Welcome to the Online Continuing Professional Education for Certified Public Accountants
offered through Santa Clara University, in conjunction with the Accounting CPE Network.

What's the ACPEN Difference?

The ACPEN Difference

The Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) is a joint project of state CPA Societies and other affilliated organizations who have a common goal: improving the quality and accessibility of distance learning opportunities available to their members.

Others' Technology

Webinar technology has, for some time, been a common offering of many participating ACPEN associations. Combining powerpoint slides delivered via the internet with audio of the instructor, either by telephone or internet, the webinar format allows for the delivery of educational content in a convenient, but visually limited fashion.

ACPEN's Technology

The ACPEN network is founded on the use of streaming video content over the internet that provides the participant with live, full motion video of the presenter, high quality audio, along with coordinated powerpoint slides. The ACPEN platform, provided by Business Professionals' Network and its technology partner, BizVision, also allows the end user to fully participate in the webcast by downloading written materials, emailing questions to presenters in real time, making notes in the viewer "notes" area, and emailing those notes to themselves for later use.

ACPEN's Production Values

ACPEN programming features enhanced production values and formats appropriate to the video medium. Presenters interact with each other as well as you, the ACPEN participant. This delivers an educational experience that is engaging, interesting, as well as professionally rewarding.

It is this unique combination of valuable information delivered using interactive live, video and audio internet technology that define The ACPEN Difference.



The Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) CPE network, sponsored by State CPA Societies in many states, is dedicated to bringing, highly relevant, interactive, world-class CPE to every CPA in the most convenient and economical ways possible. Founded by four state societies in 1997, ACPEN is now a consortium of nearly 40 state societies.

Since 1998, ACPEN has been owned and managed by Business Professionals' Network, a firm that is responsible for the development of CPE content, management of the network, and that ensures that the satellite and internet technology is and stays at the cutting edge, for the benefit of state societies and their member CPAs. More information about ACPEN course offerings can be found below.

Since 1997, ACPEN programs have covered all of the most important subjects for accounting, tax and financial professionals. This year, you can join the thousands of CPAs across the country who have a reserved seat to one of the most fascinating ways to earn CPE credits available anywhere! In addition to CPE content developed by BPN, increasingly, state societies are taking advantage of webcast technology, adding their content and speakers to the ACPEN offerings.

More information about ACPEN CPE products and technology, can be found in the ACPEN Products section.


ACPEN Signature Series: Small Business Entity Tax Forms Workshop

Length: 8 Hours

Note: Business Professionals' Network, Inc has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an approved Continuing Education provider. If you are a Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) and wish to receive continuing education for this course, please use the form found in the course materials. Please submit this form within five (5) business days of the completion of the course.

Tax reporting for small businesses continues to be among the most complex areas of CPA tax practice and among the most lucrative.  The recent national elections promise the possibility of major changes---or perhaps not. The impending “fiscal cliff” will have been averted—or perhaps not. By the course date our panel of experts will be able to translate events into actions that you can take to better serve your small business clients.

In this practice-oriented course, our panel will review the latest forms and instructions for IRS Form 1040 Series, including Schedules C, E and SE. In addition, you will receive a thorough review and update on corporate tax forms 1120 and related schedules. An increasingly important area of small business activity is organized under Subchapter S. Special attention will be paid to Forms 2553, 1120-S, Schedule M-2, and Form 8825, Rental Real Estate Income and Expenses of a Partnership or an S Corporation. Form 1065, covering Partnership income will also be addressed, along with relevant schedules. One of the most important small businesses with unique tax issues is the farm. Schedule F or Form 1040 deals with Profit and Loss from Farming. Our panel will update you on how to complete this form and address the complicated issues related to them. 

Finally, the panel will address the unique and emerging issues and serious pitfalls related to Foreign Reporting. In our increasingly global economy many small businesses are involved in foreign business activities. The following issues and forms will be addressed:

Foreign Entity Classification

1040-NR and 1040-ES (NR)

5471-Foreign Corporations

8865-Foreign Partnerships

8858-Foreign Disregarded Entities                    

FBARs (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) (Form TD F 90-22.1)

The new Form 8938, for specifying financial interests in foreign assets.

Reporting ownership in foreign entities including trusts.

FIRPTA withholding under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980

Withholding on fixed and determinable income (FDAP)  

Withholding on effectively connected income and the related forms (Forms 8804. 8805, 8813, 1042, 1042-S)

Faculty Interaction! With ACPEN courses, you may send questions to the panel in advance at Pre-CourseQuestions@ACPEN.com, and remember, participants can submit questions to the panel during the course and for two days after every ACPEN course, providing unparalleled faculty access!

This video is part of ACPEN Signature Complete Series
This video is part of Tax Basic Bundle

CPE Credits: 8

Field of Study 1: Taxes (8 hours)

Program Level (Basic, Update, Intermediate, Advanced, Overview): Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Course Registration Requirements: Online Registration

Designed For: Tax Practitioners

Course Developer: Business Professionals' Network, Inc.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Please contact the ACPEN help desk - 1-800-747-1719 or help@acpen.com if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer.

Complaint Resolution Policy: Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints. anne.taylor@acpen.com, (972-377-8199).

Official Registry Statement: Business Professionals' Network, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org

Produced By:



  • Mary C. Danylak, CPA
    • Mary C. Danylak CPA is a senior technical editor of PPC products for the Tax & Accounting Division of Thomson Reuters. She is a contributing editor for PPC’s 1120 Deskbook, PPC’s Tax Planning Guide Closely Held Corporations, PPC’s Guide to Buying or Selling a Business and PPC’s Guide to Buy/Sell Agreements. Ms. Danylak has more than 20 years of tax practice experience. Prior to joining PPC, Mary was Director of Taxes and managed the in-house tax function for a publicly held real estate investment trust. Her background also includes 11 years with national accounting firms and six years with closely held companies. Her experience in both public accounting and industry has allowed her to acquire technical and practical experience in a variety of tax areas including corporate, partnership, and REITs.
  • C. Clinton Davis, CPA, JD
    • C. Clinton Davis, CPA, JD, is a partner in the Dallas, Texas law firm of Krage & Janvey, LLP.  He is a frequent presenter at continuing education programs for both accountants and lawyers, including not-for-profit organizations, partnership and real estate planning. He is the author of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) courses, Fundamentals of LLC and Partnership Taxation, and Tax Planning for Real Estate and Small Business.  Clint is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He represents numerous pass-through and charitable entities. Clint has served as program chair or presenter on several ACPEN programs in the areas of tax, not-for profit and business entities.

  • Craig Headlee, CPA
    • Craig Headlee, CPA, Sole Proprietor of the firm Craig W. Headlee, CPA since 1993. His firm provides accounting services for several closely held businesses in the Dallas area whose annual revenues range between $ 1,000,000 - $ 10,000,000. He prepares approximately 280 tax returns each year, which includes corporate, partnership, individual and trust clients. Tax planning and consulting services are also offered by Craig’s firm. Most business clients consist of service businesses, including law firms, sales representative firms and custom manufacturing. His prior related experience includes over seven years working in the income tax software development and processing industry as a Senior Tax Accountant. He has been a CPA since 1986.
  • Dan Snyder, JD, CPA
    • Dan Snyder JD, CPA, is a principal in the firm of Dan Snyder & Associates, Inc., in Gainesville, Texas. Prior to this, he was the Manager of International Tax for Weaver, LLP, in Fort Worth, Texas. Dan has more than 30 years of tax and legal experience with 25 years in international tax, including corporate and individual issues. His practice emphasizes global restructuring and refinancing strategies; cross-border transactional planning and management; strategic re-sourcing of income and expenses; maximizing export tax incentives; expatriate income, gift and estate tax planning; and IRS audit controversy services . In addition, previously, Dan was the Chairman of the International Tax Committee of a global accounting firm. Among his professional memberships, Dan is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) and of the Chartered Institute of Taxation
  • Leslie Haines, CPA
    • Leslie Haines, CPA, specializes in real estate and partnership taxation, and also serves businesses and high net-worth individuals involved in a variety of industries and professions. Leslie’s practice is located in Dallas, Texas. Leslie has over 10 years experience in public accounting. She has significant tax planning and compliance experience for affiliated groups and business owners, pass-through and disregarded entities, complex partnership tax matters, accounting methods and tax research and planning for acquisitions and divestitures, troubled debt workouts and other financing transactions. Prior to this, she was a Senior Quality Assurance Analyst at Lacerte/Intuit Software, In addition, Leslie served as a Tax Senior at Kenneth Levanthal/Ernst & Young and before this at Arthur Anderson.
  • Rick Christiansen, CPA, Principal, LarsonAllen, LLP
    • Rick Christiansen, CPA, is a principal in the accounting firm of LarsonAllen, LLP. He specializes in the firm's tax group with expertise in the agribusiness industry and over 30 years experience in public accounting. Most of those years were with the Biebl Ranweiler firm, in New Ulm, Minnesota, well known for its leadership in ag taxation. Rick has taught continuing education classes to CPAs and spoken at national agribusiness conferences on farm taxation issues. He is a contributing author for the Farm Tax Network. Rick has also authored PPC's Guide to Starting or Expanding a Business, and contributed to several tax publications for the American Institute of CPAs and Practitioner’s Publishing Company.

Course Materials

  • IRS PTIN Credit Request Form 2012
  • Important CPE Credit Information_2012
  • ACPEN_Signature-Small_Business_Entity_Tax_Forms
  • CM-Table of Contents-Final
  • CM-Late-Christiansen
  • IRS Credit Request Form

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