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IRS Eases Investment Rules for 529 College Savings Plans

July 13th, 2018 Comments off

Saving for college is always difficult and is even more so during the current economic downturn. One of the most popular college savings plans are so called “529 plans.” The IRS recently announced that participants in 529 plans will be able to change their investments more often in 2009 than in past years. The IRS will allow a change in investment strategy twice in 2009. This is good news for 529 plan participants, especially those who may otherwise be locked into a mix of investments that has turned out to be more speculative than initially contemplated.

Tax-Free Distribution Options A 529 plan, a type of qualified tuition program, allowed taxpayers to contribute to an account established for paying a student’s educational expenses. Eligible educational expenses may include the costs of tuition, books, and fees at eligible institutions, such as colleges, vocational schools, and other ostsecondary institutions.

Contributions to 529 plans are not tax-deductible. However, earnings are tax-free, and distributions used to pay the beneficiary’s qualified education xpenses are tax-free.

Be aware that A 529 plan should not be confused with a Coverdell Educational Savings Account (Coverdell ESA). A Coverdell ESA is also a savings account for education expenses that offers tax-free distributions. The funds saved in a Coverdell ESA can be used for elementary and secondary school expenses as well as college costs.

Investment Decision For the most part, participants in 529 plans must select only from among broadbased investment strategies designed exclusively by the program. The IRS has also traditionally permitted a change in investment strategy only once a year.

In response to the economic slowdown and the turmoil in the financial markets, the IRS will allow investments in a 529 plan to be changed during 2009 on a more frequent basis. A 529 plan will not violate the investment restriction if it permits a change in the investment strategy twice in calendar year 2009, as well as upon a change in the designated beneficiary of the account.

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The Uniform CPA Examination

March 26th, 2014 Comments off

The Uniform CPA Examination is offered through a partnership of these three organizations in a joint effort to maintain high licensing standards:

* AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) handles the development and the scoring of the exam; * NASBA (The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) organizes the National Candidate Database and sends the scores to the jurisdictions to be given to those who took the exam; and * Prometric delivers the computer-based test at its 300+ U.S. authorized test centers.

The CPA Exam is the national exam which is 1/3 of the “Three Es” required to be licensed as a CPA: Education, Examination, and Experience. Therefore, passing the exam by itself is not enough to meet the requirements of being a licensed CPA.

You qualify to sit for the CPA Exam by meeting the requirements of one of the 55 jurisdictions granting the CPA license. These 55 U.S. jurisdictions are the 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Northern Marianas Islands are not offering the exam yet.

Through the NASBA website, http://www.nasba.org/nasbaweb.nsf/exam, you can research a list of each jurisdiction’s requirements.

Currently, the CPA Exam is provided for the jurisdictions/state boards of accountancy which offer the exam to their candidates. Since the CPA Exam is uniform, the same test is offered in Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine, which means that each candidate is held to the same high standards.

Each Board of Accountancy has the ultimate licensing authority for that jurisdiction/state.

At present, the exam is NOT given outside the U.S. or its territories.

The CPA Exam is only offered in English.

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The International Uniform Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination

March 26th, 2014 Comments off

IQEX is an acronym for the International Uniform Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination and is sometimes referred to as The U.S. CPA Reciprocity Exam.

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) offers the IQEX to qualified international candidates each fall. If you are an internationally trained accountant, you may wish to sit for the IQEX exam and seek a reciprocal CPA designation, since the CPA is globally the most recognized accounting designation.

IQEX is designed to evaluate a canadates professional competence as delineated by the U.S. International Qualifications Appraisal Board. The board will evaluate your education, examination scores, and experience to determine if you meet requirements which are substantially equivalent to United States CPAs. The IQEX exam will test you on your knowledge of U.S. business law, professional standards, and U.S. taxation codes.

In a later article is a list of the international designations eligible for reciprocity. If you do not hold one of those, you can still apply through one of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions, pass the CPA exam, and become a CPA. IQEX

What is Reciprocity?

“Reciprocity,” a term commonly used by professional and occupational licensing bodies in many countries, means mutual professional recognition. Two independent bodies guarantee each other’s members certain commercial or professional privileges.

Reciprocity can be either absolute or conditional. Absolute reciprocity exists when two license-granting bodies enter into bilateral agreements recognizing each other’s licenses in total, without requiring applicants from either jurisdiction to take additional tests or prove requirements have been met.

In conditional reciprocity, two license-granting bodies recognize each other’s licenses only if some mutually agreed-on additional education, experience or examination requirements are satisfied. Internationally, reciprocity would recognize the license of a duly certified professional accountant from one county who seeks to practice in another.

Eligibility for the Test:

Detailed information about IQEX eligibility requirements and IQEX application materials are available from NASBA.

Eligibility International candidates are eligible to qualify as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) as long as they meet Board of Accountancy eligibility requirements in one of 54 U.S jurisdictions – the 50 states, District of Columbia , Puerto Rico , U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. (The 55th jurisdiction, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands , is not yet ready to accept CPA applicants.) International candidates must be prepared to take the Uniform CPA Examination in one of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions. (It is not offered anywhere else.) They must also be able to take the CPA Examination in English. (It is not available in any other language.) Qualifying through a board of accountancy is the ONLY route to the CPA designation. There is NO central professional body in the U.S. through which candidates may qualify as CPAs. Application: The application process is basically the same for U.S. and international candidates alike. Prospective candidates must select the U.S. jurisdiction to which they will apply, contact the Board of Accountancy (or its agent) in that jurisdiction to obtain application materials, submit completed applications and required fees as instructed, and once deemed qualified, schedule the examination. Any special requirements that international applicants must meet (such as arranging for an evaluation of their educational credentials by an agency approved by the board) are explained in accountancy board application instructions. Prospective candidates who are undecided about the jurisdiction to which they should apply may wish to review the requirements of several Boards of Accountancy before making their decisions. Contact information for all boards is available at NASBA.

Applying for the Test: Applying for IQEX (International Uniform Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination) Reciprocity with: IQEX designed to facilitate the U.S. CPA qualification process for those accounting professionals from other countries whose professional bodies have entered into reciprocity agreements with the U.S. accounting profession. Such agreements are currently in effect with the following organizations:

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Instituto Mexicano De Contadores Publicos (IMCP) Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI) Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) CPA Australia

You must apply no later than the end of July. The test may be taken at your convenience in September at a Prometric Center in Canada (most major cities) or the U.S. Upon passing, you will be eligible to join one of 42 State Boards as a CPA. It doesn’t matter when you received your Canadian designation. There is virtually no testing of Accounting or Auditing. 80% of the material covers the basics of U.S. Tax, Law and CPA Ethics. As long as you are an original Canadian CA and a member in good standing of a Provincial Institute, your application will be accepted automatically, although it may take some time before you receive your Notice to Schedule. We strongly recommend that you start your studies as soon as possible to avoid the need to cram. Reasons to become a CPA 1. You may be living in the U.S. or may decide to move to the U.S. or to another jurisdiction where the CPA is more readily recognized than a CA. 2. You may have clients that are U.S. parents or subsidiaries of Canadian firms. 3. You may be employed, or decide to become employed by a U.S.-based entity (or a Canadian subsidiary) even if you don’t relocate. Canadian History: Before 2009, IQEX was offered in October and November. Many CAs attended summer preparation courses to become acquainted with the required material. With the change to a September testing period, the window for “live” courses has shrunk dramatically. In many cases, previous courses offered too much information, because they were designed for both IQEX and the full 4- paper Uniform CPA exam that non-CAs must take. Now, our course developer Henry Zimmer has prepared a Comprehensive IQEX Self-Study Program that covers everything a Canadian CA needs to learn to successfully write the exam. All registrants will receive study notes written in an easy-to-follow conversational style that emphasize the most likely topics for examination. You will also receive a textbook which forms the basic core of Mr. Zimmer’s notes and also contains over a thousand sample multiple choice questions with detailed solutions. Many of these questions are from old exams and the questions tend to be repeated from year-to-year. You will not need to refer to the text except to study those questions recommended in your notes. How to Apply You should access the NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website and review the material on IQEX. Our study materials include a summary of the major points. However, before you register with CPA-NOW, there are a few things you must know. 1. You may print a copy of the IQEX application form from the NASBA website and complete it manually. The fee to write IQEX is $845 U.S. payable by money order only and is to be mailed with your application. 2. You must obtain a Letter of Good Standing from your Provincial Institute. NASBA must receive it before you are granted permission to schedule your examination. To be eligible to write IQEX, your CICA experience requirement must have been completed. However, we have been informed verbally that NASBA will take a lenient position with regards to “new” CAs. You may request permission to write as long as you have passed the UFE and expect to have completed your term of service, with membership in your Provincial Institute granted before the grade release date in December. Contact NASBA by telephone or email to make these special arrangements. 3. The application deadline is the end of July although it is subject to change. The earlier you apply (and your Letter of Good Standing is submitted) the greater your chances are of securing the testing date you desire. Testing is administered at Prometric Centers in Canada and the U.S. A list of testing locations can be found at Prometric’s website. Effective 2009, the examination is offered in September. Please be aware that each Prometric Center has a limited number of computers and they administer many different kinds of tests (eg. LSAT, MCAT etc.) simultaneously. The Test Itself: IQEX is a four-and-a-half hour examination. T The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the U.S. offers Canadian CAs a multiple-choice International Qualifying Examination (IQEX) consisting of 150 questions, all taken from previous Uniform CPA examinations. The IQEX Content Specifications Outline (CSO) listing examination topics is available from the AICPA. Click here to access. Review the Content Specification Outlines (CSOs) CSOs are definitions of the scope of examination sections. To prevent unwelcome surprises on the day of the examination, learn what subject matter comprises every section. Review the CSOs before you begin to study for the examination. Click here to view the CSOs (in effect until December 31, 2010). The new Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) are available here (effective date: January 1, 2011).

IQEX Syllabus & Grading Subject Area Percentage of Exam Approximate Number of Questions Business Law 20% 30 Ethics 15% 23 Federal Taxation 43% 64 Recent Regulatory Issues 5% 7 Business Structure 10% 15 Miscellaneous Accounting Issues 2% 3 Accounting and Reporting for Governmental Entities and Non-Profit Organizations 5% 8 100% 150 Study Time Obviously, your study time will be dependent on whether you have prior knowledge of Business Law and/or U.S. Taxation. (Please note that IQEX only requires an entry-level knowledge of U.S. taxation matters. Accordingly, the CPA-NOW course is not designed to provide the expertise needed to handle “real-life” client situations. See FAQs for more details.) Assuming you have no prior knowledge about any of the topics in the IQEX Syllabus the following is an estimate of average time requirements after an initial run-through of the material: Subject Area Total Hours Business Law 20 Ethics 4 Federal Taxation 26 Recent Regulatory Issues 3 Business Structure 3 Miscellaneous Accounting Issues 2 Accounting and Reporting for Governmental Entities and Non-Profit Organizations 12* 70 * Based on past experience, Governmental Accounting is an area with which most Canadian CAs are unfamiliar. You may decide to reduce your time budget on this topic since you can expect it to comprise no more than 3% of IQEX. Instead, you may decide to devote an extra 6-8 hours to Business Law and/or Federal Taxation. (By way of contrast, you will find the Non-Profit issues very easy to grasp.)

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University Love Connection Changes Its Slogan To Meet The New Generation Demands Of Online College Dating ” University Of Love “

December 8th, 2013 Comments off

(1888PressRelease) UniversityLoveConnection.com Tops Match.com & Eharmony & Online Booty Call Websites With Its University Of Love Concept Of College Dating At Each College.

UniversityLoveConnection.com just released its new slogan public for record via this press, in Las Vegas today.

UniversityLoveConnection.com Director of Social Marketing Hila S, just announced ULC’s new slogan will be ” University Of Love “.

This gives us a new sexy college appeal, for connecting college singles that want to find campus love and enjoy dating via their own campus, unlike match.com, which offers distance dating.

College students stated to us, that Match.com ( Former Love @ AOL ) is not college friendly, where singles meet within 20-80 miles away, which is a incovienence to college singles on a budget” Daniel S, MBA student at UNLV stated.

“Eharmony, is not our competition, as they seek the singles 35-70+ years old stated Michael Rotkin Founder of UniversityLoveConnection.com, the popular hip college dating website.

We even look at other competitors such as Facebook.com and see our model is perfect and we wiill not change it for college dating, such as Facebook.com did.

UniversityLoveConnection.com was remodeled with similar technology and usability roughly, as Myspace which ( NWSA ) owns and Facebook offers to their users”, stated Nesh B, ULC’s Director of Coding & Software.

These fast dating and speed dating sites are not for college students and can be unsafe. “We do not have a ” Booty Call ” type website, as we offer a safe dating environment, endorsing singles to meet on campus” stated Michael Rotkin

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Government Student Loans – Applying and Getting Qualified

September 7th, 2012 Comments off

Federal government student loans tend to be the initial loan option that lots of students consider when looking for money to continue their educational program. Most students will naturally look for the so called “free money” that is provided in the form of scholarships, grants or bursaries or even through businesses which will partially cover a student to obtain a degree in return for a commitment of future employment for a contract term.

These government student loans can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Examples of such loans are Perkins and Stafford, also there are loans for parents known as Plus loans. If you qualify for a subsidized loan, you will not have any interest added to your loan. Therefore, if your loan amount is $15 000 this will be the amount you pay after you graduate.

Interest is added to unsubsidized student loans. This interest is added while the student is in school, therefore he or she may choose to pay the interest during school in order to lower the loan amount. Someone qualifies for subsidized loans based on their income and their present financial status.

It is very easy to apply for a government student loan and these applications can be done at your home on your personal computer. The first thing to do is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By answering some simple questions you can determine if you are an eligible candidate

The application process will inform you of what’s needed to continue. You may need parental consent based on your age and also you will be given a set of worksheets which will allow you to figure out the amount of money you are likely to receive from the government student loans.

You will need to print out the completed forms and then then return them as quickly as possible to the address provided. A PIN will be created for you to use with any document that you submit. This will act as your signature.

The application is simple, all you need to do is enter the required information, then after verifying to ensure all the information is accurate, you will then save and submit.

Once the FAFSA has gone through procession, a Student Aid Report or SAR will be available in your name. This in report is made available to you online and can be accessed by you, using the PIN number you were provided. Whichever schools you have listed on the form will also have an electrical copy of the report. Any corrections you need to make can be made by using the PIN provided.

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