Technology news November 2006

Technology

Mobile Phone Manners Are Evolving

The use of cellular communication takes on many different manifestations, especially today. In previous times, answering any phone might have been considered ill mannered in the presence of others, so one stepped away to handle the call. Mobile phones now allow parties to communicate by using text, instant messaging (IM) and even e-mail, as well as voice.It is now acceptable to use the cell phone at family gatherings, according to TMCnet.com. The use of the speakerphone feature is becoming more widespread.
Technology

IRS Should Target Online Sellers, Committee Says

An Internal Revenue advisory committee made up of tax experts from outside the agency recently recommended that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) strengthen enforcement of current tax law as it applies to online sellers, USAToday reports.
A&A

Accounting software source code presents consulting opportunity

Modifying source code in accounting software applications has emerged as a strong opportunity for accountants who want to be involved in technology consulting but may want to stop short of reselling or implementing systems.There is much confusion in the business community over the availability of source code in popular accounting software products and over other issues associated with modifying the software to meet users' special needs, says Richard Morochove, a Toronto Canada-based technology consultant and columnist for PCWorld magazine.
Technology

Job-Hopping May Not Be Good for Your Accounting Career

A recent survey from Robert Half Finance & Accounting indicates that the length of time spent by candidates in previous positions is an important factor in the hiring decisions.
Technology

Debate Heats Up Over Need for Free IRS Web Portal

A major debate is brewing within the tax industry that may result in Congress mandating that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offer its own free-filing service.IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said last week that poor quality of tax return preparation by private companies, along with “predatory” refund anticipation loans, is feeding the debate over whether the IRS should allow taxpayers to file their federal income tax returns online without assistance from a tax preparer, Government Executive reported.
Technology

New Software Tracks E-Filed Returns

Electronic filing of tax returns is not without its shortcomings, but each tax season the technology seems to get better.This time of year software companies are releasing their upgraded e-filing programs with new features and conveniences. One of those is a tracking feature offered by CHH in the newest version of its ProSystem fx Tax.The new addition to the e-filing software is the tracking feature, Electronic Filing Status System, which enables the user to track the status of state and federal returns, according to CHH.
Technology

New Chairman, Members for IRS’ ETAAC

Five new members have been selected for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The group serves as a public forum for the discussion of electronic tax administration issues, supporting the goal of increasing electronic interactions between tax professionals and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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