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November 7, 2013
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Finance Focus
Changing the role of finance from scorekeeper to strategist
By Bob Paladino, CPA and Rand Greenblatt, CPA
How the finance team at Independence Blue Cross partnered with the business to implement key performance indicators.
Smart ways to tap accountants' business process acumen
By Sabine Vollmer/CGMA Magazine
Accountants are business process experts, but few apply this expertise to avoid the frequent mistakes companies can make during implementation of business solutions software, an effort usually dominated by IT.
Five key objectives for in-demand internal auditors
By Ken Tysiac/CGMA Magazine
The perception of internal audit as a function that can add value in addition to enforcing compliance is placing importance on several objectives for internal auditors.
SEC's ramped-up scrutiny means CFOs need to reevaluate processes
By Ken Tysiac/Journal of Accountancy
CFOs and finance departments may want to undergo a careful evaluation of their financial reporting systems and processes, experts say, now that the SEC is ramping up its scrutiny of accounting and auditing.
AICPA Financial Planning & Analysis Conference
Making Key Financial Decisions: Practical Tools and Techniques for Making Your Key Financial Decisions
Strategic Business Management: From Planning to Performance
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How to create and use a lease inventory
In anticipation of a new global standard on financial reporting for leases, one CPA at Johnson & Johnson offers tips for companies to create and use a lease inventory.
Collectibility threshold added in significant change to revenue recognition proposal
The addition of a collectibility threshold represents a significant change to the converged revenue recognition proposal FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board are developing.
IRS issues inflation adjustments for 2014
They cover more than 40 provisions, including new personal exemption and standard deduction amounts, new AMT exemptions, new contribution limits for pension plans, and new tax tables.
PCAOB continues focus on audits of internal control over financial reporting
The PCAOB maintained its focus on audits of internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) late last month by issuing its second report in less than a year on the subject.
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  U.S. GAAP Financial Statements—Best Practices in Presentation and Disclosure
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  Financial Reporting Framework for Small and Medium Sized Entities
This CPE course provides a practical overview of the FRF for SMEs to help the participant apply the framework, including the form, content, and disclosures that apply to most SMEs.
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CPA News to Know
1 Use it but don't lose it: $500 carryover allowed for health FSAs
1 Tax filing season delayed again
1 CFOs split on moving up to CEO job
1 New opportunities for businesses and CPAs in proposed crowdfunding rules
Media Roundup
Five reasons to quit to-do lists
When not to be nice at work
Why the best leaders keep quiet
The five-word performance review
Upcoming AICPA Webcasts
  Nov. 11 Construction—Accounting, Auditing, Tax
  Nov. 11 Analyzing a Company's Financial Statement
  Nov. 12 Investment Tax Planning—Creating Tax Alpha
  Nov. 12 Making Sense of Deferred Inflows and Outflows of Resources
  Nov. 13 Update for Accountants and Auditors
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How finance can encourage innovation
Robert Fowles, CPA, CGMA, the CFO at Opus One Winery, offers advice on how to encourage innovation and become a go-to problem solver. Among his tips: Delegate results, not tasks.

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