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Practice Management

The essentials of document management for CPA firms

“Document Management” is a term that has become more or less synonymous with “going paperless.” Consider that when we say “going paperless,” virtually every accounting firm has already been processing and storing a wide variety of documents in digital format since the introduction of the personal computer almost thirty years ago.
A&A

Most common billing mistakes contractors make

Contractors, particularly those who are new to government work and are working for a Department of Defense agency, often face delays when submitting vouchers for payment.
Practice

Reviewing overtime standards should be one of your resolutions

Miscalculating overtime can be extremely costly for companies in terms of fines and lawsuits. And the U.S. government has just made it easier for unhappy employees to find lawyers willing to sue companies over alleged FLSA overtime violations.
A&A

Charitable gifts from IRAs are ideal means to make donations

The clock is ticking. For tax and financial advisors of donors 70 1/2 or older, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 allows donors to tap their IRA to make qualified charitable distributions through January 31.
Practice Management

How accounting firms can make 2011 better than 2010

Your company can position itself for further growth and prosperity in 2011. Strong or weak economy, it doesn’t matter. But in a weak economy, the services of an accounting firm are needed more than ever.
Practice

Five frustrating employee habits

Sometimes the simplest of employee problems can end up making big waves down the line. Following are five common employee problems and suggestions on how to diffuse them before they end up causing you more trouble than necessary.
Practice

Six reasons why CPA firms should consider SEO

Getting noticed in the right place during an Internet search is what search engine optimization is all about. A developing technology, SEO increases the likelihood your company will be easily found by prospects.
A&A

SEC has five prominent fraud cases in one month

July was a busy month for the SEC. Five of the enforcement cases charged or settled that month involved large, well-known companies, including KBR, Goldman Sachs, Dell, General Electric, and Citigroup.
Practice Management

It's about time: New Year’s resolutions to maximize time

Don’t let the stubborn consistency of time get you down. If you’re smart about it, there are plenty of ways that you can get more per hour in 2011. We asked some of your forward-looking colleagues to chime in with their time maximization plans for 2011.
Practice Management

Merit pay does not always motivate employees

"Show me the money!” We’ve all seen the movie Jerry Maguire. And, rest assured, if someone speaks those four words, you’re almost always going to associate them with that unforgettable scene.
Education & Careers

Benefits of distance education in accounting

Many people would like to further their education or become trained in a professional career such as accounting, but their current commitment to their job with other time allocations to family and so forth keep them from pursuing this.
A&A

Deciphering key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act

As regulators begin the rule-making process for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), it is estimated that the act mandates nearly 250 regulations and 70 studies.
Practice

How to deal with difficult people at work

Are you struggling to cope with difficult people at work? If you are, then you are not alone. The workplace is full of difficult people who can make your life miserable if you let them.
AccountingWEB Life

Deadlines set to take advantage of exclusion on gain from sale of qualified small business stock

A partnership or LLC that is expecting substantial appreciation in the next few years might benefit greatly from making the conversion to a C corporation by January 1.
Technology

Gadget wish list for 2010

It's that time of year again for putting together your holiday wish list. Here is my list of big ticket items, and some stocking stuffers, too.
A&A

Top 11 accounting technology productivity features

If you can improve your earnings or profit by adopting technology with the productivity features that matter, it is an obvious and sensible approach.
AccountingWEB Life

How exceptional is your client service?

What’s the No. 1 goal of CPA firms everywhere? To attract more clients and then retain them for decades. But, because many services CPA firms provide must meet rigid requirements and standards, the level of service that clients receive in these areas often is the same from firm to firm.
Practice

Networking events vs. events to network

I was recently asked a question to determine the difference between actual networking events and events in which to network. Believe it or not, there is a distinct difference between the two.
Tax

Increased motivation for whistle-blowing

New statutory and regulatory changes provide greater rewards to individuals who blow the whistle on fraudulent activities and to organizations that actively encourage an effective ethical culture.
Technology

Why Google’s local search results is an opportunity for small accounting firms

If you are a small local accounting firm looking to grow your business, you want to be found on Google when someone enters a search into Google for an accountant in your area.

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