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  Top Trends in Continuing Professional Education for 2019   Continuing professional education is a necessity for individuals who have either a credential and/or certification to maintain their ability to practice. Accounting professions, beyond certified public accountants, all have respective hours of CPE credits they must fulfill to maintain their ability to practice. Whether their […]

Mike Tucker is a leading author for Surgent CPE, writing and presenting on a variety of incredibly valuable topics for thousands of CPAs, EAs, and financial professionals every year. Here he covers some client questions from the latest best-selling webinar, Section 199A NEW Developments: What You Need to Know to Prepare 2018 Tax Returns in […]

Section 199A Deduction: 2019 Tax Year Implications for Real Estate, Service Businesses and Partnerships The Section 199A deduction was rolled out in December 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Almost as soon as it was introduced, it was met with claims that it was convoluted and needed significant clarification. In response […]

The rollout of the Section 199A deduction has been cause for celebration for many businesses and business owners, but the calculation of the deduction isn’t easy, especially if taxable income is between the deduction threshold amounts. As a CPA or tax preparer, you need to be ready to help calculate the Sec 199A deduction for […]

New code subsection 263A(i) excludes a company whose average gross receipts do not exceed $25,000,000 from IRC 263A. I don’t think the accounting world has a good handle on how far reaching this can be. For example: most people are discussing this in terms of the 263A adjustment. The 263A adjustment to include mixed service […]

We’ve all been there. In a meeting to discuss a significant change that is occurring we sense that we should say something. But what? This scenario closely aligns to what many firms are encountering as they audit the first round of not-for-profits that have implemented ASU No. 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. […]

While the Yellow Book has been around since 1972, it was the 1988 revision of the standards which first established specific hourly CPE requirements for auditors working on Yellow Book engagements. The genesis of the CPE requirements stems from auditing history and experience as much as anything. When auditors leave college, they typically have little […]

IRS announced the 2019 COLA adjustments to retirement plan limits on November 1, 2018 in Notice 2018-83. Elective deferrals for 401(k), 403(b), etc. plans rise from $18,500 to $19,000, plus $6,000 for those age 50 or older. The limit on defined contribution accounts increases from $55,000 to $56,000. The definition of a key employee in […]

Detecting a finding provides information. Detecting what caused the finding leads to transformation. Under the 2018 Yellow Book, findings may involve: (1) a deficiency in internal control (2) noncompliance with provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, or grant agreements; or (3) instances of fraud. Regardless of the type of finding identified, the root cause of a […]

ASU No. 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017. With limited exceptions, the amendments in ASU No. 2016-14 are required to be applied on a retrospective basis in the year that ASU No. 2016-14 is first applied. A retrospective application entails the application of […]