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Introduction To Business Valuations

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  • Business Sales Vs Asset Sales
    2 mins
  • Economic Damages for Individuals
    13 mins
  • Business Valuation Designations
    23 mins
  • Reasons for Performing a Valuation Engagement
    38 mins
  • Elements of a Business Valuation
    60 mins
  • Common Valuation Errors
    87 mins

Course Description

This online continuing education course is designed to be an introductory course on business valuations.

Valuation is a process that involves defining the fair market value of an entity. Valuations are required in many situations, including business reorganizations, shareholder disputes, employee stock or share option plans, mergers and acquisitions, and expropriations to name a few. Most professionals see valuations as a central basis of proper decision-making for organizations, both in the present and in the future. Even though it is not possible to predict the future, for businesses to survive, they need to prepare for uncertainty.

In this online CPE course, Participants will be exposed to various business valuations and methodologies. We will discuss why business valuations are performed and the importance of maintaining standards so that the valuation opinion can be presented in a court of law. This CPE webinar is appropriate for CPAs, CIAs, CMAs, and anyone who is interested in business valuations.

This Online CPE webinar covers the following Key Topics: 

  • Valuation Engagements.
  • Economic Damages.
  • Major Organizations.
  • Business Valuation Designations.
  • Professional Standards.
  • Consulting versus Testifying Experts.
  • Reasons for Performing a Valuation Engagement.
  • Revenue Rulings.
  • Standards and Premise of Value.
  • Elements of a Business Valuation.
  • Basic Analysis of a Business Valuation.
  • Common Valuation Approaches.
  • Asset, Income, and Market Approach of Valuation.
  • Levels of Value.
  • Premiums and Discounts.
  • Conclusion of Value.
  • Valuation Report.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify the reasons for performing a valuation engagement and the various valuation approaches.
  • To recognize the standards guide in preparing a business valuation.
  • To recognize the reasons for performing a business valuation.
  • To identify the requirements to obtain the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) designation from the AICPA.
  • To differentiate IRS Revenue Rulings containing guidelines for valuing preferred stock.
  • To identify standards of the value set by state statute.
  • To differentiate valuation approaches and how they apply.
  • To describe types of engagements.
  • To recognize the three standards of value for business valuation.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting and audit managers/practitioners
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounting Practice Owners
  • Auditors
  • Bookkeepers & Accountants & Tax Preparers
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Valuation Analysts
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Young CPA