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New Consultants Directory is Added

A Directory of Consultants is added to the mix of features allowing users to find consultants to the accounting profession in a number of specialty areas. A basic listing is free to consultants, and an enhanced listing is just $150 a year.

NY State Tax Department Extends Hotline Hours for Single-File Program

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has extended its tax hotline hours to assist business taxpayers who qualify for the "Single-File" program. The extended hours until 7 p.m. EST, began Oct. 28 and will last through Monday, Nov.
Community News

PWC Eliminates 1,000 Administrative Jobs

On Wednesday, PricewaterhouseCoopers announced it would eliminate 1,000 administrative and internal support positions in an effort to focus greater attention on e-commerce consulting services.About 750 employees would actually be let go, with the 250 balance taken care of through attrition and a hiring freeze.A spokesman said cuts would not affect any accountants or consultants working within the organization. Departments affected through cuts include human resources, finance, marketing and administration.

Health Insurance: When is Enough ... Enough?

In light of a strong economy, a new report says employers in the United States are behind the times in expanding health insurance coverage to their employees.

Cut The Clutter

If you are like a lot of professionals, you may have a stack of paper here or a reading pile there. Does it seem like the paper multiplies overnight? Don’t worry. You can declutter your office by working with your personal habits.Julie Morgenstern, a professional organizer, suggests combining business goals with your personal comfort in mind and offers these tips:1. File It In File 13. Hit the ground running by giving your area a “once over.” Throw everything away that you possibly can. Ask questions like, What is this?

Objects In The Mirror Are Closer Than They Seem

We all know that sales success depends on keeping our prospecting funnel filled with qualified buyers. Sometimes, we get in our own way, or at least our call reluctance does. Our call reluctance is a result of our perceptions. It is like our car mirrors on the passenger side which give us a distorted view of the road. We need the distortion to improve our driving visibility. Unlike the mirror, call reluctance doesn’t help our selling. We can deal with call reluctance by changing our perception and our behavior.
Technology

Internet Tip: Looking For Images? Check Here

It's 7:00am. You're getting ready to give a PowerPoint presentation to a client in two hours, and just realized you really need to enhance your presentation with some graphics. But where can you find a picture of a construction site to add to that one critical slide? Or a picture of the Eiffel Tower to pitch a prospective client looking to expand overseas? Check out and bookmark http://www.ditto.com, a wonderful search engine that looks for images across the Web.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 15

The AccountingWEB Newswire - Issue 15 October 29, 1999 http://www.accountingweb.comIn the headlines this week:1. PWC To Lay Off 1000 Administrative Staff2. The Line Between CPA and Legal Professions Continues to Blur3. (Unfortunately Not) The Final Word on Computer Viruses4. Association Helps Modernize The Chinese Accounting Profession5. Working With Generation X6.

E-mail Resumes Receive Greater Attention

Who isn't in a hurry these days? With technology innovations like e-mail and the Web right at our fingertips, our time is spent learning how to be more efficient and effective via the electronic medium.One area that has taken a 180-degree turn is the resume. No longer do many job seekers send you fine documents printed on parchment paper.
Technology

Windows 2000 set for Release

Microsoft has announced a release date of February 17 for its Windows 2000 operating system catering to network and company computers. The software will be available to manufacturers by the end of 1999, enabling them to make-ready their systems by the February debut.Windows 2000 is the new operating platform that follows the company's NT product line. In fact, companies who are running NT 3.0 should know that Windows 2000 will only run on NT 4.0.
Community News

Makers of Gore-Tex sue Deloitte and PeopleSoft Over Software Installation

Well-known manufacturer W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of Gore-Tex outerwear, have filed suit against Deloitte & Touche and PeopleSoft.
Technology

Melissa-like Worm Discovered

Computer Associates International announced that a new worm-type of virus. has popped up in the Netherlands. The worm is named “Badass.”As with other global viruses, it’s only a matter of time before it reaches the U.S. This worm is similar to the devastating Melissa virus.
Practice

Working With And Retaining Generation Xers

As a Gen Xer, I can say that I don’t like being lumped into a group of people that the media has widely reported is “self absorbed,” “unwilling to pay dues, “ and “woefully lacking loyalty and work ethics.” These stereotypes do little to motivate us.As a firm that is committed to growing in the future, you will be working with Generation X. The good news is that there are a lot of really good people out there that just happen to also be Gen Xers.
Practice Management

Recovering Customization Costs

Off the shelf software tends to need extra care and handling inside professional service firms to make it do what you want it to do. Recover some of the costs of customization by reselling your new-and-improved software to other professionals who have a similar need. Where can you find a market for your enhanced software? You're looking at one right now. If you have software to sell, let us know and we'll make it available to our readers.

"Safe" Workplace has Dramatic Effect

Incorporating environmental concerns into the workplace can have a positive, long-lasting effect on the bottom line.The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that annual indoor air polution costs U.S. companies $1 billion in medical costs and $60 billion in lost productivity.

Global Accounting Association Opens Doors To China

The Affiliated Conference of Practicing Accountants (ACPA) International, an association of individual accounting and business consulting firms, announces that a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding between ACPA International and the Shaanxi Institute of CPAs has officially been signed and marks the first formal agreement between the Shaanxi Institute and any group of accounting firms from the outside world. The memo represents more than 100 firms of all sizes in China and over 80 ACPA member firms from around the world.

New Chair of AICPA Focuses on Technology and Vision

As reported last week, Robert K. Elliott has assumed the chairmanship of AICPA, effectively becoming the first chair for the 21st Century. He succeeds former chair Olivia Kirtley. The appointment was made official during AICPA's Fall Council meeting in Seattle, WA.On the top of Elliott's agenda is placing technology in the hands of the Institute's 330,000 members by demonstrating the profession's ability to adapt to an ever-changing landscape and delivery value-added services to clients and employers.
Community News

Consulting Arms of Big 5 Accounting Firms Invest in Start-Ups

These days, it seems that everyone is getting into the potentially high-profit, yet high-risk start-up arena, and the Big 5 is no exception.Just last week on October 20, AccountingWeb ran a story in which PricewaterhouseCoopers bought into Web designers Methodfive, and now it seems that Andersen Consulting has moved in a similar fashion by buying into start-up ChemConnect, the Internet's largest global chemical and plastic exchange.Analysts report that investments like these mark a r
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Saga Between KPMG and Theater Group Continues

The ongoing debacle between Livent, Inc. and KPMG continued yesterday in a Toronto court when lawyers for former Livent exec Garth Drabinsky brought a suit against the Big 5 firm for conflicts of interest.CPAs will recall that Livent, producer of several well-known Broadway shows, including Phantom of the Opera and Ragtime, made the news in August 1998 when its new owners, investment banker Roy Furman and former Walt Disney executive Michael Ovitz, revealed that an internal audit had uncovered serious accounting irregularities.
Technology

Trojan Horse or Virus – Do you know the difference?

They inherit names like Melissa, Thursday and Chernobyl, but what are they? These three were viruses. Another popular cyber warfare tactic is use of a trojan horse program.Trojan horses operate by pretending to do one thing (obvious to the victim) while really doing something else (unknown to the victim). Trojan horses work because they send the victim a “gift” to keep the victim occupied while they perform their cyber terrorism.

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