KSCPA News http://www.kscpa.org/about/news News from KSCPA en-us Copyright 2014, KSCPA IRS News for Tax Professionals - December 2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/690-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-december_2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/690-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-december_2014 <p><strong><img src="/writable/images/Logos/irslogo.jpg" alt="IRS" />UPCOMING TAX PRO EVENTS<br /></strong>•11-19-2014 –IMRS Free Webinar – The Central Area Stakeholder Liaison will host their Quarterly IMRS Webinar to hear any issues and/or concerns you may have with IRS Policies, Procedures and Practices.  See <a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/112014NEWS46/11192014CENTRALAREAIMRS%20WEBINAR.docx">Flyer</a> Information and Registration </p> <p>*11-13-2014 to 11-14-2014 The PAAK is sponsoring the Gear Up 1040 Tax Seminar in Wichita, KS at the Marriott.  To register and attend visit <a href="https://www.paak.org/events">https://www.paak.org/events</a></p> <p>*12-4-2014 to 12-5-2014 – The PAAK is sponsoring the Gear Up 1040 Tax Seminar –in Topeka, KS at the Ramada Downtown.  To register and attend visit <a href="https://www.paak.org/events">https://www.paak.org/events</a></p> <p>*12-11-2014 to 12-12-2014 – The PAAK is sponsoring the Jennings 1040 Tax Seminar in Kansas City at Harrah’s.  This is a co-sponsorship with the Missouri Association.  To register and attend visit <a href="https://www.paak.org/events">https://www.paak.org/events</a></p> <p>As incidents of an <strong>aggressive telephone scam continue across the country</strong>, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled a new <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Scam-Phone-Calls-Continue-IRS-Unveils-New-Video-to-Warn-Taxpayers">YouTube video</a> with a renewed warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by imposters posing as tax agency representatives. IRS YouTube Video: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y5z0kWgBcM">Tax Scams</a>.</p> <p>More on this scam: The <strong>latest twist</strong> is that they tell victims to show up with payment at a specific IRS office. It is not the one closest to the victim’s home. It is often an inconvenient 50 miles away. After the victim acquires the pre-paid card, the scammer “generously” offers to let them off the hook for the lengthy drive. They “permit” the victim to settle the debt by giving the scammer the numbers off the back of the card, without having to make the trip to the IRS office. <strong>Please tell your clients about this scam!</strong></p> <p><strong>The PTIN renewal season has begun</strong>. The nation’s more than 690,000 federal tax return preparers must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) for 2015. All current PTINs will expire Dec. 31, 2014. <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2015-PTIN-Renewal-Period-Underway-for-Tax-Professionals">2015 PTIN Renewal Period Underway for Tax Professionals</a></p> <p>For tax year 2015, the Internal Revenue Service announced <strong>annual inflation adjustments</strong> for more than 40 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. <strong>See <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/In-2015,-Various-Tax-Benefits-Increase-Due-to-Inflation-Adjustments">this page</a> for a handy list</strong> of tax items of greatest interest to most taxpayers. <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-61.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-61</a> provides details about these annual adjustments.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Announces-2015-Pension-Plan-Limitations;-Taxpayers-May-Contribute-up-to-$18,000-to-their-401(k)-plans-in-2015">2015 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $18,000 to their 401(k) plans in 2015</a></strong></p> <p>The Additional Medicare Tax was new in 2013. We have updated our website with additional</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Questions-and-Answers-for-the-Additional-Medicare-Tax">Questions and Answers for the Additional Medicare Tax</a>.</strong> There are Individual FAQs, and Employer and Payroll Service Provider FAQs, including Reporting Additional Medicare Tax and Correcting Errors.</p> <p>Each year, thieves steal the identities of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans. See <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Deceased-Taxpayers-Protecting-the-Deceaseds-Identity-from-ID-Theft">Deceased Taxpayers – Protecting the Deceased’s Identity from ID Theft</a></strong> for tips to reduce the risk of having a deceased person’s identity stolen.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>AFFORDABLE CARE ACT<br /></strong>The IRS has several options for Spanish speakers to get information about the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Two recently issued YouTube videos feature IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. See <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Provides-Information-about-the-Affordable-Care-Act-in-Spanish">IRS Provides Information about the Affordable Care Act in Spanish</a>.</p> <p>The IRS website has information about the Affordable Care Act tax provisions in both <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-Home">English</a> and <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Spanish/Disposiciones-Tributarias-de-la-Ley-de-Cuidado-de-Salud-a-Bajo-Precio">Spanish</a> to inform and educate the public on how the health care law may affect them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/ACA-Information-Center-for-Tax-Professionals">ACA Information Center for Tax Professionals</a></p> <p>See the latest <strong>Health Care Tax Tips</strong> <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Health-Care-Tax-Tips2">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>ACA News for Individuals<br /></strong><strong><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/112014NEWS46/2015HEALTHMARKE%20PLACEPLANS.docx">ACA 2015 Health Insurance Market Plan Plans</a></strong></p> <p>If you enrolled in insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you are required to report changes to the Marketplace when they happen, like changes to your household income or family size, because they may affect your eligibility for the advance payments of the premium tax credits. See IRS Health Care Tax Tip 2014-22 <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Its-Not-Too-Late-to-Report-Changes-in-Circumstances-that-May-Affect-Your-Premium-Tax-Credit">It’s Not Too Late to Report Changes in Circumstances that May Affect Your Premium Tax Credit</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong>ACA News for Businesses<br /></strong>The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury have become aware that certain group health <strong>plans that do not provide coverage for in-patient hospitalization services are being promoted to employers</strong>. To learn more about this issue, see <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-69.pdf">Notice 2014-69</a>.</p> <p>If you are an employer, the number of employees in your business will affect what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). See IRS Health Care Tax Tip 2014-21 <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Information-for-Employers-about-Their-Responsibilities-Under-the-Affordable-Care-Act">Information for Employers about Their Responsibilities Under the Affordable Care Act.</a></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>YOUR PRACTICE <br /></strong>The <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Annual-Filing-Season-Program">Annual Filing Season Program</a></strong> aims to recognize the efforts of non-credentialed return preparers who aspire to a higher level of professionalism. Interested? Learn more. If you passed the Registered Tax Return Preparer test, be sure to check it out.</p> <p>To ensure that all Form 1040 tax returns e-filed through the Modernized e-File (MeF) system are processed timely, the following <strong>1040 MeF Production shutdown/cutover</strong> and acknowledgment retrieval schedule has been established. It is imperative that everyone adhere to the schedule. Shutdown begins on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. in order to prepare the system for the upcoming 2015 Filing Season.</p> <p><strong>Business MeF Production Shutdown/Cutover Schedule</strong> is tentatively scheduled to begin on Friday, December 26, 2014 at 12:01 p.m. A QuickAlert outlining the exact timeframes to Send Submissions or retrieve federal/state Acknowledgements will be issued in early December and the times will be posted on the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/e-File-Providers-&-Partners/Modernized-e-File-MeF-Status-Page">MeF Status Page</a>.</p> <p>If you <strong>own or operate a website that collects, transmits, stores or processes taxpayer information</strong>, IRS requires you to <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Registration-of-Web-Sites-with-the-IRS">register the URL(s)</a> on your e-file application. If you have not previously registered, select the URL collection link on the e-file application information page menu to register. Online Providers must answer the self-certification questions annually beginning October 1 to ensure they comply with <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Safeguarding-IRS-efile1">Publication 1345</a> IRS <em>e-file </em>security, privacy and business standards.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>EMPLOYERS </strong> <br />The Fall Issue of the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/ssa_irs_reporter_fall.pdf">SSA/IRS Reporter</a> is available. The SSA/IRS Reporter is a <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/SSA-IRS-Reporter">quarterly, online-only publication</a> for businesses, payroll professionals and others who deal with payroll taxes and employee issues.</p> <p>See SSA.gov for the <a href="http://www.socialsecurity.gov/news/press/factsheets/colafacts2015.html">2015 Social Security Changes</a>.</p> <p>Foreign agricultural workers temporarily admitted into the United States on H-2A visas are exempt from U.S. Social Security and Medicare taxes on compensation paid to them for services performed in connection with the H-2A visa. This is true whether they are resident aliens or nonresident aliens. See more information on IRS.gov in <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Foreign-Agricultural-Workers">English</a> or <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Spanish/Trabajadores-agr%C3%ADcolas-extranjeros-con-visas-H-2A">Spanish</a>. See Publication 5144 Federal Income Tax and FICA Withholding for Foreign Agricultural Workers with an H-2A Visa in <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5144.pdf">English</a> or <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5144sp.pdf">Spanish</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>RETIREMENT PLANS </strong> <br />The IRS issued guidance clarifying the impact a 2014 individual retirement arrangement (IRA) rollover has on the one-per-year limit imposed by the Internal Revenue Code on tax-free rollovers between IRAs. Click <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Clarifies-Application-of-One-Per-Year-Limit-on-IRA-Rollovers-Allows-Owners-of-Multiple-IRAs-a-Fresh-Start-in-2015">here</a> for more information.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>ISSUE MANAGEMENT RESOLUTION SYSTEM<br /></strong>See the <strong>November 2014 IMRS Hot Issues</strong> <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IMRS-Hot-Issues">here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>TAX CENTER OF THE MONTH:</strong><strong> <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Bartering-Tax-Center">Bartering Tax Center</a></strong></p> <ul> <li>Bartering is the trading of one product or service for another. Usually there is no exchange of cash. Barter may take place on an informal one-on-one basis between individuals and businesses, or it can take place on a third party basis through a modern barter exchange company.</li> <li><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Barter-Exchanges">Barter Exchanges</a><br />A barter exchange is any person or organization with members or clients that contract with each other (or with the barter exchange) to jointly trade or barter property or services. The term does not include arrangements that provide solely for the informal exchange of similar services on a noncommercial basis.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong>TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONs<br /></strong>Where do I start? See <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Applying-for-Tax-Exempt-Status">Applying for Tax Exempt Status.</a></p> <p>Find all of the most current <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits">information for tax-exempt organizations</a>.</p> <p><strong>NEWS FROM OTHER AGENCIES<br /></strong>Severe winter weather can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions. Preparedness begins with knowing your risks, making a communications plan with your family and having an emergency supply kit with essentials such as water, food, flashlights and medications. See Ready.gov <a href="http://www.ready.gov/kit">Basic Disaster Supplies Kit</a> and <a href="http://www.ready.gov/car">Car Safety</a>.</p> <p>Online enrollment in the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/small-businesses/employers/">SHOP Marketplace</a> begins on November 15th.</p> <p>Enrollment for Individuals begins on November 15<sup>th</sup>. Visit <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">Healthcare.gov</a></p> <p>Sign up for Health Insurance under the ACA - then what? This <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iVuAPlFjIM&list=PLaV7m2-zFKph5fHVZgUphIcBKbtS24tKW&index=2.">video series</a> from the <a href="http://cms.hhs.gov/">Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)</a> will help you make the most of your coverage.</p> <p>The <a href="http://mn.gov/deed/business/help/sbdc/index.jsp">Minnesota Small Business Development Center Network</a> offers  no-cost, customized technical assistance and support to businesses at any point in their life cycle, from start-up to growth or stabilization. Business owners access services through a network of nine regional centers located on college and university campuses throughout the state.</p> <p><strong>IN EVERY ISSUE<br />-  </strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Tax-Tips">Tax Tips </a> <br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Health-Care-Tax-Tips2">Health Care Tax Tips</a><br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Fact-Sheets-2014">Fact Sheets</a><br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IRS-Stakeholder-Partners-Headliners">Headliners</a><br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/News-Releases-for-Current-Month">News releases</a><br />-  Announcements, Notices, Revenue Rulings, Revenue Procedures, Treasury Decisions, and Treasury Regulations are in the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/irb/index.html">Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB</a>)<br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2">Tax Statistics</a><br />-  Find the latest IRS news via <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-New-Media-1">Social Media</a> options.<br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Subscribe-to-News-and-Updates-from-the-Office-of-Professional-Responsibility-OPR">Subscribe</a> to the Office of Professional Responsibility’s newsletter.<br />-  Find the latest <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Tax-Pro-News-and-Events">news and events for tax professionals</a><br />-  The <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Issue-Management-Resolution-System-IMRS">Issue Management Resolution System</a> helps solve issues with policies, practices <br />   and procedures. Tax professionals should forward significant issues regarding IRS <br />   policies, practices and procedures to their Stakeholder Liaison.<br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Outreach-Corner">Outreach Corner</a>. Find it easy to spread the word about key income tax topics! This <br />   page offers electronic communication materials to use in reaching out to the people you <br />   serve. Get free news you can use each month, targeted by time of year to coincide with <br />   what your customers, employees, volunteers, etc. need to know about new tax law <br />   legislation, IRS events and other activities that affect them.<br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Industries-Professions">Industries/Professions Tax Centers</a>. Tax Centers contain links to topics such as tax tips, <br />   financial resources, trends and statistics, forms, and more.<br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Audit-Techniques-Guides-ATGs">Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs)</a> Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) help IRS examiners <br />   during audits by providing insight into issues and accounting methods unique to specific <br />   industries. While ATGs are designed to provide guidance for IRS employees, they’re <br />   also useful to small business owners and tax professionals who prepare returns.</p> <p><em> </em></p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Awards Special Edition http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/689-aicpa_kscpa_women_to_watch_awards_special_edition http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/689-aicpa_kscpa_women_to_watch_awards_special_edition <h3>AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Awards Special Edition</h3> <p>The KSCPA publishes a special edition of their newsletter to honor the women nominated for the <strong>AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Awards</strong>. In its fifth year, the KSCPA is pleased to collaborate with the AICPA on this important initiative. The nominees serve as role models and mentors to others, which is vital to sustaining women in our profession.</p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/2014_skyscapes_-_women_to_watch_edition.pdf">Click Here to View the Women to Watch Special Edition</a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT 2014 General Election Report - Bright and Carpenter Consulting, Inc. http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/688-2014_general_election_report-bright_and_carpenter http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/688-2014_general_election_report-bright_and_carpenter <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Many are calling it a "Clean Sweep." All of the Republican incumbents held onto their seats in the statewide office races, and five House seats were picked up by Republicans. </span></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Congressional races</span><br /></strong>U.S. Senator Pat Roberts held onto his seat, defeating independent challenger Greg Orman in a vote of 52% to 44%, a far bigger margin than any recent public poll had suggested. Outside groups spent $17 million in advertising on this campaign, mainly negative ads. This will be Sen. Roberts’ fourth term as U.S. Senator. In addition, the Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate last night, which likely will make Sen. Roberts Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.</p> <p>In addition, each member of the Kansas congressional delegation won reelection.<br />*  U.S. House of Representatives District 1: Rep. Tim Huelskamp defeated Democrat James Sherow, 68% to 33%.<br />*  U.S. House of Representatives District 2: Rep. Lynn Jenkins beat Democrat Margie Wakefield, 57% to 39%. Libertarian Christopher Clemmons received 4% of the vote.<br />*  U.S. House of Representatives District 3: Rep. Kevin Yoder defeated Democrat Kelly Kultala, 60% to 40%.<br />*  U.S. House of Representatives District 4: Rep. Mike Pompeo defeated Democrat Perry Schuckman on a vote of 67% to 33%.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Statewide races</strong></span><br />Governor Sam Brownback won a second term last night in a vote of 50% to 46% against Democrat Paul Davis. The Governor carried Johnson County and many of the rural areas in Kansas. Libertarian Keen Umbehr had 4% of the vote. Throughout the summer and fall, the Governor trailed Davis in the polls, but within the past few weeks the race tightened and became a toss-up.</p> <p><strong><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/2014_general_election_report.pdf">Click here to read the complete report</a></strong></p> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT Announcing the Launch of the 2nd Annual Accounting Firm Operations and Technology Survey http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/687-announcing_the_launch_of_the_2nd_annual_accounting http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/687-announcing_the_launch_of_the_2nd_annual_accounting <h2><strong>Announcing the Launch of the 2nd Annual Accounting Firm Operations and Technology Survey</strong></h2> <h4><strong><em>NEW ADDITION INCLUDES THREE AWARDS GIVEN TO ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE APPLICATION VENDORS BASED ON SURVEY RESULTS AND WEBINAR WITH FREE CPE CREDIT THROUGH CPAACADEMY.ORG</em></strong></h4> <p>Randy Johnston, CEO, Network Management Group, Inc., and Leslie Garrett, PhD, CEO of Insight Research Group, with guidance from an advisory board comprised of industry thought-leaders, announces the launch of the 2nd Annual Accounting Firm Operations and Technology survey. The survey is designed for accounting professionals working in public practices. The survey will remain open through December 19th, 2014.</p> <p>Participants who complete the survey will receive a free copy of results from the survey an eBook, a $495 value, delivered to respondents February 2015.</p> <p>“The feedback we received from our 1st Annual eBook was exceptionally positive. The way in which the survey results were presented in the eBook has allowed practitioners to easily apply knowledge they gained through the survey results to operational and technology decisions being made in their practice,” said Johnston. “We believe the 2nd Annual survey and resulting eBook is widely anticipated and will reveal interesting year-over-year statistics,” said Garrett.</p> <p><strong>***NEW***THREE AWARDS<br /></strong>“We are excited to announce three awards will be given to software application vendors. We believe practitioners working in public practices know which accounting practice software applications most greatly impact their firm in profound ways,” continued Johnston. The awards will be given based on how respondents answer three new questions added to the end of the survey. Respondents will be asked to identify accounting firm application software that has the greatest impact on their firm in each of the following separate categories:</p> <ul> <li>Productivity</li> <li>Profitability</li> <li>Risk Mitigation</li> </ul> <p><strong>***NEW***FREE WEBINAR WITH 1.5 CPE CREDITS – November 11, 2014 4pm ET<br /></strong>Johnston and Garrett have partnered with CPAacademy.org to deliver a webinar featuring select results from the 1st Annual survey and discussion surrounding survey questions and categories that will be most interesting to watch in the 2nd Annual survey results. Webinar participants will take the survey during this course and receive 1.5 CPE credits for participating in the webinar. Webinar participants who complete the survey during the webinar will receive results published in the 2nd Annual eBook, a $495 value.</p> <p><strong>Webinar:</strong> KEY FINDINGS IN THE ACCOUNTING FIRM OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY SURVEY<br /><strong>Date:</strong> November 11, 2014<br /><strong>Time:</strong> 4pm ET<br /><strong>CPE Credits:</strong> 1.5<br /><strong>Register for the webinar here:</strong> <a href="http://www.cpaacademy.org/webinars/a0DC000000iGfCZMA0">http://www.cpaacademy.org/webinars/a0DC000000iGfCZMA0</a></p> <p><strong>ABOUT THE SURVEY AND ACCESS TO THE SURVEY<br /></strong>The survey will take 20- 30-minutes to complete. Survey participants will be asked Multiple Choice questions in these areas:</p> <ul> <li>Demographics</li> <li>Practice Management</li> <li>Technology Management</li> <li>Operating Systems</li> <li>Computer Hardware</li> <li>Application Software</li> <li>File and Data Storage/Management</li> <li>Remote Access/Internet/Telecommunications</li> <li>Technology Spending, Decision-making, Annoyances and Trends</li> </ul> <p>The survey can be accessed immediately here:<br /><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AccountingFirmOperationsTechnology">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AccountingFirmOperationsTechnology</a></p> <p><strong>2nd ANNUAL ACCOUNTING FIRM OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY SURVEY ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS</strong></p> <p>Darren Root, CPA.CITP, CEO<br />RootWorks</p> <p>Rick Richardson, CPA.CITP, CGMA, CEO<br />Richardson Media & Technologies, LLC</p> <p>Doug Sleeter, CEO<br />The Sleeter Group</p> <p>Joe Woodard, President & CEO<br />Woodard Consulting Group</p> <p><strong>2ND ANNUAL ACCOUNTING FIRM OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY E BOOK CONTRIBUTORS OF THOUGHT-LEADERSHIP ARTICLES</strong></p> <p>Bob Scott, Editor-in-Chief<br />The Progressive Accountant</p> <p>Dan Hood, Editor-in-Chief<br />Accounting Today</p> <p>Gail Perry, Editor-in-Chief<br />CPA Practice Advisor</p> <p>Jim Boomer, CIO, Senior Consultant, Shareholder<br />Boomer Consulting</p> <p>Richard Koreto, Managing Editor<br />AccountingWEB </p> <p>Rick Telberg, CEO<br />CPA Trendlines</p> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Leaders Attend AICPA Leadership Conference & Fall Council http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/686-kscpa_leaders_attend_aicpa_leadership_conference http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/686-kscpa_leaders_attend_aicpa_leadership_conference <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">CPA/SEA Leadership Conference – October 17-19, 2014</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Michelle Schneider, incoming chair of the KSCPA, Mary MacBain, and Danielle </strong><strong>Bulson </strong>attended the <strong>CPA/SEA Leadership Conference</strong> prior to the <strong>AICPA 2014 Fall Council</strong> meeting. This annual event is attended by the CEOs and Deputy CEOs of the state associations and their incoming chairs. The CPA/SEA and AICPA leadership, including <strong>Barry Melancon, President/CEO of the AICPA</strong>, led discussions on professional issues, the incoming chairs <img class="justified_right" style="width: 295px; height: 201px; float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/stephanie_peters_cpasea_president.jpg" alt="Stephanie Peters" width="777" height="526" />collaborated on issues at state associations, and this meeting serves to orient the incoming chairs to volunteer leadership.</span></p> <p>Stephanie Peters - President CPA/SEA & CEO Virginia Society of CPAs</p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Barry Melancon’s remarks included the role of the AICPA and state associations in the profession. These include advocacy, quality, CPA brand, CPA credential, and election update. Barry delved into the advocacy issues which continues to be the backbone of the professional associations. Barry encouraged each participant to be innovative, to take risks, to be proactive, and to never take the fact that the CPA brand is at an all-time high for granted. The world is changing rapidly, and we must always be alert to maintain the brand recognition of the CPA. The demand for CPAs continues to be strong and CPA responsibilities are broadening. Reversing a trend of the past 20 years, the number of male graduates exceeded females for the past few years. Because the profession is experiencing the highest turnover rates ever in our profession and a flat outcome as to people taking the exam, the human capital issue is a top agenda item. How do we find CPAs and how do we keep them? Organizations need to examine their cultures and revamp them to meet the expectations of those entering the profession.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">In addition to Barry Melancon’s scintillating presentation, futurist <strong>Jared Weiner</strong> spoke on <em>“The 10 Growth Areas of the Emerging Economy,”</em> and <strong>J. Clarke Price</strong>, CAE presented <em>“Association Leadership – Understanding the Trends and Staying Strategic in Your Role.”</em> Clarke is the former CEO of the Ohio Society of CPAs and well respected in the community. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Jared challenged the participants to view our profession as though we are aliens from another planet so that we might see things differently. We can gain value from exposing ourselves to the viewpoints of younger individuals.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Clarke provided sound advice to both the incoming chairs and the CEOs. <strong>Incoming chairs:</strong> Be prepared and don’t just show up. Great volunteers just don’t read the agenda; rather, they think about the organization, talk to members, and think strategically. At the same time, don’t micromanage – perform policy and approval and trust the staff to implement. The chair is the number one cheerleader for the organization. <strong>For the CEOs:</strong> Be open to new ideas and don’t overthink. Challenge the board, committees and staff to move into new areas, and trust your staff! <strong>For everyone:</strong> Now is the time to innovate. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Following the presentations, regional breakout sessions with CEOs/Deputy CEOs and incoming chairs were held, and Mary MacBain moderated the regional breakout session including Kansas. Two main discussion topics were the following: For the CEOs – what radical idea did you implement during the past year? For the incoming chairs – what made you become involved in the state association to the point of becoming incoming chair? Several innovative ideas emerged including young professional programs, gathering women together to create a women’s conference, and complete rewrite of the bylaws. Most compelling, though, are how and why the incoming chairs are leaders in the professional association. These reasons resonated throughout the rest of the Council meeting as several of the speakers remarked “this is a great profession.” From the mouths of the incoming chairs came the following: First, someone asked him or her to join or the organization they worked for automatically signed him or her up for membership. Second, s/he found it as a way to network with like-minded individuals who share the same core values and have similar issues. Third, s/he found it as a way to “give back.” Because CPAs are held in such high regard throughout society, CPAs always find a “seat at the table,” whether it is within their organization, the community, or within their family.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">The incoming chairs met the next day followed by Council orientation while the CPA/SEA held their membership meetings.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><em>CPA/SEA</em></strong><em> (State Executives Association) was formed more than 40 years ago as a way to support the needs of CPA associations' top executives. Through its four strategic and operational values of leadership, integrity, collaboration and exploration, CPA/SEA enables its members to choose informed courses of action on professional issues affecting CPAs. </em><strong>Mary MacBain</strong> was honored at the CPA/SEA annual meeting for her service on the board of directors. Mary currently serves on the CPA/SEA Mid-Winter Conference Steering Committee.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">AICPA 2014 Fall Meeting of Council – October 19-21, 2014</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;"><img class="justified_left" style="width: 503px; height: 311px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/kscpa_leaders_alongside_aicpa_leaders_1.jpg" alt="AICPA/KSCPA Leaders 1" width="788" height="526" />Attending the 2014 AICPA Fall Council meeting were <strong>Melinda Hitz</strong>, current chair of the KSCPA, <strong>Michelle </strong><strong>Schneider</strong>, incoming chair, <strong>DeAnn Hill,</strong> AICPA board member, <strong>Dr.</strong> <strong>Dan Deines</strong>, Professor at K-State University, <strong>M. Aron Dunn</strong>, immediate past chair, <strong>Dominic </strong><strong>Ortiz</strong>, at large member of the AICPA </span><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Council, <strong>Gary Allerheiligen</strong>, elected member of the AICPA Council, <strong>Bob Schuster</strong>, incoming elected member of the AICPA council, <strong>Gary Boomer</strong>, at large member of the AICPA Council, <strong>Mary MacBain</strong>, President/CEO of the KSCPA, <strong>Danielle Bulson</strong>, Deputy to the CEO, and <strong>Michelle MacBain</strong>, KSCPA staff.</span></p> <p><img class="justified_center" style="width: 503px; height: 295px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/kscpa_leaders_alongside_aicpa_leaders_2.jpg" alt="AICPA/KSCPA Leaders 2" width="791" height="475" /></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Following an update from Warren Allen, President of the International Federation of Accountants, who emphasized the importance of continuing to recruit and retain the best and the brightest, was the first of two Gold Medal Award presentations. Frank Ross, co</span><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">-founder of the National Association of Black Accountants and a member of the board of directors of Cohen & Steers Mutual Funds, was honored for his service and dedication to creating and supporting diversity within the accounting profession. “I see us having the opportunity to make this a truly diverse profession; one that looks like the world we live in,” stated Frank Ross. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Arleen Thomas, Senior Vice President, Michael Decker, Vice President, and Rick Niswander, Charman of the Board of Examiners discussed the <em>“Evolution of the Uniform CPA Examination.”</em> The AICPA released a report and invitation to comment about improvements to the exam. A KSCPA task force of young professionals recently met to respond to the invitation to comment. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Concluding the first day was a presentation on <em>“Big Data”</em> by Thomas Davenport, President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology & Management at Babson College. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">The following day began with the second Gold Medal Award Presentation to Robert Harris, past chair of the AICPA and principal of the CPA firm, Rehmann. Harris emphasized the importance of volunteering and serving fellow CPAs. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Barry Melancon’s <em>“Professional Issues Update”</em> mirrored the CPA/SEA presentation, focusing on the impact of succession. “Hyper turn-over will have a dramatic impact on the future of our profession,” Melancon stated. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Other morning sessions included an <em>“Update from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy” </em>by Carlos Johnson, Chairman, and <em>“Implementing the Future of Learning”</em> by Anthony Pugliese, Senior Vice President and COO and Clar Rosso, Vice President at the AICPA. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;">The highlight of the afternoon session was a presentation on <em>“Disruptive Business Opportunities”</em> by Luke Williams, Professor of Innovation, NYU Stern School of Business and Executive Director, Berkley Enterprise Center at NYU. Both Barry Melancon and Chairman Bill Balhoff called for innovation and risk taking by leaders in the profession to ensure the quality of the CPA brand. Williams message: In order to be innovative, you must break the standard pattern; identify the clichés in your profession and turn them on their heads. “Be a provocateur!” Williams exclaimed. He presented examples of disruptive thinking with Redbull energy drinks and Zipcar. <a href="http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/News/201411159.htm" target="_blank">Click here </a>for a link to an article in the <strong><em>Journal of Accountancy</em></strong> on this session.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Concluding the second day were Breakout Sessions on Diversity and Inclusion, Evolving the CPE Compliance Model, and Raising the Profession’s Quality Factor. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Melinda Hitz</strong> attended the <em>Diversity and Inclusion Breakout Session</em>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">“This is a fairly new area that the AICPA is exploring to include the many different aspects in the accounting profession such as men/women, racial colors and millennial/baby boomers,” Hitz states. “To service such a variety of people in the profession is the task at hand for this group. Dan Deines was in attendance and was able to update the group on the Advanced Placement project with his group at Kansas State University, and he fielded numerous questions.”</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>M. Aron Dunn</strong> attended the <em>Raising the Profession’s</em> <em>Quality Factor Breakout Session.</em></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">“During this breakout session, the group discussed the EAQ (Enhancing Audit Quality) initiative and discussion paper, including responses to date,” states Dunn. “The emphasis of the discussions revolved around competency based continuing education, improvements to the peer review system including competency assessments of peer reviewers and enhanced client acceptance procedures to ensure applicable competencies and other possible improvements that the AICPA will consider to enhance audit quality and the profession.”</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">Note: The Accounting & Assurance Services Task Force, led by Aron, recently responded to the EAQ discussion paper. <a href="http://community.aicpa.org/enhancing_audit_quality_initiative/m/mediagallery/599.aspx" target="_blank">Click here </a>for more information on this important initiative and to review the comments submitted (see Forums). </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Michelle Schneider</strong> attended the <em>Evolving the CPE Compliance Model Breakout Session</em>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">“Professional Development will definitely be changing in the future! The AICPA is exploring the possibility of moving away from an hours-based approach for CPE to a competency-based approach,” states Schneider. “This new approach may allow for other types of learning for CPE credit, including on the job training, mentoring and experiential learning.” </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">The final day comprised of Timothy Christen reporting on the breakout sessions, a Report from the Audit Committee, Thomas Foard, Chairman, and a Report on Finance and Operations by Thomas Hilton, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Anthony Pugliese, Senior Vice President and COO. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">An important highlight of the morning was the <strong>AICPA approval of a not-for-profit section</strong> to support members working within, or supporting clients within, the not-for-profit industry. The resolution allows for professionals who have management or governance responsibilities to join the section as a <em>Non-CPA Associate member</em>. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">In conclusion, the KSCPA representation was the largest of any AICPA Council meeting. This demonstrates our rising level of influence and commitment to the profession. For more information about the 2014 AICPA Fall Council meeting, please <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/publications/newsletters/aicpanewsupdate/pages/20141021-aicpa-news-update-special-issue-fall-council-2014-highlights.aspx" target="_blank">click here</a>. </span></p> <p><iframe src="http://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fapps%2Fslideshow%2Fshow.swf%3Fv%3D107931&fv=v%3D107931%26offsite%3Dtrue%26lang%3Den-us%26page_show_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157649062674215%252Fshow%252F%26page_show_back_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157649062674215%252F%26set_id%3D72157649062674215%26jump_to%3D&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2F58224886%40N02%2Fsets%2F72157649062674215%2F&image=https%3A%2F%2Ffarm8.staticflickr.com%2F7491%2F15054314763_731b47430c_z.jpg&type=application%2Fx-shockwave-flash&schema=flickr" width="800" height="450" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" style="width: 525px; height: 488px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;"></iframe></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT AICPA Launches Global Management Accounting Principles http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/685-aicpa_launches_global_management_accounting http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/685-aicpa_launches_global_management_accounting <p align="LEFT"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">From the AICPA</span></strong></p> <p align="LEFT"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Arleen R. Thomas, CPA, CGMA<br />Senior Vice President, Management Accounting and Global Markets</span></strong></p> <p align="LEFT"><span style="font-size: medium;">As I mentioned during my session at last week’s Fall Meeting of Council, we’ve just launched the Global Management Accounting Principles. On behalf of the CGMA designation, I’m delighted to share with you a copy of the Principles. </span></p> <p>Global research conducted by the AICPA and CIMA shows that organizations are struggling to make sense of the volume and velocity of information and keep up with the relentless pace of change. Impulse is taking over insight as they navigate these complexities, leading to erratic decision-making focused on the short-term. Management accounting can help, but the practice has varied widely around the world.</p> <p>We created these Principles with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants to establish global consistency of the management accounting function. CEOs, CFOs, academics, regulators, government bodies and other professionals in 20 countries on five continents contributed to their development, giving the Principles relevance in organizations large and small, public and private across the globe. It is my firm belief that businesses and governments will be better with the Principles in place and investors and the public can have more confidence in the actions they take.</p> <p>I encourage you to read the Principles and share them with your colleagues, staff and members. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss these Principles in more detail.</p> <p><strong><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/global_management_accounting_principles.pdf">Click here to view the Principles</a></strong></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT 2014 AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Winners Announced http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/684-2014_aicpa_kscpa_women_to_watch_winners_announced http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/684-2014_aicpa_kscpa_women_to_watch_winners_announced <p>The Kansas Society of CPAs is pleased to announce the winners for the <strong>Fifth Annual AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Awards</strong>. This prestigious award was initiated by the American Institute of CPAs Women's Initiatives Executive Committee and is a collaboration of the AICPA and several of the state associations, including Kansas.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">We invite members to celebrate the achievements of these talented women at the November 19 Women to Watch Awards Luncheon (sponsored by the Wichita Chapter) at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Please register on <a>www.kscpa.org</a> for this free event and join us for the Annual Meeting and Leadership Development Programs.</p> <p>Awards are given in two categories, Experienced Leaders & Emerging Leaders. An experienced leader is defined as a KSCPA / AICPA member who is in a higher level or leadership position within her organization, such as partner, owner, member, executive, elected official or appointee, etc.  An emerging leader is defined as a KSCPA / AICPA member who is not yet in her highest level of advancement; however, she makes contributions to the profession and her community.</p> <p><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/cindy_updated.jpg" alt="Cindy McSwain" width="146" height="199" /><strong>The recipient of the Experienced Leader award is:</strong></p> <p><strong>Cindy McSwain, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C., Wichita</strong> Cindy has been in public accounting her entire career. She currently leads the outsourcing services group at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. providing payroll, accounting, controller, and other financial outsourcing services to numerous clients throughout the central United States. Prior to directing the outsourcing group, Cindy served AGH’s audit clients for 10 years, working with a wide range of middle-market, closely held and family-owned clients. Cindy enjoys building relationships with her clients and staff and is always looking for a better way to do things. Cindy is a change agent for her clients, AGH and for the numerous community organizations she serves.</p> <p><strong>The recipient of the Emerging Leader award is:</strong><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/professional_photo.jpg" alt="Laura Mossman" width="147" height="203" /></p> <p><strong>Laura Mossman, BKD, LLP, Wichita</strong> Laura is a Director at BKD, LLP and leads the Wichita WealthPlan team where she assists closely-held businesses and individuals with their tax planning, succession planning as well as trust, estate and gift tax issues.  Laura currently serves on the Estate Planning Council and the University of Kansas School of Business Accounting & Information Systems Advisory Council and is treasurer for KidzCope.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Awards will be presented at the KSCPA Annual Meeting on November 19, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. Dr. Cheryl Leitschuh, Ed. D, Past Chair of the AICPA Women's Initiatives Executive Committee, will present the awards and update the group on the AICPA Women's Initiatives Executive Committee.</strong></p> <p>Nominees for the award were:</p> <h3><strong>Experienced Leaders</strong>:</h3> <p><strong><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/melinda_hitz_from_2012_annual_mtg_booklet.jpg" alt="Melinda Hitz" width="158" height="194" />Melinda Hitz, CPA, CGMA - Garden City<br /></strong>Melinda is the Finance Director for the City of Garden City, Kansas, a full service city in Southwest Kansas. She has been in this position for 23 years, serving the citizens of the community with sound financial management skills evidenced by the City’s credit rating and receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence  in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association since 1994. Melinda is also responsible for the preparation of the City’s annual budget and presents various topics to the City Commission for consideration. Melinda serves on AICPA committees and was recently awarded the <strong>AICPA Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award-Local Level.<br /></strong></p> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/latimer.jpg" alt="Sharon Latimer" width="171" height="214" /></p> <p><strong>Sharon Latimer, RubinBrown, LLP., Overland Park<br /></strong>Sharon is a Partner in RubinBrown’s Assurance Services Group and leader of RubinBrown’s Kansas City Not-for-Profit practice.  She regularly oversees financial statement audits and reviews, as well as consulting and accounting assistance provided to clients.  She also continues to serve numerous and varied for-profit clients of the firm.  Sharon has enjoyed the profession of public accounting for nearly 30 years while working with a big four firm and a local Kansas City firm prior to joining RubinBrown.  She enjoys being a mentor to other professional women and to those just entering the profession. She is a frequent speaker on not-for-profit related topics both internal at RubinBrown and externally.</p> <p><strong><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/ctm.jpg" alt="Cathy Mitchell" width="162" height="224" />Cathy Mitchell, Allen, Gibbs, & Houlik, L.C., Wichita</strong> Cathy Mitchell has enjoyed a diverse career in public accounting over the last 27 years from KPMG to a sole practioner to Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. where she is a senior manager in the corporate finance department.  She has worked there the last five years and enjoys the collaboration and challenges involved with valuing businesses for many purposes.  Cathy believes being a CPA provides vast and endless opportunities through providing invaluable services to our clients, personal growth/learning, speaking publicly, mentoring, and serving your community and profession.<br /><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/pamela.jpg" alt="Pamela Peppard" width="145" height="184" /></p> <p><strong>Pam Peppard, CBIZ MHM, LLC., Wichita<br /></strong>Pam is a Director at CBIZ MHM LLC in Wichita with 32 years experience in public accounting. Pam mainly practices individual, estate and trust taxation, and estate and financial planning. The KSPCA and its members extend a warm congratulations to Pam in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the industry.</p> <p><strong><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/m._schneider_prof._photo.jpg" alt="Michelle Schneider" width="172" height="203" /></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Michelle Schneider, Adams, Brown, Beran, & Ball, Chtd., Great Bend</strong> <br />Michelle has been with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd. since 1990. She began her tenure with the firm as a staff accountant and has moved through the ranks to her current position of Principal in the Great Bend office.  Over the years, Michelle has specialized in the agriculture and oil and gas industries.  She is a member of the AICPA, KSCPA, and Central Kansas Chapter of CPAs.  In addition to being a member of these organizations, she has served a three-year term on the KSCPA Board of Directors, and serves as the champion of the KSCPA Professional Development Committee, She is currently the Vice Chair of the KSCPA.  In addition to being active in the KSCPA, she held leadership roles in the Central Kansas Chapter.</p> <h3><strong>Emerging Leaders</strong>:</h3> <p><strong><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/noelle.jpg" alt="Noelle Caldwell" width="173" height="208" />Noelle Caldwell, Harvey & Caldwell, PA., Overland Park</strong> <br />Noelle is a Manager at Harvey & Caldwell, P.A. With over 11 years of tax planning and management consulting for small business owners and individuals, Noelle assists and leads the growth and development for both her clients and her own firm. Outside of the office, Noelle is dedicated to her husband and three children, and contributes to her philanthropic passion: InterUrban ArtHouse. Noelle held leadership roles in the Metro Chapter</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Tara Laughlin, Allen, Gibbs, & Houlik, Wichita <img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/tjl_picture.jpg" alt="Tara Laughlin" width="161" height="204" /></strong>Tara is manager in Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. Assurance services. She has been with AGH over five years and her primary focus is working on governmental financial and OMB A-133 audits. Tara enjoys that in her current role she can influence and mentor new staff members in the auditing profession. She has both a Masters and Bachelors in Accounting from Wichita State University and is a member of the AICPA, KSCPA and GFOA. She is a recent alumni of the KSCPA’s “20 up to 40” Leadership Program and is a United Way Young Leader.   </p> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/trina_swart.jpg" alt="Trina Swart" width="176" height="216" /></p> <p><strong>Trina Swart, McFarren, Magnifico & Swart CPAs, PA., Wichita</strong> <br />Trina is a shareholder of McFarren, Magnifico & Swart CPAs, PA located in Wichita, Kansas. She has over eight years of public accounting experience including audit, consulting, and tax advisory services for both businesses and individuals. The best part about coming to work every day is the interaction she has with clients, helping create value and building their businesses. She also serves on the board of several business and non-profit organizations in the community.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/headshot_copy2.jpg" alt="Melanie Tuttle" width="162" height="210" />Melanie Tuttle, Tuttle & McCullough, Lenexa<br /></strong>Melanie is the President and Managing Partner of Tuttle & McCullough, CPAs, PA. She has worked in public accounting for 15+ years.  Her firm specializes in small business accounting and tax, government and not-for-profit audit and peer reviews.  She strives to provide value-added services to her clients as an auditor and peer reviewer. She continues to uphold the highest level of ethical standards and integrity not only her responsibility to her clients, but also to the public as well. She truly believes in the CPA profession and the importance of being held to a higher standard.</p> <p>The Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants is a 2,800+ member, voluntary association dedicated to implementing strategies that enhance the well-being of its members, the accounting profession and the general public.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT Notice of KSCPA Annual Meeting 2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/683-notice_of_kscpa_annual_meeting_2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/683-notice_of_kscpa_annual_meeting_2014 <p><img src="/writable/images/annual_meeting_header.jpg" alt="Annual Meeting" width="546" height="231" /></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/updated_2014_notice_of_annual_meeting.pdf">Click here to view the 2014 Annual Meeting Notice</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/annual_meeting_schedule_of_events_2014_with_hyperlinks_for_members.pdf">Click here to view the Schedule of Events</a></p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT Melanie Tuttle, CPA Attends AICPA Leadership Academy http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/682-melanie_tuttle_cpa_attends_aicpa_leadership http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/682-melanie_tuttle_cpa_attends_aicpa_leadership <p>The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) held the 2014 Leadership Academy September 28 – Oct. 2 at the Washington Duke Inn – Durham, NC. The group of rising stars in the accounting profession was the 6<sup>th </sup>annual Leadership class of participants.</p> <p>During the intensive five-day program, participants learned strategic planning techniques and developed personal success skills for handling complex management challenges. Leadership Academy participants, all under age 36, discussed pressing issues facing CPAs and the accounting profession with some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA Chairman  <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/About/Leadership/Pages/WilliamBalhoff.aspx">Bill Balhoff</a>, CPA, CGMA, and <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/About/Leadership/Pages/Melancon_Bio.aspx">Barry Melancon</a>, CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s Pesident and CEO.</p> <p>The AICPA selected the attendees of the Leadership Academy from more than 100 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies, or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors.</p> <p>The KSCPA holds a unique position at the Leadership Academy, having 6 graduates of the <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong> </em>program accepted to the program.</p> <p>These include: Trisha Cavanaugh, Jim Boomer, Dominic Ortiz, Chad Allen, Amber Goering, and Melanie Tuttle.</p> <p> </p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Announces 2014 AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Nominees http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/681-kscpa_announces_2014_aicpa_kscpa_women_to_watch http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/681-kscpa_announces_2014_aicpa_kscpa_women_to_watch <p>The Kansas Society of CPAs is pleased to announce the nominees for the <strong>Fifth Annual AICPA/KSCPA Women to Watch Awards</strong>. This prestigious award was initiated by the American Institute of CPAs Women's Initiatives Executive Committee and is a collaboration of the AICPA and several of the state associations, including Kansas.</p> <p>Please visit Members/Women to Watch to view previous winners of the award, view the special Skyscapes edition featuring our women leaders, and read the presentations by the AICPA leaders who visited Kansas to present the awards.</p> <p>The nominees for 2014 continue to demonstrate the unique talents that women CPAs bring to the profession. Although only one winner will be selected in each category, the KSCPA believes each of the nominees serve as role models to encourage other women to seek leadership roles because without women leaders, the CPA professional cannot maintain its status as the "Most Trusted Advisor."</p> <p>We invite members to celebrate the achievements of these talented women at the November 19 Women to Watch Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Please register on <a>www.kscpa.org</a> for this free event and join us for the Annual Meeting and Leadership Development Programs.</p> <p>Women make up 60.9% of all accountants and auditors. Consistent with this nationwide trend in the CPA profession, more than half of the Kansas Society of CPAs members are female. Who are these women and how are they impacting the profession and their communities?  The KSCPA and the American Institute of CPAs are jointly honoring the state’s female CPA leaders, both experienced and emerging, with the prestigious <strong><em>“Women to Watch”</em></strong> awards.</p> <p><strong>Dr. Cheryl Leitschuh, Ed. D, Past Chair of the AICPA Women's Initiatives <br />Executive Committee, will present the awards and update the group on the AICPA <br />Women's Initiatives Executive Committee. </strong></p> <p>Awards are given in two categories, Experienced Leaders & Emerging Leaders. An experienced leader is defined as a KSCPA / AICPA member who is in a higher level or leadership position within her organization, such as partner, owner, member, executive, elected official or appointee, etc.  An emerging leader is defined as a KSCPA / AICPA member who is not yet in her highest level of advancement; however, she makes contributions to the profession and her community.</p> <p>The 2014 nominees for the awards are as follows:</p> <h3><strong>Experienced Leaders</strong>:</h3> <p><img class="justified_left" style="width: 154px; height: 173px; float: left;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/1_hitz_melinda_hitz.jpg" alt="melinda hitz" width="184" height="216" /><strong>Melinda Hitz,  City of Garden City, Garden City</strong><br />Melinda is the Finance Director for the City of Garden City, Kansas, a full-service city in Southwest Kansas. She has been in this position for 23 years, serving the citizens of the community with sound financial management skills evidenced by the City’s credit rating and receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence  in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association since 1994. Melinda is also responsible for the preparation of the City’s annual budget and presents various topics to the City Commission for consideration. Melinda serves on AICPA committees and was recently awarded the AICPA Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award-Local Level. </p> <p><img class="justified_center" style="width: 146px; height: 197px; float: right;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/latimer.jpg" alt="sharon latimer" width="181" height="231" /></p> <p><strong>Sharon Latimer, RubinBrown, LLP., Overland Park</strong><br />Sharon is a Partner in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group and the leader of RubinBrown's Kansas City Not-for-Profit practice. She brings more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, including working with a big four firm and a local firm in Kansas City. She is a member of the AICPA and the Missouri State Peer Review Oversight Board. She is also a board member of Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Society of Association Executives and a recipient of <em><strong>KC Business Magazine's</strong> </em>2014 Influential Women.</p> <p><strong>Cindy McSwain, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C., Wichita</strong><img class="justified_left" style="width: 156px; height: 190px; float: left;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/headshot.jpg" alt="McSwain" width="191" height="237" /><br />Cindy has been in public accounting her entire career. She currently leads the outsourcing services group at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. providing payroll, accounting, controller, and other financial outsourcing services to numerous clients throughout the central United States. Prior to directing the outsourcing group, Cindy served AGH’s audit clients for 10 years, working with a wide range of middle-market, closely held and family-owned clients. Cindy enjoys building relationships with her clients and staff and is always looking for a better way to do things. Cindy is a change agent for her clients, AGH and for the numerous community organizations she serves.</p> <p><strong>Cathy Mitchell, Allen, Gibbs, & Houlik, L.C., Wichita</strong><img class="justified_right" style="width: 153px; height: 199px; float: right;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/ctm.jpg" alt="mitchell" width="172" height="206" /><br />Cathy Mitchell has enjoyed a diverse career in public accounting over the last 27 years from KPMG to a sole practioner to Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. where she is a senior manager in the corporate finance department.  She has worked there the last five years and enjoys the collaboration and challenges involved with valuing businesses for many purposes.  Cathy believes being a CPA provides vast and endless opportunities through providing invaluable services to our clients, personal growth/learning, speaking publicly, mentoring, and serving your community and profession.</p> <p><strong>Pam Peppard, CBIZ MHM, LLC., Wichita</strong><img class="justified_left" style="width: 151px; height: 201px; float: left;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/headshot_copy1.jpg" alt="pamela peppard" width="165" height="219" /><br />Pam has been a CPA in public accounting for 32 years and is a director in the Wichita office of CBIZ MHM, LLC.  Pam practices mainly in the individual, estate and trust areas of taxation and estate and financial planning.  She specializes in assisting people with their financial goals and challenges.  Pam speaks at different events and enjoys sharing her knowledge with civic groups.  She has a passion for mentoring young professionals in the office.  She hopes to inspire in others a positive way of dealing with the various problems that are a part of everyday life and to achieve personal success.</p> <p><strong>Michelle Schneider, Adams, Brown, Beran, & Ball, Chtd., Great Bend</strong><img class="justified_right" style="width: 158px; height: 202px; float: right;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/m._schneider_prof._photo.jpg" alt="Michelle Schneider" width="178" height="226" /><br />Michelle has been with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd. since 1990.  She began her tenure with the firm as a staff accountant and has moved through the ranks to her current position of Principal in the Grant Bend office.  Over the years, Michelle has specialized in the agriculture and oil and gas industries.  She is a member of the AICPA, KSCPA, and Central Kansas Chapter of CPAs.  In addition to being a member of these organizations, she has served a three-year term on the KSCPA Board of Directors, has served as the champion of the KSCPA Professional Development Committee for five years,  and is currently the Vice Chair of the KSCPA.  In addition to being active in the KSCPA, she has also held leadership roles in the Central Kansas Chapter of CPAs. </p> <h3><strong>Emerging Leaders</strong>:</h3> <p><strong>Noelle Caldwell, Harvey & Caldwell, PA., Overland Park</strong><img class="justified_left" style="width: 153px; height: 201px; float: left;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/ncaldwellheadshot.jpg" alt="Noelle Caldwell" width="191" height="227" /><br />Noelle is a managing partner at Harvey & Caldwell, PA.  For over 11 years she has been helping small business owners and individuals grow their business through tax planning and management consulting, and she’s helped her firm grow in size.  She is a past-president of the KSCPA Metro Chapter and graduate of the <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em> KSCPA Leadership Program.  She is the president of her business networking group.  She is a current member of the <em><strong>P3 Leadership Academy</strong> </em>provided by Boomer Consulting, Inc.  She is the treasurer for the non-profit group InterUrban ArtHouse.</p> <p><strong>Tara Laughlin, Allen, Gibbs, & Houlik, Wichita<br /></strong><img class="justified_right" style="width: 144px; height: 193px; float: right;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/tjl_picture.jpg" alt="Tara Laughlin" width="201" height="245" />Tara is manager in Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. Assurance services. She has been with AGH over five years and her primary focus is working on governmental financial and OMB A-133 audits. Tara enjoys that in her current role she can influence and mentor new staff members in the auditing profession. She has both a Masters and Bachelors in Accounting from Wichita State University and is a member of the AICPA, KSCPA and GFOA. She is a recent alumni of the KSCPA’s “20 up to 40” Leadership Program and is a United Way Young Leader.</p> <p><img class="justified_left" style="width: 145px; height: 200px; float: left;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/professional_photo.jpg" alt="Laura Mossman" width="180" height="244" /><strong>Laura Mossman, BKD, LLP, Wichita</strong><br />Laura is a Director at BKD, LLP and leads the Wichita WealthPlan team where she assists closely-held businesses and individuals with their tax planning, succession planning as well as trust, estate and gift tax issues.  Laura currently serves on the Estate Planning Council and the University of Kansas School of Business Accounting & Information Systems Advisory Council and is treasurer for KidzCope.   </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Trina Swart, McFarren, Magnifico & Swart CPAs, PA., Wichita</strong><img class="justified_right" style="width: 142px; height: 176px; float: right;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/trina_swart.jpg" alt="Trina Swart" width="184" height="258" /><br />Trina is a shareholder of McFarren, Magnifico & Swart CPAs, PA located in Wichita, Kansas. She has over eight years of public accounting experience including audit, consulting, and tax advisory services for both businesses and individuals. The best part about coming to work every day is the interaction she has with clients, helping create value and building their businesses. She also serves on the board of several business and non-profit organizations in the community.</p> <p><strong>Melanie Tuttle, Tuttle & McCullough, Lenexa</strong><img class="justified_left" style="width: 162px; height: 210px; float: left;" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/headshot_copy2.jpg" alt="Melanie Tuttle" width="186" height="257" /><br />Melanie, is the President and Managing partner of Tuttle & McCullough, CPAs, PA. She has worked in public accounting for 15+ years. Her firm specializes in small business accounting and tax, as well as government and not-for profit audit, and peer reviews. She continues to strive to provide value added services to her clients as an auditor and peer reviewer, while continuing to uphold the highest level of ethical standards and integrity in not only her responsibility to the client but as well to the public. She truly believes in the profession and the importance to be held to a higher standard as a CPA.</p> <p>Melanie balances out her work life by spending any free time with her family and friends.  She and her husband are kept very busy with their 2 daughters, who are very active in soccer, softball, basketball, and piano, just to name a few activities.When they have a free weekend, they are in Manhattan, KS watching the Kansas State Wildcats play! She is also active in running and fitness, and has embarked on a new adventure as a Coach for the Girls on the Run program for 3<sup>rd</sup> – 5<sup>th</sup> graders at her daughter’s elementary school.   </p> <p> </p> <p>The Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants is a 2,800+ member, voluntary association dedicated to supporting and developing its members and promoting the accounting profession. Learn more by visiting, <a href="http://www.kscpa.org">www.kscpa.org</a></p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA 2014 "20 up to 40" Session 4 Held in Overland Park on September 25-26 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/680-kscpa_2014_20_up_to_40_session_4_held_in_overland http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/680-kscpa_2014_20_up_to_40_session_4_held_in_overland <h3><em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong> </em>Session 4 Held on September 25-26, 2014 <br />in Overland Park</h3> <p>The 6th <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong> </em>program held it's fourth session at the Prairie Fire Museum on September 25-26. Jim Boomer, KSCPA secretary nominee and CIO of Boomer Consulting, led the one and half day leadership training session. The group met to complete their group projects, and a networking dinner was held at the Cinetopia at the new Prairie Fire entertainment district in Overland Park.</p> <p>The final session, the Graduation, will be held in conjunction with the KSCPA annual meeting on November 18 and 19th in Wichita. The group will meet to finalize their group project presentations at the annual meeting. They will enjoy a tour of a manufacturing facility in Wichita followed by a graduation dinner at Chester's. KSCPA board and trustees will attend the dinner so that the participants can complete the program by networking with leaders of the KSCPA.</p> <p>The participants will present their group projects at the Annual Meeting, receive graduation certificates, and, as a final experience, attend the KSCPA board meeting.</p> <p>We look forward to participants from the program achieving leadership positions in the KSCPA in the coming years and contributing to the continued success of the CPA profession in Kansas.</p> <p><iframe src="http://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fapps%2Fslideshow%2Fshow.swf%3Fv%3D107931&fv=v%3D107931%26offsite%3Dtrue%26lang%3Den-us%26page_show_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157640091094194%252Fshow%252F%26page_show_back_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157640091094194%252F%26set_id%3D72157640091094194%26jump_to%3D&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2F58224886%40N02%2Fsets%2F72157640091094194%2F&image=https%3A%2F%2Ffarm6.staticflickr.com%2F5517%2F12107590035_3cfda309b2_z.jpg&type=application%2Fx-shockwave-flash&schema=flickr" width="420" height="260" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT New Revenue Recognition Standard: Build Your Implementation Plan Now http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/679-new_revenue_recognition_standard_build_your http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/679-new_revenue_recognition_standard_build_your <h2><strong>New Revenue Recognition Standard: Build Your Implementation Plan Now</strong></h2> <p><strong>By Kim Kushmerick</strong></p> <p>The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s new revenue recognition standard presents the most significant accounting change many veteran CPAs have seen. The standard touches every entity (public and private, including not-for-profit entities) that reports under U.S. GAAP and will require CPAs to reexamine the underlying economics of large numbers of established business practices. The new standard applies to most transactions and contracts with customers except for leases, insurance contracts, most financial instruments and guarantees (other than product or service warranties).</p> <p>At first glance, the implementation period for Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, <em>Revenue from Contracts with Customers, </em>might seem adequate if not generous. Public companies, for whom early adoption is not permitted, are required to adopt the standard in 2017 (for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016). Private companies get an additional year—starting with 2018 for their annual reports—and two more years, beginning in 2019—to start applying the standard to interim reports. Private companies may choose to adopt the standard on the public company schedule.</p> <p>After further study, however, many organizations may find the implementation period to be extremely aggressive and the task daunting. There are many components to be analyzed and many questions to be answered:</p> <ul> <li>How will the standard affect operational and performance metrics?</li> <li>What IT changes will be needed?</li> <li>How will you retrospectively adopt the standard?</li> </ul> <p>If a public company chooses full retrospective adoption, revenue and the direct effects of change in accounting principle to all contracts must be restated for 2015 and 2016 to show comparative financial statements with a cumulative adjustment as of January 1, 2015.</p> <p>You are encouraged to advise clients and employers to begin developing an implementation plan as soon as possible.</p> <p>The AICPA has organized a major effort including industry work groups, training, and organizational tools to assist CPAs with this monumental implementation.</p> <p>You can use the following key tasks based on the AICPA’s <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/FRC/AccountingFinancialReporting/RevenueRecognition/DownloadableDocuments/2014-09_LIPlan.pdf"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">New Revenue Recognition Accounting Standard—Learning and Implementation Plan</span></a> as a high-level road map to begin organizing your organization’s implementation.</p> <p><strong>Task 1: Form a task force (2014-2015)</strong></p> <p>Don’t wait to get all of the major players involved. The standard replaces most transaction- and industry-specific guidance with a principle-based approach, making it difficult—if not impossible—for CPAs to estimate the implementation effort required in a specific organization without first conducting a detailed assessment to use in developing a work plan. In all but the very smallest private companies, this assessment will require substantial collaboration with most major business functions including sales and marketing, IT, legal and human resources.</p> <p><strong>Task 2: Evaluate the impact (2014-2016)</strong></p> <p>Evaluate the changes from current GAAP to the new revenue recognition standard and evaluate the impact on how your company accounts for existing revenue streams and the results to your company’s financial statements. In addition, evaluate how the standard will affect operational and performance metrics, company contracts, compensation plans, accounting policies, internal controls and tax matters. Work with your auditor to ensure that your approach to implementing the new revenue recognition standard and any changes in accounting for revenue recognition are documented completely and accurately.</p> <p><strong>Task 3: Choose how to retrospectively adopt (2014)</strong></p> <p>The standard should be applied using one of the following two methods:</p> <ol> <li>Retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented and the entity may elect any of the following practical expedients:<ol> <li>For completed contracts, an entity need not restate contracts that begin and end within the same annual reporting period.</li> <li>For completed contracts that have variable consideration, an entity may use the transaction price at the date the contract was completed rather than estimating variable consideration amounts in the comparative reporting periods.</li> <li>For reporting periods presented before the date of initial application, an entity need not disclose the amount of the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations and an explanation of when the entity expects to recognize that amount as revenue.</li> <li>Retrospectively with the cumulative effect of initially applying the standard recognized at the date of initial application. If an entity elects this transition method, it also should provide the additional disclosures in reporting periods that include the date of initial application of the following items:<ol> <li>The amount by which each financial statement line item is affected in the current reporting period by the application of the standard as compared to the guidance that was in effect before the change.</li> <li>An explanation of the reasons for significant change.</li> </ol></li> </ol></li> </ol> <p> </p> <p>In September, <a href="http://www.complianceweek.com/blogs/accounting-auditing-update/sec-offers-early-relief-on-revenue-recognition-implementation"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">the Securities and Exchange Commission determined</span></a> that companies electing full retrospective adoption will only be required to apply the new standard for three years rather than the expected five years.  </p> <h2>Task 4: Determine IT changes needed (2014)</h2> <p>Based on the determinations made in Tasks 2 and 3, the new standard may require modifications to IT systems to capture the appropriate level of information related to data used to make estimates on revenue recognition and new disclosures. Determine whether any changes will need to be made to IT systems or software applications to capture information needed for the new revenue recognition standard, including the following retrospective adoption and the additional qualitative and quantitative disclosures required.</p> <p><strong>Task 5: Determine interim disclosures needed for public companies (2014-2016)</strong></p> <p>Public companies should consider the guidance in SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) No. 74 (Topic 11:M), <a href="http://www.sec.gov/interps/account/sabcodet11.htm#M"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Disclosure of the Impact that Recently Issued Accounting Standards Will Have on the Financial Statements of the Registrant When Adopted in a Future Period</span></a>, to determine the appropriate interim disclosures to be made prior to the adoption of the new standard.</p> <p><strong>Task 6: Develop project plan (2014–2016)</strong></p> <p>Develop an evolving project plan for implementation of the revenue recognition standard considering all of the tasks above and facilitate training for your staff.</p> <p><strong>Task 7: Educate key stakeholders (2015-2016)</strong></p> <p>Based on the determinations made in Tasks 2 and 3, the new revenue recognition standard may result in changes in timing of revenue recognized as well as new qualitative and quantitative disclosures that will need to be explained to stakeholders. Educate key stakeholders such as your audit committee, board of directors, investors and lenders on the new revenue recognition standard and what changes they should expect in your company’s financial statements.</p> <p>                       </p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT KS Secretary of State Seeks Board Member for Information Network of Kansas http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/678-ks_secretary_of_state_seeks_board_member_for http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/678-ks_secretary_of_state_seeks_board_member_for <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/Logos/ks_secretary_of_state_seal.png" alt="Secretary of State" />Secretary of State Kris Kobach serves as a board member to the Information Network of Kansas (INK). The INK Board is a quasi-governmental agency created by statute (<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/statute/074_000_0000_chapter/074_093_0000_article/074_093_0001_section/074_093_0001_k/">K.S.A. 74-9301</a></span>),  charged with providing electronic access to government information. This ten member board is made up of both public and private members. Three of the positions are to be held by members of “user associations of a statewide character appointed by the governor”. One of those positions has become vacant and the Secretary of State believes a CPA would be a great candidate to fill the vacancy.</p> <p>The statute requires the board to submit a list of three potential member for the Governor to use to select the replacement. It you are interested, please submit your name to <a href="mailto:Mary@kscpa.org">Mary@kscpa.org</a> and the KSCPA will forward your information onto the Secretary of State's office.</p> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT SSARS 21 approved for reviews, compilations, and engagements to prepare financial statements http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/677-ssars_21_approved_for_reviews_compilations_and http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/677-ssars_21_approved_for_reviews_compilations_and <p><strong>FROM M. ARON DUNN, CPA, KSCPA Immediate Past Chair and Member of the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC):</strong><br /><br />It has been an honor to participate as a member of the Accounting and Review Services Committee this year and I look forward to continuing our work this coming year.  The experience has been incredibly rewarding.  Working with other extremely intelligent and dedicated practitioners has led me to a better appreciation for what is involved and the commitment from other professionals in the standard setting process.  Gathering three times a year for two and a half days of meetings, debate, consensus building, etc. has been quite an experience.  Being involved in the process whether that is being an active AICPA committee member or commenting on outstanding draft proposals is part of being engaged in the profession.  I encourage other KSCPA members to become engaged in the profession either at the state or national level.  There are plenty of opportunities at all levels.  Your experience will be just as rewarding and well worth your time. - <strong>Immediate Past Chair of the KSCPA, Aron Dunn, CPA, CCIFP, Vice President, Assurance Services, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.</strong></p> <h2><strong>Clarified, revised SSARS approved for reviews, compilations, and engagements to prepare financial statements </strong></h2> <p><strong>By Ken Tysiac </strong></p> <h6 dir="LTR" align="LEFT">This article originally appeared in the <strong><em>Journal of Accountancy</em></strong>. ©2014 American Institute of CPAs. All rights reserved.</h6> <p>The AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) voted during its meeting this month to approve clarified and revised standards for reviews, compilations, and engagements to prepare financial statements.</p> <p>The clarified and revised standards for compilations and engagements to prepare financial statements create a bright line between accounting (preparation) services and reporting (compilation) services. The clarified and revised standards are scheduled to be issued as Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) No. 21 in the fourth quarter of 2014 and are effective for engagements on financial statements for periods ending on or after Dec. 15, 2015. Early implementation will be permitted.</p> <p>SSARS No. 21 will supersede all existing AR sections except for AR Section 120, <em>Compilation of Pro Forma Financial Information</em>, which is expected to be exposed for public comment in clarified format in 2015 along with a proposed standard on assembly/compilation of prospective financial information. Requirements and guidance with respect to assembly/compilation of prospective financial information is currently codified in the AT section of Professional Standards.</p> <p>SSARS No. 21 will result in the following AR-C sections:</p> <ul> <li>AR-C Section 60, <em>General      Principles for Engagements Performed in Accordance With Statements on      Standards for Accounting and Review Services</em>.</li> <li>AR-C Section 70, <em>Preparation      of Financial Statements</em>.     </li> <li>AR-C Section 80, <em>Compilation      Engagements</em>.</li> <li>AR-C Section 90, <em>Review of      Financial Statements</em>.</li> </ul> <p><br />AR-C Section 60 will include the general principles for engagements performed in accordance with SSARSs and is intended to replace AR Section 60, <em>Framework for Performing and Reporting on Compilation and Review Engagements</em>.</p> <p>The standards for engagements to prepare financial statements will be codified as AR-C Section 70. AR-C Section 70 applies when the accountant is engaged to prepare financial statements but is not engaged to perform an audit, review, or compilation on those financial statements. The accountant is required to include a legend on each page of the financial statements stating that no assurance is being provided. The accountant is required to obtain an engagement letter signed by both the accountant and the client’s management. Like all other nonattest bookkeeping/accounting services engagements, the accountant is not required to consider whether he or she is independent. The standard can be applied to financial statements with or without disclosures.</p> <p>The compilation standard will be codified as AR-C Section 80 and will provide requirements and guidance when an accountant is engaged to perform a compilation engagement on historical financial statements. Previously, AR Section 80, <em>Compilation of Financial Statements</em>, applied when an accountant was engaged to report on compiled financial statements or submitted financial statements to the client or to third parties.</p> <p>The performance requirements for compilation engagements are largely unchanged. A report is always required (non-reporting management-use-only engagements would be covered by the preparation standard). To differentiate the nonassurance compilation report from assurance (review and audit) reports, the report is streamlined so that the standard report is just one paragraph with no headings. The requirement that the accountant modify the accountant’s compilation report whenever the accountant’s independence is impaired is retained. The accountant is required to obtain an engagement letter signed by both the accountant and the client’s management. The standard can be applied to financial statements with or without disclosures.</p> <p>The standards for review engagements will be codified as AR-C Section 90 and are basically a clarity redraft of the review literature with few changes to SSARS No. 19.</p> <p>More information on the project is available on the <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/FRC/Review/Pages/ARSCClarityProject.aspx" target="_blank">AICPA website</a>.</p> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT Kansas Department of Revenue - Kansas Customer Service Center http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/676-kansas_department_of_revenue-kansas_customer http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/676-kansas_department_of_revenue-kansas_customer <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/Logos/kdor.jpg" alt="KDOR" width="231" height="133" />Starting Oct 7, the Kansas Department of Revenue will be rolling out the new Kansas Customer Service Center. It will create a one stop site for Kansas Department of Revenue services including those currently supported by KSWebTax.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span> </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span>While many of the steps you will take when filing or paying taxes will not change, the sign in page will look different and you will need to use an email address to log in. </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span> </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span>If you have questions or need assistance with your account log in please feel free to contact our electronic services help desk at 785-296-6993 or 1-800-525-3901. Contact information for the help desk will also be on the set up pages for the new portal.</span></p> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA CPA Exam Survey Results - September 2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/675-kscpa_cpa_exam_survey_results-september_2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/675-kscpa_cpa_exam_survey_results-september_2014 <h3>CPA EXAM SURVEY RESULTS REVEAL AGREEMENT TO CHANGE KANSAS STATUTE - SEPTEMBER 2014</h3> <p>The KSCPA recently conducted a survey of it's membership to confirm results of a survey taken 3 years ago in which 83% of the respondents (over 700 respondents) indicated agreement to changing the Kansas statute to allow candidates to begin taking sections of the CPA exam 60 days prior to completing the 150 hours. The new survey confirmed that membership agrees that this change should be pursued with 74% of the membership indicating either strong agreement or agreement to a change. The leadership of the KSCPA continues to discuss the next move and will keep the membership informed as we move toward the 2015 legislative session.</p> <p>If you would like to comment further on this topic, please contact <a href="mailto:mary@kscpa.org">mary@kscpa.org</a>.</p> <p>A crosstabulation of the results is as follows, showing that agreement was across the board when looking at the type of organizations where our members work.</p> <p><strong><em><img class="justified_center" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/cpa_exam_survey_table.jpg" alt="CPA Exam" width="552" height="346" /></em></strong></p> <h3> </h3> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA to Hold 2014 Annual Meeting & Women to Watch Awards http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/673-kscpa_to_hold_2014_annual_meeting_women_to_watch http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/673-kscpa_to_hold_2014_annual_meeting_women_to_watch <p><img class="justified_center" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/revised_annual_meeting.gif" alt="Annual Meeting 2014" width="500" height="264" /></p> <h4><strong>The KSCPA will host its Annual Meeting and KSCPA Educational Foundation Annual Meeting on November 19, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.</strong></h4> <p>The day begins with student and faculty photos from 8:00-8:30 a.m. The Annual Meeting of KSCPA and KSCPA Educational Foundation starts at 8:30 a.m. After the Annual Meeting of the KSCPA and KSCPA Educational Foundation the following topics will be presented by the speakers listed below:<br /><br />08:00-08:30   Registration & Group Photos of Board of Directors, <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em><br />                      and student attendees<br />08:30-09:30  Annual Meeting of KSCPA and KSCPA Educational Foundation<br />09:40-10:20   <strong>Dr.</strong> <strong>Gerald Graham</strong> - <em><strong>“Why Leaders Must Embrace Change & How to <br />                      Get Others to Do the Same” </strong></em><br />10:20-11:10   <strong>Al Anderson</strong> - <em><strong>“The Future of Audit and Why it Takes Leadership"</strong></em><br />11:10-12:50   Women to Watch Awards Luncheon<br />01:00-01:45   <em><strong>“20 up to 40”</strong></em> Group Project Presentation & Graduation<br />01:45-02:35   <strong>Dr. </strong><strong>Hubert Glover </strong>- <em><strong>“Giraffes of Technology”<br /></strong></em> 02:35-03:35   <strong>Dr. Dan Deines</strong> - <strong><em>“Update on Pathways Commission and Why                       Accounting AP is About to Become a Reality”<br /></em></strong><em>03:45-4:30    <strong>Board Meeting or Dr. Dan Denies "Overtime" with faculty, students,   <br />                     and interested CPAs </strong>(open forum)</em></p> <h3><strong><a href="/events/ANNLMTG14/annual_meeting_of_kscpa_the_educational_foundation">CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING</a></strong></h3> <h3><strong><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/annual_meeting_schedule_of_events_2014_with_hyperlinks_for_members.pdf">Members - Click Here for the Complete Schedule of Events</a></strong></h3> <h3><strong><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/annual_meeting_schedule_of_events_2014_for_student_mailing_revised.pdf">Students and Faculty - Click Here for the Schedule of Events</a></strong></h3> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT IRS News for Tax Professionals - October 2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/672-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-october_2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/672-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-october_2014 <p><img src="/writable/images/Logos/irslogo.jpg" alt="IRS" width="569" height="101" /></p> <p><strong>OCTOBER 2014</strong></p> <p><strong>The IRS continues to warn the public to be alert for telephone scams and offers <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Five-Easy-Ways-to-Spot-a-Scam-Phone-Call">five tell-tale warning signs</a> to tip you off if you get such a call. </strong></p> <p><strong>Upcoming local and national webinars:<br /></strong>September 17, 2014, 10:00 to 11:00 am Central (9:00 to 10:00 Mountain)<br /><strong>Combating Identity Theft Part I<br /></strong><a href="https://events.na.collabserv.com/portal/wippages/register.php?id=88cce6cf14&l=en-US">Register for this event</a><br />September 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (CT); 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 a.m. (PT)<strong><br />2014 Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions for Individuals, Families and Small Businesses<br /></strong>To register for the event, visit the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.visualwebcaster.com/IRS/100208/reg.asp?id=100208">Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration website.</a></span> <br />September 24, 2014, 10:00 to 11:00 am Central (9:00 to 10:00 Mountain)<br /><strong>Combating Identity Theft Part II<br /></strong><a href="https://events.na.collabserv.com/portal/wippages/register.php?id=ad594dd43b&l=en-US">Register for this event</a><br />October 29, 2014, 2:00 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (CT); 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 a.m. (PT)<br /><strong>Tax Practice Ethics – Circular 230 from A to Z, including amendments effective June 12, 2014<br /></strong>To register for the event, visit the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.visualwebcaster.com/IRS/99764/reg.asp?id=99764">Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration website.</a></span></p> <p><strong>Application of One-Per-Year Limit on IRA Rollovers:</strong> The IRS issued <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-14-15.pdf">Announcement 2014-15</a> stating that new proposed regulations that follow the Tax Court's interpretation will be issued and that conflicting information in the proposed regulation has been withdrawn. The change will also be reflected in the <em>next update</em> to Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements. The change <em>does not affect</em> the exclusion of multiple tax-free trustee-to-trustee transfers between IRAs in a year nor multiple tax-free rollovers between IRAs and eligible retirement plans in a year.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>A <a href="http://www.militaryonesource.mil/legal?content_id=269356">military power of attorney</a></strong> is sufficient authorization to permit an individual to represent a deployed member of the military before the IRS. Because a military POA is broad in scope, covering more than just tax authorizations, it cannot be input to the Centralized Authorization File (CAF) by itself. The military POA holder (often the spouse of the deployed military member) should complete <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Form-2848,-Power-of-Attorney-and-Declaration-of-Representative-1">Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative</a>.</strong> The military POA holder/spouse is authorized to sign the Form 2848 for the deployed military member as their authorized representative. Attach a copy of the military POA including an attested statement, if required, to the completed Form 2848 prior to submitting to the CAF unit for input.</p> <p><strong>Draft tax forms</strong> on IRS.gov: Early releases of draft forms and instructions are at <span style="text-decoration: underline;">IRS.gov/draftforms</span>. The IRS provides draft tax forms for your information as a courtesy. <strong>Do not file draft forms. </strong>Also, do not rely on draft instructions and publications for filing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/n1430.pdf">Notice 1430</a>, <strong>Don’t Get Caught in</strong> <strong>Backup Withholding</strong>, contains information about the possible requirement to have BWH withheld from receipts. The <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Third-Party-Reporting-Information-Center" target="_blank">Third Party Reporting Information Center - Information Documents</a> has more information.</p> <p>Did you know there’s a free, online program to help teachers and students – or others who may be interested – learn the “hows” and “whys” of taxes? The IRS calls it “<strong><a href="http://apps.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes/index.jsp">Understanding Taxes</a></strong>.”     It was designed by the IRS and teachers to make learning about federal taxes as easy as A-B-C.</p> <ul> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">A</span>ccessible (web-based)</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">B</span>rings learning to life</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">C</span>omprehensive</li> </ul> <p>More information is available <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Learn-about-Our-Tax-System-with-Understanding-Taxes">here</a>.</p> <p>The Internal Revenue Service today announced the availability of <em><strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax-Stats-Individual-Income-Tax-Returns-Publication-1304-(Complete-Report)">Statistics of Income—2012, Individual Income Tax Returns Complete Report (Publication 1304)</a></strong></em><strong>.</strong> U.S. taxpayers filed 144.9 million individual income tax returns for tax year 2012, down 0.3 percent from 2011. The adjusted gross income less deficit reported on these returns totaled $9.1 trillion, which is an 8.7-percent increase from the prior year.</p> <p><strong>Last known address:</strong> A number of IRC requirements involve the phrase “last known address.” The meaning of the phrase “last known address” is important, as it impacts validity and legal sufficiency of many notices and documents provided to taxpayers. <a href="http://www.irs.gov/irb/2010-19_IRB/ar07.html">Revenue Procedure 2010-16</a> defines last known address and identifies the IRC sections to which the definition applies. Taxpayers can use <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8822.pdf">Form 8822</a>, Change of Address</strong>, to notify the IRS of a change of address. If a third party provides a new address for the taxpayer, this is not the taxpayer's last known address, unless the taxpayer verifies it and requests it be used as such by the Service. See</p> <p>IRM 5.11.1.3.2.1, Last Known Address. Click <a href="http://www.irs.gov/irm/part5/irm_05-011-001.html#d0e293">here</a> then scroll down to IRM 5.11.1.3.2.1.</p> <p>See also: <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8822b.pdf">Form 8822-B Change of Address or Responsible Party — Business</a></strong>. Any entity with an EIN must file Form 8822-B to report the latest change to its responsible party.</p> <p><strong>AFFORDABLE CARE ACT<br /></strong><strong>IRS Website Explains Tax Provisions of the Health Care Law; Provides Guide to Online Resources. </strong>You can view the Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTMwODE2LjIyMDU1OTUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDEzMDgxNi4yMjA1NTk1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODkxNzYyJmVtYWlsaWQ9c2hlcnJ5LnNhdWNlcm1hbkBpcnMuZ292JnVzZXJpZD1zaGVycnkuc2F1Y2VybWFuQGlycy5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&158&&&http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-Home">IRS.gov/aca</a> .      The home page has three sections, which explain the tax benefits and responsibilities for individuals and families, employers, and other organizations, with links and information for each group. The site provides information about tax provisions that are in effect now and those that will go into effect in 2015 and beyond.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>ACA News for Individuals<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5156.pdf">Publication 5156</a>, Facts about the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment, an exemption <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/ACA-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision-Exemptions">chart</a>, IRS You Tube video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBEJTcFuVm0">Individual Shared Responsibilities - Overview</a> and <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Questions-and-Answers-on-the-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision">Questions and Answers</a> contain more information. </p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/ACA-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision-Calculating-the-Payment">Individual Shared Responsibility Provision – Calculating the Payment</a></p> <p><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNzI0LjM0NDMwMjAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDcyNC4zNDQzMDIwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODcyMzU2JmVtYWlsaWQ9YW5uLnAubWFrcmVzQGlycy5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWFubi5wLm1ha3Jlc0BpcnMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&117&&&http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-46.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-46</a>. This revenue procedure provides the <strong>2014 monthly national average premium for qualified health plans that have a bronze level of coverage</strong> for taxpayers to use in determining their maximum individual shared responsibility payment</p> <p>New <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5172.pdf">IRS Publication 5172</a>, Facts about Health Coverage Exemptions, <strong>provides information for taxpayers who qualify for and may claim exemption from minimum essential coverage</strong> so that they do not need to make individual shared responsibility payments when they file their federal tax returns.</p> <p class="Default"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNzI0LjM0NDMwMjAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDcyNC4zNDQzMDIwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODcyMzU2JmVtYWlsaWQ9YW5uLnAubWFrcmVzQGlycy5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWFubi5wLm1ha3Jlc0BpcnMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&119&&&http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-41.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-41</a>. This revenue procedure provides guidance that a taxpayer may use to compute the <strong>deduction for health insurance costs for self-employed individuals and the premium tax credit.</strong></p> <p><strong>ACA News for Businesses<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Questions-and-Answers-on-Employer-Shared-Responsibility-Provisions-Under-the-Affordable-Care-Act">Questions and Answers on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions under the Affordable Care Act</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>For practitioners who work with small business owners:<br /></strong>Publication 4591, Small Business Federal Tax Responsibilities, describes publications, resources and websites to help small businesses understand their federal tax responsibilities. It’s currently available in <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4591.pdf">English</a> and <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4591sp.pdf">Spanish</a>. It will soon be available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Russian. You can <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Pub-4591-Small-Business-Federal-Tax-Responsibilities">order up to 100 copies for free</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>YOUR PRACTICE <br /></strong>Webinar on October 29, 2014, 2:00 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (CT); 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 a.m. (PT)<br /><strong>Tax Practice Ethics – Circular 230 from A to Z, including amendments effective June 12, 2014<br /></strong>To register for the event, visit the <a href="http://apps.irs.gov/app/scripts/exit.jsp?dest=http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=99764">Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration website</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>EMPLOYERS <br /></strong>An accurate Form W-4 is important. <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwODI5LjM1NDkzNTUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDgyOS4zNTQ5MzU1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODkxNDE3JmVtYWlsaWQ9a2FyZW4uYS5icmVobWVyQGlycy5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWthcmVuLmEuYnJlaG1lckBpcnMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&138&&&http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc753.html" target="_blank">Tax Topic 753</a> has information to help employees and employers.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Educational-Products-Workshops-and-Seminars-for-Exempt-Organizations">Educational Products, Workshops and Seminars for Exempt Organizations</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Upcoming-Workshops-for-Small-and-Medium-Sized-501(c)(3)-Organizations">Upcoming Workshops for Charities</a>: IRS Exempt Organizations offers one-day workshops for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations around the country in collaboration with colleges and universities as part of our Academic Institutions Initiatives in an effort to help develop the nonprofit leaders of tomorrow. </p> <p>Find all of the most current <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits">information for tax-exempt organizations</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>TAX TIPS<br /></strong><strong>Make a Mistake? Amend Your Tax Return</strong>. Don’t worry if you made a mistake on your tax return or forgot to claim a tax credit or deduction. You can fix it by filing an amended return. See <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Make-a-Mistake-Amend-Your-Tax-Return">Summertime Tax Tip 2014-24</a> for 10 tips that you should know about amending your federal tax return. </p> <p>Are you, your spouse or a dependent heading off to college? If so, here’s a quick tip from the IRS: some of the costs you pay for higher education can save you money at tax time. <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Back-to-School-Tax-Credits">Summertime Tax Tip 2014-23</a> has several important facts you should know about <strong>education tax credits</strong>.</p> <p>You can use the IRS’s <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Am-I-Eligible-to-Claim-an-Education-Credit%3F">Interactive Tax Assistant</a></strong><strong> tool to help determine if you’re eligible for educational credits or deductions,</strong> including the American opportunity credit, the lifetime learning credit and the tuition and fees deduction.</p> <p>If you move because of your job, you may be able to deduct the cost of the move on your tax return. <strong>You may be able to deduct your costs if you move to start a new job</strong> or to work at the same job in a new location. The IRS offers <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Deducting-Moving-Expenses">tips about moving expenses</a> and your tax return.</p> <p><strong>See the latest<br /></strong>- <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Tax-Tips">Tax Tips </a> <br />- <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Fact-Sheets-2014">Fact Sheets</a><br />- <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IRS-Stakeholder-Partners-Headliners">Headliners</a><br />- <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/News-Releases-for-Current-Month">News releases</a><br />-  Announcements, Notices, Revenue Rulings, Revenue Procedures, Treasury Decisions, and Treasury Regulations are in the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/irb/index.html">Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB</a>)<br />-  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2">Tax Statistics</a><br />-  Find the latest IRS news via <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-New-Media-1">Social Media</a> options.</p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Subscribe-to-News-and-Updates-from-the-Office-of-Professional-Responsibility-OPR">Subscribe</a> to the Office of Professional Responsibility’s newsletter.  </p> <p>Find the latest <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Tax-Pro-News-and-Events">news and events for tax professionals</a></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Issue-Management-Resolution-System-IMRS">Issue Management Resolution System</a> helps solve issues with policies, practices and procedures. Tax professionals should forward significant issues regarding IRS policies, practices and procedures to their Stakeholder Liaison.</p> <p>See the September 2014 IMRS Hot Issues <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IMRS-Hot-Issues">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Outreach-Corner">Outreach Corner</a>. Find it easy to spread the word about key income tax topics! This page offers electronic communication materials to use in reaching out to the people you serve. Get free news you can use each month, targeted by time of year to coincide with what your customers, employees, volunteers, etc. need to know about new tax law legislation, IRS events and other activities that affect them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Industries-Professions">Industries/Professions Tax Centers</a>. Tax Centers contain links to topics such as tax tips, financial resources, trends and statistics, forms, and more.</p> <p>Tax Center of the Month: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Agriculture-Tax-Center">Agricultural Tax Center</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Tax-Tips-Agriculture-1">Tax Tips - Agriculture</a></li> </ul> <p>This section offers more than helpful tax tips. Other topics include: whether crop insurance and crop disaster payments are taxable, farm income averaging, when a commodity credit corporation loan becomes income, and much more.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Audit-Technique-Guides-Agriculture">Audit Technique Guides – Agriculture</a></li> </ul> <p>The Audit Technique Guides (ATGs) are for use by IRS employees conducting audits and as information for taxpayers and practitioners.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Conservation-Reserve-Program-Annual-Rental-Payments-and-Self-Employment-Tax">Conservation Reserve Program “Annual Rental Payments” and Self-Employment Tax</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Audit-Techniques-Guides-ATGs">Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs)</a><br />Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) help IRS examiners during audits by providing insight into issues and accounting methods unique to specific industries. While ATGs are designed to provide guidance for IRS employees, they’re also useful to small business owners and tax professionals who prepare returns.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>NEWS FROM OTHER AGENCIES<br /></strong><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwODE3LjM1MDk5MDYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDgxNy4zNTA5OTA2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODg1MDgyJmVtYWlsaWQ9a2FyZW4uYS5icmVobWVyQGlycy5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWthcmVuLmEuYnJlaG1lckBpcnMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&111&&&http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/selling-your-business">Selling Your Business</a><br />SBA: If you are in the process of selling or closing your business, <a href="http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/selling-your-business">then this course is for you</a>. Topics covered include defining a business exit strategy, transferring ownership of a business, steps to closing a business, and preparing a sales agreement. See also: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Closing-a-Business">Closing a Business</a> on IRS.gov. </p> <p>Beginning Aug. 1, 2014, SSA will no longer issue <strong>Social Security number verification printouts</strong> in their field offices. Individuals who need proof of their SSN and cannot locate their card will need to apply for a replacement card, which takes 7-10 business days. More information is available on the <a href="http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/">Social Security Administration website</a>. NOTE: As mentioned in the September newsletter, <strong><a href="http://www.ssa.gov/news/#!/post/7-2014-1">Local Social Security offices will continue to provide benefit verification letters</a></strong> until further notice.</p> <p> </p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT Metro Chapter Newsletter - 2014-2015 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/671-metro_chapter_newsletter-2014-2015 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/671-metro_chapter_newsletter-2014-2015 <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/2014_metro_chapter_newsletter_september_.pdf">Click here to view the PDF version of the Metro Chapter Newsletter</a></p> <p><iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1510982/9293225" width="420" height="260" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT Majority of House of Representatives Urge Leadership To Preserve Cash Method of Accounting for Tax Purposes http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/670-majority_of_house_of_representatives_urge http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/670-majority_of_house_of_representatives_urge <h2 align="center"><strong>Majority of House of Representatives Urge Leadership </strong><strong>To Preserve Cash Method of Accounting for Tax Purposes</strong></h2> <h3 align="center"><em>233 Signers Signal Strong Opposition to Accrual Requirement</em><strong> </strong></h3> <p><strong><br />Washington, D.C. (September 11, 2014) </strong>– A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives – 233 members – have signed a letter urging the House leadership to preserve the cash method of accounting for tax purposes, writing that proposals requiring a transition to the accrual method “will have a severely detrimental impact on thousands of businesses in our districts.”</p> <p>Last month, a similar <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/Advocacy/Issues/DownloadableDocuments/cash-accounting-senate-letter-final-8-6-2014.pdf">Senate effort</a> gained the backing of 46 members of that chamber.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/About/Pages/About.aspx">American Institute of CPAs</a> (AICPA) is a leading opponent of congressional efforts to mandate the use of accrual accounting for businesses and individuals who exceed $10 million in annual gross receipts. The AICPA partnered with state CPA societies and CPA firms to help secure the support and signatures of lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill.</p> <p>“Those who use the cash method of accounting include many of our local job creators and professionals including accountants, architects, attorneys, dentists, engineers, farmers, physicians and financial service professionals,” the legislators explained in a September 11 letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other members of the House leadership. “Importantly, the cash method of accounting is the foundation upon which these businesses have built their business models for decades.” </p> <p>The House effort was led by Representatives Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.).</p> <p>The House letter explained that the cash method of accounting is a simple method in which income is recognized when it is collected. By comparison, the accrual method of accounting recognizes income when a service is performed, regardless of when cash is collected. “If forced to pay taxes before income is received, as would be required under the accrual method, less money would be available to small businesses for growth and job creation,” the lawmakers wrote. “Additionally, cash flow management becomes far more complex as a result, and will likely trigger the need for additional outside financing. These factors alone would have a significant negative impact on our local economies.” </p> <p>“While we believe reforms to the tax code should provide a simpler and fairer tax system, requiring the use of the accrual method for entities currently using the cash method will not achieve these goals,” the House letter concluded. “As we seek to best represent the concerns of the constituents in our districts, we strongly urge you to preserve the cash method of accounting.”</p> <p>“Colleagues from state CPA societies and our members have been instrumental in this effort,” said AICPA President and CEO <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/About/Leadership/Pages/Melancon_Bio.aspx">Barry C. Melancon</a>, CPA, CGMA. “Thanks to them, more than half of the House and nearly half of the Senate – from both parties and every state – have voiced their opposition to a proposal that unfairly penalizes CPA firms, among other businesses. The accrual accounting mandate is bad tax policy that should be abandoned by the House and Senate.”</p> <p><strong>About the AICPA</strong></p> <p>The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 400,000 members in 145 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1877. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.</p> <p>The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.</p> <p>The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.</p> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT Apply for a KSCPA Task Force Today http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/668-apply_for_a_kscpa_task_force_today http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/668-apply_for_a_kscpa_task_force_today <h2>KSCPA Task Force Application Form</h2> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/Logos/kscpa10in_logo_white.jpg" alt="KSCPA" width="178" height="107" />All members are invited to serve on a KSCPA Task Force.<a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/2014_task_force_application_extended_fillable_form.pdf">To apply for a task force, click here and complete the form.</a> Once completed, the form will be sent to the appropriate task force champion who will contact you with more information.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Hosts AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop - July 10-12, 2014 - Overland Park http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/667-kscpa_hosts_aicpa_accounting_scholars_leadership http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/667-kscpa_hosts_aicpa_accounting_scholars_leadership <p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">The KSCPA had the honor of hosting the AICPA’s Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop at the Sheraton in Overland Park July 10-12, 2014. The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop is an annual invitational program for minority accounting students who plan to pursue the CPA designation. This event aims to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential.</p> <p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">The following KSCPA members volunteered to assist with the program: Chad Allen, CPA; Julie Allen, CPA; Stephanie Bunten, CPA, JD; Grace Friedel, CPA; Daniel Gaston, CPA; Reid Hash, CPA; DeAnn Hill, CPA, CGMA; Michele Herzog, CPA; Patrick Lee, CPA; Kerry Lisman, CPA; Dominic Ortiz, CPA, CGMA; Bonnie Petz, CPA; TeOndra Phillips, CPA; Jessica Schmiedbauer, CPA; Alyssa Sharp, CPA; Becky Shaw, CPA; Shekima Smith, CPA; Gigi Traore, CPA; Melanie Tuttle, CPA and Meagan Wellbrock, CPA. Without these amazing volunteers, the workshop would not have been possible!</p> <p><iframe src="http://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fapps%2Fslideshow%2Fshow.swf%3Fv%3D107931&fv=v%3D107931%26offsite%3Dtrue%26lang%3Den-us%26page_show_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157646218685617%252Fshow%252F%26page_show_back_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157646218685617%252F%26set_id%3D72157646218685617%26jump_to%3D&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2F58224886%40N02%2Fsets%2F72157646218685617%2F&image=https%3A%2F%2Ffarm6.staticflickr.com%2F5580%2F14971398772_eae0fa112c_z.jpg&type=application%2Fx-shockwave-flash&schema=flickr" width="420" height="260" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;"></iframe></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT 2014 Board Retreat - July 31- August 1, 2014 - Colorado Springs http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/666-2014_board_retreat-july_31-_august_1_2014-colorado http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/666-2014_board_retreat-july_31-_august_1_2014-colorado <h3> 2014 KSCPA Board Retreat a Success</h3> <p><iframe src="http://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fapps%2Fslideshow%2Fshow.swf%3Fv%3D107931&fv=v%3D107931%26offsite%3Dtrue%26lang%3Den-us%26page_show_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157646218226950%252Fshow%252F%26page_show_back_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157646218226950%252F%26set_id%3D72157646218226950%26jump_to%3D&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2F58224886%40N02%2Fsets%2F72157646218226950%2F&image=https%3A%2F%2Ffarm4.staticflickr.com%2F3923%2F14783698637_3f79bff4f1_z.jpg&type=application%2Fx-shockwave-flash&schema=flickr" width="420" height="260" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Footlight MT Light','serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">This is a transition time of year when outgoing, incoming, current, and ex officio members of the KSCPA Board of Directors gather at the annual strategic planning retreat. Our Board Chair, Melinda Hitz, chose the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO with the CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs and Business Learning Institute, Tom Hood, serving as facilitator. The location was not only attractive as a location for the retreat, but also a great place for families. Despite the rain, while planning was underway, family members were able to enjoy the many activities at the Resort and in Colorado Springs.</span></p> <h4><em><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Our Board Meets the Needs of All Generations – We are Sustainable</span></em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span></h4> <p>The board composition spans three generations – Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers, with Gen x the majority. Unlike many state association boards, the KSCPA is moving forward with Gen X leaders and seeking ways to expand the engagement of Millennials and Gen X to ensure sustainability of the association. Despite the desire to change to continue to add value, some things never change; namely, the ability of like-minded CPAs to come together, bond, and to work together collaboratively to achieve our mission:</p> <p align="center"><strong>MISSION of the KSCPA<br /></strong>The KSCPA is dedicated to supporting and developing its members <br />and promoting the accounting profession.</p> <h4><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>It's About the Process: the i2a: Insights to Action Strategic Thinking System</em></span></h4> <p>For the past several years, Tom has facilitated our retreat using <strong><em>the i2a: Insights to Action Strategic Thinking System </em></strong>with the goal of making sense of the complex and changing world. This process is outlined in Tom’s report along with the results of the retreat.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/t_hood_-_kscpa_strategic_plan_report_2014.pdf">Click Here to View Report of Board Retreat by Tom Hood</a></p> <p>In summary, the i2a process involves the following steps:</p> <p><strong>1 SIGHT:</strong>   Look at the world around us to identify trends that impact our profession.</p> <p><strong>2 INSIGHT:</strong>   Look at what we’ve accomplished, what we learned along the way, and what got in the way.</p> <p><strong>3 CREATE:</strong>   We develop our own “big rocks” and action plans. This year, Melinda worked with Tom prior to the retreat, and it was decided that our “big rocks” from 2013-14 would not change and that we would focus on engaging our board members with action items that would be followed throughout the year instead of only at the biannual leadership summits. We accomplished our goal at the retreat, have solid action plans, engaged champions, and a plan to connect via conference call every quarter and in person as needed.</p> <p><strong>4 COMMUNICATE:</strong>  We continuously communicate our plan to the KSCPA team and to the leaders on the board and other members who serve on the “big rock” task forces.</p> <p><strong>5 INSPIRE:</strong>  For us to be successful, we must inspire others to action. An engaged leadership of the KSCPA is the ONLY way to ensure sustainability of our profession as the “most trusted advisors” in the state of Kansas. As the KSCPA team works to implement the plan and strategies and, in fact, in whatever actions we take, we always do a check against the plan to make sure we are following the strategic thinking of our leadership.</p> <h4><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Successful Organizations Focus on the “WHY?”</em></span></h4> <p>A central focus of the first day of the retreat was to ponder <strong>WHY </strong>we do what we do. Most organizations focus on <strong>what</strong> and <strong>how </strong>they do something, but the most successful organizations zero in on the WHY because that is the inspiration and the reason for wanting to belong.</p> <p>We, therefore, approached our strategic planning session on why we have the “big rocks.” We built a “Strat House” for each of the “big rocks,” starting with the roof, which is the WHY. During the second day of the retreat, we built the walls of the houses (actions), identified the deliverables, and stated our Guiding Principles.</p> <h4><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>KSCPA “Big Rocks” – and our WHYs</em></span></h4> <p><strong>PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:</strong>   Enhancing our members’ success through professional development opportunities.</p> <p><strong>MEMBER ENGAGEMENT & GROWTH:</strong>  Creating opportunities for members and their organiaztions to sustain the CPA profession through member engagement.</p> <p><strong>ADVOCACY:</strong>   Protecting the integrity of CPAs and those they serve through our advocacy.</p> <p><strong>PROMOTION OF THE CPA BRAND:</strong>   Preserving the value proposition of the CPA brand – trust, value, excellence.</p> <p>Our champions led round table discussions to build each “Strat House” followed by a “Strategy Café” process in which we rotated the groups so that everyone was involved in each “Strat House.” The Champions facilitated feedback and edits to the “Strat Houses.”</p> <p>Finally, we identified “Next Steps,” which is our commitment to the action plans created by the “Strat House” process.</p> <p>Over the next year, our "big rock" champions and task force members will "meet" by conference call and in person, as needed to ensure the strategies developed at this important retreat are implemented.</p> <p>Thank you, again, to everyone who participated in this event, and we look forward to a very productive fiscal year beginning September 1, 2014.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT "20 up to 40" Session 3 Held July 24-25, 2014 in Wichita http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/664-20_up_to_40_session_3_held_july_24-25_2014_in http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/664-20_up_to_40_session_3_held_july_24-25_2014_in <h3 dir="LTR" align="LEFT"><em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong> </em>Session 3 Held July 24-25, 2014 in Wichita</h3> <p dir="LTR" align="LEFT"><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/dscn4677.jpg" alt="Dr. Gerald Graham" width="190" height="248" />The <strong><em>"20 up to 40"</em></strong> participants heard about leadership from<strong> Dr. Gerald Graham</strong>, Center for Management Development, Wichita State University, at the third session of the group held in Wichita. On July 24, they worked on their group projects and got a taste of what Dr. Graham would be presenting on July 25. A social event was held the evening of July 24, with a reception for <strong><em>"20 up to 40" </em></strong>alumni in the Wichita area, along with board members. The group then headed out for dinner at River City Brewery where they had a chance to relax. Friday, July 25, was a full day with Dr. Graham’s presentation on leadership. Dr. Graham made the day fly by with interactive exercises designed to challenge the group’s ideas of leadership and success. The group will meet for its fourth session in the Kansas City metro area in September where they will receive more leadership training from Jim Boomer, CPA.CITP, CGMA, a graduate of the first<strong><em> "20 up to 40" </em></strong>program.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT Kennedy and Coe and Matson and Isom Plan to Merge http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/656-kennedy_and_coe_and_matson_and_isom_plan_to_merge http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/656-kennedy_and_coe_and_matson_and_isom_plan_to_merge <h2 align="center"><strong>Kennedy and Coe and Matson and Isom Plan to Merge</strong></h2> <h4 align="center"><strong>Two powerhouse CPA firms in food and agriculture space joining forces.</strong></h4> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">(June 11, 2014) Kennedy and Coe, LLC—a national accounting and consulting firm in the food and agriculture industry—today announced plans to combine with California CPA firm, Matson and Isom. Owners of both firms voted to merge operations on January 1, 2015, pending final approvals.</p> <p>Together, the firm becomes one of the nation’s largest agricultural consulting and CPA practices. With a combined 375 people and almost $60 million in revenue, it will be about 60<sup>th</sup> in size among U.S. CPA firms. Jeff Wald will preside as CEO and the firm will bear a new name which honors the legacies of the two firms.</p> <p>“We do great work in our key focus areas, and as a firm that started in the Heartland, Kennedy and Coe’s deepest focus has always been in food and agriculture. We are determined to be <em>part</em> of the industry rather than a firm that just <em>serves </em>it. Over the years, we’ve added extraordinary capabilities and talent to anticipate and preempt problems for clients, and to help them seize new opportunities,” explains Jeff Wald, CEO of Kennedy and Coe. “Matson and Isom is a great firm that also happens to be the largest local CPA firm in the incredibly important California food and ag market. Most importantly, we share this unique vision to positively impact the future of farming and food production in America.”</p> <p>Both firms help producers sustain and grow their businesses in wildly fluctuating conditions—weather, commodity price volatility, land values, and economic pressures—making sure their operations are strong and thriving for the next generation. Both firms work extensively with related businesses throughout the food-supply chain including input suppliers, processors, packagers, storage, and distributors to name a few.  </p> <p>“Neither of our firms are interested in growth for growth’s sake. What we’re interested in is helping the food and ag industry through some challenging yet exciting times. We can do that a lot better together than separately,” says Jim Holt, Matson and Isom’s managing director. “We’ve both worked alongside farmers for several generations. We know what their land and their lifestyle mean to them, and we know how to help them in the tough times and the good.”</p> <p>MATSON AND ISOM<br />Matson and Isom—based in Chico with offices in Redding, Colusa, and Yuba City—is the largest CPA firm north of Sacramento. It’s among the region’s largest employers, and ranks within the Top 200 CPA firms in the U.S. according to <em>AccountingToday</em> magazine. About one-third of the firm’s business relates to food and agriculture. The firm also works with manufacturers, education, construction, landowners, developers, and healthcare.</p> <p>KENNEDY AND COE<br />In 2013, Kennedy and Coe acquired Vela Environmental and AgKnowledge, businesses that expanded the firm’s offerings to include proactive policy and legislative involvement, sustainability and resource planning, and detailed profit-margin management at the crop and acre level. Sixty percent of the firm’s business relates to food and agriculture with the rest in biofuels, manufacturing, construction, landowners, developers, community banks, and healthcare providers. The firm is ranked by <em>AccountingToday</em> as one the top 100 largest CPA and consulting firms in the U.S., with offices in Kansas, Colorado, Mississippi, Wyoming, and Washington DC.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT May 21, 2014 IRS Practitioner Liaison Meeting Resources http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/655-may_21_2014_irs_practitioner_liaison_meeting http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/655-may_21_2014_irs_practitioner_liaison_meeting <p><strong>May 21, 2014 - Practitioner Liaison Meeting Resources</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Identity Theft Presentation</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/Reject%20Codes%20for%20Identity%20Theft%20Cases.docx"><strong>Common Reject Codes for Identity Theft e-Filed Returns</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Guide-to-Identity-Theft"><strong>http://www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Guide-to-Identity-Theft</strong></a></p> <p><strong>How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-Mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing"><strong>http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing</strong></a></p> <p><strong>2014 Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) Pilot:  Questions and Answers</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2014-Identity-Protection-PIN-(IP-PIN)-Pilot:-Questions-and-Answers"><strong>http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2014-Identity-Protection-PIN-(IP-PIN)-Pilot:-Questions-and-Answers</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Pub 4523 - Beware of Phishing Schemes</strong></p> <p><a href="http://core.publish.no.irs.gov/pubs/pdf/15145c08.pdf"><strong>http://core.publish.no.irs.gov/pubs/pdf/15145c08.pdf</strong></a></p> <p><strong>How do you Report Suspected Fraud Activity?</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/How-Do-You-Report-Suspected-Tax-Fraud-Activity%3F"><strong>http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/How-Do-You-Report-Suspected-Tax-Fraud-Activity%3F</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://core.publish.no.irs.gov/pubs/pdf/36166a14.pdf"><strong>Publication 4164 - </strong><strong>Modernized E-File (MeF) Guide for Software Developers and Transmitters</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Taxpayer Advocate Service Presentation</strong></p> <p><strong>Taxpayer Advocate Service Home Page</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/"><strong>http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Publication 1546 – The TAS of the IRS – How to Get Tax Help with Unresolved Tax Issues</strong></p> <p><a href="http://core.publish.no.irs.gov/pubs/pdf/13266l13.pdf"><strong>http://core.publish.no.irs.gov/pubs/pdf/13266l13.pdf</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/2013-Annual-Report"><strong>The 2013 Report to Congress</strong></a></p> <p><strong>TAS Resources for Tax Professionals</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals"><strong>http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/Media-Resources/Reports-To-Congress" target="_blank"><strong>IR-2012-66: National Taxpayer Advocate Identifies Challenges and Issues for Upcoming Year in Mid-Ye</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Campus Compliance Presentation</strong></p> <p><strong>IRS Video Portal:  Campus Correspondence Audit Process & Resolution</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irsvideos.gov/CampusCorrespondenceAuditProcessResolution"><strong>http://www.irsvideos.gov/CampusCorrespondenceAuditProcessResolution</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Publication 3498-A – The Examination Process (Audits by Mail)</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3498a.pdf"><strong>http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3498a.pdf</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Stakeholder Liaison Presentation</strong></p> <p><strong>2014 Nationwide Tax Forums</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.irstaxforum.com/seminar"><strong>https://www.irstaxforum.com/seminar</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Social Security Administration</strong></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/SSA%20HANDOUT.PDF"><strong>Social Security Policy Changes</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/SSN%20and%20Benefits%20Fac%20Sheet.pdf"><strong>Social Security Fact Sheet</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Outsourcing Payroll and Third Party Payers</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Outsourcing-Payroll-and-Third-Party-Payers"><strong>http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Outsourcing-Payroll-and-Third-Party-Payers</strong></a></p> <p><strong>New ITIN Acceptance Agent Program Changes</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/New-ITIN-Acceptance-Agent-Program-Changes"><strong>http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/New-ITIN-Acceptance-Agent-Program-Changes</strong></a></p> <p><strong>ITIN Frequently Asked Questions</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/2012-ITIN-Review-Frequently-Asked-Questions-1"><strong>http://www.irs.gov/uac/2012-ITIN-Review-Frequently-Asked-Questions-1</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/p1518a.pdf"><strong>Pub 1518-A - Tax Calendar Options for Business and Self Employed</strong></a></p> <p><a href="/Get%20Connected%20to%20the%20IRS%20with%20Social%20Media"><strong>Get Connected to the IRS with Social Media</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/IllinoisPractitionerDirectory.doc"><strong>Illinois Tax Practitioner Directory</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/KansasPractitionerDirectory.doc"><strong>Kansas Tax Practitioner Directory</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/MissouriPractitionerDirectory.doc"><strong>Missouri Tax Practitioner Directory</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/NebraskaPractitionerDirectory.doc"><strong>Nebraska Tax Practitioner Directory</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/OklahomaPractitionerDirectory.doc"><strong>Oklahoma Tax Practitioner Directory</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/OklahomaPractitionerDirectory.doc"><strong>Central Area Stakeholder Liaison Members</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/5-2014%20HOT%20ISSUES..doc"><strong>5-2014 IMRS Hot Issues</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/irsdocs/SL%20Area%20Folders/Central%20Area/Anita%20Douglas/5-21-2014%20-%20KANSAS%20CITY%20CAMPUS%20PLM/a2014%2006%20June%20IRS%20News%20for%20Tax%20Pros.doc"><strong>6-2014- Summary of IRS News for Tax Pros</strong></a></p> <p> </p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT Audit Quality Drives Continued Audit Relevance http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/654-audit_quality_drives_continued_audit_relevance http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/654-audit_quality_drives_continued_audit_relevance <div class="entry-body"> <p>Auditing is at the very core of our profession; only CPAs are authorized by law to conduct financial statement audits. In today’s business environment, entities are increasingly interdependent and information and accountability have assumed a larger role in society. As a result, the CPA’s independent audit of an entity's financial statements is a vital service to investors, lenders, sureties, businesses, regulators and other participants in the marketplace. Mergers, acquisitions, the capital markets and credit sources depend not only on the information that management provides in financial statements, but also on the CPA’s audit opinion as to whether the financial statements are free of material misstatements, whether caused by error or fraud.</p> </div> <div class="entry-more">We are committed to maintaining our profession’s excellence in a fast-changing and complex business environment. Consistent with that goal, the AICPA has launched a new Enhancing Audit Quality initiative. Sue Coffey, CPA, CGMA, the AICPA’s Senior Vice President of Public Practice & Global Alliances, is leading this comprehensive, holistic effort to look at auditing from multiple touch points, from the CPA exam and ethics enforcement to auditing and quality control standards, to learning and competency development and changes to peer review, and ultimately to a transformation of practice monitoring.</div> <div class="entry-more"> <p><br />The cornerstone of our EAQ initiative involves near- and long-term changes to the <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/PeerReview/Pages/PeerReviewHome.aspx">Peer Review Program</a>. For more than 35 years we have been upholding the public interest through a robust and effective Peer Review Program that monitors firms’ audit and attest services. We were the first profession to require peer review for licensure, and peer review has been a membership requirement for 25 years. Peer review also has helped reveal audit issues that firms are experiencing and identify resources the AICPA can develop to support firms in those areas. For example, the <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/GovernmentalAuditQuality/Pages/GAQC.aspx">Governmental</a> and <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/EmployeeBenefitPlanAuditQuality/Pages/EBPAQhomepage.aspx">Employee Benefit Plan</a> Audit Quality Centers are continually working to assist firms doing audits in these specialized industries.</p> <p>The AICPA’s <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/INTERESTAREAS/FRC/AUDITATTEST/Pages/AuditAttestServices.aspx">Auditing Standards Board</a> just completed its five-year project to rewrite generally accepted auditing standards and the quality control standard so that auditors will better understand the requirements for a high-quality audit. In addition, the many departments within the AICPA that develop competency tools and resources continue to help our members achieve the highest level of audit quality. The Center for Audit Quality, which is affiliated with the AICPA, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board have been very active with initiatives to enhance audit quality. Recently, the CAQ issued its <a href="http://www.thecaq.org/docs/reports-and-publications/caq-approach-to-audit-quality-indicators-april-2014.pdf?sfvrsn=2" target="_blank">Audit Quality Indicators</a> approach and is developing other tools. On the international front, the <a href="http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/News/201410229.htm" target="_blank">European Union recently passed extensive audit reforms</a> that will take effect over the next 2 to 3 years. Elsewhere in the world, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board has issued a <a href="http://www.ifac.org/sites/default/files/publications/files/A-Framework-for-Audit-Quality-Key-Elements-that-Create-an-Environment-for-Audit-Quality-2.pdf" target="_blank">framework on audit quality</a> (the AICPA was instrumental in its development), and other countries and accountancy organizations have been working on audit quality, including <a href="http://www.cica.ca/about-cica/media-centre/media-releases-and-backgrounders/2014/item79012.aspx" target="_blank">Canada</a> and <a href="http://www.frc.gov.au/reports/occasional_papers/APPC_Audit_Quality_Jan_14_new.pdf" target="_blank">Australia</a>.</p> <p>Without question, the audit should provide value to the user, and value goes hand-in-hand with quality and transparency. The audit process should evolve both in what auditors examine and communicate. In addition, though, the people and firms doing audit work must be trusted to deliver high-quality performance.    </p> <p>Of course, you are the most important part of this effort to raise the bar on audit quality. Each and every CPA around the country contributes to the profession as a whole. Your input to the Enhancing Audit Quality effort is essential and you can help shape what is to come. This summer, we will release a discussion paper that will highlight the AICPA’s plans and perspectives on moving forward. I’m excited to engage in a dialogue and work together to address this profession-wide audit issue. Let’s pave our own path and take the continued journey to improving audit quality and maintaining audit relevance. </p> <p><strong><em><a href="http://www.aicpa.org/About/Leadership/Pages/Melancon_Bio.aspx" target="_self">Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA</a>, President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs.</em></strong></p> </div> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT University of Kansas Business School Launches Part-time Master of Accounting Program http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/653-university_of_kansas_business_school_launches http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/653-university_of_kansas_business_school_launches <p>The University of Kansas School of Business will begin offering a Working Professional Master of Accounting program at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park this fall.</p> <p>The program is designed for professionals with accounting undergraduate degrees interested in enhancing their career options with a graduate degree. Earning a Master of Accounting (MAcc) not only increases earning potential, it offers opportunity for advancement to management roles. Additionally, the MAcc program coursework satisfies educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam in most states.</p> <p>The School of Business holds dual accreditation for the school as a whole and for its accounting program from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest credential in business education. Only about 1 percent of business schools in the world hold dual accreditation.</p> <p>The Working Professional MAcc program welcomes students with diverse career backgrounds and allows them the flexibility to complete their graduate degree while continuing to work. Students attend evening classes and can start in the fall, spring or summer. Courses at Edwards Campus will be taught by the same faculty as the full-time MAcc on the Lawrence campus. </p> <p>“We are very excited to offer a MAcc degree for working professionals at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park,” MAcc Director Lisa Ottinger said. “Our challenging curriculum, acclaimed faculty, powerful alumni base and rich history of academic excellence will provide students with the tools they need to be successful in their careers.”</p> <p>KU Edwards Campus Vice Chancellor David Cook said the MAcc degree is an excellent addition to the graduate degree offerings at the Edwards Campus.</p> <p>“The corporate focus of the program’s coursework nicely complements the needs of working professionals," he said. “This program will not only prepare professionals to fill highly demanded jobs in the accounting field, but also fills CPA exam eligibility.”</p> <p>The MAcc curriculum provides education in accounting concepts, including advanced financial accounting, advanced managerial accounting, forensic accounting, project management, internal audit, accounting research, corporate taxation, risk and internal controls, and information systems.</p> <p>For more information about the new MAcc at Edwards Campus, visit <a href="http://www.edwardscampus.ku.edu/macc">EdwardsCampus.KU.edu/MAcc.</a></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT Important Message - OMB Guidance Regarding Criteria for Low-Risk Auditee http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/652-important_message-omb_guidance_regarding_criteria http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/652-important_message-omb_guidance_regarding_criteria <p><strong><em>Important Message from</em></strong> <br />Shelly Hammond, CPA, CGFM & Scot Loyd, CPA, CFE, CGMA, CGFM</p> <p><strong>RE: OMB guidance regarding criteria for low-risk auditee</strong> <br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Please send Question to OMB to clarify if KMAAG is included.</span></p> <p><a class="file docx" href="/writable/files/2014/News/question_to_omb.docx">Click Here</a> to access a sample question you can submit to:  <a href="mailto:cofar@omb.eop.gov">cofar@omb.eop.gov</a></p> <p>On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the final rule for <em>Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards</em>. </p> <p>Subpart F of the guidance pertains to Audit Requirements, and section 200.520 discusses the criteria for determining when an entity is a low-risk auditee. One of the criteria appears to restrict the preparation of the financial statements to GAAP or a “basis of accounting required by state law.” </p> <p>As you know, here in Kansas, many governmental entities follow the regulatory basis of accounting as outlined in the Kansas Municipal Audit & Accounting Guide (KMAAG). K.S.A. 75-1120a provides for a governing body to waive the requirements of GAAP, and if such waiver is granted, the entity “shall cause financial statements and financial reports of the municipality to be prepared on the basis of cash receipts and disbursements as adjusted to show compliance with the cash-basis and budget laws of this state.”</p> <p>The question is – does the Kansas statute meet the criteria of section 200.520 of the new OMB guidance? In our opinion, entities still have a choice between following GAAP and the KMAAG guidance, and if GAAP is not followed, then the KMAAG basis is required per statute. </p> <p>If all entities in Kansas that follow KMAAG are deemed to NOT meet the criteria under section 200.520, then all will be deemed <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">high-risk auditees</span></strong> for major program determination purposes.  And that will never change. In this case, all such entities will be required to have at least 40% of total federal expenditures tested annually (while low-risk auditees have a minimum threshold of 20%). </p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">We ask that you submit questions or comments to the OMB.</span></strong> We believe the OMB will focus their evaluation on those instances where they receive the most duplicate questions. They will release <em>Frequently Asked Questions</em> pertaining to the new guidance. We hope they will provide an interpretation as to whether the statute in Kansas (as described above) meets the criteria of a “basis of accounting required by state law.” </p> <p>Thank you for your assistance in this matter. </p> <p>Shelly Hammond                                                       Scot Loyd<br />Vice President, Assurance Services                         Partner<br />Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C                                         Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC<br />Member, Executive Committee, AICPA                    Chair, KMAAG Board of Editors<br />Government Audit Quality Center</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT CPA Walks Across America http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/651-cpa_walks_across_america http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/651-cpa_walks_across_america <h2><strong>Cross-country for a cause</strong></h2> <h3><strong><em>100 days, 14 states, 2,826 miles. BLI thought leader Frank Ryan is walking coast to coast to raise awareness for Good Shepherd Services</em></strong></h3> <p><strong>By Bill Sheridan, CAE</strong></p> <p>How far will you go to change the world?</p> <p>Like all of us, you have your pet causes. Maybe you work at a food pantry, or volunteer as a board member for your favorite non-profit, or respond to disasters for the local Red Cross. Maybe you spend what little free time you have during tax season filing returns for those in need.</p> <p>Whatever you do, pinpointing your passion is the easy part. The hard part is figuring out how much of a burden you can carry.</p> <p>Frank Ryan has set the bar pretty high — 2,826 miles high, to be exact.</p> <p>The CPA, consultant and Business Learning Institute thought leader is spending his spring and early summer on a remarkable journey that finds him walking from coast to coast to raise awareness for Good Shepherd Services, a non-profit organization that provides treatment and care for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities.</p> <p>Ryan’s journey has its roots in the 2008 recession. Now in its 150th year, Good Shepherd’s funding dropped drastically after the downturn and Ryan, a 30-year volunteer with the organization and current president of its Board of Directors, decided to take action. Along with Good Shepherd CEO Michele Wyman, Development Director Diana Ellis, and the rest of the staff, Ryan hatched a plan designed to shine a spotlight on the group and its mission.</p> <p>“I was concerned that the need for this type of treatment was growing (as funding was falling),” said Ryan, 62. “Consistency of treatment for these children is just as important as the treatment itself. So we decided to develop an awareness of the needs of children with developmental disabilities. We wanted to be advocates for children who may not have anyone else advocating for them.”</p> <p><strong>‘A walk of atonement and gratitude’</strong></p> <p>Ryan’s journey began on March 15 near San Diego. It will end 100 days later in Ocean City, Md., where he is scheduled to teach a July 2 course at the Maryland Association of CPAs’ annual Beach Retreat.</p> <p>In between, he’ll walk 32 miles a day on a route that will take him literally from sea to shining sea, carving a path through 14 states — California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.</p> <p>No support vehicles will follow him on his journey. Ryan will carry 50 pounds of supplies in a backpack and pull an additional 60 to 80 pounds of food, water, and gear behind him. His only companions will be those who see fit to join him for a mile or two on what he is calling “a walk of atonement and gratitude.”</p> <p>“The first part is atonement,” Ryan said. “I want to ask any person that I have hurt in my life to forgive me, any person that I have let down or disappointed to pray for me, and any person I have helped to consider helping another. The gratitude part is this: I’m asking anyone who is willing to follow me for a mile or two, so that they can help carry some supplies. I don’t know if I will get that support, but I will be very grateful for any help I can get.</p> <p>“It’s important to do that,” he added, “and I’ll tell you why: Our children (at Good Shepherd) don’t know who’s going to turn out to help them. I want to replicate that feeling of not knowing. I’d be lying to you if I told you I’m not getting anxious right now. Our kids can’t ask what the contingency plan is. <em>We</em> are their contingency plan. At the drop of a hat, I could say, ‘I’m done. I’m too old to do this.’ These children don’t have that choice.”</p> <p>Ryan will get plenty of support from the folks at Good Shepherd. The staff has created a “Walk Across America Challenge” to encourage staff to “walk with Frank in solidarity,” Ellis said. Teams of 10 to 20 staffers will track the miles they walk on the job or at home in the hopes of matching Ryan mile for mile. Those who would rather not walk can still participate via donations; every dollar donated will count as a mile toward the goal. All money collected will be used to fund programming for Good Shepherd students.</p> <p>“We’re so appreciative of what Frank has been doing for us all these years, and for what he is doing for us this year in celebrating our 150 anniversary,” Ellis said. “We are excited about this walk — it’s wonderful. We’re still working through a lot of the unknowns associated with this, but he has been willing to embark on it and go at it with full force, and so are we.”</p> <p><strong>‘I’m going to finish this thing’</strong></p> <p>Ryan began training for the walk about 15 months ago, logging more than 2,000 miles on foot in the process. He also put on an extra 10 pounds or so, since he expects to lose up to 25 pounds during his journey.</p> <p>Then there’s the issue of temperature.</p> <p>He left Maryland’s cool early spring behind to start the walk in Southern California’s 70- and 80-degree climate before crossing into the hot, harsh conditions of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. “The first two weeks pose the greatest risk,” he said. “I won’t be acclimated to those temperatures. If I can’t do 32 miles a day at the beginning, I’ll wait until I get past the desert and make up for it with a few 40-mile days.”</p> <p>His biggest worry, though, is failure.</p> <p>Ryan says his work with Good Shepherd has been “a lifelong passion” and is “what I intend to do for the rest of my life,” and for one reason.</p> <p>“I fell in love with the mission,” he said. “The sisters of the Good Shepherd are my heroes. I see the kindness and the humanness in their hearts. They believe in taking care and treating one child at a time. When you see the letters from the parents and grandparents of the children who have been helped, it just melts your heart, and I told myself I have to do more of this.”</p> <p>That’s the source of his fear of failure.</p> <p>“If I fail, I’ll feel like I’m disappointing these children,” he said. “I don’t want them to ever feel like an adult is going to walk away from them. No matter what, when, how, or why, I guarantee I’m going to finish this thing. I don’t care if I have to crawl. These children and the entire (Good Shepherd) staff are going to know that somebody gives a damn about them.” </p> <p><em>Bill Sheridan, CAE, is the MACPA’s chief communications officer and editor of The Statement.</em></p> <p><strong>Walk Across America: Here’s how you can help</strong></p> <p>You can support Frank Ryan on his journey and help Good Shepherd Services at the same time by donating to the “Walk Across America” campaign. For details, visit GSSMaryland.org and click on “Walk Across America.</p> <p><strong>Follow Frank:</strong> You can follow Ryan’s progress across the country by liking his “Walk Across America” page on Facebook. Visit Facebook.com/GSSWalkAcrossAmerica.</p> <p>The MACPA will also publish periodic updates from Frank on its blog, CPA Success. Keep an eye on CPASuccess.org.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT