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Michigan Legislators Vote to Tax Internet Sales

The Michigan House of Representatives voted yesterday to allow Michigan to join other states in creating a uniform, nationwide system of collecting and enforcing sales tax on online sales. The bill passed 57-50, and now heads for the Senate.Conservative Republicans voted against the bill and spoke out after the vote. "The people don't want this policy. Government wants this policy," explained Rep.

Intuit Announces New Software and Strategies

Intuit Inc., maker of QuickBooks(R) software, QuickBooks payroll services and related small business management solutions, has unveiled its new "right for my business" strategy to better address the $17 billion small business management market.

Warning Issued Over Nimda E-Mail Worm

Users and virus alert centers have warned the on-line community about a new worm program, Nimda, that is being spread as an e-mail attachment. The Symantec Security Response Web site was alerted to Nimda's existence on Monday, September 18.

Plug In - To a Marketing Discussion List for Accountants

By Terri M. Sommella, President, Sommella Market StrategiesUntil now, no vehicle existed to afford accounting marketers ongoing information exchanges, resources and training. With the launch of the Association for Accounting Marketing’s Members Discussion List (AMDL) it’s here, and it’s free. The launch of the AMDL is the most immediately beneficial resource offered to accounting marketers since AAM was formed eleven years ago.OverviewThe AMDL is an on-line discussion list.

IRS Launches New Online Tax Payment Service

The IRS will unveil a new Web site today where individuals and companies can make payments of all federal taxes. The program is part of the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), and has been used by businesses for the past year. Now individuals may also take advantage of this opportunity to pay taxes online.Any type of federal tax can be paid online at the IRS site, and there is no fee for using the service.

H&R Block Inks Mega-Deal with AOL

H&R Block, tax preparer to the nation, has signed a three-year agreement with AOL Time Warner to be the exclusive promoter of tax services to subscribers of America Online, CompuServe,, and
Technology Breaks Ground in PC Marketplace

As part of its ongoing attempt to turn a profit, online bookseller has announced plans to venture into online computer sales, partnering with Ingram Micro Inc., the number one distributor of computer products.Visitors to will see a new tab at the top of the page promoting the computer services.

Tomorrow's Software Presents 'CPA's Dream Tool'

PRESS RELEASEILLINOIS CPA SOCIETY 2001 BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS SHOWCHICAGO, ILAugust, 28, 2001-Tomorrow's Software, Inc., a developer and marketer of knowledge base reporting software providing value-added tools for CPAs, consulting firms and businesses, introduces a redesigned and enhanced edition of Fingraph® CPAnalyst at the Illinois CPA Society Annual Conference this week.

Intacct Offers Real-time Financial Business Intelligence

PRESS RELEASEAugust 28, 2001 (Los Gatos, Calif.)—Intacct Corporation, the leading provider of on-line professional accounting solutions, will introduce its new on-line financial analysis application today at the 2001 ICPAS Business & Technology Solutions Show in Rosemont, IL. The application, called Intacct Financial Analysis (IFA), will provide CPAs and other financial professionals with the ability to analyze and identify a client company’s financial strengths and weaknesses based on real-time corporate financial data.

Use of Invisible Web Bugs Increases by 488%

A new study has revealed that the use of web bugs, or online hidden information collectors, has increased 488 percent in the past three years. On average, a web page is nearly five times more likely to contain a web bug today than in 1998. Web bugs are hidden graphics embedded in web pages to collect information about visitors to the site. Unnoticed, they can gather information such as the user’s IP address, the type of browser used to retrieve the bug and previously set cookie values.

PowerPoint Tip: Recycling Your PowerPoint Slides

As a frequent PowerPoint user, you produce a fair number of PowerPoint slides in multiple shows. If you teach or present the same material recurrently to different audiences, chances are you’ll have to copy slides between presentations or cut and paste an entire new presentation together from several slide shows. Considered by some to be an unwelcome feature, PowerPoint tries to help us by making all of the fonts, color schemes, etc. the same on every slide, regardless of whether the slide was created in or imported into the show you are working on.

PeopleSoft Teams with Kinder, Gentler IRS

An announcement expected on Monday will demonstrate the latest example of your tax dollars at work. The IRS will spend more than $10 million on customer relationship management (CRM) software in an effort to improve online support for taxpayers and tax return preparers.

Online Resource for Business Valuation

Looking for information on valuing your business? Look no further. Or look way further, depending on your point of view. Here is a Web site, produced by William C. Weaver, Ph.D., that provides more links to online business valuation resources than you will probably have time to examine.From the American Bar Association's tax law summaries to Zero Coupon Bonds, this A to Z summary of online business valuation links provides something for everyone who is interested in business valuation topics and techniques.Another page in Dr.

E&Y Joins the Online Monster

The career site,, has joined forces with Ernst & Young to provide job search and recruiting services to the Big Five firm.The significance of this relationship is that, which has operations in 21 countries, will provide a one stop international job bank for E&Y."The ability to post jobs in 10 countries and access's comprehensive resume database will be an enormous asset for Ernst & Young, as hiring top-notch talent remains a number one priority for the

Discarded Office Equipment is Loaded with Sensitive Data

Do you delete all the files before selling your out-of-date company computer? Do you remove the original document from the copier machine after you make a copy? Do you take your sensitive information away from the fax machine after you have faxed it to someone else? You probably answer yes to all or most of these questions, and you probably think you have done everything necessary to protect your important company information.
Practice Management

Building a Successful Technology Team

By Sandra L. Wiley, Boomer Consulting, Inc.A crucial element to success in technology is leadership and making progress towards established action plans and goals. You might think that I am going to talk about the Managing Partner or the Technology Partner’s role in the process, but you would only be partially correct. In the area of technology, one person does not make things happen. It must be a team effort. In many firms you will hear this group referred to as the Technology Committee. I like to refer to it as the Technology Team.

Maui . . . High Tech . . . Really!

For all of those who have gotten burned out on Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley and other high tech hubs turned upside down in the Internet fallout, the island of Maui is calling you.The State of Hawaii has pulled out all the stops and is lobbying high-tech businesses across the United States to relocate to the up-and-coming high-tech hubs on the Island of Maui.Web sites such as Friends of Maui: High Tech Economic Development and High Tech Maui offer the la

US Governors Push For Internet Taxation

The Washington Post is reporting that a majority of US Governors will urge lawmakers this week to reject the extension of the moratorium on Internet access taxes unless it is tied to the opportunity for states to create a streamlined system to collect online sales tax.The moratorium, which has been in place since the fledgling days of the Internet to help foster e-commerce growth, is set to expire October 21, 2001."If you care about a level playing field for main street retail businesses, and local c

Five Strategic Technology Payoffs

Guest Article by Roman Kepczyk, President of Info Tech Partners North America.Technology is impacting every aspect of our accounting practices, and leading firms have found that proper implementation and utilization of technology provide a strategic competitive advantage. The difficulty lies in knowing where to spend your technology dollars to get the biggest return on the IT investment.

Are Smart Credit Cards Really Smart?

American Express entered the 21st Century by putting a computer chip on its new Blue Card, looking high-tech and positioning itself as a tool for more secure online shopping. It issued over 2 million cards in the first 14 months. A number of the banks in the Visa network will issue over 7 million cards with "smart chips" in them this year. And Mastercard will enter into the competition with its own smart card.But beyond looking really cool, what else do smart cards do? Not much, according to a commentary by Saul Hansell, published this week in the New York Times.Mr.


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