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Revenue: ASC Topic 606 in Depth 2024

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Virtual

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $299

This course provides in-depth coverage of ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Since ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers has now been adopted by most entities, it is time to review the topic, including any recently issued updates. Excerpts from publicly traded companies' recent disclosures on Revenue are also reviewed and discussed.

Tax Collection Defense 2024

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Virtual

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $299

Tax collection issues can be as simple as responding to a bill or as complicated as a bankruptcy reorganization. To represent a client in a tax collection matter, a CPA should understand tax collection laws and practices. It is critical to understand the available options for resolving tax collection cases and the procedures for reaching those resolutions. This course will analyze applicable laws, procedures and potential resolutions, including the regulation of tax liens and levies and procedures available for resolving a tax collection matter. In detail, we'll cover alternative resolutions, including installment agreements, offers in compromise and bankruptcy. I'll detail the virtues of the collection due process procedures.

How To Use Microsoft 365 Forms to Create Online Surveys

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Virtual

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $55

When you need to create a simple survey or form to capture data online, the Microsoft 365 Forms app can be just the right solution. You can use it for simple forms such as a client information form or client service evaluation form. You can create more sophisticated forms, such as a client tax organizer. All responses can remain confidential and can be viewed in Excel format for further analysis or to prepare the form data for import into another application. This course will take you through the step-by-step process for creating, distributing, compiling and analyzing digital forms and surveys. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Talk This Way - Communication Skills for the CPA

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Have you ever met an accountant who exhibits solid technical prowess but possesses lackluster communication skills? It is not unusual to meet a savvy accountant who is a technical expert but could enhance the delivery of written and spoken words. This course is designed to help CPAs improve their written and verbal communication skills. Participants will learn how to tailor communication to their audience, with particular emphasis on techniques for crafting a message that effectively conveys technical information in an engaging manner. The course's author will share personal success tips gleaned from more than two decades of experience communicating myriad topics to a variety of audiences. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

The Leadership Skills of Tomorrow: Delegate and Listen

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Mastering two leadership skills will decrease your stress, and give you room to enjoy your career. Delegating and listening are key essential skills to hone to elevate your career. You were born with two ears and one mouth. And yet, good listeners aren't born. World-class listeners deliberately practice this skill, even when their audience is challenging. This is a skill which can be learned. Participants will gain awareness into their blind spots to listening, strategies to regain focus, how to stop interrupting, and demonstrate to their audience they are listening. How often have you said, "It would just be easier if I did this myself?" or "Nobody can do this task as well as I can, so I'll just do it myself." If this sounds like you, then it's time to start working on your delegation skills. Delegation is not only important as a means to save you time, but it is also about developing the next generation of leaders. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Critical Tax Procedural Issues for CPAs 2024

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Virtual

3.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

Tax procedures account for many internal revenue and revenue taxation codes. This course focuses on key tax procedure issues involved in tax compliance and representing taxpayers in tax controversy matters. Examine issues including return due dates, statutes of limitations for IRS assessments of taxes and taxpayer claims for refund, various 'relief' provisions available to taxpayers for oversights, and corrective actions. If the CPA tax preparer/adviser is unaware of or overlooks some provisions, it may be too late to take action. This two-hour webinar focuses on key tax procedure issues in tax compliance and representing taxpayers before the IRS and Franchise Tax Board in tax controversy matters.

Business Consulting for CPAs

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

Does your firm have interest in expanding its’ services beyond traditional CPA services?  Do you have staff with the expertise to compete against non-CPA firms? Welcome to a course that will lead you through the maze of creating a successful Consulting Business Practice for your CPA firm. The course will help you understand: where consulting business opportunities exist, what are the firm’s professional responsibilities and most importantly how to recognize the needs of the client.

Microsoft Outlook "Must Know" Email Tips

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

If you use Outlook on a daily basis to process your email, chances are pretty good that you are missing out on a lot of opportunities to improve your efficiency in composing, processing and organizing your messages. There are many different features in Outlook that often get overlooked, even though we are working in the app all day, every day. John Higgins, a strategic advisor to the profession on Microsoft 365 deployment, will review numerous tips and features to improve your productivity in Outlook. You will learn many time-saving, practical ways to improve the quality of your email message. 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 Excel Shortcuts for Accountants

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Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

This webinar presents a variety of time-saving ideas, shortcuts, and tips that are sure to boost personal productivity. We discuss better summing, address one of the biggest pitfalls that Excel users have faced over the past 25 years, present the most important keyboard shortcuts, demonstrate a better alternative to hiding rows or columns, illustrate how to quickly navigate to other workbooks and files, and demonstrate using Excel with styles.

Using e-Signature Software to Process Agreements-Updated

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Transforming your practice or business to a digital model is a journey, not a destination. There are some digital initiatives that require a great deal of time and money to deploy. There are also many "low hanging fruit" initiatives that are relatively easy and inexpensive to deploy. E-signature software is a perfect example of the latter. John Higgins, a nationally recognized leader in accounting technology, will guide you through the process of evaluating, selecting and implementing e-signature software to streamline a solution, and secure your document signing processes. You will be surprised to discover how easy it is to take your engagement letter and contract signing workflow digital. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Tax Exempt Organizations - Planning and Compliance for Tax Matters

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Virtual

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

Tax-exempt organizations are subject to a variety of complex tax rules and can be exposed to penalties if their everyday operations are not carefully monitored. The IRS is expanding audit coverage of all types of exempt organizations, concentrating on "governance" issues. This program addresses, from a transaction planning and compliance perspective, the major tax issues exempt organizations face.

Audit 502: The Art of Discipline and Getting Things Done

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

The Art of Discipline and Getting Things Done - Applying Better Time, Team, and Project Management Techniques provides best practices for various areas that support this culture of discipline, including time, team, and project management. Those in a supervisory or managerial role must create a culture of discipline, where a high priority is placed in accomplishing responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner. Note: This course is recommended as a part of an 8-hour audit skills curriculum for managers, while it is also appropriate for anyone who has responsibilities for project and time management. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Ethics: How to Ensure Zombie Ethics Won't Kill Your Business

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

The walking dead aren't the only threat to your business. So are several dangerous, even terrifying myths about what ethical leadership is and is not. This fun and distinctive webinar will present what Forbes contributor Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, calls "zombie ethics"-myths about accounting that hinder your ability to serve your clients and enjoy a thriving business. Taking a page from Nobel laureate Paul Krugman's recent work, zombie ethics are ideas about ethical leadership that deserve to remain buried but keep resurfacing from time to time. They walk the earth and wreak havoc. In this engaging webinar, The Ethics Guy will show you how to send them back to the cemetery for good. You can then fearlessly bring in new business--and watch your practice soar! 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 Building Your Personal Brand

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Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

A personal brand is your story. Having a well-defined personal brand can help you not only cultivate powerful connections but also set you apart. Explore the integral components to building a strong brand and gain strategies to help you create your own marketable personal brand.

Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant - Focus on Computer Forensics - Part 3 (Steganography)

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Virtual

1.60 Credits

Member Price: $59

This course is a complement to our series on Becoming a Forensic Accountant and the focus of the course is on steganography techniques. Steganography is the art and science of embedding secret messages in a cover message in such a way that no one, apart from the sender and intended recipient, suspects the existence of the message. The first use of steganography can be traced to 440 BC when ancient Greece, people wrote messages on wood and covered it with wax, that acted as a covering medium Romans used forms of Invisible Inks, to decipher those hidden messages light or heat were used. During World War II the Germans introduced microdots, which were complete documents, pictures, and plans reduced in size to the size of a dot and were attached to normal paperwork. Null Ciphers were also used to hide unencrypted secret messages in an innocent looking message. Given the amount of data being generated and transmitted electronically, it’s no surprise that numerous methods of protecting that data have evolved. There are various types of steganography: Text Steganography - Hiding information inside the text files. This involves changing format of existing text, changing words in a text, generating random character sequences or using context-free grammars to generate readable texts. Image Steganography - Process of hiding text in an image without distorting the picture. Video Steganography - Technique to hide any kind of files into a cover video file. Audio Steganography - The secret message is embedded into an audio signal which alters the binary sequence of the corresponding audio file. Network Steganography - The process of utilizing active network protocols as carriers to transmit a covert message, undetectable by an uninformed party, from a host to its destination. This session will review these methods and also discuss relevant software.  

ChatGPT and Complex Financial and HR Conversations

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Virtual

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

The course provides a concise overview of how accountants can use ChatGPT to assist with communications involving intricate and often sensitive topics that require a deep understanding of both financial principles and human resource policies. These conversations can range from budgeting and compensation to ethical considerations and regulatory compliance. The course also explores the use of ChatGPT in crafting clear, accurate, and empathetic responses to complex queries related to financial audits, tax planning, and employee benefits. It emphasizes the importance of balancing technical financial knowledge with effective communication skills to address diverse stakeholders' needs in various scenarios, from internal team discussions to client consultations. 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 Contract Law for Accounting and Finance Professionals

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Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

Accounting and finance professionals routinely encounter a broad range of legal issues while advising clients or performing routine job functions. Contract law tops the list as the most frequent issue that intersects with the accounting and finance professions. As trusted advisors, it is wise to understand the fundamentals of contract law for both personal and professional benefit. This course provides a broad overview of contract law basics geared specifically toward the accounting and finance professions. From contract formation to enforceability, this course offers an interesting look at how contract law intersects with accounting and finance. Participants should walk away with a better understanding of common issues that arise when reviewing contracts.

Payroll Essentials: Payroll Returns Done Right

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Virtual

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 workings of the payroll returns an employer is required to file. We will cover the various types of federal and state payroll taxes, what various payroll returns an employer may need to file, how to complete the most common types of payroll returns accurately, and real-life illustrations for reconciling at year end and ensuring your payroll returns are correct. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Business Valuation Fundamentals

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Virtual

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

In this course we will look at the highlights of what valuation is doing, how to go about it and what to look for in business valuation reports.  Areas such as types of reports, the standards by which they are prepared and process that is used to go from data to report.  We will also discuss the purposes of reports and how that purpose may impact the value.  Finally, we discuss how to determine the value of minority interests.

Bounded Ethicality: Exploring the Limits of Ethical Behavior

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Virtual

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $55

Bounded ethicality explores the edges of ethical decision-making and the invisible borders that exist in our ethical judgment. In an entertaining and enlightening session, we will unveil surprising judgment errors we make when we face ethical dilemmas and search for the reasons behind them. We will explore areas of ethical decision-making where people consistently predict they will do the right thing but rarely do so. We will find out why people repeat stubborn errors of ethical judgment, and review steps that behavioral researchers have identified that can help us stop making these errors once and for all. We will identify ways to recognize our own errors and steps we can take to improve our ethical thinking. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.