2021 AICPA & CIMA Cannabis Industry Conference

Nov 8, 2021 ‐ Nov 9, 2021

With more states across the US, and countries worldwide, legalizing this controlled substance for medical and recreational use, CPA’s will have more clients investing or expanding their business into this sector and need to be prepared for the complex ever-changing requirements.

Whether you are already working in this niche or looking to expand into it, this conference offers a variety of sessions over 2 days covering key industry news and insights, including taxation in the US and Canada – an update from the IRS and specific sessions covering entity selection 280E. Gain an understanding of how to audit or build a Cannabis practice; become aware of the risks and the opportunities available in becoming a specialist in this subject.

Who will be there:

  • Cannabis industry experts
  • CPAs
  • Attorneys
  • Tax advisers
  • Peers experienced and inexperienced with the sector

The Association is dedicated to removing barriers to the accountancy profession and ensuring that all accountancy professionals and other members of the public with an interest in the profession or joining the profession, including those with disabilities, have access to the profession and the Association’s website, educational materials, products, and services. The Association is committed to making professional learning accessible to all product users. This commitment is maintained in accordance with applicable law. For additional information, please refer to the Association’s Website Accessibility Policy. As part of this commitment, this product is closed-captioned. For additional accommodation requests, please contact adaaccessibility@aicpa-cima.com and indicate the product that you are interested in (title, etc.) and the requested accommodation(s): Audio/Visual/Other. A member of our team will be in contact with you promptly to make sure we meet your needs appropriately. 

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This includes sessions from the conference: 2021 AICPA & CIMA Cannabis Industry Conference

Sessions Included:

Cost Accounting "101" for the Cannabis Niche (Nov 08, 2021 09:45 AM)

Valuing Cannabis 2.0: Buckle Up, This is About to Get Interesting! (Nov 09, 2021 01:25 PM)

Navigating the Challenges and Hurdles of 280E in the Cannabis Industry (Nov 08, 2021 10:40 AM)

Section 280E Disputes: When to Hold 'Em, When to Fold 'Em (Nov 08, 2021 02:40 PM)

Practical Impact of Section 280E Litigation on Structuring and Due Diligence (Nov 09, 2021 11:35 AM)

Welcome and Introductions followed by Cannabis 101 (Nov 08, 2021 08:00 AM)

M&A (Nov 08, 2021 11:35 AM)

Fireside Chat (Nov 08, 2021 01:25 PM)

Social Equity (Nov 08, 2021 03:35 PM)

Keynote: Embracing the Future of Legal Cannabis (Nov 09, 2021 08:00 AM)

Ethics and Practice Management/Risk Management in Cannabis (Nov 09, 2021 09:05 AM)

Auditing (Nov 09, 2021 10:40 AM)

Attorney/CPA Panel (Nov 09, 2021 10:40 AM)

Cannabis and Forensics--How Might the Numbers Indicate Fraud Risks (Nov 09, 2021 02:40 PM)

Capstone with Fireside Chat (Nov 09, 2021 03:40 PM)

Standard: $299.00


Welcome and Introductions followed by Cannabis 101

Nov 8, 2021 8:00am ‐ Nov 8, 2021 9:25am

Identification: CAN2101

Kick off the AICPA & CIMA Cannabis Industry Conference with shared insights from three industry leaders; Zachary Gordon, Melissa Diaz, and Katye Maxson-Landis. This session will give accountants a starting point for providing services to the cannabis industry. Cannabis faces unique challenges resulting from its federal illegality; consider industry hurdles, operational challenges and regulatory requirements. Each presenter will consider the question, "If I knew then what I know now..." and share their cautionary tales as well as their wins.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the banking, legal and tax challenges present in cannabis
  • Discuss strategies to address the unique difficulties of working with 280E businesses
  • Outline which technology solutions are cannabis compliant
  • Examine how to put theory and innovations into practice for tax preparation
​Speaker - Virtual(s): Speaker(s):
Standard: $49.00

Cost Accounting "101" for the Cannabis Niche

Nov 8, 2021 9:45am ‐ Nov 8, 2021 10:35am

Identification: CAN2102

We will cover:

Why Cannabis companies are prime targets for audits (and how you can help them prepare for the inevitable audits)

Cost Accounting primer for the niche, & why is it so important for these companies

Entity structures and why this is important

Tools and processes needed to serve the niche

Day-to-day and month end accounting processes

Issues related to Startups and Capital Raises

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the basic of cost accounting for the various sub-niches (Farming, Chemical Processing, Product Manufacture, Retail)
  • Learn key issues affecting startups and capital raises
Standard: $49.00

Navigating the Challenges and Hurdles of 280E in the Cannabis Industry

Nov 8, 2021 10:40am ‐ Nov 8, 2021 11:30am

Identification: CAN2103

Finding solutions to the challenges of 280E to stay compliant and profitable within the Cannabis Industry.

Learning Objectives:
  • What is IRS code 280E
  • What can be deducted under 280E - tax strategies/compliance
  • How to plan and prepare your business for a tax based 280E audit
  • How to avoid operational inefficiencies - limited funding sources
Standard: $49.00

M&A iconM&A

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Nov 8, 2021 11:35am ‐ Nov 8, 2021 12:25pm

Identification: CAN2104

With consolidation of the industry occurring in real time, join us for a discussion of how to help your clients prepare for and navigate both buy and sell side M&A transactions. Our panel will consider valuation ranges and strategies to bridge gaps between buyer and seller, navigating regulatory requirements, utilizing tax efficient structures, best practices from both the seller’s and buyer’s perspective and common pitfalls to avoid.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will learn about the trends driving industry consolidation and whether those trends will continue in 2022
  • Participants will learn practical tools and strategies to advise their clients on how to navigate the wave of consolidation impacting the industry
Standard: $49.00

Fireside Chat iconFireside Chat

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Fireside Chat

Nov 8, 2021 1:25pm ‐ Nov 8, 2021 2:15pm

Identification: CAN2105

Speaker(s): Moderator(s):
Standard: $49.00

Section 280E Disputes: When to Hold 'Em, When to Fold 'Em

Nov 8, 2021 2:40pm ‐ Nov 8, 2021 3:30pm

Identification: CAN2106

This presentation will provide an overview of tax litigation involving IRS audits of cannabis companies and the application of Section 280E. The discussion will include cases defining trafficking, cases discussing separate trade or business issues, cases resulting in double taxation, the application of penalties to underpayments caused by the improper reporting of Section 280E, cases addressing inventory accounting (including the application of Section 471 and 263A), and constitutional arguments. The speaker will share her experiences with IRS audits and litigation of Section 280E issues.

Learning Objectives:
  • • Gain basic understanding of tax litigation based on IRS challenges to the application of Section 280E on tax returns.
  • • Identify strengths and weaknesses in various tax reporting by cannabis companies.
Standard: $49.00

Social Equity iconSocial Equity

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Social Equity

Nov 8, 2021 3:35pm ‐ Nov 8, 2021 4:25pm

Identification: CAN2107

A discussion of social equity initiatives that have been built in to the licensing requirements as the cannabis industry has matured.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will learn the motivations of social equity initiatives in cannabis legislation
  • Participants will learn the requirements in some states for creating greater opportunities for historically marginalized communities in the cannabis industry.
  • Participants will learn some common challenges and things to consider for practicing CPAs working with social equity cannabis license holders.
Standard: $49.00

Keynote: Embracing the Future of Legal Cannabis

Nov 9, 2021 8:00am ‐ Nov 9, 2021 8:55am

Identification: CAN2108

Legal marijuana is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, despite operating under a patchwork of conflicting laws and ever-changing regulations. Now, with 19 states regulating adult-use sales and 36 states allowing medical marijuana sales, the cannabis industry is coming out of the shadows and beginning to be accepted and treated as a significant, professional sector. As state legalization laws pass at a rapid pace and a federal legalization bill is poised to be introduced in the United States Senate for the first time, a historic opportunity presents itself to participate in the creation of a new national marketplace rooted in fairness and equity.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the current status of legal and medical marijuana and hemp throughout the United States.
  • Discover how current and developing state regulatory frameworks are building on previous lessons learned.
  • Consider how potential federal laws are poised to rapidly change the cannabis industry.
  • Adam D. Fine, Partner, Vicente Sederberg
  • Shaleen Title, Distinguished Cannabis Policy Fellow, Ohio State University College of Law Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Standard: $49.00

Ethics and Practice Management/Risk Management in Cannabis

Nov 9, 2021 9:05am ‐ Nov 9, 2021 10:20am

Identification: CAN2109

Standard: $49.00

Auditing iconAuditing

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Nov 9, 2021 10:40am ‐ Nov 9, 2021 11:30am

Identification: CAN2110

Whether you are a service provider advising clients’ on having their cannabis operations audited,  have experience in providing audit services to the industry or are considering providing audit services, you will want to join this discussion regarding the unique issues and challenges of cannabis auditing and how to evolve audit procedures as your client and the industry matures.

​Speaker - Virtual(s):
Standard: $49.00