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Accountant Questioned in Newtown Killings

December 14 probably started like any other workday in the life of a young accountant. Ryan Lanza was at his desk when the horrifying news came that a man had burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on children and adults.
Education & Careers

Program Teaches Students Financial Lessons

Students in nearly 500 fifth and sixth grade classrooms across Ohio turned an imaginary trip to a dog park into an important lesson in financial education when they participated in the financial literacy board game FETCH!.
Education & Careers

Wealth Management Firm Meets Needs of LGBT Clients

Christopher Street Financial, a New York-based wealth management firm, was founded in 1981 when Bob Casaletto, a gay man who worked at Merrill Lynch, realized that the financial needs of people in his community weren't being met.
Education & Careers

Ernst & Young Mentors Make College a Reality

Maria Prestigiacomo is one of more than 200 Ernst & Young employees in the United States helping low-income high school students see college as a reality by participating in the firm's College MAP initiative.
Education & Careers

Conference Goers Headed to the Cloud

The three-day Digital CPA: 2012 CPA2Biz Cloud User Conference gathered nearly 400 accounting professionals to discuss the changing landscape ushered in by exciting new technologies.
Community News

Baker Tilly Extends Outreach Efforts to Students in Need

Each weekday at around 9:00 a.m., a minivan from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School pulls up to the Minneapolis offices of accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly.
Education & Careers

IRS Announces New Members for ETAAC

The IRS announced today, November 30, 2012, its selection of four new members and a chairperson to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).
Education & Careers

Passion and Work: A Gen Y Tells It Like It Is

In almost every group discussion I've participated in with college students and young alums as a mentor, cross-generational networker, coach, or friend, the question of following or having a passion in one's work comes up.
Education & Careers

KPMG Webcast to Examine 'Fiscal Cliff' and Business Tax Reform

On December 6, KPMG's Tax Governance Institute will host a webcast featuring insight and perspective from key Washington insiders on what may result from negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" and business tax reform.
Community News

Leadership Transition at the SEC

US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro, who took the agency's helm in 2009, will depart the SEC on December 14. Elisse Walter has been designated the new chairman.
Education & Careers

Survey Finds Morale High Among Workers

The mood around the office water cooler is generally positive, new research suggests. In an Accountemps survey, nearly four in ten workers (39 percent) described the morale at their companies as very good.
Education & Careers

Employee Confidence Index Decreases, Second Consecutive Quarter

The Mergis Group Finance and Accounting Employee Confidence Index decreased this quarter to 50.4. This was a 2.2 point decline over the second quarter of 2012, although 5.3 points higher than this time last year.
A&A

PCAOB's Sixth Annual International Auditor Regulatory Institute

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board hosted nearly eighty representatives of auditor oversight bodies from thirty-seven foreign jurisdictions last week during its sixth annual International Auditor Regulatory Institute.
Education & Careers

AICPA Names Murphy Gold Medal Winner

The AICPA Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service is presented annually to a CPA who has made major contributions to the profession. This year's recipient is Leslie Murphy, CPA, president and CEO of Murphy Consulting Inc.
A&A

Rothstein Kass Reference Manual for Fund Managers

The third annual "Alternative Investment Fund Pro Forma Financial Statements Reference Manual" is a comprehensive guidebook for completing financial statements for hedge and hybrid funds, fund of funds, and master-feeder structures.
Education & Careers

Women's Initiatives: Lame or Legit?

My male boss wanted me to coordinate a "women's initiatives" panel for a group of managing partners across the United States, Canada, and Mexico who are part of our association. I rolled my eyes. I couldn't help it.
Education & Careers

Firms Extend Helping Hand After Hurricane Sandy

Accounting firms along the East Coast were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and so were their clients. Many are now going the extra mile to help employees and their communities.
Education & Careers

AICPA Announces Public Service Award Winners

For many CPAs, the act of giving back is much more than a passing gesture of goodwill that grips them once or twice a year. Rather, it is a true spirit of generosity and compassion that is integral to their lives.
Education & Careers

SYNERGY Conference Previews Technology, Business Models

A future with dramatically less paper, more collaboration, and ubiquitous mobile connectivity was the key vision outlined by Jon Baron during his opening keynote at the 2012 SYNERGY Users' Conference.
Education & Careers

Three Percent Salary Increase 'New Normal'

While employees may not see much improvement in base pay next year, the prevalence and size of short-term incentives has increased substantially, according to the sixth annual "Compensation Planning Survey."

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