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Weaver Merges with Delong Consulting Services

Weaver announced the merger with Delong Consulting Services, L.C. effective June 1, 2012. The merger enhances Weaver's expertise in the financial services industry, particularly in the banking sector.
Community News

J.H. Cohn LLP and Reznick Group, P.C. Announce Plans to Merge

J.H. Cohn LLP and Reznick Group, P.C., announced on May 22 their plans to combine. The merger means they will become the eleventh largest firm in the country, with more than 2,000 employees, twenty-five offices, and combined revenues of more than $450 million.
Practice

AICPA Calling for Firms to Participate in 2012 National MAP Survey

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), in partnership with the Texas Society of CPAs, is now gathering data for its much-anticipated 2012 benchmarking survey ? the National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey.
Practice

Ted Dickman Named BKD's Next CEO

The CPA and advisory firm BKD, LLP, has tapped Regional Managing Partner Ted Dickman as its next CEO, effective Friday, June 1, 2012.
Education & Careers

AICPA Expands Congressional and Political Affairs Team

On May 14, 2012, the AICPA announced it has significantly increased its federal government affairs capabilities with the hiring of Kate Schmucker, director of congressional and political affairs, and Brady King, director of congressional and political affairs, in its Washington, DC, office.
Tax

Federal Court Shuts Down Texas Tax Return Preparer

A federal court in Dallas has permanently barred Joseph Rivas of DeSoto, Texas, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced May 3.
Practice

Getting Social at SXSW

Though it's been over two months since South by Southwest (SXSW) was held, it's an event that keeps on giving. SXSW Interactive, one aspect of the event, is focused on emerging technology. For accounting firms, SXSW Interactive is a way to stay ahead of the curve.
AccountingWEB Life

Texas CPAs Promote Financial Literacy through Social Media

Members of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants used a variety of social media channels to spread a message of personal financial management and to promote Financial Literacy Social Media Outreach Day.
Education & Careers

AICPA: 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners Announced

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has announced the winners of the 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Award. Thirty-seven students received this honor.
Practice

Aligning Client Service with Client Experience

Tax season is once again behind us. In the months ahead, your calendar will continue to fill up with appointments that resulted from the client needs you uncovered during the first part of the year. Now is a good time to think about client service – how efficiently and effectively you deal with your clients’ needs, and how your clients perceive your value in their lives.
Wealth management

Free Advice: D-I-Y Investment Approach Isn’t Worth the Savings

DALBAR released its Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (QAIB) report last month and the results of the study are shocking but – sadly – not very surprising.
Practice

Job Outlook for Bachelor's Degree Students Looks Bleak

A weak labor market has left half of college students (age twenty-five or younger) who graduated with a bachelor's degree either jobless or "underemployed" ? a troubling statistic.
Community News

CPA Firm Miranda & Associates Expands into San Diego County

Miranda & Associates, a full-service accounting and management consulting firm, announced it has expanded its Newport Beach–based practice into San Diego through the addition of North County Tax & Accountancy (NCT).
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.
Tax

TaxMasters and CEO Cox Ordered to Pay Penalty of $195 Million

TaxMasters and its CEO Patrick Cox had been accused of defrauding consumers by promising that the firm could walk clients through audits, settle tax disputes, and recover property seized by the IRS. In 2010, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit stating that some of the company's claims were false.
Community News

KPMG and Phil Mickelson Partner to Kick-off 'Blue for Books' Campaign

KPMG LLP and golf champion Phil Mickelson have paired to launch "Blue for Books," a nationwide charitable initiative designed to put thousands of books into the hands of children in need, through the sale of KPMG blue golf hats, just like the KPMG hat that Mickelson wears on tour.
Practice

Six Ways to Create an Engaging Office Environment This Tax Season

An often overlooked part of marketing and growing your practice involves your physical office arrangement. The appearance of your office should set the client in the right frame of mind to engage you for additional services, including wealth management services.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of March 26, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of March 26, 2012.
Tax

TaxMasters, a Tax-Resolution Firm, Is under Fire in Two States

TaxMasters, a tax-resolution firm that is up to $10 million in debt, is filing for bankruptcy protection following investigations by two attorneys general. The firm is known for its television commercials in which the red-bearded CEO, Patrick Cox, says TaxMasters can "solve your tax problems."
Community News

Somerset CPAs 'Lose Big' During Tax Season

The associates of Somerset CPAs are "losing big" this tax season. This is typically a time when CPAs are too busy to worry about eating right and exercising, but this year, Somerset's Wellness Committee wanted to change that.

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