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Top Business Tax Planning Strategies

Monday, October 28th,
 1:00pm - 2:40pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

Tax planning for 2024 is largely based upon legislation contained within the Inflation Reduction Act and the SECURE Act 2.0, both enacted in 2022, that offer new planning options and challenges for businesses in 2024. There are, however, other business tax changes in 2024 that result from different pieces of tax legislation, IRS pronouncements, and court cases that need to be taken into account from a planning perspective. This program analyzes the new opportunities and challenges that these tax changes offer to businesses and their owners that impact 2024 and sometimes later years.

K2's Microsoft Teams

Tuesday, October 29th,
 10:00am - 1:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

Microsoft Teams is one of the most exciting personal and organizational productivity tools ever appearing on the business landscape. With Teams, you can communicate and collaborate easily and securely with others, including colleagues outside your organization. Further, you can extend the already-robust functionality in Teams by incorporating add-in solutions with just a few mouse clicks. Unfortunately, despite Teams' power and relatively simple interface, many organizations struggle to deploy and use Teams. In this session, you will learn how to get up and running quickly in Teams to take full advantage of this powerful tool. More specifically, you will learn how to get started in Teams and critical decisions affecting your deployment. Also, you will learn how to work in Teams, take advantage of the chat, voice, and video call services, and share documents securely with others. Moreover, you will learn how to extend your Teams platform to external organizations for improved communication and collaboration. Additionally, you will identify how to add other applications to Teams and optimize Team's configuration for the best overall efficiency and security. If you are working with Teams or plan to do so, this is one CPE session you can't afford to miss!

AI and Data Analytics for Auditing - The Big Picture

Tuesday, October 29th,
 11:00am - 1:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

This course is designed for firm partners and managers to explore ways to incorporate data analytics and related technologies in their audit practices. Participants explore how small and mid-size firms are using these tools to improve engagement efficiency and quality while providing opportunities for value-added services to clients. All of AHI's courses rely heavily on participant interaction and these virtual programs have co-opted many of Zoom's features to preserve the same strengths of the in-person training: visual interaction between the instructor and all participants (plan to be "on screen" throughout the program); breakout rooms to ensure small group engagement; and instructor interaction screen share for small group presentations, easy delivery of video presentations, and fillable PDF for online note-taking in the course materials.

Level V: Advanced Management and Leadership Essentials

Tuesday, October 29th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

This 2-hour mini course is from our Level V course, which highlights leadership skills and situations that are common for managers and senior managers in CPA firms. Participants will be encouraged to examine and challenge their beliefs and approaches to managing and leading people. Leading Others - Coaching & Developing Staff - prioritizing the coaching and development of staff in a post-pandemic work environment, including delegation for development, effective feedback, and managing virtual employees. Building Leadership Communication Skills - strategies to influence and lead others through effective communication in both individual and group settings. Helping the Firm Grow - the three levels of helping the firm grow and how to involve the entire team in expanding services to existing clients and generating referrals to new clients. All of AHI's courses rely heavily on participant interaction and these virtual programs have co-opted many of Zoom's features to preserve the same strengths of the in-person training: visual interaction between the instructor and all participants (plan to be "on screen" throughout the program); breakout rooms to ensure small group engagement; and instructor interaction screen share for small group presentations, easy delivery of video presentations, and fillable PDF for online note-taking in the course materials.

K2's Securing Your Data: Practical Tools for Protecting Information

Tuesday, October 29th,
 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

Security is not optional, and yesterday's security techniques do not minimize today's threats. Therefore, now is the time to tune up what you know about protecting sensitive data. This program will teach you the latest tools and techniques for securing your data, including encryption, virus protection, safe communications, electronic signatures, secure authentication, and more. You will also learn how to implement a practical, five-step approach to securing your PC and the questions you should ask your staff to ensure server-based information remains protected. Security failures, such as client or customer data breaches, are costly - they can even drive your company out of business. So, what security tools do you need, and how should you use them to secure your sensitive data and systems? Can you risk attempting to manage today's threats using yesterday's techniques? Participate in this program to learn how to identify viable and practical solutions to mitigating today's security threats.

Understanding Financial Statement Disclosures for Private Companies with Renee Rampulla

Wednesday, October 30th,
 8:30am - 12:00pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

Do you prepare private company financial statement disclosures in accordance with accepted accounting principles (GAAP) issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), or a "Special Purpose Framework" (SPF), such as cash or tax basis? If so, then this course is for you. This course addresses many frequently encountered disclosures associated with the preparation of financial statements for private companies.

K2's Small Business Accounting Shootout

Wednesday, October 30th,
 10:00am - 1:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

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. You will learn about solutions from Intuit, Sage, Xero, Wave, and Zoho to help you decide whether to remain with your current platform or 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 you will participate in this year.

K2's Technology Update

Wednesday, October 30th,
 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

Which technology trends will impact you and your business? What emerging technologies will potentially help you to address security and efficiency? How will the emergence of Windows 11 affect you? Should you consider subscription-based software? What does the future of communication technology have in store for you? Get answers to these and other questions by participating in K2's Technology Update, a four-hour review of technology trends and developments affecting virtually all business professionals. In this session, you will learn about significant issues such as: Hardware trends Software innovations Communication and collaboration tools Security issues and solutions Key products to consider for implementation Unusual and emerging technologies you may have missed. If you're taking just one technology-focused training session this year, this should be it!

K2's Testing and Auditing Excel Workbooks

Thursday, October 31st,
 10:00am - 1:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

Excel errors continue to plague organizations of all sizes. As spreadsheets become more common, these errors will continue to impact virtually every Excel user and those who rely on Excel-based data and analyses. Fortunately, that need not be the case because many options exist to prevent, identify, and correct spreadsheet errors before adversely affecting reports and decision-making processes. In this session, you will learn how to apply best practices to reduce the error rate in workbooks you and others on your team create and edit. Equally important, you will learn how to use add-ins for Excel to programmatically scan and audit your spreadsheets to identify potentially costly errors while there is still time to correct them. Finally, you do not want to miss this opportunity to learn how PerfectXL, ClusterSeven, and ActiveData tools can help you and your team identify and correct potentially disastrous spreadsheet errors.

Accounting Data Analytics

Thursday, October 31st,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

This 2-hour mini course introduces how data analytics can be used to improve engagement quality and efficiency. Participants explore the use of data analytics to assess risk, support financial statement assertions, assess internal controls and uncover fraud. Apply the ADA IDEASc approach to using data analytics on engagements to ensure compliance with audit and review standards and to provide value-added services to clients. All of AHI's courses rely heavily on participant interaction and these virtual programs have co-opted many of Zoom's features to preserve the same strengths of the in-person training: visual interaction between the instructor and all participants (plan to be "on screen" throughout the program); breakout rooms to ensure small group engagement; and instructor interaction screen share for small group presentations, easy delivery of video presentations, and fillable PDF for online note-taking in the course materials.

K2's Top PDF Features You Should Know

Thursday, October 31st,
 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

Stop struggling with PDFs! Adobe Acrobat and other PDF tools provide access to features that make working with PDF files a breeze. This course will teach you to use tools and features such as PDF forms, redaction, converting PDFs to Word and Excel files, and electronic signatures. You will also learn how to create and apply tick marks and build indices, catalogs, and portfolios. You will also learn how to secure PDF documents to their fullest. The popularity and usefulness of PDFs increase daily, but most PDF users have not learned how to manipulate PDF documents effectively. Accordingly, they struggle and strain with these standard files. You do not need to let this be the case. Join us in this very timely session, where you will learn the top features necessary to optimize your work with PDF documents.

Guide and Update to Compilations, Reviews, and Preparations

Monday, November 4th,
 9:00am - 12:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

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. 22-25 by the ARSC. The course will also 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 SSARSs requirements and guidance, but more importantly, it will provide you with practical examples and illustrations to help you effectively and efficiently perform compilation, preparation, and review engagements.

Financial Statement Disclosures: A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Monday, November 4th,
 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

A clear and concise set of proper financial statement disclosures can make or break an entity's financial statements. Such disclosures are no longer simply additional information provided by a business; they can be complex in nature and difficult to both prepare and understand, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. Oftentimes financial statement users will first turn to the notes in the financial statements in order to get a feel for where the business and its numbers might be heading, so these disclosures need to be well-written and follow applicable standards. This course will focus on key balance sheet and income statement disclosure as well as those relating to adoption of new accounting standards related to revenue (ASC 606) and leases (ASC 842), accounting policies, changes in accounting estimates and errors, subsequent events, going concern, and related party disclosures. The course will use illustrations, examples based on private company financial statements disclosures, and real-world excerpts from financial statements to provide you with a hands-on feel for the disclosure requirements across a number of accounting standards.

Streamlined Tax Staff Training - Business

Wednesday, November 6th,
 8:45am - 4:30pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $274

From books to tax returns-that's the mission. But, how do you get started? How can you identify and keep track of different reporting for different types of entities? How different is Form 1065 from Form 1120S? Those questions and many more will be answered in this information-packed program.

Tax Planning for Small Businesses

Wednesday, November 6th,
 9:00am - 12:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $140

Clients want help with present and future business services. Which tax planning strategies will you provide for your corporate and small business clients? Updated for the latest legislation and IRS guidance on tax reform, this course answers the tough questions and shows you what strategies are best for your clients We use a case-study approach to explore opportunities for businesses and how the tax practitioner can continue to add value for their clients. Discussions will include traditional and new planning opportunities as a result of the latest tax legislation, including the SECURE 2.0 Act, and IRS guidance.

Presentation Skills for Success: Make Your Message Compelling

Thursday, November 7th,
 8:30am - 4:30pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $274

Presentation skills are essential to effective leaders, especially for CFOs who must tell their company's story to both internal and external audiences. In this seminar, you will learn (1) to deliver presentations effectively and with confidence, (2) to take "big picture" information and make it relevant to specific audiences, and (3) to conduct an effective "Question and Answer" session.

Strategies for Maximizing Social Security Benefits

Thursday, November 7th,
 9:00am - 10:40am

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

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.

What Tax Practitioners Need to Know About Medicare

Thursday, November 7th,
 10:50am - 12:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

Tax advisors often receive questions concerning all facets of Medicare. How does Medicare work? How do I apply? How much does it cost? Is Medicare optional or required? This program provides a basic introduction to the Medicare program and covers many of the areas of the Medicare program that clients are most interested in. If you, or some of your clients, have questions relating to Medicare, this program is a must for you.

Only Financial Officer 3.0: More Skills for Smaller Company Financial Managers

Friday, November 8th,
 8:30am - 4:30pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $274

The title "Chief Financial Officer" is not an accurate description for what many financial managers do because the word "chief" implies the company has more than one degreed accountant. This seminar covers four major topics of importance to the financial manager who must do it all. We have designed Only Financial Officer 3.0 to give financial managers in small to medium-sized companies the high-level skills needed to act as a member of top management.

Asset Protection Strategies

Tuesday, November 12th,
 8:45am - 4:15pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $274

Navigating today's business landscape entails substantial exposure to litigation risks and creditor challenges for business individuals, professionals, and others. For those possessing significant assets, safeguarding their personal wealth from these perils is paramount. This course delves into the legitimate methods through which individuals can shield their net worth, offering participants a comprehensive grasp of asset protection techniques