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.

About ACPEN

About ACPEN

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.

New in 2014!

The ACPEN Signature Series™ schedule for 2014 is now online!  These courses are the flagship CPE events of ACPEN.  Signature Series™ courses, beginning in May each year, continue monthly throughout the year.  Each showcases important and timely CPE topics, using enhanced production techniques, delivered by panels consisting of national experts, practitioners, and representatives of regulatory and standard setting bodies.   To see what courses are included in the Series this year, please click on the ACPEN Signature category below.   In addition, we have added new topics and new presenters to the ACPEN Industry Institute, ACPEN Tax Institute and the Partner Produced categories of our catalog.

Preview

Individual Viewer

The Fiscal Cliff, Tax Planning and Estate Planning Issues

Length: 2 Hours

The Fiscal Cliff, Tax Planning and Estate Planning Issues

It is 2013, are you on the cliff or a bump in the road? Join Leon as he discusses the latest issues regarding the fiscal cliff as well as tax planning opportunities that should be considered now. Also get the “state” of estates! The session is a must before you get heavy into tax season so you can be prepared for the conversation with your clients.


CPE Credits: 2

Original Recording Date: 1/25/2013

Learning Objective 1: Provides an understanding of the changes that went into effect with the signing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act and what you need to know in working with your clients this tax season.

Field of Study 1: Taxes (2 hours)

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

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Course Registration Requirements: Online Registration

Designed For: All practitioners needing the latest legislative and tax information for the 2013 tax filing season.

Course Developer: Michigan Association of CPAs

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:

Michigan Association of CPAs

Faculty

  • Leon LaBrecque, CPA, JD, CFA, CFPA
    • Managing partner and founder of LJPR, LLC, a firm managing over $300 million in assets. A true visionary who brings the experience of many different fields to the table, he has provided integrated, comprehensive financial advisory services to thousands of people for over two decades. A practicing attorney who specializes in financial planning, estate planning, business and tax planning for individual and business clients, Leon’s extensive experience includes work with Arthur Andersen, Plante & Moran, PLLC, and the University of Detroit. He is also the former Dept. Chair of Finance and Economics at Walsh College, where he created the College’s Master in Finance program. Leon is the author of 14 proprietary retirement/financial planning programs for clients including General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Lucent, States of Montana and Washington, AT&T and CalPERS, among others. He regularly appears on television and radio programs nationwide, presenting on various economic and financial topics.

Course Materials

  • Important CPE Credit Information_2012
  • The Fiscal Cliff Tax Planning and Estate Planning Issues Handout
  • WhereAreWe_FiscalCliff.2

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