning into your practice. In addition to learning these techniques, you’ll discover the “why” behind the importance of adding these elements to your practice as well as how to broaden its growth.     Learning how to expand your practice with Consulting and Planning as leading components of your business will provide the “team approach” clients are seeking.   **Please Note:  If you need credit reported to the IRS for this IRS approved program (2 hours only), please download the IRS CE request form on the Course Materials Tab and submit to leighanne.conroy@acpen.com.

K2's Online Meeting And Collaboration Tools

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 11:49am

Online

2.00 Credits

We could work with team members at all levels and in all locations with today’s collaboration and meeting tools. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have been the trigger event that forced many to use these tools for the first time, we discovered the advantages and capabilities. Which tools make sense for your organization? In this session, we will cover the leading meeting and collaboration tools. We will note the features and benefits of options available and will provide a comparison of critical items. We will also explain deployment and control considerations from a management perspective, citing questions you can pose to technical consultants. If you want to improve your team’s productivity, this session will give you independent guidance.

Surgent's Guide to Calculating S Corporation Shareholder Stock and Loan Basis

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

This program discusses, in a practical way, how an S corporation shareholder calculates their stock and loan basis on Form 7203. Form 7203 is the new IRS Form on which a shareholder is sometimes required to calculate their stock and loan basis. This topic is particularly important when an S corporation has a loss and the shareholders wish to know whether they are entitled to fully utilize the loss that has been allocated to them against their other income.

Surgent's Lease Accounting: The Impact of Changing Standards on Both Lessors and Lessees

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

The effective date for ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) is finally here. The new standard eliminates one of the largest forms of off-balance sheet accounting and requires most leases to be brought onto the balance sheet irrespective of their classification as either financing or operating. The new guidance in ASC 842 also makes other changes in lease accounting for both lessees and lessors. This course will discuss the impact of these changing standards on both lessees and lessors and discusses recently issued updates to ASC 842. With 2022 here, now is time to get up to date on all that is going on with regard to lease accounting.

Top Accounting and Other Challenges for Nonprofits

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Nonprofits serve a unique purpose in society compared to other entities. Nonprofits face special accounting, operational, and compliance challenges for effective management and governance. This course will provide an overview of the broad barriers and challenges faced in the nonprofit environment. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

The Art of Conversation: A Relationship Approach to Networking

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 12:02pm

Online

2.20 Credits

In the fast moving world where everyone is communicating through email, text and instant messaging we have forgotten the power of face-to-face conversation. Communication and connection is the foundation for building a thriving network and business. During this talk, The Connector’s Advantage author, Michelle Tillis Lederman will inspire you to leverage the power of personal connection in the digital age while still incorporating the efficiency of virtual communication.  

Strategic Career Management: Only You Have Sleepless Nights Over Your Career

Thursday, December 1st, 10:00am - 12:11pm

Online

2.50 Credits

This course focuses on the individual taking ownership for their career.  It provides tools and methods to assist and guide the individual to develop the collateral necessary in navigating their career.  It provides a Personal Marketing Plan that can be customized to fit the career objectives and goals of the individual. It also focuses on character self-awareness, crucial for long-tern career success.