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Becoming a Fraud Investigator

Wednesday, April 17th,
 11:30am - 1:30pm

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.

Surgent's Data Security: Best Practices to Protect Your Business and Yourself

Wednesday, April 17th,
 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $59

Data security is a front-of-mind topic for most businesses because the risk and cost statistics are sobering. Each of us is in the crosshairs because a typical internet-connected computer faces a cyberattack every 39 seconds. Businesses of all sizes should be cognizant of the ethical issues that must be considered when planning their approach to privacy and data security. In this webinar, we will explore both the risks we have traditionally faced in the workplace personally, as well as the novel set of data privacy threats and compliance challenge issues employers face with a remote and mobile workforce.

PowerPoint: Tips & Tricks for Today's Accountant

Wednesday, April 17th,
 12:00pm - 1:46pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

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.

Ethics: Get Rich, Lose Weight, and Enjoy True Love

Wednesday, April 17th,
 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

The title of this webinar is NOT a joke. If you consistently apply the five principles of ethical intelligence that Forbes Contributor Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, presents, your business will prosper, you will take better care of yourself and lose that weight, and either find or keep the love of your life. However, you are the one that will have to do the work, day in and day out. All Bruce can do is show you the way. If you are willing to commit (or renew your commitment) to leading your business and your personal life with ethical intelligence, this is the perfect webinar for you. The work you put in during and after the webinar will help to make you a better CPA and a better person. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Tax Depreciation: Review and Update

Wednesday, April 17th,
 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

A discussion of recent law changes that impact capitalization, depreciation, and disposition of assets. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

2023 Federal Tax Update for Business

Wednesday, April 17th,
 12:00pm - 3:41pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

Practitioners and members in industry seeking a general business tax update or wishing to review key business tax topics and staff members desiring a business tax overview. **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 leighanne.conroy@acpen.com.

Electronic Audit Evidence in Employee Benefit Plans

Wednesday, April 17th,
 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

A significant amount of information is electronically initiated, recorded, processed, or reported and information to be used as audit evidence may be available only in electronic form. During this session, we will look at different types of information commonly presented to an auditor during the audit of an employee benefit plan and identify considerations for auditors when evaluating information to be used as audit evidence. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Understanding the "Most Common" Form 990 Schedules: A,B & C

Wednesday, April 17th,
 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Online

2.50 Credits

Member Price: $89

Session 7 of Borenstein's Form 990 Foundational Series: 'C the BAD DoG' is a handy phrase to remind preparers of the Form 990's five most frequently applied substantive Schedules (A, B, C, D, G) along with the ALWAYS-required Schedule O. This webinar addresses the first three of these substantive Schedules - A (required of all 501(c)(3) organizations); B (required for many (c)(3)s AND some non-(c)(3)s); and C (reporting on spheres of public policy intersection). The author/instructor's approach to all three is designed to: (1) demystify the Schedule A overall (and explain the nature of the two public support tests); (2) address common misconceptions concerning the Schedule B's reporting of donors; and (3) highlight the reach and underlying preparer needs behind Schedule C's three parts, including commonly missed Sched. C reporting obligations. 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 Accessing And Managing Data In Excel

Wednesday, April 17th,
 1:00pm - 4:37pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

For many business professionals, accessing and managing data in Excel is one of the biggest stumbling blocks when creating reports and analyses. Common practices include far too many manual processes and formulas, including never-ending manual processes needed to update your data and related reports. Make plans now to join us in this session to learn best practices for accessing and managing data using Excel. In this session, you will learn how you can use Power Query and other Excel tools to quickly access and manipulate your data and generate reports in record time! This is a “must-see” session for any business professional working with Excel!    

K2's Data Analytics for Accountants and Auditors

Wednesday, April 17th,
 1:00pm - 4:43pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

In the world of “Big Data,” virtually all business professionals have become data analysts, at least to some extent. However, that is particularly true in the field of auditing, where internal and external auditors are increasingly turning to data analytics to identify situations requiring follow-up and investigation. Those who understand how to take advantage of various tools to assist in these efforts benefit by conducting more thorough analyses and achieving superior results in less time. In this session, you will learn about various tools and techniques you can use for more thorough data analyses. The discussion includes Excel as a data analysis tool, multiple Excel add-ins, and Microsoft’s Power BI application.

Surgent's Controller/CFO Update: Hot Topics Facing Today's Financial Professional

Wednesday, April 17th,
 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

In today's rapidly changing world, finance professionals are required to wear many hats and are often the keys to the success of the organization. On one hand, they need to be abreast of the latest proven financial skills for making the best decisions, and on the other hand they need the best skills to motivate, manage, and lead people. Being pigeon-holed into one area or another is neither good for career building nor good for the organization. This reality has proven to be even more true with the advent of COVID-19. We'll cover the latest issues that all CFOs and controllers need to know about and provide how-to guidance to allow for immediate use in their organizations. The program is focused on organizational success and will concentrate on ways to manage risk and achieve greater productivity.

IRS Revenue Officers, Field Collection, and Best Practices

Wednesday, April 17th,
 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $55

You've probably been there. You have a client in your office with excess baggage. That's right, they're in field collection with a Revenue Officer. Now what are you going to do? How are you going to get where you want to be? This program will provide an overview of field collection, how to effectively work with Revenue Officers, general case processing, and important IRM deadlines. This will include taking a deep dive into the "RO Mindset" along with structuring your casework to flow with IRS case processing actions so you can get to the outcome you want. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Excel Tips & Tricks for the Non-Accountant

Wednesday, April 17th,
 2:00pm - 3:48pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

You don’t need an accounting degree to harness the power of Microsoft Excel. This course shows how Excel makes sense beyond dollars and cents. We will focus on fundamental concepts for creating, editing, and utilizing Excel content. Participants will learn how to use Excel’s menus and other functions to craft Excel workbooks. Because this course is designed for newer users, we intentionally offer a broad overview of Excel’s numerous capabilities with in-depth coverage of selected resources tailored for non-accounting applications.

Year-End Tax Planning: Thinking Outside the Box

Wednesday, April 17th,
 2:00pm - 5:34pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

Tax planning is more than an estimated tax calculation, it's a process.  Where are we now and what can we change?  This timely program will highlight significant 2022-23 tax developments and discuss key tax planning ideas for your clients as you prepare for the upcoming tax season. Don’t wait until late December to start planning for your clients! **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 leighanne.conroy@acpen.com.

Ethics: IRS Behavioral Insights for Accountants

Wednesday, April 17th,
 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

This course provides a concise overview of how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) thinks. The session reviews how the agency uses behavioral insights -- the study of how people reflect and behave -- to drive compliance, positively impact taxpayer engagement, and reduce taxpayer burden. While the IRS is governed by federal tax law, it's also shaped by social norms. As part of their mission to collect taxes and administer the Internal Revenue Code, the agency utilizes human psychology to achieve their goals. These activities include public identity (using the IRS logo, seal, and symbol), voluntary compliance (using public shaming and the "Wesley Snipes" effect), trust building (using a Taxpayer Bill of Rights), and error reductions (using alerts and reminders to nudge behaviors). The session reveals how to "get into the head" of the agency and better understand the key psychological factors (individual, environmental, social) that drive leading IRS operations and decisions. The course also spotlights the leading issues and pain-points that are currently "top of mind" for the agency and how practitioners can be more mindful in their interactions with the IRS to improve outcomes. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Payroll Essentials: Getting to Know Payroll Taxes

Wednesday, April 17th,
 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Payroll is among the most common tasks an employer undertakes in the course of running their business. At its most basic level, payroll consists of an agreement between an employer and employee related to compensation for services. Once you look under the hood, there is so much more to payroll, including various kinds of compensation, payroll taxes and required reporting on government forms. This course will provide a general introduction to the inner workings of payroll and payroll taxes. We will introduce you to the various types of payroll statutory and withholding taxes, under what conditions and which employees these various types of taxes apply, how to calculate, withhold and deposit those taxes and the related due dates requirements that apply to payroll taxes. This course will include real-life examples of how to process payroll, the withholding and payroll tax deposit regime, familiar payroll forms, and tips and tricks for tying it all together. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Assessing the Real Ethics of an Organization?, featuring Joe Oringel, MBA, CPA, CIA and Don Minges, MBA

Wednesday, April 17th,
 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

Every organization claims to be ethical, but words and deeds do not always jibe. How do you assess the real Ethics of an organization?  What are the key factors and behaviors to be aware of? Many organizations lack prescriptive policies, but is that an excuse to deviate from the spirit of doing the right thing? How can professionals abuse ‘what is right’ and circumvent policies for their personal benefit. What are some egregious examples of violating policies? How allowing exceptions invites abuse. This seminar outlines steps to gauge the ethics of an organization.

Everyday Ethics, featuring Richard A. Karwic and Don Minges

Wednesday, April 17th,
 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

Ethical situations occur more often than many realize. We must stay vigilant. Sometimes a seemingly simple situation may seem innocuous at first, but it can lead to large complications in the near future. In today’s competitive environment, one error posted on social media can damage a reputation forever. Social media posts can cause havoc. 

Sticky Ethical Choices, featuring Bob Mims and Don Minges

Wednesday, April 17th,
 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

If ethics were easy, then why do so many professionals have a Code of Conduct? Some Ethical decisions are easy, others are not. We will discuss several thorny ethical issues and the ramifications.  What are the considerations and evaluation criteria to use? The need to carefully deliberate alternatives – is paramount. Be aware. 

The Ethical Side of Trust, featuring Richard A. Karwic and Don Minges

Wednesday, April 17th,
 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

You and I have a responsibility to our organizations and to the public to be ethical. We cannot forget this responsibility and this responsibility is constant. One lapse can cause profound issues that last. Ethics and trust are intertwined, no one follows a ‘leader’ who is not trusted. We will not focus on the negative and show the problems caused – rather, we focus on what and how to set the example for others to follow. This seminar outlines the seven components of trust, and how we should use these components daily.