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Streamlining Excel’s Paste Special Values Feature

Yes, you can create a macro to automate Excel's paste special values feature, but there are easier ways of streamlining the process—just look in the right place.
Practice

Internet Explorer Opens Doors to Hackers

Reading this article with Internet Explorer? Stop! It has a security flaw so major that the government is issuing warnings, and Windows XP users are especially vulnerable.
A&A

DATA Act Awaits Obama’s Signature

The legislation, which was supported by the AICPA, was passed in the Senate earlier this month and in the House yesterday. The bill will make federal government spending data publicly available online.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Lawmakers Weigh In on IRS Bonuses Issue

The menu for April 24 features specials on Russia scrambling on FATCA, arrests in ID theft and fake tax return scheme, could the US implement a tax lottery like Slovakia, and more.
Practice

10 Mobile Apps Worth a Look

Are you looking for ways to make your mobile devices more useful? Whether or not you use the apps listed here, you should know what's out there for you and your clients.
Technology

High Impact Excel: Table Edition

In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA brings you up to speed on 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. Uncover power of this feature, but also get the low-down on the conflicts it can pose with other aspects of Excel.
Practice

The Four Reasons to Move to the Cloud

The cloud isn't just today's buzzword—it's a way to improve your business. Accountants can use the cloud to increase security, lower costs and enhance client service.
Practice Development

How to Move from Trusted Servant to Trusted Advisor

Accountants have been moving in a new direction in recent years—don't get left behind.
Education & Careers

High Impact Excel: Macro Edition

In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA introduces you to a powerful but underutilized macro feature in Excel.
Practice

What Kind of Digital Company Are You?

Too much reliance on technology? Too little? Maybe you're just not using it right.
Tax

IRS: Beware of New E-mail Phishing Scam

This latest phishing scheme involves e-mails to taxpayers that appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. The bogus e-mails direct the recipient to click on links to web pages that solicit personal information.
Education & Careers

High Impact Excel: Pivot Tables Redux

In this exciting presentation Excel expert David H. Ringstrom, CPA shares tricks that you can use with pivot tables every day. Remember, either you work Excel, or it works you!
Technology

What to Do When Sparklines Are Disabled

Readers are confused about Excel's Sparklines; explanations and a simple trick make this powerful spreadsheet feature work.
A&A

Social Media Risk Is a Concern for Internal Auditors

A top priority for chief audit executives and internal auditors this year is preventing risks – such as hits to the bottom line and a loss of productivity – that could result from social media use within their organizations, according to a survey released last week by global consulting firm Protiviti.
Practice Management

ID Theft at IRS: Could Your Firm Be Next?

If someone can walk out of the IRS with personal information on 20,000 people, they can do it at your firm.
Practice Management

How to Get Excel to Handle Social Security Numbers Properly

Almost every accountant handles Social Security numbers and almost every Excel spreadsheet screws them up. Here's how to fix them.
Tax

Do 'Cloud' Ventures Result in Sales Tax Problems?

The "Cloud" is all the rage, promising to solve a range of data management issues. But care is needed – you may end up with a sales tax nexus.
Technology

Opposition Mounts for House XBRL Exemption Legislation

XBRL US and several corporate data providers are against a bill approved last week by the House Financial Services Committee that would require the US Securities and Exchange Commission to exempt public companies with annual revenues under $250 million from filing their financial statements in XBRL format for five years.
Technology

Excel: The Indispensable NCAA Bracket Tool

Sports enthusiasts should know that Excel isn't just for accountants: it's for anyone running a Final Four betting pool.
Technology

Accounting’s Got ‘Game’: Bank On It Designed to Engage High Schoolers

A new accounting game launched this month by the American Institute of CPAs, Bank On It, challenges high school students on accounting fundamentals and real-world workplace scenarios in the context of an online board game.

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