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By now, many of you in the profession have heard that I am leaving the company on September 30. The AccountingWEB that you know and love will still be there every day for you! Our growing audience, happy advertisers and all business partners will continue to enjoy all that AccountingWEB offers. I’m sure it will all become bigger and better than ever!
How is online CPE working out for you? The practice of obtaining continuing education credits in the accounting profession is growing like a weed. What do you like/dislike about online CPE? Tell us what you think!
I spoke at Schneider Downs in Columbus on September 8. After a delightful salad, we talked issues and trends for quite a while. Smart firms like this want to know how they compare to other shops around the country and how they can continue to be at the top of their game. Great folks at SD.
A recent survey indicated that one-third of U.S. citizens feel overwhelmed by technology. Count me in on that slice of the American pie! I'm all for technological improvements, but it's all a bit out of hand at the moment. When people are updating their Facebook pages in the frozen food aisle at the supermarket, it's time for a societal shift in behavior.
Eleven states earned more revenue from lotteries than from corporate income taxes in 2009. This is really a sad commentary on America.How do you feel about the growth of the casino industry as an economic initiative? With stagnant or declining tax revenues, states have turned to gambling-related taxes to fill in some of the revenue gaps. I'm not a fan of this approach. However, I do recognize that states with bleeding budgets have few alternatives.Tell AccountingWEB readers what you think about this subject. As always, you may do so anonymously. Roll the dice!
There are roughly 8,000 different sales tax jurisdictions in America.That number is massively larger than I would have guessed. Withthe groundswell of interest in watching Washington’s next moves
Are you an accountant with experience in handling the myriad tax issues involved in same-sex marriages? With New York State recently passing the Marriage Equality Act, I've been hearing that there's quite a lot to sort out in terms of estate taxes, income taxes and more for newly-married same-sex couples. Of course, I'm guessing the rules vary from New York to Vermont to Iowa, and the other states with legalized same-sex marriage.
Sometimes things in business just leave me scratching my head.What am I talking about? Here are a few items that blow me away:
Thankfully, the accounting profession doesn't go hog wild with a constant stream of asking clients to rate the services of the accountant, provide feedback, etc. Sure, accountants periodically survey their clients, prodding them for information and remarks relating to how the accountant can improve their level of service, address the needs of clients better, plus gather information that could potentially lead to performing additional services for the client. It's all worthwhile and necessary--but not excessive in this profession, generally speaking.
From Day One, Excel has been a hot topic with AccountingWEB readers. For those of you using Excel on a daily basis, I suspect your knowledge and implementation of the product is far deeper and extensive than it was a decade ago.


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