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Survey results: Heightened call for transparency is biggest challenge for multinationals

A majority of multinational company tax executives predict that a broadened international regulatory focus on increased transparency will be the most significant change their company can expect in international taxation over the next year.
A&A

Positive outlook for economy, particularly manufacturing

After a dip in confidence four months ago which raised doubts over the sustainability of the global economic recovery, optimism again appears to be back in fashion across virtually all key markets.
AccountingWEB Life

Top tech etiquette offenders; guide helps prevent blunders

In the days when tweets were bird sounds and a text was a book, workplace blunders had a limited audience. Now, however, these missteps can receive broad exposure with unhappy consequences.
A&A

Many baby boomers see retirement delayed at least four years

Half of Baby Boomer clients who have postponed retirement due to the economic downturn expect to work at least four years longer than they originally planned, according to CPA financial planners surveyed by the AICPA.
Tax

CFO survey: U.S. leads Europe in economic, business confidence

Chief Financial Officers in the United States lead CFOs in Europe in optimism, access to credit, and plans for hiring new workers, according to a recent survey. Despite their differences, U.S. and European CFOs share some of the same business challenges and economic worries as they kick off 2011.
Practice

Small business employment index indicates job growth in January

Small business employment continued to show encouraging growth in January, with hours worked showing a strong increase as wages grew slightly, according to a recent survey.
Education & Careers

Job Outlook survey shows positive trends for accounting graduates

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted its annual Job Outlook 2011 survey and found that hiring trends for 2011 graduates are looking positive.
Tax

Survey indicates general support for IRS services, intolerance for tax cheats

In an annual survey of taxpayer attitudes, 87 percent responded that cheating on taxes is "not at all" acceptable. While the vast majority said they were opposed to cheating, 8 percent said "a little here and there" is OK, while 4 percent said it is acceptable to cheat "as much as possible."
Practice

Accounting and finance employee confidence rises; more looking to change jobs

The Accounting and Finance Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. accounting and finance workers, edged up 2.2 points to 56.1 in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a recent survey.
Practice

Small business employment index indicates 57,000 jobs created in December

Small business employment continued to show growth in December with an increase in hours worked and wages flat, according to the most recent Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Inc.
Practice Management

Study: Compliance, staffing capabilities will need special attention in changing economy

The 2011 benchmarking study of the finance function has been released. The study reveals how public and private firms of all sizes are currently managing their financial departments in six vital areas.
Education & Careers

Survey: Executives face greater job demands today than five years ago

More than 80 percent of chief financial officers recently interviewed said they believe it’s more difficult to be a company leader today than it was five years ago.
Practice

Accounting, finance HR managers emphasize good cultural fit

More than two-thirds of HR managers or recruiters who have responsibility in recruiting accounting and finance positions have indicated that they are planning to hire in the next six months.
Practice

Business confidence remains high among CFOs; recruiting challenges rise

A net 2 percent of chief financial officers interviewed for the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index said they plan to hire full-time accounting and finance professionals in the first quarter of 2011.
A&A

Deloitte CFO Vision Poll: Midterm elections improve business outlook

Despite the fact that more than 70 percent of chief financial officers at Deloitte's annual CFO Vision conference believe current government financial policy has either had no effect or negatively impacted their business, the tide is turning toward a more positive outlook.
Practice Development

Survey: 82% of top 100 accounting firms tie new tech to client retention, firm growth

The largest U.S. accounting firms believe they are nearly 100 percent focused on client needs and expectations, and perceived by their clients as technologically savvy, with the adoption of paperless and cloud-based technologies, according to a recent survey.
A&A

Employment, pay improves for small businesses in October

Small business employment growth and compensation picked up in October with a strong uptick in hours worked.
A&A

CFOs have mixed feelings regarding social media

More than half of chief financial officers said their greatest social media concern is that employees are wasting time during business hours using such sites as Facebook and Twitter.
A&A

Nearly half of executives anticipate SEC decision on IFRS in 2011

Most executives responsible for corporate financial reporting said their firms will be ready, but likely will not move to IFRS until mandated, even if an "early adoption" option is allowed, according to an IFRS convergence survey.
Practice

Economic confidence rises in Q3; CFOs plan to hire

Chief financial officers are slowly but surely easing from the recession, and are finding new opportunities to hire, despite unemployment levels remaining historically high.

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