Students: Need work experience in your resume? Volunteer.

By Fernando Coreas When I was an undergraduate student, I spoke to multiple prospective employers and would always ask about what they look for in candidates. Well, work experience was mentioned numerous times. How would I get work experience if I can’t even get a job? You see where this is going. I decided that […]

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21 Songs to Motivate You for the Busy Season Homestretch

By AICPA Communications The end of March is here, which means that the end of busy season is just a few weeks away. Congratulations! You have accomplished a great deal so far. I know it is easy to get discouraged at this point. You are likely feeling sleep-deprived and stressed about your looming deadlines. How […]

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Finish the Semester Strong

By Tai Majors-Newsom Summer break is a few weeks away. I know you can’t wait to begin the festivities. Many will be traveling around the world, enjoying the sun while relaxing on the beach, and even spending time with family. All of these things are great and well-deserved after a long semester. I would like […]

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Top 5 Technology Mistakes

By Val Steed, CPA, MA, CITP K2 Enterprises I’ve been using accounting technology and other forms of technology for more than 30 years, both in my business and personal life. I’ve taught countless classes on the business benefits of using technology, but I’ve also seen all kinds of mistakes that users make. I’ve compiled a […]

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Have Less Meetings, Get More Done

By Jared Korver, CPA Here’s a rhetorical question I already know the answer to: Have you ever pulled in to your driveway on a Tuesday evening and thought, “Holy smokes, I got nothing done today. I was at the office for ten hours and I got nothing done.” Of course you have. We all have. But why do […]

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5 Ways to Drive Small Firm Growth

CPA firms across the country are thriving, according to the 2016 PCPS/CPA.com National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey. This unique study is the largest and most comprehensive examination of firms’ financial health and practice management approaches and solutions. To enhance the survey’s usefulness, the results are broken down into seven defined CPA firm […]

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3 “Must-Haves” for Retaining Top Talent

By Jennifer Wilson I have written more about the talent shortages firms face than on any other subject. The growing wave of Baby Boomer retirements, the CPA Exam pass rate issues, the high demand for Millennial talent in virtually all industry sectors, the gender gap, and the lure of self-employment are all factors driving firm […]

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Fitness Instructors and Exam Scores

“The passing score is 75 on a 0-99 scale.  The scale of 0-99 does not represent ‘percent correct.’ A score of 75 indicates Examination performance reflecting a level of knowledge and skills that is sufficient for the protection of the public.” That’s from the AICPA website in answer to the question, “What is the passing score?” […]

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Ask a CPA Day: Friday, January 7

Roll up your sleeves and support your community! The Western Carolina region is pleased to be joining forces with OnTrack WNC Financial Education & Counseling on Saturday, January 7, from 9:00 am–4:00 pm for Ask a CPA Volunteer Day. We are seeking area CPAs as volunteers to provide personal and small business financial advice to local […]

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Work-Life Balance and Hickory Women’s Initiative Roundtable

By Sabrina Cook Hickory’s first NCACPA Women’s Initiative event was a great success! On October 27th, NCACPA members from industry, public practice, and education gathered for lunch at Fourk for a lively discussion of work-life balance. Prior to meeting, attendees took time to read two articles, 8 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance and Rethinking […]

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Hurricane Matthew Relief Available to CPAs

By Bob Taylor, CPA The devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew left many victims to deal with significant loss, including some of our own NCACPA members. Through conversations with the association’s staff, I know they are working on efforts to coordinate some relief efforts. In addition to what NCACPA will be doing, I wanted to ensure […]

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4 Steps to Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

In any company where a wide range of experience exists, chances are you also have a multigenerational workforce. Your finance department likely has baby boomer controllers, Gen X tax managers, Gen Y financial analysts, and Gen Z payroll specialists. They may have a lot in common, however being formed by the decade in which they […]

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Butterfly Sandwiches, the Flavor Pink, and Leadership

By Chris McKittrick, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CFE  One of the things I’ve learned is not to be surprised at the source and timing of life lessons, especially leadership lessons. I was recently caught off-guard when a conversation with my 3-year-old granddaughter smacked me upside the head with a leadership insight. It’s hard to admit in your […]

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Pathways to CPA—James Robinson

**Coming up in the September issue of Interim Report!** Some paths are roundabout, some have detours, and some are just full of unexpected twists and turns. Such is the pathway for a CPA. No two paths are alike, and in this feature we highlight the unique journeys and perspectives of our members with not only […]

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CPA Day of Service is Around the Corner!

By Donna Taylor, CPA The fifth annual CPA Day of Service is coming up on Friday, September 23, 2016! Nearly six years ago, this day of service arose from a simple yet powerful challenge a member brought to the NCACPA Board of Directors—to plan a day where members could take to their communities and give […]

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Five Financial Tips for College Students

About 20 million students attended US colleges and universities last year1, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. These students may have spent years in school preparing academically for higher education, but they may not feel completely ready to handle their finances. NCACPA offers five tips for students who want to get high marks […]

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After the Comma—A Perspective on the CGMA

*Look for this article in the upcoming June issue of Interim Report.* By Rick Niswander, PhD, CPA, CGMA Almost everyone reading this article has some letters after the comma at the end of their name. For most, those letters are CPA. Many also have CGMA. I would like to explain what those letters mean to […]

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Resume Tips and Tricks

It’s no secret that in today’s job market, your resume needs to set you apart as an exemplary candidate. A resume is your opportunity to highlight the education, skills, and experience you’ve acquired on your journey to attaining your professional goals, and it’s what companies will review to determine whether you’re a good fit for […]

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Meet the Member Engagement Team (MET)—Part 3

The newly formed Member Engagement Team (MET), formerly known as the Member Connections Committee, drives member connections with a focus on face-to-face activity at the local level. They identify connection points between NCACPA committees and members to generate new ideas, action, and events both locally and virtually. These volunteer leaders work directly with other association […]

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Meet the Member Engagement Team (MET)—Part 2

The newly formed Member Engagement Team (MET), formerly known as the Member Connections Committee, drives member connections with a focus on face-to-face activity at the local level. They identify connection points between NCACPA committees and members to generate new ideas, action, and events both locally and virtually. These volunteer leaders work directly with other association […]

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Meet the Member Engagement Team (MET)—Part 1

The newly formed Member Engagement Team (MET), formerly known as the Member Connections Committee, drives member connections with a focus on face-to-face activity at the local level. They identify connection points between NCACPA committees and members to generate new ideas, action, and events both locally and virtually. These volunteer leaders work directly with other association […]

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Making a Dent—NCACPA Volunteers Host Junior Achievement Symposium

By David Peters, CPA, CFP It has been well documented that the problem of financial illiteracy is widespread throughout the United States. According to a recent article on dailyfinance.com, only 40% of adults actually budget or track their spending, over 75% of families live paycheck to paycheck, and over 25% of families have no savings […]

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4 Tips for Seamless Public Speaking

You are scheduled to speak at an event. It’s an anxious time. What do you say? How will the audience respond to the speech? Should you be worried about how you appear on stage? Effective public speakers can stay calm throughout their presentation. You can be a great public speaker too. Follow these four steps to help […]

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Embracing Change—It’s a Thing

*As seen in the March issue of NCACPA’s quarterly magazine, Interim Report.* By Denise Ryan, MBA, CSP Human beings—we really are a pesky bunch. We complain when things change (I’ve been doing a bit of complaining about the stock market lately) and we complain when things stay the same (there’s not a soul among us […]

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3 Compelling Reasons to Get Involved at a Professional Association

Many times, the scope of a person’s individual work within their profession isn’t the biggest influence they’ll have in their community, or the profession itself. Joining an association like NCACPA is a great outlet for a professional to amplify their contributions and have greater reach and influence. Let’s take a closer look at three compelling reasons to get involved […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—Stress Level

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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Managing Outlook for Productivity

*As seen in the March issue of NCACPA’s quarterly magazine, Interim Report.* By Randolph P. Johnston, MCSE, MCS Executive VP, K2 Enterprises My cluttered Outlook inbox used to make me feel guilty. I’ve always said in my conferences and seminars that leaving messages in one’s inbox is by no means an effective way to manage […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—Personal Marketability

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—Control of Information

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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The New Rules of Networking

*As seen in the March issue of NCACPA’s quarterly magazine, Interim Report.* By: Meridith Elliott Powell Networking, believe it or not, is one of the most important and effective tools you have for building your firm and keeping your clients. In today’s economy, networking is as important to your success as performing an audit or […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—Human Capital

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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The Financial Safety Net

All of our working lives, we have been advised to have up to 12 months of savings set aside in the event of being laid off or losing a job. This is great advice, but I would like to expand on that thought. This “safety net” can be extremely useful if you find yourself in a […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—Business Acumen

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: Work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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Juggling Work and Life—The Ultimate Balancing Act

For most people, daily existence is divided into work and everything else, also known as “life.” Work includes everything we do to earn money and to improve our ability to earn money. Life includes home, family, friends, pleasure, leisure, and personal enrichment. Balancing the two can be difficult, especially as you get older and have […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—Training

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: Work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—Technical Resources

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: Work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—Work-Life Balance

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: Work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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Four Ways Mentoring Someone Benefits You

Mentoring might seem like a big obligation, but a mentoring relationship isn’t one-way. As a mentor, you can get an immense amount of personal return and satisfaction from guiding a younger professional in your industry. Here are four of the biggest benefits: You can hone leadership and management skills Mentoring teaches you to step outside of yourself […]

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Public Accounting vs. Industry—A Member’s Perspective

In the Public Accounting vs. Industry blog series, NCACPA member Abby Smith outlines how a career in public accounting is different (or in some cases, not so different) from one in industry when it comes to: Work-life balance, technical resources, training, development of business acumen, human capital, control of information, and stress level. Abby offers a […]

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Why Every Young Professional Needs a Mentor

Starting or growing a career can be daunting and riddled with unknowns. Mentoring relationships offer young professionals the assurance of having a trusted, seasoned member of their community providing them guidance, feedback, and a level of accountability. NCACPA is pleased to announce the official launch of Mentor Match this week, our newest offering on Connect. […]

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Charlotte Women’s Initiative Update

By: Melisa Galasso, CPA, CGMA The Women’s Initiative Steering Committee has been busy planning a lot of really great events around Charlotte. In November, we held an educational wine-tasting event at Dresslers in Metropolitan. We started the evening off with networking and then turned it over to the sommelier. We then tasted a glass of […]

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NCACPA’s Technical Committees Discuss Audit Quality

By: April Adams, CPA; Melisa Galasso, CPA, CGMA; and Deetra Watson, CPA, CGMA On December 16, 2015, the Accounting & Attestation (A&A), Not-for-Profit (NFP), Employee Benefit Plans (EBP), and Governmental Accounting & Auditing (GAA) committees of NCACPA held a joint session. The focus of the conversation was the AICPA’s Six-Point Plan to improve audit quality, […]

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Thinking About Association Membership and Volunteering Differently

Two groundbreaking research studies provide insights into people’s decision to join professional organizations and their decision to volunteer for those organizations. Both studies were conducted by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, the leading national professional association for membership-based organizations. This post summarizes the key points from these studies. The Decision to Join, James […]

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ASU 2015-08: Eliminating Superseded SEC Guidance on Pushdown Accounting

By: Ken Brackney, Ph.D. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2015-08, Pushdown Accounting: Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 115, in May 2015. ASU 2015-08 finalizes certain changes to the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) triggered initially by the FASB’s issuance of ASU 2014-17, Pushdown Accounting, in […]

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Isolation and Connection: The Perspective of a Solo CPA

By: Jack Heil, CPA Practicing solo is my comfort zone. It’s where I belong, where I do my best work, and where I see the most impact in my professional life. Working from my home office, I serve my select group of clients with accounting, forensic economic evaluation, tax, and wealth advisory services. Running a […]

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An Unlikely Journey: From Soldier to Chef to CPA

By: Fernando Coreas Military life can be summed up as camaraderie, discipline, and attention to detail. Most people wouldn’t necessarily associate these traits with the accounting profession. Having now worked in the profession for a few months, I have found these to be true in this profession as well. I decided to attend college at […]

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The Myths & Merits of Marketing Automation for CPAs—Part 2

By: Andrew Rose (Post 2 of 2) What Does Marketing Automation Do Well? Savvy marketers know the value of using tools to listen and speak to the world. By using marketing automation, marketers can create thought leadership paths for their professionals. Some of this positioning may be due to innate skills these professionals have acquired […]

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The Myths & Merits of Marketing Automation for CPAs—Part 1

By: Andrew Rose (Post 1 of 2) If you haven’t been recently approached by HubSpot, Salesforce, Pardot, or one of the dozens of other marketing automation platforms, just wait—it is only a matter of time. I’ll admit, the pitch is enticing. These companies will fill your pipeline with prospects (for a fee, of course), and […]

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Tackling the To Do List

By: Melisa Galasso The Charlotte Chapter’s Women’s Initiative recognizes that summer vacation might not always equate to the most scholarly reading. So, the steering committee thought about how they wanted to run their September event long and hard. Typically we try for a format where we pick a topic and then the steering committee selects […]

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Walter Conaway Davenport : Part 2

Read Part 1 of this 2-part blog series. A North Carolina native, Davenport was born and raised in Raleigh along with his sister. The son of two college graduates, it was always expected he would do well in school and have a successful career. But even Davenport himself could not have predicted how far he […]

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Walter Conaway Davenport: Part 1

In 1968, Walter Conaway Davenport was part of the Honor Guard for the casket of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while it lay in state before the funeral. The man represented much more than just the Civil Rights movement and the struggles of African Americans in the United States—to Davenport, Dr. King was an inspiration […]

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Recruiting Season: Office Visits

By Jeremy M. Jacobs, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP The accounting firm recruiting season is an exciting and hectic time for any accounting student. Having just undergone this process myself last fall, I wanted to share some information which may help you navigate this stage in your career. To help prepare you for what lies ahead, […]

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Recruiting Season: On-Campus Interviews

By Jeremy M. Jacobs, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP The accounting firm recruiting season is an exciting and hectic time for any accounting student. Having just undergone this process myself last fall, I wanted to share some information which may help you navigate this stage in your career. To help prepare you for what lies ahead, […]

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Meet the Firms: Tips from a Former Accounting Student

By Jeremy M. Jacobs, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP The accounting firm recruiting season is an exciting and hectic time for any accounting student. Having just undergone this process myself last fall, I wanted to share some information which may help you navigate this stage in your career. To help prepare you for what lies ahead, […]

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A Word from the Chair: The Quest for Quality

As CPAs, we must strive for quality in everything we do. The quality of our work reflects not only on each of us individually, but also on the reputation of the CPA profession. As North Carolina CPAs, we must live by the oath to “uphold the honor and dignity of the accounting profession by serving […]

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Helping Students SOAR

When I was a senior in college, NCACPA awarded me a scholarship that helped to relieve the financial burden of my education. I felt such gratitude for that scholarship that I became involved with NCACPA almost immediately to prove I was a good investment. NCACPA has always been active with colleges and universities to reach […]

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Mary Byers—A NCACPA Leadership Summit Favorite

By Myra Parker Mary Byers is a speaker, facilitator, consultant and the author of “Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations.”  At the Leadership Summit in May, there were lots of listening ears soaking in her insightful and practical advice for associations who want to ensure they remain relevant.  I would like to share […]

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Changes in Fair Value Reporting – Assets Measured at NAV

Fair value (FASB ASC 820) is defined as “the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. Per the fair value standard, the reporting entity is required to present the quantitative disclosures in a tabular format, segregating investments between level 1, […]

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A Word from the Chair: Passion, Opportunity & Action

By Dan Purvine, Chair At NCACPA’s annual Leadership Summit, I discussed some of my goals as the association’s incoming chair.  Those goals include aligning passion, opportunity, and action to help us achieve our goals and to best serve our members and the CPA profession.  While this message was directed to our group of volunteer leaders […]

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An Ending and a New Beginning

By Melisa Galasso At the beginning of my term as president of the Charlotte Chapter, I identified three areas that I wanted to focus on in the near future. The three initiatives I decided on were women, leadership, and diversity. I started with the Women’s Initiative by creating a steering committee and creating a plan […]

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Search Algorithms—Myths and Facts

By Andrew Rose It seems like every time Google changes its search algorithm, it is quickly followed by a plethora of “gloom and doom” marketing pieces from SEO (search engine optimization) and website development companies. With distinctly terrifying names like Panda, Penguin, Caffeine, etc., devious service providers have used a lack of client understanding of […]

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Pathways to CPA: Dena Breece Part 4

As a sneak peek to our upcoming issue of Interim Report, check out Dena Dail Breece’s recollection of her journey to her current position, and see where the achievement of her CPA credential led her career in this four-part series! If you missed it, view part three. My name is Dena Dail Breece, MBA, CPA.  I […]

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Pathways to CPA: Dena Breece Part 3

As a sneak peek to our upcoming issue of Interim Report, check out Dena Dail Breece’s recollection of her journey to her current position, and see where the achievement of her CPA credential led her career in this four-part series! If you missed it, view part two. My name is Dena Dail Breece, MBA, CPA.  I […]

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Pathways to CPA: Dena Breece Part 2

As a sneak peek to our upcoming issue of Interim Report, check out Dena Dail Breece’s recollection of her journey to her current position, and see where the achievement of her CPA credential led her career in this four-part series! My name is Dena Dail Breece, MBA, CPA.  I am married to the love of my […]

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Tax Season is Over—Now What?

by Arianna Campbell, Project Manager, Boomer Consulting, Inc. Congratulations! You have made it through another tax season. Of course the work doesn’t end here. Now is the time to secure success for the rest of the year and to plan ahead for next tax season. Here are several ways to make the most of post-tax […]

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Pathways to CPA: Dena Breece

As a sneak peek to our upcoming issue of Interim Report, check out Dena Dail Breece’s recollection of her journey to her current position, and see where the achievement of her CPA credential led her career in this four-part series! My name is Dena Dail Breece, MBA, CPA.  I am married to the love of my […]

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Financial Literacy Should Start at the Ground Level

By Sarah Work Not many people appreciate that, much like the Seven Wonders of the World, accounting is an ancient art.  In some circles, it is thought that a civilization thrived or diminished purely on the ability or inability of officials to manage resources like grain and gold. Also, it is often overlooked that April […]

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Tips for Successfully Landing an Early Internship

By: Zeke Sigler Experience in the workplace is one of the hardest things to come by in the accounting profession when you are in college or a recent graduate. The process of gaining experience through an internship is a tedious one, but if done properly, can help you land a great first job. But how […]

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Firm-Wide Benefits of an Accounting Mentorship Program

By: Ashley Gillen Binder, Sageworks Do you recall your first few years post-grad? You may yearn for fewer responsibilities (and wrinkles) and more “free” time of ages 22 through your mid to late 20s, or you may remember it less fondly in a small apartment with many roommates and less in the bank. No matter […]

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Are You Sure Your Software is the Real Thing?

With all the focus on cyber security and mega-breeches of information technology systems, many companies are looking for answers to this seemingly unlimited risk exposure.  Software inventories and compliance are areas getting increased attention. Comparing the installed software and usage levels to existing licenses and fee structures can not only provide a measure of protection […]

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Technology Training Yields Extraordinary Returns on Investment

By: Thomas G. Stephens Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA When making your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) plans, consider what CPE can do for you beyond simply satisfying your minimum hours required. In particular, think about how technology-focused CPE can help you and your team to become more efficient and proficient in using everyday technologies—such as Excel® […]

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How to Increase Revenue this Busy Season Without Adding Clients

By Natasha L. Closs, Director of ProfitCents Consulting & Advisory Services for Sageworks To increase revenue, your accounting firm either needs to add clients or boost prices, right? Those are certainly two options for accountants looking to have a better busy season than last year. Taking either of these approaches, however, could mean you are […]

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Stress Relief in Stressful Times

By: Melisa Galasso When the Charlotte Chapter thought about what type of event people would want during busy season, we thought long and hard about what both those in industry as well as those in public accounting would find appealing. We realized that no matter what part of the CPA profession you work in, we […]

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Negotiation Skills—Book Club Style

By: Melisa Galasso I am fairly new to Charlotte and it was refreshing to meet a group of women who could relate to the challenges and positive attributes of working in public (and private) accounting. I really enjoyed myself and look forward to the next meeting. – Donna, Miller McNeish & Breedlove, PA The Charlotte […]

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Business Combinations (Topic 805)

By: Nicholas Lombardi Jr., CPA ASU No. 2014-18 Accounting for Identifiable Intangible Assets in a Business Combination Under current professional standards governing the accounting for business combinations, an acquirer generally recognizes assets acquired and liabilities assumed in a business combination at their acquisition-date fair values, including all intangible assets that are identifiable. Many private company […]

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Private Company Reporting and Interest Rate Swaps

By: Jeff Carlini Background FASB recently released ASU 2014-03 entitled Accounting for Certain Receive-Variable, Pay-Fixed Interest Rate Swaps-Simplified Hedge Accounting Approach. This new standard update is a consensus of the Private Company Council (PCC) and is part of FASB’s new efforts to meet the needs of private companies. In today’s lending climate banks usually lend […]

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Part 2: Reflections on the EITC

By: Dennis Walsh Post 2 of 2 IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was recently quoted as saying the EITC is one of the government’s best tools to fight poverty. Yet, in its 40-year history, there is no hard evidence that the program has done more than provide an income supplement to low- and moderate-income individuals that […]

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Part 1: Reflections on the EITC

By: Dennis Walsh Post 1 of 2 In my first income tax course as a student in the 1970s, I recall the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a fairly simple calculation—the formula for which could be readily memorized. Enacted as part of the Tax Reduction Act of 1975, the EITC was originally intended to […]

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Changes in the Code of Conduct

By: Melisa Galasso The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) recently restructured and improved the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. The updated Code was effective on December 15, 2014 and many of the changes impact both members in business & industry as well as those in public accounting. The Code has also been restructured with […]

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A Review of ASU 2014–12

By: Art Winstead It’s all about the timing. ASU 2014–12 was issued to provide explicit guidance as to the timing, due to vesting or not, for the recognition compensation of stock-based payments when related to the achievability of future performance, targets, outcomes, etc. There is a little more to 2014–12 than that. Effective for annual […]

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Exposure Draft for Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization

By: Jeff Carlini Background: This blog concerns the proposed SSAE Reporting on Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities’ Internal Control Over Financial Reporting: Clarification and Recodification (dated September 18, 2014). One part of this standard is the clarification and recodification which goes along with the format of the other recently […]

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ASU 2014-17: Pushdown Accounting

By: Ken Brackney Can acquirees in business combinations adopt the same new basis of accounting the acquirer uses? The Financial Accounting Standards Board recently published a consensus position from the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF), ASU 2014-17, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Pushdown Accounting, to answer this question. The standard establishes new and common guidance on […]

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Applying Variable Interest Entities Guidance to Common Control Leasing Arrangements—A Consensus of the PCC

By: Art Winstead The Private Company Council (PCC) was successful in having four of its recommendations accepted and issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). One of these recommendations was issued by FASB in March of last year. In March 2014, FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-07 which relates to the consolidation guidance […]

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New Networking Strategies for the New Year

By: Meredith Elliott Powell Blog Series: Post 1 of 2 Last week I worked with my last client of 2014, putting the finishing touches on their strategic plan and reviewing the training plan for 2015. The CEO and I were discussing how to best position the company and the team for growth in 2015, and […]

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Technology Training Yields Extraordinary Returns on Investment

By: Thomas G. Stephens Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA When making your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) plans, consider what CPE can do for you beyond simply satisfying your minimum hours required. In particular, think about how technology-focused CPE can help you and your team to become more efficient and proficient in using everyday technologies—such as Excel® […]

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ASU 2014-14: Receivables—Troubled Debt Restructurings by Creditors (Subtopic 310-40)

By: Rob Hamilton Classification of Certain Government-Guaranteed Mortgage Loans Upon Foreclosure In August 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-14, Receivables—Troubled Debt Restructurings by Creditors, which provides specific guidance on how to treat foreclosures on loans with government guarantees. GAAP provides guidance on the classification and measurement of assets […]

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ASU 2014-04: Clarifying Physical Foreclosure

By: Wesley Allen Reclassification of Residential Real Estate Collateralized Consumer Mortgage Loans Upon Foreclosure The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-04 in January 2014, as a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force. This guidance applies to lenders and other creditors who obtain physical possession of residential real estate […]

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Part 3: Tax Tips for the Self-Employed 2014

By: Genevia Gee Fulbright, CPA, CGMA Blog Series: Post 3 of 3 Read Post 1 of this blog series Read Post 2 of this blog series Is it ready yet? Be realistic with providing estimated turn-around times for completed tax return work. Since self-employed returns are more complex with lots of moving parts, it will […]

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Part 2: Tax Tips for the Self-Employed 2014

By: Genevia Gee Fulbright, CPA, CGMA Blog Series: Post 2 of 3 Read Post 1 of this blog series So tax season is here. Here are some tax season tips to turn the tax season experience into a win-win game for your self-employed clients: Start early and be consistent Require documentation now versus later Always […]

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Part 1: Tax Tips for the Self-Employed 2014

By: Genevia Gee Fulbright, CPA, CGMA Blog Series: Post 1 of 3 Tax Season is almost upon us again. Whether you are a full-time CPA practitioner or part-time freelancer, 2015 will be a hectic tax season, especially if you work with self-employed clients. Some of us still consider tax season the equivalent of what the […]

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SSARS 21

By: Brad Johnson, CPA, MS Member of the NCACPA A&A and Not-for-Profit Committees The history of Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS 21), issued October 23, 2014, began in 1963 when a CPA firm, Max Rothenberg & Co., accepted an engagement to prepare financial statements for the 1136 Tenants Corporation, and now […]

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Talking Cents in Charlotte

On November 8, the Charlotte Chapter held its third annual Making Cents event. The Charlotte Chapter’s Financial Literacy Committee Chair, Sarah Work, and Making Cents Coordinator, Miranda Edwards, reflect on the event: Sarah:  Miranda, since this was your first year as the Charlotte Chapter Making Cents Coordinator, what was your favorite part about planning the […]

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ASU 2014-11: Transfers and Servicing

By: Dan Smeaton Topic 860—Repurchase-to-Maturity Transactions, Repurchase Financing, and Disclosures What is the issue? This issue is being addressed by FASB due to concern that current accounting guidance distinguishes between repurchase agreements that settle at the same time as the maturity of the transferred financial asset and those that settle any time before maturity. Stakeholders […]

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Women’s Initiative Kickoff Success In Charlotte

By: NCACPA Charlotte Chapter Women’s Initiative Steering Committee Success is often times hard to measure. However, when you request feedback from a diverse group of attendees, and get responses like these, it’s hard not to call the Charlotte Chapter’s Women’s Initiative a success. “It was great to have an opportunity to meet other women in […]

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The History and Progress of the Horton Godwin Scholarship

By: Terry Ball, CPA, President, TM Ball, Inc. In May 2005, NCACPA’s Piedmont Chapter set up a scholarship fund in memory of High Point CPA, Horton Godwin, who passed away March 14, 2004. Godwin, who shortly before his passing retired as a partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP (then Dixon Hughes, PLLC), was also an […]

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Santa Could Be Headed Your Way!

By: Stan Hill Don’t forget to give back this holiday season! Make it fun by inviting Santa to visit. Read below to find out more: It’s difficult to imagine someone who looks like Santa and even portrays Santa at Christmas being in a “Ba-hum-bug” mood, but that is what Barton Baldwin, CPA, described himself as […]

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Guidance by the Glass at Childress Vineyards

By: Melisa Galasso NCACPA’s Accounting & Attestation Committee meets quarterly to discuss recently issued and proposed guidance and determine the best way to communicate this to the membership at large. While serving on a technical committee can sound intimidating, this group has continually shown it knows how to have a good time! The fall meeting […]

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Part 3: 4 Catastrophes a Good Audit Trail Can Help You Avoid

Blog Series: 4 Catastrophes a Good Audit Trail Can Help You AvoidPost 3 of 3 4.  Compliance infractions. Infractions of compliance standards can lead to all sorts of negative business outcomes like lost contracts, penalties, and even fines. Audit trails can help to avoid these infractions. The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) is an example of […]

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Record Breaking Networking

By: Melisa Galasso One of the Charlotte Chapter’s signature events each year, Professionals Night, underwent some changes this year and the results were fantastic. We changed location to Vivace in the Metropolitan and while it was a gutsy move on the part of the Social Committee, the change was incredibly well received. A staple event, […]

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Statement on Auditing Standards 129: Amendments to Letters for Underwriters and Certain Other Requesting Parties

By: Wesley Allen The Auditing Standards Board released SAS 129 in August 2014, to add certain amendments to guidance on the auditor’s responsibilities when issuing comfort letters included in registration statements and securities offerings. It also amends certain guidance with regard to a requirement to attach a review report in the comfort letter and other […]

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Keeping Time on Your Side

By: Sharon Bryson, M.Ed. People and events obviously impact our lives during various periods of change and growth, but the way we approach those encounters—at least initially—can depend on the ‘season’ of life we are in. A number of years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to dedicate much of my time towards building relationships […]

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Support Your Local Candidates

By: Dennis Swanick NCACPA’s Charlotte Chapter recently hosted a very successful networking event at the new Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB). The event, combining our third annual new CPA inauguration along with a candidates’ night, drew over 80 attendees. The nine new CPA’s in attendance, who successfully completed the CPA exam over the last year, were: […]

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Part 1: 4 Catastrophes a Good Audit Trail Can Help You Avoid

Blog Series: 4 Catastrophes a Good Audit Trail Can Help You AvoidPost 1 of 3 It’s been around since accountants ditched adding machines for Apple II’s, and it’s a feature that—when used correctly—can save your business from some truly nasty predicaments. Ladies and gentlemen, reintroducing your old, but underappreciated friend—the humble accounting audit trail. Of […]

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Part 4—Score a Savings Plan & Apply for Credits

Blog Series: The Keys to Financial Fitness for College StudentsPost 4 of 4 Tap the 529 Many parents spend years accumulating savings for their children in the tax-advantaged 529 savings plan, which allows you to rack up dividends and interest on your tax-free savings. What happens if your child gets a full scholarship to college […]

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An Old Favorite at a New Location

Professional’s Night is here again—one of my favorite times of the year! Professionals’ Night is a night of networking designed to bring together CPAs, bankers, financial advisors, attorneys, and other professionals. This is my favorite social event we do as the Charlotte Chapter. This year I am even more excited, since we are moving it […]

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Shopping Carts + CPAs = Service

By: Callie Luckadoo How many accountants does it take to load 20 shopping carts with random household items? At least a dozen, if the 2014 CPA Day of Service is any indicator. When one of my CPA exam review instructors, Melisa Galasso, CPA, informed our class of NCACPA’s partnership with several Charlotte-area charities for the […]

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Part 3—Financing a Return to College

Blog Series: The Keys to Financial Fitness for College StudentsPost 3 of 4 You’ve advanced on the job, but you think finishing or enhancing your college degree would help you go further. Or maybe you were laid off and are seeking skills for a new career. No matter the reason, if returning to school is […]

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Part 2—What You Need…and Need to Avoid

Blog Series: The Keys to Financial Fitness for College StudentsPost 2 of 4 Get What You Need Once you know your income, determine a list of expected expenditures each month. Be sure to remember the difference between wants and needs. Textbooks and supplies are clearly mandatory, but weekend trips, nights out and new clothes are […]

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ASU 2014-09: Transition Requirements

By: Ken BrackneyBlog Series: Revenue from Contracts with CustomersPost 6 of 6 This blog entry highlights the transition requirements for ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. This ASU requires companies to apply the new guidance retrospectively, but permits a choice of two transition methods. Both transition methods offer some form of relief from the […]

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The New Revenue Recognition Standard: Step 5

By: Jonathan Kraftchick, CPA Blog Series: Revenue from Contracts with Customers Post 5 of 6 Recognize Revenue as the Performance Obligations are Satisfied We’ve already covered the first four steps in our previous articles. The fifth and final step is the fun one. This one allows you to finally put that revenue on the top […]

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The Charlotte Chapter Talks Tax

By: Michele Henderson Taxes, taxes, taxes! Is there ever a time of year when taxes are not on our minds? We tend to think about taxes even more often as we get closer to the end of the calendar year and it the fourth quarter is almost here! What is on your mind right now? […]

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ASU 2014-10: Development Stage Entities (Topic 915)

By: Ronnie B. Eubanks, Jr., CPA Elimination of Certain Financial Reporting Requirements, Including an Amendment to Variable Interest Entities Guidance in Topic 810, Consolidation In years past, a Development Stage Entity (DSE) was defined by ASC 915 as “an entity devoting substantially all of its efforts to establishing a new business and for which either […]

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Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Step 3

By: Rob Hamilton Blog Series: Revenue from Contracts with Customers Post 4 of 6 It’s time to delve further into the content of ASU 2014 – 09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” (Topic 606). We’ll cover Step 3 one of the most difficult of the five steps Determine the Transaction Price. The main goal of […]

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CPA Day of Service: The Opportunities are Endless!

By: Camille Hefner NCACPA’s annual CPA Day of Service is quickly approaching! In less than a month, CPAs from across the state will be working together to make an impact on North Carolina. On September 19, we will be presented with an opportunity to give back and help those within our communities. Each chapter has […]

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Much Deserved Kudos

By: Alison Mendys, NCACPA Content & PR Specialist For those of you who know Melisa Galasso, you are privy to the fact that she is an audit wiz, an unbelievably involved NCACPA member and community volunteer, a rising star in the accounting profession, and a proud wife and mom. Her other wow-factors include receiving the […]

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Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Step 2

By: Nicholas Lombardi Jr., CPA Blog Series: Revenue from Contracts with Customers Post 3 of 6 As this is only my second blog post for NCACPA, I am thankful that I’m not too constrained by the usual rules of maturity and decorum which typically govern the writing of official documents, reports, and communications because, really—a […]

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Food, Fun & Networking

I’m very excited about the Charlotte Chapter’s Networking Reception coming up on Wednesday, August 27, from 6:00–8:00 pm at Olde Mecklenberg Brewery. The Charlotte Chapter is very active in the social and networking scene but, this event is particularly exciting to me for a few reasons. First, personally speaking, I can’t wait to check out […]

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Which Tablet is Best for You? Part 5

By: Will Fleenor, CPA, PhD, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Which Tablet is Best for You? Post 5 of 5 Part 5: Screen Size & Hardware Tablet screen sizes range from seven to 12 inches. The following are some considerations for deciding screen size: Higher screen resolution is more important with larger screens A 16:9 aspect […]

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Which Tablet is Best for You? Part 4

By: Will Fleenor, CPA, PhD, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Which Tablet is Best for You? Post 4 of 5 Part 4: Windows® Tablets As mentioned previously, Windows tablets are like iPad® in that all apps have to come from the company store. Before an app even hits the Windows Store, Microsoft™ vets it to ensure […]

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Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Step 1

By: Art Winstead Blog Series: Revenue from Contracts with Customers Post 2 of 6 Step 1—Identifying Contracts With Customer for ASU 2014 – 09 For what it’s worth, despite the 700 plus pages, three volumes, two sections, and five steps of content in ASU 2014 – 09 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” (Topic 606), there […]

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Which Tablet is Best for You? Part 3

By: Will Fleenor, CPA, PhD, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Which Tablet is Best for You? Post 3 of 5 Part 3: Apple® iOS® and iPad® Apple started the tablet revolution in 2010, with the first iPad. Businesses are clearly the primary consumers of the iPad with 91 percent of all 2013’s fourth-quarter tablet activations being […]

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Which Tablet is Best for You? Part 2

By: Will Fleenor, CPA, PhD, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Which Tablet is Best for You? Post 2 of 5 Part 2: Android™ Tablets Android tablets not only make up the majority of the market but they have the most apps (software that is operated by touch and often only runs on tablets and smartphones). As […]

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Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Overview

By: Melisa Galasso Blog Series: Revenue from Contracts with Customers Post 1 of 6 With summer vacations upon us, many of us are looking for some good summer reading. If you are looking for a riveting text more than 700 pages in length, I’d recommend ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Issued in May […]

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Which Tablet is Best for You? Part 1

By: Will Fleenor, CPA, PhD, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Which Tablet is Best for You? Post 1 of 5 Part 1: Understanding Your Options The iPad® was introduced only four years ago, and last year, 217 million tablets were sold. That’s a 51 percent increase over 2012. Even though 42 percent of American adults already […]

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Defining Public & Non-Public Entities

By: Ashley Britton In the past, there have been varying definitions of a public entity vs. a nonpublic entity. As a result, it left some companies questioning if all accounting guidance was effective for their organizations. In December 2013, Federal Accounting Standards Board (FASB) decided to clear up this confusion by issuing Accounting Standard Update […]

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AICPA Issues SAS on Using Work of Internal Auditors

By: Brad Johnson, CPA, MS For audits of financial statements for periods ending on or after December 15, 2014, CPA firms will encounter a number of significant changes when faced with the question of using the work of internal auditors, based upon the requirements of recently issued Statement on Auditing Standard 128. The concept of […]

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FASB Proposes Disclosure Framework

This blog post was submitted by the NCACPA Accounting & Attestation Committee. FASB recently issued a proposed Concepts Statement aimed at improving its process for evaluating future and existing disclosure requirements for the notes to financial statements. Comments are due by July 14, 2014. Key Facts The proposed Concepts Statement would be non-authoritative U.S. GAAP […]

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A Sunny Day for Golf & Accounting Scholarships!

By: Melisa Galasso, Charlotte Chapter President I’m not sure we could have asked for a more beautiful day. The weather was ideal… the course at Pine Island Country Club was in awesome condition… and the stars aligned so that two 2014 Charlotte Chapter scholarship recipients could be in attendance to volunteer. Indeed, the Charlotte Chapter […]

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10 Practical Suggestions for Accessibility

By: Dennis Walsh Post 2 of 2 Here are some suggestions from my experience as a visually-impaired practitioner regarding the accessibility environment and IT accessibility in particular: Develop an accessibility policy, communicate it to clients and employees, place it conspicuously on your website and other materials about the firm, and most importantly practice it. See […]

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Must-Know Facts About IT Accessibility

By: Dennis Walsh Post 1 of 2 The US Attorney General takes the position that a commercial website is a place of public accommodation within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). And this stance has teeth, as demonstrated by the Attorney General joining a lawsuit involving website accessibility, National Federation of the […]

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Christmas in July for the NC CPA Foundation

By: Stan Hill It’s difficult to imagine someone who looks like Santa and even portrays Santa at Christmas being in a “Ba-hum-bug” mood, but that is what Barton Baldwin, CPA, described himself as a few years back. Even Scrooge himself, hung on his Christmas tree! And now why the change to a warmed and generous […]

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A ‘Fetching’ Good Time

By: Sarah Work, CPA I don’t know why, but my six-year-old is often asked, “What does your mom do?” Her reply (or so she has told me) is, “She counts money.” In a way, yes, I count money, but accounting is so much more than just counting money. I love being a mother and I […]

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An Accounting Update on Fair Value

By: Douglas Beelendorf On January 16, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-02, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Accounting for Goodwill. ASU 2014-02 introduces an accounting alternative for private companies that simplifies and hopefully reduces the costs associated with the subsequent accounting for goodwill. Private companies that elect […]

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Fun Facts About ASU 2014-05

By: Jonathan Kraftchick The Bottom Line On January 24, FASB released ASU 2014-05 in response to an increase in public sector entities (i.e. governmental bodies) entering into service concession agreements with operating entities that follow US GAAP. The overall conclusion of this ASU is that these types of arrangements should not be considered leases within […]

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Defining ASU 2014-08

By: Kris Guimond On April 10, 2014, FASB issued ASU 2014-08 to improve guidance from US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) with the goal of providing a more faithful representation of when a company or other organization discontinues its operations. This update alters the criteria in regards to reporting discontinued operations in subtopic 205-20, Presentation […]

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SSARS Preparation of Financial Statements Exposure Draft

By: Drew Edmundson When does a little bookkeeping cross the line and become a compilation? Have you ever posted a journal entry or made a change directly in a client’s accounting software? With the advent of cloud software and remote access, it is easier than ever to make the adjustment yourself. Is a compilation report […]

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Indeed, There Is Life After Public Practice

By: Dennis Walsh After 17 years as a visually impaired practitioner, my firm migrated from a text-based operating system to Windows® in the 1990’s. The lack of attention to assistive screen-reader accessibility by software developers during this quickly evolving era, resulted in my temporary inability to perform most of my work independently. While this unfortunate […]

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Avoiding Infection—Prevention & Recovery

By: Randy Johnston, Shareholder, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Avoiding Infection—Prevention & Recovery (Post 4 of 4) 1)      Explain your procedures for recovery: Hopefully, you never have to recover, but if you do: a)      Outline your reporting and shutdown procedure b)      Have everyone stay off of their systems until given the all clear c)       Unplug infected […]

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Avoiding Infection—Email & Media Risks

By: Randy Johnston, Shareholder, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Avoiding Infection—Email & Media Risks (Post 3 of 4) 1)      Protect Outlook® properly: Outlook has improved its virus protection and spam filtering with each version, but there are still fundamental features to consider and use: a)      Turn off the reading pane for the Inbox. This is not […]

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Avoiding Infection—Understanding Your Protective Software

By: Randy Johnston, Shareholder, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Avoiding Infection—Understanding the Your Protective Software (Post 2 of 4) Security threats change regularly. Team members don’t recall what to do. To remind everyone of the appropriate strategies, schedule annual security training for your organization. The importance of compliance with your firm’s policies, steps to prevent infection, […]

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Avoiding Infection—Understanding the Threat

By: Randy Johnston, Shareholder, K2 Enterprises Blog Series: Avoiding Infection—Understanding the Threat(Post 1 of 4) Our K2 team of professionals takes great pride in teaching about the latest technology. We also try to be practical and realistic in our recommendations. Our team has some really spectacular people, including CPAs, and proficient technologists. During the past […]

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Preparing for Interviews—Six Steps to Success

By: Emily Wilkes For many students, interviews can be the most intimidating part of the recruiting process. In school we learn about what we should and shouldn’t wear and inappropriate interview topics, but nothing can completely prepare us for an interview because every interview is different. I have been to several different interviews, with different […]

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Your Next Solution

By: Phillip Massey Blog Series: Moving to the Next Level—Preparing for Life After QuickBooks (Post 5 of 5) Your next financial accounting solution should provide you with great insight, fit your processes as much as possible, and be user friendly. In addition, your solution should accommodate: Access to real-time data and processes—available anytime, anywhere with […]

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There Has Never Been A Better Time To Make the Move

By: Phillip Massey Blog Series: Moving to the Next Level—Preparing for Life After QuickBooks (Post 4 of 5) Today, companies looking to make the move to a life after QuickBooks have a much deeper selection than companies did five to 10 years ago. In the past, there were only on-premise alternative for companies that had […]

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The Reasons to Renew Membership, Far Outweigh its Cost!

By: Melisa Galasso My NCACPA membership means a variety of things to me making it easy for me to renew it each year. First off, means friendship—before I moved here from DC, I had never been to Charlotte before. The first thing I did after our house hunting trip was reach out to the Charlotte […]

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The Cost of the Status Quo

By: Phillip Massey Blog Series: Moving to the Next Level—Preparing for Life After QuickBooks (Post 3 of 5) The workarounds you’ve developed have probably increased gradually, so it may come as a shock how many of these regular processes are the result of your system not being able to do the things you need. They’ve […]

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Why Participation Matters: Leadership

By: Cindy Brown Post 2 of 2 Through my participation with NCACPA, I was given the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and subsequently as Treasurer. These positions led to roles within the AICPA, which not only gave me access to CPAs nationwide, but also offered a front-row seat to the issues facing […]

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Preparing for Life After QuickBooks

By: Phillip Massey Blog Series: Moving to the Next Level—Preparing for Life After QuickBooks (Post 2 of 5) As your business grows, the demand for more information and access grows. QuickBooks, while serving you well in the past, may sputter and falter as you become more sophisticated with the evolving demands of your business. It’s […]

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Why Participation Matters: Building Relationships

By: Cindy Brown Post 1 of 2 When I received my CPA certificate, I knew I wanted to connect with other CPAs. Membership in the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) provided the opportunity to meet fellow CPAs in all walks of the profession. Not only were they potential clients and a source of business […]

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An Introduction to Life After QuickBooks

By: Phillip Massey Blog Series: Moving to the Next Level—Life After QuickBooks (Post 1 of 5) It’s rare to come across a business that didn’t use QuickBooks™ as its first accounting software solution. It’s cheap, it’s very easy to use, and usually came as a recommendation from your CPA, who was very familiar with how […]

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NCACPA Annual Business Meeting & Recognition Dinner 2014

By: Miranda Edwards From the moment I walked into the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, I knew I was in for a treat! What a great location to have this event! The meeting kicked off with opening words from Benjamin Hamrick, NCACPA’s immediate past Chair. Ben shared an inspiring story about how he was hit by […]

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Unexpected Recognition for #CPAService

By: Lorrie Leonhardt As a staff member of NCACPA, we receive an allotted number of hours for community service each year. Along with three others, we decided to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. We met at a local Bojangles (we needed fuel, after all) and carpooled to the home site in southeastern […]

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