FYI


The SEC is seeking to fill up to four professional accounting positions in the Office of the Chief Accountant. During their two-year terms commencing June 2006, participants will study and develop rule proposals under federal securities laws, interact with accounting, auditing and other professional standard setters and advise registrants on reporting issues. For information, call Michael Gaynor (202-551-5929) or Joseph Ucuzoglu (202-551-5301). Applications are due by December 16, 2005.

The AICPA invites state CPA societies and individuals to nominate accounting educators for the 2006 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award, which recognizes full-time college accounting educators who excel in teaching and are nationally prominent in the profession. Nominations are due February 1, 2006. More information and application forms are available at http://ceae.aicpa.org/Resources/Scholarships+and+Awards .

The Institute also is accepting nominations for the 2006 Outstanding CPA in Government Award. Nominees must be AICPA or state CPA society members employed in federal, state or local government. For the first time, awards will be granted to a CPA from each government level. Previously, only one level of government was recognized each year. Judges will consider nominees’ contribution to their government’s increased efficiency and effectiveness and to the growth and enhancement of the profession. Nominations are due April 3, 2006. For more information write to pgreen@aicpa.org or call 212-596-6034.

In concert with its national financial literacy outreach, the AICPA is collaborating with the IRS to improve the quality of service in volunteer tax-return-preparation clinics for low-income families. “Mystery shopper” CPAs recruited by the Institute will inspect the service quality by posing as clients, having fictitious returns prepared at clinics nationwide and submitting reports evaluating the procedures followed. To volunteer or obtain more information, e-mail wstromsem@aicpa.org .

The AICPA is seeking CPA volunteers to develop simulations, or condensed case studies, to enhance the auditing and attestation, financial accounting and reporting, and regulation sections of the CPA exam ( www.cpa-exam.org/download/CPA_volunteer_sim_concepts.pdf ). For information or to volunteer, call 609-671-2911 or e-mail rdevore@aicpa.org .

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CPEOs provide peace of mind around payroll services

The creation of these new IRS-certified service providers for small businesses clarifies some issues around traditional professional employer organizations.

QUIZ

8 sentences to help you master subject-verb agreement

When professionals prepare written material for readers inside their organization or outside, they should make sure that no errors distract from the message they need to convey. Take this short quiz for practice in subject-verb agreement.