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Intuit Small Business Employment Index Results

Small businesses created 50,000 new jobs in January but paid employees less and gave them fewer hours. The East Coast, especially New York, showed more weakness in employment than in other parts of the country. These are some of the results of Intuit's latest Small Business Employment Index.
Tax

Paging All Capitol Hill Staffers: Pay Your Taxes!

Mitt Romney isn't the only one in Washington, DC, with his tax returns under the microscope. According to new data released by the IRS, 3 percent of Senate employees and more than 4 percent of House members still owe tax for the 2010 tax year, adding up to approximately $10.6 million in unpaid taxes.
Education & Careers

Ernst & Young Hosts Events to Enhance Diversity and Inclusiveness

Nearly 150 ethnically diverse students from 73 US campuses traveled to NYC to attend E&Y's sixth annual Discover Ernst & Young event. Accounting and business majors interacted with firm leaders and E&Y personnel, who were eager to present the challenges and exciting potential of an accounting career at E&Y.
Community News

Romney Pays Low Tax, But It's Perfectly Legal

Romney has been catching a lot of flak for the relatively small amount of tax he pays, despite the millions in assets that he owns. But the GOP front-runner for president is only doing what the filthy rich usually do: paying the least amount of income tax they are legally obligated to pay.
AccountingWEB Life

Get More Done by Doing Less

There's no denying that technology enhances workflow and improves efficiencies. But for some professionals, too much of a good thing is becoming a burdensome distraction. Most of us are just trying to do too much and not getting enough done.
Practice Management

KPMG Repair Regulations Survey - Tax Execs Unsure of Business Impact

Tax executives are unsure what impact the IRS’s recently released “Repair Regulations” might have on their businesses, but they expect the new rules to be more difficult to administer or comply with in practice, according to results of a survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm.
Community News

Community Announcements: Week of January 23, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of January 23, 2012.
Community News

Community Announcements: Week of January 16, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of January 16, 2012.
A&A

NC State University Students Win AICPA National Accounting Competition

On December 17, the AICPA named seventeen students from North Carolina State University winners of the AICPA National Accounting Competition. The case competition focused on a fictional Texas company looking to expand its business into the Nigerian oil fields. The team received a $10,000 award.
Tax

IRS Commissioner Talks about International Tax Cheats

On December 15, before an audience at the IRS/George Washington University Twenty-Fourth Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, IRS Commissioner, Douglas Shulman, talked about tax cheats in the international arena and how the IRS is "turning up the pressure."
Practice

AICPA Panelists Examine Economic Outlook Survey Findings

AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey measured nine components All nine components showed modest improvement in the fourth quarter Survey revealed increased optimism that the US economy will improve in 2012 AICPA Webcast, "Looking Ahead to 2012: Progress of Paralysis?" covering the survey to be made available
A&A

IFRS Update: SEC Decision Still Months Away

James Kroeker, the SEC chief accountant, said last week that the SEC staff will need "at least a few more months" to complete its work on a report to the commission that will show the impact of adopting IFRS on US companies and capital markets. The SEC will study the staff report before making a decision.
Tax

IRS Announces 2012 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the 2012 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.
A&A

AICPA Awards $233,300 to Seventy-Eight Minority Accounting Students

The AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students program began in 1969, with the aim of increasing ethnic diversity in the CPA profession. Since the program's inception, the AICPA Foundation has awarded more than $14.6 million in scholarships to approximately 8,000 accounting students.
Practice

What the Boeing-NLRB Case Means for You

Boeing has hit a snag in its attempt to expand production of its Dreamliner airplane to a new facility in South Carolina. But it's not the economy that's hampering the opening of the new assembly line, it's the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Election 2012

Rick Perry's Tax Plan Opens 'Intriguing' Debate

Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry entered the tax reform fray recently when he made good on his debate promise to "bump plans" with fellow candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax proposal by introducing his own "Cut, Balance and Grow" economic stimulus plan.
Community News

Clifton Gunderson, LarsonAllen to Merge: New Firm Will Rank Among Top 10 CPA Firms

Clifton Gunderson and LarsonAllen, two of the nation’s top 20 certified public accounting and consulting firms, have announced plans to merge and form one of the top 10 accounting firms in the United States.
A&A

CFPB Works to Correct Technical Glitches

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) is experiencing some "technical problems" in its infancy.
Tax

Government Forces Showdown over H&R Block Merger with TaxAct

The government is seeking to block a proposed merger by H&R Block, the country's largest tax preparation firm, in its first antitrust action in seven years. The outcome will likely resonate loudly throughout the industry.
A&A

PCAOB Proposal Would Bring Greater Transparency to Public Company Audits

On October 11, 2011, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) voted to issue for public comment proposed amendments to its standards that would bring greater transparency to public company audits.

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