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ACCT 540 DeVry Week 1 Discussion

Research (graded)

In general, what are the reasons for conducting research? What types of research have you conducted in the past? This section lists options that can be used to view responses.

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 1 Homework Assignment

Access the FASB website by clicking on the FASB Codification Access link under Course Home. Click the log in screen link .org/ascLogin.cfm”>http://aaahq.org/ascLogin.cfm. Enter your Username and Password provided by your professor and click the FASB Accounting Standards Codification link. Find and click the Pre-Codification Standards/FASB Pronouncements and EITF Abstracts link on the bottom left side of the landing page. Thoroughly read the last four standards issued. Describe each standard and what it added to the existing authoritative accounting literature. Please write 1 page (12-point, double spaced) on each standard.

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ACCT 540 DeVry Week 1 Course Project

Case 3

You have been hired as a consultant for ABC Investment Group. ABC incorporated in 1999 and manages investment portfolios for small to medium size companies. The Director of the company is not up to speed on how unrealized gains and losses as well as realized gains and losses on bonds should be accounted for. The Director has been told that under certain conditions unrealized gains and losses can be accounted for in the income statement and accounted for as part of other comprehensive income under other conditions. The Director is also unclear as to how to determine whether a security is impaired and how to determine the amount that is required to be written down. You have been asked to look into these issues and determine the proper accounting treatment for bonds.

Milestones Points
Week 1 Choose a case from the Doc Sharing area (the silver tab located on the top of this page). In a minimum of 5 to 7 sentences, describe your initial thoughts regarding the case and the challenges you feel you will face with regards to the depth and complexity of the issues that will be addressed 25

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 1 On Site Activity Point

Accounting Research

Week One Class Activity

1. Explain how the research process adds value to the services offered by an accounting firm.

2. What consequences are considered in the standard-setting process?

3. Explain the importance of identifying keywords when identifying relevant facts and issues.

4. Explain the five basic steps involved in the research process.

5. Discuss how research can support or refute a biased alternative.

6. Explain what is meant by problem distillation and its importance in the research process.

7. What skills are important and tested on the CPA exam?

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 2 Discussion

Effective Writing (graded)

Why is it important for accountants to use effective writing skills? Describe a situation where effective writing skills are important. This section lists options that can be used to view responses.

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 2 Homework Assignment

Please complete the below problems and submit your answers in a Word document.

  1. Go to the SEC’s website (.sec.gov/”>www.sec.gov) and click on “search for company filings” under “filings and forms.”
  2. On the next page, click “Company or fund name, ticker symbol, CIK (Central Index Key), file number, state, country, or SIC (Standard Industrial Classification)” to search for a company.
  3. On the next page, search for Starbucks by using their ticker symbol “SBUX.”
  4. Scroll down on the next page until you see their 10-K filing and click on “Documents.”
  5. Click on the first document’s link: “d10k.htm.”
  6. Retrieve Item 7 – their “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” (MD&A).
  7. In a 2–3 page paper (12-point, double spaced), summarize their MD&A and critique it based on the SEC.

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ACCT 540 DeVry Week 2 Course Project

Case 3

You have been hired as a consultant for ABC Investment Group. ABC incorporated in 1999 and manages investment portfolios for small to medium size companies. The Director of the company is not up to speed on how unrealized gains and losses as well as realized gains and losses on bonds should be accounted for. The Director has been told that under certain conditions unrealized gains and losses can be accounted for in the income statement and accounted for as part of other comprehensive income under other conditions. The Director is also unclear as to how to determine whether a security is impaired and how to determine the amount that is required to be written down. You have been asked to look into these issues and determine the proper accounting treatment for bonds.

Milestones Points
Week 2 In a minimum of 5 to 7 sentences, summarize the background of your case and indicate any assumptions that you are making regarding the case. Define your problem statement and research question(s). 25

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 2 On Site Activity Point

Problem Identification and Research Questions

Rewrite the following sentences into shorter, more concise sentences while maintaining the main points of the sentence.

  1. For good reasons, the secretary may grant extensions of time in 30-day increments for filing of the lease and all required bonds, provided that additional extensions requests are submitted and approved before the expiration of the original 30 days or the previously granted extension.
  2. If the State agency finds that an individual has received a payment to which the individual was not entitled, whether or not the payment was due to the individual’s fault or misrepresentation, the individual shall be liable to repay to the State the total sum of the payment to which the individual was not entitled.
  3. Universities differ greatly in style, with some being located on out of town campuses in parkland, others having buildings scattered about parts of city centers and others being at various points between these two extremes.

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 3 Discussion

Internet Search (graded) Perform an Internet search on any tax, law, accounting or auditing topic in which you are interested. Summarize and provide a general explanation of what the topic covers. Please attach the article to your post.

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 3 Homework Assignment

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ACCT 540 DeVry Week 3 Course Project

Case 3

You have been hired as a consultant for ABC Investment Group. ABC incorporated in 1999 and manages investment portfolios for small to medium size companies. The Director of the company is not up to speed on how unrealized gains and losses as well as realized gains and losses on bonds should be accounted for. The Director has been told that under certain conditions unrealized gains and losses can be accounted for in the income statement and accounted for as part of other comprehensive income under other conditions. The Director is also unclear as to how to determine whether a security is impaired and how to determine the amount that is required to be written down. You have been asked to look into these issues and determine the proper accounting treatment for bonds.

Milestones Points
Week 3 In a minimum of 5 to 7 sentences, identify the key terms in your case and state why you believe each is relevant to your case. 25

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 3 On Site Activity Point

Identification of Key Search Criteria

What are the implications of GAAP and authoritative support to the researcher?

1. To conduct efficient research, where should one start in reviewing the accounting literature in search of a solution to a problem?

2. How can the promulgation of an accounting standard impact economic behavior? Discuss a specific example.

3. Distinguish between primary authoritative support and secondary authoritative support. EXERCISES

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 4 Discussion

Key Search Terms (graded)

Your company has determined that they have made an error in the financial statements. What questions would you ask to determine the key search terms for your research? This section lists options that can be used to view responses.

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 4 Homework Assignment

Access the IASB and IFRS Foundation website (.ifrs.org/”>www.ifrs.org). Click on the “Standards Development” tab and then “Work Plan for IFRSs.” In 2–3 pages (12-point, double spaced), describe three projects in the Work Plan.

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ACCT 540 DeVry Week 4 Course Project

Case 3

You have been hired as a consultant for ABC Investment Group. ABC incorporated in 1999 and manages investment portfolios for small to medium size companies. The Director of the company is not up to speed on how unrealized gains and losses as well as realized gains and losses on bonds should be accounted for. The Director has been told that under certain conditions unrealized gains and losses can be accounted for in the income statement and accounted for as part of other comprehensive income under other conditions. The Director is also unclear as to how to determine whether a security is impaired and how to determine the amount that is required to be written down. You have been asked to look into these issues and determine the proper accounting treatment for bonds.

Milestones Points
Week 4 Gather data from multiple sources and present that data in one to two pages (12-point font, double-spaced). Be sure to document your sources. 25

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 4 On Site Activity Point

Gathering Data

1. Access the IASB Web site (.iasb.org/”>www.iasb.org) and list three of its active projects.

2. Access the SEC Web site (.sec.gov/”>www.sec.gov), click International Affairs, International Enforcement Assistance, and list the four types of enforcement cases.

3. Access the AICPA IFRS resource page (.ifrs.com/”>www.IFRS.com). What are two featured IFRS news items?

4. Access the IOSCO Web site (.iosco.org/”>www.IOSCO.org), click the About IOSCO section, and list the working committees.

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 5 Discussion

Codification (graded) Refer to FASB 162 (the hierarchy of accounting information). Why is this hierarchy important, and how can it be applied to conducting research?

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 5 Homework Assignment

Read Appendix A, Sample Brief Memorandum, which starts on page 189 of our textbook. In 2–3 pages (12-point font, double spaced), critique the memorandum based on what we’ve learned so far in the course. For example, does the memorandum use the SEC’s plain English concepts and cite authoritative sources?

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ACCT 540 DeVry Week 5 Course Project

Case 3

You have been hired as a consultant for ABC Investment Group. ABC incorporated in 1999 and manages investment portfolios for small to medium size companies. The Director of the company is not up to speed on how unrealized gains and losses as well as realized gains and losses on bonds should be accounted for. The Director has been told that under certain conditions unrealized gains and losses can be accounted for in the income statement and accounted for as part of other comprehensive income under other conditions. The Director is also unclear as to how to determine whether a security is impaired and how to determine the amount that is required to be written down. You have been asked to look into these issues and determine the proper accounting treatment for bonds.

Milestones Points
Week 5 Organize and interpret the findings of your research in one to two pages (12-point font, double-spaced). 25

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 5 On Site Activity Point

Organizing Your Research and Additional Research Tools

Week Five Class Activity

1.What are the advantages of S&P’s Net Advantage?

2.When would one use Mergent Online?

3.What does the Thomson Research database cover?

4.When would one use the Factiva database

5.What insight is offered by the Business and Company Resource database?

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 6 Discussion

Tax Research (graded)

You are a CPA in practice at a local CPA firm doing individual taxes. A client comes into your office and says that she has her own business but doesn’t want to report all of her income. Considering your risk, the risk to your client, and ethical considerations, what should you tell her? Remember to include research on the subject! This section lists options that can be used to view responses.

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 6 Homework Assignment

Go to the AICPA’s Website (.aicpa.org/”>www.aicpa.org). Under the “Research” tab, click on “Standards.” On the Standards page, click the “Code of Professional Conduct” link. Click the on the .aicpa.org/codeofconduct/Ethics.aspx?_ga=1.150892402.574418716.1423696489″ title=”AICPA

New Code of Conduct”>Revised Online Code of Professional Conduct link then expand the topic by clicking the .equella.ecollege.com/file/ab234493-ea7f-4cef-9813-8a17d9e51445/1/w6assignment.png”> icon. Click on the blue link .aicpa.org/codeofconduct/Ethics.aspx?_ga=1.117485005.574418716.1423696489″>Code of Professional Conduct. Search for rules 1.700.001 (formerly 301.01) and 1.510.001 (formerly 302.01). Summarize each of these rules in 2–3 pages (12-point, double spaced) and give an example of when a contingent fee would be permitted and another example of when a contingent fee would not be permitted under this rule. Please give different examples than the ones in the rule!

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ACCT 540 DeVry Week 6 Course Project

Case 3

You have been hired as a consultant for ABC Investment Group. ABC incorporated in 1999 and manages investment portfolios for small to medium size companies. The Director of the company is not up to speed on how unrealized gains and losses as well as realized gains and losses on bonds should be accounted for. The Director has been told that under certain conditions unrealized gains and losses can be accounted for in the income statement and accounted for as part of other comprehensive income under other conditions. The Director is also unclear as to how to determine whether a security is impaired and how to determine the amount that is required to be written down. You have been asked to look into these issues and determine the proper accounting treatment for bonds.

Milestones Points
Week 6 Develop your recommendations and conclusions and state them and their rationale in one to two pages (12-point font, double-spaced). 25

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 6 On Site Activity Point

Tax and Auditing Research, Recommendations, and Conclusions

Explain the difference between tax evasion, tax avoidance, and abusive tax avoidance.

2.Identify tax research goals.

3.Identify and explain the basic steps of the tax research process.

4.Discuss the challenges in tax research.

5.Distinguish between tax compliance and tax planning.

6.Identify the differences between a Treasury Regulation and a Revenue Ruling.

7. Explain the meaning of the term precedent for tax research.

8. What does it mean when the IRS announces a nonacquiescence?

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 7 Discussion

Ethical Considerations (graded)

Consider your course project and what you have learned in this class. When preparing conclusions, why are ethical considerations important? What about when preparing recommendations?

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 7 Homework Assignment

Access the “Litigation” section of the SEC’s website at .sec.gov/litigation.shtml”>www.sec.gov/litigation.shtml. Click on “Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Releases.” Click on “AAER-3234″ filed January 20, 2011. Read the release and the related SEC Complaint. Summarize the release and complaint in 2-3 pages (12-point, double spaced).

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ACCT 540 DeVry Week 7 Course Project

Case 3

You have been hired as a consultant for ABC Investment Group. ABC incorporated in 1999 and manages investment portfolios for small to medium size companies. The Director of the company is not up to speed on how unrealized gains and losses as well as realized gains and losses on bonds should be accounted for. The Director has been told that under certain conditions unrealized gains and losses can be accounted for in the income statement and accounted for as part of other comprehensive income under other conditions. The Director is also unclear as to how to determine whether a security is impaired and how to determine the amount that is required to be written down. You have been asked to look into these issues and determine the proper accounting treatment for bonds.

Milestones Points
Week 7 Using the guidelines above, prepare a comprehensive research memorandum on the case that you chose. 250

ACCT 540 DeVry Week 7 On Site Activity Point

Communicating Your Research

1. Explain two ways to collect evidence.

2. How are keywords used to evaluate and collect evidence?