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Editor's Note
Many of the members of AccountingWEB's Bloggers Crew have chosen a Valentine's Day theme for their commentary. But whether they're in a holiday mood or not, you can count on these experts to provide educated and interesting observations on subjects that matter to you.

As always, feel free to add your perspective to any of these blogs by clicking the comment option that appears at the bottom of each blog.

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Gail Perry, CPA
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Accounting music video launches in time for holiday
"If I Were an Auditor," a song parody of "If I Were a Carpenter," is the first ever music video about accounting performed and filmed in the virtual world of Second Life. Conceived by Edith Orenstein, author of the Financial Executives International (FEI) blog, and performed by Orenstein and Steven Zelin, aka "The Singing CPA," the video features a cast of accounting and financial bloggers, some of whom blog regularly on AccountingWEB.
Eva Rosenberg: Taxes for Lovers
With Valentine's Day coming up, let's explore the theme of just how romantic income taxes can be - or how it can totally bust up relationships!
Allan Boress: Who's Your Firm's Valentine?
More than ever, marketing must show a recognizable return on investment. Many firms are cutting back on staff, and any expenditure deemed not absolutely necessary, so proving marketing's value to the firm is more important than ever.
Michelle Golden: Are you showing your clients the love?
Busy season is, well, busy. It's not the easiest time of year to go out of your way to make time for nurturing those client relationships. If you work on taxes, or especially if you work on other aspects of a business client that your firm does taxes for, you've gotta reach out.
Edith Orenstein: Auditors In Love
We usually cover fairly serious topics here in the FEI Blog, but we thought we'd take a detour today and provide some pre-Valentine's Day entertainment by presenting the first-ever 'music video' about accounting performed in the virtual world of Second Life: "If I Were an Auditor."
Accountants Give Their Clients Chinese Fortune Cookies
Tax time is here. So is Chinese New Year! Is it fate? You decide! The Year of the Tiger begins on February 14. Steven West, a writer from Farmington Hills, MI, offers ten witty fortune cookie sayings from the mouths of accountants. Chinese fortune cookie
Maria Krowicki: Hearts, Flowers and……TIGERS? Happy Valen-Tiger Day
Who would have thought that in 2010 hearts, flowers and tigers would go hand in hand? February 14th marks the date in which Valentine’s Day and the Year of the Tiger fall on the same day.
Scott Heintzelman: Ford CEO Alan Mulally: LB Smith Ford Lincoln Mercury Second Mile Celebration of Leadership
This past Friday evening I had the privilege of meeting and listening to the man credited with turning around both Boeing and now Ford Motor Company – Alan Mulally. Alan came to Hershey to headline The Second Mile’s flagship fundraiser.
Alex Vuchnich: Bullet-Proofing Your Accounting Controls
Designing internal control procedures is often met with much reluctance. It can be hard to see the long term payoff of implementing a procedure when faced with the upfront time investment. This is especially true when comparing the costs of implementation to the individual transactions themselves which may each be highly immaterial.
Ron Baker: Agnotology: As Knowledge Expands, Ignorance Increases
Science historian at Stanford, Robert Proctor, has made this profound observation: Normally, we expect society to progress, amassing deeper scientific understanding and basic facts every year. Knowledge only increases, right? Proctor points out that when it comes to many contentious subjects, our usual relationship to information is reversed: Ignorance increases.
Rita Keller: How do you Describe Your Firm?
Do you take many things for granted? Most of us do. You spend your working hours inside a CPA firm and many of you have been doing it for a significant number of years. Sometimes you forget to stop and smell the roses. And, being February, it might be a good time to send some roses, too.
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