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Paul Dunn

Paul DunnFounder, Results Accountants' SystemsPaul Dunn is the Founder and Founding Chairman of Results Accountants’ Systems (RAS), the Accountants' Boot Camp process and the Results Accountants’ Network.He first started working with the Accountancy Profession in 1970 when he was one of just ten people in the Australian start up of Hewlett Packard.
Technology

Great Plains to Acquire Rival Software Company

Great Plains, an accounting software industry leader, announced yesterday plans to acquire rival software company, Solomon Software.The new company will have more than 130,000 customers, 2,200 team members and a worldwide network of 2,000 channel partners. Great Plains will acquire Solomon through the issuance of approximately 2,600,000 shares of Great Plains common stock and $35 million in cash.

AICPA Begins New CPE Program

The AICPA has developed a new CPE program designed to award ‘fellow’ status to practitioners who gain 64 credits over a three-year time period, including 16 hours of personal and leadership development courses.The announcement was made during a meeting in Dallas of CPE instructors.The program is expected to begin in September, and was created so that the Institute could increase sales in its training products area.
Technology

The Future of Financial Reporting Mapped Out

AccountingWEB was honored to host an onlike workshop this week featuring Mike Willis, Chairman of the AICPA led XBRL Steering Committee, to talk about this new language of electronic financial reporting.
Technology

Budgeting With Pivot Tables - The Sequel

Over 1,200 AccountingWEB members read David Carter's first tutorial on budgeting with pivot tables. In the eagerly awaited sequel, Carter goes beyond setting up initial budgets to explain how to add the actuals each month and use Excel pivot tables to report on Monthly and Year-to-Date Actuals versus Budget, plus Variances – both at company and departmental level.The Formulas function is used to calculate variances between budget and actual.

Budgeting With Pivot Tables - Part II

This is one in a series of Excel Pivot Table Tutorials developed by AccountingWEB software consultant David Carter.
Technology

Microsoft Split-up: The Gloves Are Off

In an open letter to customers, partners and shareholders, Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer explain how and why the government's proposal to break up Microsoft would harm consumers and other companies in the high-tech industry.
Community News

Andersen Divorce Delayed 90 Days

The arbitrator ruling on the separation of Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting has delayed releasing his findings until July 31. A decision on the split was due by the end of April.A quick end to the proceedings seemed likely after Consulting chief Joe Forehand said he was prepared to enter round-table discussions with Arthur Andersen.But a spokesperson for Andersen said that nothing further had been pursued down this path. He also warned that the profession may well hear more about the divorce from the arbitrator before the end of July.

The Future of Financial Reporting - with Mike Willis

Session Moderator: Good afternoon everyone! Thanks for joining us today. We are thrilled that Mike Willis is leading our workshop today. Before we get started with the introductions, please allow me to remind you that this is your workshop. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If we miss your question, I'll be sure to "collect" it and ask Mike to answer it at the end of the session. Mike Willis: Here is what I thought we would cover today. Why do we need/want XBRL?What does XBRL enable users to do? What is XBRL?
Tax

Accomplished Author, Tax Expert Joins AccountingWEB, Inc.

AccountingWEB, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Gail Perry to its team. Perry is a CPA, tax specialist, author, speaker and instructor. Her column, “Fun With Taxes,” provides readers with practical tax insights and advice presented in plain English with a touch of humor.
AccountingWEB Life

Protecting Assets From Nursing Homes

By JOHN J. SCIACCA, ESQ.Member NNA Preferred Provider NetworkClients who can afford Long Term Care Insurance (LTC) can usually insulate themselves from the expenses of a nursing home which can cost between $200-$400 per day.Clients who may be liquid or with limited income can be dismayed at these significant costs.

Web site Offers Estate Tax Calculator

A Web site run by the Americans Against Unfair Family Taxation (AAUFT) has made available an estate tax calculator for use by accounting professionals and consumers.By virtue of the name of the organization, the Web site was created in response to the impact the reductions in estate tax has on a variety of heir-related matters and financial planning.The AAUFT is backed by nine trade groups.For more calculators, be sure to check out AccountingWEB's comprehensive calculator page.

CCH Acquires Assets of APlus Tax Software

Contact: Mary Dale Walters 847-267-2038 CCH HAS ACQUIRED ASSETS OF APLUS TAX(R)SOFTWARE FROM ARTHUR ANDERSEN,FIRM SIGNS LICENSING AGREEMENT, WILL USE CCH PROSYSTEM FX(r) TAX IN ITS OWN PRACTICE(Torrance, Calif., April 28, 2000) -- CCH Tax Compliance (CCH), Torrance, Calif., a leading provider of professional tax compliance software, said today that it has purchased the software and other assets of APlus Tax from Arthur Andersen LLP, Sarasota, Fla.
Community News

CBIZ Revenue Up After First Quarter

Century Business Services, Inc. just released the financial results for the first quarter of 2000 and the news is encouraging for the seventh largest accounting firm (as ranked by Accounting Today).The company’s revenue rose 24% to a total of $172.1 million from $138.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2000.

Brainwave Business Database Access Goes Live

The ability to perform credit searches, find company information, do market research and find trademarks is now available online in our Business Reference Center, powered by Brainwave databases.

Sales Tax & E-Commerce - Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at two issues of sales tax and e-commerce. These issues were, determining when a seller must collect tax, and the products and services that are taxable. We learned that it is sometimes not easy to tell when an online vendor must collect tax in a state. We also learned that the taxability of new digital products and services is uncertain. In this second part we examine the remaining issues. We look at how online vendors collect tax in e-commerce, and what we can expect in the future.
Community News

Moss Adams 'Constructs' Dominant Practice

We are seeing a continuing trend in more mergers and multi-discliplinary practices thanks to consolidation.Evidence of this is the Seattle-based accounting and financial services firm, Moss Adams, LLP, who now holds a dominant position over its competition within the construction industry.This is due to a merger with another Washington firm, Thoreson & Co., whose has mostly construction clients.Moss Adams, which generated $150 million in revenue in 1999, has more than 1,100 employees in Washington, Oregon, California and London.
Practice Management

Three Uses of the Web for CPAs

Everyone these days is on the Internet, but how much can you use the Internet to deal with clients? Here are three fundamental uses of the Web.1. Answer Basic Questions: many firms use their Internet site to provide solutions for customers and clients. This is especially evident with systems like Ernst & Young's Ernie, which provides online assistance at a rate of $3,000 for 10 questions.

Finding IT Profs. Just as Hard for Government

Many CPAs and accounting professionals lament that finding good IT professionals is difficult. The first problem is actually recruiting Mr. and Ms. Gen-X to join the firm, while the second problem rests with getting the IT person to stay for the long haul.One of the most difficult areas in which to find good IT people is the government sector. Even public firms have a better chance of luring the IT professional.
Technology

Survey Shows Boys Spend More Time At Computer

A recent survey conducted by the Orange County office of Deloitte & Touche shows that 64 percent of boys ages 6 to 17 spend more two hours per week using a computer while only four in ten or 44 percent of girls do.A survey of more than 145 local kids showed that computers are used for playing games, typing schoolwork, and earching the Internet.

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