AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 71


The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 71
December 1, 2000

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**LATEST NEWS***LATEST NEWS***LATEST NEWS**

1. IRS Announces New Employment Tax Deposit Rules
2. New ERISA Updates! Patients' Bill of Rights!
3. The Importance of Advanced Degrees
4. Providing Benefits That Can Really Help Your Employees
5. Still Counting: CPA Firm Joins Florida Ballot Count
6. PowerPoint Tip: Improving Overall Design
7. Katz Sapper Miller to Buy Firm Back From H&R Block
8. New Domain Names May Cost $75,000 to Maintain
9. Company Alcohol Policies Prevent Holiday Regrets
10. Need Last Minute CPE? AccountingWEB to the Rescue!

Spotlight on: Don Scholl, President of D. B. Scholl, Inc.
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32875/101

Editorial
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As we prepare for the end of the year there are two pressing issues we must consider: Meeting last minute continuing education requirements and holiday shopping! We at AccountingWEB are devoted to making life easier for you, and in these two areas we are certain we can be of help.

Meeting your CPE requirements for the end of the year is a breeze when you take courses online. We offer bite-size chunks of CPE, certified courses that will meet your requirements in your own time frame. Take as little as one hour of credit at a time, at your own computer, at your own convenience. Can't finish a course all in one session? Come back later and finish when it fits in your schedule.

Examine our course selections and special year-end offers at:
http://www.accountingweb.com/cpe

Are you still shopping for last minute gifts for co-workers, family, or friends? We can help! We've assembled a list of reliable on-line locations for shopping from your computer. All sites we mention offer maximum security for credit card transactions. Check out our selection and bookmark the page - we'll add more sites as the season progresses:
http://www.accountingweb.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=32519&d=101

Gail Perry
Managing Editor
mailto:gperry@accountingweb.com

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AccountingWEB's Online Workshop Schedule
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Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming free workshops, and encourage others in your firm to join you online! All workshops are from 4:00 - 5:00 Eastern Time
http://www.accountingweb.com/workshop

Tuesday, December 5, 2000
"Wealth-Care Success: Key Issues for Multi-Partner CPA Firms to Consider"
Presenter: Tony Cord of 1st Global, Inc.
Add to Outlook calendar: http://www.accountingweb.com/workshop/dec5.vcs
Sponsor: FixedAssetInfo.com
http://www.fixedassetinfo.com/

Thursday, December 7, 2000
"401(k): Your Hidden Income Opportunity"
Presenter: Tom Palka of RIA Technology
Add to Outlook calendar: http://www.accountingweb.com/workshop/dec7.vcs
Sponsor: Paychex
http://www.paychex.com/managee/401k/401payx.html

Next Week's Workshops:

Tuesday, December 12, 2000
"How to Add $8,000 a Month to Your Practice in 90 Days"
Presenter: KC Truby of Bridge21
Add to Outlook calendar: http://www.accountingweb.com/workshop/dec12.vcs
Sponsor: Mostad & Christensen, Inc.
http://www.mostad.com/

Thursday, December 14, 2000
"How to Use Online Tax Organizers in Your Tax Practice"
Presenter: Tim Lenneman of Global Tax Network
Sponsor: Global Tax Network
http://www.globaltaxnetwork.com/

Are you interested in presenting an AccountingWEB workshop? We are always looking for experts with a perspective to share with our members. Please contact me if you would like more information.
Gail A. Perry
Managing Editor
mailto:gperry@accountingweb.com

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1. IRS Announces New Employment Tax Deposit Rules
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Effective January 1, 2001, over a million small businesses will be added to the ranks of those businesses that are able to make employment tax deposits quarterly instead of monthly.
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32764/101

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2. New ERISA Updates! Patients' Bill of Rights!
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The Clinton Administration continues to rush new rules through the regulatory process before the end of the term. The latest is the new regulation revising the minimum requirements for ERISA benefit claims procedures.
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32527/101

VOTE IN OUR POLL:

With the holiday shopping season upon us, we're curious to know how many of our readers expect to do at least some of their shopping on-line, from the comfort of their keyboards. Vote in our new poll now: http://www.accountingweb.com/poll

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3. The Importance of Advanced Degrees
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The AccountingWEB workshop featured Rob Chabot, coordinator of the graduate accounting program at Ohio State University. Mr. Chabot fielded questions and provided lots of useful information about advanced degrees in accounting.
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32024/101

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4. Providing Benefits That Can Really Help Your Employees
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Brogan Van Kleef, Director of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., told us all about how legal benefits can be added to the benefit package of a company and the company will actually save money in the process.
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32777/101

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5. Still Counting: CPA Firm Joins Florida Ballot Count
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Another week without a new president. Will it ever end? This week the CPAs got into the picture, adding expert assistance with yet another recount in Florida.
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32768/101

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6. PowerPoint Tip: Improving Overall Design
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In this tip, basic design elements are explained and information is provided on how to make your presentation look like it was done by a professional.
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32621/101

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7. Katz Sapper Miller to Buy Firm Back From H&R Block
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The partners of Katz, Sapper & Miller have agreed to buy back KSM usiness Services, the division acquired by H&R Block two years ago, for a cool $25 million.
celebration. http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32499/101

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8. New Domain Names May Cost $75,000 to Maintain
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The addition of new high-level domains (.biz, .info, .name, .co-op, .pro, .museum, .aero), and the ongoing exploitation of over 150 existing domains, will force the average Global 2000 organization to register at least 300 name variants by 2001. http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32620/101

Did you know that you can get company information such as company profiles, credit reports, trademarks, patents, market research, industry news and more from AccountingWEB? Go to http://www.accountingweb.com/winstar

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9. Company Alcohol Policies Prevent Holiday Regrets
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As companies begin to hold holiday parties and other activities, it's essential that they set and communicate clear policies on the use of alcohol at company events.
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32523/101

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10. Need Last Minute CPE? AccountingWEB to the Rescue!
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Are you scrambling to get all your needed CPE hours before 2000 ends? Check out these inexpensive on-line CPE resources. If you need assistance or have questions about CPE requirements and more, check out the AccountingWEB CPE Page.
http://www.accountingweb.com/cpe/index.html

Q&A Forum
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Whether you want to test your technical expertise or find an answer to a problem, AccountingWEB's Q&A Forum is the place to go. Here is one are some of our latest questions. Click on the link(s) below to offer your insight:

* How can you change the footer on multiple Excel spreadsheets without changing the print specifications to be the same as the first worksheet?
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32759/101

* In the acquisition of an existing business, what qualifies for a mere asset acquisition versus a business acquisition, and which one is favorable for tax purposes?
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32372/101

* How are firms complying with the OSHA ergonomics program regulations that apply to accounting firms and are effective January 16, 2001?
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/32322/101

Visit the Q&A Forum and share your ideas! Simply click on the Add Comments option at the bottom of any question to add your response and comments.
http://www.accountingweb.com/help/anyanswers.html

Many thanks to Sherry Robertson, Earl Rudolfo, Pat Reyes, and Paul Fellinger for recent comments and answers to questions.

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