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Mr. Spock and Homer Simpson: The Two Sides of Human Economic Behavior 2024

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

Explore how economics can be used to explain everyday behavior in a myriad of real-life situations. Discuss the work of the most influential and seminal minds in economics. Most people think of economists as seers who try to predict the future of the stock markets, government deficits, unemployment, etc.-a far too parochial view of what economists do. Fascinating economists are engaged in the study of human behavior. The most fertile minds in economics today deal with observing the world and trying to understand it, not predict it. Attendees will gain an appreciation for how economists view the world and the power of their theories to explain why people behave the way they do.

Tax Season Update for Business with Steve Dilley

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $149

This program provides an update to the latest tax developments, rules and regulations impacting business taxpayers, with a review and integration of the numerous 2021/22 legislation. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Comprehensive S Corporation Taxation Form 1120S 2024

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Virtual

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $299

This course comprehensively reviews the laws and regulations impacting S corporations. Get updated on the IRS' compliance campaign that targets the improper reporting and calculations of stock basis and distributions. Learn to calculate and report critical S corporation tax items that generate most IRS audit adjustments correctly. Topics cover issues include S corporation qualifications, making and keeping the S election, reasonable compensation, taxation of distributions, the use of Qualified Subchapter S Subsidiaries, allocation of annual operating income and loss, tax reporting elections and learning the proper method to calculate the basis of stock and debt amounts.

Social Security Basics and Strategies for Maximizing Benefits 2024

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Virtual

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $299

Though many clients see Social Security as a government benefit, it is a covered worker's investment asset to be managed like any other asset. Examine issues like how Social Security benefits are calculated, identifying benefit-claiming strategies, and what spouses can do now to maximize benefits at retirement. You'll learn how Social Security works and explore common planning situations-including workers with and without spouses, sandwich-generation families with dependent parents and minor children, and surviving and/or divorced spouses-and techniques to maximize your clients' benefits.

Section 174: New Rules for Research & Experimentation

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Virtual

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $55

This program addresses the most recent developments impacting taxpayers incurring research and experimentation costs. Emphasis will be placed on compliance with the 2022 change in Section 174 Amortization of research and experimental expenditures. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Audit 407: Auditing Contingencies and Going Concern

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

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.

CPE Plus: Merger is the New Four-Letter Word: The Risk Considerations of Firms “Combining”

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Virtual

1.00 Credits

Hear from the experts on risk management considerations relating to accounting firm mergers and acquisitions. This webcast is designed to help you understand the common risks associated with merging or acquiring an accounting firm and the steps you may need to take to help mitigate these risks. What we’ll cover: •            Common M&A claim scenarios •            Pre-transaction considerations •            Post-closing steps and tail coverage •            Coverage solutions

Individual Tax Update: Recent Developments

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

A discussion of the latest 2021/222 tax developments impacting individual taxpayers, with a focus on important provisions, rules and concepts. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Documentation Methods for Internal Control Processes

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $85

Internal controls (IC) are critical to the effective functioning of all processes. The importance of proper and relevant documentation can be viewed as a burden. Strong, relevant documentation is critical to ensure organizations can adequately monitor, manage, and adjust their processes in line with business objectives. This requirement extends far beyond internal controls over financial reporting.  Management must first establish appropriate responsibilities for IC.   Personnel must have a strong understanding of the types and methods of IC and how they relate to their jobs.  Controls should be well documented. Documentation methods must meet organizational needs and be sufficient for personnel to understand. This course will further evaluate the responsibilities of employees, management, and auditors in understanding their role in internal control as well as evaluating documentation methods.

Forgotten Managerial Accounting Tools for CPAs

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

This session revisits managerial accounting techniques that you may not have considered for many years, even though they could be invaluable for CPAs in both business and public accounting. You will appreciate a fresh perspective of concepts you may not have considered since your college days. We will illustrate concepts with practical examples that you can immediately bring back to the office! This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Leases: Miscellaneous Topics 2024

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

This course, the last in a three-course series, concentrates on the remaining topics in ASC Topic 842, Leases, such as leasing from a lessor's perspective and disclosure and transition for both the lessor and lessee. The course also reviews and discusses note disclosures from several publicly traded companies across several industries. Attendees should be familiar with the content from the first course, Leases: Is It a Lease?, and the second course, Leases: Lessees. Be sure to register for all three parts of this series: Leases: Is it a Lease?-Topic 842-10 Leases: Lessee-Topic 842-21 Leases: Miscellaneous Topics

Surgent's The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act

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Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were implemented to improve the lives of employees. FMLA allows eligible employees to take job-protected leave for their own serious health conditions or to care for sick family members. The ADA was intended to ensure "equality of opportunity" and "economic self-sufficiency" for individuals with disabilities. Yet both laws have proven challenging for employers. These laws are complex with rules that can be confusing and often misunderstood. This webinar is designed to provide information, guidelines, and examples of the key concepts under both laws.

Surgent's Understanding How the IRS Rewards Whistleblowers

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Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

In 2006, Congress passed the Tax Relief and Health Care Act. Prior to the Act's passage, rewards to individuals who provided information to the IRS regarding tax fraud were capped at $10 million. The Tax Relief and Health Care Act authorized the IRS to create a Whistleblower Office dedicated to investigating, processing and recovering claims concerning the underpayment of taxes. Under the IRS' new program, whistleblowers may recover 15 to 30 percent of the amount collected provided the taxes and amounts in dispute exceed $2 million. If the whistleblower's claim does not meet these criteria, the IRS may still consider granting an award under its pre-2006 Tax Relief Act discretionary authority. Given the rapid growth of this program, practitioners should have a basic understanding of the procedure and content for IRS Whistleblower claims, both from the perspective of a claimant's potential to recover and a taxpayer's exposure to liability.

How Fraud Can Affect Smaller Organizations 2024

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

Small to medium-sized companies often fail to address fraud-related risks adequately. Often, organizations lack the resources needed to mitigate this risk. In other cases, owners or senior management underestimate the scope of the issue. Regardless of size, all organizations must be aware of the risks associated with intentional fraud. We'll explore why fraud occurs, examining defalcations often used against smaller entities. Then, review measures that organizations can implement to increase security and stop fraud.

Surgent's Inventory Management, Control and Analysis: Best-in-Class Tools to Achieve Success

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Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

The COVID-19 pandemic and related supply chain issues demonstrate the importance of effective inventory management, control, and analysis of this business lifeline. Inventory management is all about having the right items on hand at the right time to meet customer demand while controlling costs and minimizing waste and loss. Companies with best-in-class inventory management practices don't guess how much stock to buy, and they keep a steady flow of raw materials, work-in-progress items, and finished goods moving from manufacturing to consumer, over a variety of distribution channels. Inventory control is a part of the inventory management process. It is the daily activity of managing stock within the warehouse. Inventory control activities include receiving, storing, and transferring stock, as well as tracking and fulfilling orders and returns. Inventory analysis helps you determine the right amount of stock to keep on-hand to fill demand while avoiding spending too much on inventory storage. This course will focus on "The Big 3" tools that best-in-class financial leaders use to sustain enhanced growth and profitability: inventory management, control, and analysis. These will allow companies to stay on top of trends in inventory management, understand the drivers behind them, establish and follow a state-of-the-art inventory control system, and master inventory analysis skills.

MassCPAs/ Surgent CPA Review Virtual Mock Exam

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TBD

0.00 Credits

Are you truly ready to pass the CPA Exam? Have you studied enough? Are you focusing on the right material? There’s really only one way to find out – give it a try!   You are invited to participate in a live 4-hour mock CPA Exam workshop hosted by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and Surgent CPA Review to see if you are ready to ace the exam.  This unique opportunity will allow you to experience what it is like to sit for any CPA Exam section as you immerse yourself in questions pulled from the actual CPA Exam Blueprints. Plus, you will leave the session with your own personalized ReadySCORE™ (an accurate measurement of your actual exam score) as well as a detailed report showing your areas of strength and weakness for that section. Advanced registration is required, and the email provided will be used to set up your simulation on Surgent’s software. Don’t go into exam day blind – find out if you’re ready by registering today! *Please note, registrants will have until Sunday October 27 to complete mock exam**

Shortcuts that Excel Users Love

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Many people that use Microsoft Excel know a great deal about the functionality of the application. There are, however, a tremendous number of hidden tools that a high percentage of users overlook. Additionally, there are newer features that some have not had the opportunity to explore. This session shows some of the numerous time-saving tools and features that often go unused by spreadsheet creators. People that wish to become more efficient when using Excel should take this session! This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

The Ethic of Self-Esteem For Women

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Ethics is ultimately about our relationship to ourself, others, and the world in which we live. Therefore, to enhance our relationships with those around us, we must first start with the regard we hold for ourselves. From an ethical vantage, it can be said that we have a moral obligation to work toward self-love, honor, and respect. Matters of self-esteem are important in every aspect of life including goal setting, relationships, establishing boundaries, handling conflict, levels of productivity, and expressing our needs in respectful and dignified ways. This course explores traps of low self-esteem and ways to minimize those traps. We also explore components of high self-esteem and actions to foster higher regard for self. 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 Weekly Expert Hour

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Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

As financial and tax professionals well know, information overload is a constant struggle we face because things change quickly, and the sheer number of changes being made on a daily basis is enormous. Of great importance to small and medium tax and advisory firms is differentiating between changes that are relevant to our practice and our clients and changes that are new but totally irrelevant. Distinguishing between the two is difficult and time-consuming. Mike Tucker and a team of experts are pleased to present a weekly series designed to eliminate the clutter and get you what you need to stay up-to-date and perform for your clients. Mike and his co-presenters will dispense news on current events impacting taxes, finance, and industry. The subject matter will differ each week and intermittently include topics such as Social Security and Medicare. The panelists will discuss personal and corporate tax matters as well as other late-breaking news related to practitioners' personal finances and those of their clients. Every financial professional will benefit from this series. This is a cost-effective way for accountants to fulfill their compulsory continuing education because this weekly series will include almost 40 one-hour presentations. Sign up today - your clients and your bottom line will thank you.

Audit 408: Coaching Staff to Stay on the Right Track

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Supervisor Skills - Coaching Staff to Stay on the Right Track provides tips and techniques for critical coaching responsibilities. Being a successful coach requires tackling various responsibilities, including motivating, providing positive and constructive feedback, and otherwise getting the best performance out of engagement team members in the given situation. 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 coaching others. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.