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Tax

New IRS Technology Will Track Online Activity

According to news reports filtering out of Washington, the IRS will begin employing new technology this year that can track a taxpayer's online activities ranging from Facebook and Twitter posts to credit card and PayPal transactions.
Technology

Facebook Announces New 'Facebook Home' Software for Android

The new "Facebook Home" isn't a phone or operating system, and it's also more than just an app. Home is a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps.
Technology

Clever Canadian Accountant Creates Interactive Game Using Excel

Cary Walkin, a CA and video game enthusiast in Canada, found a novel way of using Excel for something other than number crunching. Walkin, who is also an MBA candidate at the Schulich School of Business, created a video game using nothing but Excel.
Technology

Mike Sabbatis Joins XCM Solutions' Board to Aid in Execution of Aggressive Growth Strategy

XCM Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of Cloud-based workflow management software for the accounting profession, announced the appointment of Mike Sabbatis to the XCM Solutions Board of Directors.
Technology

Microsoft Excel: Inserting Rows and Columns with Ease

Spreadsheet users frequently insert rows and columns into spreadsheets, but for most users, it's a multiple-step process. Excel expert David Ringstrom explains how you can create your own custom shortcut to insert rows or columns with a single keyboard shortcut or mouse click.
A&A

Sales Numbers Up? Now's the Time to Reduce Risk of Credit Card Fraud

According to a March 13 report from the US Department of Commerce, retail sales increased 1.1 percent in February, to $421.4 billion, marking the biggest surge in the retail space since last September. Elevated sales numbers mean additional credit card transactions and, as a result, an increased risk for fraud.
Technology

Kickin' and Screamin' into the Cloud

How many times have you heard someone say, "I'd rather chew nails than go to the dentist?" Believe it or not – with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek – there are still some accounting professionals who would rather chew nails than move some or all of their practice to the Cloud.
Technology

LinkedIn Tips Part 4: Recommendations and Endorsements

Mark Lee is back with Part 4 of his LinkedIn series to discuss using the recommendations and endorsements features.
Technology

Recovering Unsaved Excel Workbooks

It's every spreadsheet user's worst nightmare – you've worked on a workbook for a period of time, and then accidentally close it without saving. Or the power goes out, or Excel crashes . . . the list of spreadsheet hazards goes on and on.
Education & Careers

Xero Hires Google's Stuart McLean to Lead Global Marketing Efforts

The young online accounting software company Xero announced a recent coup – hiring Stuart McLean away from Google Australia, where he was Cloud business applications development leader. McLean will lead Xero's worldwide sales and marketing team.
Technology

Growing Number of CFOs Using Mobile Technology for Money Management

A survey conducted by Bill.com of corporate financial executives shows a shift toward mobile money management. Two-thirds of respondents reported they now process at least some of their financial transactions on mobile devices.
Technology

LinkedIn Tips Part 3: Your Status

In Part 3 of his LinkedIn series for start-ups, Mark Lee explains how to use status updates – what works and what doesn't.
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.
Technology

Converting Your Client from QuickBooks Desktop to QuickBooks Online

So you have a client that wants to make the jump from QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Mac, or Enterprise? This is indeed exciting news, and I shall happily guide you through this process. Come with me, and let's go down this path together. I promise you're in good hands; I've been doing this for a very long time.
Technology

CSA Endorses AICPA Reporting Framework for Evaluating Controls over Cloud Providers

The AICPA framework for evaluating technology-related controls and other safeguards used by Cloud service providers has been endorsed by CSA, a not-for-profit organization that promotes best practices on security assurance within Cloud computing.
Technology

LinkedIn Tips Part 2: Getting Connected

In Part 2 of his LinkedIn series for start-ups, Mark Lee explains how to use the networking element of LinkedIn to connect with peers and potential prospects.
Technology

Encryption Seen as Best Security Measure to Safeguard Laptops

Laptop computers are top targets for thieves, and, as many victims have found, the true cost of their loss is measured not by the price of the hardware and software, but by the proprietary information on board.
Technology

Restoring Classic Print Preview in Excel 2010/2013

Excel 2010 introduced a new "Backstage View" where print preview became embedded into the File menu. Excel 2013 continues this tradition, but you can get your "old-school" print preview functionality back with a few quick steps.
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

Making More Time for Biz Dev (While Actually Working Less)

If you're like most busy accounting professionals I know, you probably aren't able to devote as much time to marketing your firm and as you'd like. I'm going to highlight a strategy that can help you achieve significant leverage from whatever amount of time you have.

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