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AICPA Releases Top Technology Issues For 2001

Technological advances over the last ten years have become so interwoven with the accounting profession that it's hard to conceive how we could or can function without them. The AICPA just released the 2001 Top Ten Technology list."We're not surprised that security emerged as the most critical technology issue," said Alan Anderson, AICPA Senior Vice President - Technical Services.
Technology

Use MS Outlook to Get Detailed Map Directions!

Next time you're getting ready to leave the office on an engagement or a marketing call, make sure you have accurate directions to the client’s office. If you use Microsoft Outlook as your contact management tool, try this nifty feature. Outlook and Expedia.com Maps provide you with detailed directions to the contact's address. You may need to install this feature if it has not been installed on your computer already.
Tax

Tax Tip: Avoid Headaches, Prepare Taxes Early

Earlier is better when it comes to working on your taxes. The IRS encourages people to get a head start on tax preparation. Not only do you avoid the last-minute rush, early filers also get a faster refund.Here are seven easy ways to get a good jump on your taxes long before the April 16 deadline rolls around: Gather your records in advance. Make sure you have all the records you need, including W-2s and 1099s.
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Midwest Accounting Firms Combine Forces

The certified public accounting and consulting firms of Virchow Krause and Lund Koehler Cox & Arkema have announced their merger. The merger provides the Twin Cities area with the resources of a large regional firm with strong local ties. The merger is effective January 1, 2001.Virchow Krause (VK) is the largest CPA firm in Wisconsin, and the 16th largest firm in the country, according to Public Accounting Report, a leading industry newsletter. The firm has 90 partners, and over 900 total staff. The merger will add 175 people including 28 partners in the Twin Cities.
Tax

IRS Raises Income Exclusion for Parking Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that employers may exclude parking benefits from employee wages up to a maximum of $180 per month for 2001, a $5 increase from the 2000 ceiling.The announcement came in IRS Revenue Procedure 2001-13.No increase is forecast for the existing exclusion amount of $65 per month for combined transit pass and vanpooling expenses.The Employee Benefits Institute of America, a publishing group that provides guidance on various benefits plans, commented that the $65 ceiling on excludable transit pass and vanpooling expense is scheduled to increase
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KPMG Survey Shows Consumers Value Customer Service

Online or in person, customer service reigns supreme over low prices and even speed of shopping, according to a new survey conducted by KPMG and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.The survey is called "Creating the Ideal Shopping Experience: What Consumers Want in the Physical and Virtual Store."When asked about their ideal shopping experience, approximately 40 percent of the 2,120 consumers polled reported that access to knowledgeable, helpful and courteous salespeople is the key attribute when shopping for major appliances, furniture and

Offbeat Benefits Stand Test of Time

Despite heavy competition for talent, relatively few employers sponsor offbeat workplace perks, according to a national survey by Oxford Health Plans.Still, while the most non-traditional benefits are still shy of the mainstream, most employees take advantage of unusual benefits when given the chance. The survey found, for example, that only 18 percent of workplaces offer health club memberships. A recent poll sponsored by BenefitNews.com revealed a slightly more generous trend, with 25 percent of respondents affirming that their benefit plan covers health club memberships.

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AccountingWEB Special Newswire - Special Edition

 The AccountingWEB Special Bonus Newswire The Best Tips of the Year 2000 January 3, 2001 Members Logon to http://www.accountingweb.com for full access to all our resources. Don't know your Logon Membership Details? Go to http://www.accountingweb.com/forgotten_login.html  

Why Bother to go on Vacation at all?

Did you take a vacation over the holiday season, only to find yourself more stressed and overworked than you would have been if you had not left at all?You're not alone - according to American Express Small Business Services, only 28 percent of small business owners surveyed said they completely put business out of their minds while on vacation. And, 38 percent of those who do go on vacation bring along cell phones to make sure they can be reached.

Retiree Discounts on Auto Insurance a Thing of the Past

Certain benefits come to those who reach retirement age; unfortunately, discounts on auto insurance may no longer be one of those perks.According to the AAA Foundation for Auto Safety, more and more at-fault accidents for those in their late sixties are tipping the scales and causing across-the-board insurance premiums to increase.

Do you Seek CPE on Personal or Company Time?

When do you find time to take your required continuing professional education (CPE) - on personal or company time?If you're not in a large firm or business that offers in-house training, obtaining the proper training can be somewhat difficult in today's rush-rush environment.However, according to Kelly Services, women who work in finance and accounting are more likely than their male counterparts to seek CPE on their own time versus company time.Thirty-six percent of males use personal time for training, compared to 40 percent of women, while
Tax

Index of Tax Tips

Welcome to AccountingWEB's Tax Tips area. Each day between now and April 15 we will be adding a tax preparer tip, courtesy of the IRS.
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Happy Birthday, Accenture!

Renamed. Redefined. Reborn. 01/01/01.It's official! Effective 1/1/01 Andersen Consulting is now just a memory and Accenture is alive and well.

AccountingWEB: The Year in Review - Issue 75

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 75The Year in ReviewDecember 29, 2000This Year in Review is part of a free weekly e-mail newswire series that AccountingWEB members receive each Friday. If you are not receiving this newswire, you're missing out on news, tips, ideas, and resources to help make you more successful.

Excel Tip: Have Excel Save Your Files Automatically!

Have you ever wanted to automatically save your spreadsheets so you don't lose your work? With Excel 2000 this feature is included and will save all workbooks automatically at specified intervals, but it's not installed by default.
Technology

K-12 Education Now Available on the Internet

WASHINGTON, DC (December 28, 2000) - Citing intensifying public concern for access to high-quality primary and secondary education and the burgeoning alternative education market, William J. Bennett and Knowledge Universe Learning Group (KULG) today announced the formation of the first Internet-based school for kindergarten through twelfth grade. K12 will offer a full curriculum as well as supplementary learning and assessment tools over the Internet. K12's first education products will be offered, and enrollment will commence, in the fall of 2001.

New Jobs on the Horizon for Accounting Professionals

Results of a national poll of 1,400 CFOs from companies with 20 or more employees, show that 12 percent of CFOs anticipate hiring accounting and financial professionals in the first quarter of 2001.The poll, conducted by Robert Half International, revealed that the strongest hiring activity is expected in the Mountain states where 19 percent of CFOs plan to add accounting and finance personnel.
Practice

Top Reporting Challenges Facing Public Companies

NEWS RELEASE: Financial Executives International (FEI), a professional association of 15,000 CFOs, controllers and treasurers, has identified the ten most critical financial reporting challenges facing public companies for the year 2001:Audit Committee Governance -- Fulfill new "independence," financial "expert" and financial "literacy" requirements for audit committees.
Tax

Final Regulations for Research Credit

The following article is provided courtesy of CCH, Inc.Newly finalized Treasury regulations relate to the computation of the Code Sec. 41 credit for increasing research activities and to the definition of "qualified research" for purposes of the credit.

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