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Counting Beans In The New Economy

As technology advances and market demand shifts, accounting firms of all shapes and sizes are readjusting the services they provide to best meet the needs of their clients and of their businesses.A number of Internet-based outsourcing businesses are growing in popularity, and may well be the catalysts that push today's CPA up the "value chain" to be able to satisfy their client's needs while freeing up the time to provide higher value services to the company.One such business is CountTheBeans.com. The brainchild of
Technology

Word Tip: Displaying the Filepath in a Word Document

A recent tip regarding the placement of the file path and name in an Excel worksheet header or footer sparked some requests for a similar tip for Word documents.If you need to display the path and filename in a Word document, either in the text or in a header or footer, here is the technique:1. Click in the spot where you want the path and filename to appear -- either right in a header or footer, or somewhere in the text of your document.2.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 56

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 56August 18, 2000Members Logon to http://www.accountingweb.com for full access to all our resources.Don't know your Logon Membership Details?Go to http
Technology

The Password is ... 'Aggregator' - and it's Risky!

Convenience is great, especially on the Internet, but familiarity breeds insecurity and invasions of privacy when it comes to putting all your eggs in one basket.Aggregators is the newest wave to hit cyberspace, and is basically one portal in which you can control all your finances, purchases and other buying decisions from a single source. Examples include AOL Finance, Microsoft MoneyCentral and iVillage.com.So what's the problem? Keeping one source isn't a good idea, say analysts who research online security and privacy for a living.
Technology

Life After the PC: Diverse Solutions are key

Pricing wars between large PC manufacturers and clones or alternative machines, along with a decrease in demand by consumers, has hit the industry right where it lives ... and derives most of its profits. So what will IBM, Compaq, Dell and Gateway do now that the luster of buying a PC has worn off?Get into the service business, naturally.
Community News

Andersen Split has Rippling Effect

Now that Andersen Consulting has made a formal split from its parent company, Arthur Andersen, some analysts are saying that the larger, Big 5 firm will suffer from separation anxiety.What's the affect of such a split?
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And it's PwC and AA, by a Nose!

The results are in from the 200 Annual Survey of Accounting Professors which rates U.S. accounting firms, and the accountants are cheering at PwC. After 18 years of looking up to Arthur Andersen which has had a lock on the number one position, PricewaterhouseCoopers can now gaze down from the top berth as well, having tied AA for the top spot.The survey of college professors is based on their experience and perception.
Tax

Warning to Olympic Winners: The Taxman Cometh

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has prepared its own special welcome for participants in next month's Olympic Games - a special unit has been set up to claim its share of any Olympic earnings.ATO Olympics project director Peter Rowe told Agence France Presse that any money earned by winning competitors would be taxed in Australia, regardless of where the money was paid.
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Alliott Group Announces Israeloff, Trattner Leadership

The New York firm of Israeloff, Trattner & Co. has announced its role as founding member of the new Alliott Group North America. The group, which will officially launch this fall, combines talents from 118 firms with more than 188 offices in 56 countries.Israeloff, Trattner partner, Robert L. Israeloff is the former chair of the AICPA and former president of the New York State Society of CPAs.
Practice Management

Collections Tip: Discounts Sometimes Work

CPA firms who chase after collections know that it is sometimes a losing game. Each firm tries to collect any outstanding balances due for obvious reasons, but doing so may be very difficult.One suggestion is to provide a 'discount' if the client were to pay within a specified time period.
Tax

Tax Tips for High-Income Clients

In our new economy, the number of U.S. millionaires has risen dramatically to 7.1 million households compared to less than half that number just five years ago. While this is good news for the individuals, many of them don't realize the tax bite that they are about to face. What can the tax advisor provide to these individuals to reduce their tax liabilities?J.P.

New IMA Program Awards $5,000 Faculty Grants

The Institute of Management Accountants is awarding up to 20 faculty grants of $5,000 each as part of their Faculty Enhancement Program.The goal is to promote the profession to students, and by awarding the grants, the IMA hopes faculty can draw upon many of the programs provided by the organization and communicate these programs to students.Deadline for grant applications is Oct. 1.

Writing: A Great Tool for Accountants?

If you are looking for a way to get yourself out there in front of specific audiences, namely those belonging to niches you’d like to grow, consider your article writing abilities. As professionals, we all turn to various trade publications to teach us the latest and greatest in our industries. This is a great place for accountants to stretch some marketing muscle and get smack in front of your target audience.If you’re considering getting articles published, think first of where you want to be.
Tax

IRS Unveils New Appeals Division

The IRS appeals division has gotten a facelift. As part of the complete IRS reorganization, the appeals division will now work more closely with the new IRS operating divisions and will arm appeals officers with greater settlement authority.National Appeals Chief Daniel Black is trying to organize as many as 300 officers who will be handling the onslaught of appeals that has been bottlenecking the Service since a 1998 ruling gave more taxpayers the right to a hearing before an appeals officer in certain collection actions.
Tax

Hello? IRS On the Line!

If you’ve never picked up the phone to hear the person at the other end identified as a representative of the IRS, you may not know what kind of a treat you are in for. But wait! Just because the IRS is on the line doesn’t mean you should go running for cover because your tax return is about to be examined. In this case, the kinder, gentler IRS is just being friendly.The IRS is about to conduct a telephone survey to determine the national comfort level with the process of electronically filed income tax returns.

Real-Life CE as a Benefit: Yoga Classes?

CPAs are going to continue going after CPE, but what about other types of training for themselves and their staffs?One of the newest trends taking place in the business marketplace is to find alternative continuing education opportunities ... getting away from the technical stuff and going after subjects that just feel good!Consider Yoga or exercise classes, for example, to boost employee morale. Community colleges are a prime source for solid continuing education in all interest areas. How about Spanish or other foreign language lessons?Get creative.

'Pay Envy' Leads to Hostile Work Environment

AccountingWEB has run several stories over the past few months on compensation methods, ways to hire and retain employees, and other facets of the HR process. Now, a story from USA Today goes into the psychological aspects of some new recruits being paid more than seasoned professionals.Known as 'Pay Envy,' workers in companies throughout N.
Technology

E&Y Adds to the Flock of Big 5 Start-Up Companies

The latest entry in the Big 5 divestitures arena comes to us from E&Y.
Technology

It's a PDA World: BYU e-Business School Goes Paperless

A pilot program at Brigham Young University's e-Business Center is supporting a paperless environment. The pilot kicked off this summer with one class testing the concept; the school hopes to expand the program this fall.Students use a PDA (Palm Pilot, for example) and laptop at their tools, and submit or retrieve class work totally over the Internet.
Tax

Businesses Will Save Billions by E-Filing Taxes

The IRS has established a goal of 80% for the amount of tax returns it hopes will be filed electronically by the year 2007.

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