Footnote Magazine

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May 2019

The May Footnote is chock full of great content, including:
  • How Power Query can enhance your workflow.
  • A look at the CPA exam 'gender gap.'
  • Understanding Yellow Book Independence.

Spotlights
Updates from our members, including promotions, new hires, speaking engagements and firm news.

A good adage by which to live
Rachel D. Polson, CPA
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

The case of Slash & Byrne’s burning desire
Charles Selcer, CPA, MBA
MNCPA member Chuck Selcer shares his knowledge about ethics requirements and laws with unique humorous fictitious stories.

Business Perspective: West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
If a flood consumes your neighborhood or your sump pump fails and your home fills with water, do you have the proper insurance coverage in place to fix the damage?

Power Query provides one-stop data shopping
Thomas G. Stephens, Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA
Like any good CPA, you want to harness the tools at your disposal to maximize your value. One oft-overlooked example is Excel’s Power Query.

Business Perspective: University of Minnesota — Master in Business Taxation
The University of Minnesota’s Master of Business Taxation (MBT) program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Practice management in a smaller firm
Rita Keller
The foundation of the small firm itself is solid if the various aspects of practice management are in place, monitored and followed.

Minnesota has a CPA exam ‘gender gap’
Rodger L. Brannan, CPA (inactive)
The gender gap in public accounting is real — and it is a significant problem for the profession.

Powering your practice with predictive analytics
Madeline Pratt
Accounting firms in the United States are sitting on a valuable treasure trove of information. Few of them realize it, and even fewer of them are using it.

Practical issues related to bitcoin
Shehan Chandrasekera, CPA
In the ever-evolving world of bitcoin, blockchains and the newest and greatest technological innovations, it’s easy to feel like your head is spinning.

Independence and the Yellow Book
Charles Selcer, CPA, MBA
The CPA profession is a noble one and, in the spring of each year, we dwell upon the task known as busy season. We must always be cognizant of the place we hold in our society.

The 411 on earning 120 by 6/30
Anne Janotta Erickson, MNCPA senior business & industry marketing coordinator
Learn about important news from the Minnesota Board of Accountancy. Monthly topics include rules, CPE requirements, CPA exam information, licensing, and more.

Reading, writing and arithmetic or (the unintended consequences of missing punctuation in laws)
Geno Fragnito, MNCPA director of government relations
Find out about key issues the MNCPA is monitoring at the Capitol. Stay current on legislative news and events with stories, tips and grassroots involvement.