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Technology

Get off my cloud!

How does one know that confidential client information will stay confidential as it gets bounced between servers, ethernet wires and routers? Peter Budreski shares his ideas about confidentiality in the cloud.
Practice

Five cool Web apps for running your firm

You’ve probably noticed that most new software is now developed for the web rather than the desktop. This actually isn’t a trend; instead, it's expected that Web-developed software will become the norm, and perhaps even accelerate, in the years ahead.
Technology

It's the preparer, not the software

Every year, nuances of the tax returns seem to get a little more intertwined. Lawmakers' tax simplification acts never simplify much and paperwork reduction legislation seem to add more pages to the return. And that's just at the federal level.
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.
AccountingWEB Life

AccountingWEB's top blogs of 2010

Keeping our readers informed is what we're all about. Often this task is accomplished through news articles and editorial commentary. In addition, AccountingWEB is home to nearly 30 bloggers, experts in their fields, who share their insights with the AccountingWEB community.
Practice

Six reasons why CPA firms should consider SEO

Getting noticed in the right place during an Internet search is what search engine optimization is all about. A developing technology, SEO increases the likelihood your company will be easily found by prospects.
Practice Management

It's about time: New Year’s resolutions to maximize time

Don’t let the stubborn consistency of time get you down. If you’re smart about it, there are plenty of ways that you can get more per hour in 2011. We asked some of your forward-looking colleagues to chime in with their time maximization plans for 2011.
Technology

Gadget wish list for 2010

It's that time of year again for putting together your holiday wish list. Here is my list of big ticket items, and some stocking stuffers, too.
Technology

Mint.com personal finance service launches in Canada

Mint.com, an online personal finance service from Intuit Inc., is now available to Canadians at mint.com/Canada. Canada is the first country outside of the United States to have a unique version of Mint.
A&A

Top 11 accounting technology productivity features

If you can improve your earnings or profit by adopting technology with the productivity features that matter, it is an obvious and sensible approach.
Practice Development

Survey: 82% of top 100 accounting firms tie new tech to client retention, firm growth

The largest U.S. accounting firms believe they are nearly 100 percent focused on client needs and expectations, and perceived by their clients as technologically savvy, with the adoption of paperless and cloud-based technologies, according to a recent survey.
Technology

Under the Radar Part 1: Five new features in Excel 2010

I have to admit, I was underwhelmed when Office 2010 was released. You’d think that an Excel expert would like nothing more than a shiny new version of Excel, but my initial experience with the new user interface in Excel 2007 left me feeling chastened.
Technology

Under the Radar Part 2: Five New Features in Excel 2010

I introduced you to five subtle changes that Microsoft added in Excel 2010 that I’ve found quite helpful in part one of this two-part series. In this second part of the series, I’ll discuss five more features that have boosted my productivity in Excel.
A&A

Accounting for expenses: There’s an app for that

Whether you have an iPhone, Motorola Droid, or a BlackBerry, there are several applications that can organize and keep track of your travel expenses. Jason Bramwell reports on seven applications ranked high by technology experts that can benefit accountants on the go.

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