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A&A

Challenges, best practices for the first XBRL filing

Thousands of small public companies will submit eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) financial reports, for the first time, with their regular June 15, 2011 filings with the SEC.
Technology

Intuit offers $10,000 to innovative entrepreneurs

Do you have Intuit’s next great idea? If so, the company wants to hear from you. Intuit Inc., which created Quicken and QuickBooks, is unveiling a website where innovators can collaborate to solve some of the company’s biggest product challenges. And in the process, someone’s bright idea may be worth up to $10,000.
Practice Management

Could you be breaking the law by not archiving e-mails?

Think about it – almost all of your business communications and negotiations are performed via e-mail, making them important documents to keep for reference.
Technology

AICPA urges IRS to help safeguard electronic accounting records

In a letter this week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants urged the IRS to work with small business owners to safeguard private data included in electronic accounting software records that the IRS may request as part of an examination.
Technology

New QuickBooks certification will validate small business accounting skills

Certiport, a provider of performance-based certification exams and practice test solutions, has announced the availability of a new Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU) certification program, designed by Real World Training, which is endorsed by Intuit.
Technology

How your Web site can make you more like James Franco

With everything else you have going on, the last thing you should be worried about is wasting time working on your Web site. In fact, your Web site should actually save you time, especially during tax season, while you are furiously completing tax returns for your clients.
Technology

Business vs. Personal: Controlling What People See on Your Facebook Pages

If you have a Facebook account, you've probably faced the dilemma of whether to accept a friend request from a business associate. Learn how configure your friends list so that different groups see just what you want.
A&A

Mobile computing takes accountants to a new level of productivity

Mobile computing is one of the hottest trends in the consumer sector today. Driven largely by video, web-browsing, gaming, and other just-for-fun applications, it has quickly moved from gadget status to a must-have for consumers.
A&A

FASB unveils XBRL 2011 taxonomy

Speakers at a recent FASB Webcast, XBRL 2011 Taxonomy Overview, presented an outline of what public company financial report preparers need to know about using the 2011 XBRL taxonomy.
Education & Careers

A new way to attract accounting talent? E&Y might be onto something big

This year, Big Four firm Ernst & Young is taking an unconventional approach to reaching the top talent. That is, it is meeting the students where they "live," online.
AccountingWEB Life

Top tech etiquette offenders; guide helps prevent blunders

In the days when tweets were bird sounds and a text was a book, workplace blunders had a limited audience. Now, however, these missteps can receive broad exposure with unhappy consequences.
Tax

Two Things You Can’t Avoid: Apps and Taxes

For many iPhone or Android owners, apps are like potato chips: You can’t stop at just one. Indeed, apps seem to be one of the leading fads of the 2010s – even the IRS has gotten into the game.
Practice Development

Creating a memorable 'About Us' page for your site

It is tax season again, which means that people are shopping for accountants. When potential clients are researching and evaluating your firm, the first step will be to do a quick Google search and find your web site.
Practice

Eleven cool mobile apps for running your practice

We recently featured five cool Web apps for running your firm that were highly recommended by your accounting colleagues. Now we’re going to stay on the productivity app beat and take a look at mobile devices.
Practice Management

Increased business use of mobile devices is top IT challenge

The proliferation of smartphones, tablet computers, and mobile devices in the workplace emerged for the first time as the top business technology concern for CPAs and financial executives, according to the 2011 Top Technology Initiatives Survey by the AICPA.
Technology

Using accounting-related key words to find answers

During busy season, accountants have questions and Intuit, the maker of ProLine Tax Research, among other software, has answers.
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.

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