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What do you do differently than most people in your position? What about your firm or company? Is there any practice, action, or policy that stands out as being unusual, out-of-the-box, or eyebrow-raising?

With Valentine's Day coming up, I'll point out something that is done in Japan for the holiday. Women in Japan give chocolate to their boyfriends and male friends on Valentine's Day. Men reciprocate a month later by gifting white chocolate on White Day.

Until recently, I assumed that every NFL team had cheerleaders. Apparently, the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and the Pittsburgh Steelers don't have cheerleaders. Football without cheerleaders? That's definitely going against the norm.

Please click here to see what other accountants are doing differently, whether it's relating to their firm or their own work habits. You can mention yours, too (you can do so anonymously, if you like).

So, if I give my wife white chocolate on March 14 in the name of Valentine's Day, do you think that will fly?

Rob Nance
Obama plan would ease state debts through payroll taxes
An Obama administration proposal would ease the debts of states struggling to pay unemployment benefits by increasing the amount of payroll taxes collected from businesses. Read More >>
Second voluntary disclosure initiative opens for those hiding assets offshore
The IRS this week announced a special voluntary disclosure initiative designed to bring offshore money back into the U.S. tax system and help people with undisclosed income from hidden offshore accounts get current with their taxes. Read More >>
Democrats try to take the lead for repealing onerous 1099 rule
Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Committee on Small Business, has called for repeal of the onerous new tax reporting rule, which was enacted last year as part of health care reform. Read More >>
Co-workers find romance in the hallways and break rooms
Looking for love in all the wrong places? Many workers turn to the once taboo office pool in search of companionship, and the search appears to be paying off. Read More >>
Using accounting-related key words to find answers
During busy season, accountants have questions and Intuit, the maker of ProLine Tax Research, among other software, has answers. Read More >>
New resource designed to connect accountants with taxpayers
Some taxpayers might need more than a do-it-yourself tax program but can't find – or fear they can't afford – an accountant. A new alternative for taxpayers this year is Teaspiller, a database of more than 20,000 accountants nationwide. Read More >>
Accounting firm's relocation produces healthy opportunities
Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP recently relocated its Santa Monica office to Los Angeles, and the firm used the move as an opportunity to increase its support of employee wellness and fitness. Read More >>
Justice Department announces indictment, lawsuits targeting false tax credit claims
The federal government this week has filed six lawsuits in five states to stop tax return preparers from fraudulently claiming the first-time homebuyer tax credit and the earned-income tax credit. Read More >>
Company announcements: Week of February 7
Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of February 7, 2011.
Wanna retire? Good luck with that
What if someone was to tell you that most U.S. employees will not be able to afford to retire by the age of 65? Read More >>
Testing . . . 1, 2, 3
Software on a computer is like children in a household. The more you have, the more conflicts arise. Software fights for limited memory available and siblings fight for space, toys, and attention in your average family household. Read More >>
Sharing my job interview experience
As a current graduate student, I have had several interview experiences. There are errors and little shining points in those experiences that I would like to share with you. Read More >>
The case of the indispensible staff assistant
If you are interested in practical staff training to improve your management and technical skills, you will be interested in the three new staff training series I will present in live webcasts starting in July. Read More >>
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