2018 Southeastern Accounting Show Both Days (13085)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - Thursday, August 30, 2018 / Atlanta, GA

The Southeastern Accounting Show (SEAS), GSCPA’s premier annual event, features sessions focused on the hottest topics in the accounting profession today. Customize your CPE experience based on six tracks of study from accounting and auditing to technology to professional development.


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> Pre-conference workshop on August 28 at the GSCPA Learning Center for 4 hours additional A&A credit
   $75 with SEAS registration
> 48 sessions and six tracks of study from which to choose
> Over 60 exhibitors offering products and solutions for your business
> Network with peers and discussion leaders in the accounting profession

 

Event Status: OPEN

Event ID: #13085

CPE: 18.0 credits

Total Price: $430.00

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The Southeastern Accounting Show (SEAS), GSCPA’s premier annual event, features sessions focused on the hottest topics in the accounting profession today. Customize your CPE experience based on six tracks of study from accounting and auditing to technology to professional development. Taught by leaders in their field, each session offers the education and training necessary to stay on top of issues affecting the careers of CPAs and accounting professionals in all stages of their careers and in all fields of the profession.

SEAS is a fantastic opportunity to build your referral network and strengthen key business partnerships with over 1,200 CPAs from across the Southeast, as well as gain exposure to the best products and services in the marketplace.


Accommodations
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel  |  2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Ga 30339
770-953-4500  |  Rate: $169 per night
Deadline: August 6, 2018

To book online, click here.
 
SEAS Exhibit Hall
Over 60 exhibitors representing a variety of products and services are available to offer solutions for your day-to-day business needs. 

Sponsors and Exhibitors
Interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at SEAS? Visit our Sponsorship Opportunities for all the details!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

1:00 pm-4:30 pm
PCW - "I Really Don't Want to Get Sued!": OPTIONAL Pre-Conference Workshop $75 Credits: 4.0 AA

Ric R. Rosario, CPA, CFE, CGMA
CAMICO Mutual Insurance Co , San Mateo, CA

Only $75 for SEAS Attendees: Risk management is loss prevention techniques that an accountant can implement to minimize or possibly avoid a significant problem with a client or third party.

  • Where is risk coming from?
  • How to evaluate risk
  • Current loss prevention techniques to mitigate risk
  • Early warning signs
  • War stories from the trenches

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

7:00 am-7:50 am
A - Update on the Employee Benefit Plan Letter and Procedures (A&A) (Optional) Credits: 1.0 AA

Rebecca M. Lee, CPA
Loscalzo Associates , Shrewsbury, NJ

The Department of Labor’s influence and oversight continues on Employee Benefit Plan audits with the new (proposed) audit standard. The limited scope audited, while allowed by DOL, has long been considered a significant risk to the auditor. Much of the risk can be attributed to misunderstanding by plan sponsors, fiduciaries and auditors of their respective responsibilities. Clarification has been needed and this standard will provide a better understanding of each parties’ responsibility. The auditor report letter, engagement letter and representation letter will see significant changes while documentation of new specific procedures will be required to ensure that adequate evidence is accumulated to support the report.   

6:15 am-
Registration, Continential Breakfast & Exhibits

7:50 am-8:00 am
Break/Explore the Exhibit Hall

8:00 am-8:05 am
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 am-8:55 am
B - Keynote - The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning? Credits: 1.0 GN

Courtney Kirschbaum
Courtney Kirschbaum International LTD , Vail, CO

What will be the legacy of the Boomers? How and where will the next generation lead us? An exploration of Boomers leaving the workforce, Millennials taking the helm and Gen Z emerging.  What will we gain and what might we lose? And is the next generation ready?

8:55 am-9:15 am
Break/Explore the Exhibit Hall

9:15 am-10:30am
C1 - Digitizing the Audit Profession (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Will Bible
Deloitte & Touche LLP , Parsippany, NJ

From using drones to conduct inventory observations, to building artificial intelligence to assist auditors review reams of documents, digital transformation is reshaping how audits are conducted.  This session will explore how a traditional pen and paper profession has embraced and is being transformed by emerging technologies. 

9:15 am-10:30am
C2 - Time to Tune Up Your Engagement Letters (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Ric R. Rosario, CPA, CFE, CGMA
CAMICO Mutual Insurance Co , San Mateo, CA

Over the past several years, there have been a number of changes in both attest and non-attest engagements. Don’t just roll your engagement letter forward; make sure you are effectively communicating your services, limitations and client responsibilities. Discussion will include current best practices for various engagements; limitation of liability topics; effective billing and collections; risk management considerations; and sample engagement considerations.

9:15 am-10:30am
C3 - Back to the Future: Budgeting and Forecasting Credits: 1.5 GN

Jay Giannantonio, MBA, CPA/CGMA, CIA

Examine current best practices in forecasting to better prepare budgets and projections, as well as budgeting pitfalls and ways to avoid budget traps. Discuss risks that cause actual results to vary from our predictions and methods to deal with both known and unknown risks.

9:15 am-10:30am
C4 - Individual Tax Update and Planning Credits: 1.5 GN

J P. Garverick, CPA, MT, CFP
Phoenix Beach , Goodyear, AZ

Review various, newly enacted income tax provisions of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) affecting individuals. Topics are to be determined depending on the most recent developments incurred up to the date of this conference.

9:15 am-10:30am
C5 - Excel Tips and Tricks Credits: 1.5 GN

Greg Creech
Techedutainment Services, Inc. , Pine Lake, GA

Learn 15 keyboard shortcuts every Excel user should know. You will acquire numerous tips to help your productivity level, how to use macros to assist with routine tasks, to use correct formatting techniques in Excel to avoid mistakes, and tips to improve your efficiency.

9:15 am-10:30am
C6 - The Puritans Didn’t Play Chess: Office Politics Credits: 1.5 GN

Courtney Kirschbaum
Courtney Kirschbaum International LTD , Vail, CO

Even with enormous investments of hard work, success at work can be elusive. Navigating office politics can be frustrating. The single dedicated investment of extremely hard work for one employer is no longer the noble (or viable) path to success. Without a smart career strategy, you can work hard and get nowhere. Review a combination of marketing, entrepreneurial tactics, and practical information to manage your career for success, not just a paycheck.

10:30am-10:45am
Break/Explore the Exhibit Hall

10:45am-12:00pm
D1 - Yellow Book Update (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Lynda Dennis
University of Central Florida (UCF) , Orlando, FL

Discuss the proposed changes to Government Auditing Standards and updates to the status of the proposed changes and the project. In addition, review areas of the current standards where peer reviews and other inspections have found deficiencies.

10:45am-12:00pm
D2 - Financial Instruments (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Rebecca M. Lee, CPA
Loscalzo Associates , Shrewsbury, NJ

Changes in measurement, recognition, presentation and disclosures of financial instruments-are we at full fair value reporting? The FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) had been working together since 2005 to improve and simplify financial instruments accounting and reporting and to converge their two standards.  This fast-paced session will explore the changes to financial instrument reporting made by three FASB standards.

10:45am-12:00pm
D3 - What Could Go Wrong? Risk Management for Financial Managers (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Jay Giannantonio, MBA, CPA/CGMA, CIA

In this turbulent world, risk management responsibility has fallen squarely on financial managers’ shoulders. Audit committees and external auditors are asking questions they never asked before. Gain insight about Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and what professional standards say every company must do.

10:45am-12:00pm
D4 - Corporate Tax Update and Planning Credits: 1.5 GN

J P. Garverick, CPA, MT, CFP
Phoenix Beach , Goodyear, AZ

Review various newly enacted income tax provisions of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) affecting businesses. Topics are to be determined depending on the most recent developments incurred up to the date of the conference.

10:45am-12:00pm
D5 - Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks Credits: 1.5 GN

Greg Creech
Techedutainment Services, Inc. , Pine Lake, GA

We will learn neat tips n tricks in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and overview the great electronic notebook, OneNote. We’ll cover old tricks, like AutoCorrect, Format Painter and keyboard shortcuts, but with a twist and new innovative ways of using past shortcuts. We’ll look at new Office 2016/365 shortcuts for Excel (Flash Fill), Outlook (Attachment List), Word, and PowerPoint. We’ll look at the future of Microsoft Office with Office 2019 and Office 365.

10:45am-12:00pm
D6 - Next Steps in the New Normal World: A Look at Modern HR Credits: 1.5 GN

Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR
Business Learning Institute , Towson, MD

These are odd fiscal times, and “best practices” are obsolete. Stop being defensive with your core business and people practices – use human resources as a force for change and to have impact on the bottom line. Get some fresh ideas from some surprising areas of business.

12:00pm-1:10 pm
Lunch and Exhibits

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
E1 - FASB Update (A&A) Credits: 2.0 AA

Michael K. Cheng, CPA
Supervising Project Manager / Financial Accounting Standards Board , Norwalk, CT

Discuss an update of ongoing key projects of the FASB. In addition, the update will focus on private company standards setting and recent activities of the Private Company Council.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
E2 - Treasury Management: Roles, Perspective and Language (A&A) Credits: 2.0 AA

Craig A. Jeffery
Strategic Treasurer LLC , Peachtree City, GA

There are different areas within finance that use the same terms and operate in intersecting spheres including general accounting, FP&A, and treasury. These points of intersection are often a point of misunderstanding. Explore the key roles and responsibilities of the treasurer and how that can vary based upon company size and industry. Further examine the areas where the treasurer has a unique perspective, focus and point of differentiation from other finance roles. Explore how to overcome the communication challenges brought about by equivocation– where we find common terms used by treasury can mean something quite different in the world of accounting.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
E3 - Process Improvement for Financial Managers Credits: 2.0 GN

Jay Giannantonio, MBA, CPA/CGMA, CIA

Discover ways to make your company more profitable through process improvement. Learn how to use Big 4 consulting tools and process improvement analysis techniques to identify and implement cost saving opportunities through process reviews.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
E4 - Department of Revenue Update Credits: 2.0 GN

Arthur Auerbach, CPA, CGMA
owner / Arthur Auerbach CPA , Atlanta, GA

Commissioner Lynnette T. Riley
Commissioner / Georgia Department of Revenue , Atlanta, GA

Please join State Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley and other Georgia Department of Revenue personnel for this informative overview of the department. Discussion will include an update on the Georgia Tax Center, agency priorities, customer service initiatives, fraud detection efforts, and a legislative update from the General Assembly’s most recent Legislative session. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
E5 - Excel Deep Dive: Data Analysis Credits: 2.0 GN

Greg Creech
Techedutainment Services, Inc. , Pine Lake, GA

Covered in this deep dive will be pivot tables, using slicers, working with spark lines, creating map charts, using named ranges, and outlining a worksheet. We will work with scenario manager and other analysis features in Excel, as well as the VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP and IF, THEN, ELSE functions. 

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
E6 - Digital Disruption: What the Future Holds Credits: 2.0 GN

Kenneth W. Witt, CPA, CGMA
AICPA , Durham, NC

In this rapidly evolving world, technology is changing how we work and live more than ever before. And accounting isn’t immune to this evolution — according to a Deloitte and Accenture study, robotics is predicted to automate or eliminate 40% of basic accounting work by 2020. The best time to prepare for the future of the profession? Right now. In this session Ken Witt will share research findings on the Future of Finance and Auditing in the Future, and cover strategies for finance professionals to develop the new competencies needed to add value in today’s rapidly evolving business world.  

 

2:50 pm-3:20 pm
Break/Explore the Exhibit Hall

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
F1 - GASB Update (A&A) Credits: 2.0 AA

Lynda Dennis
University of Central Florida (UCF) , Orlando, FL

Receive an overview of recently issued and recently effective GASB standards and discuss current GASB projects and their potential impact on current practice.

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
F2 - Dissecting System Fraud and Electronic Fraud for Payments (A&A) Credits: 2.0 AA

Craig A. Jeffery
Strategic Treasurer LLC , Peachtree City, GA

Understand the methods of attack used by criminals to effectively steal funds, delay discovery and erase their tracks, as well as warning signs, key controls and what to look for. Learn what works for preventing and detecting against these approaches

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
F3 - Choice of Entity: Taxes, Ownership and Operations Credits: 2.0 GN

Colin E. Blalock, CPA, CGMA,PFS,CFP
Jones and Kolb, CPAs , Atlanta, GA

Businesses are encountering new challenges when determining the choice of entity to conduct business. There are significant differences operating as a sole proprietor, a partnership, regular C corporation, S corporation, LLC taxed as partnership/ corporation/S corporation. Address how to choose the type of entity and how the structure of the entity will impact taxes, ownership, and operations of the business. Discuss the pros and cons and how to decide.

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
F4 - Meals and Entertainment and Fringe Benefits: What Has Changed for 2018? Credits: 2.0 GN

Arthur Auerbach, CPA, CGMA
owner / Arthur Auerbach CPA , Atlanta, GA

Anson Asbury, J.D., LL.M.
Asbury Law Firm , Decatur, GA

The TCJA signed in December changed the definitions for deductible meals and entertainment. What constitutes the directly related to trade or business? Have those meals been limited or eliminated? What if the business reimburses the employee for business and entertainment expenses, how are those being taxed or deducted?  What about the transportation expense and reimbursement? Discuss basics of all the changes in the statute related to IRC Section 274.

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
F5 - Tech Talk with a Tech Ninja Credits: 2.0 GN

Calvin J. Wong, CPA, CISSP
Director of IT / The Georgia Society of CPAs , Atlanta, GA

Get the inside scoop and demonstrations of the cutting-edge gadgets and software, including Office 365 and 2019, cloud computing, security and much more. Also explore the future outlook of evolving technology from state-of-the-art hardware to the latest in artificial intelligence.

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
F6 - Applying "Lean" Thinking to Making Employees Your Competitive Advantage Credits: 2.0 GN

Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR
Business Learning Institute , Towson, MD

Lean thinking has probably been applied effectively throughout your organization – except in human resources. Yet, in the end, the survival of your company depends on its employees. Look at best practices you can implement for finding and retaining high-value employees. The instructor has a great deal of experience in the people side of business, and he will share specifics on what works and what falls short.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

7:00 am-7:50 am
G - Catching Those Crafty Criminals (Optional) Credits: 1.0 AA

Glenn Helms, Ph.D.,CPA,CIA,CISA
Glenn L. Helms, Inc. , Greensboro, NC

Address some of the major techniques utilized by forensic accountants during a fraud investigation. The application of and the nature and extent of a particular technique will vary with the type of suspected fraud (fraudulent financial reporting, misappropriation of assets, corruption schemes, etc.).  Topics addressed include interviews and interrogations, tips on how to spot a liar, surveillance (moving, fixed, electronic), data analytics, link analysis, and public records research.

6:15 am-8:00 am
Registration, Continential Breakfast and Exhibits

7:50 am-8:00 am
Break and Exhibits

8:00 am-8:05 am
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 am-8:55 am
H - Keynote - Get More Out of Now: Economic Update Credits: 1.0 GN

Dr. Roger C. Tutterow, Ph.D.
Director, Econometric Center / Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business , Kennesaw, GA

The expansion that followed the “great recession” is approaching it ninth birthday. While the first five years were occupied with reaching "normalcy," now the question has shifted toward concern over the maturity of the expansion. Discuss the current global, national and regional economies and how we navigate into 2018. Special emphasis will be placed on evidence of resurgence in the manufacturing sector, the outlook for consumer spending and the retail sector, the role of currency valuation on the balance of trade, the ongoing normalization of interest rates and monetary policy, performance of real estate markets, the recovery in the financial services sector and the implications of ongoing changes in the political and regulatory climate for the accounting industry.

8:55 am-9:15 am
Break/Explore the Exhibit Hall

9:15 am-10:30am
I1 - 2018 Update on Requirements and Best Practices for Preparation, Compilation, and Review (SSARSs) Engagements (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Mike Glynn, CPA, CGMA
AICPA , New York, NY

Participate in an interactive discussion of requirements, best practices, and hot topics with respect to preparation, compilation, and review engagements. Included in the discussion will be recently issued SSARS No. 24, Omnibus Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services; international reporting issues and new review requirements with respect to consideration of going concern; compilation and review of financial statements prepared in accordance with a special purpose framework; continued hot topics in preparation, compilation, and review engagements; and common peer review findings and appropriate procedures to be in compliance with standards.

9:15 am-10:30am
I2 - Stop those Scheming Scoundrels from Stealing (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Studies by professional accounting and fraud organizations have consistently found that the top fraudulent financial reporting schemes occur in the revenue account. Additionally, these studies revealed that misappropriation of asset schemes are most often perpetrated in the purchasing function and it's related transaction processing systems. Address these findings, provide tips for preventing and detecting these two major schemes, and review several real-world cases.

9:15 am-10:30am
I3 - Cybersecurity: Safeguard your Business Credits: 1.5 GN

Glenn Helms, Ph.D.,CPA,CIA,CISA
Glenn L. Helms, Inc. , Greensboro, NC

Juanita McDowell
InMotion Consulting, LLC , Peachtree City, GA

Today’s CPA uses many technologies in their daily business—computers, mobile devices, the Internet, cloud based tools, social media, and messaging/communication platforms. If used without the proper safeguards in place, a business owner is putting their business in a vulnerable position. In the world of malware, viruses, social engineering, it’s imperative that businesses understand the best solutions available that will ensure they decrease the likelihood of any hacks or data security issues that can take their business out of commission for a long stretch of time. Cover what critical steps must be taken to ensure your business is not susceptible to data security issues.

9:15 am-10:30am
I4 - Residency for State Income Tax Purposes Credits: 1.5 GN

Richard C. Litwin
The Litwin Law Firm, P.C. , Atlanta, GA

Discuss Georgia law on legal residency (domicile); the obligations of a legal resident on reporting and paying income tax on 100 percent of his/her income; examine the presumption of continuing legal residence and other traps that unwary taxpayers face when trying to prove that he/she has broken ties with Georgia and established legal residency in another state or country; and discuss the steps required to change legal residency to another state or country.

9:15 am-10:30am
I5 - Technology Decision Tree: Medium to Large Business Solutions Credits: 1.5 GN

Thomas G. Stephens Jr, CPA, CITP, CGM
K2 Enterprises , Hammond, LA

Although Microsoft and Sage still dominate mid-market accounting, Acumatica, Intacct, and others provide formidable Cloud-based solutions, while Open Systems, SYSPRO, SAP, Oracle, Epicor, Infor, and others offer a variety of intriguing options. How can we select and implement the right system? Explore a series of questions and answers to help you determine the approach that works for you. Major benefits and drawbacks of each product are included.

9:15 am-10:30am
I6 - How to Connect to More Consulting and Advisory Services Credits: 1.5 GN

Ashley Freeman
ADP , Atlanta, GA

Denise Biehl
ADP , Atlanta, GA

The landscape of business is changing rapidly. The digital revolution, changing talent demands and the rise of the augmented workforce continue to impact the way a business owner stays competitive in today’s market. As the trusted advisor to your clients, you have the opportunity to take a more proactive role in helping them navigate these growing complexities by connecting to the right HR tools and technology, which in turn can help lead to generating higher revenue consulting and advisory services for your practice.

10:30am-10:45am
Break/Explore the Exhibit Hall

10:45am-12:00pm
J1 - 2018 Auditing Standards Update (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Mike Glynn, CPA, CGMA
AICPA , New York, NY

Discuss recently issued audit and attestation standards and guidance, exposure drafts of proposed standards, and other Auditing Standards Board projects. Discussion topics include recently issued SAS No. 132, The Auditor’s Consideration of the Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern; recently issued SAS No. 133, Auditor Involvement With Exempt Offering Documents; exposure drafts on proposed standards on Employee Benefit Plan/ERISA Audits and the Auditor Reporting Model; current projects including proposed revisions to attestation standards; and audit evidence.

10:45am-12:00pm
J2 - Not-For-Profit Update (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Kimberly A. Bland, CPA
Smith & Howard, PC , Atlanta, GA

Randall L. Shrum, CPA
Smith & Howard, PC , Atlanta, GA

The last few years have seen seemingly endless accounting updates, and not-for-profits are no different, as they are facing a series of implementation deadlines in 2018 and 2019. Will the not-for-profit organization you provide services for, or board you sit on, be ready? To help you prepare, we will discuss need-to-know information about the most significant updates from the FASB, including financial reporting, revenue recognition, accounting for grants and contracts and accounting for leases. Learn the steps your not-for-profit should take now.

10:45am-12:00pm
J3 - Business Continuity Pointers Credits: 1.5 GN

Cortez Jenkins
Federal Home Loan Bank , Atlanta, GA

Business continuity planning is an ever-changing process with many potential pitfalls if not prepared. Discuss tips that you will want to incorporate to ensure you have a successful plan in place so your business will be back in order quickly in the event of a business interruption.

10:45am-12:00pm
J4 - Learning to Fly: The New Partnership Audit Rules Credits: 1.5 GN

Anson Asbury, J.D., LL.M.
Asbury Law Firm , Decatur, GA

The sun has set on TEFRA. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 ("BBA") partnership audit regulations are in place and in effect. No more extensions and no more delays. Now is the time to fly. These rules will govern any examination of a partnership return filed for a tax year ending in 2018. Discuss the new rules including how to count partners, what an imputed underpayment is, who the partnership representative is, and the changes that may be in order for your partnership agreement.

10:45am-12:00pm
J5 - Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Credits: 1.5 GN

Thomas G. Stephens Jr, CPA, CITP, CGM
K2 Enterprises , Hammond, LA

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are two of the hottest technology topics today. Yet few business professionals understand these technologies, their capabilities, risks, and potential impacts on business operations and processes, such as contract execution, recording and maintaining real estate ownership records, and supply chains. Learn more about these disruptive technologies – including potential effects on the accounting profession.

10:45am-12:00pm
J6 - Georgia Film Tax Credit Credits: 1.5 GN

Steve Rothschild, CCIM
The Strategic Group of Companies , Atlanta, GA

Are they right for you and your clients? Learn about the ins and outs of the Georgia Entertainment Tax Credit System from one of its key experts.

12:00pm-1:10 pm
Lunch and Exhibits

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
K1 - Peer Review: What "Extended Oversight" Means to Your A&A Practice (A&A) Credits: 2.0 AA

Christopher Rouse, CPA
Windham Brannon, PC , Atlanta, GA

The AICPA Peer Review Program has been doing “extended” oversight of peer reviewers for three years now, and the results have had a significant impact on the number of “nonconforming” engagements being found by peer reviewers. Discuss with an experienced peer reviewer how to keep your A&A practice out of the ever-increasing non-conforming column.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
K2 - The New Revenue Recognition Standard: What in the World Does This Mean for Me? (A&A) Credits: 2.0 AA

Thomas E. Newell Jr, CPA
Newell & Newell, PC , Columbus, GA

Review the five-step process of revenue recognition with added emphasis on the affect this will have on the revenue reported under this new standard. Discuss the steps that need to be taken to ensure that the standard is implemented and take a brief look at a few industries and the new standard.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
K3 - Change in Accounting Method Credits: 2.0 GN

Connie Cheng
BDO USA, LLP , Los Angeles, CA

Cover the latest updates in tax accounting methods, including an overview of relevant tax reform provisions, implications of the ASC 606 revenue recognition standard on Federal income tax issues, and recent procedural guidance issued by the IRS.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
K4 - Tax Cuts and Job Acts: International Tax Reform, Compliance and Planning Credits: 2.0 GN

Brandi M. Samuel, CPA
Tax Manager / Windham Brannon, PC , Atlanta, GA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the United States first major overhaul of its federal income tax system in more than 30 years. Now that tax reform is here, the discussion regarding planning and its potential impact has been at the forefront for many CPAs and their clients. While we wait for additional guidance from the IRS and Congress, we will discuss the effects of tax reform on individuals, businesses, financial statements, and key industries, as well as new compliance rules, planning opportunities, structuring changes, and even state and local tax impact, with a focus on Georgia.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
K5 - Tales of True Tech Crimes: Ripped from the Headlines Credits: 2.0 GN

Thomas G. Stephens Jr, CPA, CITP, CGM
K2 Enterprises , Hammond, LA

Security is a top concern for CPAs every year, yet many hacks result from organizations failing to implement effective information technology controls. Learn about critical controls by using case studies from recent security incidents. This strategy helps you understand risks and appropriate responses. Find out how to reduce your risk associated with unauthorized access, theft of information, identity theft, data exfiltration, tax refund fraud, and more.

1:10 pm-2:50 pm
K6 - The Power of Growth with Consolidated Service Providers Credits: 2.0 GN

Tate Henshaw
Polay + Clark , Atlanta, GA

Sometimes, it’s best not to go it alone. Take it from Tate Henshaw, Manager at Polay + Clark and Xero Ambassador. He explains how accounting practice partnerships have helped his firm build new sales channels for existing services. That’s the power of combined expertise: consolidated service providers use the cloud’s real-time collaboration tools – in partnership with other firms – to advance their niche expertise into turnkey solutions. These are the same solutions and efficiencies that few individual firms can accomplish profitably on their own.

2:50 pm-3:20 pm
Break/Explore the Exhibit Hall

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
L1 - Seven Proposed Changes to the Auditor's Report (A&A) Credits: 2.0 GN

Ahava Goldman
AICPA , New York, NY

Learn the upcoming changes proposed by the AICPA Auditing Standards Board to the Auditor's Report for non-issuers. Apply ASB guidance regarding the changes to the format and wording of the revised Auditor's Report, including going concern paragraphs; understand the new optional paragraph regarding Key Audit Matters (KAM), and when and where to include the KAM paragraph.

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
L2 - Navigating the Maze of the New Lease Accounting Standard (A&A) Credits: 2.0 AA

Samuel G. Clark Jr, CPA
Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC , Atlanta, GA

The new lease accounting standard is here and the implementation deadlines are fast approaching. The nuts and bolts of this new standard will be explored, as well as its impact. New requirements bring lease accounting into the 21st century, eliminating the guesswork currently involved when calculating the often-substantial lease obligations for a company. Most predictions are stating at least $2 trillion impact on corporate balance sheets; touching everything from accounting processes to critical financial ratios. 

3:20 am-5:00 pm
L3 - Section 199A Deduction Credits: 2.0 GN

Benjamin L. Foerst, CPA
Warren Averett, LLC , Atlanta, GA

Lisa Billings
Warren Averett, LLC , Birmingham, AL

One of the most important and complex provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the Section 199A: The 20% Deduction for Pass-Through Entity Owners and Real Estate Investors. CPAs must know how Section 199A works in detail so their clients can take advantage of the tremendous opportunities this provision offers. Equip yourself with the knowledge to help clients implement Section 199A and maximize the 20% deduction.

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
L4 - The New IRS Structure Credits: 2.0 GN

Colin E. Blalock, CPA, CGMA,PFS,CFP
Jones and Kolb, CPAs , Atlanta, GA

Arthur Auerbach, CPA, CGMA
owner / Arthur Auerbach CPA , Atlanta, GA

There is a new game in town dealing with the Internal Revenue Service. Do you know and understand the rules of engagement?  Address what is unchanged and remains the same; what has changed; how the new structure will impact tax examinations, unagreed cases, and customer or taxpayer service; and what to expect from the IRS.

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
L5 - The Modern Practice: Four Software Mistakes to Avoid Credits: 2.0 GN

Sr Acct Manager Brandon Roth
Senior Account Manager / Xero, Inc , San Francisco, CA

Do you know the number one reason clients leave their accounting firm? We’ll give you a hint - it has to do with technology. Take a behind-the-success look at an in-depth study of accounting and bookkeeping firms across the globe. Discover the four software mistakes that your firm should avoid, including the number one reason clients might leave you.

3:20 pm-5:00 pm
L6 - Understanding Modern HR: How You Can Advise Your Clients Credits: 2.0 GN

Denise Biehl
ADP , Atlanta, GA

Today's companies strive to build world-class organizations. To reach that level requires new HR approaches to keep pace with the speed of change. Yet many HR teams are slowed by transactional, ad hoc processes instead of focusing on ways to enable employee growth and increase strategic value. Review why HR is required to evolve, if they are going to evolve, what needs to happen, and how technology can help a business transform HR.

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Ematerials

eMaterials will be available for download approximately three business days prior to the event. For more information on eMaterials please visit ematerials.gscpa.org. Should you choose to receive eMaterials, printed materials will not be available at the event.

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o Go to http://www.gscpa.org and click on "My GSCPA" and then on "My eMaterials." You will be required to log in to access the document by using your gscpa.org login credentials.
o Click on "Download eMaterials" link associated with this conference.
o Download and save the document to your computer prior to the event.

Please note that once the materials are uploaded to the GSCPA website refunds, transfers and cancellations are not accepted.

Conference Site

Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

770-955-8000

 

For more information about hotel reservations, please refer to the information tab.

Early Bird Registration

$430 GSCPA Members, $530 Non-Members (by 8/8/2018)

 

Standard Registration

$490 GSCPA Members, $590 Non-Members

 

Late Registration

$530 GSCPA Members, $630 Non-Members (after 8/26/2018)