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Long-Term Employee Retention

Hiring the right candidate might seem to be your firms top priority --but not when you look at the facts, keeping those candidates long-term should be and is the priority.Your firm can invest time, effort and valuable resources enticing the right candidates.
Tax

Tax Projections Show Lower Payments to IRS for FY 2001

When Americans pay their taxes on April 15, 2002, CCH Incorporated predicts the tax liability will be lower than in previous years.Due to low inflation, CCH believes the tax results based on income adjustments for single and married taxpayers will be more for 2001 than the previous two tax years.
Technology

Intacct Partnership Helps Automate Time & Billing

Beginning in November, companies can more easily keep track of personnel expenses incurred and hours worked thanks to a new partnership between Intacct and OpenAir.com.The new system brings the best of both vendors to a client's employee base by putting more tasks into their hands rather than placing the administrative burden on the human resources department or similar environment.
Community News

'Practice Innovation' Award Given to Nine Firms

Nine firms are the recipients of the first-ever Practical Accountant Practice Innovation awards for having firms that are consulting-driven, problem solvers. Innovation that brings in new business or cuts costs by way of a process or new procedure is the criterion for these awards. The firms varied as to what they accomplished, but each one excelled by taking the initiative to expand its practice in one way or another.The nine categories and firms include: Facing Challenges Head-onMarkham Norton Stroemer & Company of Ft. Myers, Fla.
Technology

Microsoft Scores Small Victory in Latest Case Update

On Tuesday, Microsoft counted its blessings. The Supreme Court decided it did not want to hear the software company's appeal in the antitrust ruling, and so instead the case will be sent to a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.This is considered a victory for Microsoft because the same court has ruled in favor of the company in several other cases prior to this one; the company feel there is a good chance that a decision on the appeal of the original ruling may be in their favor.
AccountingWEB Life

What Firms are doing to Increase Sales, with Karen Bergh

What Firms are doing to Increase Sales by Karen Bergh of RainMaker Pro Training and ConsultingSession Moderator: I want to welcome all of you to our workshop this afternoon. Feel free to ask questions anytime you like. Karen will answer them as she is able and I'll "collect" those we miss so we can come back to them.Now, I'll introduce Karen Bergh!

Pier 1 and SEC Strike Deal

According to sources, the former CFO of Pier 1 will pay a $75,000 fine due to his involvement in concealing a $20 million investment loss. In a deal struck with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the retailer also agreed to stop violating financial reporting rules.The case dates back to 1995, when it was alleged that CFO Robert G. Herndon conspired with money-manager S.
Technology

Paragon 4.0 is Released

Thomson Financial Security Solutions, a unit of Thomson Financial, announced the release of the latest version of its Paragon software, a program for comprehensive trading, safekeeping, portfolio management, and accounting solutions for banks and fixed-income broker-dealers.According to the company’s press release, the new package features richer functionality, giving users open database access with an ODBC interface, streamlined trade entry capabilities, the ability to support server-based processes and more robust printing capabilities.

Volunteer Spirit Alive & Well at Deloitte Consulting

'Hands-on San Francisco' was helped on Sept. 22 by the goodwill of 200 employees from the Bay office of Deloitte Consulting.Part of the firm's 2000 Community Service day, employees helped all over the city with charities and social services endeavors.
Technology

Check Your Moods With New Eudora Software

Although Eudora isn't the most popular email software program on today's market, it does have a nifty new feature included in the release of version 5.0 that may catch the attention of new users.'MoodWatch' is a component that enables email messages to be read by Eudora software to determine whether the message is objective in content and/or mood.

Add a Reminder to Your Outlook Calendar

If you have Outlook on your computer, and would like to set an automatic reminder for participation in AccountingWEB workshops, you've come to the right place. Simply click on the Workshop, choose your time zone, and you will be sent an automatic reminder for that session that will be added to your Outlook calendar. Choose as many as you like.

Red Rover, Red Rover Send Your Referrals Right Over!

I’ve worked with an accounting firm for three years in marketing and every time I talk about consciously building up our referral network many partners roll their eyes. Complaints range from, not feeling comfortable “soliciting” business from someone else, getting the referral to follow through with their promise to send business over and keeping track of who had sent more business to who.Here are a few thoughts that may make this process easier, more painless and successful.First, forget about who has been sending business to whom.
Technology

Direct E-mail Marketing: Is it for You?

With e-mail offering the almost immediate gratification and low overhead cost that direct mail just can’t quite pull off you may be considering if this marketing medium can work for your firm. Keep in mind that direct e-mail marketing is most likely to work with current clients. We’ve all been spammed before and you’ve probably immediately deleted e-mail from a source you are unfamiliar with. However, Jupiter Communications conducted a survey recently that revealed 14% of consumers welcome promotional e-mails from companies they haven’t work with before.

Firstgov is Open for Business

Designed to provide citizens with one-stop access to all government information, the new portal site, www.firstgov.com, was introduced Friday by the Clinton administration. At Firstgov, users can search 20,000 government web sites containing 27 million federal government web pages.The site enables users to search for documents presently available in the “.gov” and “.mil” Internet domains, as well as providing links to state government information.
Tax

Clinton Opposes 5-Year Internet Tax Moratorium

Earlier this year the House passed a measure to freeze any attempts at an Internet tax for five years.

Announcing First 100% Web-Based Payroll / Human Resources Platform

HIGHLAND PARK, IL - SurePayroll.com, the preeminent e-payroll service provider, and AtYourBusiness.com, (AYB) a web-based integrator of employee management services, have joined together in support of providing online payroll services to small businesses nationwide. Together, SurePayroll.com and AYB create the first payroll / HR platform that is 100% Internet-based. AYB's customers are now able to access SurePayroll.com's payroll system to process payroll in a simple and economical manner.
Community News

HP Drops PwC as Auditor as Consultancy Talks Continue

PricewaterhouseCoopers has lost computer giant Hewlett-Packard as an audit client to Ernst & Young, but it is likely to be compensated by the multi-billion dollar sale of its consultancy wing to HP.In a corporate press release issued on Friday, HP announced it had engaged E&Y for the financial year ending 31 October 2000.

Industry Update: Top 10 Options for Accounting Graduates

'Flexibility' isn't a word that has been associated with the accounting profession--until now. Suddenly, possessing an accounting degree and following a path related to the profession is hot, as accounting students realize they don't have to follow the crowd into public accounting.Why the sudden interest? The demographics of the new accounting grad have changed, and a new generation of workers is now employable in ways outside the traditional accounting firm or internal auditing scenario.Analysts say there are dozens of career choices to pursue.
Technology

States get Another Chance for Internet Tax

It looked as if the taxing of goods bought over the Internet was a moot point until at least 2005 (however, see related story), but states may get another chance to get rich based on a new plan being pushed by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).McCain and others in Congress have said that they would support Internet taxation if states were to simplify their tax structure.
Technology

Impact of Intel's Stock Puts Industry in Quandry

Technology stocks took a nosedive in the spring, and sales of PCs across Europe are down. Now, Intel's 3rd quarter earnings are reported to be much lower than anticipated, thanks to the sluggish European market.What in the world can a technology giant like Intel do to come out smelling like a rose?Resurrect yourself by starting over, say analysts.

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