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Credit Card Access to 401(k) Savings on the Way

Will convenient access to savings in 401(k) plans encourage workers to put away more money for their future or tempt them to drain their retirement accounts?The debate over that question has raged for nearly 25 years, but the various theories will be tested in the real world soon. A new 401(k) credit card is set to be unveiled today at a financial conference in Washington, D.C.
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Two Steps to Improving Your Marketing Success

by Joel Sussman - Since the human brain seems to be able to focus on only one thought at a time, it's difficult to evaluate an advertising idea from the perspective of both a marketer and a customer. That's why it's necessary to use a two-step process when developing highly effective ads, sales letters, web pages, and e-mails. The first step involves creating a rough draft of your marketing message, while emphasizing the strong points and best attributes of your product or service.
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Texas Society Takes Stand on Social Security & Medicare Reform

Urging CPAs to be ready to assist policy makers in finding realistic solutions to the looming Social Security and Medicare funding crisis, the Texas Society of CPAs' Executive Board recently passed a resolution and issued a white paper calling for reform of these two federal programs. The resolution notes that benefit payments will soon exceed available funds for both programs, creating a fiscal crisis for policy makers and potentially passing a massive financial burden on to future generations.
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Ten Employer-Employee Rules For Successfully Running a Small Business

Compliments of bizmove.com - You've just been in a serious car accident. You've got massive internal injuries and a broken jaw. You're going to be in the hospital at least a month. Your jaw is wired shut so you can't use the phone. Will your business run easily and well while you recover? Will your customers be served while you are gone? If you've just experienced heart failure over this prospect, the following list is for you. The information below, if put into practice, will reduce your stress, increase your business' productivity, and give you the vacation you so richly deserve.
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Fiducial Acquires CPA Firm, Adds ten Offices Across Midwest

As part of its aggressive expansion plan, Fiducial, an international provider of professional business outsourcing services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the accounting offices of Indianapolis, IN-based
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Los Angeles to Encourage Immigrant Business Owners to Pay Taxes

In a plan that some say legitimizes illegal aliens, the city of Los Angeles plans to allow undocumented immigrant business owners to pay taxes without fear of being reported.City estimates put the total unpaid immigrant taxes around $39 million as illegal aliens begin small businesses to pay their bills.
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SEC Probes Unit of Thomson Financial

The Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed Thomson Financial to find out more about its service providing information to public companies about their institutional investors, the Wall Street Journal reported."Thomson Financial is cooperating fully with the SEC and has been informed that the inquiry should not be construed as an indication by the commission or its staff that any violation of law has occurred," the company said in a statement. The Stamford, CT, company is a unit of Thomson Corp.
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Financial Accounting Foundation Names Donald M. Young to the FASB

The Financial Accounting Foundation has announced that Donald M. Young, currently Managing Director of Young & Company, a provider of consulting and research services for technology and private equity clients and former Managing Director with PaineWebber/UBS from 1998 to 2003, was named a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) effective January 1, 2005. Mr.
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Selling Your Own Business Just Got Easier, New Company Helps Broker the Deal

Earlier this month, TheBizMarket opened its doors and ushered in a revolutionary way to sell a business. TheBizMarket unveiled its new internet based system that allows business owners to market their business for sale like a professional business broker. TheBizMarket takes internet business marketing to a new level with a complete professional marketing package that includes business preparation, pricing report, multiple channel marketing, buyer management, comprehensive resources and a multimedia presentation called a “Bizmercial”.
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Improving The Workplace: People Problems Perplex Management

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. - Research shows that supervisors do a much better job of handling job-related problems than they do handling people-related problems. One of two employees believes that their immediate supervisor does a poor job of solving problems such as motivational, emotional, and personal issues.Here are some reasons why: Supervisors Become Supervisors Due to Their Job-Related SkillsEmployees are typically promoted to the supervisory level because of their technical or problem solving skills, not their people-management skills.
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401(k) Loans Boost Business Startups

When seeking money for their startup business many entrepreneurs are turning to the Solo 401(k) to get a loan.Solo 401(k) retirement plans with a loan feature first became available in 2002 as a result of tax law changes that lifted restrictions on business owners getting a loan from their 401(k) plan. This change is important because in most cases when one withdraws money from a retirement account prior to age 59 ½ they are hit with a 10% tax penalty on top of the regular income tax.
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Congress Redefines 'Gimme' for Golfers

Critics of the new tax bill have called it “a pile of pork,” pointing to the goodies handed out to businesses of all kinds, but one group that has escaped criticism are professional golfers.
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GASB Issues Technical Bulletin to Clarify Pension Accounting

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has published a proposed staff Technical Bulletin, Recognition of Pension and Other Postemployment Benefit Expenditure/Expense and Liabilities. The proposed guidance would clarify requirements on accounting for employers’ contributions to pension and other postemployment benefit (OPEB) plans in Statement No. 27, Accounting for Pensions by State and Local Governmental Employers, and Statement No. 45, Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions.
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FASB Delays Rule on Stock-Options Expensing

U.S. accounting rule-setters on Wednesday postponed implementation of a requirement that companies expense employee stock options.The seven-member Financial Accounting Standards Board unanimously agreed to a six-month delay in the options expensing rule — from Jan. 1, 2005 to June 15, 2005. Technology companies, along with Securities and Exchange Commission's top accountant, have promoted a delay.
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October 15 Tax Deadline Approaches

Although most taxpayers have long since filed their 2003 federal income tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service said earlier this month that more than a million people still face the October 15 deadline.However, there are many taxpayers in presidentially declared disaster areas who have been granted additional time to file their tax returns.
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Release of Fannie Mae Executive Pay Information Causes Flap

Fannie Mae critic Rep. Richard H. Baker (R-La.) released executive pay information last week at a hearing that has the mortgage finance company defending bonuses and perks.
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The Pros & Cons of Starting Your Own Business/Practice

By abcsmallbiz.comSome of the reasons people start or buy their own businesses are to:- be their own boss or create their own job - seek an alternative to their current career - make better use of their skills and knowledge- introduce a new product or service, or - take advantage of a business opportunity. These are all valid reasons to want your own business, but the success or failure of a person's business venture is as unique as their fingerprint.
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RS Investments Settles Market-Timing Probes for $25 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged investment adviser RS Investment Management L.P., CEO G. Randall Hecht, and former CFO Steven M. Cohen with favoring certain mutual fund investors by allowing them to engage in frequent short-term trading (market timing). According to the Commission, RS entered into secret agreements that permitted select investors to generate millions of dollars in trading profits at the potential expense of other shareholders, and allowed RS to reap substantial advisory fees.
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Earned Income Tax Credit Tool Debuts on IRS.gov

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unveiled a new tool to help tax professionals determine whether their clients are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. The new application is available in English and Spanish.The EITC Assistant is another in a series of steps being taken by the IRS to maximize taxpayer participation while minimizing EITC errors.“This tool will help tax professionals and taxpayers navigate what can be quite complex qualification standards for the EITC,” said Mark W.
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Management Shakeup May Lie Ahead for Fannie Mae

Days after Fannie Mae's federal regulator released a highly critical report on the mortgage giant's accounting practices, observers say top management may not survive the fallout.Fannie Mae's regulator, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), conducted an eight-month investigation and found such pervasive problems that OFHEO suggested a management change.“These findings cannot be explained as mere differences in interpretation of accounting principles, but clear instances in which management sought to misapply and ignore accounting principles," OFHEO Director Armand

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