Technology news April 2006

A&A

Electronic Payments Getting More Attention in May

This month, banks, credit unions, non-profit associations, businesses, and governments across the nation are asking consumers to increase their use of Direct Deposit and Direct payment in place of paper checks.
A&A

Are CFOs Up to Technology Task?

Technology continues to be a growing factor in businesses’ competitiveness and financial reporting capabilities, but questions are being raised about the technological proficiency of some chief financial officers (CFO), and for that matter, about the technological capabilities of most senior executives, who accordingly, are senior in age.Advertisement
Practice

Internal Communication in the Electronic Age

After three months or more of busy season, after picking up 20 voice mail messages every morning and attempting to clear out the pile of unread messages in email boxes that may or may not be spam, managers and employees in most accounting firms are looking to reconnect personally, to talk about results, goals for the coming year and the roles they will play in accomplishing these goals.Adve
Community News

Introducing Sage University for Customers, Prospects, & Business Partners

On Monday, Sage Software announced the launch of Sage Software University, a one-stop, all-inclusive resource for Sage Software training products and services, exclusively for Sage Software customers, prospects and business partners.Advertisement
Technology

E-Filing Sets Record, IRS Urges Taxpayers to E-File for Extensions

As of Thursday, April 13, a record 17,629,832 returns have been e-filed, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). That’s a 15 percent increase over the previous years, with two business days yet to go. “We are seeing the greatest growth for e-file among those filing from a home computer,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson in a prepared statement. “We have already surpassed last year’s total, and people can e-file, with an extension, until Oct.
Technology

A Conversation With...Ron Eagle

After a long, successful career centered on accounting profession technology, Ron Eagle is winding down his work life, but still has plenty to say about accounting and the Information Technology Alliance (ITA), the group he has led since its inception in the late 1990s.
Practice Management

Mark Your Calendar: TECH 2006

Hundreds of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and technology experts assemble at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Information Technology Conference to share news and information on the changing IT and how it can benefit their business, their career and their clients. Attendees also have the opportunity to explore cutting edge technology products and services, hear top industry speakers and network.
Community News

Outsourcing Goes Global; Small and Mid-Size Companies

IBM Global Services and Accenture, US companies that provide outsourcing services, are adding staff in China, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Brazil, and even some of India’s giant outsourcing companies, like Tata Consultancy Services, are themselves looking to send some functions to other countries, forbes.com says.
Technology

DeVry University to Offer Accounting Technology Degree

Growing demand for trained accounting professionals has inspired DeVry University, known for career-oriented technology programs, to offer a new associate degree in accounting technology, beginning in May 2006.Advertisement
Technology

IT Consulting Fades From CPAs’ Radar Screens

Now that tax season is ending and accountants turn their attention to new ways to generate revenue, technology consulting – once the darling of alternative services- will appear very low, if at all, on most practitioners’ radar screens, according to the head of the group that has long championed CPAs’ entry into technology consulting.Advertisement
Tax

Intuit Sues H&R Block for Copying TV Ads; Experts Explore Legal Protection for Online Content

Intuit Inc. sued H&R Block for copyright infringement, on Monday, in San Jose, Calif., charging that the tax preparation company has aired television commercials that copy commercials for Intuit’s TurboTax software.
Technology

Apple Grows Up - Even for Accountants

On April 1, 2006, Apple Computer celebrated its 30th birthday. Some may consider it an April’s fool joke to suggest seriously considering Apple’s computing platform, the Macintosh, as a legitimate accounting tool.
Tax

AICPA Urges Pause in Section 7216 Regulatory Effort

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) testified at an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) hearing on Tuesday, that regulatory process regarding proposed regulations under Internal Revenue section 7216, should be paused to allow for further discussion. The AICPA told the IRS that protection of tax return information should remain a top priority.
Technology

Things to Consider When Shopping for VoIP

As the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) market broadens, there will be plenty of choices available to accounting firms and their clients. That means great opportunity to make the right decision or the wrong one. Advertisement 
A&A

15 Business Performance Management Capabilities for Better Compliance

A new study, Improving Compliance Sustainability with Business Performance Management, from Cartesis and Robert Frances Group, proposes that organizations seeking sustainable financial reporting and regulatory compliance shift their focus to business performance management (BPM) technologies.

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