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Practice Development

Top Ten Ways to Take a Consultative Approach to Client Meetings

When meeting with clients, accountants may be most comfortable getting down to business by crunching numbers and going through reports. This approach may seem logical, but it's not always the best approach for relationship building.
Education & Careers

AICPA's 'Start Here, Go Places' Competition Winners Announced

On April 2, the AICPA crowned the Hoover High School team - Carter, Middleton, and their faculty advisor Madge Gregg - winners of Project Innovation: The Start Here, Go Places® Competition of Creative Excellence.
Practice Management

New Survey Looks at Greatest Barriers to Innovation

The biggest roadblocks to organizational breakthroughs are a shortage of fresh thinking and too much red tape, according to a recent Robert Half survey. Survey results are based on interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of US companies with twenty or more employees.
Community News

CGMA Global Economic Forecast Shows Cautious Optimism for Year Ahead

The world's CEOs, CFOs, and other senior management accountants have a cautious yet increasingly positive outlook for the global economy over the next twelve months, according to the first Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) Global Economic Forecast released March 29, 2012.
Practice Development

Accountant's Marketing Checklist: Increase Your ROI on Business Meals

Phyllis Haserot’s book, The Marketer’s Handbook of Tips & Checklists, provides more than 100 checklists covering a range of topics any professional needs to know in order to master building a successful career as both a rainmaker and client-focused service deliverer. This article features one of her checklists.
Tax

New York State Is Attempting to Tax Its Yoga Studios

Last year, after the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision attempted to subject yoga studios to licensing regulations, the proposed "Yoga Bill" was signed into law by Governor Paterson on March 24, 2010. The bill exempts yoga and martial arts studios from state educational certification.
Education & Careers

Tax Tip: Spell Out Tax Rules for Business Education

This is the seventh article in our tax return tips for 2011 returns. Did any of your clients go "back to school" in 2011? They may be entitled to a tax deduction for their unreimbursed education costs as employee business expenses. But the tax rules aren't exactly back and white - there's plenty of "gray area."
Community News

AICPA Announces Creation of the Maximo Mukelabai Award

The AICPA has founded the Maximo Mukelabai Award in memory of Mukelabai. The award will recognize a deserving CPA under the age of forty for his or her passion and contributions toward building the CPA pipeline, serving as an advocate of the accounting profession, and performing outstanding community service.
Community News

Baker Tilly's 2012 Spend a Day Program

Baker Tilly's annual Spend a Day program is designed for college sophomore and junior accounting majors to experience the culture and atmosphere of a successful accounting and advisory firm.
Education & Careers

Accountants Connect with State Legislators at Georgia CPA Day

Members of the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA) recently met at the Georgia State Capitol in honor of 2012 CPA Day at the Gold Dome. "CPAs offer a unique and intelligent perspective, and events like this make a very real connection between the profession and Georgia's legislators," said Boyd Search, CEO of GSCPA.
Community News

AICPA Honors Top CPA Exam Performers with the Elijah Watt Sells Award

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has announced the winners of the 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award was presented to candidates who obtained the ten highest cumulative scores on all four sections of the computerized Uniform CPA Examination.
Practice

Cross-Generational Issues: How to Develop and Deliver Perspective

In a previous article, I discussed how the four generations in today's workplace often don't understand each other's underlying perspectives and formational influences. As a follow-up, here I'll make some suggestions on what you can to do about it.
Practice

Deloitte's Maximum Impact Program - A Different Kind of Spring Break

Spring break was about hard work as well as play this year for the eighty-eight students chosen from 1,600 applicants who participated in the fifth annual Maximum Impact: Deloitte's Alternative Spring Break program. Teaming with United Way and Teach for America, Deloitte hosted two spring break programs in March.
Education & Careers

Nine in Ten CFOs Say Work Experience Important for College Grads

College students take note: Prior work experience may be a requisite for getting your foot in the door with employers, a new Accountemps survey suggests. Nine in ten (91 percent) CFOs interviewed said it is important for entry-level accounting and finance professionals to gain practical experience while in college.
AccountingWEB Life

Feed the Pig - Feed the Future

A recent survey conducted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ad Council indicates that today's difficult economic times have dramatically altered the way people between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-four think about the importance of savings.
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.
Education & Careers

Seven Tips to Successful Introductions

Many CPAs think that they must market outside of their existing client base. However, within your existing base is usually enough tax, tax planning, and ultimately wealth management candidates, to effectively expand your practice for years.
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.
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).
AccountingWEB Life

AICPA Creates Social Networking Site for Aspiring Accountants

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has partnered with Telligent to create a social networking site - This Way to CPA - for college students aspiring to become accountants. This Way to CPA is designed to increase awareness of AICPA and to drive its recruitment efforts.

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