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CPA Objectivity Important When Valuing a Business

It has long been established that the CPA must meet certain standards of independence, objectivity and integrity when performing attest services. Similarly, certain standards are called into play when a CPA performs a business valuation.
Education & Careers

AICPA Honors Top 2012 CPA Exam Performers

To be named "top of the class" is always an honor. But when you're named one of the top 39 candidates in a pool of 92,000 contenders, that honor is especially impressive. That's exactly what happened for 39 CPA Exam candidates when the AICPA announced the 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners.
Tax

AICPA Comments on IRS Changes in Cancellation of Debt Reporting

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) said it supports the IRS' proposed guidance governing the reporting of the cancellation of debt by lenders, but asks for some changes.
Tax

Should You Spend or Save Your Tax Refund?

According to the AICPA's annual survey to determine Americans' top financial concerns and assess their financial well-being, taxpayers say they're likely to use their tax refund conservatively – to build up savings, pay for day-to-day household expenses, or put toward debt.
Education & Careers

Feed the Pig for Tweens Teaches Children Money Management Skills

With so many vital lessons to instill in their preteen children in just a few short years, it's no surprise many parents often overlook teaching their children one of the most basic and practical skills – how to handle their money.
Education & Careers

Students Score Prime-Time Win in AICPA Competition

Move over "CSI." A team of high school students from Batavia, Illinois, recently came up with a new idea for a prime-time TV drama based on forensic investigation that earned them first place in the American Institute of CPA's Project Innovation: Start Here, Go Places. Competition of Creative Excellence.
A&A

Updated AICPA Not-for-Profit Audit Guide Available in Three Formats

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) announced the release of its updated Audit and Accounting Guide: Not-for-Profit Entities. It's available in three formats: e-book, online, and in paperback.
Education & Careers

AICPA and CPA Societies Expand Minority Student Workshop

This year, minority accounting students who aspire to become CPAs will have three opportunities to explore the possibilities the career can offer when the AICPA holds its Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop in three regional locations throughout the country.
Practice

AICPA Survey: CPAs More Upbeat on Economic Outlook, but Still Cautious

The first quarter American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey is out, and it looks like respondents are increasingly optimistic about the US economy and their own businesses' prospects compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Technology

CSA Endorses AICPA Reporting Framework for Evaluating Controls over Cloud Providers

The AICPA framework for evaluating technology-related controls and other safeguards used by Cloud service providers has been endorsed by CSA, a not-for-profit organization that promotes best practices on security assurance within Cloud computing.
Tax

AICPA Asks IRS for Tax Leniency

It's not quite as dramatic as the attorney for a death row prisoner requesting a reprieve from the governor, but the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has sent a letter to the IRS asking for relief in the 2012 tax filing season.
Tax

State of the Union: Table Is Set for Tax Reform

President Obama delivered a sweeping State of the Union address on a broad array of topics, ranging from the economy to immigration reform to gun control.
Education & Careers

2013-2014 AICPA Scholarship Applications Now Available

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) recently announced its scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 academic year are now open.
A&A

NASBA Opposes AICPA's Proposed FRF for SMEs

The long-running debate over who's responsible for developing a framework for standards for financial reporting by privately held, small and midsized US businesses is far from over.
Education & Careers

Scholars Receive American Accounting Association Award

This January, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) announced the recipients of the American Accounting Association's (AAA) Greatest Potential Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award for 2012.
A&A

AICPA Releases New Financial Instruments Auditing Guide

The AICPA recently released an updated guide that aids auditors in assessing the fair value of financial instruments. The publication is based on new standards resulting from the AICPA's Clarity Project.
Tax

AICPA Asks Congress to Amend Hurricane Sandy Tax Relief Act

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is asking Congress to amend its Hurricane Sandy tax relief legislation by extending the replacement period for which taxpayers can claim a property loss.
Tax

AICPA Offers Heads Up on New Medicare Taxes

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) hosted a conference call January 17 to discuss compliance and planning issues surrounding the new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax that kicks in this year.
A&A

AICPA Amends Guidance on Component Auditors

The AICPA has released SAS No. 127, Omnibus Statement on Auditing Standards–2013, which amends two sections of SAS No. 122, Statements on Auditing Standards: Clarification and Recodification.
Education & Careers

CPA Exam 2013 Q1/Q2 Score Release Timetables

CPA Exam score release timetables have been such a hot topic among candidates that we [AICPA] have decided to post regular updates. Updated score release timelines will be announced twice annually on AICPA Insights® and on the CPA Exam website.

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