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Protect Your Business From Computer Viruses!

Turn on the news and there it is, another computer virus. While we are sure you have taken the basic precautions to ensure your computer integrity, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With a little common sense and a dose of protection, you can fend off even the most wicked troubles and sinister Internet viruses. Updating your software regularly is critical.An anti-virus software program will scan your existing files and folders, check new documents and programs, and perform periodic checks of your system for viruses.

NY Society Adds Six New Chapters

Effective June 1, 2001, the New York State Society of CPAs will add six chapters to the organization, bringing the total number of chapters to 11.Forming the new chapters resulted from a recommendation provided by the Society's Task Force on Chapters.

Muy Bueno! PwC Lures Recruits with Tacos

In a story published Oct. 8 in The Dallas Morning News, Big 5 firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has found a novel way to get the attention of college students it wants to recruit. Lure them to interviews with breakfast tacos!In September, the company's consulting arm brought 200 breakfast tacos from Taco Cabana to a recruiting stop at Southern Methodist University. Students swarmed to the PwC booth, which quickly ran out of the tacos.

Top Ten Techs: Will Smart Cards Be a Reality?

For the past several years, the Top Ten Technologies presented by the AICPA have featured Smart Cards as an emerging technology, but will these wonder gizmos ever have their day in the sun?According to a report published on ZDNet's Smart Partner, the answer is yes.
A&A

How to Choose the Best Credit Card

This time of year, our mailboxes are overflowing with seemingly attractive credit card offers, and while many state CPA societies and the AICPA also offer credit card affinity programs, how do you begin to determine which card to choose and with which bank to affiliate?According to Smart Money magazine, the way to determine the best deal is to figure out how much a card really costs you.
Community News

Denver Economics Spurred by DT Impact Survey

Every other year, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts engages Deloitte & Touche to conduct a survey regarding the economic impact the arts organizations of Denver have on the local economy.After this year's survey was completed, officials were amazed at the results.
Community News

AICPA Response to SEC Proposed Guidelines

In an article this month in the Journal of Accountancy, AICPA President Barry Melancon discusses the possible repercussions throughout the entire accounting profession should the SEC's proposed guidelines to limit the scope of services provided by auditors be adopted.The AICPA position is that proposed ruling is not in the public interest and sites the following concerns:The proposed ruling would handicap accounting firms as they try to grapple with issues in the New Economy.Audit quality will suffer if firms a
Community News

Andersen Revenue up 15%

With a record $8.4 billion in revenue for the fiscal year ending August 31, Arthur Andersen is reporting an increase in revenue over last year of 15%.

Dark Horse, Browne, Leads MSNBC Presidential Poll

In an unofficial straw poll being conducted at the MSNBC web site, Libertarian candidate Harry Browne has garnered an astounding 64% of the vote, compared to George Bush at a distant 26% and Al Gore, trailing at a dismal 7%. The MSNBC poll, which involves online voting, is currently providing results from over 7000 voters. Keep in mind, however, that an email campaign contacting registered Libertarian voters has called attention to the poll, which may account for the skewed vote. Or not.

Burnout? Tips for Overcoming Burnout!

As we all know burnout can be a serious condition, not only for top management, but for staff as well. Practice management, and client retention requires a great deal of energy, something that can run in short supply. Here are a few ideas to help you combat burnout: Plan Ahead: Plan your vacations in advance. Encourage your staff to do the same! Make the time, a day, or two, can make a world of difference. Leave your business in good hands: Train personnel and empower those employees to take charge while you are away.
Tax

GAO Advises Against Cash Balance Conversions

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has recommended that the Internal Revenue Service continue an unofficial moratorium on cash balance approvals.

Clinton and Gore Try to Side-Step Congress

Congress has been passing health care reform back and forth, but no agreements have been reached. Now that the legislative session is about to come to a close, it is clear no new laws will be passed in the area of health care reform this year. But that isn’t stopping President Clinton.The New York Times yesterday revealed Clinton’s plan to release a new set of health care rules for patients in time for the November election.

Seven Ways to Gather Referrals for Your Business

7 Ways to Gather Referrals for Your Business to Make it More ValuableAn AccountingWEB WorkshopPresented by: Trent Kaeslin and Jennifer DayceResults Accountants' Systems
Tax

Bush or Gore? Will the real Front Runner Step Up?

An independent national survey commissioned by inc.com suggests that Governor George Bush may be the present front-runner among small-business owners. The results show that the major worries of small-business owners are taxes, health insurance, and government regulations.The survey suggests that nearly 50 percent of respondents lean toward Governor Bush in the November election, whereas approximately 30 percent are partial to Vice President Al Gore.

Chris Murphy

Chris MurphyVP – Operations Finance / Business DevelopmentFiNetrics, Inc.Chris Murphy is the Vice President of Operations Finance / Business Development for FiNetrics, an Internet company developing an online Financial EcoCenter™ for small- to medium-size businesses. Murphy’s goal is to help FiNetrics penetrate the $58 billion small- to medium-sized business market by identifying and initiating channel partner relationships.
A&A

Bill May Recover Billions in Tax Dollars

There are approximately 2 million business owners across the country who, over the years, have withheld payroll taxes from employees and then failed to turn the money over to the federal government.
Technology

Is Yahoo's new Phone Service a Step Back?

Perhaps the guru of all Internet portals, Yahoo!, is taking a step back with its new, free phone service.The company is not using the popular voice recognition applications like TellMe or BeVocal that could be so beneficial to users and save them time.
Tax

New Internet Tax Scheme Presents Another Method

A group that provides guidance on how to expand the Internet has come up with a proposed solution to the taxing of goods and services over the Internet, and will present the solution on Friday, Oct. 13. This time, the solution is very simple.A committee of the National Academy of Science's National Research Council is recommending that everyone pay the same tax rate regardless of where they reside or the state in which the vendor is based.

Is the new DT Consulting Ad too Showy?

A Deloitte Consulting full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal is doing its job by making people talk ... perhaps though, not so favorably, according to analysts who interpret advertising and marketing.The ad describes the firm's ability to take consulting to a new level within the eBusiness continuum.

Take an On-Line Grammar Quiz and Refresh Your Skills!

You can brush up on your grammar and spelling with this Word Workout Quiz. Test your knowledge and build your vocabulary all at the same time. You will have your own on-line fitness trainer, Ben, to help you through it. He won't tell a soul what the results are. Go to the link below and see just how well you do. For the on-line Word Workout Quiz, go to: http://www.m-w.com/promos/vocab99/vbwork.htmGood Luck!

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