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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.
Technology

KPMG Survey Finds Shift to Cloud Presents Unexpected Challenges, Costs

The shift of IT systems to Cloud computing from an in-house infrastructure is proving more expensive and more complicated than first anticipated, according to KPMG International's "The Cloud Takes Shape" survey.
Practice

Was Your Client Denied Business Credit?

If one of your clients recently applied for business credit and was rejected, he or she isn't alone. Learn five ways you can help a client whose business credit application was denied. A recent survey of banks and asset-based lenders found they had turned down more than a third of all businesses' applications for loans, according to Pepperdine University's 2013 Capital Markets Report.
A&A

Financial Analysts Say Hedging, Derivatives Reporting Inadequate

Financial analysts say there's not enough detail being provided in reports from companies that use derivatives and hedging activities, which makes analysis of investments that rely significantly on such financial instruments riskier.
A&A

Internal Auditors See Steady Rise in Pay

It's a great time to be a corporate internal auditor – pay and perks for the profession are growing at a faster pace than most other jobs. Internal auditors in the United States and Canada received a median 3 percent increase in their base salaries in 2012, the second year in a row they've seen an increase.
Technology

Cyberattacks and Hacktivism – Take Cover!

Cybersecurity experts at Deloitte are warning that when it comes to cyberattacks, it's not a question of "if" but "when." A new study shows 88 percent of technology, media, and telecommunications companies don't think they're vulnerable.
Technology

Social Media Trends: Where Does Your Firm Stand?

No one can deny that social media is on everyone's mind. Instead of looking at what everyone else is doing, let's look at what other accounting firms are doing - or at least thinking about doing.

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