Accounting & Auditing Conference

Accounting & Auditing Conference

Accounting & Auditing Conference



The diverse agenda and expert speakers at the Accounting & Auditing Conference will provide a comprehensive update on current issues and emerging trends affecting accounting professionals. Increase your knowledge and comprehension in this constantly changing business environment.

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Equip yourself to deal with changes and opportunities related to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.

Learn about the latest information on pronouncements, standards and implementation deadlines. 

Find out what has changed, key takeaways and how states are responding.

Discuss the challenges and findings encountered when assessing and implementing the new standard.

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7.8 CPD Credits


Registration is open through 11/15.

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Thursday, November 15

8:00am to 4:30pm (Check-In 7:00am)

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Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

375 S Moorland Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005

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Thursday, Nov 15th

7:00AM TO 8:00AM / General Session

8:00AM TO 8:10AM / General Session

8:10AM TO 9:20AM / General Session

Clare Zempel, Principal, Zempel Strategic

Can the economy withstand both the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes and the volatile signals on fiscal, regulatory and trade policies coming from Washington, or are the next recession and financial crisis already on their way? In this presentation, discover what the most reliable economic and market indicators mean for executives and investors in 2019 and beyond.

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9:35AM TO 10:25AM / Breakout Sessions

Erin Cahill, Assistant Project Manager, Financial Accounting Standards Board

During this two-part presentation, explore the latest news about FASB standards and projects. Find out how the FASB is supporting implementation of its new standards, including credit losses and hedging, as well as progress on its disclosure framework. An overview of active FASB agenda projects, including segments and liabilities and equity, will also be discussed.

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Paul Koehler, Government A&A Expert, Paul H. Koehler, CPA

In this two-part update, learn about Certain Asset Retirement Obligations (Statement 83) and Construction Interest Cost Incurred (Statement 89), along with the significant changes in reporting for Fiduciary Activities (Statement 84) and Leases (Statement 87) by states and local government.

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10:40AM TO 11:30AM / Breakout Sessions

Erin Cahill, Assistant Project Manager, Financial Accounting Standards Board

FASB Update Part I continued.

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Paul Koehler, Government A&A Expert, Paul H. Koehler, CPA

GASB Update Part I continued.

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12:20PM TO 1:20PM / General Session

James Brandenburg, Partner, Sikich LLP

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law on December 22, 2017 and was the most comprehensive tax legislation in over 30 years. In this session, explore the provisions in TCJA that impact Businesses, including: lower tax rates for corporations and pass-through businesses; tax changes for CapEx (bonus depreciation and Section 179 expensing); revisions in accounting methods; special accounting method relief for small businesses; new limitations on deducting interest expense; modifications in the tax treatment of Net Operating Losses (NOLs); new rules for deducting meals and entertainment expenses; selected items from the overhaul of international taxes; and several other items.

In addition, learn about the financial statement impact of some of these tax changes and some of the individual tax changes in TCJA.

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1:35PM TO 2:25PM / Breakout Sessions

Katelynn Schneider, Financial Recruiter, Baker Tilly Search & Staffing

Carver Smith, Partner, Baker Tilly Search & Staffing

Who you hire is critical to your success, but so is how you hire them. What does your hiring process say about your organization? Are you maximizing the time and effort your company puts into the process? And, once people are hired, what are you doing to retain them?

Join this discussion on recruiting and retention best practices and learn what works for you, what works for others and how to revitalize your hiring strategy.

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Katelyn Pellitteri, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Robert Teuber, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

How will the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair impact retailers, economic nexus and internet sales? Receive an overview of the case, highlight key takeaways from the court’s decision and discuss how states have responded since the decision came out in June.

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2:40PM TO 3:30PM / Breakout Sessions

Michael Luff, Project Leader, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

The new revenue recognition standard, ASC 606, was implemented for SEC issuers effective January 1, 2018. The new lease standard, ASC 842, is soon to be effective. Discuss challenges and findings encountered when assessing and implementing the new revenue recognition standard, as well as an update on the lease standard and challenges noted in the assessment process.

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John Kleb, Partner, Strategic Technologies, Sikich LLP

You have heard we are in the “fourth industrial revolution” – digital transformation. You need to be engaged because your clients are dealing with digital transformation to stay relevant in their industries, but what about your career and your firm? Blockchain, robotic process automation, cognitive automation, big data, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence: The ecosystem is swimming with technologies. Join this session to learn definitions and descriptions of each of them, their application to our profession and their reality today. You can’t afford not to be aware of and conversant in the current digital economy. Your clients are!

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3:40PM TO 4:30PM / General Session

Robert Mathers, Shareholder, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Family-owned businesses are fraught with potential conflicts of interest. Hidden independence issues and business sale alternatives may create a haven of hidden ethical issues. Examine ethical issues facing CPAs who work with family-owned businesses, along with practical solutions.

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4:30PM TO 4:45PM / General Session


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Note: An electronic copy of course materials is included for all registrants and can be accessed via the My WICPA section 7 days prior to the course date.

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