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Gear Up Seminars Accounting Conference - Tax and Accounting Training Seminars and CPE for CPAs!

Gear Up CPE Conference in Las Vegas. 48 CPE Hours of live-learning training seminars for the accountant or tax professional. ROYAL FLUSH CONFERENCE
NOV. 30 – DEC. 5, 2015 | 48 Hours of CPE
Las Vegas, NV | Las Vegas Mirage Hotel NEW HOTEL!

New hotel location — join us at the Mirage! Welcome back to Las Vegas for a week of practical learning led by Gear Up speakers! Plan early and lock in your savings for this wintertime conference. Our flagship event for many years, Royal Flush never fails to draw a record crowd and sell out rooms. Whether you're all about the Vegas getaway or hitting the books before the holidays, Royal Flush will deliver learning and fun.


1040 Individual Tax
This comprehensive course covers the key tax issues for completing complicated Individual returns. In addition, all topics cover new legislation and extenders, revenue rulings and procedures, as well as case law to help the busy practitioner keep current on changes for 2015. The 2015 year is going to see many changes and steps taken in 2015 will have a major impact on your client's returns. Practical tips and insights are shared by practicing practitioners to help you get up-to-date for the 2015 tax season. This course satisfies the 15 hours of tax CPE including 3 hours of Tax Updates. CTEC: CA 0; Federal 16 TX credit awarded is same as NASBA credit.

Estates and Trust
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.

Technology 3.0: The Next Step in Making your Practice Technologically Savvy
We all face technology issues practicing tax and accounting. This course helps the busy practitioner use the best in new technology in their practice. We demonstrate practical real-world solutions to solve 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: smart phones, tablets and ultra-books
• Latest ways to use electronic documents and workpapers in the modern accounting and tax practice
• Work smarter, not harder! Great utility software that can make life easier in the office
• Security, remote access and backing up data: How to properly set up and maintain your systems
• Floware: Managing daily office activities from your computer
• Operating systems: what are the alternatives? Windows, Mac, Chrome and Linux – How to keep up with all the changes

California Tax Update
2015 will be another year of California tax changes and turmoil as the state wrestles with balancing the budget.
• We will cover the latest on the State's position on deducting half of self-employment tax
• Certain items on the property tax bill may be disallowed as a deduction
• Reporting use tax after Amazon caves on withholding
• The latest with regard to federal conformity
• Possible tax increases on high income earners

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.

Accounting (Two-Day)
Not since 1978 when the AICPA promulgated the Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) has there occurred such a radical change to the way accountants prepare and present financial statements. The reason: SSARS No. 21. Released October 23, 2014, this new document obligates every accountant to become updated now. The 2015 Gear Up accounting course will cover the new engagement letters, totally revised management representation letters, and the dramatically reconstructed versions of the accountant's report. AND – note this: There is a new level of accounting service entitled "The Preparation" which can be issued without the need of an accountant's report! Other topics include:
• Coverage of Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework (formerly OCBOA)
• Note disclosures: how much detail should there be?
• Workpapers: what kind are required and how should they be documented?
• Peer review: how should a firm prepare for it?
• Learn about how a peer reviewer evaluates your practice by examining for yourself the peer reviewers checklist.
• Professional ethics: what constitutes "ethical" conduct in a tax and write-up practice?
• Practice management: value billing versus hourly billing
• GAAP update

Business Entities (Two-Day)
The 2015 Business Entities seminar will focus on providing practical advice for tax practitioners serving small business clients. We will examine the impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011, discuss the sweeping proposed and temporary regulations affecting all taxpayers that acquire, produce or improve property, update practitioners on informational reporting and Form 1099-K, examine 2015 and future impacts of the Health Care reform legislation, and look ahead to anticipated post-election tax reform. The course will highlight new court rulings, regulations, and other updates relevant to small business tax advisors. CTEC: CA 0; Federal 16 TX credit awarded is same as NASBA credit.


(not included with the Royal Flush package):

IRS Audits, Appeals & Collections: Successful Strategies
Optional Session, Sunday, Nov. 29, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM | 8 CPE
This course is $99 with a week long registration. Must call 800-231-1860 to receive discount.

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.

Fraud Detection
Optional Session, Sunday, Nov. 29, 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM | 4 CPE
This course is $50 with a week long registration. Must call 800-231-1860 to receive discount.

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 & 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. In this modern age of technology, the course also focuses on the challenging and evolving potential of fraud committed using information technology via the internet and devices we use. Meets 4-CPE Fraud CPE guidelines for California CPA re-certification.

California Professional Ethics
Optional Session, Sunday, Nov. 29, 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM | 4 CPE
This course is $50 with a week long registration. Must call 800-231-1860 to receive discount.

The statute states: A licensee renewing a license in an active status shall complete four hours of the 80 hours of continuing education required pursuant to subsection (a) in an ethics course. The course subject matter shall consist of one or more of the following areas: 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; or business ethics, ethical sensitivity, and consumer expectations. In the fast-paced Gear Up course, we cover the ethical guidance provided by the AICPA and we cover the recently revised Treasury Department Circular 230. We discuss the rules, illustrate with enforcement actions, and pepper the class with stimulating discussions and class interaction. Qualifies for CTEC ethics requirement.

Ethics for the Tax Professional
Optional Session, Monday, Nov. 30, 4:45 PM - 6:30 PM | 2 CPE

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 Royal Flush registration page for complete CPE information including fields of study, level, CPE credits; and event schedule with session choices. Delicious breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments are included with the registration price!

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A variety of courses offered, all for one LOW price: $999
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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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