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Survey: Fiscal Cliff Uncertainty Weighs on Business Owners

The uncertainty surrounding the "fiscal cliff" is directly impacting the strategic decisions of many US business owners, according to a new survey by Sageworks, a financial information company.
Tax

KPMG Survey: Senior Execs Weigh In on Fiscal Cliff

Almost half of senior executives polled said they don't expect an agreement on the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations by year-end, according to a survey of more than 2,500 business leaders conducted by KPMG's TGI.
Practice

"Trust but Verify" Creditworthiness

All too often, companies trust that a potential business partner is creditworthy with very little evidence to support the assumption. CPAs can advise their clients on how to evaluate potential business partners, further instilling their role as trusted business advisors.
A&A

Economic Optimism among CPAs Continues to Decline

CPA decision makers, primarily CEOs, CFOs, and controllers, are becoming more pessimistic about the future of the US economy, according to the latest AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey.
A&A

Small Businesses Unprepared for Data Breach

Data breach events are a growing risk for small businesses, but only a small percentage of companies with fewer than 250 employees have policies and procedures in place to protect against online intrusions.
A&A

ACCA/IMA Survey Finds Business Confidence Falls Again

Confidence in the global economy fell in Q3 2012, according to a worldwide survey of 2,550 finance professionals, with some 67 percent of respondents saying the global economy is stagnating or reversing.
Education & Careers

Survey Finds Morale High Among Workers

The mood around the office water cooler is generally positive, new research suggests. In an Accountemps survey, nearly four in ten workers (39 percent) described the morale at their companies as very good.
Education & Careers

Employee Confidence Index Decreases, Second Consecutive Quarter

The Mergis Group Finance and Accounting Employee Confidence Index decreased this quarter to 50.4. This was a 2.2 point decline over the second quarter of 2012, although 5.3 points higher than this time last year.
Tax

Business Leaders Prepared to Give Up Tax Incentives

Business leaders are coming to the realization that if they want to see meaningful US corporate tax reform, they will need to give up some tax preferences in exchange for a lower statutory corporate tax rate, according to a survey by KPMG LLP.
Practice

Survey: Midmarket Execs Weigh In on Entrepreneurialism

Despite challenges, such as a weak economy and tax and regulatory challenges, 35 percent of companies have become more entrepreneurial, benefiting from greater productivity and profit margins.
Practice

One Bad Apple: Managing Poor Performers

Managers asking themselves, "Where does the day go?" may now have an answer. CFOs recently surveyed said that, on average, supervisors spend 17 percent of their time overseeing poorly performing employees.
A&A

Accessing Capital: Improve 5 Metrics That Matter

A recent study found that while nearly 91 percent of private company owners were enthusiastic about executing growth strategies, only 51 percent reported having the necessary financial resources to do so.
A&A

International Fraud Awareness Week

Hundreds of organizations worldwide have partnered with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to participate in International Fraud Awareness Week, November 11-17 to promote antifraud awareness and education.
Education & Careers

Three Percent Salary Increase 'New Normal'

While employees may not see much improvement in base pay next year, the prevalence and size of short-term incentives has increased substantially, according to the sixth annual "Compensation Planning Survey."
Technology

Using Technology to Enhance Client Service

Cloud and mobile top the list of emerging technologies transforming the tax and accounting profession, according to the "2012 CCH Technology Survey - Technology in Accounting: Then, Now and Next."
Technology

Companies Struggle to Keep Pace with Information Security Solutions

Organizations need to fundamentally shift their approach to information security in order to meet the threats presented by existing and emerging technologies, according to recent research.
Education & Careers

HR Needs to Step Up Tech Usage to Show Value to Their Business

Globalization, talent constraints, and new technology pose significant opportunities for material change in human resources, according to new research.
A&A

Survey: National Debt Impacting Hiring Plans

According to results of a new survey released by Sageworks, a financial information company, the national debt is weighing on business owners as they consider adding workers and making other investments.
A&A

Fiscal Cliff, Deficits, and Jobs Remain Concerns

A quarterly volatility and variables poll of 540 corporate executives indicates that many CFOs are stressed and plan to be more diligent in planning and forecasting.
Practice

Mining the Opportunities in Your Client Base

Is your firm at risk of losing clients or missing opportunities for additional wallet share from existing clients? A large gap may exist between what partners believe their clients think versus what clients actually think.

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