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Einhorn receives Institute's highest award for tax  
February 2013

Alan R. Einhorn, CPA, received the 2012 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the highest award given by the accounting profession in the area of taxation.

The annual award, given by the AICPA Tax Division, honors Arthur J. Dixon, a CPA known for his outstanding record of service to the tax profession and the AICPA Tax Division. The award was presented at the division’s fall meeting in Washington by Edward S. Karl, CPA, vice president–Taxation for the AICPA.

Einhorn is the chief quality officer for Deloitte Tax LLP and works in many areas including ethics and professional standards, taxpayer and preparer responsibilities, and tax quality assurance. He also frequently represents the firm in regulatory and legislative tax matters.

Einhorn is the vice chairman of the board for Deloitte Tax LLP and is a member of the firm’s operating committee.

In his 25 years of volunteer service for the AICPA, he has chaired the AICPA Tax Forms Committee, Circular 230 Education Task Force, Preparer Penalty Task Force, and the Tax Executive Committee, and has served as a member of several other task forces and committees. He currently chairs the Relations with the Bar Committee.


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Former AICPA chairwoman named deputy president of IFAC board  
February 2013

Olivia Kirtley, CPA, CGMA, a member of the AICPA governing Council and former chairwoman of the Institute’s board of directors, was named deputy president of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), a global organization dedicated to strengthening the accounting profession.

Kirtley is the first woman to be elected IFAC’s deputy president. She succeeds Warren Allen, who was appointed IFAC president, and she will serve a two-year term.

Kirtley became a member of the IFAC board in 2007, following a stint on the independent IFAC Task Force on Rebuilding Public Confidence in Financial Reporting from 2002 to 2003.

As deputy president of the board, Kirtley, a business consultant on strategic and corporate governance issues, will chair IFAC’s planning and finance committee, which works directly with IFAC staff to develop the organization’s strategic plan. She also heads the board’s constitution review working group and serves on the nominating committee and the regulatory liaison group.

“Olivia’s election as IFAC’s deputy president is important for the business community and the profession,” AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon said in an AICPA news release. “Her perspective as former chairman of the AICPA, a former CFO, and presently as board member of several companies makes her uniquely qualified for this critical international leadership role for the profession.”

In 1998, Kirtley became the first woman to be elected to chair the AICPA board of directors. From 2000 to 2003, she headed the AICPA Board of Examiners, which oversees the content and structure of the uniform CPA examination.

During her tenure, the board of examiners converted the CPA exam from a pencil-and-paper format to a digital format. In 2003, the AICPA awarded her the Gold Medal for exemplary leadership and service to the accountancy profession.


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JofA iPad app recognized for editorial excellence  
February 2013

The Journal of Accountancy News App for iPad was a winner in Folio: magazine’s 2012 Eddie & Ozzie Awards, the largest competition in magazine publishing. The JofA’s app, which launched in June 2012, received a silver Eddie award, which recognizes editorial excellence, in the Best App, B-to-B category.

The app features news from the JofA, AICPA feeds, and CPA Letter Daily; the latest issue of the JofA; videos; an article search function; and a library to store and easily download past issues. The app was developed by the JofA and CPA2Biz Inc., the technology subsidiary of the AICPA.

The app is free and available only to AICPA members. To find out more and download the app, visit journalofaccountancy.com/Web/iPad.htm.


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Organizations fighting U.S. debt get support of AICPA board  
February 2013

A continuing devotion to fiscal responsibility has led to a resolution by the AICPA board of directors supporting two nonpartisan organizations devoted to combating the U.S. federal debt.

In the resolution, the AICPA expresses support for the Campaign to Fix the Debt and the Comeback America Initiative, which express concern over the federal debt’s impact on the nation’s long-term fiscal health. The resolution is available at tinyurl.com/d2rbsqz.

The AICPA, which believes the U.S. government should operate on a sustainable budget and address its current debt crisis, will encourage state CPA societies to consider getting involved in the efforts and promoting fiscal responsibility, according to the resolution, which the board adopted on Nov. 9.

In addition, the resolution says, the AICPA will continue to seek ways to advocate for reduced complexity for American businesses and individuals.

The resolution reinforces a message the AICPA already has been sending. Greg Anton, the 2011–12 chairman of the AICPA board of directors, described the debt the United States has accumulated and the consequences it could have for the future of the nation in a video, “What’s at Stake,” which is available at tinyurl.com/b4hmave.


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