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Arthur Andersen Develops Health Care Solutions With Cerner

Arthur Andersen and the Cerner Corporation have formed a strategic alliance to improve health care delivery through various business process solutions.Cerner supplies clinical and management information, and knowledge systems, to more than 1,000 health care organizations throughout the world.

How to Avoid the "Superman" Complex

Anyone who has suffered from the onslaught of trying to do it all knows all about the "Superman" complex, especially Max Carey, who coined the term 11 years ago.Carey, CEO of Corporate Resources Development in Atlanta, GA, has amassed his experience over the past several years into a new book titled, "The Superman Complex."CPAs and accounting professionals who share this sentiment will want to read a special interview presented by
Tax

IRS Releases New Salvage and Discount Patterns for 1999 Taxes

Salvage discount factors for 1999 accident year, used to compute discounted estimated salvage recoverable under Section 832 of the Internal Revenue Code, can be found in Revenue Procedure 99-37. This Procedure will appear in the Oct. 18 IRS Bulletin 1999-42. Also for the 1999 accident year, Revenue Procedure 99-36 prescribes loss payment patterns and discount factors, used for computing discounted unpaid loses under Section 846 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Technology

A "Colorful" Future for the Palm Pilot

Palm aficionados can expect a color display for the hand-held information devices sometime during the first six months of 2000, according to an announcement made at the PalmSource 99 Conference in Santa Clara, CA.Up to now, Palm Pilots have had an LCD display, a disadvantage in convenience and readability compared to some of the models by popular manufacturers with the Microsoft-based Windows CE operating system.A drawback to a color display for the Palm, according to industry sources, is that the display will draw

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 14

============================================================== The AccountingWEB Newswire - Issue 14 October 22, 1999 http://www.accountingweb.com============================================================== In the headlines this week:1. Beware - The Melissa Virus Is Still Lurking2. The Future of CPE Is About To Change3. It's Time To Dust Off and Brush Up on the "De Minimis" Rule4. Technology Planning Tips For The Firm5.
Technology

Earn Your Estate Planning Certificate Online

A two-part program called, “Estate Planning Certificate Program,” is now available through OnlineLearning.net.The leading online supplier of continuing adult education has teamed with the California CPA Educational Foundation to offer the program to accounting professionals. Estate planning is rapidly becoming a “hot” consulting area. This program will help accountants compete as they offer more expertise.The comprehensive study is offered in two eight-week modules.
Practice Management

The Product We Sell

If someone asked you what you sell, what would you say? Oil, chemicals, whatever product you sell, right? We really sell something so much bigger than the products and services our customers pay us for. In small dollar sales the customer is less conscious of value. With larger sales, the product and the resulting relationship with the buyer are harder to separate…so you are selling yourself.What makes up a relationship that adds value to your products? Our credibility, reliability, and anticipation of customer needs are the keys to a successful relationship.
A&A

Staying Connected With Your Clients’ Information Needs is key

Business leaders in the next century will be faced with information overload. Although we may already feel overloaded in our role as harbingers of information, CPAs and accounting professionals will undoubtedly be positioned in the forefront of this information onslaught.Consider this: there has been more information produced in the last 30 years than during the previous 5,000 years. That’s a lot of information. There are steps we can take to rise above this projected information overload. The first step is to differentiate the relevant from the non-relevant information.
Practice Management

Is "Business Coaching" Part of Your Service Mix?

The thought of hiring a business coach to help us reach our professional objectives may seem ridiculous - at first. But as an increasing number of entrepreneurs turn to professional coaches to help them successfully grow their businesses, the idea seems more reasonable.And that spells "opportunity" for CPA business advisors.Professional business coaches can help small business owners find answers to business and personal issues ranging from personnel situations to complex business obstacles.
Technology

Postal E-Competition Could Change the Way You Conduct Business

How much does your business rely on the U.S. Postal Service? According to government research scheduled for release at a congressional hearing today, the Internet could threaten the Postal Service’s ability to provide universal service in the future. As we turn to the Internet as an alternate means of sending documents and conducting business with our clients, the Postal Service is expected to experience the impact of this e-competition. Although the Postal Service reportedly achieved record earnings during the fiscal year that ended Sept.

AICPA Plans Shift To Web Based CPE

Online Continuing Professional Education for CPAs will likely become mainstream when the American Institute of CPAs begins offering over 150 one- and two-hour self study courses over the Web by the middle of next year.Speaking at its annual meeting this week, AICPA President Barry Melancon announced several bold Internet initiatives for the Institute, including the fulfillment of a vision of a completely web-based profession in several years time.

QuickBooks Becomes a QuickSell

QuickBooks is about to become more than just an application as Intuit Inc. releases QuickBooks Internet Gateway. The new program will enable third parties to sell services through the software, bypassing the Web. QuickBooks 2000 will be released later this year and will include the Internet Gateway.Intuit believes the biggest obstacle to overcome when selling to small businesses is simply getting in front of them.
Technology

Technology Planning Tips You Won't Want To Miss

AccountingWEB (AW) recently sat down with Technology Consultant Roman Kepczyk (RK) of InfoTech Partners North America to discuss successful ways that CPA firms can navigate through the confusing waters of technology planning today.AW: Roman, thank you for joining us today.

Hackers Wage New Cyber Attack

A new type of computer attack was reported by a handful of U.S. companies in the last six weeks. Experts at the National Information Systems Security Conference say hackers have developed a fundamentally new style of breaking into computers.This new hack attack called a “distributed coordinated attack” is very different from other types of cyber terrorism because hackers use many servers to target a single server.
Practice Management

Banner Ads are Five Years Old: Are They Already Dead?

Believe it or not, the banner ad you see on many popular Web sites is five years old ... but have the candles all blown out on this advertising medium, once touted as the newest way to reach mass audiences?Experts at the eretailing '99, a conference sponsored by shop.org, believe there are better ways to reach consumers and steer traffic to the Web.
Technology

PWC Expands E-Business Services With New Partnership

The buzzword in today's marketplace is "e-business," and PricewaterhouseCoopers knows it.The Big 5 firm has announced a partnership with methodfive to provide customers an expanded portfolio of e-business services, including Web design and development, integration with a customer's other services and back-end processing.To solidify the arrangement, PWC is an equity owner in methodfive.

New Mexico CPA Society Awards Scholarships

Accounting students attending New Mexico colleges and universities have been awarded a collective total of $42,000 in scholarships by the New Mexico Society of CPAs.The gifts also mark the largest amount ever given in student scholarships by the state CPA society.Colleges attended by students include the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University and Western New Mexico University.Named scholarhips from the CPA society include the J.

New Federal Payroll Guide from CCH Simplifies Complex Wage, Tax Issues

NEW FEDERAL PAYROLL GUIDE FROM CCH SIMPLIFIES COMPLEX WAGE, TAX ISSUES (RIVERWOODS, Ill. October 20, 1999) – With employers today using a wide range of creative compensation arrangements and benefits as recruiting and retention tools, payroll professionals are faced with an increasingly intricate web of reporting and filing requirements under federal and state tax and employment laws and regulations.

Top Earners will Pay More in Social Security Taxes in 2000

FOR TOP EARNERS, PAYROLL TAX TAKES BIGGER BITE NEXT YEAR(RIVERWOODS, ILL., October 20, 1999) – If you are a highly paid wage earner, your taxes just went up by $223.20 for 2000, according to CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading provider of payroll, benefits and tax law information and software. This is the result of a projected increase in the wage base on which Social Security taxes are due, from $72, 600 in 1999 to $76,200 in 2000. CCH’s Payroll Management Guide is reporting the increase based on figures released by the Labor Department and the Social Security Administration.

Social Security Benefits Up Again

Update From CCH INCORPORATEDSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS UP AGAIN IN 2000(RIVERWOODS, ILL., October 20, 1999) – Social Security beneficiaries will see a larger annual increase in their benefits next year than they have in recent years, according to CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading provider of pension, benefits and tax law information and software. As a result of inflation, the annual increase will be 2.4 percent according to Avram Sacks, JD, CCH Social Security analyst, based on cost-of-living figures released by the Labor Department and the Social Security Administration.

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