AICPA

AICPA Invites Int'l Auditor Independence Comments

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) is proposing changes in international auditor independence standards that could significantly impact U.S. CPAs.As an IFAC member, the AICPA routinely comments on the organization’s proposals and determines whether to revise its own Code of Professional Conduct to harmonize with international standards. IFAC’s exposure draft, issued on Dec. 29, 2006, contains auditor independence standards more restrictive than those of the AICPA.

States Seek Improved CPA Interstate Mobility

Several states are seeking to change state law to allow for individual CPAs licensed in other states with substantially equivalent licensing requirements to provide client services in person, by mail or electronically without securing an additional license or temporary registration, reports the Ohio e-CPA Weekly.Following Ohio’s lead, a total of six states have already introduced “no notification/no fee” legislation and six others are planning do to so this year. Virginia, Wisconsin and Missouri have previously adopted mobility laws similar to Ohio’s.
Education & Careers

AICPA Urges Students To 'Feed The Pig'

With the ringing in of the Chinese Year of the Pig this week, Benjamin Bankes is urging 25 to 34 year-olds to “feed the pig.” Benjamin Bankes, a pig in a pink suit, is the official icon of Feed the Pig™ (www.feedthepig.org), a national public service campaign of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ad Council. The campaign delivers a strong message to career builders – those 25 to 34 years of age – about the importance and benefits of saving to build a solid financial future.
Tax

AICPA Submits Foreign Trust Recommendations To IRS

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) submitted comments to the IRS on various foreign trust reporting issues that were developed by the Institute’s Foreign Trust Task Force. The specific comments address issues related to foreign trusts, foreign gifts, Canadian registered education savings plans, and nonresident aliens and Notice 97-34 and various foreign trust regulations. The comments cite 15 specific recommendations, including:Revising the Form 8891, U.S.
Community News

AICPA Honors "Father of XBRL" Hoffman

UBmatrix, a leading provider of software and services leveraging the global XBRL standard, announced that UBmatrix Director of Industry Solutions - Financial Reporting, Charlie Hoffman, has been presented with the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants' (AICPA) Special Recognition Award. He is honored for his role as a pioneer in the development of eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL).
Community News

Judith O’Dell to Chair Private Company Financial Reporting Committee

Judith H. O’Dell, CPA, has been named Chair of the new Private Company Financial Reporting Committee (the Committee), part of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) initiative to improve the FASB’s standard-setting process to include the needs of private companies.
Tax

IRS, AICPA Honor Post-Hurricane Pro Bono Work

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has presented the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) with an award for “outstanding partnership,” which recognized the Institute’s efforts at recruiting volunteers to prepare tax returns for victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita in 2005.Advertisement
Practice Management

Mark Your Calendar: New England Practice Management Conference

On Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) is presenting their Annual New England Practice Management Conference at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. The conference will cover a variety of practice management topics, from staff retention and partner compensation, to leadership skills and succession planning.
Education & Careers

Firms Need to Attract New CPA’s

Accounting firms need to attract more students into the field to alleviate the severe talent drought, Leslie Murphy, chairwoman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), told an audience Wednesday.“Our profession has to do more to make it inclusive and attractive if we’re going to successfully compete with other career options available,” Murphy said in closing a conference in Boca Raton, Fla.Demand for accountants continues to grow due to trends in business and regulation, she said.“Business complexities mean it takes more time to complete routine acc
Community News

Six “Women to Watch” in the CPA Profession

The Work/Life and Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee of the American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Illinois CPA society and the New Mexico Society of CPAs, are honoring the accomplishments of six women in the CPA profession with “Women to Watch” Awards.
Practice Management

AICPA Tries Again with Proposed Valuation Standard for CPAs

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) on Monday released an Exposure Draft of Proposed Statement on Standards for Valuation Services (SSVS) Valuation of a Business, Business Ownership Interest, Security, or Intangible Asset.
Community News

President Bush Signs Bill Exempting CPAs for GLB Requirement

“This is wonderful news and a win for both CPA practitioners and their clients. The disclosure statements are often confusing to clients and they are expensive and time-consuming for CPAs to prepare,” Barry C. Melancon, President and chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), said in a statement responding to news that President Bush had signed Senate Bill 2856. “Since the exemption is effective upon the President’s signature, all those CPAs who are now preparing this year’s privacy notices can stop.
Tax

AICPA Comes Out Against Tax Preparation Cost Estimates

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) not to include the tax preparer cost estimate in the 2006 Form 1040 instructions.

Rivet Software Plays Big Part in SEC's XBRL Embrace

Denver-based Rivet Software, a longtime leading developer of XBRL technologies, has entered several new initiatives to advance XBRL, the fast-evolving electronic format for distributing and disseminating business report information.First and foremost, Rivet is part of a team of seven technology companies chosen by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to essentially convert the SEC Edgar system for collecting and distributing financial report information to an XBRL-based infrastructure.The group, which is led by Keane Federal Systems of McLean, Va., and also includes Microsoft Cor
Community News

Congress Exempts CPAs from GLB Privacy Notification Requirement

Passing the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 was among the final actions taken by the 109th Congress before adjourning a week earlier than expected. The bill, passed unanimously by both chambers, includes a provision exempting certified public accountants (CPAs) from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act’s annual privacy notice requirement.
Technology

XBRL-US Becomes Independent Organization

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) on Monday announced that XBRL-US, initially formed as a volunteer committee of the AICPA, will become an independent, not-for-profit organization.Advertisement
Community News

Honoring Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners & Top CPA Exam Scorers

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has announced the winners of the 2005 Elijah Watt Sells Awards. The awards are presented annually to the 10 candidates earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination.
Tax

IRS Auditing PwC’s Pension Plan, Deductions, Income Transfers

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), the world’s largest accounting firm, is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Bloomberg News reported Friday. Officials at PwC initially refused to comment on the Bloomberg report, which was based on company documents and IRS documents provided to Bloomberg.
Tax

LIFO Effect on Oil Company Profits Draws New Scrutiny

Last week’s drop in oil prices resulting from the terrorist plot against airliners bound for the U.S. is likely to prove temporary, as economists predict continued escalation in global demand for fuel. And U.S.

Towards a Better Understanding of the Financial Statement Auditor Reports

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the American Accounting Association (AAA), and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) have joined forces to launch a research initiative that will provide a better understanding of users’ perceptions of the financial statement audit and the auditor’s report.

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