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Survey: Tax Reform Strikes Out in 2014

All 129 business tax executives surveyed recently by law firm Miller & Chevalier and the National Foreign Trade Council believe tax reform is unlikely this year. However, 77 percent think the package of tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013 will be extended by Congress.
Practice

PwC Survey: No Let Up In Fraud at US Companies

Forty-five percent of organizations in the United States experienced some type of fraud in the past two years, more than the global average of 37 percent, according to a recent global survey from Big Four firm PwC. In addition, two types of economic crimes are particularly on the rise: accounting fraud and bribery and corruption.
Practice

CFO Survey: Workers Taking on More Health Care Costs

A recent survey of nearly 100 US financial executives by Deloitte LLP found that 42 percent of respondents pointed to the Affordable Care Act as the reason they had to pass further health care costs on to their employees during the fourth quarter of 2013 – and 63 percent are planning to do so this year.
Education & Careers

What Day Is the Most Productive? Tuesday!

According to a recent survey of human resources (HR) managers by Accountemps, the most productive day of the week to tackle work-related projects is Tuesday.
Practice

Social Networking at Work Is a Major Risk with Large Costs

Spending time on social networks appears to be normal behavior at most workplaces. Employers need to deal with its risks and minimize its costs. Employees should consider the potential ramifications of every post they make.
Community News

CFOs More Likely to Outsource Accounting and Finance Projects

Areas of general accounting and finance – including forecasts and budgets, financial reporting, and mergers and acquisitions – were cited by more than half of CFOs as projects they would likely outsource to financial consultants and interim managers in the next twelve months, according to a recent survey.
Practice

KPMG Survey Finds M&A Activity May Surge Next Year

Sixty-three percent of the more than 1,000 M&A professionals, investors, and advisors surveyed recently by Big Four firm KPMG LLP believe their US companies or clients will initiate at least one acquisition next year.
A&A

Survey Finds CPAs Have a Bleak View on US Economy for 2014

CPAs in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania believe economic conditions will likely be the same one year from now. While they predict higher business revenues for their states next year, they do not have the same optimism for workforces.
Education & Careers

Mergis Index Finds Accounting Workers Remain Optimistic

Despite having one of the highest worker confidence levels among all industry sectors, overall confidence of accounting and finance professionals declined slightly by 0.8 points in the third quarter of 2013.
Education & Careers

Onboarding: Do We Know It All Yet?

You might think there's nothing new to learn about onboarding, but you'd be wrong. Onboarding is currently one of the most important business strategies, and many companies are still trying to perfect the process.
A&A

Survey Finds Friends Determine Millennials' Financial Habits

When it comes to determining their financial habits, a new survey suggests Millennials are still relying on the oldest network in the world to guide their decisions: their friends.
Technology

Survey Identifies Types of Technology Used by Accountants

Accounting firms have until the end of the month to participate in the First Annual Accounting Firm Operations and Technology Survey, which gauges what types of technology accounting professionals are using in their practices.
Education & Careers

Lateral Hiring Study: Partners Most Sought After by Firms

A recent study of lateral hiring trends in the accounting industry by Koltin Consulting Group found that firms are spending money for recruiting "heavyweight" partners away from their competitors as a way of accelerating growth.
A&A

Compliance Risks Now a Higher Priority for Auditors

According to a recent survey from the Audit Executive Center of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), internal audit departments are putting a greater focus on compliance risks and less emphasis on SOX.
Education & Careers

One-Third of IT Pros Looking for Greener Pastures

A recent survey of CIOs and IT professionals by Robert Half Technology revealed that although a majority of CIOs believe their IT employees are quite happy with their jobs, more than one-third of IT workers reported job dissatisfaction.
Practice

Accounting Firms Rank Content-Based Offerings and Relationships as Most Successful Lead-Generation Strategies

The nation's most progressive and largest accounting firms generate more leads through content-based offers, networking, and referrals, yet they aren't using technology to their advantage to find and resource leads.
Education & Careers

Ohio Society Unveils New Women's Initiative

When the OSCPA surveyed its membership last year, more than 80 percent of women CPAs indicated they wanted the OSCPA to develop programs and activities specifically geared for female members.
Education & Careers

Robert Half: Accounting Starting Salaries Up Average of 3.4 Percent in 2014

Starting salaries in the accounting and finance profession are projected to increase by an average of 3.4 percent across the board in 2014, with financial and business analysts, internal auditors, and entry-level accountants among the positions that are most in demand.
Education & Careers

Survey Finds Career Growth Opportunities Lacking in Accounting

Despite knowing that most employees leave their companies because of a lack of opportunity for career growth, only 14 percent of hiring managers in accounting and finance said they are willing to negotiate employee development opportunities during the hiring process.
Education & Careers

EY Survey Explores Managing the Generational Mix

A new survey released by Big Four professional services organization EY explores generational dynamics in the workplace and reveals a significant movement in Generations Y and X surging into management roles over the last five years.

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