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August 20, 2010    
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Gail Perry, CPA, Managing Editor Blogging is a kind of writing that requires not just the desire to put fingers on the keyboard and spout off, but the ability to communicate comfortably with a wide audience of readers. AccountingWEB is honored to host a plethora of experienced bloggers from in and around the accounting profession who have interesting insights to share with our audience. This month we are featuring 10 of our bloggers, giving you a chance to read their commentary, get to know them better, and share your opinions. Click "Post a Comment" at the bottom of any blog entry to add your own two cents.

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Allan Boress: The Cool/Care CPA: A Marketing Bonanza
Cool sells. Just ask Prez Obama; helped him get elected. What is cool, and how can you use it to make your marketing more effective?
William Brighenti: "10 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Accountant," or 10 Reasons Not to Accept Blurbs as Gospel
On the website, "Best Colleges Online.Net," an anonymous author named "admin" posted an article on August 8, 2010 entitled, "10 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Accountant." Apparently an accountant did not write that article. Probably some liberal arts major — or, even more likely, some marketing major — wrote that piece, since it reads like a blurb, if anything. Or perhaps some comedy writer on the David Letterman show wrote this originally for the "Top 10" feature of the show, before being axed.
Edith Orenstein: FASB Releases Proposals on Pensions, Leases
Earlier this week, FASB released proposals relating to pensions and leases. The proposal relating to pensions represents a consensus of FASB's Emerging Issues Task Force, and the Leases proposal is from FASB's separate project on Leases.
Leita Hart-Fanta: What makes internal auditors mad about the Yellow Book
Today, I enjoyed working with internal auditors with the county, school district, transportation district, and community college in San Antonio. We were covering the Yellow Book standards.
Scott Heintzelman: Questions to Assess Corporate Performance: Setting Your Business On the Right Course
In preparation for my upcoming discussion group about Thriving in the New Normal, I have been doing some thinking, reading and collecting of ideas for ways to improve corporate performance. According to the 2010 U.S. Bank Small Business Survey, nearly 90 percent of small business owners across the nation say the economy is still in a slump and 75 percent expect the recession to continue into next year.
Learn to Use Excel Charts
David RingstromIn this live webcast program Excel: Tips and Tricks for Creative Charts, Excel expert David H. Ringstrom, CPA shares numerous techniques that you can use to tweak and automate charts. You’ll learn to create charts that expand or contract automatically as your source data changes. Discover how to have chart titles update automatically, learn two ways to create a "thermometer" chart, and much more. Choose the session that focuses on the version of Excel you use. Sep 10 will focus on Excel 2003. Oct 25 will feature Excel 2007/2010. For more Excel training: View all David’s upcoming webcasts.
IMA Young Accounting Pros: Getting Involved with Professional Associations
Having been a member of IMA for nearly 10 years, I've always enjoyed the activities and programs that the association offers. It wasn't until I truly got involved with IMA, however, that I really experienced all that it has to offer and realized that I could help make a difference. Having served on the IMA Young Professionals advisory committee and now IMA's Global Board of Directors, I've truly reaped the rewards of being involved with a professional association.
Larry Perry: The Income Tax Management Method of Inventory Valuation Is Not GAAP!
Over the years, I’ve been asked if it is appropriate to estimate the value of inventories for tax returns and compilation and review engagements. At one point, I was asked the question so often I looked for my intermediate accounting college text to see if I’d missed something!
Alan Portnoy: Even Guidestar has its limits
Guidestar.org is a great tool. The website provides useful information about 501(c)(3) charities and private foundations to anyone who registers. In many cases, the general information and tax returns of other 501(c) organizations are available.
Brian Strahle: More States to Follow Colorado and Oklahoma?
As discussed in earlier posts, the MultiState Tax Commission has decided to begin its project for a Sales & Use Tax Notice and Reporting Statute and a “Click-Through” Nexus Statute.
Eva Rosenberg: Preparer Licensing is Unpopular?
When unlicensed preparers step forward, upset about the new licensing requirements, I am not surprised. Taking tests can be really scary. Especially if you haven't taken an exam in 20 or 30 years.
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