Technology news January 2011

Tax

Free spreadsheet-based Form 1040 available for 2010 tax year

Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas, has created a free Microsoft Excel-based version of the 2010 U.S. Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040.
A&A

Red Flags compliance: How accountants can help their clients

Accounting and other professional firms are now exempt from the Red Flags rule issued by the FTC in 2007. But all other businesses and nonprofits that extend credit or hold accounts that might be subject to identity theft were required to be in compliance as of December 31, 2010.
Technology

Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Excel

Microsoft Excel has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a spreadsheet program for the Mac environment. This year, Microsoft is celebrating 25 years of Excel with a Facebook-based contest that encourages users to post their favorite Excel memory.
A&A

iPhone, Android Productivity Apps for Accountants

Spend a minute or two in the app store for your mobile device of choice, and you’ll uncover inane apps like iLickIt. Fortunately, there are some actual productivity-boosting tools starting to shoulder their way through the pack of apps for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
A&A

BlackBerry Productivity Apps for Accountants

If you’re like me, you’re still holding onto your BlackBerry with a death grip. However, you might also have app envy because, it seems, every week there are 500 new apps released for iPhone and Android. Fear not, as we’ve unearthed productivity apps for you.
Practice Management

The essentials of document management for CPA firms

“Document Management” is a term that has become more or less synonymous with “going paperless.” Consider that when we say “going paperless,” virtually every accounting firm has already been processing and storing a wide variety of documents in digital format since the introduction of the personal computer almost thirty years ago.
A&A

Carbon accounting is hot new growth area for accountants

An overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 companies now voluntarily measure, manage, and publicly disclose their carbon emissions. This provides an exciting opportunity for accountants to provide an important service in the growing area of carbon accounting.
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