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Are Your 'What If' Scenarios Based on Yesterday's Technology?

If your clients are still in the Excel era, they've got plenty of company. But they may find cloud computing provides more nimble forecasting of their business needs.
Technology

The Four Security Questions for a Cloud Move

According to leading IT experts, here are four questions you should always ask a cloud-based service provider. The answers will tell you if they're keeping your data secure.
Technology

Maximizing Excel's Alt-Down Arrow Keyboard Shortcut

Alt-Down Arrow is one of the most versatile Excel keyboard shortcuts, giving users an easy means to speed through repetitive data entry, and more. Learn its three main uses.
Technology

High Impact Excel: Data Validation Edition

Excel spreadsheets are often akin to the American Wild West, where users can input anything they want into any worksheet cell. Excel's Data Validation feature allows you to restrict user inputs to selected choices, but there are many nuances to the feature that often trip users up.
Practice

Document Management Tips for Accounting Offices

Document management software is essential for accounting offices. With the right paperless office solution, you can organize all of your electronic and paper documents and keep them close by.
A&A

Can Software Really Replace Accountants?

Changes are on the horizon that could empower accounting software users to the point when they don't need accountants any longer, and reduce the process to a turnkey program.
Practice

Use a Menu of Services as an Overview of Your Value Priced Offerings

Whenever I speak to accountants about creating a cloud practice, the most common question is, “How do I charge my clients?” The answer has usually been "hourly billing," but that model is changing.
Practice

Survey: Cybersecurity Is Keeping More Corporate Directors Up At Night

While reputational risk is the No. 1 nonfinancial concern among corporate directors, cybersecurity/IT risk is gaining steam. According to the results of a new survey from EisnerAmper, cybersecurity/IT risk ranked second at 62 percent, up almost 10 percent from last year’s poll.
A&A

Big Data Cited as Top Issue for Some CPAs

Accountants who specialize in forensic and valuation services point to electronic data analysis, or big data, as the most pressing issue they’ll face in the coming months, according to results of a new survey released on Tuesday by the AICPA.
Tax

Sales Tax Confusion: Either Way, You're Screwed

If you don't collect enough sales tax, you're in trouble with the state. Collect too much and the lawyers will be after you. Vendors may feel they're in a no-win situation.
Tax

Permanent Ban on Internet Access Taxes Backed by US House

All that was needed on Tuesday was a voice vote for the House of Representatives to pass a bill that would prevent state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Now the ball is in the Senate's court to pass its bill before the Nov. 1 deadline.
Practice

How Small Businesses Can Use Cloud-Based Virtual Desktops

The virtual desktop approach gives small and medium-sized businesses control over their environment, as well as customization options, while reducing labor overhead and hardware expenses.
Practice

Tech Review: Expense Receipts on the Go

Quick management of your expenses while on the road is as close as your cellphone. You don't have to track down a copier or scanner after a busy day, or spend a lot on expensive programs.
Technology

The Cloud: One Company's Case Study

We've published many articles about the cloud. Here, one company relates why it decided to move its accounting and financials to the cloud, and explains how it did it—including its errors.
Education & Careers

High Impact Excel: Table Edition Redux

In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA revisits the Excel feature you should be using, but probably aren't. The Table feature offers the ability to both boost the integrity of your spreadsheets, but reduce maintenance as well.
Technology

Embed Frequently Used Lists into Excel

You can create a list of days of the week or months of the year in Excel—but there's more. This is part of the Custom Lists feature, and you can use it to add your own lists. It's easier than you probably thought.
Tax

House Panel Approves Lasting Moratorium on Internet Access Taxes

By a 30-to-4 vote, the House Judiciary Committee backed a bill on Wednesday that would make permanent a moratorium that bans state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
Practice

Working the Cloud: The Next Steps

While it's always good to be flexible when getting started, there are some critical things you should decide in order to maximize your potential and delight your ideal clients.
Technology

Taste of the Future at Tech Conference

AWEB's Richard Koreto is attending the Scaling New Heights conference, and has uncovered trends relevant to all accountants, even non-Intuit users, while some things never change.
Technology

Why You Need a Solid State Drive for Your Computer

Are you using yesterday's computer? Replace your conventional disk drive with a solid state drive. You'll spend more time getting work done and less time waiting for your computer.

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