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FEBRUARY 21, 2008

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Political talk at work is a potential minefield
While discussions at work about the presidential election may seem inevitable, human resources experts warn supervisors that discussing political preferences can kill the bottom line.

CPAs pessimistic about economic outlook
Expectations for the U.S. economy turned sharply negative among senior-level executive CPAs as the outlook for finance, real estate, and retail trade declined in the first quarter, according to the latest Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Taxpayers distrustful of government financial reporting
The federal government is failing to meet the financial reporting needs of taxpayers, falling short of expectations, and creating a problem with trust, according to survey findings released by the Association of Government Accountants.

Firm/State News

INPACT Americas announces new member firm
INPACT Americas, an internationally affiliated association of accounting firms, is pleased to announce the admission of a new member firm, Alloy Silverstein Shapiro Adams Mulford Cicalese Wilson & Co. of Cherry Hill, NJ.

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David Tate, CPA, Esq.:
The Legal & Accounting Blog
Supreme Court allows 401(k) participants to sue for loss in value

In a decision that most likely will generate significant future litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that an individual participate who has a 401(k) account has standing to personally bring suit against the plan administrator under ERISA for loss in account value....

Allan Boress, CPA
Truth Be Told About Business Development Blog
Watch the Pendulum Swing by Sir Tax-A Lot

Four years ago I wrote an article on the 16 reasons Hillary couldn't lose the presidency. Although I may still be proven correct, not even the highest paid political consultants predicted she would be taken down by an unknown senator from her home state....

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Tuesday is most productive day
Why tackle today what can be put off until Tuesday? In a new survey, 57 percent of executives said Tuesday is the most productive day of the week for employees. Monday was the second most popular answer, although it appears to be losing favor: Only 12 percent of respondents ranked Monday as most productive, compared to 26 percent in a 2002 survey.

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Most accountants unable to help clients take advantage of technology opportunities
Results of a survey conducted by our sister site, AccountingWEB co.uk, and the British National B2B Centre conducted in the autumn of 2007 show that more than three-quarters of respondents held positive views of e-business, but only 8 percent of them advised clients on e-business strategies. Another 9 percent had invested time and effort, but were disappointed with the returns and 8 percent said e-business was not core to their activities.

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