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A&A

Ruling Extends SOX Whistleblowing Protections

Following a recent ruling by the US Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board, accounting firms that do work for public companies may be far more vulnerable to whistleblowing claims under SOX.
Technology

Microsoft Office 2013 Crosses RTM Threshold

Microsoft Office 2013 has crossed an important threshold referred to in the industry as Release to Manufacturing (RTM). This means the development team has finalized the flagship suite and beta testing is complete.
Education & Careers

Tech Dinosaurs: Tape Recorders and Fax Machines Top the List

As part of its "Office Endangered Species" study, LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 professionals and asked which office tools and trends will most likely not be seen in offices by the year 2017, and what tools they dream of having.
Practice

Private Companies Growing; Sales Growth Slowing

At the recent "Analyzing America's Private Companies" summit in New York City, the sales growth, profitability, and significance of private businesses in the United States were among the topics of discussion.
Technology

Little Known Techniques for Opening Excel Files

David Ringstrom, an expert in Excel, explains hidden techniques you can use to give you more control when opening unfamiliar spreadsheets.
A&A

Proposed Whistleblower Standard Presents Challenges

The IESBA has issued an exposure draft intended to encourage accountants to blow the whistle on unethical companies or individuals; some of the changes may conflict with other ethical responsibilities.
Practice

Target the 'Right' Clients - Become Their Trusted Advisor

Adding business advisory services is essential to growing your firm, but you shouldn't offer these services to all your existing clients. Determine which clients you should "wow" and how to become their trusted business advisor.
Practice

What Did You Expect?

It's not that any of us purposely want to mislead our customers, but most of us are optimists. We want to communicate what we hope to deliver, and we often fear that under-promising could disappoint a customer.
Practice

10 Strategies to Improve Client Accounting Services

Clint Eastwood in "The Rookie" said, "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster." There is no question that many CPA firms are conservative, but are they so conservative they are missing value-added opportunities?
Technology

Microsoft Reveals New Office 2013 Pricing Scheme

Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled a major pivot in how it plans to market its flagship productivity suite in the future. In his latest article, David Ringstrom provides an overview of upcoming options.
Practice

Private Company Sales Growth Down Significantly

The rate of annual sales growth among privately held US companies has slowed significantly, to around 5.4 percent currently from nearly 11 percent in January, according to new data from Sageworks Inc.
Practice

The Payroll Pull

Managing a payroll company isn't for the faint of heart. No matter what's happening at any given moment, people expect to get paid - even after a being struck by a natural disaster.
Practice

The 40/40/20 Marketing Rule

The 40/40/20 rule says that 40 percent of the success of your direct marketing campaign will depend on your list selection, 40 percent on your offer, and only 20 percent of your success will be attributed to your creative execution.
Technology

Transposing Data in Excel Worksheets

Excel expert, David Ringstrom, CPA, shows you how you can transform a list of data into a columnar list.
Education & Careers

Looking Back on NYSSCPA Young CPA Conference

Drew Donovan, CPA, had his first experience as a participant at a Young CPA Conference. Sponsored by the NYSSCPA Foundation for Accounting Education, the event welcomed about eighty-five people to the conference.
Practice

The Rise in Pregnancy Disability Regulations

Disability claims are always challenging for employers, but this is especially the case when pregnant workers suffer complications that leave them unable to perform their normal job duties.
Practice

3 Reasons to Offer Business Advisory Services

USA TODAY/Gallup polls show that accountants are considered the most trusted business professionals, which enables them to move beyond traditional accounting services and position themselves as trusted business advisors.
Technology

Digital Practice Made Simple

The concept of the Cloud and going paperless have been around for some time, but the trend is streaming down more rapidly to smaller firms whose owners are hearing the benefits from their peers.
A&A

Has SOX Been Successful?

Sometimes overlooked in the debate about SOX are the contributions it has made in generating a greater focus on improved corporate governance and stronger ethics and compliance programs. Needed improvement in audit quality is a continuing concern.
Technology

Microsoft Excel: Taking the Pain Out of Freezing Panes

Freezing or unfreezing worksheet panes typically involves multiple mouse clicks, but Excel expert David Ringstrom shows you a way to carry out this task with a single keystroke.

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