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E-news: May 15, 2018 - Form W-8BEN Scam Resurfaces, Help Define Tax Reform, MAF Awards 2018 Scholarships, and more

by MICPA | May 15, 2018   ()

Help Define Tax Reform – 20 Questions for CPAs
As clients and businesses turn to you for guidance related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the MICPA -- powered by 18,000O+ members statewide -- would like to be your primary resource for information, tools and education, as well as a voice for the accounting profession. Your input on this brief survey will help us better understand and deliver the tools and resources you need from your association. 
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Form W-8BEN Scam Resurfaces: Crooks Impersonate IRS to Get Banking and Other Information
Tax professionals should be aware of a new twist on an old scam aimed at international taxpayers and non-resident aliens. Criminals use a fake IRS Form W-8BEN to solicit detailed personal identification and bank account information from victims.
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MAF Awards 2018 Scholarships
Thanks to the profession’s generous support of the Michigan Accountancy Foundation, Fifth/Graduate Year Scholarships were awarded recently to a dozen top-notch candidates from colleges throughout the state. The scholarships help students complete the education requirements to become a Michigan CPA. Since the program began, $1,240,000 has been given in scholarships to 361 students. Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

  • Marissa Alfano – Michigan State University
  • Andrew Besselsen – Grand Valley State University
  • Bethany Brown – Adrian College
  • Sarah Fioritto – University of Detroit Mercy
  • Jeffrey Frederick – Wayne State University
  • Paige Gagnon – University of Michigan
  • Sarah Gidell – Wayne State University
  • Elexis Grimes – Michigan State University
  • Brian Holland – Western Michigan University
  • Rachel Jankowiak – Michigan State University
  • Hong Le – Walsh College
  • Olivia Van Dyken – Calvin College

New Limited-Time MICPA+ Discount for Online Payment Solution
Provide a seamless client experience and get paid faster through a safe and secure online payment system created specifically for CPAs. Get a $50 credit toward your processing fees when you sign up for CPACharge by May 31.
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CPAs as CFO: Meeting Client Needs, Managing the Risks
When a client approaches a CPA about handling temporary CFOs services, should a CPA say yes? The role can definitely mean more revenue – but it puts the CPA in a precarious position. Find out what you need to know before taking on a temporary CFO role with a client
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How to Control Google's Tracking of Your Web Activity
Google has launched a webpage that makes it easier to control what the company logs about your online activity. The move is part of Google's response to EU privacy regulations. CNBC gives you step-by-step instructions.
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6 Hidden Gems in Office 365
Microsoft offers several new and useful features in Office 365, including an improved calendar function and the ability to edit PDFs in Word. Learn how to use these new features in Financial Management.
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Fewer Americans Are Delaying Major Life Events Because of Money Worries: AICPA Survey
A new AICPA survey found that the number of American adults that have postponed at least one important life decision in the last year for financial reasons has fallen to 35 percent.
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Source: MICPA
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