AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-Up - Issue 122

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-Up - Issue 122

November 23, 2001

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NEWS AND RESOURCES FOR ACCOUNTINGWEB MEMBERS

  1. Disaster Recovery Planning – AccountingWEB Workshop
  2. Two Leading Associations To Merge January 1
  3. Deloitte Leads the Pack With Advances for Women
  4. Employers Should Inform Staff of Tax Break
  5. Senate Approves Tax Bill Relief
  6. IRS Launches Fast Track Dispute Resolution Program
  7. IFAC Urges Small Businesses to Work Together
  8. IRS Issues Incentive Stock Options Guidelines
  9. PwC Value Report Charts New Measurement Trends
  10. Ernst & Young Bursts Outsourcing Bubble

EDITORIAL

This week's newswire contains a reminder of next Tuesday's Disaster Recovery Planning workshop with presenters from the National Conference of CPA Practitioners. Please take an hour on Tuesday to join us in this timely and informative workshop!

Gail Perry
Managing Editor

NEWS & RESOURCES FOR ACCOUNTINGWEB MEMBERS

1. Disaster Recovery Planning-AccountingWEB Workshop November 27

Please join us on Tuesday, November 27, at 3:00 p.m. EST in the AccountingWEB workshop for this informative session presented and sponsored by the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.

Topics will include the need for a Disaster Recovery Plan, elements of a Disaster Recovery Plan, organization of The Disaster Recovery Team and more.

2. Two Leading Associations To Merge January 1

The Boards of Directors of two of the leading North American accounting firm networks - TAG International and AGN International-North America, Inc. - announced the merger of the North American memberships of these two associations into one effective January 1, 2002.

3. Deloitte Leads the Pack With Advances for Women

The Big Five firm has taken a significant step to increase female representation at high levels, a commitment it made publicly earlier this year with the release of a long-range plan for women's advancement called Vision 2005.

4. Employers Should Inform Staff of Tax Break

The IRS is encouraging all employers to inform employees now of this new tax saving procedure which becomes effective January 1, 2002. Employees can begin planning now to take advantage of this tax break.

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5. Senate Approves Tax Bill Relief

The Senate on November 16 approved, by voice vote, legislation that would provide tax relief to survivors and victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

6. IRS Launches Fast Track Dispute Resolution Program

The Internal Revenue Service has launched a pilot program aimed at cutting the time it takes to resolve disputes between the tax agency and corporate taxpayers.

7. IFAC Urges Small Businesses to Work Together

Developing connections between practices and introducing innovative new service areas can help small- and medium-sized practitioners extend their global presence, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has urged.

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Visit the AccountingWEB IndustryZONE for the latest news, links, and information on Automobile Dealerships, Banking, Construction, Healthcare, Law Firms, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail, and State & Local Governments.

8. IRS Issues Incentive Stock Options Guidelines

The proposals, which would affect employers granting such options and employees exercising the options, provide guidance concerning the application of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) and Collection of Income Tax at Source to the options.

9. PwC Value Report Charts New Measurement Trends

PricewaterhouseCoopers has launched the latest edition of the firm's ValueReporting Forecast which finds that major global corporations are leaving behind traditional financial reporting disciplines to implement more transparent and informative performance indicators. ValueReporting has become a crusade for the Big Five firm.

10. Ernst & Young Bursts Outsourcing Bubble

Senior executives from 26 leading financial service companies said that since they have outsourced major parts of their operations they appreciated the short-term cost saving, but admitted that it could mean a loss of control in their relationship with the customer.

ACCOUNTINGWEB Q&A FORUM

Visit our Q&A Forum to post your questions and share your ideas with the members of AccountingWEB! Simply click on the "Add Comments" option at the bottom of any question to add your response and comments.

Here is a sample of the questions that have been posted this week. Check out all the questions at our Q&A Forum and see if you can lend a hand.

  1. Tax accounting requires costs associated with a loan, such as attorney's fees, to be amortized over the life of the loan. Does GAAP also make this requirement? If so, what is the pronouncement?

  2. What is the best way for owners of an S Corp to take money out of the corporation?

  3. Corp X repurchases shares of its outstanding stock at a premium to par. How does one account for this on both the P&L and the balance sheet?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ALL OF US AT ACCOUNTINGWEB!

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