AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 35
February 4 – February 8, 2002
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- Top 10 Technology Predictions For CPAs For 2002
- Survey Shows - Immense Support for Auditing Reform
- Beware - Computer Bug on The Loose!
- CCH's Annual Review of the Strangest Court Cases
- Retirement Plan Amendments Due By February 28
- 2002 Trends in Human Resources
- President Bush Signs Victims of Terrorism Bill
- EFTPS-Online: Pay Your Taxes Over The Internet
- Its Official: Tuesday is the Most Productive Day of the Week
- Watch Out For These Twelve Biggest Tax Scams!
- From The Archives: Giving and Receiving Performance Evaluations
- Book Recommendation: "Good Enough" Isn't Enough: Nine Challenges For Companies That Choose To Be Great, by Alan Weiss
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1. Top 10 Technology Predictions For CPAs For 2002
This past week, InfoTech Partners North America, Inc. had the opportunity to present its 2002 Technology Predictions at Management Summit to over 100 of the leading CPA firms and Associations in the country. See what they predict for 2002.
2. Survey Shows - Immense Support for Auditing Reform
A survey of Canadian business executives shows immense support for auditing reforms. Find out what reforms scored highest on their list.
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3. Beware - Computer Bug on The Loose!
An e-mail attachment that poses as a Web link but is actually a mass-mailing that spread slowly over this past weekend, but has managed to infect systems in more than 50 countries.
4. CCH's Annual Review of the Strangest Court Cases
Although tax law is not regarded as exciting by most, every so often the creative interpretation of the rules by taxpayers can make even a mundane tax case most interesting. 2001 was no exception, as taxpayers who were called to court tried to justify how they creatively applied the complex rules of federal tax law.
5. Reminder: Retirement Plan Amendments Due By February 28
The IRS has issued a reminder to employers and retirement plan administrators that they must amend their employees' retirement plans to comply with the changes made by the "GUST" laws by the February 28, 2002, deadline.
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6. 2002 Trends in Human Resources
In the midst of an ongoing recession, companies will need more than ever to pay close attention to the bottom line. As a large portion of any company's expenses is related to personnel, HR departments will be asked to play a more strategic and prominent role in company decisions.
7. President Bush Signs Victims of Terrorism Bill
Last week, President Bush signed the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001 (H.R.2884), which provides tax relief to families of people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, the anthrax mailings that occurred after September 11, and the Oklahoma City bombing.
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8. EFTPS-Online: Pay Your Taxes Over The Internet
If you’re going to owe taxes when you file your federal tax return, consider paying over the Internet through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).
9. It's Official: Tuesday is the Most Productive Day of the Week
What’s the best way to get something done quickly? Ask someone to do it on Tuesday. Nearly half (48 percent) of executive's surveyed recently said employees hit peak performance on Tuesdays. http://www.accountingweb.com/item/70464
10. Watch Out For These Twelve Biggest Tax Scams!
The Internal Revenue Service issued a nationwide alert to taxpayers warning them not to fall victim to one of the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams. These schemes take several shapes, ranging from false claims of slavery reparations to illegal ways of “untaxing” yourself.
11. From the Archives: Giving and Receiving Performance Evaluations - CPAs
Performance evaluations can be stressful and confrontational, but they need not be. A successful performance evaluation system benefits both employer and employee.
12. Book Recommendation "Good Enough" Isn't Enough: Nine Challenges For Companies That Choose To Be Great, by Alan Weiss
Mediocrity. It's the comfortable curse that a company can live with...but not grow with. And according to business writer, thinker, and consultant Alan Weiss, if mediocrity continues long enough, it can deteriorate into paralysis and business failure.
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1. Are Cafeteria Plans Excluded from Social Security?
2. I have a client who filed a 1993 tax return, the IRS never acknowledged receipt of the return. In lieu, the IRS prepared the return based on the information it received this filing led to the client having a liability. I understand the next option is that of an appeal to the District director. Has anyone advice on how to proceed?
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