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THRIVEal+CPA Network – Like-Minded Professionals Looking for a New Way To Do Business

It didn't take long for Patti Scharf, CPA, to see a trend developing among her small business clients: She was handing out monthly financial statements, but her clients didn't seem all that interested in the information she was providing.
A&A

Manufacturers to be hit with skill shortage due to retiring Baby Boomers

Manufacturers are anticipating a surge of skill shortage as the Baby Boomers retire. Most of those surveyed have current job openings and are encouraging older workers to stay on the job.

New Baby Boomer budget item: Taking care of the parents

It is estimated that nearly 10 million adult children over the age of 50 care for their aging parents. These Baby Boomers should be finalizing plans for their own retirement, but they are putting their parents first.
A&A

Debit cards rewards may be gone; more changes coming

JPMorgan Chase has announced that it will end its popular debit card rewards program for existing customers on July 19. Wells Fargo, SunTrust, and PNC have announced that they will either end their rewards programs or close them to new customers.
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.
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.
A&A

Carbon accounting is hot new growth area for accountants

An overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 companies now voluntarily measure, manage, and publicly disclose their carbon emissions. This provides an exciting opportunity for accountants to provide an important service in the growing area of carbon accounting.
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.
Education & Careers

Tattoos, body piercings, and accounting firms

What do tattoos, nose rings, and CPA firms have in common? Millennials are expected to make up more than one third of the country’s workforce by 2014 and, of that segment, 12 percent have a tattoo and 25 percent have a body part pierced other than earlobes.
Education & Careers

Small business employment index indicates 49,000 new jobs; wages down slightly

Small business employment continued to show growth in November, although wages were down and hours worked remained flat, according to this month's Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Inc.
A&A

Deloitte Consumer Spending Index continues decline

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index declined in October, primarily due to softness in the housing market. The index is designed to track consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending.
Practice

Is Gen X facing a mid-life crisis or getting ready to lead?

The arts reflect the culture that the artists are observing, so what do the patterns and kernels of truth in the films, books, etc, of today tell us? What will engage members of Generation X to be the leaders and achievers they need to be?
Technology

IT employment posts strong gains in October

October saw continued growth in IT employment adding more than 10,000 jobs. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' upward revision to September's employment data now reflects growth of 3,600 IT jobs, up from a previously reported incremental loss of 200 jobs.
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

Exclusive: CCH User Conference opens with Lou Holtz and a future focus

The sixth annual CCH User Conference has attracted its largest ever audience, with over 1,000 accountants braving some unseasonably cool weather in Orlando. Editor-in-Chief Gail Perry reports.
A&A

Accounting for Apple's iPad

What initially might have been viewed as nothing more than an attention-grabbing gadget useful for reading electronic books and mail, mobile Internet-capable computing devices have become a convenient and practical tool for accountants. Managing Editor Bill Grabarek reports.
Practice

More accounting and finance workers confident in ability to find new job

The Accounting and Finance Employee Confidence Index increased 0.6 points to 53.9 in the third quarter of 2010, according to a recent survey. The index is a measure of overall confidence among U.S. accounting and finance workers.
Tax

Top personal income tax rates are rising worldwide

The worldwide decline in top personal income tax rates over the past seven years generally appears to have come to an end, as this year’s average rate increased 0.3 percent globally, according to KPMG International’s 2010 Individual Income Tax and Social Security Rate Report.

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