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Will Equipment Inventory Prevent IRS Y2K Readiness?

The IRS may not be ready for Y2K as previously planned, according to a recent letter addressed to House Ways and Means Committee Chair Bill Archer.Problems include equipment and software that may not be Y2K ready at offices around the country. The agency says it has contingency plans in place, but in the event the IRS is not ready for the new year, the agency reports it could end up manually issuing some tax refunds.If it came to this, IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti said that manual refunds would be issued to taxpayers who are most in need of funds.
Community News

New Andersen Consulting CEO Renews Firm Focus

E-commerce will be the central focus for Andersen Consulting (AC), according to Joe W. Forehand, who was just named chief executive to replace former chairman George T. Shaheen. The announcement was made Monday.The firm also will concentrate on taking a greater financial interest in its own client base.
Technology

Why Web Sites Fail

Now that your firm has an online presence, you may think it’s time to sit back and watch the prospects roll in. Think again. Your marketing efforts are more important than ever.According to the Ecom Advisors, the biggest problem with web sites is unrealistic expectations. They say that businesses think if they spend $100, they will earn $150 the next quarter. They caution owners that it doesn’t work that way; you may not see results for 12 to 24 months.The reason sites fail is equally as simple.
Tax

Say Goodbye to the IRS Restaurant Audit

A kindler, gentler IRS? Possibly.The Internal Revenue Service has announced it will no longer audit restaurants as long as establishments comply with the tax laws associated with tip reporting, regardless if wait persons actually are cheating on their own reporting of tips.In exchange, the IRS says it will target the wait persons themselves, who must report any tips received totaling over $20 a month. The losses are staggering, according to industry sources.

Better Seating Leads to Higher Profits

How ergonimically sound are your office chairs? Do you find people you work with complaining of back problems because they sit too long in poorly designed seating?You could be losing a lot in terms of time and money if you don't pay attention to this important health topic. It is estimated that repetitive-motion injuries cost U.S. businesses $100 million annually in lost productivity, and untold more in workers compensation costs.On today's market, there are now many sources for chairs that make sense for you and your staff, but be prepared to pay more for the best seating.
Technology

Search The Web Like A Pro

It’s a big Web out there. When you want to search it quickly and effectively, follow these tips:If you are short on time, consider using a multiple search engine to "grab" results from the leading search engines. Try multiple search engines like Mamma – The Mother of All Search Engines or Dogpile.com to get fast results.Don’t go back and forth. Instead of using your browser and the “back” button, consider opening a new window to view your results.
Technology

Levi Strauss Throws In The Internet Sales Towel

Selling online is difficult – and costly. Clothing giant, Levi Strauss, confirmed last Friday that it will discontinue selling its products via the web.

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.

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