The WSCPA Lunchtime Learning CPE Series is a new membership benefit that allows WSCPA members to earn up to 16 hours of CPE. The CPE is delivered in the form of convenient, one-hour webinars on a variety of topics. Each webinar will be held at noon on a Friday, so grab your lunch, plug in your headphones and tune in for a relaxing review of the topic du jour. Best of all, these webinars are completely free for WSCPA members.

See below for the Lunchtime Learning 2017–2018 season topics and instructors.

Questions? We have answers.

Next Lunchtime Learning: April 27

Key International Tax Issues

April 27, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Moses Man

Moses Man will discuss the fundamentals of outbound taxation, including controlled corporations and subpart F. He will also discuss changes to the international tax laws under the proposed tax legislatures.

Full 2017–2018 Lunchtime Learning CPE Season

ERISA/Retirement Plans for Small Employers

Sep. 8, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Gary Gray

Gary Gray, a benefits advisor with the Department of Labor, will introduce the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration along with an overview of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and how it affects retirement planning. He will provide an overview of retirement plan options for small businesses.

Employee Benefits—What to Expect in 2018

Sep. 22, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Liliana Salazar

Please join us to learn about the laws impacting employers and their group health plans in 2018. Liliana Salazar, chief compliance officer for HUB International's western region, will explain a variety of employee benefit topics including:

  • Latest developments on the ACA repeal efforts and what they mean to you and your business
  • Employer pay or play
  • Exchanges and premium subsidies
  • Medicaid expansion
  • ACA taxes
  • New tax provisions impacting employee benefits
  • Single-payer programs—state developments affecting group health plans

Accounting in the Future: Changing Markets, Innovative Technologies, and Evolving Services

Oct. 6, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Lindsay Patterson

How are changes in the business marketplace creating new opportunities for CPAs? What are the implications of up-and-coming technologies? This session provides of an overview of how such trends are impacting the accounting profession, and how CPAs can stay ahead of these changes.

Discussion on FASB Project Related to Revenue Recognition of Grants and Contracts by Not-For-Profit Entities

Oct. 19, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Andrew Prather

The FASB is working on a project to help NFP accountants determine revenue recognition criteria and timing for various types of funding. This project will have a significant impact on the NFP community and seeks to improve and clarify existing guidance on the topic. We will explore the current status of the project and how it might affect your NFP organization.

The Risky Business of Fraud

Nov. 3, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Pete Miller

Learn about the latest trends in occupational fraud behavior, how successful organizations assess fraud risks,and how you can prevent or stop fraud from happening at your organization. Pete will provide a summary of the recently released 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Pete will provide a summary of the most recent trends, intermingled with some contextual cases of his own. In addition, in the business of fraud everything comes down to risk. Pete will provide an overview of a fraud prevention plan which will serve as a guide in addressing risks of fraud at any company.

Marijuana Update

Nov. 17, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Greg White

Cannabis is a high-growth business sector. Get the federal tax basics for the developing area and find out what the “buzz” is all about. Join us for an entertaining introduction to this highly-specialized area in tax.

Washington Tax Developments

Dec. 1, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Mark Hugh

Faced with intense pressure to raise billions of new dollars for education starting in 2017, the 2017 Legislature increased and then reallocated the property taxes of every resident of the state, assessed sales taxes on Internet sellers, terminated tax breaks, and created more new tax breaks. There are now only two camps in the property tax increase, winners and losers, and as 2018 property tax bills start to arrive, the 2018 Legislature will be forced to address a rebellion over property taxes.

Eldercare Practice

Dec. 15, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Rajiv Nagaich

With recent healthcare changes impacting Medicaid, more middle class American’s will find it difficult to protect their assets. Join to learn how Medicaid works, how it impacts middle class Americans and how the new health laws impact the program.

You’ve Been Hacked … Now What??

Jan. 12, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Randy Werner

Cyber-security issues continue to ramp up and cause CPAs a great deal of concern. Security tools to protect against cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated, but so are the attackers. After taking this Lunchtime Learning webinar, you will possess a greater awareness of data security risks and cyber security best practices.

This high-level presentation will cover topics such as:

  • Common data security risks, threats and breaches
  • Cyber security best practices
  • Recommended policies and proceduresWar stories from CAMICO’s claims files

What's Old, What's New, and What's Still to Come in the Changing World of Federal Income Tax

Jan. 26, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Mary Marino

An update on important changes to the federal tax laws that will impact the 2017 filing season and beyond.

Conquering Office Chaos!

Feb. 2, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Linda Deppa

Do you struggle with piles of paper on your desk and you’re not sure what to do with them? Are those piles like Superman’s kryptonite? Does your inbox continue to grow out of control? This webinar is designed to offer you the steps necessary to take control of your office instead of your office controlling you each time you enter. We will discuss ways to manage paper, email, and incoming tasks facing us each day. I will identify the steps it will take to cut the “F.A.T.” out of your papers. We will also discuss steps you can take to manage email. Come join me February 2nd, 2018 to learn more about conquering your office chaos.

Managing Human Resource Issues

Feb. 16, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Connor Haffey

Are you responsible for human resources at your organization? It can be overwhelming to keep track of the many HR issues that you need to address to serve your employer and your employees. During this session, Paychex's Connor Haffey will discuss the various human resource issues affecting today’s employers.

IFRS Update

March 9, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Marinilka Kimbro

Ready to go global? Join Dr. Marinilka Kimbro for an overview and an update of the International Financial Reporting Standards.

Key International Tax Issues

April 27, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Moses Man

Moses Man will discuss the fundamentals of outbound taxation, including controlled corporations and subpart F. He will also discuss changes to the international tax laws under the proposed tax legislatures.

Professional Issues Update

May 4, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Kimberly Scott

Have you ever wondered how up to date you are on issues affecting the profession? Kimberly Scott, WSCPA CEO, will bring you up to speed as she discusses the issues that affect CPAs.

Advanced Leadership for Purposeful Change

May 18, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Taught by Steve Swafford

Advanced leadership development has greater results when an individual creates an action plan for changed behavior. A best practice to ensure this behavior change to have a strategy in place that establishes a personal leadership plan based on a context for the changed behavior to evolve. Using the five dynamic characteristics (e.g. inspire, challenge, enable, model, and encourage) from the recently-released and updated best-selling 6th edition of the Leadership Challenge participants will explore key elements of stakeholder perceptions and behavioral catalysts/barriers when coaching others on this same process in the workplace.

Lunchtime Learning Frequently Asked Questions

How long is online registration open?

Online registration for Lunchtime Learning webinars closes two hours prior to the start of the specific webinar. Please call the WSCPA directly if you need to register after 10 a.m. on the day of a Lunchtime Learning webinar.

When and how will I receive log in information for the webinar?

The WSCPA Education Department will email you log in instructions the morning of the webinar. This information will be sent to the email the WSCPA has on file for you. If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your junk folder. If you still cannot find it, please call the WSCPA at 425-644-4800.

Will I be able to log in late?

No. Lunchtime Learning webinars begin promptly at noon. Please log in to the session at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to ensure that you are able to connect.

How do I receive my CPE for the Lunchtime Learning webinar?

Two different letters will appear on the screen during the presentation. In order to verify your attendance, and earn your CPE, write those letters down and enter them, along with your first and last name, into the prompt that will appear after the presentation is complete. Please make sure you receive the submission confirmation message before logging out. We must have this verification in order to issue a certificate of attendance.

What if I want to watch the webinar in a group?

If you are attending a Lunchtime Learning as a group, be sure that all members of the group are registered by 10:00 AM on the day of the event.

An additional form of verification is required to award CPE to those attendees not directly signed in via the webinar viewing platform. For your group, produce a scan of a document with:

  1. The name and date of the Lunchtime Learning webinar
  2. The two verification letters that appear during the webinar
  3. Printed names of those who attended with accompanying signatures

For your convenience, the WSCPA has prepared a printable sign-in sheet (PDF, 15 kB). Send a scan of the completed sign-in sheet to cpe@wscpa.org.

Is there anything else I should know?

Your CPE certificate will be available to download from the WSCPA website within five business days of the Lunchtime Learning webinar. We will send you an email to let you know when it is available.

For auditing purposes, your attendance may be monitored.

Still looking for the answer to your question? Check out our full CPE policies page.

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