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A&A

Survey: Almost Half of CPAs Know about AICPA FRF for SMEs

Nearly half of CPAs say they are familiar with the new Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs) released by the AICPA on June 10, according to a recent special report by Thomson Reuters.
Technology

F&A BPO Services Likely to Increase for Companies in 2013

The "State of the Outsourcing Industry 2013" survey, which was released on July 8, found that client expectations of outsourcing are evolving to be more value-focused, with IT and F&A BPO dominating future outsourcing plans.
Education & Careers

Annual Salaries and Total Compensation Increase for IMA Members

For the first time in twenty-four years, the average annual total compensation for members of the IMA has topped $130,000, while average annual salaries for IMA members increased 3.3 percent, from $109,001 in 2011 to $112,625 in 2012.
Technology

Plante Moran Survey Asks Businesses to Evaluate Their Innovation IQ

Building on the findings from last year's Innovation Survey, Plante Moran is back for a third year asking organizations throughout the Midwest what fuels innovation in their organizations.
Practice

Top Priorities for CPA Firms: Retaining and Training Staff

Staffing is among the top management issues facing CPA firms, according to a recent survey by Sageworks. That's not surprising, considering many firms are experiencing a staffing crisis as they lose significant percentages of top staff.
Education & Careers

Surge Continues in Learning and Development Spending

In a recent study, Bersin by Deloitte found that overall spending on training rose 12 percent on average in 2012 – a sign that amidst greater financial stability, organizations are focused on reskilling their workforces.
Practice

AICPA Survey: Growth and Firm Development Key Priorities for CPA Firms

With economic conditions improving, CPAs are taking a longer-term, more strategic view of goals to ensure their firms thrive, according to the American Institute of CPAs' 2013 CPA Firm Top Issues Survey.
Practice

2013 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women Announced

The 2013 Accounting MOVE Project list of Best Public Accounting Firms for Women is drawn from the thirty-seven firms that participated in the project. Firms were ranked on the range, depth, and success of programs and workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women's success.
Education & Careers

Survey: Accounting and Finance Make List of Toughest Jobs to Fill

For the third year in a row, accounting and finance is among the top ten jobs that are the hardest for employers to fill, according to a recent survey from Milwaukee-based workforce solutions firm ManpowerGroup.
Practice Development

Sage Survey: Most Small and Midsized Businesses Not Hiring in 2013

Thirty-four percent of US small businesses and fifty-five percent of midsized businesses say they expect their staffing levels to remain the same in 2013, according to a hiring forecast by Sage North America.
A&A

Private Company Likelihood of Default Improving; Companies May Be Positioned to Borrow

According to Sageworks latest "Private Company Report" released May 28, private companies in the United States continued to grow at a healthy pace and experienced strong profit margins in the most recent period.
Education & Careers

Hiring Outlook Looks Promising for Accounting Grads

While overall employer expectations for hiring college graduates this fall are likely to remain relatively flat, more than half of companies report they'll be pursuing graduates who majored in accounting, according to a recent study.
Education & Careers

BDO and Ernst & Young Named Top Workplaces for Recent Grads

BDO USA LLP and Ernst & Young LLP were among twenty-five companies that were included in the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads 2013 report from ConnectEDU Inc., a technology company committed to transitioning learners from school to college to career.
Practice

Survey Finds Small Businesses Slowly Increasing Economic Activity

Small business owners are showing a willingness to hire more employees amidst signs of expanding business activity, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released by Insperity, Inc., a provider of human resources and business performance solutions.
Practice

Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Tax

Tax Reform? Mortgage Interest Is All About Location

According to a new study, the amount of the mortgage interest deduction for taxpayers differs widely across the country, with the biggest deductions claimed by those living along the east and west coasts.
Technology

AICPA/CPA Canada Survey: Managing Data Tops List of 2013 Tech Initiatives

According to the 2013 North American Top Technology Initiatives Survey conducted by AICPA and CPA Canada, managing and retaining data topped the list of ten technology initiatives for accounting firms in the United States and Canada.
A&A

AICPA Survey Finds Money Worries Taking Toll on Americans' Waistlines, Well-being

Feeling a little paunchy around the middle or particularly irritable when you pull into work in the morning? Don't blame it all on processed sugar or your two-hour commute. A recent AICPA survey found money worries are making many Americans impatient, unhealthy, and sleep deprived.
Education & Careers

$53,300: The Average Starting Salary for New Accounting Grads

Accounting students who will graduate in 2013 will be the beneficiaries of an average starting salary that has increased by 7 percent over last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Tax

State Nexus Policies Focus of Bloomberg BNA Survey

Many states say they would find nexus as a result of owning a web server in their jurisdiction, telecommuting employees, and making transactions that involve non-US entities, according to the thirteenth annual "Survey of State Tax Departments" by Bloomberg BNA.

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