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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.
A&A

Roberts Re-Elected Chairman of XBRL-US Steering Committee

Grant Thornton LLP National Director of Assurance Innovation Dan Roberts has been re-elected as Chairman of the XBRL-US Steering Committee, which governs XBRL-US, a consortium of 70 organizations working to adopt a standard method of business and financial reporting in the U.S. and worldwide. The XBRL-US Steering Committee is made up of nine representatives of those members. Liv Watson of Edgar-Online was elected Vice-Chair of the XBRL-US Steering Committee.“This coming year will be a very busy one for the Steering Committee and for XBRL-US in general.
A&A

AICPA Launches Revamped Online CPE Site

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in May rolled out a much faster and user friendly training and library Web site, called CPExpress, formerly known as Infobytes. Feedback is extremely positive, say Dr. Paden Neeley, AICPA Vice President of Group Study and David Tolson, Director of CPE Product Development, who spoke with AccountingWeb recently about how the AICPA’s online CPE offerings and other training options meet the needs of small and mid-sized accounting firms. CPExpress is much faster than the previous site, says Tolson.

AICPA Names Former Andersen Partner Director of Academic & Career Development

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) on Monday named Denis R. Reigle Director of Academic and Career Development.
Tax

Tax Practitioners Question Planned Methods to Curb Malpractice

A wide-ranging Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposal to strengthen malpractice enforcement has sparked objections from tax practitioners and attorneys.The agency would publicly list the names of tax attorneys and accountants who are under investigation for alleged violations of IRS professional practice rules, according to Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. Current rules say the names are kept private until the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility formally investigates and assesses a penalty.

AICPA, SEC Honchos to Co-Keynote XBRL Meeting

In what may propel needed increased market awareness of eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) and reinforce the fact that the accounting profession has led the development of that Internet-based technology, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Christopher Cox and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) President Barry Melancon are the co-keynote speakers at the next XBRL International conference.
A&A

Inside the Small Business Practitioners' Tax Forum

The AICPA’s Small Business Practitioners Tax Forum was held July 17 – 18 in Chicago, Ill. This year’s forum had a new focus on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Compliance, demonstrated by the more than 130 pages of notes that accompanied Monday’s first session “Tax Update”, presented by conference chair Mark Mares.

New Resources for Auditors Available

Two new resources are available for auditors.
Tax

Tax Update: Motor Vehicles

The high cost of fuel is a popular topic these days. The debate over oil prices, however, obscures the fact that considerable legislative, regulatory, and legal action has been taken over the last year affecting motor vehicles, including the Energy Tax Incentives Act of 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETY), Rev. Proc. 2006-15, 2006-5, IRB 387, Rev. Proc. 2006-18, 2006-12 IRB 845, and Notice 2005-44, 2005-25 IRB 1287.
Practice

Professional Accounting Societies Applaud COSO Small Business Guidance

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Management Accountants have both affirmed support for new guidance for smaller public companies released during a webcast on July 11 by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).
A&A

CPAs Debate FASB’s Pension Draft

The American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA), state societies of Certified Public Accountants and accounting firms have expressed the views of many in the profession in comment letters published on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) web site on the Exposure Draft of the Proposed Statement, Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans.
Technology

Rivet's XBRL Analysis Tool in Sync with AICPA's Enhanced Biz Reporting Effort

Denver-based Rivet Software has taken another step forward as the accounting professions’ most prominent developer of eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) technologies and has further intertwined its business future with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) by rolling out a business analysis software suite.Like all of Rivet’s products, it’s new Interactive Financials (i-Fi) Suite leverages XBRL, which is the business report version of the EXtensible Markup Language (XML) platform for coding individual items within documents so that they can be immedi
Community News

Auditors Spotlighted As Options Scandals Come To Light

Auditors are in the spotlight as the number of stock-option scandals expands. It seems the manipulation of option prices was more common than previously believed.

AICPA Brings XBRL Closer to Reporting Improvement Effort

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) merger of the management of its Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) development and Enhanced Business Reporting (EBR) initiatives may be more than just a reshuffling of operational hierarchy.

Government in Canada Wants Better Access for Internationally Trained Accountants

Legislation that that will standardize and ensure fairness for the licensing process in Ontario for internationally trained professionals, including accountants, was introduced on June 8 by Mike Colle, the Province’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Toronto Sun reports.
Education & Careers

Tight Job Market Can Mean Increased Workloads for Accountants

Demand for accountants continues to exceed supply in 2006, and while employers are offering higher salaries and more benefits in an effort to keep their employees, low staffing levels are creating high pressure and resulting in even longer hours for many accountants, Times Argus reports. Finance professionals who feel overworked rose from 42 percent in 2004, to 53 percent this year, according to a survey from CareerBuilder.
Community News

InfoBytes Becomes CPExpress as AICPA Enhances Online CPE Library

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is re-releasing their popular online learning library of continuing professional education materials as CPExpress. Advertisement
Practice Management

AICPA Announces FlexWise to Help Members with Flexible Work Arrangements

Leslie Murphy, chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), formally announced the FlexWise program during her presentation Monday at the Institute’s Practitioners Symposium in Las Vegas.As employers across the country deal with retention issues, more and more are turning to flexible work arrangements to keep talented employees.

Hiring Tips: “CPA Wanted” Classifieds Don’t Cut It in Today’s Talent Wars

With the battle for accounting professionals at all-time highs across the country, and with business growing faster than the pool of available talent, firms looking to hire good people must approach recruitment from an entirely different perspective.

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