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SIFE members' passion for business can be powerful force for change

Students In Free Enterprise, an international non-profit network of students, academics, and business leaders working with businesses and higher education organizations, is in the midst of its regional and national competitions.
A&A

SEC opens broad inquiry into accounting for repurchase transactions

Chief financial officers from 24 financial institutions received a Dear CFO letter from the chief accountant of the SEC last week asking for detailed information about their accounting for repurchase agreements.
Education & Careers

Jobs least difficult to find in San Jose, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Times are tough all over, but finding employment is least difficult among the largest 50 U.S. cities in San Jose, California, and most difficult in the Detroit metropolitan area, according to the Job Search Difficulty Index released this month by Juju.com, an online job search engine.
Education & Careers

Accounting Scholarship Programs

AccountingWEB has compiled a list of scholarship opportunities for accounting students.
Tax

Nine states and District of Columbia will file tax returns in new locations

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that some taxpayers who file paper income tax returns will send them to different processing centers this year. 
Tax

Unemployment taxes may double or even triple in 2010

State unemployment trust funds have fallen to such a low level that rate increases may be required to rebuild their balances even when employment improves.
Community News

Transcontinental merger creates Top 50 accounting firm

Two leading independent accounting firms, with offices on both coasts, have announced a merger which will create a national firm ranked in the Top 50 accounting firms in the U.S.

Business travelers can be proactive and avoid security hassles

Business travelers know that less time in airports means more time for work, so tricks to get through security quickly can be as important as any other on-the-job skill.
A&A

CFOs expect little change in hiring activity in the fourth quarter

Most financial executives plan to maintain their current accounting and finance staff levels in the fourth quarter, according to a new survey.
Tax

IRS employee indicted for stealing mail

An IRS employee has been indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing mail that had been delivered to the IRS service facility on Pershing Road.

U.S. communities take local economy into their own hands

Unwilling to hand over hard-earned paychecks to faceless corporations for goods and services, a handful of communities have created their own commerce.
Education & Careers

AICPA announces 2008 Elijah Watt Sells awards

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has announced winners of the 2008 Elijah Watt Sells Awards.
A&A

Congress may require small businesses to play or pay for health insurance for employees

At this point in the health care reform debate, both the House and the Senate have put forth proposals for a "play or pay" mandate for employers to provide health insurance...

Bullying in the workplace is an international issue

If you thought you left bullying behind along with jump ropes and gym uniforms, think again. The Workplace Bullying Institute, yes there is such a thing, reported last year that 37 percent of the U.S workforce or 54 million employees are being bullied now or have been bullied at the workplace at some point during their careers.

Experts say dress the part if you want the job

The importance of presenting yourself properly in a job interview can't be overstated. Yes, it's about clothes, but think of yourself as a complete package - someone who not only looks professional, but conducts themselves in a professional way. Someone, who, in short, exudes competence and confidence.First the basics: Experts say dress for a job one level above the one you're interviewing for. Better to be too dressed up than too casual. So that means a women should wear hose, even if you normally don't. Keep jewelry, makeup, fingernails, perfume, and cologne conservative.

Online giant Amazon facing growing tax woes

The tax hurdles Amazon is experiencing in New York are spreading to other states. For the past few months, the online giant has been challenging the constitutionality of a new law in New York requiring online retailers, or e-tailers, to collect and pay taxes on sales made to New Yorkers even if they have no concrete, physical presence in the state. Federal law dictates that states cannot collect sales taxes from a company without a brick and mortar presence.But new troubles may be brewing.

Debit cards are new option for Social Security recipients

People who receive Social Security can now get their monthly payments on a prepaid debit card, a new alternative to checks or direct deposit. The U.S. Treasury is offering the Direct Express Debit MasterCard card as a safe, convenient way to receive money, according to wickedlocal.com.

Passing the CPA exam on the first try: Top colleges are ranked

Kansas is known for its bumper crops but who knew they were growing accountants? At Kansas University's School of Business, 72 percent of students without advanced degrees passed the CPA exam on the first try, which is much higher than the average considering most people take the exam more than once.Kansas's Lawrence Journal-World reported that of the 69,259 candidates who took at least one portion of the exam in 2007, only 21,893 were taking it for the first time.

Resource Guide - Issue 162

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