AICPA Marks 20 Years of Technology Conference

Back when CPAs and accountants could barely work computers, let alone even thinking about using the Internet to communicate with clients and customers, AICPA held its first computer and technology conference.Now, 20 years later, the Institute is celebrating 20 years with its upcoming conference, May 10-12 in Atlanta, GA. Recommended CPE credit is 23-25 hours.So what's changed in 20 years? Plenty!

Reporting Wages for Domestic Help

Remember the contoversy surrounding the appointment of a Supreme Court judge and other elected officials over the so-called "nanny" tax?Clients often approach tax preparers with questions regarding compensation for help like nannies, yard men, babysitters and others.

Steve Jobs' Quandry: Airplane Tax Classification

The head of Apple Computers has a team of CPAs at KPMG working to resolve whether a bonus given to CEO Steve Jobs should be classified as a "recurring" or "non-recurring" event.The difference in the classification for reporting purposes is amazing. Experts say shareholders and financial analysts usually give more importance to recurring operations, which typically are the day-to-day activities.Because of this concept, Apple and KPMG chose to classify that gift of the Gulfstream V jet as a non-recurring expense.

Call Is On For Entrepreneur of the Year

So you never thought a Big 5 firm could actually help you, right? Wrong. Ernst & Young, LLP is looking for nominations for Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee based entrepreneurs for the company’s 14th Annual Entrepreneur Of The Year award program. The program focuses on fast-growing companies and is a fantastic opportunity for you to nominate some of your clients. Now that’s value-added!Winners walk away with a lot more than an award.

A Software Tip Each Day

For those of you who are hungry for software tips each and every day, Internet publisher ZDNet has a solution for you. Register to receive daily tips on the Microsoft Office software suite and more by going to for those of you who prefer weekly ideas, try this one: a complete Windows shortcut list, including how to effectively use all those function keys, can be found at

Employee Internet Abuse Climbs

The many problems facing employers supplying unlimited, unmonitored Internet access are making them wonder if this is the way to conduct business. Productivity losses, liability risks and security issues are just a few of the problems employers deal with. According to, Inc., shopping online, viewing pornography, sending inappropriate e-mail correspondence and checking personal stock performance are just a few of the issues managers face today.

Windows 2000--What's in it for CPAs?

Thursday marked the debut for the new Windows 2000 operating system, and according to a report, Bill Gates himself said the new OS is much more "reliable" than previous Windows releases.Windows 2000 is complex, with more than 35 million lines of code, and ran one year later in its release than expected ... but what does the release mean for CPA firms and businesses running the software?Actually, firms and companies in the NT environment will benefit the most from Windows 2000.
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More Online Troubles for H&R Block

AccountingWeb has run several stories over the past two weeks about how H&R Block had to shut down the site temporarily due to the tremendous amount of traffic on the site to file tax returns.Now, a spokesperson for H&R Block has confirmed that the site has once again closed its tax filing capability, not because of traffic, but because of several security issues.Based on a report by the Associated Press, some clients were able to view the tax returns of others.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 30

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 30February 18, 2000www.accountingweb.comIn the news this week:1. PWC Will Likely Split Into Three Units2. Accounting Irregularities and Fraud3. Writing Winning Sales Proposals4. ABA Still Struggling With Legal/Accounting Partnerships5. Financial Services Advisor Resource Bonanza Week6. FASB Struggles To Solve Pooling-of-Interests Question7. Tips to Avoid the Pitfalls of Website Development8.

Background Information at Your Fingertips

Has Sally been convicted of fraud? Has John really disclosed his actual salary? It’s important to carefully screen job applicants and two of the world’s leading providers of employee information are making it easier than ever.Now firms can find the answers to these questions and others of a background nature with immediate access to detailed, accurate information.

1st Global Hits Milestone Mark

With the addition of Jannsen & Company, S.C. based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Dallas-based 1st Global, Inc. hits an important milestone in the company’s growth. The new company represented the 1,000th securities licensed financial advisor to join the 1st Global family.Many public accounting firms have looked to CPA-founded 1st Global as they attempt to build a successful financial services practice.
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PWC Considers 3-Way Split

A series of negative factors influencing the firm has led PWC to consider the possibility of splitting into three units. The world's largest accountancy firm did confirm late Thursday that it would split consultancy and some corporate finance work from its core audit, accountancy and tax services wing. The proposed split would provide separate units for auditing, consulting and human resources.

Tools To Develop Winning Sales Proposals

Bob Kantin, President of, a sales and marketing consulting firm in Dallas, presented a workshop for AccountingWEB this week on writing winning proposals.Some key points that were covered:Understanding the difference between transaction sales and complex salesWhen to use a boilerplate proposal and when to develop a strategic proposalConnecting the consultative sales process with the proposal development process

Tax-Cut Creators Open Divorce Site

How's this for a change of heart? The creators of the first do-it-yourself tax preparing software, Kiplinger's popular Tax-Cut, have opened up a new Web site devoted to anyone seeking information and assistance for a divorce.The new site by Daniel Caine and Wendell Smith is called

AICPA's Top Ten Tips for Secured Web Sites

Many CPAs and accounting professionals are knee-deep in e-Commerce activities with clients and customers, while others are on the fence waiting for the next "big" reason to join the bandwagon.In response to last week's e-hackers at popular sites like Yahoo!, E-trade and, the AICPA has released its own "top ten list" of tools to help secure Web sites.Here is the AICPA's List of how toprotect yourself and your clients: Conduct a risk assessment of your online business Develop security standards, policies and procedures so employees will first, unders
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Big 5 Winners & Losers

The final numbers have been released for 1999 revenues and losses among Big 5 accounting firms.Based on research compiled by the Public Accounting Report (PAR), the firm awarded the majority of audits was Deloitte & Touche, who placed first for the second time in three years as the number one auditor of public companies.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Sees Faster Closings & Better Reporting with Advantage from Deltek

McLean, Virginia – February 16, 2000 - Deltek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTK). Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) recently chose Deltek's Advantage product as its financial management system. Two years ago, this prestigious firm decided not to invest resources into its proprietary financial system to make it Y2K compliant. Joseph Dailey, CFO, took charge of evaluating alternatives to SOM's existing financial system. According to Dailey, "Our goal in changing our financial systems went well beyond the Y2K issue.

A/E/C, Professional Service Firms Praise Deltek's General Release of Advantage 5.0

McLean, Virginia – February 16, 2000 – Deltek® Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTK). Deltek today announces the immediate availability of Advantage Version 5.0, offering powerful new applications for interactive general ledger reporting, new features for international users, and many other usability and performance enhancements.

Vest Strengthens Financial Services Offerings

This week, Dallas-based financial services giant H.D. Vest announced a new alliance with in an effort to continue building its portfolio of offerings to clients and customers.Customers can log on to the mortgage site through the regular Vest Web site.

Powerful PowerPoint Presentations Made Easy

Run, don’t walk to your computer to blast your boring PowerPoint presentations out of the way. If you are bored by the same old designs, imagine how your audience feels. Today’s professionals see lots of presentations and it’s not hard to spot a Microsoft template, if you know what I mean.Animate it. Bring your charts to life by animating them. To animate an existing chart, select it and choose Slide Show, then Custom Animation.


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