Professional Issues


The AICPA is forming four panels (one for each of the proposed CPA examination sections) to help set standards for passing the computer-based exam. Qualified CPA volunteers are needed for a series of two-day standard-setting sessions between December 11 and 19. Participants should have three to seven years’ experience in public accounting and must have supervised new CPAs within the past 12 months. To avoid conflicts, panelists may not be affiliated with any CPA exam preparation and/or review programs. Interested CPAs should e-mail their name, address and qualifications to cpaexam@aicpa.org . Further information is available at www.cpa-exam.org/lrc/reports.html . Panelists may be eligible for CPE credit.

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TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

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News quiz: IRS enforcement, a hot job, and audit value

The IRS’s 2016 Data Book, a “hot job” of particular interest at this time of year, and insight into how executive and audit committees view the insights from financial statement audits received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.