Category: Accounting & Finance

Auditing Standards Board Update: Exempted Offerings

There are an increasing number of opportunities for nonpublic entities to raise funds; for example, crowdfunding, private placement offerings, franchise offerings, issuing municipal securities, or even issuing digital currency. The related offering documents may not be SEC regulated, as they are...


Tax Reform and the Joint Committee on Taxation

In late July, the Trump Administration and Republican Congressional leaders issued a joint statement on tax reform, signaling a shared vision for overhauling the tax code. Most discussions around tax reform have focused on the ‘Big Six’ who attached their name to the statement— House Speaker...


PCAOB Issues New Audit Report Requirements

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) approved a new format for audit reports of public companies, with the overall goal of providing more transparent and useful information to investors and other financial statement users.  AS 3101, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of...


The Legislative Process: Tax Reform

“I feel like we just played the World Series of Tax Reform, and the American people won” – President Ronald Reagan Thirty years after President Reagan uttered those words upon signing the Tax Reform Act of 1986, many Americans are hoping they will be echoed by President Donald Trump.  But...


Behavioral Interviewing Techniques

One of the most important elements of selecting the right employee in any organization is in taking the time to assess whether or not the individual fits the standards and exhibits a certain behavior the company is looking for. This calls for behavioral interviewing, which is a key part of the...


Managing Stress on the CPA Exam

There is no denying that studying for the CPA Exam is an inherently stressful experience. One cannot completely eliminate that stress, and it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to do so because stress can be a motivator, but you don’t want the time you spend studying to be the worst experience of...


Skills for Effective Writing in Business

As professionals, we are expected to know how to write content that conveys our thoughts, opinions and data. But how good are you at crafting a well thought-out, logical and convincing story that supports those thoughts, opinions or data? Writing is a medium that requires continual development...


Job Search and Interview Strategies

Whether you’re an experienced professional seeking a new career path or a recent college graduate starting out in your field these tips will help ensure your job search and subsequent interviews are a success. Job Search Strategy Your chances for long term success are much greater if you apply a...


Adapt2U CPA Exam Review Technology

In recent years there has been an avalanche of advances in education, driven by harnessing the power of Big Data analytics and leveraging technology to effectively apply the science of teaching and learning to improve student outcomes. Becker Professional Education, a pioneer in active learning and...


Traits and Skills of Leaders

Why do some individuals excel in leadership, while others struggle quite heavily with leadership? David Goldman, author of “What Makes a Great Leader,” claims the difference is Emotional Intelligence (EI). Goldman defines EI as “a group of five skills that enable the best leaders to maximize...


A Day in the Life of a CPA

Not sure what steps to take on the path to becoming a CPA? Does it seem like there are not enough, or too many, options once you become a CPA? Join me and learn about my journey to the CPA credential, and the various opportunities that were presented to me once I obtained those three key letters...


Identity Theft: How to Detect, Deter and Fix

Identity theft is commonplace in today’s world and affects consumers and companies of all sizes. How can you best protect yourself and your data so that you can minimize the risk of identity theft? Knowledge is power so it is crucial to gain critical insights and practical working knowledge...


Setting Expectations for the “Non-Traditional” CPA Exam Candidate

“Non-traditional” is challenging, if not impossible, to define directly. Instead, let’s start by defining a “traditional” candidate as a recent college graduate with a degree in accounting (or related field) seeking or starting in their first professional position. Anyone else is...


Meetings That Work

Who doesn’t love a calendar full of meetings? Nothing beats returning to your desk at 5:00 pm with eight hours of emails, tasks, and to-do lists to catch up on! Good news is, it’s never too late to change the status quo or shake-up those weekday occurrences. Here are some tips for laying...


Your Job Interview Manual

Knowing how to interview well is crucial in today’s job market. Whether you’re a new graduate or have been working for years, understanding the process can assist in creating an effective strategy to stand out from the competition. Even if you have been through numerous interviews, it’s always...


Business Email Etiquette

Email communication has grown exponentially over the past decade which has made everyone more in-touch with work, but also more distracted. How do you make your email messages a more effective and efficient communication tool for you? There are certainly many do’s and do not’s of...


Why You Should Sit for the CPA Exam Right After College

When you ask recent college graduates where they plan to spend their summer, answers typically range from Disneyland to backpacking in Europe to a visit to the beach (or the shore, depending on where you call home). They tend to be places which generate maximum enjoyment with minimum thinking...


Effective Business Communication Tools

Ever wonder why seemingly easy work-related tasks take too long to get done by a group of people? Imagine if there is more complexity added into a situation. A group of people can hear the same presentation but still come away with varying degrees of understanding. After hearing, or reading, the...


2017 CPA Salary Guide

Are you considering a career in accounting and finance? Exploring multiple job offers and not confident with salary standards? In this refreshed salary guide from Robert Half you can find all the information you need to answer your questions about finance salaries. Have more questions? Check out...


Careers in Accounting

If you’re considering a career in accounting, there are a number of areas where you can be of use. With an accounting degree, the possibilities are endless, as accountants are integral parts of every industry that exists. Having the ability to keep companies and individuals in financial compliance...