News

Holiday Shoppers Tightening the Belt - Slightly

Deloitte & Touche partnered with the National Retail Federation to perform a study of potential shopping habits for the upcoming holiday season, which officially launches this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.The study found that Year-2000 shoppers are likely to spend, on the average, $836 this season, compared to an average of $849 in the holiday season last year.The good news for retailers, however, is that more people are expected to be out there shopping this year compared to last year, and as a result sales are predicted to rise 4.5 percent over last year.Some interesting findi
Tax

Quick Tips for Year-End Tax Savings

It's not too late to make significant changes to your 2000 tax situation, changes that can affect the amount of tax you owe, or the amount of refund you receive, in April, 2001. Here are several pointers that can help you take control of your taxes before the year ends.Reschedule deductions.
Technology

Holiday Shopping Without the Crowds!

If you are looking for a way to avoid the crowds this holiday season, consider shopping online for your client, coworkers, or family. Whether you are looking for corporate gifts, electronic gadgets, clothing, the most sought after Top 100 books, candy, or wine, online shopping can make the holiday rush seem like someone else's problem.
Practice Management

Don't Miss This Trade Show Resource Site!

In today's competitive marketplace, you can't afford not to keep up on your client's needs and industries. By attending trade shows regularly, you can open the door to better practice development, marketing, and customer satisfaction, not to mention all the free giveaways and raffles.An Internet site called tsnn.com allows you to search around the US and the globe for trade shows by industry, date, or location. The site has information on lodging, flights and more. Check it out and see where your next marketing stop could be!
Tax

IRS Releases New Mileage Rates for 2001

The IRS has raised the standard mileage rates, effective January 1, 2001.The new rates are 34.5 cents per mile (increased from 32.5 cents per mile) for business mileage, and 12 cents per mile (increased from 10 cents per mile) for medical and moving mileage.The rate for mileage driven for charitable purposes will remain at 14 cents per mile.The reason for the large increase is due to the rise in gasoline prices. The information was published in IRS Revenue Procedure 2000-48.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 69

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 69November 17, 2000Members Logon to http://www.accountingweb.com for full access to all our resources.Don't know your Logon Membership Details? Go to
Practice Management

Take Charge of Your Firm’s Destiny

Watch out for unnecessary mistakes. There’s an irony of the current economic engine. While there is more business, margins are also getting thinner. That’s why IBM took its PCs out of retail venues and is selling them online.Take a close look at your company. Are we sharp? Or, do we just think we are? When we sit around the conference table and talk about ourselves, we come away convinced that we are the best.Keep mining for new customers! Good times can mask future problems.

Top Ten Things Our Founding Fathers Would Say Today!

Courtesy of Dave Letterman, here's a bit of Friday humor to make the neverending election slide down a bit easier...10."Remember that electoral college thing we made up when we were drunk? They're still using it!"9."Maybe that ruthless monarchy thing in England wasn't such a bad idea after all..."8."Good to see Florida is still using the same old voting machines"7."That's odd -- in my day, we also had a senator named Strom Thurmond"6."So that's the Washington Monument?

AccountingWEB Receives Award for Innovation

Press ReleaseAccountingWEB, Inc.PO Box 68748Indianapolis IN 46268317-876-7525Contact: Kelly McRaeAccountingWEB, Inc. Named First Recipient of "On The Edge" Innovation Award***AccountingWEB has been selected as the very first recipient of the "On The Edge Innovation Award" from the Leading Edge Alliance, a progressive association of independently owned public accounting firms in the USA. AccountingWEB CEO Michael Platt accepted the award in Las Vegas at the association's Annual Conference.
Technology

The Top 100 Software Products for 2000

ZDNet has come out with their annual reviews and listings of software, the Top 100 Software Products for 2000.The list includes software covering all types of applications, including productivity, personal finance and graphics. Reviews of each product are included, along with pricing information.In addition, some titles are available for download.
Technology

Vest Begins Personalized Portal

Is there room for one more portal? H.D. Vest thinks there is, and has come out with 'MyHDVEST.com' as a way to continuously market its products and services to its clients and potential customers.Using real-time applications, the portal is designed to provide information on investment planning, along with links to Vest services and other resources.The portal marks the second time this year that the Dallas-based company has banked on the power of the Internet; in January, it debuted the Web site and provided the ability to file tax returns via the Web.
Technology

New Internet Suffixes Create Much-Needed Expansion

It took five years to do, but yesterday's announcement that there will be seven new Internet domain suffixes is welcome news.The problem was an overcrowded playing field.
Tax

Internet Companies May be Circumventing Tax Rules

The IRS has been charged with the responsibility of determining the effect that an Internet presence has on the administration and compliance rules relating to the collection of income tax.As part of that effort, the upstate New York IRS district office conducted a research project that confirmed the concerns of the Treasury Department, that companies operating on the Internet may not be paying their full share of income tax.The study covered six distinct market segments, all identified through 18,000 Web sites delivering goods or services.

Excel: Favorite Tips and Your Questions Answered, with Gail Perry

AccountingWEB Workshop: November 16, 2000Presenter: Gail Perry, AccountingWEB Managing EditorAccountingWEB, Inc.Author of "Excel 2000 Answers!"

Tom Palka

Tom PalkaCFP, Founder of RIA Technology, Inc.Workshop presenter, Thursday, December 7, 2000Workshop Topic: 401(k): Your Hidden Income OpportunityTom Palka, CFP and founder of RIA Technology, Inc. discovered the need for people to understand their employer savings programs in January of 1987 as he began the process of meeting individually with over 1,000 Ford Motor Company employees to review their company savings program. Since that time RIA Technology, Inc.

Fed's Future Focus Fraught With Frailties

The Federal Open Market Committee, the panel that sets nationwide interest rate policy, agreed to leave interest rates unchanged this week, but indicated it is keeping a close watch on the threat of inflation.Analysts didn't really expect the Fed to touch the federal funds rate (6.5 percent) based on the current economy, but many were surprised at the talk about potential inflation.
Technology

Pentium 4 Chip Available Thanksgiving Week

The green men on the latest round of Intel commercials touting the strength of the Pentium 3 chip either will have to hire a fourth person or clone themselves.After months of anticipation, Pentium announced this week at COMDEX that their Pentium 4 chip would be ready on Monday, Nov. 20.

Brooks Parker

Brooks ParkerProfessional Development ConsultantResults Accountants' SystemsA native of Boston, I studied Marketing Communications at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. This enhanced what I'd learned as co-founder and owner of The Parker Twins Co. My twin brother and I founded the company back in 1993 and built a well-established business that served hundreds of satisfied customers.

Jennifer Dayce

Jennifer DayceProfessional Development ConsultantResults Accountants' SystemsBorn and raised in San Francisco, CA, I was the youngest and only girl in my family. I decided that if I ever wanted to develop an identity, other than being someone's little sister, I needed to leave the state. And thus I did. I received my B.A. in Speech Communication from Denison University in Granville, OH.
Technology

Palm Strikes Gold in new Offerings

A technology-hungry world just can't escape the market domination enjoyed by Palm and their Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). An announcement made at COMDEX in Las Vegas confirms this fact, and more ...

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