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Be Wary of Unlicensed Tax Preparers

Taxpayers beware-unlicensed tax preparers can mean big trouble, leading to hefty fines and jail time for those who file fraudulent returns, the San Antonio Express-News reported.With half of the 8.9 million signed returns filed in Texas last year coming from unlicensed tax preparers, the potential for fraud is huge. It is critical to check the background of the person preparing individual returns, the IRS cautions. Certified public accountants and other IRS-licensed tax preparers must pass a test and meet certification requirements.
Education & Careers

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP Hosts “School to Work Day”

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP will play host to more than 600 "at risk" high school students across the country, as part of "School to Work Day" on Friday, March 4. The program is designed to motivate students to stay in school and prepare for a career. Hundreds of people from more than 20 Deloitte offices will volunteer their time throughout the day, as instructors and mentors. In addition to participating in panel discussions and mock interviews with their hosts, students will embark on internet scavenger hunts to enhance computer literacy.
Education & Careers

CEOs, Partners Face Tough Choices in Deciding When to Step Down

The toughest task for many CEOs is not running their companies but determining when it is time to step down, according to a new report in Across the Board, The Conference Board's magazine.Says James Krohe Jr., author of the article: "For the miscreant CEO, the question of when to leave the job has an easy answer: 'Before they find out.' For the merely mediocre senior executive, the answer is different--'Before they push me out' -- but equally easy. But what about the CEO who is neither being shoved out the door nor sneaking out by the freight elevator?
Education & Careers

Certified Credit Executive Designation Worth $20,000, Says Recent Survey

The worth of Certified Credit Executives (CCEs) to employers has risen dramatically in the marketplace, according to a recent survey by independent newsletter publisher Credit Today, which recently completed its 2004-2005 Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey, and examined this issue in depth. "More than in any of our three prior surveys over the past seven years, this year's survey proves the worth of the CCE designation - both to designees and to their employers," said Credit Today Publisher Rob Lawson.
Community News

How do you Spell a Healthy Organization: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc. - My work takes me to many different organizations. I can spot a healthy organization immediately. What I look for is the level of mutual respect.In unhealthy organizations: Management and employees talk negatively about each other behind their backs. Senior managers don't even bother to learn the names of employees. They also ignore employees when passing them in the hallways. 
Community News

Competition Begins Early for Plum Summer Internships

Another summer is just around the corner and the race is on among America's college students to land the best internships to jump-start their careers.With statistics showing the rate of hiring from internships on the rise, it has become ever more important for students to gain entry to corporate America before graduation to have a foot in the door later. The Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal recently surveyed more than 150 companies in 10 different industries to identify internship trends.
Practice Management

The Firm of Tomorrow....Ready, Set…Grow!

By Gale Crosley, CPA - For years, the Big Four have used business development professionals. Now, Sarbanes/Oxley and other environmental changes make it a wise best practice for mid-size firms, as well. Although smaller firms have greater potential to pursue larger, more sophisticated clients, they may lack the needed large opportunity development skills. But it’s more complex than simply hiring the right person. It’s a matter of properly integrating this business development professional into your environment, and educating partners about the potential impact of the decision.
Community News

SEC Chairman Announces New Appointments

Chairman William H. Donaldson last week announced the appointments of Joseph A. Hall to serve as Managing Executive for Policy and Martha B. Peterson to serve as Counselor to the Chairman at the Securities and Exchange Commission.“Joe and Martha each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their positions. I look forward to continuing to work with them to further the best interests of America’s investors,” Chairman Donaldson said.Joe Hall has been named Managing Executive for Policy.
Education & Careers

Accounting Professors Endorse Computerized Uniform CPA Exam

One hundred (100) percent of university accounting professors say the newly computerized Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination (CPA Exam) will give more students the opportunity to pass and increase their scores, according to a new survey.
Technology

Internet Start-ups Take on 'Personal Brand Management'

Anyone who wants to control information that is presented about them during an Internet search, now has the tools at their disposal.New Internet profiling services can help people manage what other computer users see when they look up names in search engines such as Google or Yahoo."We are moving into a world of personal brand management," Tim DeMello, chief executive of start-up Ziggs, told Washington Post columnist Leslie Walker.
Practice Management

Ten Signs of Job Dissatisfaction—Don't Ignore Them!

The new year is a great time to analyze your job satisfaction. As you make your new year’s resolutions, include career fulfillment as a top priority.There are ten sure signs that you are experiencing job dissatisfaction.
Community News

CFOs Say It Takes Four Weeks or More to Fill Accounting Positions

For accounting departments already stretched thin by compliance initiatives and limited resources, a month may seem like too long to wait for help. But according to a recent survey of chief financial officers (CFOs), companies often spend at least that much time hiring a new accounting employee.
Practice Management

When Love and Work Collide: Companies Should Set 'Workplace Romance' Ground Rules

Workplace romance can jeopardize your career, according to CareerJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's executive career site. The majority of human resource professionals and corporate executives agree that workplace romance is something they would avoid personally, yet their organizations typically don't have policies addressing it, reported a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and CareerJournal.com Workplace Romance survey.
Tax

PWC Names Former IRS Industry Director, Managing Director in WNTS

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP last week announced that Thomas (Tom) Wilson has joined the firm as a managing director in the Washington National Tax Service's (WNTS) IRS Service Team. In his new role Mr. Wilson will work with the IRS and provide clients with insight on examinations and appeals processes, international controversy resolution and employment tax.
Education & Careers

IU Accounting Students Test the Real World

Students in the Systems & Accounting Graduate Programs at Indiana University have the opportunity to solve real business problems before they leave the picturesque Bloomington, Indiana, campus. By completing the renowned Kelley School of Business’ field consulting project course, teams of graduate accounting students utilize their skills and education as consultants for a variety of companies and organizations throughout central Indiana.The program is thought to be one-of-a-kind among graduate level accounting programs at the nation’s colleges.
Education & Careers

Don't Let Your Best Employees Jump Ship: What You Can Do

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President of The Discovery GroupTHE PROBLEM:The last few years have been very difficult for employees. They have experienced large scale layoffs, the outsourcing of their jobs, limited advancement opportunities, and low, if any, pay increases. In private, many have said to their colleagues, "When the economy turns around, I'm outta here." In fact, our research in 60 organizations over the past 10 years shows that 32 percent of employees claim that they plan to leave within the foreseeable future.
Community News

Majority of Fast-Growth CEOs Likely To Move On

Most CEOs of America's fastest-growing private companies say they are likely to step down within the next ten years, but almost half have put little to no thought into succession planning. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of surveyed CEOs plan to move on within a decade or less: 42 percent within five years, and 23 percent in five to ten years. And their exit plans? Most (51 percent) anticipate a sale to another company.
Education & Careers

GE Tops Ranking of Best Companies for Executive Development

General Electric ranks as the best company for developing executive talent, according to a new ranking on the topic by Executive Development Associates, a global executive development firm. The San Francisco-based firm conducted a survey of chief learning officers and human resources executives at companies around the globe in December 2004. The respondents each received a listing of more than 75 companies and voted for companies with exceptional executive development strategy, systems and programs. "GE received 67.7 percent of the votes.
Community News

AICPA Announces Promotions/Organizational Changes

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants announced on Monday several promotions within the Institute, as well as select organizational changes. Arleen Thomas, CPA, vice president, currently of Professional Standards and Services, will now serve as senior vice president of Member Competency and Development. Susan Coffey, CPA, vice president of Audit Quality and Professional Ethics has been promoted to senior vice president, Member Quality and State Regulation.
Tax

'Nanny Tax' Deadline Approaching for Household Employers

Taxpayers who hire nannies, gardeners or caretakers for elderly parents have until Jan.

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