AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-Up - Issue 102
1. IRS Targets Consultants
2. New Man at E&Y's Helm
3. Don't Spend Your Extra Income All in One Place
4. Deloitte Won't Split
5. The New IRS - How Will it Affect You?
6. Illinois's 'Mr. CPA' Loses Court Battle
7. No Split-Up for Microsoft; Other Issues Backfire
8. AA & Tax Consulting: A Promising Career Path
9. H&R Block Can't Give Away $1 Million
10. Create Custom Books from Microsoft Press
The tax rates, they are a-changing. The new tax legislation has provided several planning opportunities for tax advisers. One example of a planning opportunity is that taxpayers need to be aware of the impact of the new, slightly lower tax rates, which may have an effect on planning for third and fourth quarterly estimated payments.
New tax tables published July 1 reflect the change in tax rates. Some taxpayers may benefit from a slight reduction in quarterly payments. Other taxpayers need to be made aware of the fact that their existing payment structure is sufficient to protect them from penalties and no change is necessary.
In either case, the new tax law presents several opportunities for accountants to provide beneficial services to their clients.
Gail Perry, Managing Editor
1. IRS Targets Consultants 
The IRS has recently published a new audit techniques guide designed to help auditors in their examinations of individuals who work as consultants and businesses that hire consultants. The IRS is encouraging audits of these people and entities.
2. New Man at E&Y's Helm 
James S. Turley, 46, is the new global chairman at Big Five firm Ernst & Young. Mr. Turley has devoted his entire professional career to the same firm, and now he is ready to take the reins.
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The new 2001 withholding tax tables are in effect now, which means that tax withholding rates are lower and take home pay is increased. Taxpayers across the country will be trying to find new ways to spend their tax savings windfall . . . not!
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4. Deloitte Won't Split 
Quashing rumors to the contrary, Big Five accounting firm Deloitte & Touche publicly announced its intention to keep the entire firm intact. For now.
There's change in the air at the IRS. Among the new innovations we can expect are improvements to telephone service, online services, overall performance, audits, and Web design.
All he wanted was for people to know that he had passed the CPA exam. This just wasn't exactly the way the Illinois state senator expected to get the word out.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has voted unanimously to overturn last year's lower court order to split Microsoft Corporation. The stock market responded by sending Microsoft shares up 2.3 percent. That's the good news. Find out what will happen next.
Fourteen hundred CFOs were asked: "For which of the following functions is your company most likely to bring in consulting or project professionals to supplement workloads or gain specialized expertise?" Read their responses.
H&R Block's Million Dollar Giveaway Contest has encountered an unexpected snag: a winner who is unwilling to accept the money.
How many Microsoft Press books can you afford to buy? What if you could just pick the chapters you want from each book and make your own book of specialty advice and techniques? Now you can!
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Presenter: Allan Boress, CPA, CFE, Allan S. Boress & Associates
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Topic: Performance Appraisals
Presenter: Mike Chapman and Don Scholl
Sponsor: Association for Accounting Administration 
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