Currently Offered Webinars

We currently offer webinars on the following topics, and can add to this portfolio quickly. Unless otherwise stated, our webinars run 90 minutes, including 10 minutes for Q&A. Should you wish a 2-hour version of any 90 minute topic, we will gladly adjust content to meet your needs. You may reach us at 785-876-2426 or 913-526-8333 or whereismiles@juno.com to discuss details, delivery schedules, etc.

1. 1099 & W-9 Update - Complying with IRS Information Reporting

Regulatory reporting of amounts paid to independent contractors, interest & dividend earners, broker dealer transactions, etc.

Best presented in: September - January

2. Using TIN Matching to reduce your B-Notices and eliminate Proposed Penalties

A partner topic to #1 above. Errors found by the IRS in reporting on forms 1099 are "noticed up" and sent to payers two times per year in March and October. This webinar identifies best practices for avoiding problems with name and ID number errors and helps participants reduce notices from the IRS. It also identifies how to negotiate to reduce or eliminate proposed penalties for these errors.

Best presented in: April - July, October - December

3. Handling Nonresident Alien Information Reporting Using Forms 1042 and W-8

A cousin to 1. above but for reporting payments to Nonresident Aliens working in the USA as independent contractors. This webinar helps companies understand how to identify a NRA and how to work with them to obtain the necessary documentation to determine the amount of back-up withholding required on payments made to them.

4. W-2 and 941 Annual Update

It is far better to work from a tried and true plan in December/January than to waste time correcting a mess in April. Get up to speed on regulatory reporting of amounts paid to employees, including law changes to address reporting of medical insurance, HSA's, etc. The methods we share with you will help ensure matching between your quarterly forms 941 and your forms W-2/W-3. We will also review the key information every payroll professional needs to know about form W-4 before you hand one over for preparation by an employee or recruit…and what to look for when they give it back.

Best presented in: Q-4 and early January

5. Analysis of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

The new tax reform has broad implications and will have a significant impact on businesses of every size, and individuals at every income level. The $1.5 trillion legislation represents the greatest changes in tax laws seen in decades. These changes are catching millions of people by surprise, and unsure of what they need to do now.

In this webinar we explain how the new tax reform impacts businesses and individuals. We provide a clear understanding of what they should be doing now to prepare. Participants will discover:

  • How the new tax act will impact business of different sizes
  • What the tax reform means now for business expense deductions
  • Changes to losses for corporate and non-corporate taxpayers
  • Key provisions of the act that affect individuals – and how
  • Taking full advantage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2018

6. Designing and Managing (KPI) Performance Dashboards and Balanced Scorecards -

Google KPI, Performance Dashboards and Balanced Scorecards. This is a course for financial managers to help them design meaningful reporting using "right timed delivery" to the right decision makers with the right information in the best format.

7. The Basics of Sales and Use Tax Laws - See our web site for topics/issues

Sales V. Use Tax; Interstate V. Intrastate Commerce; Nexus Rules (establishes seller liability for sales tax collection reporting and remittance; Case law related to Nexus; Mail order and internet seller liability; etc.

8. Hot Issues in Determining Multi-State Sales Tax Nexus

Current issues and upcoming legislation that could change the playing field of competition for internet businesses and selling goods to customers in "other" states Discusses the nexus rules and pending changes to these rules in light of the Wayfair decision (SCOTUS 6/21/18) Drop Shipments - Minimizing the Risk of Double Sales Tax on the Three-Party Transaction. We discuss the impact of the Wayfair decision on Drop Shipment tax challenges. One of the most complicated issues for sellers to understand and comply with. Several states require the seller to register in their state and only use the exemption certificate of their state to claim resale exemption. In this webinar, we explain the different rules the states play by and how to minimize reporting while minimizing tax liability.

9. FATCA (Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act) - How to Comply with Minimal Withholding, Tax and Penalty Impact

Newer topic. The IRS and Treasury department have completed the final regulations regarding US citizens maintaining accounts (assets) in foreign countries. This webinar helps US citizens and foreign institutions understand their reporting requirements and comply with federal law to avoid massive potential penalties.

10. Travel Pay and Travel & Entertainment Reimbursements - Be FLSA Compliant, Avoid the Confusion + Vicarious Liability

Companies struggle with whether they must compensate employees for their travel time. This webinar guides the participant through the federal regulations in simple terms and diagrams to demystify the issue. Travel expense reimbursements are nearly as complicated. In addition, employers can be held liable for the acts of their employees while on duty or during the work day. We explore the cases covering this area of risk.

11. Forecasting Using Microsoft Excel's Sensitivity Tools

For financial analysts, controllers and CFOs who deal with any type of financial projections. We explore the tools available in Microsoft Excel and "add-ins" that will solve complex questions and "What if" scenarios.

12. Improving P-Card Programs: Keys to Keeping Current and Staying Compliant (Shelved)

Procurement cards have been around for several years now. Companies use them to reduce the number of miscellaneous vendor checks and to build up travel points to reduce corporate travel expense. But how do they ensure they obtain adequate documentation from card holders? How do they efficiently move these purchases through the review and approval process? How do they handle card abuse? This webinar addresses all of these issues and provides best practices for the efficient deployment and maintenance of these powerful cards.

13. Payroll Tax Compliance

This topic provides best practices guidelines for payroll tax compliance. Participants learn the processes, controls and procedures to follow and keep your tax obligations paid on a timely basis. They learn the process for setting up new hires properly. Identify the steps to ensure all workers are properly classified as either employees or independent contractors and employees are properly classified as either FLSA exempt or nonexempt. We discuss form I-9 and why it must be prepared and evaluated within 3 days of employment. They will also learn the processes for gathering withholding information from employees on Form W-4 and the substantial revisions to this form due to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. We evaluate best practices and related internal controls for processing your payrolls to ensure accurate payment of employees and computing all tax liabilities. Review Form 941 and proper filing guidelines. Finally, we review the processes for preparing and filing Forms W-2 and W-3. Participants will learn about the reconciliation process applied to the W-2's by the IRS and the Social Security Administration and how to ensure this will not be a problem for them after filing Forms W-2.

14. The Fair Labor Standards Act and Employee Vs. Independent Contractor - Know the Rules, Avoid Serious DOL & IRS Penalties

Employee V. Independent Contractor – do you know the rules? Penalties for misclassification are very expensive. Next: who must be compensated for overtime at 1.5 times their regular wage? What are the classifications of exempt workers and how does this eliminate overtime pay?

15. Complying with Garnishment Orders and Abandoned Wages Properly

Properly prioritizing garnishment payments when the employee does not earn enough to pay all claims is very complicated. Two different calculations are needed to determine how much of their pay is subject to which types of garnishments. Next, what if someone fails to cash their paycheck. We explain the rules and identify best practices for dealing with both of these issues.

16. Understanding the Controllers Job in Today's Environment (2 parts, 120 minutes each)

We explore the migration from accountant/analyst to the controller position, identifying the skills needed to succeed at this level of corporate responsibility. We also summarize many of the technical issues the controller will face and identify tools and best practices to help them succeed.

Best presented in: Any time outside of the typical financial audit period (typically-avoid Q1)

17. Moving From Controller to Chief Finance Officer (3 parts, 120 minutes each)

"The next step." We explore the migration from controller to the CFO position, identifying the key differences and the additional skills needed to succeed at this level of corporate responsibility. We also summarize many of the technical issues the CFO will face and identify tools and best practices to help them succeed.

Best presented in: Any time outside of the typical financial audit period (typically-avoid Q1)

18. How to Develop, Prepare, Analyze & Present an Outstanding Capital Expenditure Proposal

We provide and demonstrate the use of a Microsoft® Excel® Model to gather and organize the data. We will discuss model design issues, populating the model, determining the hurdle rate, developing the proper metrics for evaluation using present valuing techniques including the modified internal rate of return and discounted payback; ranking competing projects using appropriate methods.

Note: This is a 2-hour topic

19. Introduction to Payroll Law

We explain the Fair Labor Standards Act, Employee v. Independent Contractor Regulations, Family and Medical Leave Act, Affordable Care Act, Garnishment Law.

Note: This is a 2-hour topic and also offered as a full day seminar

20. How to Read and Understand an Annual Report

From the Chairman's letter to Management's Discussion of Results, to the Financial Statements and Footnotes, to the Auditor's Opinion Letter, we explain the components of the report and how to approach a full review for a clear understanding of the financial condition and results of operations of the company.

Note: This is a 90-minute topic

21. How to Analyze Financial Statements

We provide and demonstrate the use of a Microsoft ExcelTM Model to analyze the Balance Sheet and Income Statement using current statements of a publicly traded company.

Note: This is a 90-minute topic

Future Webinars

We are developing the following topics for future delivery. Please contact us for availability.

1. Using the Economic Value Added™ Metric to Enhance Shareholder Value

We will present the theory of EVA and demonstrate the mechanics of determining EVA for both public and private for profit companies. Our model includes complete details on how to develop your company's Weighted Average Cost of Capital and its Return on Invested Capital. We will identify and discuss ways to improve your company's EVA.

Note: This is a 2-hour topic

2. Complying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

We discuss the key requirements for staying in compliance with the FDCPA and discuss Best Practices.

Note: This is a 90-minute topic

3. Evaluating Your Financial and Reporting Disclosure Controls Under Sarbanes – Oxley

Discussion of the key elements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the COSO framework for evaluating internal control environments, and how to comply.

Note: This is a 2-hour topic