Issue no. 574 (30 December 2015)
  Dear members/member practices,  
  Innovative technology for financial reporting  

The seminar on 19 Jan. will cover the evolution of financial technology, how to increase the efficiency of financial reporting during month-end close and how to automate the reconciliation process with live demonstration. +

Top 10 most popular A Plus articles this year
As 2015 is drawing to a close, A Plus would like to share with you this year's favourite stories, which show our members' diverse interests, from business to technical, and from lifestyle to leadership.

Tax considerations when setting up a business or investing in U.S.

Gain a better understanding of how U.S. tax system works from the perspective of investing in the U.S. at the Taxation Faculty seminar on 18 Jan.


Preparing an ESG report that meets international and local standards

The seminars of the ESG series will talk about reporting guidelines issued by Global Reporting Initiative and HKEx, and practical skills in ESG reporting. The Cantonese session will be on 29 Jan., while English session on 26 Feb.

Cross-border commercial crime investigation under "One country, two systems"

Join the Mainland Business Interest Group seminar on 2 Feb. to learn more about the legal systems in Hong Kong and Mainland from commercial crime perspective, and legal and administrative arrangements of business crime investigations between the two places.

Subscription to Mainland accounting and tax publications

The Chinese Certified Public Accountant (中國註冊會計師) for 2016, Accounting Yearbook of China 2015 (中國會計年鑒) and China Taxation Yearbook 2015 (中國稅務年鑒) are now available for subscription. +

Join the Financial Services Interest Group cocktail reception on 28 Jan. and learn more about opportunities and market challenges in the year ahead from Paul Pong at Pegasus Fund Managers Ltd.

Don't miss the seminar on tax anti-avoidance in relation to multinational enterprises on 27 Jan. +

Last call to enrol in the seminar on 6 Jan. about investing in Mainland start-ups and enhancing investment and asset value in face of RMB volatility. +

Learn more about how near-term key changes to U.S. GAAP will impact future reporting at the seminar on 12 Jan. +

Collect your marathon runner's pack
If you have registered with the Institute as a CPA runner for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2016, please come to collect your runner's pack at the Institute office between 10-16 Jan. Please do not go to Victoria Park to collect your pack.

Swapping of interest groups
If you wish to swap your choices of interest groups in the coming year, login to MyCPA and make the changes between 1-31 Jan.

BOC HKICPA Platinum Card – 2X reward gift points
Apply for the BOC HKICPA Platinum Card now and use it to settle your payment with the Institute including annual renewal to enjoy double bonus gift points.

Sign up for the networking event co-organized with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce on 14 Jan. to learn more about tasting sake.

Last chance to enrol in the outbound golf day at Phoenix Hill Golf Club on 16 Jan. and the golf day at Kau Sai Chau Golf Club on 25 Jan.

Come join the Dance and Singing Interest Groups New Year party on 24 Jan.

Don't miss the "Singing with ukulele class" starting in January.

Invitations to comment
The Institute is seeking comments on IASB exposure draft of Applying IFRS 9 Financial Instruments with IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts (Proposed amendments to IFRS 4) and IAASB invitation to comment on Enhancing Audit Quality in the Public Interest: A Focus on Professional Skepticism, Quality Controls and Group Audits.

IFRS 4 phase two disclosures
KPMG has issued a publication to help you understand the potential impact of the forthcoming insurance standard. +

Illustrative financial statements
KPMG has published illustrative HKFRS financial statements for the year ended 31 Dec. 2015. +
Bridge training course
Enrol in the bridge training course from January to March to improve your techniques in this strategic card game. Intermediate and experienced players are both welcome.

Dance events
Sign up for the Jazz class in January to explore the fun of dancing.

Enjoy a relaxing night with CPA dance lovers at the dance dinner on 15 Jan. at 百樂會, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tennis training courses
The intermediate tennis training in February is now open for enrolment. Limited places are still available for the elementary course in January.

New discount offers
Hong Kong Dance Co. – 10% discount on tickets of Dream of the Past: Ancient Chinese Court Dances (踏歌行) showing from 26-28 Feb.

Fuji Xerox – special discounts on selected printers and toners from 1 Jan. to 31 March.


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