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Ryan Gosling Look-Alike Accountant Causes a Stir in Detroit

On June 4, scores of people in downtown Detroit posed for photographs with a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and sunglasses who they thought was Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling.
Practice

Twelve Voice Mail Greetings That Will Make You Laugh

Jeff Davidson, "The Work-Life Balance Expert," had some extra time on his hands this week and had probably heard one too many voice mail greetings. Here's his solution to run-of-the-mill recorded greetings.
Practice

CPA Firm Draws Humor from Taxes

If you're at the point in tax return season when you're tearing your hair out – and who could blame you? – you might appreciate one firm's attempt at whimsy. On April 10, the accounting firm of Drucker & Scaccetti presented a special exhibit entitled "Finding Humor in Taxes."
A&A

Clowning CPA Gives Back to Community

There's more on Edward Estrin's resume than his thirty-five-year career as a CPA and his tenure as president of the CalCPA. He's also a professional clown, who brings joy and laughter to sick children, senior citizens, and the men and women stationed at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
A&A

'Hey there, Bob Pozen' YouTube video addresses complexity in financial reporting

Steven Zelin, aka "The Singing CPA," and Edith Orenstein, AccountingWEB blogger for Financial Executives International (FEI), have teamed up to create a music video celebrating the third anniversary of the SEC's Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting.
Education & Careers

AccountingWEB student scholarship winning essay: Secret agent accountant

Howard G. Telson, AccountingWEB student scholarship winner from The College of New Jersey, shares a clever story about the possible use of smartphone applications.
A&A

Pennsylvania's CPA Players bring levity to accounting profession

Darth Vader, CPA? Rick and Ilsa always having Paris and tax write-offs? Hannibal Lecter dining on his CPA with fava beans and Chianti? Memorable scenes from classic movies have all undergone a remake, thanks to the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
A&A

Student tax preparers perform 'marriage' ceremony

Accounting students preparing tax returns at Northeastern State University's VITA clinic got to say, "I now pronounce you... Married Filing Jointly."
Tax

Get through airport quickly by keeping your fashion sense at home

Fellow travelers: Take a cue from Fergie, the latest victim of the Transportation Security Administration’s more aggressive airport screening procedures. The singer learned that being a celebrity didn’t earn her the privilege of avoiding the much-criticized tactics at LAX.
Tax

IRS Doghouse Web site enables consumers to rate IRS employees

Consumers with a bone to pick with the IRS have the opportunity to share their experiences. Originally designed as an IRS profile database, IRSDoghouse.com has evolved into a free and anonymous Web site where anyone can rate agency employees.
Community News

Pigs might not fly, but for Somerset CPAs, they can drive a racecar

Indianapolis is known as "The Racing Capital of the World," and it just so happens there are employees at Indianapolis-based Somerset CPAs P.C. who follow auto racing. So it’s no surprise that the firm created and entered a racecar-themed structure for the CANstruction event at the Indiana State Fair.
A&A

Laughter can be cure for workplace ills

Employee satisfaction, worker productivity, and customer service continue to be priorities. The challenge for most organizations is to achieve high levels of productivity and customer service while maintaining a satisfied, motivated workforce.
Tax

The many personalities of tax returns (and the clients behind them)

Anyone who has prepared tax returns for a number of years likely has come to the conclusion that individual income tax returns have their own personalities as do the taxpayers that they represent.
A&A

Workplace habits that anger coworkers

At least 40 hours a week is spent with your coworkers. It is understandable that a few of their idiosyncrasies will begin to rub you the wrong way.
A&A

Must-See TV: Accountant Going Against Stereotype

At long last, someone wants to produce a television show with a lead character who is an accountant, but not a nerd.
A&A

Web site community looks to build upon its "hip quotient" with release of hip hop single

How do you change perceptions about the accounting profession? Well, if you are the folks behind The Passionate Accountant.com, you release a hip hop single and mobile phone ringtone, naturally.
Tax

Collecting unpaid taxes four pennies at a time

Aaron Zeff is the owner of Harv’s Metro Car Wash in Sacramento, California. Imagine his surprise when, one day last March, federal agents showed up at his business demanding payment of an amount owed from tax year 2006. Just how much did Zeff need to cough up? Four pennies.
A&A

Making magic: Accounting and card tricks

A successful CPA with a love of magic has found a way to do both. Neil Schloss, founder of Castle Consulting in Hightstown, New Jersey, provides accounting services full time and throws in a card trick or two.
A&A

Accountant, first female vendor at Shea Stadium feted by Mets

Susan Rich, the first woman vendor at Shea Stadium in the 1970s, recently was saluted by the New York Mets.
Tax

Strippers call for voluntary “pole tax” to help education

Long Island exotic dancers rallied last week in favor of a voluntary, $5 “pole tax” that would go toward education.

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