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AccTrak21 Offers Free Accounting Software

"WHY SHOULD I READ THIS?"This is a special high-value Holiday Season accounting software promotion offer restricted to CPAs ONLY. Offer is limited to the first 50,000 respondents on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Offer closes January 15th, 2002. "WHAT'S THE OFFER?" FREE Internet download of licensed copy of award-winning, multi-user, AccTrak21 Perform@ Accounting & Business Intelligence software, retail value $6,160. (One-time License Registration Fee of $25 applies - no other fees or charges).
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Web Site Provides Nationwide Real Estate Tax Rates

Mortgage loan administrators have a new service they can rely on to provide access to real estate tax information from across the country.First American Real Estate Tax Service has launched its Property Locator Service Database which provides Internet access to real estate tax data from more than 22,000 taxing authorities.The service is being touted as the first nationwide real estate tax database in the real estate industry.
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IRS Announces Change that Favors Small Businesses

Nearly two years ago, the IRS released guidelines requiring many businesses with revenue over $1 million to use the accrual method of accounting instead of the cash method.
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SBA Funds Grant Program for Very Small Businesses

America’s smallest businesses will now have access to more training and technical assistance to help them start or grow a business under a new program funded by the U.S.
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QuickBooks Releases Accountant Version of Program

Intuit has announced the release of a new accountants' version of the QuickBooks program, QuickBooks Premier 2002: Accountant Edition.The newest addition to the QuickBooks library features real-time remote access to the popular accounting software for small businesses, as well as many other attributes.
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PPC Offers Online Financial Planning Solution

PRESS RELEASEPPC, one of the nation’s leading solutions providers for tax and accounting professionals, says its customers and their clients can now "connect, communicate and collaborate" over the Internet for "total life cycle" personal financial planning. PPC’s new Personal Financial Center (PFC) offers the unique combination of PPC’s exclusive and respected engagement guidance and software tools for CPAs, together with powerful new online financial planning software applications for professional advisers, as well as consumer-oriented software and content for the client.
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SBA Offers New Loan Program

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When Reservists are Called to Duty – What Your Company Should Know

In light of the September 11 terrorist attacks, businesses around the country may find themselves having to adjust frequently as reservists are called upon to serve their county. Two issues that companies may face when their employees are called upon, is how to replace them or handle their immediate responsibilities. A second issue is what to do about salary and benefits – should you as a company continue paying reservists or guard members or provide their families with health insurance?
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Online Resource for Business Start-Ups

The Wall Street Journal's StartupJournal is the place to go for entrepreneurs who are starting a new business or buying a franchise.
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Entrepreneur Magazine's Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Magazine has teamed with business information specialists Dun & Bradstreet to provide a ranking of the nation's best cities for entrepreneurs.The two cities tied for the top berth are Dallas, noted for a well-trained labor force, strong city leadership, and an extensive transportation network, and Orlando, seen as a high-tech hub with a reasonable cost of living and an attractive climate.Other cities filling out the top five include West Palm Beach/Boca Raton, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Austin
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Firms Need To Get More Image Conscious, Survey Reveals

Small firms realize that image is highly important for building their business, but do little about it, a new survey reveals. Less than a quarter of smaller firms surveyed said they were working with their staff to enhance the appearance of the company. The study, by mailing services company Pitney Bowes, reveals that only 25% say they are focused on improving their employees' telephone manner or written communication skills.
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Characteristics That Make a Successful Entrepreneur

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs are like everyone else - the difference is they usually have stronger feelings and express themselves more strongly that those less likely to strike out on their own. If you are going to risk your money and time in your own business you must have a strong feeling that you will be successful. These strong feelings may also cause problems. If you want to start your own business, you probably have mixed feelings about authority.
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Small Business Resource Guide Available for Free

The IRS and the U.S. Small Business Administration have pooled their resources and created a CD full of information that will help small businesses understand their federal tax requirements as well as providing other essential business information.The CD contains start-up information for new small businesses and valuable information from a variety of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S.
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When is The Right Time to Refinance a Mortgage?

Article contributed by; Peter Marino, Green Street Financial Group, Inc. and Member of the National Network of Accountants' Preferred Provider Network.Since January the Federal Reserve has cut short-term rates by 2.75%, however mortgage rates have gone slightly higher than they were prior to the cuts. Determining whether or not to refinance an existing mortgage takes more than just watching the continuous roller coaster fluctuations of interest rates.
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401(k) Tax Deferrals May Backfire

An interesting study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, demonstrates how 401(k) funds set aside for retirement and tax deferred when earned, may end up actually costing the investors more in tax dollars than if the funds were taxed at the time they were earned.Low- and middle-income workers might be most victimized by a potential retirement scenario in which income from mandatory withdrawals from a 401(k) plan pushes the taxpayer into a higher tax bracket, raising the marginal tax rate and potentially
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Online Resource for Business Valuation

Looking for information on valuing your business? Look no further. Or look way further, depending on your point of view. Here is a Web site, produced by William C. Weaver, Ph.D., that provides more links to online business valuation resources than you will probably have time to examine.From the American Bar Association's tax law summaries to Zero Coupon Bonds, this A to Z summary of online business valuation links provides something for everyone who is interested in business valuation topics and techniques.Another page in Dr.
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FASB Issues Statement on Asset Retirement Obligations

The Financial Accounting Standards Board today issued Statement #143, Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations.Originally initiated seven years ago to deal with nuclear decommissioning, the scope of the project has been expanded over the years to include the accounting for similar closure costs of other assets at any time during their life.According to the FASB press release, the standard requires entities to record the fair value of a liability for an asset retirement obligation in the period in which it
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cyberCFO Extends Reach

cyberCFO, an outsourced strategic financial services firm for emerging-growth technology companies, announced the opening of its Boston office to be headed by Mary Bevelock, former Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Entrepreneurial Services Center in Cambridge, MA. As Managing Director for Boston, Bevelock will oversee the operations, client service delivery, and business development for the Boston region.
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Treasury to Offer Four-Week Bills

The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced it will begin regular weekly offerings of four-week bills. It is expected that the four-week bills will help smooth seasonal fluctuations in the Treasury's cash balances.The first four-week bills will be officially announced on Monday, July 30, and offered for auction on Tuesday, July 31, at 1:00 p.m., and settlement will occur on Thursday, August 2.
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Marketing Help For Small Businesses

Small businesses are different from larger ones if for no other reasons than they have less money to spend and smaller staffs to help them get the job done. The whole point of marketing is to build relationships with your customers and potential customers. Moreover, even though a small business does not have the budget or staff for large-scale marketing plans, you do have contact with your customers every day. With only 24 hours in the day and a business to run, you may want to hire an ad agency or enlist the help of a marketing consultant.

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