2018 Annual Meeting [AM-CPE]

May 30, 2018 to Jun 1, 2018
Time: Various


Tech / Tax / Professional Dev.

Credit Hours:



Member: $545.00
Non-member: $650.00

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Discussion Leader: Various

Website registration for this course closes on May 23, 2018. To register after this date please contact the society at akcpa@ak.net or 907-562-4334.

Full Description

Annual Meeting / 12-Hours CPE (AM-CPE) / No Season Passes or Season Tickets Permitted for this event

K2s Emerging Technologies (4-Hours CPE)
The Power of Vision, Prioritization & Empathic Listening (4-Hours CPE)
Tax Reform Highlights & Guide for Tax Preparers (2-Hours CPE)
Tale of True Tech Crimes Ripped from the Headlines (2-Hours CPE)

May 30th / Afternoon Session June 1st, 2018

Westmark Hotel
813 Noble Street
Fairbanks, AK

AKCPA Member Fee / Includes 12-Hours CPE, Meals & All Annual Meeting Events:
$445 until May 10th (Login to your AKCPA Account to see discounted fee)
$495 after May 10th

Non Member Fee / Includes ONLY June 1st CPE:

K2s Emerging Technologies (4-Hours CPE)

May 30, 2018 / Afternoon Session

The next wave of technology is arriving now and you will need to choose from various technologies and tools to maintain and improve your productivity. Each emerging technology among them Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and Machine Learning will be explained including why it is important and how it works. Additionally, actual products will be used as examples in each category to turn this discussion from a theoretical overview to a practical selection and how-to cookbook.

Major Topics Covered:
-Why emerging technologies should be considered for business
- How each major emerging technology works
- What solutions are available for implementation now

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this session, you should be able to:
- Identify five major emerging technologies
- Manage the volume of Big Data
- Specify a business case for machine learning
- List a current use for artificial intelligence

Designed For: Accounting and business professionals who are interested in how technology affects them and seek an update of relevant technology trends, tools and techniques

CPE Credits: 4, Information Technology

Level of Knowledge: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Fundamental understanding of basic technology concepts

Acronym: AM-CPE

Discussion Leader: Tommy Stephens, CPA, CGMA, CITP
The Power of Vision, Prioritization & Empathic Listening (4-Hours CPE)

May 31, 2018 / Morning Session

Knowing yourself and what is important leads to integrity and ultimately, effectiveness. Authentic leadership begins with self-efficacy and a clear, personal vision. Yet, we often live out our lives without a sustainable purpose existing in a time sensitive world where overlapping commitments are the norm and the line between what is urgent and important are inevitably blurred. This interactive session includes developing a principle-centered personal mission statement, challenges time management paradigms, and encourages empathic listening as a guide to building interpersonal relationships.

It's incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busyness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover that it's leaning against the wrong wall."
Stephen R. Covey

Major Topics:
Covers three habits from the highly acclaimed 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. Creating and living by a personal mission statement based on values and principles; achieving your highest priorities; and practicing empathy through courage and consideration. This session is a combination of live presentation, video, workbook and role plays.

Learning Objectives:
- Develop a personal mission statement
- Discover a clear destination by plotting a course for the future
- Setting the right strategic vision for yourself and your organization
- Importance of timeless, unchanging principles
- Aligning behaviors with values
- Difference between important and urgent
- Replacing autobiographical responses with empathic listening

Topics Discussed:
- Begin with the end in mind (Habit 2)
- Put first things first (Habit 3)
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood (Habit 5)

Designed For: All Accounting Professionals

CPE Credits: 4, Professional Development

Level of Knowledge: Basic / Intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Acronym: AM-CPE

Discussion Leader: Donna W. Salter

Tax Reform Highlights & Guide for Tax Preparers (2-Hours CPE)

May 31, 2018 / 1st Afternoon Session

With the enactment of tax reform legislation signed into law on December 22, 2017, the long road to tax reform has brought us the largest overhaul to the tax code since 1986. With the profound effects on businesses and individuals alike, it has prompted a flood of tax-related questions and tax practitioners must be ready to address clients tax concerns and provide accurate, up-to-date advice going forward. Dont get caught off guard! Kevin Van Nortwick and Chad Estes of BDO USA, LLP, bring their expertise to the table for tax reform highlights and round table discussion of the most pressing and complex aspects of the law in this 2hr CPE course.

Learning Objectives:
- Identify individual and business income tax changes.
- Identify planning considerations for individuals and businesses.
- Recognize ways to advise clients on the impact of tax reform changes.
- Identify changes to estate planning and administration post tax reform.
- Analyze tax planning strategies after tax reform.

Topics Discussed:
- Overview of Tax Reform's Impact on Individuals and Businesses
- Overview of Tax Reform's Impact on Estate and Trusts
- Tax Planning After Tax Reform

Designed For: Tax practitioners seeking to understand the new tax legislation and how it impacts their clients.

Level of Knowledge: Update

CPE Credits: 2, Taxation

Prerequisite: Experience with individual and business clients

Acronym: AM-CPE

Discussion Leaders: Kevin Van Nortwick, Tax Office Managing Partner, BDO USA, LLP
Chad Estes, Tax Partner, Core Tax Services, BDO USA, LLP

Tales of True Tech Crimes Ripped from the Headlines (2-Hours CPE)

May 31, 2018 / 2nd Afternoon Session

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

Major Topics Covered:
- Common security failures
- The importance of user authentication
- Security vulnerabilities embedded in hardware and software
- Best practices to facilitating secure environments

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this session, you should be able to:
- List examples of major security incidents reported in the last two years and the related security weaknesses that allowed each breach to occur
- Define the three methods used to authenticate a user to a system
- Differentiate between the security in home-grade technology and business-grade technology
- Identify three security best practices to help mitigate risk

Designed For: Accounting and Business Professionals

Level of Knowledge: Basic / Intermediate

CPE Credits: 2, Information Technology

Prerequisite: Fundamental understanding of basic technology concepts

Acronym: AM-CPE

Discussion Leaders: Tommy Stephens, CPA, CGMA, CITP