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Technology Planning in the New Millennium

Technology Planning in the New MillenniumAccountingWEB WorkshopThursday, November 9, 2000, 4:00-5:00 Eastern timeJoin Geoff Wold and Jeff Locketz, partners in LBL Technology Partners, a division of Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, in their live workshop presentation, "Technology Planning in the New Millennium."Taking the position that technology is always going to be changing, Mssrs.

Joint Ventures Make Big Bucks for Fast-Growing Companies

Joint ventures are paying off for America’s fastest growing companies, and making a huge contribution to the economy.American companies expect to contribute 10.6% of their business assets to joint ventures this year, yet generate 12% of their revenue growth in return – and these figures are set to double over the next two to three years. But JVs are about more than pure growth. Because they enable participants to share risks and leverage complementary resources, they are highly prized for the efficiencies they produce, and their effectiveness in increasing profit margins.

The Increasing Role of Marketing In Your Firm's Success

An interview with Scott H. Cytron, owner of Cytron and Company. Scott delivers communications and public relations services to professional services organizations throughout the country. Scott’s writings have been published in many trade publications, including The Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Letter, Accounting Technology, The CPA Software News and the Ohio CPA Journal. Q: Do you think marketing has gained importance in the profession?

Recover Delinquent Accounts Quickly and Easily!

A service offered by National Credit Systems Inc. (NCS) charges a low, flat fee to place an account in collection. You will pay no commission unlike many collection agencies that may charge you 30% and more of the collections. You can place a delinquent account of any size in collection as soon as 60 days past due, when you have a better chance of recovering the money. NCS will recover the money and have the payment sent directly to you. For more details, e-mail customer service at winston@nationalcredit.com or call 800-363-7215, ext.
Community News

Accenture Announces New Mergers & Acquisitions Leader

Accenture, the firm formerly known as Andersen Consulting, announces its first outside appointment with the addition of Pat Anslinger to the global management team.Pat Anslinger is the new Global Head for Mergers & Acquisitions. Mergers & Acquisitions is part of the firm's Strategy and Business Architecture practice, which will focus on the agendas of senior executives.

Five-Term Senator William Roth Defeated in Delaware

The identity of the new president may not be determined for weeks, but there is a new look to the Senate that will have a significant effect on the way things get done in the future.Senator William Roth, chairman of the Senate Finance committee, and originator of the Roth IRA, was defeated in Delaware last night.

NYC Tax Cut is a $190 Million Boon for Residents

Based on tremendous fiscal gains, a tax cut recommended by Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, and passed by a New York City Council committee, is expected to save residents $190 million.Although it still needs to be passed by the full Council--and it looks as if it will--the city tax cut is expected to coincide with a drop in the New York State income tax, bringing with it a savings of $327 for a family with two children earning $100,000, and $73 for a single person earning $25,000.The philosophy on the part of the Council committee was to return money to the taxpayers because of the recovery occur
Community News

San Diego D&T Awarded for Best Place to Work

The San Diego office of Deloitte & Touche was named one of the 'Best Places to Work' in San Diego county by the Work-Life Coalition of San Diego.The organization presented the award to D&T, as well as awards to several other businesses, during a Leaders in Work-Life ceremony in early November.D&T tied for first place in the 50-500 employee category, and was given the honor for the firm's support in helping employees balance activities between work and home.

How to Manage a Consultant

What's the role of the outside consultant(s) in your organization, and how do you manage this role? Have any of these situations happened to you? The firm implies that high-level, seasoned consultants will do the work, but then replaces them with greener staff.

SEC to Vote on Auditor Independence Rules

The Securities & Exchange Commission will hold an open meeting on November 15, 2000 to consider adoption of rules governing auditor independence.
Technology

Don’t Dial Area Code 809!

According to a reports surfacing on the Internet, a telephone scam is moving quickly throughout North America and beyond whereby a person receives a message on an answering machine or pager asking that he call a number beginning with the area code 809. The message indicates either a prize has been won, a relative has taken seriously ill or even died, or some other message guaranteed to get the attention of the recipient.The phone number to call, according to the message, begins with area code 809.

Clairvoyance: Convincing Your Clients You Can Read Their Minds, with Eva Rosenberg

Session Moderator: We want to welcome Eva Rosenberg todayEva, a.k.a. the Tax Mama, is the proprietor of the Tax Mama web site at www.taxmama.com, and brings decades of tax and business experience with her. Combining formal training at national CPA firms and years in the trenches with her warm, homey style, she does her best to protect her brood from the ravages of the U.S. Income Tax system.Eva's free, weekly newsletter, Ask TaxMama www.taxmama.com/asktaxmama is a great resource.
A&A

D&T Survey Reports Excellent Holiday Buying Season

The 15th annual Consumer and Retailer Mood Survey: Retail Holiday Outlook poll conducted by Deloitte & Touche and the National Retail Federation has extremely positive results for retailers.The survey reports that an overwhelming 82 percent of respondents plan to spend more during the holiday season than last year.
Tax

Clairvoyance! Convince Your Clients You Can Read Minds!

Join Eva Rosenberg, affectionately known as the Tax Mama, in a back-by-popular-demand appearance in the AccountingWEB workshop room, Tuesday, November 7, from 4:00 to 5:00 Eastern time.Ms. Rosenberg will discuss tips for figuring out what your clients are thinking - or at least convincing them that's what you've done!

Robert Gold, MBA, CA

Robert Y. Gold, MBA, CARobert has been in public practice in Toronto for over twenty years. His background is with KPMG. He is the Managing Partner of Bennett Gold, Chartered Accountants - a full service CA firm located in Toronto, Canada employing a staff of twenty professionals.Bennett Gold is Canada's Internet leader among CA firms.
A&A

Rosy Outlook: Dell Financing Partner Renews Contract

Austin, TX-based Dell Computer Corporation got a shot in the arm when its financial partner, CIT Group of New York, renewed the contract for supporting Dell Financial Services.

Details on the Postage Rate Increase

The cost to mail a first-class letter is going to increase as of January 2001, but the new rate is still undecided. According to a report from Stamps.com, the exact postage rate increase by the United States Postal Service is pending.The Postal Service did publish a full chart early in the year with predicted rates (note: the free Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document).
Tax

Read Their Lips: No Tax Law Changes - Yet!

The Senate and House chambers are empty this week, as members of Congress head for home for a brief visit with their constituencies before Tuesday's election. Both groups left unfinished business behind in Washington, and will return next week to try to wrap up the FSC (Foreign Sales Corporation) bill, and some miscellaneous spending and tax bills.

Election 2000: Your Vote Counts!

The Texas Society of CPAs has compiled a list of reasons why your vote may make a difference tomorrow on on election day.Consider this:One vote made Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England in 1645.One vote caused Charles I of England to be executed in 1649. One vote in 1776 determined that Americans would speak English instead of German. One vote in 1800 kept Aaron Burr, later charged with Treason, from becoming President.
Tax

Tax Advantages of Buying an SUV

Most tax preparers know that companies depreciate the cost of their 6,000+-pound trucks and/or delivery vehicles over a five-year period. However, with more and more business owners investing in Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) as their primary car, the tax rules regarding weight limits of vehicles are providing a break for many professionals.Higher depreciation provides an incentive to buy the SUV.

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