A&A news November 2010

A&A

Accounting for expenses: There’s an app for that

Whether you have an iPhone, Motorola Droid, or a BlackBerry, there are several applications that can organize and keep track of your travel expenses. Jason Bramwell reports on seven applications ranked high by technology experts that can benefit accountants on the go.
Tax

Get through airport quickly by keeping your fashion sense at home

Fellow travelers: Take a cue from Fergie, the latest victim of the Transportation Security Administration’s more aggressive airport screening procedures. The singer learned that being a celebrity didn’t earn her the privilege of avoiding the much-criticized tactics at LAX.
Tax

New per diem rates for business travel reimbursement

If your company pays employees to travel, you need to know your options when it comes to reimbursing them for travel expenses.
A&A

Texas CPAs suggest toys that teach children about saving, budgeting, investing

With many people facing challenging financial situations and an economy desperately trying to rebound, the TSCPA believes this holiday season is the perfect time for children to learn the importance of money-mindedness with affordable toys and board games that won’t break the bank.
Tax

IRS Doghouse Web site enables consumers to rate IRS employees

Consumers with a bone to pick with the IRS have the opportunity to share their experiences. Originally designed as an IRS profile database, IRSDoghouse.com has evolved into a free and anonymous Web site where anyone can rate agency employees.
A&A

Deloitte Consumer Spending Index continues decline

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index declined in October, primarily due to softness in the housing market. The index is designed to track consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending.
A&A

New Congress Part 1: Deficits, tax cuts, lame ducks

Following the November 2 elections, Republicans are taking the lead in the House and have strengthened their position in the Senate, which means there is much talk of permanently extending the Bush tax cuts.
A&A

New Congress Part 2: Health care, Form 1099, financial reform

With Republicans poised to take control of the House in just a few weeks, there is no shortage of speculation about what they will address. To study the possibilities, President Obama appointed a bipartisan commission to make recommendations.
AccountingWEB Life

How exceptional is your client service?

What’s the No. 1 goal of CPA firms everywhere? To attract more clients and then retain them for decades. But, because many services CPA firms provide must meet rigid requirements and standards, the level of service that clients receive in these areas often is the same from firm to firm.
Practice Management

The necessary act of recovery

Five Star Client Service is a client service methodology. Recovery is the final component in the Five Star process, following: connecting, taking the order, delivering the order, ascertaining satisfaction, and offering dessert.
Technology

Why Google’s local search results is an opportunity for small accounting firms

If you are a small local accounting firm looking to grow your business, you want to be found on Google when someone enters a search into Google for an accountant in your area.
A&A

Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting asks the question: "r u ready?"

Approximately 800 accounting professionals from around the country gathered recently in Washington, D.C., not to try to lobby Congress or push a tax agenda, but to learn and absorb tools and tips from the mother ship, Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting.
Practice Development

New network focuses on closing gap between old and young accountants

Jason Blumer believes that technological advancements and new workflow strategies have caused a gap between old-school accounting professionals and the younger generation of CPAs. Jason Bramwell reports.
A&A

AICPA calls on Congress to repeal 1099 reporting requirements

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) called on Congress this week to repeal what it considers burdensome information reporting requirements placed on businesses and rental property owners by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.
A&A

Virginia CPA society offers free financial literacy calendar

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants’ award-winning Financial Fitness Calendar is now available for the 2011 calendar year.
Practice Management

Embracing change in the accounting profession

I hear it all too often from the old guard who are retiring: "I'm worn out," or "I'm too old for all of these techy changes," or "Developing the next set of partners for our firm is just too time consuming."
Practice Development

Filomeno & Co. turning audits into profit centers

Filomeno & Company, a West Hartford, CT-based CPA and business advisory firm, is turning financial audits into profit centers.
A&A

AccountingWEB scholarship winners embark on life after college

Since graduating college in the past year, the three students who won $500 scholarships from AccountingWEB in 2009 are finding their niche in the accounting profession. Jason Bramwell reports.
Practice Management

Making the most of customer, client, and employee rapport during the holidays

The holidays: a nice, quiet time of year to enjoy with friends and family, while methodically preparing for the upcoming year and a busy tax season.
A&A

Pass, fail, or adapt: How to respond to changing DCAA audit rules

The Defense Contract Audit Agency, the agency which audits Department of Defense contracts, changed the rules last year to make its audits very simple: you pass or you fail.

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