AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 63

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  1. Companies Prepare For New-Wave of Pay-Tracking Software
  2. Bankruptcy Filings Hit All-Time Record
  3. Unleash The Potential of Booklets to Sell Your Accounting Services
  4. CIO Survey Reveals 4th Q Technology Hiring Outlook
  5. Employers May be Entitled to a Refund of FICA Taxes Paid on Severance
  6. Want an Edge in the Job Market? Get Yourself a "CMBA"
  7. September 11 Victims, Spouses Receive Tax Break
  8. Labor Day Report Exposes Excessive Executive Pay
  9. Book Recommendation: Execution, The Discipline of Getting Things Done

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  1. We’ve Lost the Client Focus
  2. Free Report – "Nixing Negativity In The Workplace"
  3. Selling to Your Existing Clients
  4. Use Outlook Calendar to Manage Your Client E-Mail Follow-Up!
  5. Bring More Than Your Resume to Your Next Job Interview

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1. Companies Prepare For New-Wave of Pay-Tracking Software

A new generation of software called pay-tracking technology or incentive-payment applications promises to help management find mistakes that often escape audits.

2. Bankruptcy Filings Hit All-Time Record

New bankruptcies filed during the second quarter of 2002 and for the past 12 months set all time records, according to data released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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3. Unleash The Potential of Booklets to Sell Your Accounting Services

Does writing a booklet make you an 'authorlette'? It sure does. That is one of several key reasons to write an informational tips booklet. Author status opens many other doors for you and your practice.

4. CIO Survey Reveals 4th Q Technology Hiring Outlook

Chief information officers (CIOs) anticipate a slowdown in the hiring of information technology (IT) professionals in the fourth quarter of 2002, according to the just-released IT Hiring Index.

5. Employers May be Entitled to a Refund of FICA Taxes Paid on Severance

A decision issued by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims may enable employers to obtain a refund of social security or "FICA" taxes paid on certain kinds of severance payments. The court adopted a broader standard, which could exempt many payments previously thought to be subject to FICA taxes.

6. Want an Edge in the Job Market? Get Yourself a "CMBA"

The International Certification Institute and Thomson Corporation plan to introduce the Certified Master of Business Administration (CMBA) on September 3rd as students and professors head back to campus.

7. September 11 Victims, Spouses Receive Tax Break

Typically taxpayers who sell a personal residence within two years of a previous such sale are barred from taking the tax exclusion that applies to the gain on the sale. According to IRS Notice 2002-60, taxpayers who lost a spouse or a job in the September 11 attacks will be able to forego the two-year waiting period and take the exclusion on the gain on the sale of a personal residence.

8. Labor Day Report Exposes Excessive Executive Pay

Two liberal policy groups celebrated Labor Day by issuing a report on "Executive Excess 2002: CEOs Cook the Books, Skewer the Rest of Us." The report shows poor accounting pays off for some CEOs, despite harmful consequences for workers and shareholders.

9. Book Recommendation: Execution, The Discipline of Getting Things Done, by Larry Bossidy

Disciplines like strategy, leadership development, and innovation are the sexier aspects of being at the helm of a successful business; actually getting things done never seems quite as glamorous. But as Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan demonstrate in Execution, the ultimate difference between a company and its competitor is, in fact, the ability to execute. Order your copy today.

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1. We’ve Lost the Client Focus

Despite the fact that corporations spend millions of dollars each year on programs and training designed to teach them how to deliver exceptional customer service, we still suffer from mediocre service.

2. Free Report – "Nixing Negativity In The Workplace"

Negativity in the workplace could pose serious employee motivation and legal problems for employers. You can download this free report, along with other free reports for your business.

3. Selling to Your Existing Clients

One of the biggest problems most professional firms have in selling is that they wait for their clients to approach them about additional service needs, rather than seeking them out proactively. Here are some helpful ideas to keep your clients coming back.

4. Use Outlook Calendar to Manage Your Client E-Mail Follow-Up!

Like most of us today, e-mail is a key communication avenue that sometimes can get out of hand. This tip will keep you on track and ensure you don't miss an important contact.

5. Bring More Than Your Resume to Your Next Job Interview

Prepare a few more valuable tools to bring with you. The following items can keep you focused and organized, and help prove that you are an excellent candidate for the position.

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  1. I work full-time as an accounting manager and am taking some accounting classes at a local university. Recently, I began keeping books for the small church that I attend (using QuickBooks Pro). My question is, does anyone know of a good on-line resource for accounting standards/practices for non-profit organizations, and/or churches specifically?

  2. I am looking for an out-of-print book called "Brand Valuation" by R. Perrier, published in 1997. I cannot get it at any online bookseller. Can you help me with any hint?

  3. Time Reporting policies/procedures for consultants? What are the acceptable practices for recording time for consulting engineers? Particularly consultants who might work on gov't contracts. If anyone has any policies and procedures for recording of time and time sheet examples, I would love to take a look at them.

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