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Accountants help rebuild Kosovo

Accountants are proving their worth in war-torn Kosovo as they ensure that sound financial management keeps the humanitarian effort rolling, a feature in the British newspaper, The Guardian, explains.The report looks at the work of those who are willing to give their skills to ensure a brighter future in areas of extreme need.Accountancy skills are being increasingly recognised as essential to this type of work, so that supplies and wages are delivered in the most effective manner possible.Finding
Technology

Shortcut to Blank Slides in PowerPoint

More often than not, you're working on a PowerPoint presentation, and want to insert a blank slide into your presentation.The typical way to do this is to point your mouse to "Insert," click on "Insert New Slide" and then choose a format.If the format remains the same, as it does in many PowerPoint presentations, here is a nifty shortcut.You can simply insert a blank slide by holding down the [Shift] key and clicking the Insert New Slide icon on your toolbar. By doing this, you bypass the New Slide dialog box.
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KPMG Announces New Class of Partners

The new partner mix at KPMG LLP includes personnel in the areas of assurance and advisory services, tax services, and client service support (whatever happened to the designation of "audit partners")? With the addition of 127 new partners, the firm now has more than 7,000 partners worldwide in 159 countries.KPMG Consulting LLC, which was incorporated as a separate company earlier this year, is a leading provider of Internet integration services.
Technology

Retailers Advocate Revamping Sales Tax Laws

Although the House of Representatives has voted to extend the Internet tax moratorium until 2006, brick & mortar retailers are joining forces in an effort to encourage Congress to completely rewrite what they consider to be archaeic sales tax laws.The retailers' goal is to ensure that online retailers charge the same tax as anyone operating outside cyberspace.
A&A

Help Abounds for Women with High-Tech Ambitions

Axxon Capital is a new business - barely a year old - owned and operated by two financial professionals, both women, one an African American. The Axxon team brings together many years of experience in high finance.

Excel Tip: Automating the Filepath on a Spreadsheet

On the surface it would seem that entering the name of your path and file in the footer (or header) of an Excel worksheet is not an automatic operation. This is such a frequently-requested task, you would think that there would be a quick menu choice to perform this duty. But there is not. In the absence of such a menu selection, here is a quick little macro that you can place in your worksheet that should do the trick. Choose Tools, Macro, Macros from the Excel menu.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 50

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 50July 7, 2000Logon to http://www.accountingweb.com for more resources.Don't know your membership logon details? Go to http://www.accountingweb.com/forgot
Technology

Will the Web ever be the same?

Many companies and individuals who own e-commerce method patents are now going after companies that are using these patents online illegally. The patents, which are granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or foreign patent offices, include everything from hyperlinks to Web-based access to databases. How could this be? You mean hyperlinks aren’t free for everyone to use? Apparently not.

Computer Associates' Earnings Signal Red Flag

How do matters fare with Computer Associates, owners of many products, including an accounting favorite, ACCPAC?Very mysteriously, according to TheStreet.com's reporter Herb Greenberg.

Is your newsletter getting the attention you want?

If you are like most accounting firms, you want to get the most bang for your newsletter buck. A quarterly newsletter often can cost a firm thousands of dollars per year to produce. Follow these tips to make sure your newsletter is read – not tossed.1. Name your newsletter with the audience in mind. Sure, you want to get company name recognition with your newsletter, but you also want your newsletter to say something to your readers. What is your publication going to do for them? Think benefits to your readers when naming your newsletter.2.
Community News

Nortel Provides Solutions to H&R Block

In an effort to simplify its call center operations, H&R Block has engaged Nortel Networks to provide their e-Business solution, 'Nortel Networks Clarify eFrontOffice.'Block wanted to find a way to take the calls it receives from 10,000 tax offices, including financial services and e-Commerce groups, into one, central call center.Nortel's customer relationship management system, eFrontOffice, will provide Block instant messaging, voice-over-IP and personalized portals by the 2001 tax season.Block is in go
Tax

Thousands of Taxpayers Forego Refunds

An audit performed by the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration examined $360 million in unclaimed refund money that the IRS is holding in an Excess Collections Account.

Innovative New CPA Group Forms

The Alliott Group is an accounting firm network consisting of 115 firms with over 180 offices located in 56 countries.
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PwC Admits 600 New Partners

PwC appointed 248 new partners to its U.S. ranks this week. Twenty percent of the total includes women, bringing the total women partners to 374 or 12 percent overall. The partners are in the areas of Assurance & Business Advisory Services (ABAS), Management Consulting Services (MCS), Tax and Legal Services (TLS), Financial Advisory Services (FAS) and PricewaterhouseCoopers' Unifi Network, formerly known as Global Human Resource Solutions, and Internal Firm Services.

KPMG Cybercrime Report Stops Hackers

We all know that cybercrime is big business, but how can we fight this phenomenon that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon?With the help of a new report from KPMG businesses and governments alike can find useful tips and tactics on how to prevent breaches in security that actually can stop or delay hackers.The white paper is called 'E-Commerce and Cyber Crime: New Strategies for Managing the Risks of Exploitation,' and was produced by KPMG Forensic and Litigation Services unit.
Tax

Charities and Political Candidates do not mix!

The Internal Revenue Service issues a statement on Wednesday that made clear its position on charities, churches and tax-exempt groups who support or oppose political candidates.Wrong, wrong, wrong.According to the documentation, the IRS said these organizations cannot 'endorse any candidates, make donations to their campaigns, engage in fund raising, distribute statements or become involved in any other activities that may be beneficial or detrimental to any candidate.'The Service issued a similar statement in 1992 and 1996.

Best Buy Offers TValue Amortization Software By TimeValue Software

TimeValue Software, publishers of TValue, announces that TValue is currently available through Best Buy stores. Best Buy has more than 360 stores nationwide and will sell TValue for $99, a $50 savings. You can find the TValue - amortization software in the Financial Planning Section of Best Buy. TimeValue Software will honor a one-year money-back guarantee and free technical support for TValue. Since 1984, TValue has been the industry standard for structuring loans, leases, computing time value of money calculations, printing amortization schedules and more.

90% Of IRS Penalties Are Overstated

Are 90% of 4 Million IRS Payroll Penalties Wrong?Penalty Relief Under RRA 98- By Tom E. Persky, TimeValue SoftwareThe federal tax deposit penalty is one of the most common penalties assessed by the IRS. This year the IRS will issue more than 3.8 million deposit penalty notices. Nearly 90% of these notices overstate the IRS penalty. Historically, the IRS has computed penalties in a way that often results in the highest penalty. For example, assume a taxpayer had a deposit due in January, February, and March.

Will the Real George Jetson Please Stand up?

Space-age travel aside, George Jetson would be proud to be around in 2007 according to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers Technology Forecast 2000.Now in its 11th edition, the findings reflect what some consider to be the next wave of technology for business, commerce and personal applications.Take a look at just some of the technologies mentioned: wireless data transmission, new forms of microprocessors, virtual personal assistants and even retooling the Internet to be used by computers instead of humans.What's next?
A&A

CFOs are Optimistic on Hiring for 3rd Quarter

The word is extremely positive among chief financial officers; they are forecasting a 14 percent increase in hiring accounting and finance professionals in 3rd quarter 2000.This and other key HR findings are the result of the new Hiring Index released by Robert Half International.The random sample of 1,400 companies with 20 or more employees reports that only two percent of respondents indicated a reduction in new hires.

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