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How to Build Your Practice with Outsourced Payroll

If handled right, outsourcing payroll can be a strategic initiative for your accounting firm—and it can build client relationships. Be aware of both the challenges and opportunities.
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3 Steps to Becoming the Steve Jobs of Accounting

The Apple founder became successful by focusing on a niche. You may not strive to become world-famous, but developing a niche can be a steppingstone to a new level of success for you, too.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: White House Action on Inversions This Week?

The menu for Sept. 15 features specials on Hertz and Carl Icahn make amends, Akorn is next US company to consider an inversion, Grover Norquist questions IRS audit of Breitbart News, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Accounting Is an Underrated Job

The menu for Sept. 12 features specials on House majority wants to save cash method of accounting, Buffett called Hatch to gauge US inversion policy, M&T Bank unit reaches $18.5 million settlement in SEC accounting case, and more.
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Marketing Plan Is the Key to Prioritization

As a marketing professional, I caution you to learn to prioritize. No matter how small your firm may be, you need to make time to write a marketing plan that can guide your activities. Create a blueprint that can provide consistency and structure.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS Chief Chastised Over Remark Made During Hearing

The menu for Sept. 11 features specials on Munger defends Buffett on Burger King deal, PwC and Crowe Horwath face lawsuit over Colonial Bank collapse, US Chamber gauges voter sentiment on tax code, and more.
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The 4 Ways to Attract Top Recruits to Your Firm

Don't think that all new accountants only want to work for the Big Four. Small and midsized firms have plenty of advantages. The trick is knowing what to offer the best candidates.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: S&P Weighs In on Inversion Craze

The menu for Sept. 10 features specials on REITs swell under new IRS rules, Breitbart News claims IRS harassment, 10 new AICPA/Accountemps scholarship winners announced, and more.
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Study: Audit Committee Transparency on the Rise at Fortune 100 Firms

The 2014 proxy season saw significant growth in audit committee transparency, continuing a recent trend of Fortune 100 companies going beyond the minimum disclosures required, according to a new Ernst & Young report released on Monday.
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5 Reasons to Ditch Manual Expense Report Templates

Say goodbye to manual expense reports. Automated expense management products have arrived in the market with advanced processes that are saving companies huge amounts of time and money.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lew Remains Coy on How Inversions Will Be Nixed

The menu for Sept. 9 features specials on number of jurisdictions that don’t use IFRS now at 7, IRS sued again over tax preparer regulation, House passes bill to crack down on tax return ID theft, and more.
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9 Keys to Creating a ‘Risk Challenge Culture’ at Your Firm

Developing a challenge culture for risk management is the next logical evolution for finance leaders as they seek to reduce risk in their organization, so says the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants in a new report.
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The 3 Reasons to Be a Mentor

Here are some reasons why you should guide others. More than just on-the-job training, mentoring is developing a relationship with individuals and sharing in the ownership of their development.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Hertz Chief Resigns Amid Pressure from Investors

The menu for Sept. 8 features specials on Audit Analytics examines large US public company auditor market share, Sen. Charles Schumer’s plan to curb inversions, Sen. Carl Levin blasts TIGTA over Tea Party report, and more.
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Have You Found Your Specialty?

A session at the "Senior Olympics" can make you think about specialties. Where does your competitive advantage lie and are you exploring the range of opportunities that it might provide?
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CMA Holders’ Average Salary Increased Slightly in 2013

Accounting and finance professionals with a CMA credential reported an average annual salary of $115,952 in 2013, up from $115,290 reported in 2012, according to a survey released on Thursday by the Institute of Management Accountants.
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8 Ways to Break Down Silos in Succession Planning

The crucial succession planning process benefits from the perspectives, insights, and hands-on involvement of a broad range of stakeholders who often are left out. It's time to work as a team.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The Most Annoying Business Buzzwords

The menu for September 5 features specials on DC appeals court to rehear Obamacare tax subsidies case, IRS slow in processing complaints against tax return preparers, Francine McKenna’s take on Andersen brand revival, and more.
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The 5 Forgotten Venues for the R&D Tax Credit

For CPAs looking to provide even greater value to their business clients, it would be wise to take another look at the R&D Tax Credit. It's often forgotten—but shouldn't be. Many businesses can take advantage of it.
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CPA Executives Have a Positive Outlook on Hiring: AICPA Study

According to the AICPA's third quarter 2014 "Business and Industry US Economic Outlook Survey," released on Thursday, hiring is expected to increase by 20 percent in the coming year, up from 17 percent last quarter and 13 percent at the end of 2013.

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