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A&A

Start-up Company Aims to Simplify Small Business Cash Flow Management

Two graduates from University of California-Berkley have launched what they hope will become Mint.com for small businesses.
A&A

CPE mid-year 2010 update: Rules, regulations, trends

Mid-year 2010 has arrived and accountants in approximately half the jurisdictions in the United States are facing compliance deadlines. Tax time is well behind us and crunch time for compliance is here.
Tax

UPDATE: President Obama signs fix for homebuyer credit

On Friday, July 2, President Barack Obama signed into law the Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010, legislation designed to give homebuyers extra time to get financing and finish paperwork and still qualify for the homebuyer tax credit.
Tax

Game, set, match to the IRS

Just before the start of this year’s French Open Tournament, news spread that Murphy Jensen, a doubles champion from the 1993 French Open, was neck deep in hot water with the Internal Revenue Service and two state tax agencies.
Technology

Social media under the microscope

Has social media run amok, converting our personal information into a commodity?
Tax

Collecting unpaid taxes four pennies at a time

Aaron Zeff is the owner of Harv’s Metro Car Wash in Sacramento, California. Imagine his surprise when, one day last March, federal agents showed up at his business demanding payment of an amount owed from tax year 2006. Just how much did Zeff need to cough up? Four pennies.
Practice Development

After a recession: The time to find niches and opportunities

The period after a recession is not only a time for licking wounds. It is a time for tracking down new business niches and opportunities.
A&A

RAN ONE Americas seminar offers economic updates, advice

The recession is probably over and national and local economies are showing signs of recovery, Dr. Pearl Kamer, chief economist for the Long Island Association, Long Island, New York’s largest business organization, recently told an audience of CPAs and business advisors.
Tax

Disney employee finds out the hard way: Insider trading doesn’t pay

Disneyland may be the happiest place in the world, but one Disney employee and her boyfriend are not smiling.
Technology

Technology Innovation Awards spotlight productivity-enhancing technologies

Mobile and Web-based programs, document storage, and knowledge management technologies were among the products honored at the 7th Annual Tax and Accounting Technology Innovation Awards.
Tax

Broke states and broken promises

According to a recent report from the National Association of State Budget Officers and the National Governors Association, state fiscal conditions "have continued to worsen" and state revenues can be expected to lag behind a national economic recovery by one to three years.
Tax

More whistleblowers needed, organizational transgression appears to be growing

Whistleblowers are still a major source for uncovering fraud and wrongdoing within companies, but being a whistleblower is a difficult, arduous process with an uncertain conclusion.
Tax

Nicolas Cage: Poster boy for delinquent taxes

Just when you thought he’d learned his lesson, Nicolas Cage is wrestling with more tax issues. Since late last year he had become the poster boy for celebrities who don’t pay their fair share, making headlines time after time.
Practice Development

Tips for improving a company blog

Blogs have been around for years now, but many accounting firms still have not jumped on board. If you have the time and interest, a blog can be an indispensable tool to engage current clients and reach new ones.
Tax

Three artists sing the tax-trouble blues

The Queen of Soul and the taxman are doing battle again – and Judy Collins and Toni Braxton are singing a similar tune.
Technology

Employment tool designed for accountants: Intuit’s Accountant Work Exchange

Accountants with specialized skills, who may be looking for additional work or a new job, and firms looking for highly qualified help, now can connect through Intuit’s employment tool, the Accountant Work Exchange.
Tax

Another round of actors in trouble with the tax man

What do Mary Ann, the Big Lebowski, Arnie Becker, and Cal Hockley have in common? The actors who played them are in tax-related trouble.
Tax

Unemployed can use tax laws to secure a job

Both unemployed (including some recent graduates) and certain currently employed Individuals looking for work can dramatically increase their attractiveness to prospective employers by highlighting certain tax breaks that employers can secure by hiring them.
Tax

Embezzling accountant cuts a deal

Usually accountants uncover stories like this one. Regrettably, sometimes they are the perpetrators.
Practice Management

Is the profession headed for bottle shock?

There are other professional groups edging their way into the sacred relationships accountants have had with the business community and opening up choices for consumers like never before.

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