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K2'S Eight Awesome PivotTable Features

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TBD

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

Are you looking to take your PivotTables to the next level? Many experts consider PivotTables to be Excel’s most powerful feature. Yet, most who create and work with them barely scratch the surface of all that PivotTables can do. In this session, you’ll learn eight powerful features you may have missed. From user-defined calculations to consolidating reports and adding KPIs, we’ll show you how to get the most out of your PivotTables. These are just some examples of the great things you can do with PivotTables, and in this session, you will learn these and other techniques to make your PivotTables even more powerful.

Ethics: IRS Behavioral Insights for Accountants

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Virtual

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.

Surgent's Guide to the Topic 606 Revenue Recognition Model for All CPAs

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4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

While the effective date of Topic 606 has passed for companies, there will always be a need for a comprehensive review of the accounting related to revenue recognition, including recently issued changes to this guidance. Whether you are looking to improve your revenue recognition processes, benchmark your financial statement disclosures against your peer group, or assess the impact of changes to your revenue recognition processes due to COVID-19, this course will provide you with the information you need to apply Topic 606 in this current environment. This course will review the basic Topic 606 five-step model and provide specific implementation guidance and examples. It will cover the presentation and disclosure requirements for Topic 606, including the private company disclosure relief available under Topic 606, and provide disclosure examples. Lastly, the course will discuss best practices, lessons learned, and ways to improve the business process when recognizing revenue going forward. Even though implementing Topic 606 is behind us, it is still possible to improve the processes that drive revenue recognition and this course will assist you in doing that.

Understanding Internal Control Constructs 2023

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

Organizations of all sizes often fail to successfully install the needed foundational components of an internal control system. Entities must view policies, procedures and all controls holistically to develop a system of rules that will keep the entity on course. Moreover, those who design policies and procedures benefit by knowing why control measures are necessary. This course sets forth internal control concepts and explains the importance of strong internal control policies. In addition, it provides an understanding of the interrelated nature of all controls created by any organization.

K2's Data Analytics for Accountants and Auditors

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

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 auditing, where internal and external auditors increasingly turn 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. If you're seeking to improve your skills in the field of data analytics, this session is the one for you!

K2's Ten Must Know Features In Excel

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2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

Most business professionals have used Excel for years, often without the benefit of any formal training. Thus, they don't know about key features in the application and, therefore, don't use them. Of course, this leads to inefficiencies and errors. Isn't it time to stop this madness? This session is for you if you're ready to become more efficient and effective with Excel! You will learn ten critical features that can help you get more work done in less time and improve your accuracy. We encourage you to make plans to join us for this session to learn the best ways of working with Excel!

Introduction to Not-for-Profit Accounting

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2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

Nonprofits face unique accounting challenges. This course will introduce attendees to the financial statements and unique accounting principles applicable to not-for-profit organizations. Specifically, we will focus on the typical transactions and account balances unique to NFPs, including net assets, agency transactions, contributions, endowments, and programmatic investments.

Intro to Remaining "Most Common" Form 990 Schedules: D & G

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Virtual

2.50 Credits

Member Price: $89

Session 8 of Borenstein's Form 990 Foundational Series: Schedule G is a top five 'most common substantive'' Schedule as it details with more specificity than the Core Form a filer's revenue capture and the direct expenses from a filer's galas (i.e., fundraising events) and non-event fundraising sales, as well as reportings on the conduct of gaming activities. Schedule G also applies if the filer has used a professional fundraiser. Schedule D's parts are there to denote financial information as well as compliance points and/or data-capture the IRS seeks when a filer has certain assets on its balance sheet. Schedule D also requires input of audited financial statements' footnote specifying whether or not an uncertain tax position has been taken. This session highlights not only what informs the IRS' inquiries in each of these Schedules, and also notes how the required disclosures are used by the IRS and State/local regulators as well as by the public at large. Although this course is categorized as "Basic", the content is also suitable for those seeking intermediate-level training. 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 Accounting Solutions Mid-Market

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1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

Many businesses are being held back by legacy solutions. The old way of doing things doesn't work anymore. Instead, Software as a Service (SaaS) has transformed many mid-market companies. In this new world of cloud-based, workflow-enabled, data-centric, and connected solutions, you can solve existing and future business problems in new ways without being bogged down by paper-centric environments. This session covers integrated and ERP solutions that should work for businesses in the $10 Million to $1 Billion range. If your existing system has been in place for seven or more years, it is time to consider upgrading or replacing it. Leverage your instructor's knowledge of the market to minimize your risk.

Common Financial Statement Disclosures

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Financial statement disclosures are important to provide the information necessary for financial statement users to make economic decisions. Disclosures further explain and clarify information provided in the basic financial statements, but also provide critical information about subsequent events, litigation risk, and other concerns. This course focuses on the most common financial statement disclosures for small- or medium-sized nonpublic entities. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Improve Spreadsheets by Building Controls in Excel

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2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

In today's data-driven world, spreadsheets serve as the backbone of business and personal productivity. However, creating complex and error-prone spreadsheets can lead to critical mistakes and inefficiencies. This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools to build robust spreadsheets, implementing a range of controls and safeguards to ensure data integrity, streamline processes, and maximize accuracy. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Improve Spreadsheets by Building Controls in Excel

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2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

In today's data-driven world, spreadsheets serve as the backbone of business and personal productivity. However, creating complex and error-prone spreadsheets can lead to critical mistakes and inefficiencies. This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools to build robust spreadsheets, implementing a range of controls and safeguards to ensure data integrity, streamline processes, and maximize accuracy. 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 Tech Update

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2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

What are my best technology choices, and how do I keep up? Even informed accounting professionals will find multiple ideas they can apply daily. This visionary session provides insights, options, and recommendations to help you decide which technologies will affect your business and which will give you a competitive edge. Included in Tech Update are emerging and evolving technologies important to accounting professionals. We will cover the benefits and risks of adopting recent technologies, ranging from software applications to hardware devices. You will also learn how to develop a balanced technology strategy that includes current, emerging, and future technology choices for your firm or business.

Introduction to Single Audit

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2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

Single Audits are an area of focus for the AICPA's Enhancing Audit Quality Initiative. The Uniform Guidance provides very unique audit requirements when auditing federal funds. This course will look into the unique performance and reporting requirements in Single Audits. Participants will have a basic understanding of internal controls over compliance, compliance requirements, how to use the Compliance Supplement, and the elements of a finding in a Single Audit.

Alternative Investments Committee Meeting: February

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Virtual

1.00 Credits

Please join us for our May Alternative Investments February Committee Meeting. Committee meetings are open to all MassCPAs members. Please reach out to Maggie at mgrasso@masscpas.org if you have any questions.

Powerful Business Collaboration: Mind the Generation Gap

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Virtual

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $55

This distinctive presentation shows how multigenerational teams enrich your CPA practice. You'll discover both quantitative and qualitative benefits from having members of Gen Z, the Milliennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers working on the same project. The presenters walk the talk! Elbert Lilly, Video Production Specialist at CPA Crossings, LLC, is a Millennial. Forbes Contributor Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, is a Baby Boomer. Through real-life examples, stories you can relate to, and a few fun exercises, Al and Bruce will demonstrate the power of collaborating with someone a bit (or a lot) older or younger than you. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructors will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Ethics: IRS Criminal Investigations: Key Lessons for Accountants

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

This course provides a concise overview of recent IRS criminal investigations and what practitioners can learn from these cases to help fight economic crime and even avoid personal criminal prosecution. While accountants are numbers people by training (not detectives per se with the exception of forensic accountants), practitioners are increasingly being called upon by governments and economic organizations at all levels to step up and help law enforcement battle financial impropriety. The stakes are huge. In the United States alone, the OECD estimates that 5% to 10% of the annual budget of the US health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, is wasted as a result of corruption. Every dollar lost to monetary malfeasance has a crippling effect that ripples through countries, industries, companies, communities and individual lives. Government resources are wasted, public services are compromised, companies are financially destabilized, shareholders are cheated, employers are swindled, charities are undermined and much more. By increasing their awareness of what and how the IRS investigates and prosecutes, accountants can heighten their "spidey sense" of what doesn't look right in financial records. This includes honing skills to more readily notice -- and report -- ledger anomalies and irregularities, and even rethink a "silence is always safer" mindset. As technology disrupts and automates many fundamental accounting functions, practitioners can add value by more diligently scanning for "creative accounting" red flags on the frontlines. Prioritizing transparency and behaving ethically -- the core of the profession -- not only helps society and the economy as a whole, it can help accountants boost their reputation as highly trusted business advisors and even supercharge their bottom line. 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 Applying the CECL Credit Loss Standard to Non-Banking Situations

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

The effective date for private companies of ASC 326, Credit Losses, is rapidly approaching. Staring in 2023, all entities will be recording credit losses using the current estimate of credit loss (CECL) model, which will accelerate the recognition of such losses for all companies, including non-lending institutions and companies with trade accounts and leases receivable. This new guidance truly impacts all entities. In this course, we'll focus on applying the ASC 326 guidance to non-lending institutions. We'll review the CECL model and discuss how to apply it to trade accounts receivables and lease receivables, as well as the other financial assets which are in the scope of the new guidance. We'll also examine how to transition to the CECL guidance as well as review the new and voluminous disclosures required by ASC 326. 2023 is right around the corner and now is the time to get up to speed on the impact of this new guidance.

Partnership Checkup: Key Tax Issues & Forms Reporting

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4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

This program addresses the most recent developments impacting partnerships operating as LLCs, with a focus on legislative, administrative, and tax form changes.  Emphasis will be placed on partners “tax basis” capital accounts – now required for tax form reporting, as well an overview of K-2 and K-3 reporting requirements and effective dates. **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.

Cases in Corporate Ethics: Discuss Real Life Conflicts

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $149

If you have ever had someone just read you the rules in an ethics class, you know there is a better way. Cases in Corporate Ethics reviews 10 real life cases and puts you in the position of someone in the middle of it all. You'll learn about conflicts that corporate financial professionals often encounter, you'll gain skills for dealing with a boss who is behaving badly and find out where to go for help. Once you have studied ethics using real world cases, you'll never want to do it any other way. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.