News

Perks For Employees Aim To Free Personal Time

Ernst & Young makes LifeConcierge, a service that offers services such as finding a maid or taking a car into the service station, available to its 7,500 IT consultants. What’s the idea? Well, the Big 5 firm hopes by providing lifestyle “perks” like this, it will give its employees more quality personal time. Ultimately, the perks are designed to keep employees happy and employed at the firm.

CAMICO Receives NY Society Nod

The influence of one liability insurance carrier now spreads coast to coast, anchored on each side by two of the nation's largest state CPA societies.The New York State Society of CPAs has given its endorsement to CAMICO, one of the nation's most powerful professional liability and risk management insurance carriers serving the accounting profession.The CAMICO Mutual Insurance Company is owned by the California Society of CPAs, but is operated as a separate entity.

Excel Tip: Audit & Financial Reporting Using Pivot Tables

This is one in a series of Excel Pivot Table Tutorials developed by AccountingWEB software consultant David Carter.
Technology

Privacy Software Puts Internet Security Back in Your Hands

Here's one for you. YouPowered.com has developed MyOrby, an Internet privacy software that puts privacy back in your control. It tells you when you're being tracked and gives you the option to stop a site from tracking your activities. MyOrby learns your web surfing behavior - like playing games, downloading music, searching for things, sending emails, chatting, shopping - and uses what it learns to communicate with web sites you are in to find your most preferred experience in that site.

Large Manhattan Public Accounting Firm Signs off on CMS OPEN®

For more information, contact:Jobst Elster,Solution 6 US, Inc. TALLAHASEE, FL- April 6th, 2000 -- Solution 6 Holdings Limited (ASX:SOH), a world leading provider of IT solutions to professional service firms and their clients, announced today that David Berdon & Co.

Global Designation Proposed by Accounting Orgs

The world is converging on itself at 90 miles an hour, based on a new effort by eight accounting organizations to develop a global designation that could be used anywhere in the world.The proposed designation is designed to enable professionals from various accounting disciplines to use their ethics and skills to provide a broader range of globally relevant services to clients, customers and employers.The first step in the process is the formation of the Global Task Force to begin addressing the matter, and Robin Hamilton Harding, former CFO of Bell Canada, has been appointed chair of th

Gas Tax Repeal a 'no-go' for Senate

Just when accounting gurus were convinced that Congress would repeal the gas tax, ensuring that prices would fall in accordance, the Washington Post today confirmed that the Senate is reluctant to take this drastic measure.The Senate did, however, agree to explore oil exploration in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in an attempt to find more sources for the future.Still, experts agree that any repeal of the tax, along with the possibility of the drilling initiative, probably won't pass muster in the House and certainly not with the president--if it even gets that far.
Community News

PWC Picks up Huge Nortel Contract

The wave of outsourcing is still a hot commodity, and PricewaterhouseCoopers has capitalized on making outsourcing a key part of its business strategy.This week, Nortel awarded PWC a five-year, $625 million contract to handle the company's business process outsourcing. The international telecommunications giant rationalized the outsourcing process as a way to increase its own productivity by having another entity handle routine business practices.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 37

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 37April 7, 2000Logon to http://www.accountingweb.comfor more resources.Don't know your membership logon details? Go to http://www.ac

FAA in the Clouds Over GAO Report

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reason to worry. Not only is it waiting for an independent panel's report over complications related to its satellite-based navigation system, but now the General Accounting Office is involved through a direct order from Congress.The request was made by Sen.
Technology

H&R Block Site Down for Short Time

Tax filing giant H&R Block just can't get a break.This week--when electronic filing will be at an all-time peak--the H&R Block Web site, which has catered in the past few months to thousands of electronic tax filers, accidentally went down for two horus during routine maintenance.Two hours doesn't seem like a long time to the average person, but if you are trying to file taxes and cannot access the site, it seems like an eternity.Naysayers are commenting that this is evidence of the tremendous power of Internet in allowing the filing capability onl

KPMG to Host Seminar on Money Laundering Implications

Banks and intermediary accounts are under the microscope as Congress and other regulators tighten their grip on anti-money laundering efforts.
Technology

Not-For-Profit Information Bonanza!

If you work with not-for-profit organizations and are looking for comparative financial information, or you are looking to develop a not-for-profit niche and want to identify prospects in your marketplace, your search is now over.A web site designed to give contibutors access to financial records of the organizations they want to help can also be a boon to the accounting firms who are looking for comparative information from similar entities.Guidestar describes its mission as helping "to improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector through the
Technology

Solution 6 in $3.5 billion merger with Sausage Software to create leading e-business entity

Sausage's core offerings perfect fit with Solution 6's e-business platform Solution 6 Holdings Limited (ASX:SOH), a world leading provider of IT solutions to professional service firms and innovator in ASP services, today announced that it has proposed a merger with Sausage Software Limited.
Technology

Fax Etiquette 101

If you receive a fax in your office intended for another company, are you obligated to forward it or contact the sender to report a mishap?The answer is no, according to Deborah Sauer, a vice president of marketing at Stamford, Conn.-based Pitney Bowes Inc.There are over 110 million fax machines in use worldwide, and mix-ups will occur. As a good corporate citizen, you can contact the sender and inform them that their fax was misdirected.
Tax

NYC Repeals Commuter Tax Worth $360 Million

What's good for the goose may not be good for the gander - the New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the city of New York must tax every one of its commuters, or none at all.

Financial Executives Predict Inflation Increase

Results of a new poll of 304 companies report that CFOs are predicting inflation will increase by 3.5 percent during 2000. This and other observations were made by financial officers in a survey conducted by the Financial Executives Institute and the Duke University School of Business.The basis for this increase, up from 2.2 percent predicted at the beginning of the year, is the rising cost for oil.
Technology

Andersen Cuts Red Tape With Alliance

Who enjoys red tape and long delays? No one, and that's why Arthur Andersen has formed an alliance with govWorks, Inc., an Internet portal.The alliance is intended to reduce the amount of delays in processing business-to-government transactions.
Practice

Busy Season Stress Busters

Looking for ways to ease your firm through the next two weeks of busy season with minimal stress? AccountingWEB invited members to share their ideas in an online workshop on busy season stress busters, and got some pretty good ideas!Read through the transcripts of the session for details, or scan through some of the best ideas below. Either way, be sure to tap into the brainpower of the AccountingWEB community and finish up tax season with a smile on your face! 
Workplace Fitness

More Busy Season Stress Busters

Welcome, I'm glad you took time out to join us! Is it stressful in your firms?Jane: I have many ideas to share!Session Moderator: Great, Jane! Why don't you get us started.Jane: Well, we have stress-busting (called "Hoopla") every Friday here. It usually involves food!Session Moderator: Can you share details - how does it work?Lara Niles: FOOD! Our office too seems to deal with stress with food! We call it the tax season 10 (meaning 10 lbs.!)Jane: That is so true!Coy: We bring lots of food as well!

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