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If a Big Four firm makes a bad hiring decision, it's barely noticed because of the sheer mass of employees. They could even hire someone dumb enough to wear a suit of armor to a massage appointment and it wouldn't cause a ripple. However, if your firm of seven people brings in a new employee who doesn't fit, well, you know how damaging that can be, potentially bringing with it a long recovery period.

One thought: Does your firm's Web site do your firm justice or is it a negative to prospective employees? My Accounting Life has a quick brush-up on what you need to think about in today's hiring environment. Check out Five Tips to Attract the Best Accounting Candidates in 2011.

Rob Nance
State of the Union provides hope for accountants
President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday night and included verbiage that offers encouragement for accountants struggling with issues surrounding the new 1099 regulations. Read More >>
FASB's Seidman signals emphasis on converged standards, needs of private companies
Leslie Seidman, the newly appointed chairman of the FASB, repeatedly emphasized the board's intention to communicate with constituents and to produce standards in "an open process that encourages and values input." Read More >>
WikiLeaks may reveal names of tax evaders
Although WikiLeaks is reportedly reviewing secret information on approximately 2,000 offshore banking clients, it's unlikely the material will be made public soon, according to reports. Read More >>
Free spreadsheet-based Form 1040 available for 2010 tax year
Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas, has created a free Microsoft Excel-based version of the 2010 U.S. Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040. Read More >>
IRS launches IRS2Go App for iPhone, Android
The Internal Revenue Service this week unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on their status of the tax refund and obtain helpful tax information. Read More >>
Nurture little clients who have big paws
How do you spot a puppy that's going to grow into a big dog? You look at the size of its paws. Do the same with "little" tax clients and you can watch your business grow as fast as puppies do. Read More >>
University of Texas at Dallas team takes top honors in AICPA competition
Can a hotel become more sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint by using LED lighting and installing a rooftop garden? A team of four accounting students from the University of Texas at Dallas thinks so. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a popular luxury hotel think so, too. Jason Bramwell reports.
New Excel spreadsheet discussion board
Sift Media, owner of AccountingWEB, has launched a new Excel spreadsheet discussion area at USBusinessForums. More than 3,000 members have joined USBusinessForums, which includes over 500 threads spanning topics such as general business, accounting, e-business, financial matters, and marketing. Read More >>
Company announcements: Week of January 24
Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of January 24, 2011.
Not collecting sales tax in Colorado? January 31 deadline fast approaching
All retailers that meet the following requirements are required to notify purchasers by January 31, 2011, that they are required to self-assess use tax and pay it to Colorado. Read More >>
Know your industry
From a profit standpoint, being 100 percent chargeable will put you at the top of the list at your firm in a multitude of practice management reports and spreadsheets. In many partners' eyes, you'd be a hero.
California takes aim at remote retailers
If budget pressures continue to increase, new governors and state legislators may have no choice but to overlook protests from individuals and businesses that operate in affiliate programs, and adopt Amazon.com nexus standards. Read More >>
Transition is complete
I knew the day would come when work slowed down, yet I did not do as much as I should have to maintain my momentum. I have learned to get out of the office and spend time each day marketing my practice.
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