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Practice

Minimizing Employee Litigation through Arbitration Agreements

Employers can minimize many employee lawsuits and their fallout through arbitration agreements, where a neutral arbitrator hears the facts of the dispute and makes a binding ruling.
Technology

Establish Your Business Presence Using the Web

Internet-based tools have become so varied and easy to use that almost all firms can take advantage of them to build a professional presence using their websites, e-mail, social media, blogs, videos, and SEO.
Technology

Hide and Unhide Multiple Excel Worksheets with Ease

It's easy to hide worksheets in Excel, but unhiding multiple worksheets within a given workbook can be a tedious exercise. Users who don't know otherwise are relegated to unhiding worksheets one at a time.
Practice

Workplace Safety, Disabled Employees, and the ADA

In order to ensure a safe workplace while fully complying with the ADA, employers need to understand their rights and responsibilities as well as the rights of job applicants and employees.
Practice

Survey: Fiscal Cliff Uncertainty Weighs on Business Owners

The uncertainty surrounding the "fiscal cliff" is directly impacting the strategic decisions of many US business owners, according to a new survey by Sageworks, a financial information company.
Practice

"Trust but Verify" Creditworthiness

All too often, companies trust that a potential business partner is creditworthy with very little evidence to support the assumption. CPAs can advise their clients on how to evaluate potential business partners, further instilling their role as trusted business advisors.
Practice

The Client Assessment Opportunity

Adding a client assessment as a required short-term project for every new client – before agreeing to a long-term engagement – can provide countless benefits for you and the client. It can also help you uncover any unfortunate surprises early on.
Practice

Making the Case for Value Pricing

Are you really getting paid for what you do? The debate between billable hours vs. value pricing has heated up in the accounting profession over the past few years, especially as technology continues to increase efficiency.
Technology

Utilizing Excel's COUNTIF Function to Break Ties

If two items on a list share the same value, MATCH/INDEX will return the same name for both items. Excel expert David Ringstrom describes how to use the COUNTIF function to create a tiebreaker in such situations.
A&A

Responsibility Reporting Is Getting More Attention

Surveys highlight increased prevalence and value of sustainability and corporate responsibility reporting for public companies, but lack of standardization and notable failures show that more needs to be done before these reports can be truly reliable.
Education & Careers

Wealth Management Firm Meets Needs of LGBT Clients

Christopher Street Financial, a New York-based wealth management firm, was founded in 1981 when Bob Casaletto, a gay man who worked at Merrill Lynch, realized that the financial needs of people in his community weren't being met.
Tax

Thoughts on Charitable Giving

Charitable contributions – whether of the cash or noncash variety – are as much a part of year-end tax planning as Form 1040. However, the rules governing the deductibility of charitable contributions are not quite as simple as most taxpayers assume them to be.
Technology

Identifying Largest and Smallest Values in an Excel List

Excel guru David Ringstrom explains how to rank a series of items within an Excel spreadsheet using the LARGE and SMALL functions.
A&A

Private Companies Finally (May) Have Their Own Standards

As they grow their private companies, one of the last things - if not the last thing - owners want to spend time and money on is complicated financial reporting requirements.
Education & Careers

Passion and Work: A Gen Y Tells It Like It Is

In almost every group discussion I've participated in with college students and young alums as a mentor, cross-generational networker, coach, or friend, the question of following or having a passion in one's work comes up.
Technology

Managing Protected View in Excel 2010/2013

Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, explains Protected View and how you can adjust this security measure to suit your needs.
Technology

Creating a Branded Signature in Microsoft Outlook

An e-mail should be handled with the same level of care as a message leaving your office on company letterhead - it should include a signature that's professional and branded to promote your business.
Practice

Sell the Dream, Not the Data

It's easy to see the power of emotion in purchases like cars and jewelry. But in the tax and accounting world, purchasing decisions are made based on hard numbers and data, not emotion. Right? Not necessarily.
Practice

Do Your Partner Agreements Include These Six Key Provisions?

I continue to be amazed at the number of firms that have no partner agreements at all or haven't made revisions in many years. Remember, their primary purpose is to protect the firm and define the relationship between the firm and each partner.
Technology

Microsoft Outlook: Disabling the Send without a Location Prompt

Outlook often tries to be helpful and alert you when you've left the Location field blank within a meeting request. David Ringstrom explains how you can eliminate getting a prompt.

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