Community News news February 2012

Practice Management

AAA Partners with Halogen to Build World-Class Accounting Firms

Halogen Software today announced a partnership with the Association for Accounting Administration (AAA). This partnership provides the association's more than 900 members access to best practice HR resources and special purchase terms for Halogen's award-winning Talent Management Suite for professional services.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of February 27, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of February 27, 2012.
Community News

Eide Bailly and Wipfli Discontinue Merger Discussions

On February 24, 2012, executives of the accounting and consulting firms of Wipfli and Eide Bailly announced the firms would not complete a proposed merger. The firms decided not to proceed with the proposed merger and will continue to operate as separate CPA firms.
A&A

IC Opportunities Event – A Forum for Industry Innovation and Change

Jason Blumer, of Blumer and Associates CPAs, has no problem admitting to the conservative nature of the accounting profession. Its reverence of tradition and legacy, its hierarchical leadership style, and its reliance on "tried-and-true" business practices, are what once made the profession great.
Community News

Community Announcements: Week of February 20, 2012

A.T. LOCKE, a provider of accounting services, business analysis, and financial and strategic guidance to emerging and midsized organizations, has added Tom Moxie as an accounting analyst on the firm's growing team.
Community News

Transition Advisors Announces William Carlino To Be Managing Director

Transition Advisors LLC, an international consulting organization, recently announced that Bill Carlino, veteran journalist and editor-in-chief of Accounting Today, will assume the position of Managing Director - National Consulting Services, effective March 19, 2012.
Practice

KPMG to Offer Tax Offsets to LGBT Employees

KPMG LLP announced it now offers its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) partners and employees offsets for the additional federal and state tax costs incurred when they pay for same-sex domestic partner medical benefits. The tax equalization benefits will cover the 2012 tax year.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of February 13, 2012

Bernhard von Thaden has rejoined KPMG LLP, a US audit, tax, and advisory firm, as a principal in the Economic and Valuation Services (EVS) practice. Ken Harvey returns as a partner in the International Corporate Services practice. Both will be based in the firm's Los Angeles office.  
Community News

Video News Update for Week of February 13, 2012

AccountingWEB's Weekly News Update for the week of February 13, 2012 is available in video format!
AccountingWEB Life

Helping Clients Protect What They Have

Robert Keebler CPA, MST, AEP, works with clients with a net worth of $5 million to more than $100 million. Many have complex financial situations, and all want to protect what they have. While his firm doesn't offer any asset protection products, they do help guide clients along in the process of getting protected.
Practice

CPAs Give Business Advice to Veterans through Partnership with SCORE

CPAs now have an opportunity to volunteer and provide up to five hours of free financial advice to veterans about how to start or grow their business. The program was launched through the AICPA's participation the Veteran Fast Launch Initiative sponsored by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
A&A

E&Y to Pay $2 Million to Settle Audit Failure Charges

On February 8, the PCAOB announced a settled disciplinary order censuring E&Y LLP. It imposed a $2 million civil money penalty against the firm, which is PCAOB's largest civil money penalty to date. The PCAOB also sanctioned four of E&Y's current or former partners for violating PCAOB rules and standards.
Community News

AccountingWEB Readers Find Time Management a Challenge

Few readers think time management is their strong suit, with the vast majority of respondents to a recent survey – 87.3 percent – saying they're either "OK, not great" at it or "could use some improvement." It's no wonder. During tax season, most accountants feel the tensions of too much work and too little time.
Community News

Free Career Exploration Program for Ohio Minority Students

The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) and the Ohio CPA Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), are seeking Ohio minority high school students to participate in the nationally recognized Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio).
Community News

Sensiba San Filippo: Winner of Fittest Accounting Firm 51+ Members

Tax season is the ultimate deadline. Most CPAs agree that the unrelenting hours spent glued to their computers, slugging coffee, and downing microwave meals in the company break room take a toll on their physical and emotional balance sheet.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of February 6, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of February 6, 2012.
Community News

Accounting Firms Merge and Expand in Dallas

On February 3, 2012, Austin-based PMB Helin Donovan LLP (PMB) announced its merger with Vink Teague & Associates LLLP (VTA). The firm will operate under the PMB Helin Donovan name.
Practice

Parking and Mass Transit Employee Benefits: NTEU's Kelley Wants Parity

On January 31, 2012, the leader of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) called on Congress to approve the S. 1034 – Commuter Benefits Equity Act of 2011, which would permanently establish parity between the parking and mass transit portions of the employee transportation benefit.
Community News

Romney Pays Low Tax, But It's Perfectly Legal

Romney has been catching a lot of flak for the relatively small amount of tax he pays, despite the millions in assets that he owns. But the GOP front-runner for president is only doing what the filthy rich usually do: paying the least amount of income tax they are legally obligated to pay.
Community News

"SmartCEO" Magazine Future 50 Award Given to Citrin Cooperman

Philadelphia accounting, tax, and business consulting firm, Citrin Cooperman, has been recognized by Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine as a 2012 Future 50 Award recipient. Led by the Philadelphia office managing partner Mark S. Carrow, Citrin Cooperman was honored at the magazine's awards ceremony in January.

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