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    December 30, 2014 NINJA CPA Review

    Featured: How to Study for the CPA Exam During Busy Season

    another71Jeff worked two tax seasons before he escaped through the emergency exit door and then got lost and couldn’t find the building again.

    It starts out so quiet, so innocent.

    It’s Monday January 6th and you settle into your chair. Tax season eh?

    Maybe this year won’t be so bad after all.

    But you’re wrong.

    It’s worse.

    January … then February … then March … 6 days a week … and then 7 days a week …

    … and then finally 8 days a week as it crescendos into a three-hole-punched-sign-here-sticker-zombie-utopia where you’re willing to slam day-old Folgers just to stay awake.

    Every Day is the Same.

    Every Day Sucks.

    At least you’re getting overtime.

    But wait – there’s more.

    You wanted to start the year off with a bang, so you back in December, you scheduled Financial Accounting and Reporting for April 21.

    No Rest for the Weary.

    How to Study for the CPA Exam 20 Hours a Week During Busy Season.

    To fit it in work, family/friends, sanity, and studying 20 hours a week, you’re going to have to plan.

    Plan or Die.

    The first thing you need is the NINJA CPA Exam Study Planner (Just click the link and I’ll send it to you right away).


    From there, follow the ELL (Early Lunch Late) Plan.

    The plan is simple.

    The sacrifice is not.

    Most people will not implement it, but the payoff is huge if your family (and your sanity) suffers less from you being missing in action because of it.

    How it works:


    Get up 1.5 hours earlier than normal. If you are already getting up at 4, don?t shake your head in disgust. This plan isn?t for you. For those who normally get up at 6 or 6:30am, start getting up at 4:30 or 5. Stumble to the coffee pot (which you loaded the night before) and hit the ?go? button.

    While the coffee is brewing, go take a quick shower and wake up. Head back to the coffee, grab a cup and sit down at your computer and books (which you also set up the night before).

    Study for an hour.

    Notice that checking your e-mail, Facebook, sports sites, or news was nowhere in this sequence.

    Did you really sacrifice an hour and a half of sleep to check celebrity gossip? No you didn?t.

    Don?t even fire up the Internet browser. Not even once.


    Say “no” to the co-workers heading down the street to grab lunch and talk about how dumb their boss is for an hour. While that sounds fun, you?re here to study so that instead of hanging out with people that you otherwise wouldn?t outside of work, you can spend more time with loved ones.

    You take your lunch to your desk (which you also packed the night before). Start eating and hit “play” on your CPA Review course.

    Your legal pad and pen will get food smears on it while you take notes, as will your mouse, but who cares. Same rule applies as the morning: no e-mail or Internet.

    Study for an hour.

    If your boss frowns on one-hour lunch breaks, consider asking for permission because you are trying to study. Unless there are pressing deadlines or they are just a jerk, they will likely have no problem with it.


    This is where it will differ greatly based on your home situation. If you are single with no children, married with no children, or married with children but your spouse is at home, then this could possibly work for you.

    If none of these apply to you and you need to get home after work, then you will need to defer your study time until later in the evening from 9-11pm.


    At 7pm – or as soon as culturally-permitted in the workplace during Tax Season, either start studying at your desk or bolt the office and head to a coffee shop or library.

    Study 2 hours.

    Do this four days a week, staying late 2 of those days.

    Take Friday night off.

    Sample schedule:

    Monday: ELL – 4 hours (Study late @ work)
    Tuesday: EL – 2 hours
    Wednesday: ELL (Study late @ work) – 4 hours
    Thursday: EL – 2 hours
    Friday: EL – 2hours
    Saturday: None
    Sunday: All Day – 6 hours

    Total: 20 hours

    If your family is feeling left in the dark from you studying all of the time mark this schedule on the calendar and let everyone know your plans.

    When you study – study.

    When you?re with your family, leave the laptop and study books put away.

    If you’re reading this and shaking your head because you struggle just to find 5 hours to sleep and eat during busy season, then this plan isn’t for you and you probably shouldn’t study for the CPA Exam during this time.

    I realize that this isn’t a perfect system that will fit everyone’s schedule exactly, but if you want to make a “go” of it during Tax Season, then hopefully this will give you some sort of game plan to follow.

    Adjust accordingly to your life circumstances.

    To Your Success,

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    February 09, 2014 The Best of...

    2015 CPA Exam Score Release Timeline: Q1 & Q2


    The AICPA has released the CPA Exam Score Release Timeline for the January/February and April/May 2015 Testing Windows.

    January/February Testing Window:
    February 4
    February 24
    March 10
    March 18

    April/May 2015 Testing Window:
    May 5
    May 27
    June 9
    June 18

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    January 02, 2015 CPA Exam Scores & Results

    2014 CPA Exam Pass Rates Released; Q4 Takes a Plunge

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    The AICPA has released the Q4 2014 CPA Exam Pass Rates.

    The Q4 Pass Rates are bad relative to the rest of 2014.

    AUD 2014
    Q1: 47.35%
    Q2: 48.97%
    Q3: 47.41%
    Q4: 42.06%

    BEC 2014
    Q1: 53.28%
    Q2: 58.20%
    Q3: 57.90%
    Q4: 51.95%

    FAR 2014
    Q1: 44.06%
    Q2: 47.72%
    Q3: 51.14%
    Q4: 45.96%

    REG 2014
    Q1: 49.17%
    Q2: 51.69%
    Q3: 52.21%
    Q4: 44.49%

    However, Q4 is basically a push compared to previous years.

    Q4 2014: 42.06
    Q4 2013: 42.95
    Q4 2012: 44.15

    Q4 2014: 51.95
    Q4 2013: 54.44
    Q4 2012: 50.57

    Q4 2014: 45.96
    Q4 2013: 45.28
    Q4 2012: 45.53

    Q4 2014: 44.49
    Q4 2013: 46.61
    Q4 2012: 46.02

    December 24, 2014 CPA Exam Pass Rates

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    December 02, 2014 CPA Exam Survival Guide

    Now Available – NINJA Book: AUD (2015)

    NINJA Book AUD

    NINJA Book for FAR, AUD, and BEC is here. HIYA!

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    [Video + MP3] Death and Taxes (Individual Taxation)

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    VERSE 1:
    IRS, the taxes amounting
    Let’s go through cash basis accounting
    Allowed for individuals owning a business
    But corporations, they can’t get with this

    Carryovers, passive activity loss
    No carryback, no not at all
    Investment interest expense
    Is greater than investment income, yes, yea

    Installment sales
    Gross profit divided by contract price, that’s right
    Home Mortgage Interest, we doin’ it real
    Deductible on loans up to $1 mil

    Business Gifts, Schedule C
    $25 dollars per person, don’t ya see?
    Service awards up to 400 bucks
    Are deductible, yea that’s what’s up

    Death and Taxes, both unavoidable
    Death and Taxes, both unenjoyable
    You got Death, You got Taxes
    The IRS always coming after

    VERSE 2:
    Business losses are no fun
    But they only offset active business income
    Like W2, yea that’s true
    But Passive Losses, nah they don’t do it

    Conventions, personal property
    Equals mid-year divided by mid-quarter
    Honestly business start-up costs can ruin my day
    But at least I can deduct up to 5k

    Medical expense, paid on behalf of another
    Like a mother, father, or brother
    Then they don’t gotta live with you
    But if they more distant than a cousin, then yes they do

    Foreign income and real estate tax, schedule A
    They are deductible on tax day
    Investment expense doesn’t include interest expense
    So that I hope don’t forget

    VERSE 3:
    Tax audits, no statute of limitations for fraud
    Or failure to file, you did wrong
    Non-business bad debt, well
    It’s treated as short-term capital loss, STCL

    Tax refund claims
    3 years of return due date or 2 years of tax being paid
    Scholarships are not taxable if you took
    The money and used for tuition and books

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    November 26, 2014 NINJA Tunes

    [Video + MP3] Unmodified (Audit Reports)

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    Unmodified, no longer unqualified
    These standards are clarified
    Financial Statements verified
    Yea, unmodifed, I gotta say welcome to the other side

    VERSE 1:
    Audit Reports must be in writing, must be signed and
    The location, city and state, where to find ‘em
    And the Unmodified Opinion
    The title must include “Independent”

    Who, what and when, management’s responsibility
    Fair presentation of financials, you feeling me?
    Internal control, design and maintenance
    Don’t forget the implementation

    Auditor’s Responsibility, GAAS
    Audit in accordance in the US
    Plan and perform the audit
    Obtain reasonable assurance, you better be on it

    Performing procedures to obtain evidence
    About amounts and disclosures, now you gettin’ it
    The info is appropriately presented
    But the auditor wants to bring something to attention

    VERSE 2:
    The modified opinion, the financial statements
    Is when they are materially misstated
    Unable to obtain sufficient appropriate evidence
    Just listen, yea here’s the mission

    Title, introduction, you see
    Management and Auditor’s responsibility
    Basis for modified opinion, audit opinion
    Modified opinion, we winnin’

    Referencing component auditor
    If group engagement partner assumes responsibility for their work
    Additional audit procedures, let’s do it, yes
    And performing risk assessments

    If group engagement partner doesn’t assume responsibility
    Gotta reference the auditor’s work, see
    Requirements for referencing that
    It’s gotta be in accordance with PCAOB

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    November 13, 2014 NINJA Tunes

    [Video + MP3] Economic Cycles (Supply vs Demand)

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    It’s the E-C-O to the N – O – M – I- C -S
    Better do good on your test
    Supply & Demand, that’s the plan
    Economic cycles all across the land

    VERSE 1:
    Yo, let’s talk about supply curve
    When an item price increases, supply does for sure
    Positive Supply Curve Shift, shift right
    The market’s flooded with companies sellin’ all night

    Shift left for a negative supply curve shift
    Cost of producing an item increases
    If gold goes up, less gold watches are made, see
    Lower equilibrium GDP

    On the demand curve, when the price goes up
    Demand goes down, they don’t want that stuff
    If demand changes due to somethin’ other than price
    A demand shift occurs, ain’t that nice? Yea

    VERSE 2:
    Equilibrium price
    Quantity supplied = quantity demanded, yea that’s right
    Optimal production
    Marginal revenue = marginal cost, am I gettin’ through?

    When we’re talkin’ ‘bout the GDP
    Remember, that’s goods & services produced domestically
    Even a foreign company with a U.S. factory
    But a U.S. company abroad, that don’t get added on

    The consumer price index
    Gives prices relative to an earlier time, like when you chewed on Chicklets
    The GDP deflator
    Converts GDP to Real GDP, gettin’ that green, yea

    VERSE 3:
    The discount rate is the rate the bank gets
    When they borrow money from the Fed
    The prime rate, well that’s the rate that you’re gonna get
    If you’re a customer and they love you the best

    If the real interest rate is what you wanted
    Remember that’s inflation-adjusted
    The risk-free rate
    Takes into account certainty of payback on a certain date

    Currency, coins, and deposits, M1
    Highly liquid assets be M2, we havin’ fun
    A tariff is the imported goods tax
    The quota is the limit that they got you at, yea

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