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Gear Up CPE Conferences > JACKPOT

Gear Up

Gear Up CPE Conference in Las Vegas JACKPOT

May 26-30, 2015 | 40 Hours of CPE
Las Vegas, NV | Las Vegas Mirage Hotel NEW HOTEL!

Hear from top-notch speakers, network with your peers and earn up to 40 CPE credits while enjoying Las Vegas – one of the most exciting and entertaining playgrounds in the world. It has all the amenities only a resort destination can offer: luxurious casino hotels, fine dining and wonderful live entertainment. Las Vegas continuously reinvents itself, so even if you have been here before, you'll never run out of fun things to do!


Accounting (Two-Day)
SSARS No. 19, which went into effect in December 2010, replaced and/or revised almost every one of its predecessors. While this resulted in the most significant change in financial statement presentation since 1978, even greater changes are on the way. In 2012 the AICPA released five proposed SSARS dealing with unaudited financial statements and alternatives to generally accepted accounting principles. The 2014 Gear Up accounting course will cover the three versions of compilation and review financial statement reporting and compliance issues for: 1) periods ending prior to December 15, 2010; 2) periods ending after December 14, 2010 but prior to December 15, 2014 and 3) the proposed changes effective for periods ending after December 14, 2014. Those who gave up compilation and review reporting due to its former complexities to focus on tax may be encouraged to take it up again.

California Professional Ethics
The requirements of the California Board of Accountancy state that the course subject matter will discuss: A review of nationally recognized codes of conduct emphasizing how the codes relate to professional responsibilities, case-based instruction focusing on real-life situational learning, ethical dilemmas facing the accounting profession and business ethics, ethical sensitivity and consumer expectations. In this fast-paced four-hour course, we cover the ethical rules of taxation, including those delineated in Circular 230. Qualifies for CTEC ethics requirement.

Fraud Detection
This fast-paced course is a forum for the discussion and implementation of techniques for the detection of fraud, the control of fraud and the implementation of fraud prevention tools for the Main Street client. The subject matter provides practical guidance to help the accountant help "mom and pop"-sized clients and midsized clients prevent the misclassification of financial statement transactions and/or the misappropriation of assets by outsiders, by employees – and, perhaps, by management itself. Fraud exists in both the financial and tax worlds, and this course discusses both areas to help the practitioner help the client. The course also discusses current and past consumer and financial frauds and fraud schemes, giving guidance and tips for the accountants to pass on to clients. We are practicing accounting in a different world. Learn to what extent the accountant is held responsible for failure to assist the client in the prevention and detection of fraud. Meets 4-CPE fraud requirement for California CPA re-certification.

Technology 3.0: The Next Step in Making your Practice Technologically Savvy
We all face technology issues practicing tax and accounting. Thiscourse helps the busy practitioner use the best in new technologyin their practice. We demonstrate practical real-world solutions tosolve practice issues.
• Windows 8 – is it prime time yet?
• Using the cloud to multiply your efficiency and effectiveness
• The mobility of data access and the handheld computer: smartphones, tablets and ultra-books
• Latest ways to use electronic documents and workpapers in themodern accounting and tax practice
• Work smarter, not harder! Great utility software that can make lifeeasier in the office
• Security, remote access and backing up data: How to properly set upand maintain your systems
• Floware: Managing daily office activities from your computer
• Operating systems: what are the alternatives? Windows, Mac, Chromeand Linux – How to keep up with all the changes

Health Care Reform
This eight-hour course provides comprehensive coverage of the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare. We will examine what this new law means to you and your clients. You will be provided with information that will enable you to proactively serve your clients and attract new business. We'll address Exchanges (Marketplace), Grandfathered Plans, Self-Insured Plans, Employers, Employer Mandate, the .9% Additional Medicare Tax, the 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax, the Individual Mandate and Premium Assistance Credit.

IRS Audits, Appeals & Collections: Successful Strategies
As staffing at the IRS becomes more stressed, understanding how to navigate the IRS can save the practitioner time, meaning a more effective and profitable representation of your client before the IRS. Audits have become more difficult with the increasing reliance on correspondence exams. Notices are at an all-time high as the IRS tries to encourage compliance from taxpayers. Knowing how to effectively communicate with the IRS, presenting your response in a manner that the IRS expects and understanding IRS timelines has grown in importance. The IRS continues to present opportunities to taxpayers who have fallen out of compliance with programs such as the EXPANDED Streamlined Installment Program, offering more taxpayers the opportunity to voluntarily reclassify workers (VCSP) as employees with a much lower cost, removing liens from taxpayer credit records and expanded tolerances for the Offer in Compromise Program. With almost 40 years of experience each, the speakers have fought the battles with the IRS and want to help arm you to fight yours effectively as well.

Estates and Trusts (One Day)
This course can get you started in estate and fiduciary work as well as serving as a refresher for those who already practice in this area. Feel more comfortable when dealing with clients' deaths, from the decedent's final return to preparing Forms 1041 and 706. Fiduciary accounting, deductions, income in respect of a decedent and income distribution deduction are all covered. Become more familiar with the special terminology relating to estates and trusts. Changes to estate tax are reviewed and the Form 706 is examined in detail with particular attention focused on portability and new cases. The advantages and disadvantages of portability vs. the use of A-B trusts is covered. Post-mortem elections including alternative valuation and disclaimers are discussed as these are areas of particular interest to the tax preparer.
OPTIONAL SESSIONS AVAILABLE (not included with the Jackpot package):

Ethics for the Tax Professional

The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), headed by Karen Hawkins, has been very busy, ensuring that Circular 230 Practitioners follow rules that prescribe and proscribe our behavior. We will discuss what we can – and must – do to assist our clients while maintaining ethical integrity and complying fully with Circular 230 rules. Learn how to be a zealous advocate while playing by the rules. Join us for a highly interactive discussion on the topic of our professional responsibilities before the IRS. CTEC approved.

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View the registration page for complete CPE information including fields of study, level, CPE credits; and event schedule with session choices.
Register online or call 800.231.1860 to place your order by phone.
Schedule may be adjusted closer to conference date.

A variety of courses offered, all for one LOW price: $849
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View the registration page for:
Complete CPE information including fields of study, level, CPE credits
Event schedule with session choices
Register online or call 800.231.1860 to place your order by phone.

Schedule may be adjusted closer to conference date.


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