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Take Cover Against Tax Season Violence

Be prepared: Angry taxpayers may be coming to get you. Tax season is bringing out the worst in people.
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How Yoga Brings Balance to CPAs

One CPA shows that yoga is not a fringe activity for hippies, but a terrific way for busy CPAs to recharge themselves during tax season – or anytime.
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Avoid Hassles with Client Contracts

It's just a one-page agreement, but it can save you hours of frustration, lost income, and client resentment.
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Exhaustion and Other HR Issues

They seem like children today, but be patient: someday your newbies will be essential members of your team.
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Help to the Finish Line: Complete What You Start

The first in a series of quizzes from Jeff Davidson that help you gauge how well you are managing your personal and professional lives.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: BDO Bulks Up Through Acquisitions

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 13.
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The Big 'If' in Client Surveys

Getting real feedback from clients can be helpful – if you have the emotional strength to handle and fix bad news.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Cost of Paying by Check

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 11.
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Economic Forecast Seems Sunnier for CPAs and Executives

There is increased optimism about the US economy among business executives, as more are anticipating modest growth in recruitment, staff training, and targeted capital spending in the next year, according to results of a new survey released today by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).
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Everyone Grapples with 6 to 8 Problems

As you go through tax season with your basket of problems, remember that all the people you deal with have theirs.
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How to Gain Six Minutes a Day

Time is money. So if every day we can pick up six minutes of productivity, over the year we'll gain 24 more hours. Here's a host of best practices for staying focused and getting more done.
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Wristbands Get Indiana CPA Firm Moving at Tax Time

On any normal day Katie Bailey, audit manager at CPA firm Dauby O'Connor & Zaleski, LLC (DOZ) in Carmel, Indiana, would definitely consider herself an active person. But during tax season, Bailey, who like most CPAs logs 12- to 13-hour days from January to April, it’s no longer a matter of how much she moves in a given day, but if she moves—at all. Now, that's changing.
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Seven Tips for Helping to Ensure Reliable Hiring Results

For a employee selection process to be effective, it must consistently identify the candidates with the skills and attributes that are critical for the job at issue. Asking the right questions in a job interview can go a long way in achieving this goal.
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Don't Forget to Hit the Pause Button This Busy Season

We're still uncool at our house. We have three remotes to control our TV, BlueRay, sound system, Apple TV, etc. Our son comes to visit and asks why we don't get one of the new-type remotes where you can do it all from one or why don't we use our iPad or iPhone.
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It’s Not Too Late to Make Tax Season Less Taxing

Busy season has begun, but most CPAs likely have not reached that stage of eighty-hour workweeks and gallons of coffee. It’s still early enough to make a few adjustments to your processes and client management strategies to avoid excess stress.
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PwC Survey: No Let Up In Fraud at US Companies

Forty-five percent of organizations in the United States experienced some type of fraud in the past two years, more than the global average of 37 percent, according to a recent global survey from Big Four firm PwC. In addition, two types of economic crimes are particularly on the rise: accounting fraud and bribery and corruption.
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Three Problems Caused by Employee Turnover and Implications of an Inefficient Hiring Process

Employee turnover, in industries like accounting, has always been a problem. Too often, revolving workforces lead to increased training costs, inconsistent production, poor morale, and, consequently, reduced or limited profits.
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Unresolved Client Issues Take Money Out of Your Pocket

In my February 18 webinar on "Understanding the Client Experience," a participant asked what can be done about negative customer comments on the web, that "may or may not be true."
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Here Are Some Risks to Consider Before Using Social Media for Your Business

The noise about using social media as a means to grow your business has become so constant it almost blends into the background at this point. With Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pushing their advertising platforms and Google+ touting better search optimization, it’s inescapable.
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Use a Validated Hiring Process to Help Reduce Employee Turnover

It may seem counterintuitive, but it is during the worst economic times that finding and retaining quality employees is the hardest. There are several reasons for this, but the most candid is simply that good employees aren’t laid off first. In addition, most people are less likely to take a risk and seek a new job when the economy is struggling.

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