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Education & Careers

Improving accounting students’ writing skills

All of us who teach or advise students know about their dislike for writing papers. These students are under the false impression that accountants do not have to write, or at least not much.
A&A

New IRS tax preparer regulations: What they mean for you

In June of 2009, the IRS began a review of tax preparers to investigate whether greater oversight was needed for those who collect compensation for preparing tax returns. The IRS released a report in December of 2009 giving recommendations on further oversight for tax preparers. How will the new regulations affect you?
A&A

What is known, unknown about financial reform law

At 2,300 pages, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is, by most definitions, a monumental piece of legislation. It also is one of the most sweeping reforms of the American financial system since the Great Depression.
Practice

Financial management and new-world thinking

The playing field is evolving. Professional toolkits are morphing. And it’s all because of new discoveries in cognitive thought.
Practice Development

Growing your business

Selling doesn't work. The customers are in control. They decide what they want to buy. It's not about us or even our goods and services. It's about them, our customers, and how they buy.
Practice Management

Bold farewell underscores importance of daily employee recognition

Many of you probably kept up with the questionable, but wildly supported, actions of Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who finally had had enough of obnoxious customers and job stress.
Practice

Struggling to find experienced recruits?

Although the number of accounting graduates has increased, the supply of accountants with seven or more years of accounting experience lags demand. This is especially true for tax practice leaders and professionals with specialized expertise, such as international tax, SEC, or FAS 109 proficiency.
Practice

To contest or not to contest: Unemployment compensation claims

Former employees occasionally seek unemployment benefits they don’t deserve, either because they are desperate, confused, or trying to cheat the system. Employers, bearing the cost of unemployment payments, must evaluate whether to challenge those unemployment claims.
Practice

Management example, peer pressures bring benefits

Research studies from the Ethics Resource Center examine how a strong ethical culture and effective tone at the top permeate through all levels of an organization, while a study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners emphasizes the importance of an anonymous hotline for the reporting of misdeeds.
AccountingWEB Life

Focus on positive leadership when things go wrong

Are you appreciated by company managers? Do you have the opportunity to do your best work? Are you clear about what is expected of you at work? Does your manager provide employees focus? People at work who are fully engaged can answer these questions with a clear yes and sense of gratitude.
Practice Management

It's about time: Successfully managing a to-do list

You probably have hundreds of things that needed to be done yesterday. These items might be listed on your current to-do list, inside an e-mail in your inbox, or scrunched up in the back of your brain. Maybe it’s a combination of all three.
AccountingWEB Life

New time management techniques

Time management remains a core focus within leadership, coaching, and mentoring programs.
Practice Development

Know thy client

Use what you know to take care of your clients. Ensure that they get the most relevant and timely advice from their proven and reliable source – their accountant.
Practice

Why all managers should attend employment law training

Managers need to understand and be familiar with employment laws because acting within the law, following the company’s policies, and avoiding liability are all part and parcel of the manager’s job duties.
Practice Management

Right to know, need to learn

The other day, I was re-reading an article by David Berlo. I was amazed at how current his insights were considering he wrote it in 1976. One of Berlo’s key themes appears on the first page like the caution on a pack of cigarettes. “WARNING: Consumption of uncontrolled information is injurious to your health.”
Practice Development

Online marketing for independent accounting and tax firms

Figuring out how to market your business online can be a confusing morass of gurus, geek-speak, and expensive programs. But, marketing comes down to three key elements.
A&A

Pros, cons of charging employees deductibles for preventable accidents

It is the bane of many managers' jobs: the preventable accident. With police reports to file, insurance forms to manage, and repairs to oversee, those minor fender benders and dinged doors can cause significant headaches and paperwork.
Practice

Change you or change it

It’s a tough, changing world we live in. And when your competition already is responding to this environment by working harder and longer, you need unique tools to separate yourself from the throng.
Practice

Internet etiquette at work

It’s important to know what your organization’s policy is about personal Internet use. Saying you don’t know about the company’s rules is not an excuse.
Practice

Simple Web site tools to eliminate redundant phone calls

You have your Web site up, and you have outlined a description of your services, or staff biographies, and the name of the firm and your contact information. Equally as important, though, is the content you can provide that might be able to save you time.

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