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H&R Block Debuts new Logo and Image

H&R Block has unveiled their new logo and image with a dramatic campaign.A green block is the hallmark for the campaign, which is meant to symbolize the fact that H&R Block is an organization that offers financial planning year-round, rather than just at tax time.Each of the companies subsidiary divisions now will be known as a part of the parent company by emphasizing the company name.
Technology

MS Word: How to Place Borders Around Text

You may already be familiar with how to place a border around a paragraph using the options in the Borders and Shading dialog box.Sometimes, however, you may want to use a border to emphasize one or more words of text for a specific reason. For example, you may want to highlight some words that should be recognized at a glance.To do place a border around specific words, select the text around which you'd like to create a border. Then choose Format/Borders And Shading from the menu bar.

Are All Mergers What they’re Cut Out to Be?

In today’s society the divorce rate is fifty percent. With that in mind, what’s the difference between meshing personalities in a marriage and personalities in a company merger?Mergers and acquisitions seem like a great idea when you’re thinking of cutting overhead, reducing staff, adding to the expertise your company can offer, or trying to figure out exactly what to do with your company when you decide to go.
Tax

IRS to Reach Out, Get Organized

The IRS has announced the new Agency-Wide Shared Services group, which is providing support for IRS workers nationwide. Services covered by this new group will include administration in the areas of procurement, facilities, real estate, personnel, and Equal Opportunity and diversity issues.By taking some administrative duties out of the hands of IRS offices around the country, the remote workers will be able to provide more concentrated services to taxpayers.The AWSS is part of the IRS reorganization, which is intended to bring more specialized services to taxpayers.

Don’t be a Cybersquatter

Yahoo! And AT&T went to court to dispute the use of their trademark names within the domain names of various web sites. U.S. arbitrator David W. Plant stated that, "the only reason DomainCollection registered campyahoo.com was to trade in bad faith on the good will of Yahoo!'s widely known and highly respected mark.”AT&T won a similar case against WorldclassMedia.com which was using the letters ATT in its two sites, attmexico.com and att-latinamerica.com. Arbitrator Phillip N.
Education & Careers

An Easy Way for College Students to Use Credit Cards

College Parents of America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping parents prepare for and put their children through college, has teamed with Debix Systems, a technology provider, to offer a credit card that is a dream come true for students and parents alike.The College Parents of America Card offers an alternative to traditional credit and debit cards that makes sense for everyone. Parents fund the credit card, which is a MasterCard, with the amount of money they want to make available to the child, and the child may use the card wherever MasterCard is accepted.
Community News

Andersen Consulting: A Frankenstein Monster?

In 1989, Andersen Consulting was spun off from Arthur Andersen as a separate company for the sole purpose of performing technology consulting. The idea was that AC would perform the consulting services for Andersen's clients, and Andersen would stick to auditing, tax, and general accounting services. Because the consulting business was seen as being more lucrative, it was agreed that AC would pay a 15% percentage of its annual revenues to Andersen.
A&A

XBRL Committee Releases Specs, Adds Members

Committee to Form International Organization to Position for Rapid Global Expansion and AdoptionThe XBRL Committee announced today that several new, leading companies and organizations have joined the XBRL initiative: ACCPAC International, Inc.; ACL Services Ltd; Bridge Information Systems; Dow Jones & Company, Inc.; e-Numerate Solutions Incorporated; eLedger.com, Inc.; Fidelity Investments; Financial Software Group; First Light Communications, Inc.; MIP, Inc.: Multex.com, Inc.; Oinke, Inc.; PeopleSoft, Inc.; U.S. Advisor, Inc.; Virtual Growth, Inc.; and XBRL Solutions, Inc.
Technology

Internet Tip: Find Home Prices

Here's a great site for you if you're interested in finding out about the price that homes have sold for in your neighborhood.
Technology

Have You Implemented SysTrust with Your Clients?

Erin Mackler, CPA, oversees the AICPA's Systems Reliability Task Force in the development and implementation of the new CPA SysTrust service. SysTrust is the name for a service that tests and verifies a system's reliability.

SysTrust, with Erin Mackler of the AICPA

Session Moderator: I'm excited that Erin Mackler is here today. She works for the AICPA and has some great information about our topic. Let me introduce her quickly and then we'll get on to our subject!Erin joined the AICPA's Assurance Services Team in October 1998 as the SysTrust Team Leader. Ms. Mackler is responsible for overseeing the AICPA's Systems Reliability Task Force in the development and implementation of the CPA SysTrust service.

Texas CPAs Honored as 'Lone Star Pathfinders'

The Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) has recognized six members with the newly created 'Lone Star Pathfinder' honor.This honor is part of the national CPA Vision and the program's effort to identify CPA pathfinders who have truly made a difference to the accounting profession.The six Texans include: Larry R. Cook of Houston, president of Larry R. Cook and Associates, who has actively participated in the marketing and promotion of financial products.

Medical Benefit Plans Offer True Benefits

If you're a CPA or accounting professional in a small- or medium-sized firm, you know how difficult it is to attract and retain employees in today's very tight labor market.
Community News

Senators Urge 'Caution' in Letter to SEC Chairman

Several members of the Securities Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs are urging Securities & Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt to extend the comment period on the non-audit services portion of the proposed rules on auditor independence until after February 1, 2001.The extension, if granted, "will allow for careful analysis of the proposed changes," according to the letter. The letter was signed by Securities Subcommittee Chairman Senator Rod Grams, and Senators Evan Bayh, Phil Gramm, Charles E. Schumer, Mike Crapo, Robert F.
Community News

PwC Chief Faces Possible Probe over Audit Violations

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners - including present CEO James Schiro - face possible investigation after a US court refused to dismiss a claim alleging that the Big Five firm had misrepresented audit independence violations at electronic manufacturing firm Emcore. A New Jersey court heard that PwC partners had allegedly held on to shares in its audit client Emcore and so delayed a public offering of the firm in early 1999.

Benefits of Phased-In Retirement Programs

A July 27 Wall Street Journal article, 'Phased Retirement Option for Workers Is Mainly a Boon for Their Employers,' generated a Web-based response from worldwide HR consultant Watson Wyatt.The Journal commented that Watson Wyatt recommended phased-in retirement as a way for companies to reduce expenses.However, Watson sees it differently.

Satellite CPE: Buying/Selling a Business

On Aug. 16, ACPEN will present a special, one-day satellite broadcast called 'The CPA's Guide to Buying and Selling Businesses'.Speakers for the day include Michael Nall, CPA, executive director of the Alliance of M&A Advisors, who says 'there are several million private businesses needing the services of CPAs and other professionals who can envision, negotiate and manage efficiently the sale and purchase of a business.

Steven E. Abraham, J.D., Ph.D.

Steven E. Abraham, J.D., Ph.D.Associate ProfessorSchool of BusinessState University of N Y at OswegoOswego, NY 13126315/341-3307 (o)315/341-5440 (fax)Dr. Steven E. Abraham holds a B.S. from Cornell University (1980), a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law (1983) and Ph.D. degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1992).

Erin P. Mackler, CPA

SysTrust Team LeaderAmerican Institute of Certified Public AccountantErin P. Mackler, CPA, joined the AICPA’s Assurance Services Team in October 1998 as the SysTrust Team Leader. Ms. Mackler is responsible for overseeing the AICPA’s Systems Reliability Task Force in the development and implementation of the CPA SysTrust service. She works with the Task Force in crafting the SysTrust Principles and Criteria for Systems Reliability, which serves as the foundation for the SysTrust service. Ms.
Practice Management

Is Accounting the 'World's Oldest Profession'?

The following is an editorial by Paul Dunn, co-founder of Results Accountants' Systems.Come on — time to own up! Is the Profession actually the oldest Profession in the world?In every gathering of Accountants I'm asked to address, I always ask the question: "how many of us have clients we wish we didn't have?

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