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Recap: 2015 Gem State Business and Accounting Conference

Over 200 members of the business community attended the 2nd Annual Gem State Business and Accounting Conference held on December 18th at Boise State University. The conference focus was to bring in top national, regional, and local speakers to discuss current and de­veloping business, ethics, organization management, and accounting issues that professionals are facing. The event pro­vided those in attendance the opportunity to earn 8 hours of CPE credit. The conference featured special speakers including Mark Taylor, Chair and Professor of Accountancy, from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Mark Miskinis from Deloitte’s National Office, Jeff Kummer from Deloitte, and Douglas Park from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. The conference was generously spon­sored by Deloitte and all event proceeds benefitted the Beta Alpha Psi Endowed Scholarship Fund. More details about the event are available online at https://cobe.boisestate.edu/accountancy/business-accounting-conf/

3rd ANNUAL TAX CONFERENCE

"Gem State Tax Symposium" with blue and orange borderThe 3rd Annual Gem State Tax Symposium will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016!

The 2016 tax symposium, presented by the Boise State University Accountancy department, has something for every tax professional, regardless of practice area. Whether you work in individual tax, corporate tax, partnership tax, the tax-exempt sector, state and local tax, or international tax, you’ll find timely topics of interest. This year the breakout sessions are designated as Basic, Advanced or Special Topics in order to better serve the needs of tax professionals at all levels of experience. Symposium speakers will discuss topics such as tax controversies, identity theft, private foundations, and state and local tax issues. Over 100 professionals attended in 2015, in­cluding CPAs, attorneys, graduate stu­dents, and other interested professionals.

The Gem State Tax Symposium is held in the Micron Economics and Business Build­ing. This year CPAs can earn up to 9 CPE credits and lawyers can earn up to 7.5 CLE credits (pending approval). Dr. John Mitchell, former Chief Economist for US Bancorp and past Boise State economics professor will present an economic update focusing on negative interest rate policies. Top national, regional and local speakers will discuss current tax issues, law changes and policy issues. In addition to great speakers and good food, you will have the opportunity to mingle with accounting faculty, meet current students, and catch up with other professionals. The price is affordable – only $225. Save the date and take advantage of a top conference close to home. To learn more and to register, please visit https://cobe.boisestate.edu/accountancy/ tax-symposium/

 

Advisory Council Profile – John Berg

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John Berg grew up in Meridian, Idaho and graduated from Meridian High School in 1979. He went on to earn his BBA in Accounting from Boise State University in May of 1983. While in college, he worked for Atkinson Mirror & Glass where he learned a lot about business from sweeping floors to working with contractors. He joined the local CPA firm of Ripley Doorn and Company in June of 1983 and has been with the firm for 32 years. He became a principal in 1993 and was recently named executive principal for the firm of three offices and over 40 staff.

John is a past president of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as chairman of its Government Affairs committee. John also serves on the board of the West Ada Education Foundation and Pine Acres Youth Camp, as well as being active in the Meridian Optimist Club, the Optimist Youth Football program and Legacy Church. He is a member of both the Bronco Athletic Association and the Alumni Association. John has three children – two Boise State alums and one current Boise State student.

His favorite part of his accounting career is the relationships that he has built with his clients. Working with closely held businesses and providing a variety of tax planning services has provided him with unique experiences and a great deal of satisfaction. His clients rely on him as a trusted advisor.

John currently serves on the Accounting Advisory Council, the Gem State Tax Symposium committee and was a guest speaker in the Lessons from Alumni series. He fondly remembers his days in the old Business building and the lessons learned from Mike Merz and John Medlin. He encourages students to find practical work experience to enhance their education and identify networking relationships that will pay dividends for many years.

Free Help Filing your 2015 Tax Returns

Need help preparing your 2015 federal and state tax returns? The Boise State accounting students will help you for free!

If you make $60,000 or less annually, then head down to the Boise Public Library (Main Branch) on the following dates/times to receive help with your tax returns:

Wednesdays from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.:

  • February 3* – April 13, 2016**

Please bring the following items to receive help:

  • original social security cards
  • income forms (W-2s, 1099s)
  • other income or expense documentation
  • proof of identification
  • voided check (for direct deposit)

For more information, please contact Kathy Hurley (Department of Accountancy) at kathyhurley@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-1217.

* On February 3rd help will only be available from 12:30-2:30 p.m.                                                                  ** ** The site will be closed on March 23rd

Free Help Filing your 2014 Tax Returns

Need help preparing your 2014 federal and state tax returns? The Boise State accounting students will help you for free!

If you make $60,000 or less annually, then head down to the Boise Public Library (Main Branch) on the following dates/times to receive help with your tax returns:

Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.:

  • February 5 – March 21, 2015
  • April 1 – April 15, 2015

Please bring the following items to receive help:

  • original social security cards
  • income forms (W-2s, 1099s)
  • other income or expense documentation
  • proof of identification
  • voided check (for direct deposit)

For more information, please contact Kathy Hurley (Department of Accountancy) at kathyhurley@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-1217.

 

Student Spotlight: Sabrina McEnaney

Sabrina McEnaneySabrina McEnaney is a senior majoring in accounting and finance. She is also the vice president of membership for Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the accounting fraternity on campus. In August, McEnaney traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in a BAP national conference competition, Project Run With It. Applicants were required to write an essay describing what they want to get out of the competition. Only 72 students were accepted out of over 1500 applications. The 72 competitors were assigned to a team of four.

Each team was presented with a business issue, not specific to accounting, from a local nonprofit. Teams had less than 48 hours to determine the problem, develop a solution, make a formal business proposal and present it to the judges.

A month before the competition, to prepare for the event, students were given a brief description of the nonprofit’s current situation . McEnaney took the initiative to do as much research about the organization as possible. She looked into the nonprofits competitors and the current market situation for what they were trying to achieve.

Within the 48 hours of the competition, McEnaney’s team analyzed the nonprofit organization’s needs, did a full competitor and market analysis, analyzed their budget, performed a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threat (SWOT) analysis, developed a marketing strategy, forecasted demand for the product, developed a marketing strategy and performed a price analysis for the product.

Sabrina and team on Run With It ProjectMcEnaney’s team won first place and teams solution for the nonprofit is going to be implemented.  The Boise State University Beta Alpha Psi chapter received $1,000. This is the second consecutive year that Boise State had a member on the winning team.

When asked about her experience with this competition, McEnaney replied, “The case competition was by far the most challenging, yet most rewarding project I have ever been a part of. The biggest lesson I learned from the competition was that people skills are the most important part of any project or work experience. You can take four people with dominant leadership personalities from diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the country or the world, with each one having a very different opinion of what the best solution would be, and there is bound to be some tension; however, when you all strive to reach the same goal and are able to work together despite all these differences, the results can be absolutely amazing and help so many others in the community. That is what I will remember most about this experience.”

About being involved with BAP, McEnaney said, “Beta Alpha Psi has helped me grow and develop myself in ways I could never have imagined, both personally and professionally. The organization has so much support from the community and so many resources they are willing to share with its members and other students. I simply took advantage of the opportunities the organization provides and chose to extend those opportunities and more to other members by becoming an officer. The officer team has been phenomenal in the past year and they have all come up with so many great ideas to improve the chapter and to give back to the community as a whole. It has been remarkable being part of such a giving student organization.”

COBE Alumni, David Cooper, Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors those with outstanding professional and personal accomplishments within their chosen profession.

David M. Cooper ’71

David M. CooperDavid Cooper has spent his career building successful businesses – his own and those of his clients.

After earning his Boise State bachelor’s degree in accountancy, he founded one of the most respected and successful regional accounting firms in Idaho, Cooper Norman. And today, he operates a consulting practice, which helps family-owned businesses transition leadership from one generation to the next and helps business founders establish succession plans.

David believes in giving back to the community and has been an active and very supportive alumnus of Boise State. Most recently, he served as treasurer of the College of Business and Economics’ Advisory Council. He also served on the steering committee for the university’s successful $185 million Destination Distinction capital campaign and has served on the Department of Accountancy’s Advisory Board. Through the years, he and his wife, Patricia have generously supported the College of Business and Economics, the Bronco Athletic Association and the Boise State Alumni Association.

Following his passion for affordable housing, David has also served as a Commissioner and as Board Chairman of the Idaho Housing and Finance Association.

Avid Bronco fans, his entire family has season tickets to all home football and basketball games.

Professor Paul Bahnson and Professor Paul Miller recognized with a 2014 Bronze Azbee Award

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Paul Bahnson, professor of accounting, Boise State University and Paul Miller, professor of accounting, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, were recently recognized by the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) with a 2014 Bronze ‘Azbee’ Award for column writing in business periodicals in the New York region. Their regular column, The Spirit of Accounting, has been featured in Accounting Today since 1999.

ASBPE’s competition recognizes the hard work and commitment of business-to-business and professional magazine, newsletter, and Web editors and designers. Such an award is a most prestigious acknowledgement that their work has met high standards of excellence and is at the top of your profession. The contest is extremely competitive, and one of the largest US-business publication competitions. Our judges are experienced business editors, designers, consultants and academicians.

College of Business and Economics is proud of the hard work and continued dedication of Professor Paul Bahnson.

Denise English and Diane Schooley-Pettis Published an Article in The CPA Journal

Denise English, professor of accountancy and Diane Schooley-Pettis, associate dean and professor of finance co-authored, “The Evolution of Sustainability Reporting: Utilizing the GRI’s Latest Guidelines and Looking to Integrated Reporting.” The article is published in The CPA Journal, Vol. 85, No. 3 (March 2014) pp. 26-35. The CPA Journal is a technical-refereed publication aimed at practitioners, educators, regulators and other financial professionals.

Accounting Students Offer Free Tax Return Prep

Need help preparing your 2013 federal and state tax returns? The Boise State accounting students will help you for free!

If you make $58,000 or less annually, then head down to the Boise Public Library (Main Branch) on the following dates/times to receive help with your tax returns:

2:00 – 4:00 p.m:

  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 2

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.:

  • February 12, 19, 26
  • March 12, 19, 26
  • April 9

Please bring the following items to receive help: original social security cards, income forms (W-2s, 1099s) and other income or expense documentation, proof of identification and a voided check (for direct deposit).

For more information, please contact Kathy Hurley (Department of Accountancy) at kathyhurley@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-1217.