A&A news April 2012

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AICPA Survey Reveals Americans' Concerns about Finances and Saving

To commemorate National Financial Literacy Month, a national telephone poll of 1,005 adults was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The purpose of the survey was to find out what one habit poll participants would most likely forego in a financial pinch.
Practice Development

Management Essentials: Five Merger Tips to Help You Seal the Deal

Having completed five mergers while the managing partner of my firm, I learned many lessons along the way and have some of the scars to prove it. Regardless of whether you're the buyer or the seller, here are a few tips that will help you find and seal the right deal.
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KPMG Survey: New Excise Tax Will Hit Medical Device Companies Hard

Financial executives in the medical device manufacturing industry predict that a new excise tax and the burden of its related compliance costs will have a negative impact on their company bottom lines, according to a survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm.
Community News

ASTPS Offers Pro Bono Representation to Returning Combat Veterans

The American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS) has launched a program to help returning combat veterans (RCVs) with IRS problems. ASTPS members have volunteered to represent RCVs for no fee as a way of expressing appreciation for their service.
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TIGTA: IRS Can Take Action to Recognize/Investigate Fraud Indicators

By better ensuring that fraud indicators are recognized and properly investigated during field audits of individual tax returns, the IRS could increase revenue by an estimated $20 million a year, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
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ACCA/IMA Survey Reveals Global Confidence on the Rise

Confidence in the global economy recovered substantially in early 2012, regaining some of the optimism lost over the last year, according to the Q1 2012 ACCA/IMA Global Economic Conditions Survey, the largest global study of professional accountants.
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GAO Find Weaknesses in SEC Information Systems Security Program

In a letter dated April 12 to SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro, James Dalkin, GAO director of financial management and assurance, and Gregory Wilshusen, GAO director of information security issues, stated that "improvements were needed in the SEC's internal controls and accounting procedures."
Practice Development

The JOBS Act: Economic Solution or Investor Nightmare?

In an effort to jump-start the US economy and create more jobs, both the House and Senate passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, and President Obama signed the act into law April 8, 2012.
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Five Good Reasons to Obtain a Filing Extension

As you're nearing the tax return finish line, you probably have some clients who are stragglers or haven't "checked in" yet. Fortunately, you can still rely on the automatic tax filing extension to bail procrastinators out of a jam. Here's some valuable information to pass along to your clients.
Practice Management

New Survey Looks at Greatest Barriers to Innovation

The biggest roadblocks to organizational breakthroughs are a shortage of fresh thinking and too much red tape, according to a recent Robert Half survey. Survey results are based on interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of US companies with twenty or more employees.
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IRS Notice 2012-22 Adjusts Energy Savings Percentage Guidelines

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 includes a tax deduction for investments in "energy efficient commercial building property" designed to significantly reduce the heating, cooling, water heating, and interior lighting cost of new or existing commercial buildings placed into service between 1/1/2006 and 12/31/2013.
Practice

No More Bad Bookkeeping

What would it be like to receive clean and concise financial data from your clients? Wayne Zielke, CA, founder of LedgersOnline, assembled a team of financial and technology gurus to create online and accounting bookkeeping services to assist small and medium-sized businesses.
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More CPA Executives Are Optimistic about the US Economy

A growing number of financial executives are optimistic about prospects for the US economy and their own organizations over the next twelve months, according to the first quarter AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey.
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IIA Launches Enhanced North American Website

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) has redesigned and enhanced its North American website. Like the IIA's global website, which was introduced last October, the improved North American site features a clean, professional design with an array of user-friendly features.
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Update: Obama Signs JOBS Act: What's in It for You?

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act has been touted as the latest attempt to revive and stimulate the economy, with its key element focused on applying a concept called crowdfunding to small businesses.