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A&A

Greed is good: Wall Street sequel opens 23 years after original

More than two decades have zoomed by since Oliver Stone's blockbuster film Wall Street appeared on theatre screens across America, capturing the go-go 80s and the era's money-must-be-made vibe.
A&A

PCAOB announces participants in roundtable on new proposed communications standard

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has announced the names of the participants in the roundtable discussion on its proposed standard on auditors' communications with audit committees.
Education & Careers

Slight increase in net hiring projected for first time since Q1 2009

Hiring in accounting and finance is expected to increase slightly in the fourth quarter, according to the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index.
Practice

To contest or not to contest: Unemployment compensation claims

Former employees occasionally seek unemployment benefits they don’t deserve, either because they are desperate, confused, or trying to cheat the system. Employers, bearing the cost of unemployment payments, must evaluate whether to challenge those unemployment claims.
AccountingWEB Life

Focus on positive leadership when things go wrong

Are you appreciated by company managers? Do you have the opportunity to do your best work? Are you clear about what is expected of you at work? Does your manager provide employees focus? People at work who are fully engaged can answer these questions with a clear yes and sense of gratitude.
Technology

Intuit innovation shines in gallery tour

Last week, Intuit hosted a unique event: a tour of several of the products it has in the development pipeline. Clearly, Intuit is by no means resting on the laurels of its flagship products, but is continuously working to move ahead and stay on top of innovation and new products for our changing society.
Community News

Beta Alpha Psi student and faculty volunteers clean up San Jose Guadalupe River

More than 900 members of Beta Alpha Psi, the professional honors organization for financial information students and professionals, supported by 50 employees from KPMG LLP, descended on the Guadalupe River trail last month to undertake a massive clean-up effort.
Tax

'Tax Lady' Roni Deutch: Charlatan or political target

You’ve probably seen the hard-hitting advertisements from Roni Deutch advising taxpayers who owe federal taxes to let her help them fight the Internal Revenue Service. Now, California Attorney General Jerry Brown is fighting her.
A&A

Resolution seeks tax equity for same-sex married couples in California

California lawmakers earlier this month got one step closer to what Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) calls tax equity for same-sex married couples. Assembly Joint Resolution 29 (AJR 29) passed both houses in a vote of 52-9.
Tax

Film tax credits: A hot topic for state budgets

You might have heard that many states use film tax credits as a way to attract production companies to make movies and TV shows within their borders, resulting in jobs for residents and publicity for the state. With budgets tightening, some states are suspending or reducing the incentives, while others are enhancing their existing programs and creating new ones.
Tax

Khloe Kardashian, Wyclef Jean, Lena Olin share tax authorities' spotlight

Khloe Kardashian is a star in Hollywood, but with tax authorities…not so much. On July 28th the California Franchise Tax Board filed a tax lien against Kardashian in the amount of nearly $18,500 relating to income from 2007.
A&A

Businesses await new standard for lease accounting

The Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board are on track to publish the final version of a common standard on lease accounting during the second quarter of 2011. The standard could go into effect as early as 2013.
A&A

Conrad Davis: Creating a mentoring climate at CalCPA

Realizing the full benefits and rewards of being a Certified Public Accountant comes when the CPA is involved with the profession and its future, said Conrad Davis, newly appointed chairman of the California Society of CPAs.
A&A

Pros, cons of charging employees deductibles for preventable accidents

It is the bane of many managers' jobs: the preventable accident. With police reports to file, insurance forms to manage, and repairs to oversee, those minor fender benders and dinged doors can cause significant headaches and paperwork.
A&A

Workplace habits that anger coworkers

At least 40 hours a week is spent with your coworkers. It is understandable that a few of their idiosyncrasies will begin to rub you the wrong way.
Tax

Chris Tucker, Rob Lowe do battle with taxman

Right about now, 'Rush Hour' star Chris Tucker might be feeling a bit of a squeeze in the form of a federal tax bill for nearly $12 million. And, chances are, he’s still reeling from last year’s pinch from Arnold Schwarzenegger, which seems small in comparison.
Practice

Simple Web site tools to eliminate redundant phone calls

You have your Web site up, and you have outlined a description of your services, or staff biographies, and the name of the firm and your contact information. Equally as important, though, is the content you can provide that might be able to save you time.
A&A

KPMG Living Green program exceeds carbon footprint-reduction goals

KPMG LLP, the Big 4 audit, tax, and advisory firm, this week announced it achieved a 26 percent reduction in its carbon footprint from 2007 through 2009, exceeding the firm’s stated three-year commitment of a 25 percent reduction in just two years.
Practice Management

Managing medical marijuana use in the workplace

For employers with operations in the 14 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, it is a difficult task to juggle the need for a drug-free workplace environment and the rights of employees who have prescriptions to legally use marijuana.
A&A

Web site community looks to build upon its "hip quotient" with release of hip hop single

How do you change perceptions about the accounting profession? Well, if you are the folks behind The Passionate Accountant.com, you release a hip hop single and mobile phone ringtone, naturally.

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