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Talking with NASBA CEO David Costello
Counted among the most influential in the accounting profession, David Costello CPA will soon retire from his position as President and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Since taking the helm at NASBA in 1994, David has built the organization into a strong voice for boards of accountancy across the nation.
During a recent visit to Detroit, David Costello shared some thoughts with Leaders’ Edge.

MACPA Task Force Plays Vital Role in Michigan Reinvention
In a very early response to the election of Michigan’s first CPA Governor, Rick Snyder, and his call for significant reforms, the Michigan Association of CPAs launched the MACPA Involvement in Michigan’s Turnaround Task Force. Leveraging the unique expertise and extensive knowledge of Michigan’s CPA profession, this new Task Force is effectively facilitating the involvement of Association members in the efforts of the Governor, the Legislature, and other organizations to restore Michigan to a state of fiscal stability and economic viability.

IRS – Getting More Serious About Using QuickBooks Files in Small Business Audits
Most small businesses in the United States have entered the electronic age—especially when it comes to using QuickBooks, Peachtree and other accounting software. No one is more aware of this trend than the Internal Revenue Service and its auditors. This article explores the IRS’ legal authority and long-standing use of electronic records in audits and takes a closer look into the practices of the IRS and CPAs in requesting, providing and using electronic files.

Navigator of the Profession - Tom Lesnau
In 1978, the Detroit Lions went 7-9 under head coach Monte Clark. Defensive end Al “Bubba” Baker registered 32 sacks – a team record that still stands today. It’s also the year that Tom Lesnau started his tenure with the Detroit Lions organization, beginning a career that would span more than three decades.

Michigan CPAs Are Knee-Deep in Michigan’s Turnaround Effort
At a press conference today, Governor Rick Snyder, CPA revealed another layer of new initiatives to help Michigan’s economy get back on track. These latest efforts, through the Pure Michigan Business Connect program, provide a unique forum for members of the MACPA to lend their specialized skills to contribute to the Governor’s turnaround effort by helping new and emerging businesses.

Putting it to the Test: Deducting Reasonable Compensation
MACPA Members Give Back: Stories of CPAs Making a Difference in their Communities
Top Ten iPad Apps

Time to Renew: CPA Licenses & PTIN
Legislative Update
Ethics: IRS Tax Audits, Accounting Software and Client Confidentiality

State of “Emergency" - Avoiding Emergency Financial Manager is the Focus of Local Government Summit
Tax Assistance Programs: Use Your Expertise to Make a Difference this Winter
In Memoriam