KSCPA News http://www.kscpa.org/about/news News from KSCPA en-us Copyright 2014, KSCPA Special Message from Secretary of State http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/630-special_message_from_secretary_of_state http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/630-special_message_from_secretary_of_state <p>Secretary Kobach is thrilled to announce that we have successfully partnered with Creative Solutions UltraTax to allow their software to electronically transmit Business Entity annual reports to our office. The system allows payment via electronic check. Creative Solutions added this feature to the update that released earlier this week. In order to take advantage of this new service, you will have to download the newest version of their software.</p> <p>The idea for this enhancement came from a Kansas Certified Public Accountant. Our understanding is that no other state is offering this service. Secretary Kobach has asked his staff to spend more time talking customers about their needs and less time talking to other bureaucrats about what we think people might need and want. We are hoping this will be the first of many suggestions you can give us to make our office more business friendly.</p> <p>We intend to work with other accounting software vendors to expand the availability of this service. If you have any ideas about how to make our office more business friendly, please call Kathy Sachs at 785-296-3828 or you can send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:Kathy.Sachs@sos.ks.gov">Kathy.Sachs@sos.ks.gov</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT Congressman John Campbell visits KSCPA Leaders, Outlines Proposed Tax Reform http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/629-congressman_john_campbell_visits_kscpa_leaders http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/629-congressman_john_campbell_visits_kscpa_leaders <h3>Congressman John Campbell visits KSCPA Leaders</h3> <h4>Outlines Proposed Tax Reform</h4> <div>[Note: Congressman Campbell will present the keynote speech at November tax conference. <a href="/professional_development/course/KTC14/64th_annual_kansas_tax_conference_2_hours_ethics" target="_blank">Click here to register for the 64th Annual Kansas Tax Conference </a>where he will discuss his analysis of the House of Representatives pending proposal for massive tax reform.]</div> <div><img class="justified_center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/dsc_0089.jpg" alt="Congressman John Campbell" width="308" height="299" /></div> <div>On April 7, at the KSCPA office, three past chairs and the KSCPA team met to get to know one of our newest KSCPA members and soon-to-be resident of Kansas.</div> <div> </div> <div>Secretary of Administration Jim Clark, Office Managing Partner of the WIchita office of Kennedy and Coe Bob Schuster, KSCPA Legislative Executive Committee Chair Gary Allerheiligen, CEO Mary MacBain, and the KSCPA team joined in a lively conversation with the Congressman.</div> <div><img style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; cursor: default; outline-width: 1px; outline-style: solid; outline-color: black; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/dsc_0100.jpg" alt="John Campbell and KSCPA Leaders" width="543" height="227" /></div> <div>Following brief introductions, everyone had a chance to tell their story of "why Kansas?". For the congressman, his ties to Kansas are through his mother, who had roots in Chase County where he and his wife of 34 years, Catherine,.will make their home after the Congressman retires (from the House of Representatives) in December. Because he is a CPA with a Masters in Taxation <a href="http://campbell.house.gov/about/" target="_blank">(click here to view his bio)</a>, he has worked diligently on financial services committees in Congress. He admits to being "about as conservative" as one can be with evolutionary, long-standing ties to the Republican Party.</div> <div> </div> <div>He made his way into politics following the sale of his successful car dealership enterprise. He attributes his entrepreneurial success in the auto business to his background as CPA. His auditor curiosity led him to discover a fraud at a dealership with numerous locations where he was employed. This subsequently took him on a path from becoming president of the dealership to ownership, sale to the manufacturer, and straight into politics, starting with the general assembly in California. Now he's 58 and has served 14 years with no election defeats. With hours and hours on flights around the world and meetings with numerous leaders and dignitaries, including the Queen of England, he's ready to settle down and let Catherine take a well-deserved lead in planning their activities. He's going to let the premium airline programs expire and drive to and from California in one of the 20 automobiles he's collected.</div> <div> </div> <div>Congressman Campbell is a member of the CPA Caucus (one of 8 CPAs currently in the House), where he works closely with fellow republican and KSCPA member, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. Because he wants to obtain his CPA license in Kansas, Congresswoman Jenkins suggested he join the KSCPA to obtain CPE, and she wrote to CEO Mary MacBain, "put him to work."</div> <div> </div> <div>..and that she did. Congressman Campbell couldn't leave the KSCPA office without discussing House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp's proposal for massive reform of the Federal tax code.</div> <div> <img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/dsc_0095.jpg" alt="John Campbell and Jim Clark" width="549" height="359" /></div> <div>He succinctly and eloquently explained the main components of the proposed bill <a href="http://waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/statutory_text_tax_reform_act_of_2014_discussion_draft__022614.pdf" target="_blank">(click here for the 900 plus page document)</a>. The proposal does simplify taxes for the vast majority of taxpayers. Some of the simplification includes:</div> <div> </div> <div>Increase in the standard deduction and reduction in rates.</div> <div>Repeal or modification of itemized deductions, including state and local taxes, charitable contributions, and the mortgage interest deduction.</div> <div>Repeal of alternative minimum tax.</div> <div> </div> <div>For 5% of taxpayers, the complexity actually increases, making tax planning even more critical. There is an introduction of production income and a 10% surcharge.</div> <div> </div> <div>We are fortunate that Congressman Campbell agreed to be the keynote speaker at the 64th Annual Kansas Tax Conference in Wichita on November 20-21 where he will give his in-depth analysis of the proposal which he thinks has a good chance of passing in 2015. The last tax conference was noted by many attendees as the "best in 25 years," and this session, along with several others planned, will most likely trump the 63rd Conference. <a href="/professional_development/course/KTC14/64th_annual_kansas_tax_conference_2_hours_ethics" target="_blank">Registration for the conference is already available by clicking here.</a></div> <div> </div> <div>The KSCPA membership is fortunate to attract many illustrious speakers to its programs. The conferences are planned by hard working steering committees who understand the topics ands needs for education.</div> <div> </div> <div>The <strong>2014 Passport to Quality Education</strong>, in your mail later this month, provides a glimpse into our offerings. <a href="/about/news/627-kscpa_publishes_2014_professional_development" target="_blank">Click here for a preview.</a></div> <div> </div> <div> <br /> <div> </div> </div> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT IRS News for Tax Professionals - April 2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/628-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-april_2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/628-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-april_2014 <p><strong><img src="/writable/images/Logos/irslogo.jpg" alt="IRS.gov" /></strong></p> <p><strong>IRS NEWS FOR TAX PROFESSIONALS</strong><br />APRIL 2014</p> <p>Within irs.gov the site dedicated to news and information for tax professionals is <a href="http://www.irs.gov/for-Tax-Pros">http://www.irs.gov/for-Tax-Pros</a> . </p> <p>Subscribe to the free IRS <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Join-e-News-for-Tax-Professionals">e-News for Tax Professionals</a> for weekly information for tax professionals.</p> <p><strong>HEADLINES <br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Offers-Health-Care-Tax-Tips-to-Help-Individuals-Understand-Tax-Provisions-in-the-Affordable-Care-Act">IR-2014-19 </a> <strong>IRS Offers Health Care Tax Tips to Help Individuals Understand Tax Provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The </strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Offers-Health-Care-Tax-Tips-to-Help-Individuals-Understand-Tax-Provisions-in-the-Affordable-Care-Act">Listing</a> includes:<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Website-Explains-Tax-Provisions-of-the-Health-Care-Law">HC-TT 2014-01 </a> <strong>IRS Reminds Individuals of Health Care Choices for 2014<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/The-Health-Insurance-Marketplace-Learn-about-Your-Health-Insurance-Coverage-Options">HC-TT 2014-02 </a> The Health Insurance Marketplace - Learn about Your Health Insurance    Coverage Options<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/The-Premium-Tax-Credit2">HC-TT 2014-03</a> <strong>The Premium Tax Credit<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/The-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Payment-An-Overview">HC TT 2014-04</a> The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment - An Overview<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Three-Timely-Tips-about-Taxes-and-the-Health-Care-Law">HC TT 2014-05</a> Three Timely Tips about Taxes and the Health Care Law<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Four-Tax-Facts-about-the-Health-Care-Law-for-Individuals">HC TT 2014-06</a>  Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Changes-in-Circumstances-can-Affect-your-Premium-Tax-Credit">HC TT 2014-07</a>  Changes in Circumstances can Affect your Premium Tax Credit<br /><em>▪ The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email</em><em>. </em>You can report unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS at the following address: <a href="mailto:phishing@irs.gov">phishing@irs.gov</a><sup>.  </sup>You may also report instances of IRS-related fraud, phony IRS websites or social media pages to the <a href="http://www.ustreas.gov/tigta">Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration</a> at 1-800-366-4484. <br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Beware-of-Fake-IRS-Emails-and-Phone-Calls">Tax Tip 2014-19</a> Beware of Fake IRS Emails and Phone Calls<br />Helpful publications:<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p910.pdf">Publication 910</a> is a guide to free tax services.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5120.pdf">Publication 5120</a> and <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5121.pdf">Publication 5121</a>- Facts about the Premium Tax Credit.<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/The-Premium-Tax-Credit">premium tax credit</a>    <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-Home">IRS.gov/aca</a>  <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a><br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3780.pdf">Publication 3780</a> has Tax Information for Small Construction Businesses<em>  <br /></em>▪ Those who turned 70½ in 2013 are reminded to take their <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Plan-Participant,-Employee/Retirement-Topics---Required-Minimum-Distributions-%28RMDs%29">required minimum distribution</a> from their IRA or retirement account to avoid paying additional taxes.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>EVENTS<br /></strong>The latest news and events for tax professionals can be found on irs.gov at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Tax-Pro-News-and-Events">http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Tax-Pro-News-and-Events<br />Information</a> about available IRS sponsored continuing education programs can be found on irs.gov at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/IRS-Sponsored-Continuing-Education-Programs">http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/IRS-Sponsored-Continuing-Education-Programs</a>.  <br />IRS Nationwide Tax Forums will be held in the following listed cities during 2014:<br />Chicago                     Hyatt Regency Chicago                         July 1-3<br />San   Diego                 Town & Country Resort                          July 15-17 <br />                                        & Convention Center <br />  New Orleans                Hyatt Regency New Orleans                   July 22-24<br />  Washington, D.C.        Gaylord National Hotel &                       August 19-21<br />                                           Convention Center<br />  Orlando, FL                 OrlandoWorldCenter Marriott                August 26-28<br />For questions about the Nationwide Tax Forums, send an email to: <a href="mailto:*TaxForums@irs.gov">*TaxForums@irs.gov<br />Registration</a> and seminar information can be found on the official web site of the forums <a href="https://www.irstaxforum.com/">https://www.irstaxforum.com</a> .</p> <p><strong>YOUR PRACTICE<br /></strong>▪ View the <a href="http://www.irstaxforumsonline.com/">2013 Nationwide Tax Forums Online</a> and earn continuing professional education credits. Fourteen self-study seminars are available.<br />The Publication 1345 "<a title="blocked::http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwMzEyLjMwMDAyMDIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDMxMi4zMDAwMjAyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODQzNzYwJmVtYWlsaWQ9bWljaGFlbC5qLm11ZHJvbmNpa0BpcnMuZ292JnVzZXJ" href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwMzEyLjMwMDAyMDIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDMxMi4zMDAwMjAyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODQzNzYwJmVtYWlsaWQ9bWljaGFlbC5qLm11ZHJvbmNpa0BpcnMuZ292JnVzZXJpZD1taWNoYWVsLmoubXVkcm9uY2lrQGlycy5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&116&&&http://www.irs.gov/uac/Authorized-IRS-%3Cem%3Ee-file%3C-em%3E-Providers-e-filing-Individual-Income-Tax-Returns">Handbook for Authorized IRS e-file Providers of Individual Income Tax Returns</a>" has been revised with new electronic signature guidance for Forms 8878 and 8879, IRS e-file Signature Authorization. This revision includes guidance on currently acceptable electronic signature methods, identity verification requirements and electronic record requirements</p> <p><strong>WEB TIPS <br /></strong>Learn about federal tax topics through video and audio presentationsat <strong><a href="http://www.irsvideos.gov/">http://www.irsvideos.gov/</a> . <br /></strong>▪ Find out when your clients can expect to get their refunds by watching this new <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnC8tt1wdhI">YouTube video</a>.  Watch this and other videos on the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/irsvideos">IRS YouTube Channel</a>.<br />▪ Find out what the IRS is doing to combat identity theft and how law enforcement can help by watching this new <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIPVZOt8rHE">YouTube video</a>. Watch this and other videos on the IRS <a href="http://www.youtube.com/irsvideos">YouTube Channel</a>.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/vgn-ext-templating/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=9057bb790f394410VgnVCM2000003c4d0a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=f9c31c39af0c6310VgnVCM10000024150a0aRCRD">IR-2014-22</a> The IRS released a new YouTube video designed to provide useful tax tips to married same-sex couples.<br />▪ There are 9 lessons for small businesses in the on-line <a href="http://www.irsvideos.gov/SmallBusinessTaxpayer/virtualworkshop">virtual Small Business Workshop</a><br />Federal taxes and your new business<br />Schedule C and other small business taxes and tax forms<br />File and pay your taxes electronically<br />Business in home<br />Retirement plans<br />Employees or contractors<br />Payroll withholding<br />Payroll deposits and file filing<br />Hiring non-U.S. citizens</p> <p><strong>EMPLOYERS/RETIREMENT PLANS<br /></strong>Find all of the most current tax information for retirement plans on irs.gov at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans">http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans</a>. <br />To have retirement plan information sent directly to your email inbox, you can subscribe to IRS retirement plan newsletters at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Newsletters">http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Newsletters</a>.<br />The current editions of the three newsletters (identified below) include: <br />View the latest editions of the retirement and employee plan <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Newsletters">newsletters</a> which include:<br /><strong>▪ </strong><strong>Retirement plans for your small business</strong> – Links to types of plans, a publication with a comparison chart, a webcast and an interactive website to <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Help-with-Choosing-a-Retirement-Plan">help you choose</a>.<br /><em><strong>▪ </strong></em><em>My</em><strong>RA</strong>program <a href="http://www.treasurydirect.gov/readysavegrow">information</a> Fact Sheet, FAQs and video in English and Spanish<br />▪ Retirement plan <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Mark-Your-Calendar-February-April-2014">deadlines</a><br />Tips for the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/SIMPLE-IRA-Tips-for-the-Sole-Proprietor">sole proprietor</a> – where to deduct, when to contribute and how to calculate the owner's contributions<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Retirement-News-for-Employers"><strong>Retirement News for Employers</strong></a> - for employers, business owners and their tax advisors provides the latest on retirement plan rules, forms, plain language publications from IRS and other federal agencies.<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Employee-Plans-News-3"><strong>Employee Plans News</strong></a> - geared toward retirement plan practitioners - attorneys, accountants, actuaries, and others - this newsletter presents information about retirement plans.<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Governmental-Plans-Updates"><strong>Governmental Plans Updates</strong></a> - recent developments for government employee retirement plans.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5137.pdf" target="_blank">Publication 5137</a> Fringe Benefit Guide for Federal state, and local government employers has been updated for 2014. <br />▪ <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/5-payroll-tax-mistakes-avoid">5 Payroll Tax Mistakes to Avoid</a> </span>from the SBA.<br />▪ Is it time to hire your first employee? Let <a href="http://business.usa.gov/jobcenter-wizard">BusinessUSA</a> help you with recruiting, hiring, training and retaining employee resources.<br />▪ Read <strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/PBGC-Insights-February-2014"><strong>PBGC Insights</strong></a>.</strong>  </p> <p><strong>TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS<br /></strong>Find all of the most current tax information for tax-exempt organizations on irs.gov at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits">http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits</a>.<br />IRS educational resources, workshop and seminar Information for tax exempt organizations is available at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Education,-Workshops,-Seminars">http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Education,-Workshops,-Seminars</a> .  <br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-19.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-19</a> corrects Revenue Procedure 2014-4, which contains errors regarding expedited handling of EO Determination Letter.<br />Read the latest <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Current-Edition-of-Exempt-Organizations-Update">Exempt Organization Newsletter</a>.</p> <p><strong>MISCELLANEOUS, TAX TIPS, FACT SHEETS<br /></strong>The latest <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Tax-Tips">Tax tips</a> and <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Fact-Sheets-2014">fact sheets</a> inlcude:<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Choosing-the-Right-Filing-Status">Tax Tip 2014-13</a> Choosing the Right Filing Status<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Tax-Help-en-Espanol">Tax Tip 2014-14</a> IRS Tax Help ‘en Español’<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Four-Good-Reasons-to-Direct-Deposit-Your-Refund">Tax Tip 2013-15</a> <strong>Four Good Reasons to Direct Deposit Your Refund<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Reminders-about-Tip-Income">Tax Tip 2014-16</a> <strong>Important Reminders about Tip Income<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Form-W2-Missing-IRS-Can-Help">Tax Tip 2014-17</a> <strong>Form W-2 Missing? IRS Can Help<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/The-Child-Tax-Credit-May-Cut-Your-Tax">Tax Tip 2014-18</a> The Child Tax Credit May Cut Your Tax<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Best-Ways-to-Get-Free-Tax-Help-from-the-IRS">Tax Tip 2014-20</a> <strong>Best Ways to Get Free Tax Help from the IRS<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Deducting-Medical-and-Dental-Expenses">Tax Tip 2014-21</a> <strong>Deducting Medical and Dental Expenses<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Seven-Facts-about-Dependents-and-Exemptions">Tax Tip 2014-22</a> Seven Facts about Dependents and Exemptions<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Are-Your-Social-Security-Benefits-Taxable">Tax Tip 2014-23</a> <strong>Are Your Social Security Benefits Taxable?<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Ten-Things-to-Know-about-the-Taxpayer-Advocate-Service">Tax Tip 2014-24</a> Ten Things to Know about the Taxpayer Advocate Service<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Five-Facts-about-Unemployment-Benefits">Tax Tip 2014-25</a> Five Facts about Unemployment Benefits<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Four-Things-You-Should-Know-if-You-Barter1">Tax Tip 2014-26</a> Four Things You Should Know if You Barter<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Ten-Facts-about-Capital-Gains-and-Losses1">Tax Tip 2014-27</a> Ten Facts about Capital Gains and Losses<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Boost-Your-Retirement-Savings-with-a-Tax-Credit">Tax Tip 2014-28</a>  Boost Your Retirement Savings with a Tax Credit</p> <p><strong>IR NEWS RELEASES<br /></strong>IRS news releases for the current month can be found on irs.gov at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/News-Releases-for-Current-Month">http://www.irs.gov/uac/News-Releases-for-Current-Month</a> .<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Subscribe-to-IRS-Newswire-1">Subscribe</a> to IRS Newswire to get news releases via e-mail from the IRS.<br />Archived news releases and fact sheets can be found at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/News-Release-and-Fact-Sheet-Archive">http://www.irs.gov/uac/News-Release-and-Fact-Sheet-Archive</a>.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Heavy-Call-Volume-Offers-Tips-for-Faster-Answers">IR-2014-14</a> IRS Warns of Heavy Call Volume Offers Tips for Faster Answers<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Releases-the-“Dirty-Dozen”-Tax-Scams-for-2014;-Identity-Theft,-Phone-Scams-Lead-List">IR-2014-16</a> The “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Do-Not-Fall-for-the-Dirty-Dozen-Tax-Scams">Special Edition Tax Tip 2014-08</a><br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Simplified-Option-for-Claiming-Home-Office-Deduction-Now-Available">IR-2014-24 </a> Simplified Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction Now Available <br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Seeks-Applications-for-the-Electronic-Tax-Administration-Advisory-Committee1">IR-2014-25</a> IRS Seeks Applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee  </p> <p><strong>IRS STAKEHOLDER PARTNERS’ HEADLINERS<br /></strong>IRS Stakeholder Headliners are intended to provide alerts or reminders to taxpayers and tax professionals about tax matters and issues.  You can find the current list of headliners on irs.gov at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IRS-Stakeholder-Partners-Headliners">http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IRS-Stakeholder-Partners-Headliners</a></p> <p><strong>NOTICES<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-14.pdf">Notice 2014-14</a> announces the intention of Treasury and the IRS to modify the rule relating to specified equity-linked instruments when finalizing the proposed regulations. <br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-15.pdf">Notice 2014-15</a> extends the time period provided State housing finance agencies that participated in the Physical Inspections Pilot Program.</p> <p><strong>REVENUE PROCEDURES<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-17.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-17</a> modifies the procedures in Rev. Proc. 2012-20, 2012-14 I.R.B. 700, and Rev. Proc. 2011-14, 2011-4 I.R.B. 330, regarding certain changes in method of accounting for dispositions of tangible depreciable property.<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-21.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-21</a> provides the depreciation deduction limitations for owners of passenger automobiles (including trucks and vans) first placed in service during calendar year 2014 and the amount to be included in income by lessees of passenger automobiles first leased during calendar year 2014.<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-23.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-23</a> provides guidance with respect to the United States and area median gross income figures that are to be used by issuers of qualified mortgage bonds, as defined in § 143(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, and issuers of mortgage credit certificates, as defined in § 25(c), in computing the housing cost/income ratio described in § 143(f)(5).<br /><a title="blocked::http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwMzEwLjI5ODg3ODgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDMxMC4yOTg4Nzg4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODQyNjkwJmVtYWlsaWQ9bWljaGFlbC5qLm11ZHJvbmNpa0BpcnMuZ292JnVzZXJ" href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-24.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-24</a>, provides a determination by the Commissioner that if an affiliated group meets the conditions described therein, an affiliated group that actually failed to file a Form 1122 is treated as if it filed such form and thus joined in the making of a consolidated return by the affiliated group.</p> <p><strong>TREASURY DECISIONS<br /></strong><a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/02/12/2014-03082/shared-responsibility-for-employers-regarding-health-coverage">TD 9655</a> – On Feb.10, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations implementing the employer responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that take effect in 2015 under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-03988_PI.pdf">TD 9659</a> contains final regulations relating to property transferred in connection with the performance of services under section 83 of the Code.</p> <p><strong>REGULATIONS<br /></strong>▪ The IRS and Department of Treasury issued <a href="http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-03763_PI.pdf">2013 final regulations</a> and  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/irb/2013-51_IRB/ar09.html">TD 9644</a> has the 2013 proposed regulations  on the 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax.  <a title="blocked::http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8960.pdf" href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8960.pdf">Form 8960 instructions</a> are now available.   <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Net-Investment-Income-Tax">Net Investment Income Tax</a>.  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Net-Investment-Income-Tax-FAQs">questions and answers</a> </p> <p><strong>FOREIGN ACCOUNT TAX COMPLIANCE ACT (FATCA)<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/FATCA-Temporary-and-Final-Regs-under-chapter-4.pdf">TD 9657</a> Regulations Relating to Information Reporting by Foreign Financial Institutions and Withhold.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/Chapters-3-61-coordinating-regs.pdf">TD 9658</a> Revision of Regulations Regarding Withholding of Tax on Certain U.S. Source Income Paid to Foreign Persons, Information Reporting and Backup Withholding on Payments Made to Certain U.S. Persons, and Portfolio Interest Treatment.<br />▪ Regulations revising and further clarifying the final FATCA regulations under chapter 4 have been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/Additional-FATCA-Guidance-Submitted-for-Publication" target="_blank">Click here to preview these regulations.</a> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>REPORTS AND STATISTICS<br /></strong>▪<a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Criminal-Investigation-Issues-Annual-Report">  IR- 2014-18</a> IRS Criminal Investigation Issues Annual Report<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Low-Income-Taxpayer-Clinic-Program-Reports-on-Activities1">IR-2014-21</a> The IRS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office issued its second annual program report on how LITCs assist thousands of low income taxpayers nationwide with pro bono representation, education, and advocacy services</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>LOCAL and OTHER AGENCIES<br /></strong><strong>U.S.</strong><strong> Small Business Administraton<br /></strong>The SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit <a href="http://www.preparemybusiness.org/">www.preparemybusiness.org</a> to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips. <br />The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/disaster">www.sba.gov/disaster</a>.<br /><a href="http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/video/sba-loans-explained">The 7(a) Loan Program</a> is the SBA’s primary program to help start-up and existing small businesses obtain financing when they may not be eligible for conventional business loans. <br />Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, SBA launched the SBA Veterans Advantage initiative, which has zero borrower fees on all loans $350,000 and under made through this program.  This program is expected to yield significant savings for veterans looking to start or grow a business. <br />These two initiatives are in place through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30, 2014. For more information about SBA loan programs and services, or to find an SBA lender, visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/">www.sba.gov</a>, or the <a href="http://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices">SBA District Office</a> nearest you.<br /><a href="https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=745018&sessionid=1&key=A55041DCCCFE1D2DF5812CFB1D937C50&partnerref=SBA">AARP and SBA Webinar – Are You Ready to Start Your Small Business?</a><br /><a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/official-sba-news-and-views/open-business/sba-ustr-helping-us-small-business-exporters-expand-trade-with-european-union">SBA, USTR Helping U.S. Small Business Exporters Expand Trade with European Union</a><br />A Small Business Guide to Exporting<br /><a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/small-business-matters/small-business-guide-exporting-part-1-getting-started">Part I: Getting started</a><br /><a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/small-business-matters/small-business-guide-exporting-part-2-getting">Part II: Getting financing</a><br />Join the SBA for <a title="http://www.sba.gov/healthcare" href="http://www.sba.gov/healthcare">Affordable Care webinars</a> every Thursday at 1 p.m. Central, noon MT.<br />The Department of Justice has <a href="http://www.justice.gov/tax/2014/txdv14145.htm">shut down fraudulent tax preparers</a>, including ones in Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.<br />▪ The Department of Justice highlights efforts to <a href="http://www.justice.gov/tax/Stolen_Identity_Refund_Fraud.htm">combat stolen ID tax refund fraud.</a><br /><br /><strong>ISSUE MANAGEMENT RESOLUTION SYSTEM (IMRS)</strong><br />The IRS Communications and Stakeholder Outreach function has established the Issue Management Resolution System, a streamlined and structured process that facilitates stakeholder issue identification, resolution and feedback.<br />IMRS captures, develops and responds to significant national and local stakeholder issues. When stakeholder organizations notify the IRS of concerns about IRS policies, practices and procedures, analysts research and respond to the issues.<br />Tax professionals should forward significant issues regarding IRS policies, practices and procedures to their <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Stakeholder-Liaison-Local-Contacts-1">Stakeholder Liaison (SL) Local Contacts</a>.<br />You can find IMRS information on irs.gov at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Issue-Management-Resolution-System-IMRS">http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Issue-Management-Resolution-System-IMRS</a> .       <strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>IMRS HOT ISSUES REPORT<br /></strong>Hot Issues contains IMRS issues and other current items of interest.  Go to <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IMRS-Hot-Issues">http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IMRS-Hot-Issues</a> to get additional details on the following current issues and more.<br />Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool When Applying for Student Financial Aid<br />Automatic Extension of Time for Estates Without a Filing Requirement<br />Transcript Delivery System No Longer Processing Transcript Requests for ID Theft Victims<br />Guide to Free Tax Services     <strong>                                                               </strong></p> <p><strong>IMRS MONTHLY OVERVIEW<br /></strong>The IMRS Monthly Overview provides synopses of some of the issues received and/or closed by the Issue Management Resolution System staff during the past month. The Monthly Overview informs the public about the work of IMRS and highlights issues that we think would be of most interest to external stakeholders.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>IRS Tax Return Transcripts for Mortgage Lenders to Verify Taxpayer Income<br /></strong>Taxpayers often request tax return transcripts to submit to mortgage lenders to verify their income for mortgage loan applications. Some lenders are refusing to accept some types of IRS transcripts.    The issue response identifies the types of available IRS tax return transcript documents.</p> <p>The issue also identifies that effective January 10, 2014, Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations (12 CFR § 1026.43(c)(4)), allows mortgage companies and other lenders requiring proof of income to use earning statements and other financial records from the taxpayer in lieu of a tax return transcript.  The current IMRS monthly overview can be found on irs.gov at <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IMRS-Monthly-Overview-Special-Edition-February-2014">http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/IMRS-Monthly-Overview-Special-Edition-February-2014</a> . </p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Publishes "2014 Professional Development Preview - Passport to Quality Education" http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/627-kscpa_publishes_2014_professional_development http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/627-kscpa_publishes_2014_professional_development <h2>KSCPA Publishes "2014 Professional Development Preview - Passport to Quality Education"</h2> <p>The Kansas Society of CPAs volunteer members and team put together amazing conferences for 2014. Conferences have technical sessions, yes, and include soft-essential-success skills, keynote speakers, and sponsors/exhibits. We like our technology-based programs, but nothing can replace our live conferences where participants have the benefit of nationally-recognized instructors to whom they can ask questions and peers who provide informal learning.</p> <p>Programs are RELEVANT . TIMELY . AFFORDABLE . ACCESSIBLE.</p> <p><iframe src="http://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=http%3A%2F%2Fstatic.issuu.com%2Fwebembed%2Fviewers%2Fstyle1%2Fv2%2FIssuuReader.swf&fv=mode%3Dmini%26documentId%3D140403192651-1f6595cc9312748add0d56b9fcafd00b&url=http%3A%2F%2Fissuu.com%2Fskyscapes%2Fdocs%2Fpassport_issuu_version%3Fe%3D1510982%2F7359082&image=http%3A%2F%2Fimage.issuu.com%2F140403192651-1f6595cc9312748add0d56b9fcafd00b%2Fjpg%2Fpage_1_thumb_large.jpg&type=application%2Fx-shockwave-flash&schema=issuu" width="420" height="260" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.js"></script> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/passport_to_quality_education_2014_kscpa.pdf">Click here for Electronic version of the 2014 Professional Development Program Review</a></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Leadership Summit Scheduled for May 6-7, 2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/626-kscpa_leadership_summit_scheduled_for_may_6-7_2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/626-kscpa_leadership_summit_scheduled_for_may_6-7_2014 <h3>VisionLEADERSHIP: The Fuel of the Future KSCPA</h3> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/spring_leadership_summit_schedule_of_events_2014.pdf">May 6-7 Spring Leadership Schedule of Events</a></p> <p>The KSCPA will hold its annual Spring Leadership Summit in the beautiful alumni center at K-State in Manhattan, KS on May 6-7, 2014 and will continue the 2014 theme, "Vision for the Future."</p> <p>The <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em> <strong>group will meet on May 6</strong> to work on their group projects and to socialize and enjoy a networking dinner with KSCPA board, trustees, sponsors of their program, and guests.</p> <p>The group plans to continue the mentoring program initiative begun by the 2013 <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em> group, to plan a 2015 young professionals leadership conference, and plan a networking event for CPAs and other professionals. Kailyn Henrickson, a graduate of the 2013 <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong> </em>will outline last year's mentoring program for the group. Emily Brueseke, director of the mentoring program for the College of Business at K-State, and Ken Selzer, vice chair of the KSCPA Foundation and a mentor, will provide an overview of the successful K-State program. Lori Wenrich, Matt Bellomo, and Trina Swart - members of the Young Professionals Task Force will lead the May 6 <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong> </em>meeting.</p> <p><strong>The general membership will meet on May 7</strong> for a free thought-provoking, <strong>2-hour CPE session that looks into the future of profession and state associations. Gary Bolinger, the CEO of the Indiana Society of CPAs is the guest speaker.</strong><em> (NOTE: This is also available by videocast.)</em> Gary is known for his vision for the future of the profession and is particularly interested in the future of learning and knowledge management. Gary's remarks precede a unique version of the Spring Leadership Summit. This year's summit features a series of questions to which the task force groups are asked to discuss and report. The responses of the KSCPA leaders, members, and <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong> </em>participants will serve to direct the future of the association in response to the changes in the profession.<img class="justified_center" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/leadership_summit_fall_2013_7_.jpg" alt="Leadership Summit" width="313" height="199" /></p> <p>Dr. Dan Deines, interim director of the K-State accounting program, will update the group on the <em><strong>Accounting Pilot and Bridge Project</strong> </em>and the initiative to implement an advanced placement course through the College Board.</p> <p>The Summit is a unique opportunity to network with other leaders and members who help guide the leadership in the pursuit of maintaining the quality and reputation of CPAs in Kansas.</p> <p><strong>All members, faculty, and students are welcome.</strong></p> <h3>Register for the following events individually under <a href="/www.kscpa.org/events" target="_blank">www.kscpa.org/events</a> (or click event below):</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/events/DINNER14/20_up_to_40_dinne_social_event_for_sponsors_board" target="_blank">Dinner & Social Event</a> for <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em>, KSCPA board & trusteees, <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em> sponsors/guests</li> <li><a href="/events/EXECOM14/executive_and_nominations_committee_meeting" target="_blank">Executive & Nominations Committee Breakfast </a>- committee members only</li> <li><a href="/professional_development/course/PIUMA14/spring_leadership_video_cast-professional" target="_blank">Professional Issues Update </a>- <em><strong>"A Look to the Future"</strong></em> by Gary Bolinger, CAE</li> <li><a href="/professional_development/course/PIUMA14/spring_leadership_video_cast-professional" target="_blank">Professional Issues Update by Video Cast</a></li> <li><a href="/events/TASK14/leadership_summit-spring_2014_meeting_of_task" target="_blank">Spring Leadership Summit </a>- All members, faculty, and students welcome!</li> <li><a href="/events/BOARD14/leadership_summit-spring_2014_board_of_directors" target="_blank">Board of Directors Meeting </a>- All members, faculty, and students welcome!</li> </ul> <p>Click here for a Spring Leadership Schedule of Events - May 6-7, 2014</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT Enhanced Financial Reporting - Charting a New Course for Private Companies http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/625-enhanced_financial_reporting-charting_a_new_course http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/625-enhanced_financial_reporting-charting_a_new_course <p><img class="justified_center" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/options_image_3.jpg" alt="Enhanced" width="354" height="228" /></p> <h3><strong>Bankers, attorneys, business owners - Are you in the dark when it comes to understanding private company financial reports?</strong></h3> <h4>You are not alone...Take the mystery out of financial reporting choices & alternatives.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>ENHANCED FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR PRIVATE COMPANIES</strong><br /><em><strong>"Charting a New Course for Private Companies"</strong></em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Kansas Roadshow - May12-16, 2014 </strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>SCHEDULE FOR CPA CONTINUING EDUCATION</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">08:30-02:40pm    <strong>Continuing education for CPAs in public practice & <br />                            business/industry.</strong>  <br /><br />Topics: AICPA’s FRF for SME’s, GAAP & the FASB’s Private Company Council, Balancing Business Reporting Needs, discussion of compilation and preparation standards, and building value.<br /><strong><br />Register Online:  <br /></strong><a href="/professional_development/course/FRFSMETP14/enhanced_financial_reporting-_charting_a_new_course"><strong>Topeka</strong></a> <strong>♦ </strong><a href="/professional_development/course/FRFSMEWB14/enhanced_financial_reporting-_charting_a_new_course"><strong>Topeka by Video cast</strong></a> <strong>♦ </strong><a href="/professional_development/course/FRFSMEWI14/enhanced_financial_reporting-_charting_a_new_course"><strong>Wichita</strong></a> <strong>♦ </strong><a href="/professional_development/course/FRFSMEGC14/enhanced_financial_reporting-_charting_a_new_course"><strong>Garden City</strong></a> <strong>♦ </strong><a href="/professional_development/course/FRFSMESA14/enhanced_financial_reporting-_charting_a_new_course"><strong>Salina</strong></a> <strong>♦ </strong><a href="/professional_development/course/FRFSMELX14/enhanced_financial_reporting-_charting_a_new_course"><strong>Overland Park</strong></a> </p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong>SCHEDULE FOR BANKERS, ATTORNEYS, BUSINESS OWNERS <br />(GUESTS – NO CHARGE)</strong></p> <p>11:45-12:00pm     Registration</p> <p>12:00-12:30pm     Lunch (complimentary). Session to include discussion of compilation <br />                             and preparation standards used by CPAs.</p> <p>12:30-01:30pm      Expanded discussion of user needs with an overlay of the current <br />                              alternatives.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/extended_-_enhanced_financial_reporting_guest_form_interactive.pdf">Click Here for the Guest Registration Form</a> </h2> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT Implications of the Lease Accounting Changes to the Banking Industry http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/624-implications_of_the_lease_accounting_changes_to_the http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/624-implications_of_the_lease_accounting_changes_to_the <h2>Implications of the Lease Accounting Changes to the Banking Industry</h2> <h3>Mar 04, 2014 07:46 pm | From iLeasePro <em>Lease Management and Accounting Blog</em></h3> <p>We’ve written this free whitepaper for bank executives with real-world responsibility. We’ve all seen endless hypothetical blather about the proposed lease accounting changes – but most of it is generic…for someone with a lease.</p> <p>So we created a fully researched and documented deep dive into the specific implications to banks. It covers topics that aren’t touched on elsewhere including:</p> <p>• quick overview of proposed changes<br />• impact on balance sheets and covenants<br />• preview of overnight default risk<br />• impact on risk evaluation criteria and processes<br />• implications to internal reporting & analysis systems<br />• compliance requirements and cost considerations<br />• sudden changes in regulatory capital requirements<br />• long-term tax implications</p> <p>For those of you who are content to wait – there will be some time to figure it out later….but your board and regulators might not endorse such a laid back approach. This free whitepaper will help you get ahead of the curve with insights and ideas you need to proactively drive the prudent internal conversations and critical discussions in advance.</p> <p>Don’t get caught reacting – download our whitepaper today:<a href="http://ileasepro.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3b53d7d930ca03a4d6caceacf&id=548fdfc500&e=57c74bb614" target="blank">http://www.mylanderpages.com/ileasepro/banking-lease-accounting</a></p> <p>You can also checkout the 20 page slideshow for banking executives to better understand the progress of the FASB and IASB lease accounting changes and how they will impact the bank.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT Did you know there is a Sustainability Accounting Standards Board? http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/623-did_you_know_there_is_a_sustainability_accounting http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/623-did_you_know_there_is_a_sustainability_accounting <p><em><strong>From Accounting Today - February 26, 2014</strong></em></p> <p>The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board has issued provisional standards for seven industries in the financial sector. Last year, they issued their <a href="http://www.accountingtoday.com/debits_credits/SASB-Releases-Sustainability-Accounting-Standards-Health-Care-Sector-67610-1.html">first set of industry-focused provisional standards, starting with the health care sector</a>. SASB standards will be developed for 80+ industries in 10 sectors over a two and a half-year period.</p> <p>The standards address non-financial issues of public companies that have a material impact on the industry and include the environmental, social, and governance issues.</p> <p>To learn more about the SASB, go to <a href="http://www.sasb.org">www.sasb.org</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Attends Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to KSBOA Regulations http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/622-kscpa_attends_public_hearing_on_proposed_changes_to http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/622-kscpa_attends_public_hearing_on_proposed_changes_to <h3><strong>KSCPA Attends Public Hearing on </strong><br /><strong>Proposed Changes to KSBOA Regulations</strong></h3> <p>The Kansas Board of Accountancy (KSBOA) conducted a public hearing for proposed regulation amendments on February 19, 2014.  M. Aron Dunn, Mary Rapp MacBain and Rita Barnard attended this hearing on behalf of KSCPA.</p> <p>Thanks to the membership participation in a survey on the regulation changes, the KSCPA provided suggested changes to the proposed regulation amendments.  M. Aron Dunn, Immediate Past KSCPA Chair and liaison to the KSBOA, presented concerns and proposed revisions to the regulation amendments.  KSCPA proposed changes were accepted by the KSBOA.  All proposed regulation amendments were unanimously accepted by KSBOA.  The amendments will be effective 15 days after publication in the Kansas Register.</p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/ksboa_regulation_changes_2014_article.pdf">Click here to read a summary of the approved changes and the rest of the article.</a></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EDT IRS News for Tax Professionals - February 2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/620-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-february_2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/620-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-february_2014 <p><strong><img src="/writable/images/Logos/irslogo.jpg" alt="IRS.gov" /></strong></p> <p><strong>IRS NEWS FOR TAX PROFESSIONALS <br /></strong>FEBRUARY 2014<br /><br /><br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Offers-Videos-to-Help-Taxpayers-Preparing-to-File-in-2014">IR 2014-1</a> <strong>IRS Offers Videos to Help Taxpayers Preparing to File in 2014<br /></strong><em>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Starting-Jan.-13-2014-Business-Tax-Filers-Can-File-2013-Returns">Starting Jan. 13, 2014, Business Tax Filers Can File 2013 Returns</a> </em>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2014-Tax-Season-to-Open-Jan.-31;-efile-and-Free-File-Can-Speed-Refunds">IR 2013-100</a>. The filing season is to open on Jan. 31.  Taxpayers are encouraged to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive refunds.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Tax-Consequences-of-Virtual-World-Transactions">Tax Consequences of Virtual World Transactions</a><br />▪ <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-02/pdf/2013-28863.pdf">New user fee rates</a> for both Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise took effect January 1, 2014.<br />-  The Installment Agreement origination fee will increase from $105 to $120.<br />-  The Installment Agreement restructuring or reinstatement fee will increase from $45 to $50.<br />-  The Offer in Compromise application fee will increase from $150 to $186.<br />There are no fee changes planned for the following fees:<br />-  The Installment Agreement Direct Debit origination fee will remain at $52.<br />-  The Installment Agreement Low Income origination fee will remain at $43.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/index.html">Publication 17</a>  Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get a jump on preparing their 2013 federal income tax returns by consulting a newly revised <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/New-Tax-Guide-Helps-People-With-Their-2013-Taxes">comprehensive tax guide</a> now available on IRS.gov<br />▪ Given available resources and shifting taxpayer demands, the IRS will be making a number of <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Some-IRS-Assistance-and-Taxpayer-Services-Shift-to-Automated-Resources">taxpayer service changes</a> for the 2014 filing season. The changes, which were made following input from stakeholders in the tax community, reflect the need for increased use of automated self-service options.</p> <p><strong><br />YOUR PRACTICE<br /></strong>▪ Visit the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Lost-or-Misplaced-IP-PINs">Lost or Misplaced IP PINs</a> page for instructions if your client lost their identity theft PIN.<br />▪ Tax preparers who do not send <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8867.pdf">Form 8867</a> with EITC returns are subject to a $500 penalty per return. IRS sent warning <a href="http://www.eitc.irs.gov/EITCCentral/L4989.pdf">Letter 4989</a> to preparers who did not comply for tax year 2011, and, starting this month, IRS will be sending nearly 800 of those preparers' notices of proposed penalties for continued failure to attach the form for tax year 2012 returns. Get details on <a href="http://www.eitc.irs.gov/Tax-Preparer-Toolkit/dd/Form8867">EITC Due Diligence</a> at <a href="http://www.eitc.irs.gov/">www.EITC.irs.gov</a>.<br />▪ Software Developers and Transmitters must ensure they are transmitting for Authorized IRS e-file Providers only. They may request a copy of an acceptance letter issued within the last year, or a copy of the summary page of their IRS e-file Application. The summary page will show the entity, Principals, Responsible Officials, the EFIN and if the EFIN is active. There is also an <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Authorized-IRS-e-file-Provider-Locator-Service-For-Tax-Professionals">ERO Locator</a>.<br />▪ Find a handy chart with information about  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Powers-of-Attorney-for-LLCs">Powers of Attorney for LLCs</a>.<br />▪ Practitioners asked why some practitioners still have a “provisional” status in the PTIN system.  <strong>Response:</strong> Until the appeals process is complete with the Loving v IRS case, PTINs will not change from provisional status. The current status however has no effect on any of the PTIN holder's authority and does not mean they currently have any other requirements. We will determine appropriate changes to PTIN statuses after the appeals court decision is rendered.<br /><br /><strong>WEB TIPS <br /></strong>▪ Small businesses can find the help they need at the  IRS's <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed">Small Business/Self Employed Tax Center</a>, including an <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/A-Z-Index-for-Business">A-Z Index for Business</a>, and tax centers for a variety of industry types, at the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Industries-Professions">Industries/Professions Tax Centers</a>, including bartering, child care, construction, gas retailers, manufacturing, online auctions, restaurants and more.<br />▪ Find out what the IRS is doing to combat identity theft and the first steps victims should take by watching this new <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-G2qU_tFDE">YouTube video</a>.<br /><strong><br />EMPLOYERS/RETIREMENT PLANS<br /></strong><strong>▪ </strong>With Batch EFTPS Provider Software,you can:Receive e-mail notification regarding enrollments, payments and upgrades; and send clients a Taxpayer Inquiry PIN so they can look at their accounts online. Read more in <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4169.pdf">Publication 4169.</a><br />▪ Three new <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Answers-to-Frequently-Asked-Questions-for-Same-Sex-Married-Couples" target="_blank">FAQs</a> (21-23) for same sex married couples address situations involving Social Security and Medicare taxes.<br />▪ Sign up now for this <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Phone-Forums-Retirement-Plans">Phone Forum</a> that will discuss an employee benefits practitioner’s ethical standards of conduct under Circular 230 for communications with clients and the IRS. Ethics CE credit will be issued for the rebroadcast program. 1 p.m. Central, noon Mountain,  60 Minutes. <strong>February 6, 2014 (rebroadcast) </strong><a href="http://ems.intellor.com/index.cgi?p=204869&t=71&do=register&s=&rID=417&edID=305"><strong>Registration link</strong></a>.  Please <a href="mailto:ep.phoneforum@irs.gov">email</a> us your questions by January 22, 2014.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-01.pdf">Notice 2014-01</a> provides guidance on the application of the rules under section 125 of the Code (relating to cafeteria plans, including health and dependent care flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), and section 223 of the Code (relating to health savings accounts (HSAs), as those two provisions relate to the participation by same-sex spouses in certain employee benefit plans following the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Newsletters">Subscribe t</a>o  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Employee-Plans-News">Employee Plans News</a>, <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Retirement-News-for-Employers">Retirement News for Employers</a>  and<strong><br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Governmental-Plans-Updates">Governmental Plans Updates</a>.<br />▪ Find a <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-84.pdf">2013 Cumulative List</a> of changes in qualification requirements for plans beginning February 1, 2014<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-14-03.pdf">Revenue Ruling 2014-03</a> provides tables of covered compensation under § 401(l)(5)(E) of the Code and the Income Tax Regulations, thereunder, for the 2014 plan year.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-05.pdf">Notice 2014-05</a> provides temporary nondiscrimination relief for certain “closed” defined benefit pension plans (i.e., defined benefit plans that provide ongoing accruals but that have been amended to limit those accruals to some or all of the employees who participated in the plan on a specified date). </p> <p><strong>TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS<br /></strong>▪ Electronic <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Copies-of-Scanned-EO-Returns-Available" target="_blank">copies of certain scanned Exempt Organization returns</a> are available for purchase from the IRS. Tax year 2013 returns will be available when filed beginning in January 2014. The IRS is also updating the pricing for scanned returns.<br />▪ Read the current edition of the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Current-Edition-of-Exempt-Organizations-Update">Exempt Organization Newsletter</a>.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-11.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-11</a> provides procedures for reinstating the tax-exempt status of organizations that have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked under section 6033(j) of the Code for failure to file required annual returns or notices for three consecutive years.</p> <p><strong>MISCELLANEOUS, TAX TIPS, FACT SHEETS<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free">Free File software</a> will be available on January 17, 2014 on IRS.gov. Taxpayers who made $58,000 or less in 2013  may start preparing their returns using Free File software. The Free File software providers will begin transmitting them to the IRS on January 31, 2014. Taxpayers who do not qualify for Free File software may use Free File Fillable Forms. Free File Fillable Forms will be available to taxpayers through IRS.gov starting on January 31, 2014, the official start of the filing season.<br />▪ The <a href="hhttp://www.irs.gov/Individuals/2013-Changes-to-Itemized-Deduction-for-Medical-Expenses">rules</a> have changed for taxpayers who plan to itemize 2013 medical deductions. Most people may now deduct only the amount of the total unreimbursed allowable medical expenses that exceeds 10% of adjusted gross income. There is a temporary exemption for individuals age 65 and older, and their spouses, who may continue to deduct total medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of their adjusted gross income through 2016. For more information, see the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Questions-and-Answers:-2013-Changes-to-the-Itemized-Deduction-for-Medical-Expenses">questions and answers</a> on IRS.gov.<br />▪ The <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/e-File-Providers-&-Partners/Multiple-Tax-Return-Listing-for-Form-1041">Multiple Tax Return Listing</a> process that allows fiduciaries to mass sign electronically filed Form 1041, U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts, changes January 1.</p> <p><strong>IR NEWS RELEASES<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Announces-New-ETAAC-Members,-Chairperson">IR 2013-99</a> The selection of three new members and a chairperson to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee has been announced</p> <p><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-14-01.pdf">Announcement 2014-01</a> reminds financial institutions creating accounts and entering registration information on the IRS FATCA registration website about certain steps that they will need to take on or after January 1, 2014 -- as originally announced in Notice 2013-43.  The Announcement also provides general information concerning anticipated publication dates of final qualified intermediary (QI), withholding foreign partnership (WP), and withholding foreign trust agreements (WT). <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/FAQsFATCARegistrationSystem" target="_blank">Frequently Asked Question # 29 </a> ▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-10.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-10</a>  and <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-13.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-13</a>  provides guidance to Foreign Financial Institutions.</p> <p><strong>NOTICES<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-02.pdf">Notice 2014-02</a> confirms that tax-exempt hospitals can rely on proposed regulations under § 501(r) contained in notices of proposed rulemaking issued on June 26, 2012, and April 5, 2013, pending the publication of final or temporary regulations or other applicable guidance.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-03.pdf">Notice 2014-03</a> contains a proposed revenue procedure that provides correction and disclosure procedures under which certain failures to meet the requirements of § 501(r) of the Code will be excused for purposes of § 501(r)(1) and 501(r)(2)(B). <br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-04.pdf">Notice 2014-04</a> provides guidance to Type III Supporting Organizations for purposes of certain federal excise taxes.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-07.pdf">Notice 2014-7</a> advises taxpayers that certain payments received by an individual care provider under these state Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver programs are difficulty of care payments excludable from gross income.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-09.pdf">Notice 2014-09</a> provides information regarding Recovery Zone Facility Bonds.</p> <p><strong>REVENUE RULINGS<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-14-02.pdf">Revenue Ruling 2014-02</a> explains the tax treatment of payments to homeowners pursuant to the National Mortgage Settlement due to the foreclosure of their principal residences.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-14-04.pdf">Revenue Ruling 2014-04</a> provides information is to be used by insurance companies in computing their reserves.</p> <p><strong>REVENUE PROCEDURES<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-09.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-09</a> provides issuers of qualified mortgage bonds, as defined in section 143(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code), and issuers of mortgage credit certificates, as defined in section 25(c), with a list of qualified census tracts for each state and the District of Columbia.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-12.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2014-12</a> establishes the requirements under which the Internal Revenue Service will not challenge partnership allocations of § 47 rehabilitation credits by a partnership to its partners.</p> <p><strong>REPORTS AND STATISTICS<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Fall-2013-Statistics-of-Income-Bulletin-Now-Available">IR 2014-2</a> The Fall 2013 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin is available.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/National-Taxpayer-Advocate-Delivers-Annual-Report-to-Congress;-Focuses-on-Taxpayer-Bill-of-Rights-and-IRS-Funding">IR 2014-3</a>  National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson released her <a href="http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/2013-Annual-Report/">2013 Annual Report to Congress</a></p> <p><strong>LOCAL/ OTHER AGENCY<br /></strong>▪ The US Census Website has a handy <a href="http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml">American Fact Finder</a> tool.<br />▪ Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards. <a href="http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/">Nominations are being accepted online.</a>  National Small Business Week will be celebrated May 12-16, 2014.<br />▪ Try SBA's <a href="http://www.sba.gov/tools/business-plan/1">Build a Business Plan</a> or <a href="http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/search/video/managing-business">Small Business Learning Center </a> plus SBA's <a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/our-top-5-blogs-2013-inspiring-ideas-moms-business-loans-and-tax-incentives">Top 5 Blogs of 2013: Inspiring ideas for moms, business loans, and tax incentives</a><br />SBA <a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/cybersecurity-essentials-small-businesses">Cybersecurity Essentials for Small Businesses </a> on-line training.<br />SBA <a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/5-tax-and-financial-planning-actions-new-year">5 Tax and Financial Planning Actions for the New Year</a><br />Find out about Licenses and Permits a business requires at this <a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/what-know-about-small-business-licenses-and-permits">SBA blog page</a>. What Factors Go Into Firms’ Hiring Their First Employee? find out in this <a href="http://www.sba.gov/advocacy/7540/772191">SBA Office of Advocacy report.</a><br />▪ SCORE will feature a webinar on <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001MlEQG_RgnipM1QXJdiY8DE3s7URG8b5GZ1MlHJZbecqn4pK-Ve89F70WiyD4NsfxRK1QkW-E0dSdtu7vgFqgTG7-_rUGBWhMLhirHh-lvoAR6a1ci0qeCcO4cdyyS_er80Q_Y-NhKEZfzSOliJl0STXiP73_xoM-lxSYuBFbidpkjlCqj9vgjgsT3b43qV0oUW1ERDamq2A=">Naming and Trademarking: Creating Your Brand's First Impression</a></span></em>on Thursday, January 30 at noon Central, 11 Mountain. <a href="https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=6dfn9ftkqzpl">Register</a><br />▪ The <a href="http://www.mnd.uscourts.gov/">US District Court, Minnesota</a> warns of warrant scams, email scams (malware) and phone scams:  Citizens are being targeted with fake arrest warrants, with an offer to avoid the arrest by paying a specific amount of money. Valid arrest warrants may not be avoided by the payment of a fine. ▪.If you receive an email from "<a href="mailto:subpoena@uscourts.com">subpoena@uscourts.com</a>", please do not open the link inside the email. If you receive one of these emails, you are advised to delete it from your inbox. If you wish to view a "safe" example of one of these bogus emails, view the <a href="http://www.mnd.uscourts.gov/emailscam.pdf" target="_blank">Subpoena</a>. ▪ Throughout the United States, including in Minnesota, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. For more information, please read the <a href="http://www.mnd.uscourts.gov/Press_Releases/2013/2013-08-27-Juror-Scams.pdf" target="_blank">public notice</a>.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Holds 6th Annual Legislative Reception http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/617-kscpa_holds_6th_annual_legislative_reception http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/617-kscpa_holds_6th_annual_legislative_reception <p>The KSCPA held its 6th Annual Legislative Reception on January 16, 2014 in Topeka. KSCPA members, 2014 "20 up to 40" participants, and legislators attended the event. Attendees included Secretary of Administration James T. Clark, CPA, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan and other state officials. Photos from the event are below.</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%252F72157640224806714%252Fshow%252F%26page_show_back_url%3D%252Fphotos%252F58224886%40N02%252Fsets%252F72157640224806714%252F%26set_id%3D72157640224806714%26jump_to%3D&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2F58224886%40N02%2Fsets%2F72157640224806714%2F&image=http%3A%2F%2Ffarm8.staticflickr.com%2F7320%2F12107722024_5ff0f569f4_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> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA 2014 "20 up to 40" Session 1 - Topeka http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/616-kscpa_2014_20_up_to_40_session_1-topeka http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/616-kscpa_2014_20_up_to_40_session_1-topeka <h3><strong>2014 "20 up to 40" - Session One - Topeka - January 16-17, 2014</strong></h3> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2014NewsImages/21_2014_20u40_on_statehouse_staircase.jpg" alt="2014 20 up to 40" width="244" height="306" />The KSCPA <em><strong>"20 up to 40" </strong></em>leadership group met in Topeka on January 16-17, 2014. Twenty-two young professional emerging leaders were selected to participate in the program. The first session was held in conjunction with the KSCPA "CPA Day at the Statehouse."</p> <p>Activities included a meeting with Nick Jordan (Secretary of Revenue), tour of the Department of Revenue, meeting at the House and Senate with briefing by Marlee Carpenter and Natalie Bright, lunch with House and Senate leaders, legislative reception, visit to the Board of Accountancy, and session on leadership with KSCPA chair Melinda Hitz.</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=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2F58224886%40N02%2Fsets%2F72157640091094194%2F&image=http%3A%2F%2Ffarm6.staticflickr.com%2F5517%2F12107590035_3cfda309b2_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> <p><strong>Future events are:</strong></p> <p><em>May 6-7:</em> Group Project, KSU Mentoring Program, KSCPA Leadership Summit, Professional Issues Update by Gary Bolinger, CEO of the Indiana Society of CPAs - Manhattan</p> <p><em>July 24-25:</em> Leadership development with Gerald Graham, PhD, Wichita State University, Wichita</p> <p><em>September 25-26:</em> Leadership development with James K. "Jim" Boomer, CPA, Boomer Consulting, Inc.</p> <p><em>November 18-19</em>: KSCPA Annual Meeting and <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em> presentation of group project and graduation. Professional Issues Update by Alan Anderson, CPA, Account-ability Plus, LLC</p> <p><strong>Sponsorships:</strong></p> <p>Sponsors of the <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em> program are invited to attend the events. Sponsors are acknowledged at all events, in <em><strong>Skyscapes</strong></em>, and on the website and help to ensure the sustainabililty of leadership in the Kansas Society of CPAs. Please contact Mary or Danielle at the KSCPA office for more information.</p> <p><strong>Sponsors for 2014 are as follows:</strong> <br />Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd.<br /> Allen Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. <br />Bever Dye, LC, Attorneys at Law<br />BKD, LLP - Wichita & KCMO Offices <br />Boomer Consulting, Inc. <br />CBIZ<br />Grant Thornton LLP <br />Kennedy and Coe, LLC <br />Marsh & Company PA <br />Mize Houser & Company, P.A. <br />Prairie Band Potawatomi Entertainment Corp</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EDT Statement on Standards in Personal Financial Planning Services http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/615-statement_on_standards_in_personal_financial http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/615-statement_on_standards_in_personal_financial <p>The AICPA’s <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/PersonalFinancialPlanning/Resources/PFPPracticeManagement/ProfessionalStandardsandEthics/DownloadableDocuments/SSPFPS.pdf" target="_blank">Statement on Standards in Personal Financial Planning Services</a> (SSPFPS No. 1), was issued to provide authoritative guidance and establish enforceable standards for members practicing in PFP. SSPFPS No. 1 was issued in January 2014 and is effective beginning July 1, 2014.</p> <p>Members are required to follow this standard when they provide PFP services and meets the applicability test outlined in SSPFPS No. 1. Non-AICPA members should verify with their state boards of accountancy for regulations that state that CPAs must comply with SSPFPS No. 1.</p> <p>Over the past three decades, a growing number of CPAs have expanded into providing personal financial planning services to individuals and families. The Compliance Toolkit was designed to provide non-authoritative guidance via checklists, engagement letters, and more to aid in compliance with SSPFPS No.1. For an overview of the challenges facing practitioners and the tools available to provide CPAs with guidance in determining whether SSPFPS No. 1 compliance is required, listen to this podcast on <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/PersonalFinancialPlanning/CPEAndEvents/Pages/ApplyingSSPFPS-20131213.aspx" target="_blank">Understanding and Applying the Statement on Standards in PFP Services</a>.</p> <p><strong>Not a PFP Section member?</strong> <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/INTERESTAREAS/PERSONALFINANCIALPLANNING/MEMBERSHIP/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Join the AICPA PFP Section</a> today and gain access to this new toolkit.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EDT 2014 "20 up to 40" Participants & Sponsors Announced http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/612-2014_20_up_to_40_participants_sponsors_announced http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/612-2014_20_up_to_40_participants_sponsors_announced <h2>KANSAS SOCIETY OF CPA’s CHOOSES PARTICIPANTS FOR SIXTH <em><strong>“20 UP TO 40”</strong></em> LEADERSHIP PROGRAM</h2> <p><strong>TOPEKA−−</strong> Twenty two certified public accountants from around the state of Kansas have been selected to participate in the sixth <em><strong>“20 up to 40”</strong></em> Leadership Program offered by the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.</p> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/Logos/20upto40logo.jpg" alt="20 up to 40" width="164" height="133" />This program was created to help members of the KSCPA up to the age of 40 develop their leadership style by examining major leadership philosophies. It is designed to help motivate leaders to apply the skills they have learned to their professional and personal lives. Additionally, it provides young professionals with the opportunity to network, socialize, and learn from fellow colleagues and facilitators as well as bring vision, ideas and strategies to the KSCPA. These young professionals are on the road to becoming a new generation of leaders.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">The 2014 <strong><em>20 up to 40</em> </strong>program is sponsored by:<br /><strong>Adams Brown Beran & Ball, Chtd.</strong><br /><strong>Allen Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.</strong><br /><strong>Bever Dye LC, Attorneys at Law</strong><br /><strong>BKD, LLP</strong><br /><strong>Boomer Consulting, Inc.</strong><br /><strong>CBIZ</strong><br /><strong>Grant Thornton LLP</strong><br /><strong>Kennedy and Coe, LLC</strong><br /><strong>Marsh & Company PA</strong><br /><strong>Mize Houser & Company P.A.</strong><br /><strong>Prarie Band Entertainment Corporation</strong></p> <p>The 2014 program consists of five sessions over the course of the entire year. It begins in January with an emphasis on legislative awareness and understanding the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.The participants will visit the Board of Accountancy, State House, Department of Revenue, Senate, and will host the 5th Annual KSCPA Legislative Reception on January 16, at The Upstage Gallery, 720 SW Jackson, Topeka. The program ends in November with participation in the leadership summit at the KSCPA’s Annual Meeting in Wichita.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" align="center">Participants this year are: <br /><strong>Jodi Bachelor, </strong>GE Employers Reassurance Corporation, Overland Park<br /><strong>Angela Beebe</strong>, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Wichita<br /><strong>Stephanie Bunten</strong>, Mize Houser & Company P.A., Topeka<br /><strong>Brenda Dehn</strong>, Flint Hills Resources, Wichita<br /><strong>Josh Dennis</strong>, Grant Thornton LLP, Wichita<br /><strong>Stephanie Kirk</strong><em>,</em> JMW & Associates, LLC, Overland Park<br /><strong>Shana Kneib</strong>, Icon Enterprises, Inc., Manhattan<br /><strong>Patrick Lee</strong>, Southwestern College, Winfield<br /><strong>Kerry Lisman</strong><em>,</em> University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City<br /><strong>Chana Nord</strong>, Berberich Trahan & Co., P.A., Topeka<br /><strong>Jonathan Porter</strong>, Dunning & Associates CPAs LLC, Wichita<br /><strong>Angela Richard</strong>, Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd., Hutchinson<br /><strong>Jaymie Rothrock</strong>, Swindoll Janzen Hawk & Loyd, LLC, McPherson<br /><strong>Joe Ronnebaum</strong>, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Kansas City, MO<br /><strong>Jessica Schmiedbauer</strong>, Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Wichita<br /><strong>Shekima Smith</strong>, Ernst & Young LLP, Wichita<br /><strong>Zachary Spear</strong>, Allen Gibbs & Houlik, L.C., Wichita<br /><strong>Nikita Waldron</strong>, Grant Thornton LLP, Kansas City, MO<br /><strong>Amanda Walker</strong>, Bever Dye LC, Attorneys at Law, Wichita<br /><strong>Meagan Wellbrock</strong><em>,</em> Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd., Hays<br /><strong>Ben Wilson</strong>, Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd., McPherson<br /><strong>A.J. Worthington</strong><em>, </em>BKD, LLP, Wichita<br /> </p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EDT 2014 Conference Speaker Templates http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/619-2014_conference_speaker_templates http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/619-2014_conference_speaker_templates <h3>Conference Speaker Templates</h3> <p><a class="file doc" href="/writable/files/ProfessionalDevelopment/samplebioandabstract.doc">Sample Bio and Abstract</a><br /><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/ProfessionalDevelopment/electronic_course_materials.pdf">Advantages of Electronic Course Materials</a></p> <p><strong>May 5, 2014 - Financial Planning Workshop - Lenexa, KS</strong><br /><a class="file pptx" href="/writable/files/2014/News/financial_planning_workshop_powerpoint.pptx">Financial Planning Workshop PowerPoint Template</a><br /><a class="file docx" href="/writable/files/2014/News/financial_planning_workshop-outline_sample.docx">Financial Planning Workshop Outline Template</a></p> <p><strong>May 6, 2014 - Agricultural Taxation Workshop - Manhattan, KS<br /></strong><a class="file pptx" href="/writable/files/2014/News/agricultural_taxation_workshop_powerpoint.pptx">Agricultural Taxation Workshop PowerPoint Template</a><strong><br /></strong><a class="file docx" href="/writable/files/2014/News/agricultural_taxation_workshop-outline_sample.docx">Agricultural Taxation Workshop Outline Template</a><br /><br /><strong>May 19, 2014 - Oil and Gas Taxation Workshop - Hays, KS<br /></strong><a class="file pptx" href="/writable/files/2014/News/oil_and_gas_taxation_workshop_powerpoint.pptx">Oil & Gas Taxation Workshop PowerPoint Template</a><br /><a class="file docx" href="/writable/files/2014/News/outline_template.docx">Oil & Gas Taxation Workshop Outline Template</a><strong><br /><br /></strong><strong>June 9-10, 2014 - Governmental Nonprofit A&A Conference - Wichita, KS</strong><br /><a class="file docx" 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class="file pptx" href="/writable/files/2014/News/conf_on_ks_taxes_powerpoint_template.pptx">Conference on Kansas Taxes PowerPoint Template</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA 2014 Conference Schedule of Events http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/618-kscpa_2014_conference_schedule_of_events http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/618-kscpa_2014_conference_schedule_of_events <p><img src="/writable/images/Logos/designed_for_the_profession.jpg" alt="Designed for the Profession" width="266" height="165" /></p> <p>KSCPA 2014 Conference Schedule of Events.</p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/financial_planning_workshop_schedule_of_events.pdf">May 5, 2014 Financial Planning Workshop</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/kscpa_ag_taxation_workshop_2014_schedule_of_events.pdf">May 6, 2014 Agricultural Taxation Workshop</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/may_6_and_7_program_agenda.pdf">May 6-7, 2014 <strong><em>"20 up to 40"</em></strong> Schedule of Events</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/oil_gas_workshop_schedule_of_events.pdf">May 19, 2014 Oil & Gas Taxation Workshop</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/enhanced_financial_reporting_2014_schedule_of_events.pdf">May 12-16, 2014 Enhanced Financial Reporting Workshop</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/governmental_nonprofit_a_a_conference_2014_schedule_of_events.pdf">June 9-10, 2014 Governmental Nonprofit A&A Conference</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/updated_schedule_of_events_wichita_business_industry_conference.pdf">June 17, 2014 Wichita Business & Industry Conference @ Intrust Bank Arena</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/conference_on_kansas_taxes_2014_schedule_of_events.pdf">June 24, 2014 Conference on Kansas Taxes</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/aslw-ks_summer_2014_agenda_v14.pdf">July 10-12, 2014 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/schedule_of_events_for_board_retreat_2014.pdf">July 31-August 1, 2014 Board Strategic Planning Retreat</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/business_industry_at_arrowhead_schedule_of_events.pdf">October 23, 2014 Business & Industry Conference @ Arrowhead Stadium</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/business_valuation_workshop_2014_schedule_of_events.pdf">October 24, 2014 Business Valuation Workshop</a></p> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2014/News/64th_annual_tax_conference_2014_schedule_of_events.pdf">November 20-21, 2014 64th Conference on Kansas Taxes</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Member Dominic Ortiz Interviewed at AICPA Fall Council http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/611-kscpa_member_dominic_ortiz_interviewed_at_aicpa http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/611-kscpa_member_dominic_ortiz_interviewed_at_aicpa <h2>Domininc Ortiz, CPA, CGMA Featured in AICPA CGMA Videos</h2> <p>Networking Lessons from the Commander in Chief</p> <p><iframe 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http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/610-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-january_2014 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/610-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-january_2014 <p><strong><img src="/writable/images/Logos/irslogo.jpg" alt="IRS.gov" /></strong></p> <p><strong>IRS NEWS FOR TAX PROFESSIONALS<br /></strong>JANUARY 2014<br /><br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/2014-Standard-Mileage-Rates-for-Business,-Medical-and-Moving-Announced">IR 2013-95 </a> <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-80.pdf">Notice 2013-80</a> provides the optional 2014 standard mileage rates for taxpayers to use in computing the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes.  They are $.56 for business, $.22 for medical, and   $.14 for charity.<br />▪ Midwest Area Stakeholder Liaison is offering a webinar on <strong>Child-Related Tax Benefits</strong> on January 6, 2014 at noon to 1 p.m. If you are interested in attending this webinar, send an e-mailto<a href="mailto:Ann.P.Makres@irs.gov">Ann.P.Makres@irs.gov</a>for an invitation. One CE credit is offered.<br />▪ In Minnesota, a webinar on <strong>Getting Ready for the Filing Season </strong>is offered on January 23, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m. If you are interested in attending this webinar, send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:Carole.A.Smith@irs.gov">Carole.A.Smith@irs.gov</a>.<br />▪ In Iowa, a webinar on <strong>Getting Ready for the Filing Season </strong>is offered on January 23, 2014 beginning at 1 p.m. If you are interested in attending this webinar, send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:Kristy.S.Maitre@irs.gov">Kristy.S.Maitre@irs.gov</a>.<br />▪ there are <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/e-File-Providers-&-Partners/Electronic-Filing-Options-for-Business-and-Self-Employed-Taxpayers" target="_blank">options</a> available for businesses to <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/e-file-for-Business-and-Self-Employed-Taxpayers" target="_blank">e-file business returns</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Affordable Care Act:<br /></span></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/irb/2009-40_IRB/ar06.html">TD 9643</a> and <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-76.pdf">Notice 2013-76</a> have Health Insurance providers' fee guidance. <br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/aca">www.IRS.gov/aca</a> is the most up-to-date source for all tax-related Affordable Care Act information and will be updated as information is available.<br />▪ Information about health insurance coverage, the Health Insurance Marketplace can be found at <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">Healthcare.gov</a>.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5093.pdf">Publication 5093</a> has links to all related government ACA website resources<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5120.pdf">▪ Publication 5120</a> has facts on the Premium Tax Credit.<br />▪ SBA  offer Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinars.<br />▪ Check out this <a href="http://www.irsvideos.gov/Professional/IRSWorkProcesses/TaxpayerBurdenReductionWeWantToHearFromYou">Taxpayer Burden Reduction video</a>. The IRS is looking for ideas from the public that lead to streamlined procedures, simplified forms and publications and significantly reduced taxpayer burden.<br />▪ This <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/FATCA-Registration-System-Updates" target="_blank">FATCA Registration Update Summary</a> provides a summary of updates made. An updated version of the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/file_source/pub/irs-pdf/p5118.pdf" target="_blank">FATCA Registration Online User Guide </a> is available.</p> <p><strong>YOUR PRACTICE<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3891.pdf">Publication 3891</a><strong>  </strong>is the new IRS Directory for filing returns and making payments.<br />▪ Although you are required to renew your PTIN each year, you may get an offering via e-mail to buy a PTIN certificate. That is from a private company, not the IRS.<br />▪ Beginning in November 2013, the IRS began its fifth year of an effort to improve the accuracy and quality of filed tax returns and to heighten awareness of preparer responsibilities.  You can see prototypes of the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/IRS-Letters-and-Visits-to-Return-Preparers">letters</a>  that have been sent to tax return preparers nationwide.<br />▪ Renewal season is underway for enrolled agents with SSNs ending in 4, 5, or 6. We will be sending reminders via email to people with preparer tax identification numbers (PTINs) who have listed an EA credential on their PTIN account and whose SSNs end in these numbers. The emails will come from <a href="mailto:TaxPro_PTIN@irs.gov">TaxPro_PTIN@irs.gov</a>. Additionally, the Detroit Office of Enrollment recently implemented a new toll-free number. The number is 855-472-5540 and is open from 6:30 a.m. 4 p.m. Central time/ 5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mountain time.<br />▪ The IRS is starting this year’s <a href="http://go.usa.gov/WwtQ">EITC due diligence compliance audits</a> of return preparers.   Non-compliant return preparers face <a href="http://www.eitc.irs.gov/Tax-Preparer-Toolkit/dd/consequences">penalties of $500 per return</a> and other consequences. Additionally, IRS auditors will conduct a review of the return preparer’s tax identification number or <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/PTIN-Requirements-for-Tax-Return-Preparers">PTIN registration</a> status and personal federal tax filing requirements.<br />▪ Use <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f14157.pdf">Form 14157</a> to file a complaint against a tax return preparer or tax preparer business. The completed, along with all supporting information, should be submitted to this recently consolidated address:<br /><strong>Attn: Return Preparer Office</strong><strong> <br /></strong><strong>401 W. Peachtree Street NW</strong><strong> <br /></strong><strong>Mail Stop 421-D</strong><strong> <br /></strong><strong>Atlanta</strong><strong>, GA 30308<br /></strong><strong>▪ </strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/IRS-Civil-Penalties-Virtual-Mailbox">IRS Civil Penalties Virtual Mailbox</a>  is a resource for IRS External Stakeholders (tax professionals) to provide their suggestions and/or comments regarding improving administration of civil penalties.<br />▪ IRS Direct Pay just began a pilot phase for a limited number of taxpayers (up to 1.2 million). The IRS would like you to be aware of the new product and marketing in case you receive inquiries. We are asking you to <strong>not</strong> offer any information on this product to your clients until the test period is over.</p> <p><strong>EMPLOYERS/RETIREMENT PLANS<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/n1036.pdf">Notice 1036</a> has the early release of the 2014 withholding tables. Publication 15 will be forthcoming.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/irb/2013-44_IRB/ar10.html" target="_blank">Notice 2013-61</a> provides guidance for employers and employees relating to the repeal of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Answers-to-Frequently-Asked-Questions-for-Same-Sex-Married-Couples">Frequently Asked Questions</a>.<br />▪ From the Social Security Administration: There are some changes to the <a href="http://www.socialsecurity.gov/employer/EFW2&EFW2C.htm">EFW2 file format for Tax Year 2013</a>. If you need to call Social Security with registration or wage reporting questions, call now to avoid the busy January and February timeframe. Call 800-772-6270 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday</p> <table style="width: 558px; height: 141px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="127"> <p>December 23, 2013</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="463"> <p>Business Services Online is   available for accepting Tax Year 2013 and prior year files and W2 Online   inputs</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="127"> <p>January 1, 2014</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="463"> <p>Update payroll systems to   reflect the <a href="http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/factsheets/colafacts2014.html">2014 wage   base</a> rates. Visit</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p509.pdf" target="_blank">Publication 509</a>, Tax Calendars, is now available for 2014.<br />▪ Employers may owe additional tax on FUTA wages paid in credit reduction states. The IRS.gov <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/FUTA-Credit-Reduction" target="_blank">FUTA Credit Reduction</a> page explains this and includes a link to the final DOL list of 2013 FUTA credit reduction areas, which are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Virgin Islands.. Any employer reporting wages paid in a credit reduction state/jurisdiction must use Schedule A, Form <a href="http://publish.no.irs.gov/getpdf.cgi?catnum=11234">940</a>, to compute the tax<br />▪ <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2013-28411.pdf">TD 9645</a> has the final regulations implementing a 0.9 percent Additional Medicare Tax.  As of January 1, 2013, taxpayers are liable for a 0.9 percent Additional Medicare Tax on wages, railroad retirement (RRTA) compensation and self-employment income — combined with their spouse’s wages, compensation, and income if filing a joint return — that exceed the threshold amount for their filing status. For additional information see these <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Questions-and-Answers-for-the-Additional-Medicare-Tax" target="_top">questions and answers</a>.<br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-74.pdf">▪ Notice 2013-74</a> provides guidance on in-plan Roth rollovers.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-84.pdf">Notice 2013-84</a> contains the 2013 Cumulative List of Changes in Plan Qualification Requirements.</p> <p><strong>TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS<br /></strong>▪ A phone forum, <strong><em>ABCs of charitable contributions for 501(c)(3) organizations</em></strong><strong>, will be held on </strong><br />December 19,  (1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. Mountain)  It will help charity leaders, tax practitioners and others understand the rules involving charitable donations.  <a href="http://ems.intellor.com/index.cgi?p=204857&t=71&do=register&s=&rID=417&edID=305" target="_blank">Register now</a>.   For more information on EO phone forums, go to the IRS <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Phone-Forums-Exempt-Organizations" target="_blank">Exempt Organizations Phone Forums</a> page.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/vgn-ext-templating/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=42cef3b99f492410VgnVCM1000003b4d0a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=f9c31c39af0c6310VgnVCM10000024150a0aRCRD">IR 2013-92 </a> The IRS will issue initial guidance regarding qualification requirements for tax-exemption as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Code.  This proposed guidance defines the term “candidate-related political activity,” and would amend current regulations by indicating that the promotion of social welfare does not include this type of activity. The proposed guidance also seeks initial comments on other aspects of the qualification requirements, including what proportion of a 501(c)(4) organization’s activities must promote welfare. <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/11/29/2013-28492/guidance-for-tax-exempt-social-welfare-organizations-on-candidate-related-political-activities" target="_blank">Guidance</a><br />▪ The IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) office has developed an <a href="http://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/StartingOut.aspx">interactive, version of Form 1023</a>, <em>Application for Recognition of Exemption. </em>It features pop-up information boxes.  Once completed, applicants will print and mail the form and its attachments, just like the standard Form 1023. It was developed from recommendations by the IRS’s Advisory Committee on Tax-Exempt and Government Entities (<a href="http://www.irs.gov/Government-Entities/Advisory-Committee-on-Tax-Exempt-and-Government-Entities-(ACT)">ACT</a>). Comments can be sent to <a href="mailto:tege.eo.ceo@irs.gov">tege.eo.ceo@irs.gov</a>.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>MISCELLANEOUS, TAX TIPS, FACT SHEETS<br /></strong>▪ The <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Fast-Track-Settlement-Program-Now-Available-Nationwide;-Time-Saving-Option-Helps-Small-Businesses-Under-Audit" target="_blank">Fast Track Settlement</a> program offers small businesses and self-employed individuals a way to more quickly resolve audit issues during the examination process<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-to-Employers-Hire-Veterans-by-Dec-31-and-Save-on-Taxes">Special Edition Tax Tip 2013-15</a> <strong>IRS to Employers: Hire Veterans by Dec. 31 and Save on Taxes. If</strong> you plan to hire soon, consider hiring veterans. If you do, you may be able to claim the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit worth thousands of dollars. You must act soon. The WOTC is available to employers that hire qualified veterans before the new year.<br />▪ Victims of severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes that began on Nov. 17, 2013 in parts of Illinois may qualify for <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tax-Relief-for-Victims-of-Severe-Storms-in-Illinois">tax relief</a> from the Internal Revenue Service.<br />▪ Find out how your client or their children can get a tax credit for going to college or some other post-secondary education institution in this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3anIwlsvLQ">YouTube video</a>.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>IR NEWS RELEASES<br /></strong>▪<a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-Consumers-of-Possible-Scams-Relating-to-Relief-of-Typhoon-Victims"> IR 2013-90</a> The IRS issued a consumer alert about possible scams in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall in the central Philippines in November. IRS Special Edition <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Dont-Fall-for-Charity-Scams-Following-Disasters">Tax Tip 2013-14</a>, <em>Don’t Fall for Charity Scams Following Disasters<br /></em>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Plan-Now-to-Get-Full-Benefit-of-Saver’s-Credit" target="_blank">IR 2013-93</a> Plan Now to Get Full Benefit of Saver’s Credit; Tax Credit Helps Low- and Moderate-Income Workers Save for Retirement<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/More-than-122-million-Returns-eFiled-in-2013">IR 2013-94</a>  A record 122 million e-filed in 2013.</p> <p><strong>NOTICES<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-76.pdf">▪ Notice 2013-76</a> provides guidance on the health insurance providers fee related to (1) the time and manner for submitting Form 8963, “Report of Health Insurance Provider Information,” (2) the time and manner for notifying covered entities of their preliminary fee calculation, (3) the time and manner for submitting a corrected Form 8963 for the error correction process, and (4) the time for notifying covered entities of their final fee calculation.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-78.pdf">Notice 2013-78</a> provides for public comment a proposed revision of the procedures for requesting assistance from the U.S. competent authority under the provisions of an income, estate, or gift tax treaty to which the United States is a party. <br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-79.pdf">Notice 2013-79</a> requests comments from the public on a proposed revision to Rev. Proc. 2006-9, the procedural guidance to taxpayers on filing advance pricing agreement (“APA”) requests and on the administration of APAs. <br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-84.pdf">Notice 2013-84</a> contains the 2013 Cumulative List of Changes in Plan Qualification Requirements.</p> <p><strong>REVENUE RULINGS<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-13-27.pdf">Revenue Ruling 2013-27</a> holds that a covered entity must include in gross income amounts it collects from policyholders to offset the cost of the annual fee imposed under section 9010 of the Affordable Care Act. A covered entity generally is an entity engaged in the business of providing health insurance that provides health insurance for a United   States health risk. </p> <p><strong>REVENUE PROCEDURES<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-13-36.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2013-36</a> sets forth for purposes of section 846 of the Internal Revenue Code the loss payment patterns and discount factors for each property and casualty line of business for the 2013 accident year. These factors are to be used by property and casualty insurance companies in discounting unpaid losses.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-13-37.pdf">Revenue Procedure 2013-37</a> sets forth for purposes of section 832 of the Code the salvage discount factors and payment patterns for each property and casualty line of business for the 2013 accident year. These factors are to be used by property and casualty insurance companies to discount estimated salvage recoverable.</p> <p><strong>REPORTS AND STATISTICS<br /></strong>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRSAC-Releases-2013-Annual-Report">IR 2013-91</a> The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council released its annual report featuring recommendations on a wide range of tax administration matters.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRPAC-Issues-Annual-Report-for-2013">IR 2013-97</a> The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee today released its annual report for 2013, including numerous recommendations.</p> <p><strong>LOCAL<br /></strong>▪ The <a href="http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/">Veterans Affairs Department</a> is warning veterans about a “marketing scam” that reportedly targets callers trying to reach two of VA’s national call centers. The marketing company has established two toll-free numbers that differ by one digit from the VA National Call Center and the VA GI Bill Call Center. If the caller happens to dial the wrong number, the veteran is offered a gift card in return for providing personal and financial information, including credit card information. The VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000. The VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551.<br />▪ SCORE has a <a href="http://www.score.org/resources/business-planning-financial-statements-template-gallery">Business Planning & Financial Statements Template Gallery</a>.<br />▪ A guide on <a href="http://www.score.org/resources/staying-afloat-sea-employment-regulations">employment regulations</a> is available from SCORE<br />▪  <a href="http://business.usa.gov/">BusinessUSA.gov</a> pulls together advice from across government for starting and financing your business, hiring employees and much more.<br />▪ For more tips from the government to start, fund and expand your business, visit <a href="http://answers.usa.gov/system/templates/selfservice/USAGov/#portal/1012/article/4226/Small-Business-Resources">USA.gov’s Small Business Resources section</a>.<br />▪ The <a href="http://sba.gov/">Small Business Administration (SBA)</a> has a <a href="http://apps.usa.gov/sba.shtml">SBA app</a> to calculate business start-up costs and to find SBA advisors located near you for free, personal help with your business.</p> <p>Use the <a href="http://publications.usa.gov/USAPubs.php?PubID=180">Small Business Handbook</a> to help you make sure you’re complying with federal regulations on health and safety.<br />▪ A SBA guest blogger discusses the value of <a href="http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/how-dismissing-business-planning-can-hurt-your-business">business planning</a>.<br />▪ SCORE offers <a href="http://www.score.org/onlineworkshops/tab-a">Free Online Business Training</a><strong>.  </strong>Can’t make the live events? Register and get the recording.<br />▪ The <a href="http://www.usa.gov/Business/Business-Gateway.shtml">USA.gov Businesses and Nonprofits section</a> connects you with information on selling and buying from the government, tips on exporting and importing and online training.<br />▪ Check out the<a href="http://www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-businesses">SBA Woman-Owned Small Business Site</a> . </p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT Dual credit accounting program links Kansas high schools, ESU http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/599-dual_credit_accounting_program_links_kansas_high http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/599-dual_credit_accounting_program_links_kansas_high <p><em><strong><span class="date">From Emporia State University - December 11, 2013</span></strong></em></p> <p>Emporia State University is now the second Regents university in the state to integrate the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Program into its curriculum. This program, developed by Kansas State University, is designed to encourage high school students to consider a degree in accounting and shed light on what opportunities are available with this particular career path. The program allows students to successfully complete their introductory college accounting course, Financial Accounting (AC 223), during their high school career and have the opportunity to receive credit from Emporia State University.</p> <p>Dr. George Durler, professor of accounting at the School of Business, was instrumental in bringing this agreement to Emporia State.</p> <p>“The accounting faculty at Emporia State University have worked with Dr. Dan Deines at Kansas State and the Kansas Society of CPAs for several years to provide this opportunity for high school students,” Durler said. “This project provides the means for high schools to offer a meaningful course beyond the accounting mechanics course typically available and for participating students to earn college credit. Originally conceived by Dr. Deines, the project has been endorsed by the American Institute of CPAs and several other state CPA societies. Surveys of business leaders indicate there will be a significant demand for professional accountants in the future. This is a significant step in encouraging some of the best high school students to consider one of the most respected professions in business for their future career.”</p> <p>Under the agreement approved by the Kansas Department of Education, students enroll in and successfully complete the college-level course taught at their high school. Upon completion, students must take a qualifying exam administered either by the accounting department at Emporia State University (no additional cost) or by the director of the accounting pilot program administered by Kansas State University ($100 testing cost). Students must receive a score of 85 or better on the qualifying exam to be eligible to enroll in the special test-out section of AC 223 at Emporia State University.</p> <p>Students will receive credit for AC 223 with no tuition charge once they enroll in additional 12 hours for their semester at Emporia State. More information can be found at the Kansas Department of Education's website on state-wide articulation agreements (<a href="http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=5049#ESU">http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=5049#ESU</a>).</p> <p>This program not only allows future students to explore the field of accounting before entering college, but also gives them the opportunity to receive three hours of college credit at essentially no charge.</p> <p>“Our faculty at the School of Business are continually finding ways to open more doors for both our current and potential students. We are very excited about this opportunity” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean, school of business. “The bridge project allows students to get a head start on earning college credits while still in high school and encourages them to learn about a career path with many successful possibilities.”</p> <p>All faculty teaching the Pilot Accounting Courses must receive the appropriate training and follow the prescribed curriculum for students to be eligible for the qualifying examination. Currently there are five high schools in Kansas participating in this project; Emporia, Clearwater, Hutchinson, Manhattan and Washburn Rural.  The Emporia State accounting faculty expects this participation to grow significantly with this statewide agreement in place.</p> <p>“This dual credit program offers a great opportunity for high school students to get a head start on college-level accounting study,” said Dr. David Cordle, ESU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition to the benefits to the students themselves, the program has real potential for positive impact on our state and its workforce.”</p> <p>For more information on the School of Business at Emporia State University please visit <a href="http://www.emporia.edu/business">www.emporia.edu/business</a> or contact Jessica Buchholz at 620-340-2479 or by email at jbuchho1emporia.edu.</p> <p> </p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT 2013 KSCPA Heartland Technology Conference Held in Lenexa on December 12-13 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/606-2013_kscpa_heartland_technology_conference_held_in http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/606-2013_kscpa_heartland_technology_conference_held_in <h3><strong>2013 KSCPA Heartland Technology Conference <br />Held in Lenexa on December 12-13</strong></h3> <p><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/heartland_technology_conference_2013_19_.jpg" alt="Tech Conference 2013" width="263" height="193" />Members in business & industry and public practice and numerous non-members who work in information systems, accounting, and finance were again treated to an outstanding year-end technology conference presented by <strong>K2 Enterprises</strong>. There were many familiar faces and some new ones, including <strong>Microsoft Partners Nxio</strong> who provided a great line up in a Microsoft products "bar" and knowledgeable representatives.</p> <p>Featured this year were <strong>Mac McClelland, Val Steed, and Tommy Stephens</strong>. Topics included the traditional "Tech Update," Excel, Office and dashboard reporting tool sessions. Other topics reached into the "Cloud," with mobile strategies, virtual office, cloud accounting solutions, cloud document management, and "Our Favorite Apps." Other popular sessions were backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery; PDF forms; CPA firm technology; and "The Very Best Quickbooks Features."</p> <p><object style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" width="420" height="260" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="v=107931&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638855718665%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638855718665%2F&set_id=72157638855718665&jump_to=" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" /></object>K2 Enterprises instructors are available for onsite training and hold various webinars throughout the year. Check the KSCPA website for more information (Alternative CPE) or contact the KSCPA office for more information.</p> <p><strong>The conference is scheduled for 2014 at the Crowne Plaza in Lenexa <br />December 11-12, 2014 - MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR ANOTHER WORTHWHILE KSCPA EVENT!</strong></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Elects 2013-2014 Officers, Directors & Trustees http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/598-kscpa_elects_2013-2014_officers_directors_trustees http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/598-kscpa_elects_2013-2014_officers_directors_trustees <p> <strong><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/065.jpg" alt="Melinda Hitz" width="163" height="222" /><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2013/News/2013_annual_meeting_booklet.pdf">Click here to view the 2012-13 KSCPA Annual Report</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Topeka</strong> – The Kansas Society of CPAs held its Annual Meeting on November 20, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Corporate Woods in Overland Park. Melinda A. Hitz, Garden City, was elected 2013-14 Chair of the 2,700-member Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) at the Annual Meeting.</p> <p>Hitz is the Director of Finance for the City of Garden City. She left public accounting and joined the City of Garden City in 1991. Hitz has served on variety of KSCPA committees and task forces, including the KSCPA board of directors. She is also active in her community, serving as a USD #457 School Foundation Board Member and Treasurer.</p> <p><img class="justified_center" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/004.jpg" alt="2013-2014 Executive Committee" width="269" height="172" />Other elected officers of the 2013-14 Executive Committee are: Vice Chair, Michelle Schneider, Adams Brown Beran & Ball, Chtd., Great Bend; and for Secretary-Treasurer, Matt List, BKD, LLP, Wichita.</p> <p><img class="justified_right" style="width: 280px; height: 170px; float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/068.jpg" alt="2013-2014 Board" width="246" height="176" />Elected to three-year terms on the Society’s Board of Directors are: Matt C. Bellomo, Davis & Bellomo, PA, Overland Park ; Kate Grant, Kirkpatrick, Sprecker & Company, Wichita; Daniel F. Kjergaard, CBIZ/Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C., Leawood; Jay D. Langley, Clubline & Rettele, Chtd., Salina, Christina M. Ricke, Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Wichita, and Damon C. Ward, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Wichita.</p> <p><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/crumb_dan-2011n_mr.jpg" alt="Dan Crumb" width="150" height="145" /><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/photo.jpg" alt="Monty Allen" width="97" height="145" />Elected trustees of the Educational Foundation Board are: Dan Crumb, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc., Kansas City, MO and Monty D. Allen, Kirkpatrick, Sprecker & Company, Wichita.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT Identity Theft - Jerry Love, CPA/PFS, CITP, CGMA, ABV - Video Session http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/594-identity_theft-jerry_love_cpa_pfs_citp_cgma http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/594-identity_theft-jerry_love_cpa_pfs_citp_cgma <h2 style="text-align: center;">Identity Theft - Jerry Love, CPA/PFS, CITP, CGMA, ABV</h2> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wgC9H5ddmUs?feature=oembed" width="420" height="260" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;"></iframe><br /><br /></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA Presents 63rd Annual Kansas Tax Conference http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/596-kscpa_presents_63rd_annual_kansas_tax_conference http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/596-kscpa_presents_63rd_annual_kansas_tax_conference <h3>KSCPA Presents 63rd Annual Kansas Tax Conference</h3> <p><em>"Best speaker group in many years." "Best conference that I can remember."  "Excellent program with a variety of topics."</em> - Just a few comments about the <strong>63rd Annual Kansas Tax Conference</strong> held in Overland Park November 21-22, 2013. The program overall was rated 4.30 on a 5.00 scale. Topics included the tried and true individual and business tax updates as well as estate and gift taxes and tax-exempt organizations. Melissa Labant, JD, CPA, from the AICPA provided the annual "Update on Washington Tax Developments,"  and Randy Johnston, MSC, MCP provided his insight in his annual technology update. New this year was a "track" on identity theft and privacy and security. Other topics ranged from divorce, social security, and ethics.</p> <p><object style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" width="420" height="260" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="v=107931&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638326113573%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638326113573%2F&set_id=72157638326113573&jump_to=" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" /></object>Dr. Chris Kuehl provided another dynamic session on "Global Economic Update" with a rating of 4.89 out of 5.00. Jerry Love, CPA/PFS, CITP, CGMA, ABV spoke on "Identity Theft" with a rating of 4.78 out of 5.00, and Gary Allerheiligen, CPA provided a business tax update with a rating of 4.67 out of 5.00.</p> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/Images/gary_allerheiligen_1.jpg" alt="Gary Allerheiligen" width="235" height="170" />The audience toasted Gary Allerheiligen on the last session of the conference and what he intends to be his last presention (Frank Sinatra retired a couple of times as well, right?). If Gary does follow through, he will be sorely missed. We are grateful for his years of service, and look forward to him continuing in the leadership of the KSCPA.</p> <p><a href="/about/news/594-identity_theft-jerry_love_cpa_pfs_citp_cgma" target="_blank">Click here to view Jerry Love's highly-rated session on "Identity Theft."</a></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT Twenty Two Young Professionals Complete KSCPA "20 up to 40" Leadership Program http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/608-twenty_two_young_professionals_complete_kscpa_20_up http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/608-twenty_two_young_professionals_complete_kscpa_20_up <h3><strong>Twenty Two Young Professionals Complete</strong> <br /><strong>KSCPA "20 up to 40" Leadership Program</strong></h3> <p>The KSCPA reached a milestone this year with its <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong> </em>program, reaching 100 graduates and marking its 5th anniversary.</p> <p><img class="justified_center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/20u40_2013_participants.jpg" alt="2013 '20 up to 40" width="439" height="314" /><img class="justified_center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/group_project_presentation_and_aicpa_leadership_academy_1_.jpg" alt="Ross Barry" width="443" height="305" /><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/group_project_presentation_and_aicpa_leadership_academy_9_.jpg" alt="Thomas Galle" width="200" height="281" />The participants graduated prior to the Leadership Summit on November 20, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Overland Park. <strong>Alyssa Sharp, CPA, Thomas Galle, CPA, Keith Knickerbocker, CPA, and Ross Berry, CPA</strong> took the lead in presenting the group projects. Alyssa, Thomas, and Keith presented the results of a mentorship survey and their plan to create a mentorship program for members of the KSCPA. Ross Berry presented the group's recommendations for changes to the Kansas statues related to the practice of public accounting.</p> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/20u40_graduation_2013_4_.jpg" alt="Amber Goering and Chad Allen" width="163" height="231" />Several graduates of the program participate in the KSCPA leadership and eight are members of the KSCPA board of directors. <strong>Amber Goering, CPA and Chad Allen, CPA, </strong>members of the KSCPA board, were both selected to participate in the 2013 AICPA Leadership Academy, and they presented their experience at the graduation.</p> <p>In addition to the activities in conjunction with the Annual Meeting on November 20, 2013, the group met on November 19 to complete preparation for the presentation of their projects. They also enjoyed meeting Governor Sam Brownback, Lt Governor Jeff Colyer, Secretary Jim Clark, CPA, Secretary Nick Jordan, and members of the KSCPA Political Action Committee at a PAC reception.</p> <p><img class="justified_center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/graduation_dinner_7.jpg" alt="Bristol Dinner" width="385" height="254" /></p> <p>The group was treated to a tour of the Microsoft store at Oak Park Mall, and enjoyed dinner together at the Bristol Bar and Grill in Leawood. Most importantly, they enjoyed their time together and building great relationships that will serve them well in the coming years.</p> <p><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/microsoft_store_tour_3.jpg" alt="Microsoft Store" width="255" height="198" /></p> <p>The program continues into 2014 with an additional twenty one participants from across the state and representing business & industry, education, and public practice.</p> <p>Congratulations to everyone who participated in the program.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>A special thank you to <strong>Lori Wenrich, CPA and Jamie Buer, CPA</strong> for chairing the Young Professionals Committee that put together the program.</p> <p><object style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" width="420" height="260" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="v=107931&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157632613466249%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157632613466249%2F&set_id=72157632613466249&jump_to=" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" /></object></p> <p> </p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT November 20, 2013 Marks 81st Annual Meeting for the KSCPA http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/607-november_20_2013_marks_81st_annual_meeting_for_the http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/607-november_20_2013_marks_81st_annual_meeting_for_the <h3><strong>November 20, 2013 Marks 81st Annual Meeting for the KSCPA</strong></h3> <p><a class="file pdf" href="/writable/files/2013/News/2013_annual_meeting_booklet.pdf">Click here for Annual Report of the KSCPA</a></p> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/065.jpg" alt="Melinda Hitz" width="199" height="272" />The KSCPA held its <strong>81st Annual Meeting</strong> at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Overland Park on November 20, 2013. <strong>Melinda A. Hitz, CPA, CGMA,</strong> the finance director for the City of Garden City, was elected the 81st chair of the KSCPA. Melinda is the fourth woman to hold this position and the first member in business & industry. <strong>Michelle Schneider, CPA</strong>, Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd. in Great Bend was elected vice chair, and <strong>Matthew R. List, CPA</strong>, a member of the BKD National Financial Services Group, from Wichita, was elected secretary/treasurer. <strong>M. Aron Dunn, CPA,</strong> Vice President at Allen, Gibbs, & Houlik, L.C., Wichita, assumed the position of immediate past chair.</p> <p><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/annual_meeting_2013_21_.jpg" alt="New Board Takes Oath" width="329" height="219" />Six new members of the board of directors and two new Educational Foundation trustees were elected. Twenty-three KSCPA members were elected into life membership.</p> <p>These are:<br />Paul S. Allen, Clifford C. Bender, Nancy Cole, Eldon L. Dirks, Terry O. Everson, <img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/annual_meeting_2013_9_.jpg" alt="Tom Mullane and Aron Dunn" width="155" height="224" />Gregory J. Gleason, Richard J. Haag, James R. Hand, Gerald "Bud" E. Harvey, William E. Hooten II, Wayne P. Ifft, William G. Johnson, Gary A. Long, Darrell D. Loyd, Donald L. McMillian, Thomas Mullane, Ginger, A. Powell, Jack L. Shandy, Robert L. Steimel, L. Thomas Veatch, Ronald G. Wood, J. Mark Woodruff, and David P. Zupancic.</p> <p><strong><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/jo_lyle_lifetime_achivement_award_3_.jpg" alt="Jo Lyle" width="289" height="190" />Johanna D. Lyle, CPA </strong>was awarded the 2013 Life Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the KSCPA, Kansas State University, and the profession.</p> <p><strong><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/annual_meeting_2013_13_.jpg" alt="Gary Allerheiligen" width="304" height="205" />Gary C. Allerheiligen, CPA</strong> presented an update from the AICPA. He is the elected member of the AICPA Council for the KSCPA, a three-year term.</p> <p>The Annual Meeting was preceded by a meeting of the <strong>KSCPA executive and nominations committee</strong> and followed by a<strong> semi-annual leadership summit</strong> and <strong>board of directors meeting. </strong>The day concluded with a networking reception sponsored by the <strong>Metro Chapter of the KSCPA</strong>.</p> <p><img class="justified_center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/leadership_summit_fall_2013_4_.jpg" alt="Leadership Summit" width="315" height="202" />The <strong>leadership summit</strong> is composed of round-table discussions with KSCPA leaders to continue the strategic planning process begun annually at the board strategic planning retreat. Action items are reviewed and updated by members of the "Big Rock" task forces.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>"Big Rocks" for 2013-14 are: </strong><br />Member Engagement & Growth<br />Promotion of the CPA Brand<br />Professional Development<br />Advocacy</p> <p>Other "standing" task forces/committees meet at the Leadership Summit, and these are: Legislative Executive Committee and Political Action Committee (with Advocacy), Accounting & Assurance Services Task Force, Taxation Task Force, and Young Professionals Committee. At certain summits, the chapter officers, students, and conference steering committees meet. All members are encouraged to become part of the leadership and to participate in the leadership summit. Please contact the KSCPA office, if you are interested in serving in the leadership.</p> <p><a href="/about/leadership" target="_blank">Click here to learn more about the KSCPA leadership.</a></p> <p><img class="justified_center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/board_meeting_and_reception_8_.jpg" alt="Board Meeeting" width="313" height="202" /></p> <p> <object style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" width="420" height="260" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="v=107931&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638855022856%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638855022856%2F&set_id=72157638855022856&jump_to=" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" /></object></p> <p> <object style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" width="420" height="260" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="v=107931&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638856270655%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638856270655%2F&set_id=72157638856270655&jump_to=" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" /></object></p> <p><object style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" width="420" height="260" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="v=107931&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638857163013%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638857163013%2F&set_id=72157638857163013&jump_to=" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" /></object></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT Jim Metzler, CPA.CITP, CGMA Wraps up Speaking for AICPA with KSCPA Professional Issues Update http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/605-jim_metzler_cpa_citp_cgma_wraps_up_speaking_for http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/605-jim_metzler_cpa_citp_cgma_wraps_up_speaking_for <h3><strong>Jim Metzler, CPA.CITP, CGMA Wraps up Speaking for AICPA with KSCPA Professional Issues Update on November 20, 2014</strong></h3> <p><img class="justified_right" style="float: right;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/professional_issues_update_14_.jpg" alt="Jim Metzler Presents PIU November 2014" width="280" height="173" /></p> <p>The KSCPA was honored to host <strong>Jim Metzler, CPA.CITP, CGMA, Vice President of Small Firm Interests,</strong> <strong>AICPA</strong> at the annual meeting activities.In addition to presenting the traditional "Professional Issues Update," Jim attended the <em><strong>"20 up to 40"</strong></em> activities at the Microsoft store at the Oak Park Mall in Overland Park and the graduation dinner held at the Bristol in Leawood.</p> <p><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/professional_issues_update_1_.jpg" alt="Michelle Schneider Introduces Jim Metzler" width="162" height="248" />The reach of the "Professional Issues Update" was doubled this year via video cast. Through the generosity of <strong>Adams, Brown, Beran, & Ball, Chtd</strong>, the KSCPA was able to video cast the free program to members throughout the state who could not attend in person.</p> <p>The "Professional Issues Update" is a biannual event held in conjunction with the November annual meeting/leadership summit and the May leadership summit. The May 2014 update will be held at the beautiful KSU Alumni Center on May 7. Gary Bolinger, the CEO of the Indiana CPA Society, will present his vision for CPA continuing education. Please mark your calendars!</p> <p>In addition to members, students and faculty throughout the state are invited to attend to learn the leading issues of importance to CPAs and the organizations they serve.</p> <p>Jim's session included the following topics:</p> <ul> <li>Why the CPA profession continues to thrive.</li> <li>The CPA exam.</li> <li>Leading focus of the Pathways Commission - an advanced placement course in accounting through the College Board - a vision first painted by our very own Dan Denies. A special video was shown of Barry Melancon when he described the contributions made by Dan toward this project at the Fall Council Meeting of the AICPA in October 2014.</li> <li>Jim spoke extensively about the FRF for SMEs - a financial reporting framework for SMEs that was released by the AICPA this year. DeAnn Hill served on the task force and has provided continuing education programs on the FRF for SMEs. Please note that during the week of May 12, 2014, the KSCPA is sponsoring a "state tour" about FRF for SMEs presented by Al Anderson.</li> <li>Other financial reporting topics were covered, including Private Company Council, GAAP/IFRS convergence, and proposed changes in compilations.</li> <li>Various issues related to legislative and tax issues were covered. This included tax reform and the advocacy that the AICPA in conjunction wtih state societies is doing in Washington to protect the profession.</li> <li>Other topics included identity theft, verification letters, mobile workforce, changing the definition of "attest," a push to extend mobility to "firm mobility," mandatory audit rotation, and cash to accrual basis of accounting.</li> <li>The presentation ended with the support of the AICPA for the profession. A dynamic video of KSCPA member Dan Crumb, CFO of the KC Chiefs was presented, and Jim outlined the new "Center for Plain English Accounting" that supplements the Private Company Practice Section benefits at an additional cost.</li> </ul> <p><object style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" width="420" height="260" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="v=107931&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638857398684%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638857398684%2F&set_id=72157638857398684&jump_to=" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" /></object></p> <p>Please contact the KSCPA office if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.</p> <p> </p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT Member Featured in AICPA Video at AICPA Fall Council and Others Recognized/Elected to Leadership Positions at AICPA/NASBA http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/603-member_featured_in_aicpa_video_at_aicpa_fall http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/603-member_featured_in_aicpa_video_at_aicpa_fall <h3 style="text-align: left;"><strong>Member Featured in AICPA Video at AICPA Fall Council and </strong><br /><strong>Others Recognized/Elected to Leadership Positions at AICPA/NASBA</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: left;">Dan Crumb, CPA, CGMA, CFO, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club<br />- Featured in CGMA Website Video</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C_c9OBSTTr4" width="420" height="260" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="justified_center" src="/writable/images/MemberPhotos/dan_deines_training_teachers2.jpg" alt="Dan Deines" width="422" height="280" /><br />Click here for video of <a href="http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2115059030001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAFiQae0~,OKolxKKriBUf0Adi5yD2nmvQb2uREs_g&bctid=2790302950001">Dan Deines, PhD, CPA, Interim Chair, Accounting Department, Kansas State University - being recognized</a> by Barry Melancon, CEO of the AICPA at Fall AICPA Council 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">____________________________________________________________________</p> <p><strong>Dan Crumb, CPA, CGMA</strong> and <strong>Dr. Dan Denies, PhD, CPA</strong> were both featured in videos at the KSCPA Annual Meeting on November 20, 2013 during the Professional Issues Update conducted by Jim Metzler, CPA, CITP, CGMA.</p> <p>Dan Crumb, a member of the AICPA Business & Industry Executive Committee and the CFO for the Kansas City Chiefs, was featured in a professionally produced video that explores his role as a CFO for an NFL franchise.</p> <p>Dr. Denies, a recipient of the AICPA Educator's Award and past president of the KSCPA, is lauded by Barry Melancon, CEO of the AICPA during his professional issues update at the October 2013 Fall council meeting of the AICPA in Los Angeles. This was replayed during the KSCPA Annual Meeting.</p> <p>KSCPA members are making an impact in our national organizations. In addition to this video and recognition, at the recent AICPA Fall council meeting, <strong>DeAnn Hill, CPA, PFS, CGMA </strong>was elected to the AICPA board of directors, our first director from the KSCPA, <strong>L. Gary Boomer, CPA.CITP </strong>was once again elected as an at large member of council, <strong>Aron Dunn, CPA</strong> was appointed to the Accounting & Review Services Committee, and <strong>Bert Denny, CPA</strong> is now chair of the Joint Trial Board for the AICPA. Other members were appointed to AICPA committees, and these are listed in the December 2013 <em><strong>Skyscapes</strong></em>.</p> <p><strong>Kent Smoll, CPA,</strong> of Dodge City, was elected as treasurer of the National State Boards of Accountancy, a huge honor for him.</p> <p>Congratulations to all of these leaders, and we look forward to more recognition for the quality CPAs from Kansas through national appointments!</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT KSCPA PAC Hosts Reception for Governor Sam Brownback and Lt Gov Colyer http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/604-kscpa_pac_hosts_reception_for_governor_sam http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/604-kscpa_pac_hosts_reception_for_governor_sam <h3>KSCPA PAC Hosts Reception for <br />Governor Sam Brownback and Lt Governor Jeff Colyer</h3> <p><img class="justified_left" style="float: left;" src="/writable/images/News/2013NewsImages/secretary_clark_and_governor_brownback_with_20_up_to_40_participants.jpg" alt="Governor Brownback at PAC Reception" width="314" height="175" /></p> <p>The KSCPA PAC hosted a reception for Governor Sam Brownback and Lt Governor Jeff Colyer on November 19, 2013 at the DoubleTree in Overland Park. Remarks were made by both Governor Brownback and Lt Governor Colyer. Other honored guests included Jim Clark, CPA, Secretary of Administration and Nick Jordan, Secretary of Revenue. Contributing members were invited to attend along with the 2013 "20 up to 40" participants. Amber Goering, Treasurer of the PAC, introduced the Governor.</p> <p><object style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" width="420" height="260" bgcolor="#000000" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="v=107931&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638857219843%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F58224886@N02%2Fsets%2F72157638857219843%2F&set_id=72157638857219843&jump_to=" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931" /></object></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT IRS News for Tax Professionals - December 2013 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/592-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-december_2013 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/592-irs_news_for_tax_professionals-december_2013 <p><strong><img src="/writable/images/Logos/irslogo.jpg" alt="IRS.gov" /></strong></p> <p><strong>IRS NEWS FOR TAX PROFESSIONALS <br /></strong>DECEMBER 2013</p> <p>▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5120.pdf">Publication 5120</a>  has facts on the health insurance Premium Tax Credit.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam">IR 13-84</a> The IRS warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants. Special Edition <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Phone-Scam">Tax Tip 13-13</a><br />▪ A FREE one-hour webinar on Payment Alternatives When You Owe the IRS is offered on  Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. CST; Noon MST.  One CE Credit is offered in the Federal Tax category<strong>.    </strong><a href="http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=96566">Register</a><br />▪ Inflation Adjustments: The <a href="http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/COLA/cbb.html">Social Security Wage base</a> for 2014 will be $117,000.  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/In-2014,-Various-Tax-Benefits-Increase-Due-to-Inflation-Adjustments">IR 13-87</a> IRS announces inflation-adjusted items for tax year 2014 for more than 40 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-13-35.pdf">Revenue Procedure 13-35</a> provides details.         <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Announces-2014-Pension-Plan-Limitations;-Taxpayers-May-Contribute-up-to-$17,500-to-their-401(k)-plans-in-2014">IR 13-86</a> announced the dollar limits for pension plans for tax year 2014. Taxpayers may contribute up to $17,500 to their 401(k) plans in 2014.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2014-Tax-Season-to-Start-Later-Following-Government-Closure;-IRS-Sees-Heavy-Demand-As-Operations-Resume">IR 13-82</a> The IRS announced a delay of approximately one to two weeks to the start of the 2014 filing season to allow adequate time to program and test tax processing systems following the 16-day federal government closure.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Drought-Stricken-Farmers-and-Ranchers-Have-More-Time-to-Replace-Livestock;-38-States-Affected">IR 13-81</a> Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales. See <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-62.pdf">Notice 13-62</a> and <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p225.pdf">Publication 225</a>, Farmer’s Tax Guide.  <a href="http://www.irs.gov/publications/p225/ch11.html#en_US_2013_publink1000218651">Involuntary Conversions </a>due to weather.<br />▪ Effective January 1, taxpayers must use Form 8822-B to notify the IRS of a change of address or the identity of a responsible party. Form 8822-B must be filed within 60 days of the change. An <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8822b.pdf" target="_blank">updated Form 8822-B</a> is available on IRS.gov. There is a box on the form that exempt organizations must check.</p> <p><strong>YOUR PRACTICE<br /></strong>▪ The fax numbers on Power of Attorney instructions for Forms <a title="http://publish.no.irs.gov/cat12.cgi?request=CAT2&itemtyp=F&itemb=2848&items=" href="http://publish.no.irs.gov/cat12.cgi?request=CAT2&itemtyp=F&itemb=2848&items=">2848</a>, <a title="http://publish.no.irs.gov/cat12.cgi?request=CAT2&itemtyp=F&itemb=8821&items=" href="http://publish.no.irs.gov/cat12.cgi?request=CAT2&itemtyp=F&itemb=8821&items=">8821</a> or <a title="http://publish.no.irs.gov/cat12.cgi?request=CAT2&itemtyp=F&itemb=706&items=" href="http://publish.no.irs.gov/cat12.cgi?request=CAT2&itemtyp=F&itemb=706&items=">706</a> is incorrect. Please use these numbers if faxing: - Ogden CAF (855) 214-7522 - Memphis CAF (855) 214-7519<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2014-PTIN-Renewal-Period-Underway-for-Tax-Professionals">IR 13-85 </a> The IRS reminded the nation’s tax return preparers that they must renew their PTINs for 2014.  <a href="https://rpr.irs.gov/datamart/login.do">PTIN renewal</a><br />▪ During November and December 2013, the IRS will send letters to preparers suspected of filing inaccurate EITC claims. The letters detail the critical issues identified on the returns. IRS also plans to conduct visits to some tax preparers in efforts of providing education and outreach on meeting EITC Due Diligence requirements. Visit <a href="http://www.eitc.irs.gov/EITC-Central/hot">EITC Central</a> to learn more.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Seminars-from-the-2013-Forums-Now-Available-at-IRS-Nationwide-Tax-Forums-Online">IR 13-89</a>    The IRS reminds tax professionals that they can earn education credits online through seminars filmed at the 2013 IRS <a href="http://www.irstaxforumsonline.com/">Nationwide Tax Forums</a>. The 14 self-study seminars are now available. <br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Fast-Track-Settlement-Program-Now-Available-Nationwide;-Time-Saving-Option-Helps-Small-Businesses-Under-Audit">IR 13-88 </a> The <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Fast-Track-Settlement">Fast Track Settlement (FTS) program</a> is designed to help small businesses and self-employed individuals who are under examination and uses alternative dispute resolution techniques to help taxpayers save time and avoid a formal administrative appeal or lengthy litigation. As a result, audit issues can usually be resolved within 60 days, rather than months or years. Plus, taxpayers choosing this option lose none of their rights, because they still have the right to appeal even if the FTS process is unsuccessful.  <br />▪ IRS Approved Continuing Education (CE) Providers must renew their status by December 31, 2013, if they intend to offer CE in 2014 to Enrolled Agents or Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents.    <a href="https://ssl.kinsail.com/secure/directors/index.asp?p=irs&pt=store">CE Provider online account</a>   <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Continuing-Education-for-Tax-Professionals">Additional guidance</a> is available in the September 2013 "conference call notes" and "provider review findings".</p> <p><br /><strong>EMPLOYERS/RETIREMENT PLANS<br /></strong><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-71.pdf">▪ Notice 13-71</a> modifies the "use or lose" rule for health flexible spending arrangements.<br />▪ Read <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/PBGC-Insights">news</a></span> from the PBGC (Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation).<br />▪ Employers, don't forget to claim the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Work-Opportunity-Tax-Credit-1" target="_blank">Work Opportunity Tax Credit</a> for all of the targeted group employee categories, including veterans, listed on <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Form-5884,-Work-Opportunity-Credit-1" target="_blank">Form 5884</a>, if they were hired on or after Jan. 1, 2011, or before Jan.1, 2014.<br /><strong>▪ Reporting for hard-to-value IRA investments is optional for 2014</strong><strong> – </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Reporting-for-Hard-to-Value-IRA-Investments-is-Optional-for-2014">New information reporting</a></span> requirements proposed for IRA investments with no readily available fair market value have a delayed reporting effective date<strong> <br /></strong><strong>▪ Reduced fee to correct failures to adopt a written 403(b) plan ends soon –</strong>You get a <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Reduced-Fee-for-Correcting-a-Failure-to-Adopt-a-Written-403(b)-Plan">50% discount</a> on your compliance fee if you make Voluntary Correction Program submission by December 31, 2013.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS<br /></strong>▪ Reminder: Because the IRS is required to disclose approved exemption applications and information returns, tax-exempt organizations should not include personal information, such as Social Security numbers, on these forms.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Charities-%26-Non-Profits/Upcoming-Workshops-for-Small-and-Medium-Sized-501(c)(3)-Organizations" target="_blank">Register</a> for upcoming workshops for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations: December 10 – New York, NY; Hosted by BaruchCollege.<strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>MISCELLANEOUS<br /></strong>▪ A <a title="http://www.justice.gov/tax/2013/txdv131196.htm DOJ News Release" href="http://www.justice.gov/tax/2013/txdv131196.htm">federal court</a> in Ohio shut down the nation’s fourth largest tax preparation firm and barred its CEO from the tax preparation business.|<br />▪ Enhanced program efficiencies and improved technology have allowed the Service to reduce the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Return-Transcripts">tax return photocopy fee</a> (<a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506.pdf">Form 4506</a>) from $57.00 per copy to $50.00. Requests should normally be filled within 75 days. Please note that tax return transcripts often suffice in place of return copies – and transcripts are available for free<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/a-13-43.pdf">Announcement 13-43</a> discloses the results of the 2012-13 allocation round under the qualifying advanced coal project program of § 48A of the Code.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-68.pdf">Notice 13-68</a> updates interim guidance relating to the credit production of electricity at advanced nuclear power facilities. <br /><a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-69.pdf">▪ Notice 13-69</a> provides guidance for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) entering into an FFI agreement with the IRS to be treated as a participating FFI or Reporting Model 2 FFI under the provisions commonly referred to as FATCA. This notice includes a draft copy of the FFI agreement, which will be finalized before December 31, 2013.  See also the Department of Treasury a <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2194.aspx" target="_blank">news release</a>.<br />▪ <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-70.pdf">Notice 13-70</a> provides guidance in a question-and-answer format regarding the credits for non-business energy property under § 25C and residential energy efficient property under § 25D of the Internal Revenue Code. </p> <p><strong>►LOCAL/OTHER AGENCY<br /></strong>▪ Find a variety of helpful webinars and mentoring for business at <a href="http://www.score.org/onlineworkshops/tab-a">SCORE</a></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT Bright and Carpenter News Clips - Week of 11/8-11/15/13 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/591-bright_and_carpenter_news_clips-week_of_11_8-11_15 http://www.kscpa.org/about/news/591-bright_and_carpenter_news_clips-week_of_11_8-11_15 <p><img src="/writable/images/MemberResources/legislativeupdateheader.jpg" alt="BCC" width="556" height="120" /></p> <p><strong>Economic Development/Taxes/Economy</strong></p> <p>Estimated growth in personal income revised downward</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/capitol-report/2013/nov/14/estimated-growth-in-kansas-personal-inco/" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/capitol-report/2013/nov/14/estimated-growth-in-kansas-personal-inco/</a></p> <p>Jordan: State tax policy helping create jobs</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/14/3115782/nick-jordan-state-tax-policy-helping.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/14/3115782/nick-jordan-state-tax-policy-helping.html</a></p> <p>Ticking time bomb</p> <p><a href="http://www.emporiagazette.com/opinion/article_376e62f6-4c84-11e3-9684-10604b9f6eda.html" target="_blank">http://www.emporiagazette.com/opinion/article_376e62f6-4c84-11e3-9684-10604b9f6eda.html</a></p> <p>Border war must stop, Jay Nixon says</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/12/4616080/nixon-calls-for-border-war-truce.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/12/4616080/nixon-calls-for-border-war-truce.html</a><br /><br />Nixon calls for truce in economic border war</p> <p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/missouri-governor-calls-truce-economic-border-war" target="_blank">http://kcur.org/post/missouri-governor-calls-truce-economic-border-war</a><br /><br />Nixon seeks moratorium in border war with Kansas</p> <p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nixon-seeks-moratorium-border-war-kansas" target="_blank">http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nixon-seeks-moratorium-border-war-kansas</a></p> <p>Hawver: Tax gambit still might pay off</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://ottawaherald.com/opinion/111213hawver" target="_blank">http://ottawaherald.com/opinion/111213hawver</a></span></p> <p>Nixon to propose end to border war</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/12/4615604/gov-nixon-to-propose-end-to-border.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/12/4615604/gov-nixon-to-propose-end-to-border.html</a></p> <p>Former budget director: Revenue slips further</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/weblogs/budget-blog/2013/nov/08/revenue-slips-further/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/weblogs/budget-blog/2013/nov/08/revenue-slips-further/</a><br /><br />Shot of adrenaline isn’t working yet</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/shot-of-adrenaline-isnt-working-yet/" target="_blank">http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/shot-of-adrenaline-isnt-working-yet/</a></p> <p>Kansas governor, Democrats waiting for data on income tax cuts</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/10/4611475/kansas-governor-democrats-waiting.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/10/4611475/kansas-governor-democrats-waiting.html</a><br /><br />Virgil Peck: Need to modify Kansas’ income tax laws</p> <p><a href="http://www.arkcity.net/opinion/columns/article_7ebb0826-4775-11e3-a2d3-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">http://www.arkcity.net/opinion/columns/article_7ebb0826-4775-11e3-a2d3-0019bb2963f4.html</a></p> <p>State tax struggles</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/08/3102878/eagle-editorial-state-tax-struggles.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/08/3102878/eagle-editorial-state-tax-struggles.html</a></p> <p><strong>Health Care</strong></p> <p>How to become an Obamacare poster child</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/14/how-become-obamacare-poster-child/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/14/how-become-obamacare-poster-child/</a><br /><br />Praeger worries about changes in health care law</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/14/praeger-worries-about-changes-health-care-law/" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/14/praeger-worries-about-changes-health-care-law/</a><br /><br />Kansas official, insurer to review OBama decision</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/state/2013-11-14/kansas-official-insurer-review-obama-decision" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/state/2013-11-14/kansas-official-insurer-review-obama-decision</a><br /><br />Too bad Kansas doesn’t have its own exchange</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/too-bad-kansas-doesnt-have-its-own-exchange/" target="_blank">http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/too-bad-kansas-doesnt-have-its-own-exchange/</a><br /><br />Blind opposition to Obamacare hurts people, county</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/blind-opposition-to-obamacare-hurts-people-county/" target="_blank">http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/blind-opposition-to-obamacare-hurts-people-county/</a><br /><br />Buzz Chatter Thursday: The bad-news-for-Obama edition</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/14/4619439/buzz-chatter-thursday-the-bad.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/14/4619439/buzz-chatter-thursday-the-bad.html</a></p> <p>Man with MD fights to keep 24/7 care</p> <p><a href="http://www.kctv5.com/story/23950898/prairie-village-man-with-muscular-dystrophy-fights-to-keep-247-care" target="_blank">http://www.kctv5.com/story/23950898/prairie-village-man-with-muscular-dystrophy-fights-to-keep-247-care</a></p> <p>Sebelius: 106,185 have selected insurance plans, 371 from Kansas</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/13/sebelius-106185-have-selected-insurance-plans/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/13/sebelius-106185-have-selected-insurance-plans/</a></p> <p>Kansas dental program for children on hold because of KanCare</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/11/kansas-cavity-free-kids-on-hold-under-kancare/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/11/kansas-cavity-free-kids-on-hold-under-kancare/</a></p> <p>Medicaid and moral failure</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/10/3104980/burdett-loomis-medicaid-decision.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/10/3104980/burdett-loomis-medicaid-decision.html</a></p> <p>Huelskamp calling for Obamacare defiance</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/huelskamp-calling-for-obamacare-defiance/" target="_blank">http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/huelskamp-calling-for-obamacare-defiance/</a><br /><br />Steve Rose: Health care rate hikes give a real Obamascare</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/09/4607243/health-care-rate-hikes-give-a.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/09/4607243/health-care-rate-hikes-give-a.html</a><br /><br />Roberts: Mistakes are part of government, but Sebelius needs to go</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/08/4607092/kansas-roberts-mistakes-are-part.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/08/4607092/kansas-roberts-mistakes-are-part.html</a></p> <p><strong>School Finance</strong></p> <p>KBOE critical of state testing proposal</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-13/sboe-critical-state-testing-proposal#.UoQaq8UP3yQ.twitter" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-13/sboe-critical-state-testing-proposal#.UoQaq8UP3yQ.twitter</a><br /><br />School test results are disappointing</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/school-test-results-are-disappointing/" target="_blank">http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/school-test-results-are-disappointing/</a><br /><br />Kansas among states trying to save cursive in the classroom</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/14/3116578/some-states-move-to-save-cursive.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/14/3116578/some-states-move-to-save-cursive.html</a></p> <p>Court not to blame on school finance</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/13/3113533/eagle-editorial-court-not-to-blame.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/13/3113533/eagle-editorial-court-not-to-blame.html</a><br /><br />Kansas students’ scores slip in 2013</p> <p><a href="http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/37fe941378af4bf3adabb7eebaa43969/KS--Kansas-Education-Report-Card" target="_blank">http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/37fe941378af4bf3adabb7eebaa43969/KS--Kansas-Education-Report-Card</a><br /><br />An open letter to Kansas legislators</p> <p><a href="http://www.winfieldcourier.com/opinion/public_forum/article_6b2ce972-4b4a-11e3-8424-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">http://www.winfieldcourier.com/opinion/public_forum/article_6b2ce972-4b4a-11e3-8424-0019bb2963f4.html</a></p> <p>School funding</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/12/editorial-school-funding/" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/12/editorial-school-funding/</a></p> <p><br />Opinions differ on Common Core standards</p> <p><a href="http://gctelegram.com/news/local/11-9-13-Speakers-debunk-Common-Core-Standards" target="_blank">http://gctelegram.com/news/local/11-9-13-Speakers-debunk-Common-Core-Standards</a><br /><br />Will new math, science standards end state’s relationship with KU tests?</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-10/will-new-math-science-standards-end-states-relationship-ku-tests" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-10/will-new-math-science-standards-end-states-relationship-ku-tests</a></p> <p>Top Kansas legislators weigh in on school financing</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/09/3106367/top-kansas-legislators-weigh-in.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/09/3106367/top-kansas-legislators-weigh-in.html</a><br /><br />Brownback, Wagle: School finance could trigger public fight over judge selection</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/07/3102607/brownback-wagle-school-finance.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/07/3102607/brownback-wagle-school-finance.html</a><br /><br />Brownback: K12 court ruling will color next legislative session</p> <p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/blog/2013/11/brownback-k-12-court-ruling-will.html?ana=twt" target="_blank">http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/blog/2013/11/brownback-k-12-court-ruling-will.html?ana=twt</a><br /><br />Selling education</p> <p><a href="http://www.hutchnews.com/Editorialblogs/edit--school-finance-meeting" target="_blank">http://www.hutchnews.com/Editorialblogs/edit--school-finance-meeting</a><br /><br />Common Core meetings should include tinfoil hats</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/common-core-meetings-should-include-tinfoil-hats/" target="_blank">http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/common-core-meetings-should-include-tinfoil-hats/</a><br /><br />Reports on administrative growth in schools gets mixed reviews</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/07/reports-administrative-growth-schools-gets-mixed-r/?kansas_legislature" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/07/reports-administrative-growth-schools-gets-mixed-r/?kansas_legislature</a><br /><br />Kansas students score high on 2013 reading, math scores</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/07/kansas-students-score-high-2013-naep-exams/" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/07/kansas-students-score-high-2013-naep-exams/</a></p> <p><strong>Governor’s Office/Administration</strong></p> <p>Brownback: shift needy family funds to reading program</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-14/brownback-shift-needy-family-funds-reading-program" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-14/brownback-shift-needy-family-funds-reading-program</a><br /><br />Brownback proposes reading initiatives, advocates decry funding method</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/14/brownback-proposes-grade-school-reading-initiative/?kansas_legislature" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/14/brownback-proposes-grade-school-reading-initiative/?kansas_legislature</a><br /><br />Brownback proposing new reading initiative, source of funding draws criticism</p> <p><a href="http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/4c38f1181bd24e579d848e41cd79db79/KS--Brownback-Reading" target="_blank">http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/4c38f1181bd24e579d848e41cd79db79/KS--Brownback-Reading</a><br /><br />Brownback announces new reading initiative</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/14/governor-announces-new-reading-initiative/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/14/governor-announces-new-reading-initiative/</a></p> <p>Brownback administration plans new reading initiative</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/13/brownback-administration-plans-new-reading-initiat/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/13/brownback-administration-plans-new-reading-initiat/</a></p> <p>KDADS commissioner resigns</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/11/halferty-resigns-kdads-position/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/11/halferty-resigns-kdads-position/</a><br /><br />As Washington keeps sinking, governors rise</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/us/politics/as-washington-keeps-sinking-governors-rise.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/us/politics/as-washington-keeps-sinking-governors-rise.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2</a></p> <p>Debate erupts over opening date of Kansas State Fair</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-08/debate-erupts-over-opening-date-kansas-state-fair" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-08/debate-erupts-over-opening-date-kansas-state-fair</a><br /><br />Food bank officials predict record number of backpacks for kids</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/10/3109800/number-of-food-backpacks-given.html#storylink=cpy" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/10/3109800/number-of-food-backpacks-given.html#storylink=cpy</a><br /><br />Governor thanks veterans</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-11/governor-thanks-veterans" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-11/governor-thanks-veterans</a></p> <p>Children’s Cabinet balks at endorsing reading program</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/08/childrens-cabinet-balks-endorsing-reading-program/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/08/childrens-cabinet-balks-endorsing-reading-program/#</a><br /><br />Faithbuilders Founder denies wrongdoing</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/07/faithbuilders-founder-denies-wrongdoing/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/07/faithbuilders-founder-denies-wrongdoing/</a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Legislature</strong></p> <p>$332 million later, Statehouse renovation nears its end</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/14/statehouse-construction-nearing-its-end/" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/14/statehouse-construction-nearing-its-end/</a></p> <p>Wagle tells of obstacles</p> <p><a href="http://www.morningsun.net/article/20131115/NEWS/131119921/1994/NEWS" target="_blank">http://www.morningsun.net/article/20131115/NEWS/131119921/1994/NEWS</a></p> <p>Reports released by progressive groups critical of KPI</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/13/reports-released-progressive-groups-critical-kansa/?kansas_legislature" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/13/reports-released-progressive-groups-critical-kansa/?kansas_legislature</a></p> <p><br />Copper dome’s fleeting shine changes city skyscape</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-13/copper-domes-fleeting-shine-changes-city-skyscape" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-13/copper-domes-fleeting-shine-changes-city-skyscape</a></p> <p>Statehouse renovation nears end, a little under budget</p> <p><a href="http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/3bee30cf1eb14326b85281d481307107/KS--Statehouse-Renovation" target="_blank">http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/3bee30cf1eb14326b85281d481307107/KS--Statehouse-Renovation</a></p> <p>Veteran urges Kansas to fix death benefit snag</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-11/veteran-urges-kansas-fix-death-benefit-snag" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-11/veteran-urges-kansas-fix-death-benefit-snag</a></p> <p><br />Bigger piece of the pie on backs of taxpayers</p> <p><a href="http://hdnews.net/opinion/Meek111013" target="_blank">http://hdnews.net/opinion/Meek111013</a></p> <p><br />Mortgage fee fight brewing</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-11/mortgage-fee-fight-brewing" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-11/mortgage-fee-fight-brewing</a></p> <p><br />Kansas Statehouse renovation nears completion</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-11/kansas-statehouse-renovation-nears-completion" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-11/kansas-statehouse-renovation-nears-completion</a></p> <p>Higher ed officials poring over budget figures in face of House Speaker’s memo on spending</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/11/higher-ed-officials-poring-over-budget-figures-fac/" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/11/higher-ed-officials-poring-over-budget-figures-fac/</a></p> <p>Downsizing university education</p> <p><a href="http://www.emporiagazette.com/opinion/article_2e78f3f0-48b5-11e3-8fdc-10604b9f6eda.html" target="_blank">http://www.emporiagazette.com/opinion/article_2e78f3f0-48b5-11e3-8fdc-10604b9f6eda.html</a></p> <p><br />Reason to hope, worry about higher education</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/10/3104951/eagle-editorial-reason-to-hope.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/10/3104951/eagle-editorial-reason-to-hope.html</a></p> <p><br />Measuring up</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/10/editorial-measuring/" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/10/editorial-measuring/</a></p> <p>Kansas prison secretary urges budget cut reversal</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/state/2013-11-07/kansas-prison-secretary-urges-budget-cut-reversals#.UnxK9RczeZI.twitter" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/state/2013-11-07/kansas-prison-secretary-urges-budget-cut-reversals#.UnxK9RczeZI.twitter</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Congressional</strong></p> <p>Former ag secretary says farm bill policies fail to promote healthy diets</p> <p><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/13/glickman-farm-bill-policies-fail-promote-healthy-d/" target="_blank">http://www.khi.org/news/2013/nov/13/glickman-farm-bill-policies-fail-promote-healthy-d/</a></p> <p>Roberts says criticism of Sebelius not personal</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/roberts-says-criticism-of-sebelius-not-personal/" target="_blank">http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/roberts-says-criticism-of-sebelius-not-personal/</a></p> <p>Gingrich: Roberts rules, Sebelius flounders</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/blog-post/tim-carpenter/2013-11-11/gingrich-roberts-rules-sebelius-flounders#.UoFtJL2KxhY.twitter" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/blog-post/tim-carpenter/2013-11-11/gingrich-roberts-rules-sebelius-flounders#.UoFtJL2KxhY.twitter</a></p> <p>Yoders have a baby girl</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/11/4613391/yoders-have-a-baby-girl.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/11/4613391/yoders-have-a-baby-girl.html</a></p> <p>Huelskamp sings a different tune as he whistles through western Kansas</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/08/4607105/huelskamp-sings-a-different-tune.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/08/4607105/huelskamp-sings-a-different-tune.html</a></p> <p>Getting by</p> <p><a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/08/editorial-getting/" target="_blank">http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/08/editorial-getting/</a></p> <p><br /><strong>Politics/Elections</strong></p> <p>Ex-congressman on Kan. insurance hopeful’s team</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/12/3112321/ex-congressman-on-kan-insurance.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/12/3112321/ex-congressman-on-kan-insurance.html</a></p> <p>Republican precinct committee picks Wichita jeweler to represent 98th district</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/12/3113978/republican-precinct-committee.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/12/3113978/republican-precinct-committee.html</a></p> <p>Elections last Tuesday send signals to Kansas</p> <p><a href="http://www.winfieldcourier.com/opinion/editorial/article_4aaa7b2e-4b4a-11e3-9062-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">http://www.winfieldcourier.com/opinion/editorial/article_4aaa7b2e-4b4a-11e3-9062-0019bb2963f4.html</a></p> <p>Fundraising will be early test for Davis, Docking</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/fundraising-will-be-early-test-for-davis-docking/" target="_blank">http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2013/11/fundraising-will-be-early-test-for-davis-docking/</a></p> <p>Wolf driving wedge into Kansas GOP with bid to derail Roberts</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/state/2013-11-09/wolf-driving-wedge-kansas-gop-bid-derail-roberts" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/state/2013-11-09/wolf-driving-wedge-kansas-gop-bid-derail-roberts</a></p> <p>Gingrich endorses Roberts’ re-election bid</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/news/state/2013-11-08/gingrich-endorses-roberts-re-election-bid" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/news/state/2013-11-08/gingrich-endorses-roberts-re-election-bid</a></p> <p>Former Kansas Gov Graves talks campaigns, terms in office</p> <p><a href="http://cjonline.com/life/arts-entertainment/2013-11-09/former-kansas-gov-graves-talks-campaigns-terms-office" target="_blank">http://cjonline.com/life/arts-entertainment/2013-11-09/former-kansas-gov-graves-talks-campaigns-terms-office</a></p> <p>America needs more moderates now</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/08/4607088/what-the-world-needs-now-is-more.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/08/4607088/what-the-world-needs-now-is-more.html</a></p> <p>Gingrich headed to OP to support Roberts</p> <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/08/4605950/kan-senator-gets-re-election-visit.html" target="_blank">http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/08/4605950/kan-senator-gets-re-election-visit.html</a></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EDT