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JANUARY 15, 2008


How to get the title, the money, the corner office...and, yes, even the cell phone
Ever wonder why some people get ahead and others don't? Many of us read the same books and articles on how to dress for success and how to make the boss happy. So why do some people who do a really good job stay where they are, while others who may seem mediocre rise to the top and get all those company quirks that spell success? Maybe they're doing more of the things that bosses and employers notice.

IRS outsourcing of debt collectors a failure
In her annual report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said that the Internal Revenue Service's private tax debt collection program is falling way short of projected goals. And, according to Olson, the IRS knows it.

Actor Wesley Snipes spars with tax prosecutors
Actor Wesley Snipes didn't pay federal taxes on $37.9 million in income from 1999 to 2004, according to documents filed ahead of the actor's tax fraud trial scheduled to begin on Monday in U.S. District Court in Ocala, FL, 80 miles northwest of Orlando.

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Survey says people love their to-do lists
People in the United States report being in love with to-do lists and that they reduce stress, according to a new survey. In honor of National Get Organized Month and New Year's resolutions, a survey by Kelton Research explores people's habits of keeping to-do lists to stay organized, their standards for productivity, and their approach to managing and prioritizing tasks. The results show that people around the world are dependent on their to-do lists.


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Liz Zitzow: Far and Away: Offshore Taxation

Don't Forget to Report Foreign Bank Accounts

According to Forbes, Igor Olenicoff, one of the 400 richest people in America, is paying some $52 million in back Federal taxes, interest, and penalties arising from offshore interest and investment income which he neglected to mention to the IRS. Woo hoo!

Eva Lang, aka BV Girl

Is Your Business Ready for Sale?

The concept that closely held business owners can increase the value of their businesses is nothing new. Yet many owners fail to take the basic steps that could make their companies more attractive to buyers. On January 8, 2008, Arden Dale sounds the alarm in his Enterprise column for the Wall Street Journal Online, that entrepreneurs who think they will cash out at retirement may be in for an unpleasant surprise....

Editor's Note

The results of a new survey released this week show that Americans love their to-do lists. Now that's a surprise. More than residents of any other country, we Americans find solace in preparing our lists and checking them off. Nearly three quarters of those surveyed said that lists provide stress release and have a calming effect. Other interesting findings include: (1) putting something on the list doesn't mean the task will get done, (2) women like lists more than men, (3) Americans are more likely to tackle the hardest items on their list first than are those in the U.K., but Italians are first in the world for addressing the hardest tasks. The survey points out that there are some Americans who actually keep items on their to-do lists, not checked off, for as long as 22 days. They obviously didn't interview me, because I've still got things on my list from when I was in high school. I guess there are the I'm-actually-going-to-do-this to-do lists, and then the one-of-these-days-when-I've-procrastinated-in-every- way-possible-and-can't-avoid-it-anymore to-do list. You can read the complete survey results and even read up on tips for getting organized. Or at least, you can add visiting this Web site to your to-do list....CLICK HERE.

Gail Perry

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Why hackers love small businesses
As a small business owner, you may believe that hackers have no use for your small network. Think again! Understanding what these hackers are truly after will help you to understand why your network is at risk.

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CPA Technology Advisor announces annual Readers' Choice Awards
With the changing of calendars from 2007 to 2008, it's also time to announce the results of the 2007 Accounting Technology Advisor Readers' Choice Awards, an annual insight into the minds of tax and accounting professionals.


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