by AccountingWeb on Feb 14, 2002
Co-opetition: Compete and Cooperate MarketingWhen you combine the words cooperation and competition, a new word emerges: Coopetition. Coopetition works when competing organizations come together cooperatively to serve a client.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 10, 2002
By Rich Walker, CPA, Director of IntuitAdvisorA new year means new opportunities for accountants to grow their practice. Here are some words of wisdom that will help you succeed in 2002.1. Focus on Great ServiceIt might sound simplistic, but superior customer service is the number one way to retain customers. Some suggestions for maintaining a great customer relationship are:Be responsive. Let your clients know they're important.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 31, 2002
The IRS has issued a reminder to employers and retirement plan administrators that they must amend their employees' retirement plans to comply with the changes made by the "GUST" laws by the February 28, 2002, deadline. The deadline affects qualified retirement plans, including Code Sec. 401(k) plans, defined benefit pension plans, profit-sharing plans, ESOPs and Keogh plans.An exception to the February 28, 2002, deadline exists for plans with a fiscal year other than a calendar year. The deadline for those plans is the last day of the fiscal year that began in 2001.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 30, 2002
Have you heard the one about the man who woke up from a coma and asked, “What’s an auditor?” He got the traditional reply: “Someone who arrives after the battle and bayonets all the wounded.” If Robert Herdman gets his way, that joke won’t be so funny any more. Mr. Herdman is the chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and he has a new solution that will help companies avoid the battles altogether. The Perils of Too Much PrecisionMr.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 30, 2002
Preliminary statistical data show the difference between operating (pro forma) earnings and net income under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) reached an all-time high in 2001. These statistics cover the largest U.S. public companies, collectively known as the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P-500). The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and accounting firms have been cautioning companies about the risks of disclosing pro forma earnings and the need to reconcile these earnings to net income under GAAP.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 29, 2002
The accounting profession has united under the aegis of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in an organized effort to develop comprehensive guidance on risks, including the kinds of business risks that toppled Enron.COSO is comprised of five member organizations: The American Institute of CPAs, the American Accounting Association (AAA), Financial Executives International, the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Institute of Management
by AccountingWeb on Jan 29, 2002
A survey of Canadian business executives shows immense support for auditing reforms.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 24, 2002
Executives and managers are often left feeling frustrated when their staff doesn't perform a task the way they expected. This can be eliminated by sharpening your communication and filling in the gaps that are often left open for interpretation. Here are some guidelines.Step 1. Know what the task is.Step 2. Have the end result/desired outcome you want to produce in mind.Step 3. Find the person you need to delegate to and give them the task.Step 4. Share with them the results you desire.Step 5. Ask and inform them why it's important.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 23, 2002
Responding to a petition by the Big Five accounting firms, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a statement entitled Commission Statement about Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.The SEC's statement contains suggested steps that public companies should take when preparing disclosures.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 21, 2002
An informal survey by Financial Executives International Research Foundation indicates chief financial officers (CFOs) expect tough boardroom sessions this year. Senior audit partners for Deloitte & Touche (D&T) offered practical advice during a teleconference co-sponsored by the Foundation on January 17, 2002.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 21, 2002
Email has made it so much easier to communicate with clients and employees, but with the increase in the use of e-mail comes the concern of sending sensitive documents.Whether you are a CPA sending tax information back and forth to your clients, or a company trying to pass invoices to your customers, secure, private delivery of these documents is paramount to your relationship.A new service called Vault Inbox was introduced this week as one possible commercial solution to the problem faced by e-
by AccountingWeb on Jan 08, 2002
U.S. retail and property service Homestore.com joins the list of companies investigating possible accounting irregularities. In a recently-filed Form 8-K, the company said that it expects to restate its nine-month financial results and reduce the revenue figure by as much as $95 million to better reflect the nature of on-line advertising transactions that should have been accounted for as barter transactions.
by AccountingWeb on Jan 08, 2002
This article written by Steven T. Erickson CPA, CVA Consultant-Advisor to Professional Service Firms.In these days of personnel shortages, high labor costs and the resulting price-cost squeeze, you might want to take some of your own good advice to maximize the profitability of your firm.Gross revenue measures (realization percentage, billed rate per hour, etc.) are not the most useful tools to manage your practice when rapidly escalating personnel costs can’t be passed on to the client.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 20, 2001
Big Five firm Ernst & Young and General Electric teamed up to sponsor a study of the thoughts and ideals of Generation X professionals in the workplace.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 17, 2001
The September 11 terrorist attacks, which cut down thousands of people in their prime, have caused many Americans to examine what would happen to their families if they were to die unexpectedly.

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