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KPMG About to Unveil Internet Tax Portal

In an effort to help corporate clients assemble, analyze, and stockpile, tax information, KPMG has announced its intention to unveil Tax Portal, a service that initially will be aimed at Fortune 500 companies. The service will encompass both income and property tax.In addition to collecting tax data for clients, Tax Portal will provide services whereby companies can study scenarios for minimizing taxes.
Technology

New Study Shows Number of E-Filers Up 300%

A revealing study by Forrester Research shows that an estimated 6 million households will file tax returns online this spring. The number represents a 4 million or 300 percent increase over last year.The increase in online filers is attributed to the increase in readily available online tax filing services, the ease of tax software programs, and a growing comfort level toward electronic filing.
Technology

Tip: Use AutoCorrect to Help Speed Up Your Typing!

If you would like to increase your words per minute, or are required to type long names, words like "Cognitor" that you have to stop and think about or repeat a certain word throughout your document, try the AutoCorrect Feature in Word.The AutoCorrect feature allows you to set up typing shortcuts, so you only need to type in part of the word or a special code such as xyz and Word fills in the rest. For example, if I need to type Employee Retention Survey (referencing a project throughout your document), you can just type ers; then press the SPACEBAR, presto, Word does the rest.
Technology

On-Line Surveys Provide Important Client & Employee Info

AccountingWEB has located a Web site where firms can obtain on-line surveys to help gather information about the characteristics, behaviors, opinions, and knowledge of your client base or employees. Survey results can produce pertinent information regarding a specific problem, new products or new ideas.A web site called Web Surveyor can assist your technical team in creating an on-line survey to give to your clients, or an employee survey for internal use on your Intranet.
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Tips For Using the Web Wisely and Efficiently in Your Business

Promoting your product(s) or service(s) is just one of many ways you can benefit from using the Internet. To unlock the vast potential of the Internet, consider using it for:Customer research. Get the latest information on prospects before meeting with them. A general search of a client's name on the Web can lead you to press releases, news stories, and advertising material that may not be found in trade magazines or newspapers.
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FreeEdgar Will Cost $9.95 per Month

The free e-mail service, FreeEdgar that provides consumers with an e-mail notification of SEC filings of particular companies will begin charging a $9.95 per month fee for customers tracking over five companies. Customers can still look up information for free on the site, noted Senior Vice President Jay Sears.
A&A

SBA & Great Plains Software Offer Free Online Conference

The Small Business Administration will sponsor its first-ever Internet conferences for small businesses on February 20 and 22 hosted by Great Plains Software, Inc. The one-hour online conference, titled "Jump Start Your Business Success," is designed to teach techniques on how to grow successfully and to serve as a question-and-answer forum.
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Intuit Releases 'Site Frame' Web Sites for Small Businesses

Intuit recently released a new version of QuickBooks Site Solutions for small businesses. The new version includes the service "Site Frame," that enables small businesses to insert third-party developed applications directly into their QuickBooks Site Solutions Web sites with a plug and play interface. The new applications will assume the look and feel of the business' Web site. "Small businesses want robust Web sites that help them run their businesses more effectively," said Intuit's Small Business Division vice president and general manager Dan Nye.
Technology

Amazon's Downloadable Software Store Open For Business

Amazon has launched its newest product offering, a downloadable software store, where customers can purchase and download software directly to their desktops. The store, which plans to sell software titles from Quicken TurboTax to Norton AntiVirus 2001, flaunts one of the company's inherent advantages over its brick-and-mortar counterparts: the convenience of technology.
Technology

Stock Trading Via OnStar in Your Car – What Next?

General Motors and Fidelity have joined forces to enable drivers to check portfolios, trade stocks and mutual funds while driving down the freeway! Beginning early springtime, market information and stock quotes will be accessible through GM's OnStar in-car communications system. Trading and account features will be available later this summer. Fidelity officials describe the service as the latest in their effort to allow customers to manage their money whenever the spirit moves them.
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Formalized Flextime? The Perk That Brings Productivity

An informative article by, Workforce.com provided some great ideas on how to incorporate flexible scheduling in your company.In 1997, more than 25 million workers varied their hours to some degree, with staggered start times, compressed workweeks, job sharing, and part-time hours, according to the article “Flexible Schedules and Shift Work: Replacing the 9-to-5 Workday?” by Thomas Beers in the June 2000 issue of Monthly Labor Review. But, he adds, most flexible workers alter their schedules on an informal basis.
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Send & Receive Faxes & Voicemail From Your Computer

If you travel, or just can't seem to get your faxes out on time or want to track your voicemail more closely, you can try one of the services offered by eFax.com. Free and fee based software downloads are available from eFax.com. Below are a few of the downloads available along with information on each product highlighted. sign up for a personal eFax number.
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Lotus Notes Inventor Does it Again - New Groove Software!

Ray Ozzie the inventor of Notes software is at it again. Ozzie invented Lotus Notes, one of the most well designed client-server applications ever, and his new program, Groove could be an even bigger deal than Notes was. Lotus Notes was an entirely new way of working—so new, in fact, that few companies understood why they might want Notes. "I can't tell you how agonizing it was," recalls Ozzie.
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Deloitte Consulting & Oracle Join to Serve Health Care Industry

Deloitte Consulting will expand its current alliance with Oracle Corporation to provide leading edge information management solutions to the health care industry using the ASP hosting model supported by Oracle. Oracle and Deloitte Consulting expect that this new model will benefit both patient and provider by lowering costs of entry and enhancing data collection processing.
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Hot ASPs - Communications and Accounting Applications

According to a recent survey by Zona Research Inc., communications, financial/accounting and e-commerce offerings remain the most common types of applications being accessed from application service providers.The survey found that the number one application being accessed was communication applications, followed by financial and accounting applications and, e-commerce. "One measurable benefit of using ASPs is that they allow end users to focus their IT resources on their core competencies rather than worrying about things like whether everyone's e-mail is up and running," said Commi
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Intuit Offers Free On-line Tax Filing

Now in its fourth year, the Quicken Tax Freedom Project provided by Intuit, the maker of Quicken and TurboTax software, offers free on-line tax filing for all individuals and families with adjusted gross income of under $25,000, a $5,000 increase over previous years.Using the TuboTax for the Web software, Intuit is able to provide an interactive question-and-answer process in which taxpayers can enter information about their tax returns.
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Password-Stealing 'Trojan' Virus Plagues AOL Users

Anti-virus company McAfee.com Corp. is warning AOL users to be on the lookout for a number of password-swiping programs that are making the rounds attached to e-mail messages. McAfee said it has logged an increasing number of such "Trojan" programs among AOL users over the last 30 days. The worst of the bunch has been labeled "APStrojan.qa" and attempts to steal account names and passwords from users of versions 4 and 5 of AOL's software. It then attempts to forward that information to a destination outside the AOL network, the company said.
A&A

NetLedger Upstages Intuit and Peachtree

NetLedger, Inc., the leader in Web-based solutions that enable small businesses to succeed in the new economy has swept awards in its category from prestigious publications including PC Magazine, PC World, and Ziff Davis Smart Business (formerly PC Computing). PC Magazine honored NetLedger for its strong ledger, payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable modules. Additionally, NetLedger is recognized for being the first to use the strengths of the Web in its e-commerce tools for integrating users' books with an electronic storefront as well as built-in online bill payment.
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H.D. Vest Launches Free Tax Return Program for 2001

H.D. Vest has launched the 2001 version of its free tax prep web site. For the second year in a row, H.D. Vest will be offering free preparation and e-filing of their tax returns for consumers. The site has added several features for 2001, including the opportunity to open and fund an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) online and a paperless option with the new self-select PIN from the Internal Revenue Service. Users can also set up a free personalized Web site, MyHDVEST.com.
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SBA Launches Online Women's Business Center

Small Business Administration Administrator Aida Alvarez has announced that the award-winning Online Women’s Business Center has a new look and a new address on the Internet. The free, interactive entrepreneurial Web site, formerly managed by a grantee, will now be managed directly by the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership."The Online Women’s Business Center, which we launched just three years ago this month, has become the premier training site for women entrepreneurs worldwide," said Ms. Alvarez.

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