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Professional Skepticism

Monday, January 6th,
 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

To believe or disbelieve ... that is the question often faced by CPAs in public accounting and by accountants and financial professionals in business and industry. This workshop addresses the mindset of professional skepticism that is often required in a variety of settings. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Ask Me No Questions and I Will Tell You No Lies - The Art of Interviewing and Interrogation

Monday, January 6th,
 12:00pm - 2:51pm

Online

3.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

When we verbally communicate with an individual, we must make a conscious decision as to whether we believe what we have heard.  Little do we realize that we are not making a decision based on what we have heard; rather we make a subconscious decision based primarily on what we have seen, or how the body was behaving when the subject was speaking.  We often walk away from a conversation with a gut feeling that the person was not telling the truth.  That gut feeling is your subconscious.  Yet we often have no idea as to why we have that feeling. This presentation is designed to provide the participant with the tools to identify those both verbal and nonverbal indicators that we all give off when we are under stress.  Normally, telling the truth does not create stress.  When we lie, we know that we are not supposed to and that creates stress, and it will manifest itself in some manner, and that is what a trained interviewer is looking to observe. When we observe indicators of deception, how do we deal with it?  How do we get the subject to admit to a wrong-doing when it is not in their best interest to do so?  That is one of the many things that will be addressed in this presentation.  Whether you are a parent dealing with you kids; an employer dealing with employees or and investigation interviewing a suspect, this presentation will provide you with the tools to assist you in finding the truth.

Achieving Balance in Work and Life - Part 2

Monday, January 6th,
 12:00pm - 3:34pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

In trying to achieve life balance, various internal and external obstacles arise.  In this course we will look at these obstacles and provide specific ways to overcome them.  In addition, we will look at how to excel in every area of your life including your relationships, finances, sense of purpose, level of  happiness, and your physical health and leisure time pursuits.  You will leave this course with powerful methods and a specific plan to move forward in your life in a balanced, healthy, and productive manner.  Don't forget to take Part 1 of this amazing course.

Prevention and Detection of Fraud In Small Businesses

Monday, January 6th,
 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

As reported in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Occupational Fraud 2022:  A Report to the Nations, on average, small businesses lose 5% of their revenue due to fraud.  Can the average small business owner afford to lose 5% of their revenue due to fraud?  I think not.  This presentation is designed to illustrate the numerous ways employees commit fraud in small businesses, how to detect it, and most importantly, how to prevent it.  Both auditors and small business owners would both benefit from this presentation.

Surgent's Ins and Outs of Health Savings Accounts

Monday, January 6th,
 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

Health savings accounts (HSAs) are an effective way for employers to provide employees with financial help so they can pay their out-of-pocket medical expenses in a tax-efficient manner. Individuals who are not participating in an employer-funded HSA may set up their own HSA to achieve the same ends. Clients often ask tax practitioners about the mechanics of HSAs and whether they are beneficial. This program is a two-hour discussion of the topic led by Roy Ramthun, who will take you through the many rules and complexities of this challenging subject.

Surgent's Shades Of Gray - Practicing Before The Internal Revenue Service - Circular 230 -Current State

Monday, January 6th,
 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

Karen L. Hawkins, the former Director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, will discuss key Circular 230 provisions and how some have been changed through litigation. Since the current version of Circular 230 has not been rewritten to incorporate the results of IRS litigation losses since 2014, this is the only seminar where you will hear what the current law says (and does not say) about tax professionals' ethical obligations in federal tax practice. The presentation will draw not only on the six years Ms. Hawkins spent as Director, OPR but her more than 30 years practicing as a nationally recognized tax controversy lawyer in California.

Understanding the Form 990 and its Preparation Prerequisites

Monday, January 6th,
 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Introductory Session of Borenstein's Form 990 Foundational Series: This "initiation and introduction to" the Form 990's mechanics and importance will prevent you from drowning in the Form 990's force-field! More than 80% of the Form's inputs and relevant definitions are NOT found in the statutes and Regulations that apply to the exempt sector, a reality that can be overwhelming for both novices and more advanced preparers. This session provides an easy-to-digest synopsis of the entirety of the Form's key definitions as well as the mechanics that preparers need embrace from the moment they first approach preparing a 990. Packed with practical tips and perspectives on data gathering, this class is a "must" gateway for beginning (and even more experienced) preparers to learn "how to befriend Form 990 preparation." This webinar will vault preparers past all the initially confounding problems of the Form 990, providing baseline info on the critical nuances the form uses. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Fraud Assessment for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

Monday, January 6th,
 1:00pm - 4:32pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

It is virtually impossible to pick up the daily newspaper and not find an article on some type of fraudulent event. In the wake of the “Era of Fraud, Waste and Excess,” one might suspect that potential fraudsters would think twice before committing illegal acts. However, just the opposite seems to be the case.  Is there really more fraud or is there simply more fraud awareness?  The harsh reality is that it is a little bit of each.  Not only has fraud worldwide reached a level of over $7.0 billion in lost  revenue but savvy C-level executives now realize that it could happen to their companies—very easily. When you put these facts together, it adds up to a completely new era of vigilance.

Communication Miracles At Work and In Life - Part 1

Monday, January 6th,
 1:00pm - 4:34pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

Communication is the glue that connects people, but it doesn’t come easy for many of us. If you want to quickly and effectively handle problems with co-workers or clients, and you want people to do what you want without a lot of hassle, this seminar is for you. The bottom line will be better client and co-worker relationships, leading to increased enjoyment and productivity at work.

Audit 102: Professional Skepticism - Finding Fraud and Error

Monday, January 6th,
 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Professional Skepticism - Creating a Mindset for Finding Fraud and Error is a critical skill for audit and other attest services. The public places a high value on assurance services provided by an external public accountant, as the CPA's involvement directly enhances the degree of confidence intended users can place on the financial statements to make economic decisions. A proper mindset, including professional skepticism, is a critical feature of a high-quality audit or other attest service. Professional skepticism is an essential attitude that enhances the ability to identify and respond to conditions that may indicate possible material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Becoming a Fraud Investigator

Monday, January 6th,
 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

The course helps the forensic accountant prepare to perform a fraud investigation. We discuss occupational fraud schemes and their characteristics, and how to spot a fraud in progress. You will learn the skills a fraud investigator needs for successful investigations, as well as how to plan and prepare for a fraud investigation. This is the most practical fraud investigation course you will ever take. Rather than learning only the theory of fraud, you will learn how a forensic accountant actually investigates fraud from the beginning to the end. We focus on forensic accounting techniques used in the field to prove what happened, who was involved, how much money was stolen, and where the money went. Becoming a Fraud investigator is Part 1 of a series of four courses on fraud investigations. Each course is a stand-alone class that may be taken individually. For comprehensive instruction on completing a fraud investigation from start to finish, take all four. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Assessing Independence Under the New Yellow Book

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 2:56pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

Individuals who work in a governmental environment have many rules of ethics that must be followed. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issues Yellow Book providing rules related to ethics and independence, which received a significant update in 2018. We'll review some of the key elements of ethics relevant to governmental entities and auditors to prevent independence noncompliance.

2024 Taxation of Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs)

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs), unique, identifiable digital assets based on blockchain technologies, have become a fast-growing industry. This course will provide a background on how NFTs came into the mainstream marketplace.  These materials will assist the practitioner to understand the tax implications of the creation, purchase and sale of these assets.  **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.

Accountants, Meet Chatbot: Starting ChatGPT Conversations

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

The presentation highlights the game-changing potential of ChatGPT in the realm of AI-driven conversations and its specific benefits for accountants in their analytical and advisory roles. It demonstrates how this AI tool can be seamlessly integrated into various platforms, making it a versatile and valuable addition to accountants' professional toolkits. With its unprecedented language capabilities, ChatGPT opens up new horizons for interactions with artificial intelligence. You'll walk away with a foundational understanding of the limitless potential of AI chatbots and how these new digital tools can help accountants enhance productivity and deliver superior value to their clients and stakeholders. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available for questions during the event.

Surgent's Mastering Client Management for Accounting and Finance Professionals

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

Do you want to build stronger relationships with your clients, improve client retention, and drive growth in your practice? This course delves into the essential strategies for effective client management in today's competitive landscape. Client relationships, like any relationship, can be challenging to manage. Miscommunication, differing work styles, and unrealistic expectations are some of the challenges accounting and finance professionals routinely encounter. However, when accounting clients and members of your team are on the same page, client loyalty and profitability improve while conflict is minimized. This webinar explores proven strategies to improve relationships between accounting and finance professionals and their clients.

Surgent's The Risks and Benefits of ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $119

We see multiple stories about the rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and its entry into our lives in the form of AI tools, including ChatGPT. They seem to be everywhere. It is difficult to overstate how much things will change with the rise of these new technologies, or how important it is that companies embrace the opportunity to execute them correctly. Having conversations regarding the proper adoption of these technologies and tools is a crucial first step, including drafting policies to assist companies with their beneficial and thoughtful implementation and use. This course will define the state of AI tools, what benefits and risks exist, and which steps to take to begin adopting these technologies with appropriate guardrails, policies, and training. It is less likely that AI will destroy industries, and more likely that companies that embrace AI will overtake those companies that do not.

Measuring Audit Risks

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 4:49pm

Online

3.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

In order not to perform an excessive number of audit procedures (over audit) auditors must perform procedures in order to determine in what areas are there weak internal controls that could result in a risk that the financial statements would be materially misstated and not be detected.  SAS No. 122, AU 300 – 499, Measuring Audit Risk provides guidance as well as required procedures that must be performed in every audit in order to determine the risk of material misstatement.  No longer can the auditor state that they assess the risk of material misstatement at maximum without having a basis for making such assessment.  As a result, the standards now require that the auditor make such an assessment of a material misstatement of the financial statement on every audit in order to have a basis for such assessment.  This program is an overview of the statement documentation requirements in assessing such a risk.

ACPEN Signature 2024: Financial Statement Preparation: Compilation and Review Update

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $250

This course is designed to assist CPAs who perform financial statement preparation, compilation, or review engagements. Our panelists will provide an in-depth analysis of the SSARS and will provide practice tips that will assist you in performing profitable standard compliant engagements. **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.

Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit

Monday, January 6th,
 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

One of the most significant challenges facing auditors is the prevalence of fraud that exists in today's business environment. All auditors should have a working knowledge of the requirements in professional literature regarding fraud. We will cover the issues that all auditors need to know about fraud and the people who commit fraud. This course will provide horror stories about frauds that have occurred and how they were detected. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Contract and Procurement Fraud

Monday, January 6th,
 3:00pm - 4:20pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

This session will focus on the most common types of fraud in the procurement and contracting arena, with a focus on fraud in construction.  The session will examine fraud vulnerabilities in the four key phases of the procurement process: Presolicitation. Negotiation. Performance. Closeout and Claims.  Within each phase, “red flags” will be discussed.  These are the indicia of possible fraud that managers should be alert for.  Also, within each phase, the most common fraud schemes will be highlighted and discussed.  Finally, the session will describe the generally accepted safeguards or controls that should be established to prevent the various fraud schemes that can occur.  This part of the program will make extensive use of actual fraud case studies designed to demonstrate fraud risks and fraud detection strategies.