The Practitioners Conference is designed to help CPAs maintain their status as trusted advisors by equipping them to serve their clients better. The conference features a diverse range of topics including technology, tax/accounting updates, late stage planning, and veterans benefits.

Maryland Association of CPAs
Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
Accounting & Auditing
CPE Field of Study
Computer Software & Applications
Who Should Attend
All CPAs, but focused toward the small, sole or solo practitioner and his/her specific needs.
Martin’s West
6817 Dogwood Rd
Woodlawn, MD 21244 US
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Oct 25, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Martin’s West
6817 Dogwood Rd
Woodlawn, MD 21244 US
Total CPE Credits


Day 1

7:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am
Welcome to the Day
8:10 am
Accounting and Auditing Update

Speaker: Gary Bulmash, CPA

What’s going on at the FASB? Recently issued topics and major previously issued updates that become effective very soon, for example leases and revenue recognition, are reviewed. What’s going on at the AICPA? This includes a brief discussion of recent auditing standards and SSARS.

9:00 am
Networking Break
9:10 am
Tax Update October 2017 to September 2018

Speaker: David De Jong, Esq.

The program will focus on leading federal tax developments of the past 12 months with time divided between the major provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and other legislation, regulations, cases and rulings affecting businesses and individuals. It will also include an analysis of the effect of South Dakota v Wayfair in which the US Supreme Court ruled that larger retailers who penetrate a state market only through internet sales can be forced to collect that state’s sales tax.

10:00 am
Networking Break
10:10 am
Planning for Veterans Benefits - What Advisors Need to Know to Be a Resource to Their Clients

Speaker: Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M.

In this interactive workshop, Elville and Associates’ Principal Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M., will thoroughly educate advisors about veterans benefits planning for their clients — including the VA Aid and Attendance Pension and how it benefits qualified veterans and their spouses, asset preservation in veterans benefits planning, and how veterans benefits serves as a key planning tool for estate planning and Medicaid.

11:00 am
Networking Break
11:10 am
The C.P.A.’s Guide to Financial Aid Planning

Speaker: Seth Hammer, CPA – Towson University

This session will provide CPA’s with up-to-date guidance for helping clients navigate the financial aid system, including strategies for reducing the after-tax costs of college funding. The program will address the methodologies used for determining a family’s expected financial contribution under both the FAFSA and CSS structures.

12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Tax Planning for 199A

Speaker: Mark Schweighofer, Esq. – Stein Sperling

The new deduction under Code Section 199A fundamentally changed the tax landscape for businesses and business owners.  The rules surrounding the new deduction are extremely complex.  While the recently issued proposed regulations brought much needed clarity, open questions remain.  Mark’s presentation will provide an overview of the new regime and highlight practical solutions advisors should consider in assisting clients under the new law.

1:50 pm
Networking Break
2:00 pm
IRS Collections & Resolutions.

Speaker: Juda Gabaie, Esq.

The presentation will focus on different aspects of IRS collections efforts including unfiled returns for individuals and businesses. Furthermore it will discuss potential liabilities accountants can face when preparing back taxes. It will also include exploring various IRS resolutions.

2:50 pm
Networking Break
3:00 pm
Cloud Security

Speaker: Byron Patrick, CPA – Network Alliance

Cyber Security is no longer an optional conversation as it related to organizational operations. However, the threat landscape is evolving with new threats and new twists on old threats every day. In this session we will discuss an end users perspective on what can be done to protect you and your firm from the latest cyber security threats.

3:50 pm
Networking Break
4:00 am
Economic Update

Dr. Daraius Irani – Towson University

The presentation will explore the national, regional and state economic trends impacting Maryland’s economy.  From these trends, an economic forecast for the state of Maryland will be presented.



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