Course Schedule

We have 12 lively and informative seminars this year, scheduled between June 19, 2018 and December 4, 2018; please scroll down to see all dates and topics. This list is subject to change, so please check back from time to time. To register, please go to the Course Registration page, choose the dates you wish to attend, and click Submit. To read a speaker’s bio, click the name to link to the About the Speakers page.

ACPE 2018 Course Schedule

June 19, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Improving Peer Reviews

3 accounting & auditing credits
Paul J. Sanchez, CPA, CBA, CFSA

This seminar provides information on how to improve the efficiency of third-party peer reviews. Mr. Sanchez will identify the types of reviews and how best to prepare for each. The use of PRIMA (the Peer Review Integrated Management Application) will be discussed. The six required elements of a CPA firm’s system of quality control will also be reviewed. Risk factors will be identified. The course is an excellent overview for all CPAs who must deal with the peer review process. 

June 26, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Identity Theft Protection, Prevention & Awareness

3 computer science credits
Robert Siciliano, CSP

Protect your Privacy and Credit from Prying Eyes! Every few seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Computers are hacked, credit cards are compromised and credit is ruined. The fact is, the system we function under is set up to fail – and unless consumers know their options, it’s just a matter of time before they are victimized themselves. In this seminar, you will learn how to: help clients, friends, and family stay safe; find out what puts you at risk; protect your Social Security number; protect mail and proprietary information; and much more.

July 10, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Rogue Employees, Computer Forensics, and Forensic Accounting

3 accounting and auditing credits
Vincenzo Toppi, CPA, CIRA, CFF, CCFE

Rogue employees are a threat to your company. With most companies storing sensitive information in computer files that employees can readily access, disgruntled or terminated employees may not choose to leave empty-handed. Vinni will discuss how computer forensics and forensic accounting can help protect your organization when it comes to separated employees.  He will outline investigation techniques, data sources and forensic accounting procedures that can be employed in these situations. 

July 31, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Recent Developments for Exempt Organizations

3 taxation credits
Brett R. Harris, Esq.

This seminar will outline recent developments in legal and tax compliance specific to nonprofits. Topics include: The new IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search, which replaced Select Check in May 2018; IRS initiatives; the impact of the new federal tax law on non-profits; incentivizing universal e-filing for Forms 990; mandatory charity registration e-filing in New Jersey; and status of the anticipated launch of single filing portal by the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO).

August 14, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
2018 New Jersey State Tax Update

3 taxation credits
Christina Quinones, NJ Divison of Taxation

This seminar will cover recent changes to New Jersey tax laws, forms and procedures. Christina will provide updates on personal and business income tax issues, property tax relief efforts, and other Division hot topics.

August 21, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology

2 accounting credits & 1 finance credit
Dr. Sean Stein Smith

While the future of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is open to fierce debate, the underlying distributed ledger technology is already recognized as a game changer. This seminar will provide an overview of cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain and distributed ledger technology, highlighting how it differs from existing cloud-based data storage solutions. Real world examples of this fast-emerging and powerful technology will be presented, along with implications and applications for the accounting profession.

September 25, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
The New Going Concern Standard

3 accounting & auditing credits
Paul J. Sanchez, CPA, CBA, CFSA

This seminar will cover the new going concern rules for Compilations, Reviews and Audits of GAAP financial statements. Coverage will include definition of substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern, the important shift in responsibility for determining a going concern problem, the indicators of substantial doubt, and a change in the reasonable period of time to continue as a going concern.
October 2, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
General Accounting, Compilation and Review Update

3 accounting & auditing credits
Margaret F. Gallagher, CPA

This seminar will review recently-issued and recently-effective accounting, compilation and review standards, including a focus on practical insights for implementation, and trends to keep an eye on.

October 16, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Understanding the 2017 Tax Law, with a focus on pass-through entities, deductions and choice of entity

3 taxation credits
Steven G. Siegel, JD, LL.M

This seminar will provide an up-to-date and in-depth analysis of the new pass-through deduction. Mr. Siegel will also cover new choice of entity considerations, and late-breaking news on expense deductibility revisions, if applicable.

October 30, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Enron: Lessons from Failures of Corporate Governance

3 accounting and auditing credits
Andrew Fastow, Former CFO of Enron Corp.

Enron’s former CFO will make observations about how the ambiguity and complexity of laws and regulations breed opportunity for problematic decisions. He will discuss what questions corporate directors, management, attorneys, and accountants should ask in order to ensure that their companies not only follow the rules, but uphold the principles behind them.

November 13, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
2018 IRS Operations Update

3 taxation credits
Glenn J. Gizzi, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, IRS

This seminar will consist of an update on the main 2018 tax law changes affecting taxpayers and tax practitioners. All current IRS initiatives affecting you and your clients will also be covered.

December 4, 2018 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Tax Strategies Under the New Federal Tax Law

3 taxation credits
Bruce E. Mantell, CPA, Esq., LL.M

The speaker will review pertinent provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Topics will include (i) individual income tax changes, (ii) C Corporation income tax changes, (iii) changes to the income taxation of real estate, (iv) changes to the income taxation of estates and trusts, and (v) changes to the estate, gift and generation-skipping tax. In addition to discussing the technical tax law changes, the speaker will review the reason for some of these changes, and will offer his observations, comments and possible planning alternatives with respect to some of these changes.

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