Practice news April 2011

Practice Development

How to make your blog an effective firm marketing tool

The primary – and only – goal your firm’s blog should have is for it to be a worthwhile marketing vehicle. If it is not, then you shouldn’t bother blogging!
A&A

Making the most of the law firm mixer

Many accounting firms regularly network with law firms and host or attend events with a group of attorneys for the purpose of growing each firm’s or individual’s respective practice. The challenge is how to make these very nice events deliver the results we want.
Practice

Is this dress code professionalism overkill?

If you are thinking about branding or flexibility for your firm’s people, the 43-page new dress code from Swiss bank UBS AG should get your attention.
Practice Development

Accountants as business advisors

Mark Lee, consultant practice editor of our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk, and chairman of the Tax Advice Network, offers accountants some food for thought.
Practice Management

FASB issues proposed accounting standards update on testing goodwill for impairment

The FASB has issued an exposure draft of a proposed accounting standards update intended to simplify how an entity is required to test goodwill for impairment.
Tax

IRS gets serious about return preparer rules

The PTIN registration is the first step in a multi-year effort by the IRS to provide standards for and oversight of the tax preparation industry. Starting this fall, certain paid preparers will be required to pass a new competency test.
Practice Management

Could you be breaking the law by not archiving e-mails?

Think about it – almost all of your business communications and negotiations are performed via e-mail, making them important documents to keep for reference.
A&A

April is Financial Literacy Month; financial fitness programs abound

The end of busy season, when a client's financial position is in clear focus, is the best time to talk about ways to improve their personal and business financial management and results.

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