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  1. Tax Advisers Lose Another Layer of Client-Adviser Privilege
  2. CEOs Organize Forum to Share Best Practices
  3. EFTPS-OnLine Gets Major Upgrade
  4. Internet Vulnerability Mobilizes Hackers
  5. Full Text FASB Statements Now Available For Free
  6. Corporate America Lagging in Internal Control Preparedness
  7. Privacy Advocates Cry "Foul" Over IRS Tactics
  8. Executives Less Favorable to Sarbanes-Oxley One Year Later
  9. Intuit Launches Payroll Referral Reward Program
  10. Book Recommendation: Creating Rainmakers: The Manager's Guide to Training Professionals to Attract New Clients

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  1. How to Create and Enforce Effective Computer Usage Policies
  2. Building Name Recognition to Attract New Business
  3. Win Your Next Job With Three Essential Interview Skills
  4. Good Communication Skills: A Crash Course

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1. Tax Advisers Lose Another Layer of Client-Adviser Privilege

In the continuing battle between tax advisers and the IRS regarding turning over taxpayer records of those involved in tax shelters, it seems the advisers are losing. A federal appeals court ruled last week that BDO Seidman must turn over the names of clients who purchased certain tax shelters from the firm.

2. CEOs Organize Forum to Share Best Practices

The rules and regulations are coming from all quarters, but U.S. executives are taking it a step further by creating their own group to monitor corporate performance and accountability.

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3. EFTPS-OnLine Gets Major Upgrade

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the Internet version of the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), the EFTPS-OnLine Web site, has undergone a major upgrade to include several new improvements to help taxpayers.

4. Internet Vulnerability Mobilizes Hackers

Last week, Cisco Systems announced the discovery of a vulnerability in its Internet routers. While computer engineers were actively patching the worldwide network, hackers were attempting to find the hole before it could be plugged.

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5. Full Text FASB Statements Now Available For Free

6. Corporate America Lagging in Internal Control Preparedness

7. Privacy Advocates Cry "Foul" Over IRS Tactics

8. Executives Less Favorable to Sarbanes-Oxley One Year Later

9. Intuit Launches Payroll Referral Reward Program

10. Book Recommendation: Creating Rainmakers: The Manager's Guide to Training Professionals to Attract New Clients By, Ford Harding

Based on over 100 interviews with principals in professional firms, including many of today's preeminent rainmakers, Creating Rainmakers shows readers how to turn a professional staff into a powerful team of sales winners. The book covers generating new leads, building strong networks of contacts, mastering a variety of sales techniques, and plenty more. A FAVORITE of the AccountingWEB Membership!

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1. How to Create and Enforce Effective Computer Usage Policies

The problem of departing employees stealing their ex-employers' electronically stored trade secrets has taken on near-epidemic proportions. The good news: Under the latest amendments to the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), federal courts have jurisdiction to protect any computer that is connected to the Internet gainst "wrongful use."

2. Building Name Recognition to Attract New Business

You can go to the market and try to influence companies to buy your services. Or, you can get the market to come to you and ask for help, which is usually preferable to non-professional sales people.

3. Win Your Next Job With Three Essential Interview Skills

With competition for good jobs at an all-time high, candidates who conduct their job search as a sales campaign consistently win out over those who don't. When job seekers practice the skills of sales experts they learn to apply the strategies of a sales presentation to their job interviews.

4. Good Communication Skills: A Crash Course

Good communicators can be cultivated as well as born. Here are some helpful tips to help you communicate more effectively.

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LAST WEEK'S HOT TOPICS

1. IRS Issues Final Regulations on Catch-Up Contributions

2. SEC Cites "Harry Potter Fantasy," Presses Forward on Ernst Sanctions

3. Coca-Cola Denies Claims of Fraud

4. Three High Profile Law Suits OK'd Against Big Accounting Firms

5. PCAOB Sets Firm Registration Deadline and Fees

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1. Converting Hours and Minutes to Fractions of Hours in Excel? We have a spreadsheet which is currently set up to record hours and minutes worked as overtime or extra time worked. What is the best way to produce an excel sheet containing a cell which converts the total hours and minutes worked in a period to the required Payroll input format?

2. What kind of account is: Excess of replacement cost over historical cost of LIFO liquidation? The journal entry goes: Debit - Cost of Goods Sold - Credit - Inventory Credit - Excess of replacement cost over historical cost of LIFO liquidation.

3. Reclassification of Expenses. We have encountered an audit question related to application of MUS (monetary unit sampling). Would appreciate any help with this question.

4. I have two lists, each containing names of employees. List #1 contains all company employees, and List #2 contains only employees for a certain branch. If I put list #1 in Column 1 on an Excel spreadsheet, and list #2 in Column 2, what commands will I need in Column 3 so that I can get a list of everyone in List #1 that is NOT part of List #2?

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