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Editor's Picks: Hold Off on Excel for iPad; The Risk in Hiring Exceptional Talent; Giving Up on Being Self-employed

There's lots of great content on the web to read, but why waste your time aimlessly searching. There are plenty of great articles produced by Sift Media sites and here are some of my favorites from the past week.
Practice

How to Converse with a Finn

In today's international world, U.S. accountants find themselves dealing with overseas professionals. Not everyone speaks English, and even when they do, language barriers remain.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Ex-Accountant Whose Last Name is Bunny Wins Easter Contest (No Joke)

The menu for April 18 features specials on the IRS auditing fewer large business partnerships, SEC being vulnerable to hackers, scary-looking Easter bunnies, and more.
Practice

First Impressions of Excel for iPad

Four years after the first iPad spreadsheet, users finally have a Microsoft-sanctioned solution. I immediately saw its limitations, but Excel for iPad has certain strengths too.
Practice

How to Become Your Firm's Change-Maker

You want to be the change-maker—the innovator who drives the firm forward? Take this quiz to see if you're ready to be a leader, the firm member who makes waves.

High Impact Excel: iPad Edition

In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA covers Excel for iPad from top to bottom. In one hour you'll learn everything you can—and cannot—do in Excel for iPad. You'll be able to determine whether Excel for iPad is worth $99/year to you or not.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: China Is a Hotbed for Accounting Fraud

The menu for April 17 features specials on a pitch for valued added tax, IRS chief reiterating rewrite of 501(c)(4) guidelines, Starbucks moving European headquarters to London to pay more tax, and more.
Technology

High Impact Excel: Table Edition

In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA brings you up to speed on the Excel feature you should be using, but probably aren't. The Table feature offers the ability to both boost the integrity of your spreadsheets, but reduce maintenance as well. Uncover power of this feature, but also get the low-down on the conflicts it can pose with other aspects of Excel.
A&A

Auditing Special Purpose Frameworks: Risk Assessment

We'll now focus on risk assessment at the financial statement level; a Client Acceptance and Continuance Form can facilitate the risk assessment process.
Education & Careers

PwC Takes Top Spot in Vault Accounting 50 for 2015

For the second-straight year, the Big Four firm was named the No. 1 accounting employer in North America, according to Vault.com's latest rankings that were released on Tuesday.
Practice

Change May Come for Disaster Insurance

Legislation coming out of D.C. just might reduce homeowners' burden for disaster insurance. Think of it as a 401(k) plan for your home that covers preventive and rebuilding costs.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Are Audits Suffering Due to Data Analysis?

The menu for April 16 features specials on when disclosure is appropriate in internal audit reports, root causes of audit deficiencies, taxpayers being left the tab on tax havens, and more.
Tax

How to Get Tax Breaks on Divorce

Divorce is hard, and the IRS isn't going to make it any easier. The IRS generally says "no" to tax deductions that might ease the pain of divorce—but there are exceptions.
Practice

To Get Client Referrals, Work on Loyalty

Many firms these days hope to garner most of their new business through referrals. But you won't get referrals from clients unless you can build true client loyalty.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Happy Tax Day!

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for April 15.
Practice

The Four Reasons to Move to the Cloud

The cloud isn't just today's buzzword—it's a way to improve your business. Accountants can use the cloud to increase security, lower costs and enhance client service.
A&A

GASB Sets Guidelines for Measuring Assets and Liabilities

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board on Monday defined two approaches for measuring assets and liabilities, intended to guide the standard-setting organization in establishing accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments.
Practice

Survey: Work Hours and Resources Not Spared From Tax Preparation

According to a new Accountemps survey, 30 percent of respondents believe it is not unusual for employees to spend time on personal income tax preparation during the workday – and use company resources to do it.
Practice

Why Different Generations of Clients Need Different Solutions

There's no cookie-cutter solution to working across multiple generations.
Tax

IRS Ramps Up ID Theft and Refund Fraud Enforcement Efforts

Nearly 300 new identity theft and refund fraud investigations have been launched during this tax-filing season, bringing the number of active cases to almost 1,900, the IRS announced last week.

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