AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-Up - Issue 96
1. Senate Passes Huge Tax Cut
2. FASB Nears Conclusion of M&A Project
3. Web Hosting For Peachtree and QuickBooks
4. E&Y Terminates Audit Relationship Before Being Fired
5. Treasury Secretary says 'Abolish Corporate Income Tax'
6. Emerging Job Titles for the Accounting Profession
7. Fraud Tales - The Case of the Shrinking Margins
8. New Business Referral System Launched
9. Attracting and Retaining Talent in Your Firm - Helpful Tips
10. It's the End of the Line for eLedger
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1. Senate Passes Huge Tax Cut 
Twelve Democrats crossed party lines and voted with the Republicans to pass the largest tax cut in 20 years. The House and Senate must now reach agreement on a final bill that will be sent to the White House.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board agreed to agree on final measures for accounting for mergers and acquisitions. The board also set implementation dates for using the purchase accounting method and for non-amortization of goodwill.
In an AccountingWEB workshop, Monty Dillavou, President of e-Controller presented information about the company's e-WebHosting System for QuickBooks and Peachtree Software.
In a recent study, employees ranked Payroll Direct Deposit equally as important as 401K programs. Employers said it's the easiest employee benefit program to administer. Our FREE Personalized Pricing & Timing Guide  details your cost per payroll and sets the timeline for implementation in your business.
4. E&Y Terminates Audit Relationship Before Being Fired 
Ernst & Young ended its audit relationship with Health Risk Management, Inc., apparently just before being shown the door.
Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O'Neill, has diagrammed his vision for major tax reform. Included among the items on his wish list are the abolition of the corporate income tax and the capital gains tax on businesses and some radical reforms to the Social Security system.
What's in a name? As new specialties and roles emerge, the accounting profession is likely to find new names for changing functions. Here are some titles already growing in popularity.
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Manage your business finances easily. From anywhere.
For as little as $29.95 a month, you'll gain access to online accounting and financial management tools to help you manage your business more efficiently. And that's just the beginning.
7. Fraud Tales - The Case of the Shrinking Margins 
Once upon a time, there were some mysterious changes made to the company books.... Timothy Anglim of the Fraud Detectives, tells the tale of how he helped one company unravel the Case of the Shrinking Margins.
AccountingWEB announces the development of the Entrepreneur to Accountant Referral Network (E.A.R.N.) program, matching the accounting and financial needs of thousands of small businesses with the talent of the AccountingWEB community. Find out how your firm can participate and get business leads through this new referral service.
Small CPA firms face a challenge in today's competitive employment market. Quality accounting professionals are a hot commodity, and smaller firms often lose candidates to the big starting salaries and name recognition at larger firms. What can smaller firms do to be competitive?
In a recent study, employees ranked Payroll Direct Deposit
equally as important as 401K programs. Employers said it's the easiest employee benefit program to administer. Our FREE Personalized Pricing & Timing Guide  details your cost per payroll and sets the timeline for implementation in your business.
10. It's the End of the Line for eLedger 
Software application service provider (ASP), eLedger, announced this week that, effective May 31, the company will no longer offer software services over the Internet.
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Topic: "The Benefits of a Living Trust From a Financial Planner's Point of View" 
Presenter: Tom Palka, CFP, President, 401(k) On-Site Specialists
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