The EDGE - October 2012 

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    AICPA THE EDGE | A Monthly eNewsletter for Young CPAs

    Why Are You a CPA and Why Are You in the Accounting Profession?
    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when friends, family and colleagues ask you why you’re a CPA? You might love helping clients and your employer find solutions to tough problems. Perhaps you enjoy helping others save money. Do you motivate others to consider accounting? This is one of our more popular discussion threads on our the Young CPA Network LinkedIn group. Sound off today and tell us how you feel!

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    Vol. 8, Issue 10

    Maryland Society of CPAs

    October 15, 2012
    Fall Happy Hour

    November 1, 2012
    Maryland Newly Licensed CPAs Swearing in Ceremony and Reception

    December 5, 2012
    MACPA’s Holiday Spectacular

    Missouri Society of CPAs

    October 25th and 30th , 2012
    Professional Issues Update for MSCPA Members

    October 30, 2012
    Western Region Gala

    November 15, 2012
    Eastern Region Gala

    Nevada Society of CPAs

    October 24, 2012
    Young CPA’s and Emerging Leaders Conference, Las Vegas, NV

    November 2, 2012
    LV Wrangler’s vs. Ontario Reign Hockey Night

    November 15-16, 2012
    Thanksgiving Charity Event, Las Vegas, NV

    December 13, 2012
    Holiday Mixer at Stoney’s of Las Vegas

    New Jersey Society of CPAs

    October 25, 2012
    Young Professionals Happy Hour at P.J. Whelihan's Pub and Restaurant
    Cherry Hill

    October 30, 2012
    Young Professionals Halloween Beer Break

    November 14, 2012
    Young Professionals Wine Tasting

    December 5, 2012
    Young Professionals Holiday Party

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    Trends for Young CPAs: Report From the EDGE Conference

    Direct from the recent AICPA EDGE Conference: What are the hot trends for young CPAs in practice and business and industry? Here’s a rundown of what was heard and overheard during the conference. How many of these are similar to what you’re currently experiencing?

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    The Number One Networking Mistake … and How to Solve It
    Great networking isn’t about quantity … it’s about quality. Yet, most of us do not take the time to “listen;” instead, we pacify our networking friends by giving them random names that won’t do them much good, let alone enhance your own reputation. Find out how why listening is so important and how you can use it to help build business.

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    Does Your Vote Count? Yes, in Many Ways
    We’re on the eve of what may be the most important presidential election in quite some time. While every vote counts, young CPAs can make a huge difference throughout the year by getting involved in local elections, community activities, and other political initiatives. Find out why getting involved is good for your integrity and good for your career.

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    Controllers Workshop East set for Atlanta this November

    The AICPA Controllers Workshop East will be held in Atlanta, Nov. 8-9, with pre-conference workshops on Nov. 7. The workshop is an intensive two-day conference that provides controllers and other senior managers with professional development, technical knowledge, new ideas and innovative solutions from top industry experts, including David Axson, Executive Director of Finance and Enterprise Performance, Accenture. Attend one of our pre-conference workshops (additional fee) for in-depth training on beginner and advanced level topics. Register by Sept. 24 and save $75 on the regular registration rate. IT Section Members and CITP Credential Holders save an additional $100.


    Flagship AICPA tax conference to be held one day after national election
    The AICPA National Tax Conference, Election Day +1, will be held Nov. 7 to 8 in Washington, D.C., with post-conference workshops on Nov. 9. The first tax conference of its kind to occur post-election, it will address the election results and what they mean to you and your tax clients. Prominent national tax professionals and government leaders offer sessions that will provide information on expiring and likely legislation, the deficits, international competitiveness of U.S. firms, and the increasingly large tax gap. Key Internal Revenue Service executives from all IRS operating divisions will give you the latest information, giving you direct access to key IRS policymakers and leadership. Register by Sept. 24 and save $75. Tax Section members save an additional $100.


    Emerging Program for Rising Forensic and Business Valuation Professionals
    An Emerging Program for Rising Forensic and Business Valuation Professionals is being offered at this year’s AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Conference.  Designed for CPAs with less than 5 years of experience providing forensic accounting and/or business valuation services, practitioners can participate in the pre-optional workshop, Emerging Workshop for Rising Forensic and Business Valuation Professionals, and the main conference from November 11-13, 2012, in Orlando, Florida for an all-inclusive discounted price.  In addition, if you are considering obtaining either their CFF or ABV credential, you may wish to attend the CFF Exam Review Course or ABV Exam Review Course, November 9-10, just prior to the conference.  Special bundled review course + Emerging Program for Rising Forensic and Business Valuation Professionals will be offered to Review Course participants.  For more information, email


    Inside Buyout Basics and the Tax Cliff—A Timely Combination (a Journal of Accountancy webcast)
    Buyouts by owners or employees are often an attractive option for businesses looking to sell. Timing is important, with potential consequences of the tax cliff looming. CPAs can take an active role by helping business owners determine their best option. This can give CPA firms an expanded opportunity to provide strategic and tax planning assistance and increase the likelihood of retaining the client long term. Scott D. Miller, CPA/ABV, CVA - President, Enterprise Services, Inc. will discuss buyout structures and their tax implications for your clients in this audio webcast on Tuesday, October 30. CPE availableRegister here.

    AICPA Resources

    Free AICPA social media user guides available

    It's time to use social media, the fastest growing marketing medium, to your advantage. The AICPA has developed a set of user guides to help you learn more about the professional benefits that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging offer your CPA practice. You'll find guides with steps for getting started, best practices and tips for effectively starting a conversation with clients and prospective clients on the CPA Marketing Toolkit.

    New report from AICPA and CIMA highlights skills and talents needed for success
    In today’s quickly changing economy, CPAs, CGMAs play an important role in helping their organizations meet strategic objectives and build sustainable business models. These individuals reach beyond the more traditional finance focus and, as a result, need to demonstrate advanced and unique capabilities to progress in their careers. Fast Track to Leadership, a new report from the AICPA and CIMA, features global interviews and round tables that capture the changing requirements in skills, experience and behaviors that will help CPAs, CGMAs to identify challenges and develop an action plan to maximize opportunities. Download the report from

    Three ethics resources for CPA, CGMAs
    With the importance of ethics and non-financial reporting rising on the global agenda, CGMAs are in a unique position to make an important contribution to creating a sustainable ethical operating environment. The AICPA and CIMA have developed a number of resources to assist CPA, CGMAs in guiding their organizations to long-term sustainability and success. The Ethical reflection checklist is designed to provide organizations and individuals with an overview of how well ethical practices are embedded in the business. The CGMA case study: Navigating ethical issues highlights issues related to non-disclosure at the corporate level that come to the attention of non-executive financial managers and controllers. Responding to ethical dilemmas: CGMA ethics resources provides links to resources to help CGMAs navigate ethical dilemmas and respond in a manner that upholds their professional standards.

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