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This issue features our annual coverage of Baruch College's Financial Reporting Conference. We have published the highlights of the conference for several years now to give readers some insights into the minds of leading representatives of the regulatory, standards setting, and user communities. The professional agenda is driven not only by what these leaders think is important, but also by what their constituents—our readers—think needs to be addressed.

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  • Three Questions Not to Ask at an Interview
    Jul 26, 2016

    When you go in for an interview, you want to come off as a great many things – competent, eager, and a good social fit, to name a few – and there are a number of ways to do so. Asking good questions can help you seem both competent and eager, but there are definitely questions that you should avoid asking during the interview process. Here are a few questions to avoid during the interview, according to Time:

  • What to Do When You’re In Charge
    Jul 22, 2016

    If you’re the kind of go-getter that every firm is looking for, odds are you’re going to find yourself in a leadership position relatively soon in your career (especially if you’ve earned that sweet, sweet, CPA certification). But if you’ve never held a leadership position before, the prospect of doing so can be intimidating. Here are some tips from Inc on what to do to prepare yourself for being the boss:

  • How to Avoid Burnout if you’re Feeling the Heat
    Jul 20, 2016

    While any job can be stressful (while hopefully still being rewarding), being an accountant can sometimes feel overly so. It might be because busy season is in full swing, or because your client is being difficult in giving you all the information you need to be satisfied with the quality of the audit you’re providing them. Whatever it is, one thing you want to avoid is burnout. Here are a few tips from Forbes to help with the heat:

  • Study: Want More Out of an Employee? Seat Them Next to Someone More Productive
    Jul 28, 2016
    A recent study has found that where you sit in the office, and with whom, can have an impact on how much work you get done, and how good that work is. 
    Jul 28, 2016

    NYSSCPA in the News

    NYSSCPA Mention – COAP Program

    CPA Firms Urged to Increase Diversity

    Accounting Today

    New Jersey Society of CPAs CEO and executive director Ralph Albert Thomas is encouraging CPA firms and other businesses to expand their diversity and inclusion efforts. During a speech Wednesday in New York at a meeting of the Accountants Club of America, Thomas stressed that CPA firms need to reflect the changing demographics in the U.S. population and within their own clients’ businesses.

    Jul 27, 2016

    NYSSCPA Members in the News

    Next Gen Conference – Tracey Niemotko (Mid-Hudson)

    Long Distance Learning: Mount Brings NYC Conference to Campus for Local CPAs

    Mount Saint Mary College

    For a group of about 20 Mount Saint Mary College students, alumni, and area professionals who couldn’t make it to New York City on July 25, the NextGen Conference for Young CPAs came to them instead. The Mount’s School of Business sponsored a satellite viewing of the presentation, held on campus in Aquinas Hall. The conference, hosted by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), was designed to help young CPAs to forge their own unique career path, learn important time management techniques, interact professionally with clients and other business partners, and more.

    Jul 26, 2016

    Accounting and Finance News Stories

    The National Law Review
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued two private letter rulings (PLRs) that may be interesting for tax-exempt organizations that engage in political activity. In the first ruling, the IRS held that a company could not deduct payments made to charity under a PAC matching contribution program as an “ordinary and necessary business expense.”
    Jul 25, 2016
    NYSSCPA Members in the News
    Tom Walpole (Rochester)
    WROC Rochester News 8
    CPA Tom Walpole discussed changes in your tax status to look for as part of a mid-year tax review Monday on News 8 at Sunrise. Walpole said the first step in a mid-year tax review is to make sure your 2015 return is complete.  If you received an extension, it's time to get it done and turn the page toward your 2016 return.  October 17 is the deadline for those who received an extension.
  • A Few Words About Estate Planning and Trustee Engagements
    Jul 1, 2016

    Thirty years of protecting CPAs from malpractice risks has shown that every CPA is safer if they understand the risks they are facing. In no type of engagement is this truer than in estate planning and trustee engagements. And the reason for this is clear: hindsight!

  • U.S. Real Estate Beckons to Foreign Investors in Wake of FIRPTA Revisions
    Jul 1, 2016

    Changes to U.S. tax rules that were signed into law in December have important implications for foreign entities seeking to invest in the U.S. real estate market. This includes both additional disclosure requirements and provisions that may increase the tax efficiency of certain assets.

  • New Seller Due Diligence Responsibilities After the Midco Cases?
    Jul 1, 2016
    In the post-General Utilities world, shareholders have looked to dispose of their interest in C Corporations with appreciated assets in a way that would avoid the double taxation arising on a sale of assets followed by a liquidating distribution to the noncorporate shareholder. 
  • Is It Debt or Equity? A Survey of the Proposed Section 385 Regulations
    Jul 1, 2016
    The fundamental question investors address when capitalizing a business is how it should be funded—with debt, equity, or a combination of both. Considerations can vary widely depending on the level of risk an investor is willing to take or the desired tax treatment.

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