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Tax

Survey Shows Small Businesses Struggle with Complex Tax Code; Turn to Accountants

According to Sage survey results, the majority of small businesses that use the services of an outside accountant do so, in part, because of the complexity of regulations and tax code.
Practice

How a Firm Makes the Vault Accounting 50

This is the fourth year that Vault has released its top fifty rankings. During the summer and fall of each year, Vault determines which firms should be included in its initial pool of candidates.
Education & Careers

Robert Half Survey Reveals Retention Is Executives' Main Staffing Concern

As difficult as it has become to locate top performers, keeping them on board is proving to be an even greater worry for employers. Nearly four in ten CFOs interviewed said retaining valuable employees is their biggest staffing concern for the next twelve months.
Technology

What Small Business Owners Don't Understand Could Be Holding Them Back

Sage North America announced April 18, 2013, the availability of Sage 50 Accounting 2014-US Edition for small businesses. The 2014 release coincides with National Financial Capability Month.
Practice

Mix of Old and New Comprise 2014 Vault Accounting 50

Vault.com released its 2014 Vault Accounting 50, a ranking of the fifty best accounting firms in the nation to work for. The survey asked more than 7,900 accountants to assess their peer accounting firms on a scale of one to ten based on prestige and quality of life factors.
Practice

Financial Outsourcing Services Seen Growing 8 Percent Annually Through 2017

Global spending on finance and accounting business process outsourcing (F&A BPO) services will exceed $25 billion in 2013 and rise at an annual compound growth rate of 8 percent through 2017, according to research by accounting firm KPMG and HfS Research.
Education & Careers

Economic Outlook Still Murky as Job Market Remains Weak

The March US Department of Labor jobs report showed fewer jobs were added than in any month in almost a year, which adds to the uncertainties facing small businesses and accountants.
Tax

Should You Spend or Save Your Tax Refund?

According to the AICPA's annual survey to determine Americans' top financial concerns and assess their financial well-being, taxpayers say they're likely to use their tax refund conservatively – to build up savings, pay for day-to-day household expenses, or put toward debt.
AccountingWEB Life

Lack of Savings Is Americans' Top Financial Concern

Consumers admit they're in dire need of professional financial advice, at least according to 78 percent of those who participated in the 2013 Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the NFCC and the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association.
Practice

Survey Ranks Best and Worst States/Cities for Small Businesses

If you're a footloose CPA or thinking about starting your own firm, then check out Utah, Alabama, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Texas. According to a recent survey, they rank as the top five friendliest states for small businesses.
Tax

Survey Reveals Taxpayers Who Procrastinate Pay 33 Percent More than Early Filers

Taxpayers who procrastinate getting their returns prepared or who file for an extension will pay about one-third more in tax preparation fees than those who filed in January or February.
Technology

Three-Quarters of CIOs Surveyed Said Their Firms Don't Capture Customer Data

Big data is not without big obstacles for some CIOs. In a survey from Robert Half Technology, 76 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) said their companies don't presently gather customer data, such as demographics or buying habits.
A&A

Internal Auditors Finding New Ways to Add Value in Expanded Role

Chief audit executives (CAEs) are working to expand their roles within their organizations, moving from their traditional focus on compliance to include suggesting ways to improve processes and providing insights that influence strategy, according to a Grant Thornton LLP survey.
Tax

Xero Survey Reveals Biggest Tax-Time Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Tax season has a way of highlighting small business owners' financial management lapses. According to a recent survey, the two most frequently cited are (1) failing to keep financial records up to date and (2) not preparing a budget for the year ahead.
A&A

Research Finds Internal Auditors Must Reach for New Heights or Risk Losing Relevance

On March 18, PricewaterhouseCooper's (PwC) released its "2013 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study." PwC surveyed 1,100 chief audit executives and more than 630 stakeholders worldwide for the company's ninth annual survey on the role of internal auditors.
A&A

New Report Shows Changing Fraud Environment

The latest Kroll "Global Fraud Report" shows the incidence and cost of fraud have decreased over the last year, yet fraud still remains an important issue for all companies around the world. And a DOJ suit against Standard & Poor's highlights the need for oversight of the credit rating industry.
Practice

AICPA Survey: CPAs More Upbeat on Economic Outlook, but Still Cautious

The first quarter American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey is out, and it looks like respondents are increasingly optimistic about the US economy and their own businesses' prospects compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Education & Careers

Accountants Pay Seen Rising an Average 3.3 Percent This Year

Accountants with solid credentials should have no employment worries, because demand and pay throughout the profession are showing strong gains this year, according to reports from the recruitment firm Robert Half International.
A&A

Accountants' Worries Range from Fuel Costs to Value of US Dollar

A new report, “Drivers of Change in the US,” is an analysis of a 2012 survey of 550 members of the ACCA and the IMA who were asked to rank their concerns about the changes and challenges facing the accounting profession now and in the future.
Education & Careers

Finance and Accounting Professionals' Confidence Grew Fourth Quarter

According to a recent survey, finance and accounting professionals' confidence in their own job prospects rose late last year, with more than half reporting they're confident they can find a new job.

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