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Technology

Accountants' Social Media Use Focus of SocialCPAs Survey

When CPA Barry MacQuarrie started the "Social Media Survey" in 2010, he said social networking was still relatively new to the accounting profession. He was curious about how accounting professionals were using such sites as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Technology

AICPA and XBRL US Offer Online XBRL Certificate Program

In an effort to address the increased demand for comprehensive and intensive training on XBRL, the AICPA and XBRL US Inc., the not-for-profit consortium for business reporting standards, launched the XBRL US GAAP Certificate Program.
Practice

Top Priorities for CPA Firms: Retaining and Training Staff

Staffing is among the top management issues facing CPA firms, according to a recent survey by Sageworks. That's not surprising, considering many firms are experiencing a staffing crisis as they lose significant percentages of top staff.
Education & Careers

Surge Continues in Learning and Development Spending

In a recent study, Bersin by Deloitte found that overall spending on training rose 12 percent on average in 2012 – a sign that amidst greater financial stability, organizations are focused on reskilling their workforces.
Education & Careers

Leadership Development, Community Service Integral to Deloitte University

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has taken a unique approach to employee training and leadership development at its huge, cutting-edge educational facility that's been dubbed Deloitte University.
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

Firearms Training: IRS Meets the Wild West

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division needs to ensure that its special agents are taking and passing required firearms training, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Education & Careers

Illinois Firm Fosters Culture of Learning

Each month (outside of tax season), Porte Brown brings together its three offices and takes the entire team off-line for a full day of structured training and best practice sessions.
Education & Careers

Jackson Hewitt Launches Its Tax Schools

On July 9, 2012, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service announced the nationwide launch of its Tax Schools in preparation for the 2013 tax season.
Education & Careers

Rev Up for Next Year's Busy Season at a Conference

Now that busy season is over, it's a good time to consider attending a conference.
Practice

CPAs Give Business Advice to Veterans through Partnership with SCORE

CPAs now have an opportunity to volunteer and provide up to five hours of free financial advice to veterans about how to start or grow their business. The program was launched through the AICPA's participation the Veteran Fast Launch Initiative sponsored by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
A&A

IMA Ready to Compete with AICPA/CIMA Management Accounting Designation

The IMA, which has offered the CMA credential since 1972, is facing "fierce competition" from a new management accounting designation – Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) – that the AICPA and CIMA will launch in January 2012, according to Jeffrey Thomson, IMA President and CEO.
Tax

Repeat Winner Emerges in Deloitte Tax Competition

The College of William & Mary was the winner of the tax case study competition – FanTAXtic – sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation. Nine teams participated. Each student on the winning team received a $2,000 scholarship, while the winning school pocketed an institutional award of $10,000.
Education & Careers

Best tips for maximizing your e-learning experience

The economic pain during the past few years, coupled with the need to maximize value from training budget spend while ensuring staff remain productive, has without doubt helped to solidify e-learning’s position alongside other key learning and development delivery methods.
Technology

Sleeter Conference embraces 'tomorrow's world' of accounting

The theme of this year's Sleeter conference is "tomorrow's world" of accounting, and the conference will feature exhibitors and sessions that embrace Cloud computing, appeal to the next generation of clients, and encourage existing clients to take advantage of advances in our profession.
Education & Careers

AICPA debuts E.D.G.E. conference for future CPA leaders

The newest generation of CPA leaders will have the chance to hone both their professional skills and personal growth this summer when the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) hosts its inaugural E.D.G.E. conference.
A&A

Don't drink and tweet: Illinois CPA Society president speaks at nation's largest state CPA conference

Last week's Midwest Accounting and Finance Showcase in Rosemont, IL kicked off with approximately 1,700 CPAs in attendance, a group so large that it was clear the need for knowledge and networking is still alive.
Practice Development

Measuring the effectiveness of in-house training

Accounting firms that offer training programs in house for staff and management want to ensure that individuals meet continuing professional education requirements. At many firms, training programs encompass larger goals and are at the core of a firm’s culture.
A&A

Striking a balance: In-house and external CPE

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is a requirement to continue practicing as a CPA. But is there a best way to get your CPE credit?
Practice Development

CPA training is a year-round process

AccountingWEB’s Jason Bramwell talked to training personnel from four firms who explained the annual education requirements at their businesses and weighed in on the pros and cons of in-house training versus out-of-house training.

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