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October 5, 2012
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Conflict minerals and the push for transparency
By Colleen Cunningham, CPA
To prepare for the new reporting requirements, companies need to think about their supply chains.
Should auditor's reports include commentary on key items?
By Ken Tysiac
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board is working to focus on the essentials in a project addressing the content and structure of auditor's reports.
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COSO proposals give real-world internal control examples
COSO released a compendium of approaches and examples for public comment, devoting 145 pages to discussion of how to apply its proposed, updated Internal Control—Integrated Framework to external financial reporting.
Five emerging strategies for coping with unknown risks
Unknown, complex risks that often are outside the executive team's control increasingly threaten companies. Here are five strategies for battling those unknown risks.
Private-company financials often shielded from employees
Most private companies do not share financial details with all employees, according to a new survey. But some executives think openness has its benefits. Among them: Quelling fears about the future and showing employees how their work contributes to the bottom line.
Board members want to spend more time overseeing strategy
Overseeing strategic planning is the duty to which corporate board members would most like to devote more time during the coming year. Directors at smaller companies, whose business model may be less mature, were twice as likely as large company directors to report that they would like to spend "much more" time on strategic planning.
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  Center for Audit Quality Webcast—Communications With Audit Committees: Requirements and Leading Practices
Wednesday, October 24–This Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) Webcast will provide you with unique insights, observations, and perspectives of representatives from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the audit committee community, and the audit profession.
  2012 Corporate Tax Returns Videocourse
This video-based course, featuring Sidney Kess and an expert panel, reviews major developments affecting 1120 and 1120S return preparation for 2009 and useful tax-planning strategies.
  The Art of the Steal: An Interview With Frank Abagnale
Thursday, October 11–During this AICPA webcast, Frank reveals the mind-boggling tricks of the scam trade—with advice that has made him one of America's most sought-after fraud prevention experts.
  Business Ethics: Real-World Case Studies
This book is designed to guide you through a series of compelling case studies that illustrate real-world ethical dilemmas and the application of values consistent with the high standards of the profession.
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CPA News to Know
1 Accounting, finance salaries expected to increase in 2013
1 Four internal factors to consider when determining executive pay
1 FASB sees flexibility, relevance as cures to disclosure overload
1 Accounting method changes to be allowed in corporate reorganizations
1 Investor confidence in U.S. markets rises, CAQ survey shows
1 Employee health insurance safe harbors expanded
1 Corporate equity reduction transaction guidance issued
1 Tax Court defines gross receipts for the research credit
1 Publicly traded property defined for determining issue price of debt instruments

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