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AccountingWEB Readers Find Time Management a Challenge

Few readers think time management is their strong suit, with the vast majority of respondents to a recent survey – 87.3 percent – saying they're either "OK, not great" at it or "could use some improvement." It's no wonder. During tax season, most accountants feel the tensions of too much work and too little time.
Technology

Free Spreadsheet-Based Form 1040 Available for 2011 Tax Year

Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas, recently released his fifteenth annual spreadsheet-based version of the U.S. Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040. Since 1997, Reeves has pursued this "labor of love," which means he allows any taxpayer to download and use the spreadsheet for free.
Technology

On the Horizon: A New Version of Microsoft Office

Microsoft announced that the next version of its flagship productivity suite has entered the "technical preview" phase of its development cycle. This program allows Microsoft customers to test and provide feedback on what's currently known as Office 15.
Technology

SaaS Products Can Boost Your Firm's Success

Some accountants hesitate to adopt SaaS-based solutions. While they offer a variety of reasons for their hesitation, uncertainty seems to be the underlying one. However, accountants who adopted SaaS solutions over the last year have found increased success in their respective practices.
Practice Development

Paychex Introduces Website to Spur Small Business Development

In the more than forty years Rochester, New York–based Paychex, Inc. has been in business, its mission has been to provide excellent payroll, human resources, and benefits outsourcing solutions to the backbone of the American economy – small and medium-sized businesses.
A&A

QuickBooks 2012: What’s New and Improved

If you or your clients use QuickBooks Pro, Premier, or Enterprise, you'll find that QuickBooks 2012's new features will help you gain new insights into financials, get more organized, and save time and steps.
Technology

Three Irreverent Time Management Strategies for the Digital Era

Getting through your to-do list faster isn't what time management is about – at least not anymore. After all, this is the digital era! Rather than managing our existing time as if it was finite, we need to find ways to multiply it and make our lives better.
Technology

Intuit's New QuickBooks Online Accountant Brings the Cloud – and Its Benefits – to Accountants

Intuit has introduced a new product: QuickBooks Online Accountant (QBOA). This add-on to QuickBooks Online is aimed squarely at helping accountants serve their clients more efficiently.
A&A

CCH 2011 User Conference Focuses on Innovation

Innovative thought is the theme at CCH Connections, this year's annual CCH User Conference, and the Thomas Paine statement of "Lead, follow, or get out of the way," has never been more appropriate than it is today.
Technology

Thomson Reuters NetClient CS Users Share Client Portal Experiences

There used to be a time when financial professionals at tax and accounting firms spent hours of their time in back offices copying returns in triplicate or communicating with their clients through daylong games of phone tag or trips to the post office.
Technology

Chrometa introduces "Automatic Time Capture" add-on for QuickBooks

Chrometa LLC, creator of time capture tools, has announced the compatibility of its Chrometa time-tracking software with QuickBooks.
Technology

PlanGuru releases its enhanced budgeting and forecasting software package: PlanGuru 2011

PlanGuru announced the launch of its new product, PlanGuru 2011, a complete rewrite of its budgeting and forecasting software.
Technology

New River Innovation announces alliance with Drake Software

New River Innovation has announced a new alliance with Drake Software, a tax preparation solution vendor. The multiyear partnership provides New River Innovation with an established channel for introducing Beyond415 to the tax and accounting market.
A&A

Sage North America announces end of product brand names

"We will be dropping the use of product brand names," said Sage North America CEO Pascal Houillon. Leading Sage brands include Peachtree, Timberline, Accpac and MAS, Simply Accounting, and ACT!.
Technology

Stealth Price Increase Awaits QuickBooks 2008 Users

As of May 31, 2011, Intuit will no longer provide live technical support or add-on services for the 2008 version of QuickBooks Pro, Premier, and Simple Start.
Technology

AICPA urges IRS to help safeguard electronic accounting records

In a letter this week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants urged the IRS to work with small business owners to safeguard private data included in electronic accounting software records that the IRS may request as part of an examination.
Technology

Using accounting-related key words to find answers

During busy season, accountants have questions and Intuit, the maker of ProLine Tax Research, among other software, has answers.
Technology

It's the preparer, not the software

Every year, nuances of the tax returns seem to get a little more intertwined. Lawmakers' tax simplification acts never simplify much and paperwork reduction legislation seem to add more pages to the return. And that's just at the federal level.
Tax

What key words are tax accountants searching for?

Intuit, the makers of, among other software, ProLine Tax Research, has agreed to share with our readers the most-sought-after tax research terms that accountants are searching for this busy season.
Technology

Five enhancements of Windows 7

Beyond the world of Windows XP, there lies a new age in computers. When the time comes for you to switch to Microsoft’s newest operating system, 7 will be waiting for you with enhancements that will make your transition extremely pleasing.

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