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October 2019 (Issue 5)

Global Conference in

Washington, D.C.

October 31 - November 2nd.... and it's our 25th Anniversary

Industries of the Future
The New York Times bestseller, from leading innovation expert Alec Ross, a “fascinating vision” (Forbes) of what’s next for the world and how to navigate the changes the future will bring.  Ross provides a “lucid and informed guide” (Financial Times) to the changes coming in the next ten years. He examines the fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics and artificial intelligence, cybercrime and cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the impact of digital technology on money and markets.

2019 CPA Firm Trends, Technologies and Disrupters Updates

Roman Kepczyk, CPA - this presentation will focus on today’s core technology trends impacting accounting firms including cloud, collaboration, connectivity, and IT Security. Roman will discuss today’s leading production best practices including a slew of “Lean Six Sigma” opportunities identified in his consulting within accounting firms. Roman will also incorporate the latest CPAFMA IT and Paperless Benchmark survey results so firms can see how they stack up and identify specific opportunities for improvement. This presentation also discusses key disrupters having a significant impact on the accounting profession.

Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning tools in Accounting

Michael Fraunces is the President and former General Counsel of Md7, LLC, a wireless services company focused on network lease negotiation, lease administration and site acquisition services. Mike has had extensive expertise in network leasing and has drafted and negotiated thousands
of leases on behalf of the major wireless carriers. Most recently, he has focused his efforts on investigating, testing and implementing artificialintelligence/machine learning solutions to the lease abstract, audit and administration functions of wireless leases.

Update on Tax Policy

Dean Zerbe is National Managing Director for alliantgroup and is based out of alliantgroup’s Washington, D.C. office. In this role, Dean is responsible for, among other things, monitoring tax-related legislative activity in Washington to help keep our clients and staff informed and help direct alliantgroup’s service offerings to ensure we are meeting client needs.

Prior to joining alliantgroup in February, 2008, Dean was Senior Counsel and Tax Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he worked closely with then Chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on tax legislation. During his time on the Finance Committee, Dean was intimately involved with almost every major piece of tax legislation that was signed into law – including the 2001 and 2003 tax reconciliation bills (representing two of the largest tax cuts in the nation’s history); the JOBS bill in 2004 (corporate tax reform); and the Pension Protection Act.


A great way to educate your staff and stay connected to the most recent updates in the Accounting world.  This is a benefit of Integra membership available at no cost, and CPE certificates are issued for most events.  
All past webinar recordings can be easily found on the Integra website - under Conferences.

Audit & Accounting Committee Meetings

October 22The new nonprofit accounting standards went into effect in 2018, and we are now auditing our nonprofit clients who adopted this new guidance.   We will plan to do an update/progress report on what we are seeing in our 2018 audits regarding these changes.  Please come ready to talk about issues you’ve encountered with this year’s audits of your nonprofit clients.
Presented by Bill Sims - Salmon Sims Thomas, Dallas, TX
Email Laurie Daschuk to register - 8am PST/ 11am EST/ 4pm UK/ 5pm Central Europe

Webinars with Patrick McCormick, JD at Culhane Meadows PLLC

International Tax for the Growing Business - November 14
International Tax for Multinational Individuals - December 5th

Email Laurie Daschuk to register - 8am PST/ 11am EST/ 4pm UK/ 5pm Central Europe
Check out the new Doing Business in the Netherlands Guide - from London & Van Holland - our member firm in Amsterdam.

All Integra firms are invited to share a Doing Business Guide - it will be posted on our website as well.


Integra Member Firm Wagemann + Partner in Berlin, Germany had a visit from Grant Gilmour of Gilmour Group, Vancouver, Canada. Pictured here Steffi, Grant, Matthias and Katarzyna. 

Trinidad Remezal and the team from DA Lawyers in Madrid participated in a race organized by the Down Madrid Foundation. Looks like a fantastic morning !!!

In August 2019 our Integra members Francesc Bellavista (Barcelona, Spain), Dimitris Fokianos (Athens, Greece) and alumni and former New Member Manager Joan Lliteras (Barcelona) met on the the Greek island of Patmos, wearing their red Integra poloshirts.   

2019 Tax Award Recipients in Rome: Doug White - Glass Jacobson Financial Group, Franz Schweiger - BF Consulting Wirtschaftsprüfungs-GmbH, Grant Gilmour - Gilmour Group Chartered Professional Accountants, Tim Cook - Wilder Coe Ltd. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations ~ Abeles and Hoffman celebrate their 40th Anniversary! Our members Ron and Stu in St. Louis are looking forward to many more years of success!

Send us your news... we love to hear from you! 
14th Cross Border Tax Workshop

On September 21st, 2019, Integra Members from 18 countries came to Rome for the 14th Cross Border Tax Workshop of Integra International. This year the focus was on BEPS Implementation into Local Law. Members came from 13 European countries and also from Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, and the USA.  We also had the pleasure to meet for the first time our new member from Luxembourg.
A special surprise was the Integra Tax Award 2019: Integra awarded three firms for their work on the "Largest International Tax Case“ (Gilmour Group, Vancouver, Canada – Wilder Coe, London, UK – Glass Jacobson, Washington DC) and one firm for the "Transfer Pricing Case of the Year“ (BF Consulting, Vienna, Austria). 

A big thank you to Franz Schweiger and Dirk Lehmann for putting together a great workshop, and our very special thanks to Titoflavio Scibetta, his wife Eleonora and his sister Valentina for this amazing and perfectly organized memorable Integra family event in the beautiful Eternal City.
Here is a link to the latest edition of our very own Audit & Accounting Alert Newsletter produced by Gerald Herter.  We also offer this publication in Spanish.


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