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Measure Your Own Tax Advice Against These Tips

At this time of year, the Internet, newspapers and magazines are filled with sage advice on how to help reduce a tax liability.As a tax practitioner or accountant, see if you agree or disagree with the following recommendations provide by H&R Block: minimize personal income by converting income into non-taxable income, such as investing in tax-free instead of taxed investments; convert personal spending to qualified deductions, like the new home office rules that affect working at home on a part-time basis; take advantage of the various tax credits, including the ch
Community News

Costumes, Dress Codes Lead to Quandry at Big 5 Firm

What happens when traditionally conservative suit-and-tie accountants enter into a strategic partnership with more relaxed dressed-down dot-coms?
Technology

Andersen Virtual Network Provides Business Acumen

Options in continuing professional education abound, and certainly the Internet has become a prime source of educational opportunities through various providers.One of the largest efforts to date is the one produced by Arthur Andersen with its Virtual Learning Network.
Technology

Internet Utility - "Live" Dictionary/Thesaurus For Web Pages

Here's an interesting twist: Go to www.voycabulary.com and you can link any web page you want to a live dictionary and a thesaurus, allowing you to click on any word on your requested web page and get both a dictionary definition as well as a thesaurus suggestion for the word. Why would you need this? You may not, but it sure could be a useful teaching tool for your kids! Try it out and let us know what you think.

Six Travel Resolutions for the New Year

All of us travel at one time or another for business or pleasure. Thankfully, the cost of traveling on a plane has dropped considerably, and in some markets, Saturday night stayovers do not necessarily bring down the cost of ticket. As a result, we're traveling more frequently than before.In the event your trip goes awry, as in overcrowded planes, overbookings, lost luggage and the like, what do you normally do? Get mad - or get even?Start the year out right by considering these six travel resolutions.
Community News

EY Sponsors E-business Workshop for Women

Ernst & Young has announced it will sponsor an April 5 gathering of women business leaders in New York, and will hold a special April 4 e-business workshop in conjunction with the conference.The meeting covers professional and lifestyle issues, and is organized by Women.future. It will be beamed via satellite to more than 200 locations across the world. An expected 100,000 women and men are expected to attend.Among other activities, the e-business workshop will enable attendees to divide into groups to explore issues related to dot.com economies.

Work, Home, Life: The new B-School Curricula

Look out Martha Stewart! Sure - business schools still stress economics (remember supply and demand?), finance and basic accounting, but it's a whole new world for enrollees in today's business programs.Schools across the nation, including the Wharton School of Business, have added classes on personal work, life and time management to their prestigous curriculum.
Practice Management

Four Easy Steps to Better Firm/Company Newsletters

How long has it been since you've taken a good look at your firm or company newsletter? Even if you don't write it in-house and buy it from a trusted source, you'll want to make sure your newsletter is a good reflection of your firm or company and truly maintains a long-lasting relationship with your clients and customers.First, set objectives for your newsletter - what are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to improve networking, communicate information in print rather than in person or e-mail ... or something entirely different?

Are You Writing Well For The Web?

You’ve been to sites where the first page is text, text, text, right? Well, don’t be one of those sites. Writing for the web is different than writing for print. Think about your own web surfing habits. Do you read each line? Or do you skim and hop to the content for which you are looking?So what do you need to know? First, keep your writing personalized and interesting. If your reader doesn’t see something that grabs them, they will simply click onto something else. Let your firm’s style and personality show through your writing.

P is for Personality - What's Yours?

What personality do you fit? A new study conducted by Pitney Bowes classifies business leaders and owners into five distinct categories."Idealists" truly live by their business, but are not fond of the details in running the business.

There's More to Online Learning Than Just Accounting

The online continuing education revolution is here BIG TIME. While there are many outlets over the Internet for the CPA to receive his or her CPE credits, the wired world also has paved the way for learning outside of the accounting arena for those who wish to enrich their knowledge.Let's talk time. The most popular reason we surf the Internet to take what is known as the "e-class" is a time famine in not being able to attend classes in person.

Business Traveler: Concierge may be Unreliable Source

That next savvy business dinner could be disastrous based on the concierge recommendation!You're in a new city on business with no clue where to take your client for dinner, or perhaps you just want to have a quiet dinner on your own. Like most other travelers at better hotels, you turn to the concierge for help.Although a good source of information, the concierge recommendation at a better restaurant may not be what it's cracked up to be because he or she has been influenced through free meals, commissions or other incentives from the named restaurant.Surprising, but true.

Better Seating Leads to Higher Profits

How ergonimically sound are your office chairs? Do you find people you work with complaining of back problems because they sit too long in poorly designed seating?You could be losing a lot in terms of time and money if you don't pay attention to this important health topic. It is estimated that repetitive-motion injuries cost U.S. businesses $100 million annually in lost productivity, and untold more in workers compensation costs.On today's market, there are now many sources for chairs that make sense for you and your staff, but be prepared to pay more for the best seating.

Cut The Clutter

If you are like a lot of professionals, you may have a stack of paper here or a reading pile there. Does it seem like the paper multiplies overnight? Don’t worry. You can declutter your office by working with your personal habits.Julie Morgenstern, a professional organizer, suggests combining business goals with your personal comfort in mind and offers these tips:1. File It In File 13. Hit the ground running by giving your area a “once over.” Throw everything away that you possibly can. Ask questions like, What is this?
Technology

Internet Tip: Looking For Images? Check Here

It's 7:00am. You're getting ready to give a PowerPoint presentation to a client in two hours, and just realized you really need to enhance your presentation with some graphics. But where can you find a picture of a construction site to add to that one critical slide? Or a picture of the Eiffel Tower to pitch a prospective client looking to expand overseas? Check out and bookmark http://www.ditto.com, a wonderful search engine that looks for images across the Web.

Don’t Let Computers Hurt You

Let’s face it. Computers are a daily fact of life for those of us working in an accounting firm today. Whether you use a desktop or a laptop, chances are you spend hours a day sitting in front of that little screen. The Department of Labor (DOL) reports that computer-induced repetitive stress injuries are a $100 billion dollar white collar epidemic in the U.S. today.There is something you can do to protect yourself from these computer maladies. Investing in an injury prevention program could help you prevent a lifetime of pain.

How to Avoid the "Superman" Complex

Anyone who has suffered from the onslaught of trying to do it all knows all about the "Superman" complex, especially Max Carey, who coined the term 11 years ago.Carey, CEO of Corporate Resources Development in Atlanta, GA, has amassed his experience over the past several years into a new book titled, "The Superman Complex."CPAs and accounting professionals who share this sentiment will want to read a special interview presented by
Technology

Earn Your Estate Planning Certificate Online

A two-part program called, “Estate Planning Certificate Program,” is now available through OnlineLearning.net.The leading online supplier of continuing adult education has teamed with the California CPA Educational Foundation to offer the program to accounting professionals. Estate planning is rapidly becoming a “hot” consulting area. This program will help accountants compete as they offer more expertise.The comprehensive study is offered in two eight-week modules.
Practice Management

Is "Business Coaching" Part of Your Service Mix?

The thought of hiring a business coach to help us reach our professional objectives may seem ridiculous - at first. But as an increasing number of entrepreneurs turn to professional coaches to help them successfully grow their businesses, the idea seems more reasonable.And that spells "opportunity" for CPA business advisors.Professional business coaches can help small business owners find answers to business and personal issues ranging from personnel situations to complex business obstacles.
AccountingWEB Life

Bill More Hours in a Day With Time Management Skills

Finding it difficult to make it through just 24 hours in a day? You're not alone. More and more of us look for more hours in the day only to find that we are wasting time sweating the wrong stuff than spending our day doing something productively … like catching up on client or customer matters and billing more hours in the day.Here are a few tips that might help.

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