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  1. Even In The Giving Season, Tax Rules Apply
  2. Tax Season Opportunities For Improving Efficiency
  3. IRS Launches New Streamlined Examination Process
  4. KPMG Reports 4% Growth in Global Revenues
  5. Policies to Help Accountants Avoid Risks of Conspiracies
  6. Corporate Holiday Gift Etiquette
  7. Grant Thornton Launches New Client Analysis Tool
  8. PCAOB to Start Reviewing Accounting Firms By Mid-2003
  9. CMA Designation Celebrates 30th Anniversary
  10. Perspectives of a Life Member of The AICPA
  11. Blow The Lid Off The Old Way Of Accounting
  12. Book Recommendation: How to Acquire Clients, by Alan Weiss, PhD

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  1. How to Effectively Delegate Work And Responsibilities
  2. Improving The Workplace - People Problems Perplex Supervisors
  3. How To Avoid Accounting Malpractice Suits
  4. Analyze Sales Data With Excel Pivot Tables
  5. Managing A Multi-Office Team
  6. Outlook Tip: Create a Signature Block

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1. Even In The Giving Season, Tax Rules Apply

While you're busy wrapping packages, tying bows, and thinking merry, here are some merry tax thoughts to go with those gifts you are giving and the ones you hope you receive.

2. Tax Season Opportunities For Improving Efficiency

As another tax season approaches, CPA firms should spend some time reviewing their current processes for preparing tax returns. There is no question that returns are prepared faster today than they were two decades ago. However, for most firms there is still some substantial opportunities for improving the tax preparation process.

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3. IRS Launches New Streamlined Examination Process

The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new examination
process called the Limited Issue Focused Examination. The new process is available to businesses with assets in excess of $10 million and revolves around a formal agreement called the Memorandum of Understanding that is created and agreed to by both the taxpayer and the IRS.

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4. KPMG Reports 4% Growth in Global Revenues

Despite a weak economy and a year of unprecedented challenges for the accounting profession, KPMG International reported revenues of $10.72 billion for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2002, an increase of 3.9%.

5. Policies to Help Accountants Avoid Risks of Conspiracies

Given all the recent criticism of accountants, the last thing in the world they would want is to be viewed as "walking conspiracies." Read how one association is protecting itself and its members.

6. Corporate Holiday Gift Etiquette

This "most wonderful time of the year" can be most stressful for those who give or receive gifts in the workplace. Here are eight simple guidelines to help everyone navigate corporate gift giving and receiving etiquette.

7. Grant Thornton Launches New Client Analysis Tool

Middle market companies looking for ways to analyze their
businesses now have a new tool to add to their arsenal. Grant Thornton has announced the launch of ASAP, a strategic gap analysis tool designed to help clients identify ways to drive down costs, improve business operation effectiveness, manage risk, and enhance profitability.

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8. PCAOB to Start Reviewing Accounting Firms By Mid-2003

The PCAOB has met privately with members of the AICPA and FASB. According to media reports, the board decided to begin collecting fees from public companies as early as February and reviewing CPA firms by mid-2003.

9. CMA Designation Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Institute for Management Accountants is celebrating a
milestone of sorts this month - the thirtieth anniversary of the first testing to award the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

10. Perspectives of a Life Member of The AICPA

Harold Katz is a man who has seen business cycles come and go. A partner with Katz & Fram in California, Mr. Katz has been a member of the AICPA for 43 years. In an interview with AccountingWEB, Mr. Katz shares his views of what's working and what needs to be changed in the accounting profession today.

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11. Blow The Lid Off The Old Way Of Accounting

Business owners are sophisticated and demanding today. Economic conditions have created a focus on value provided, and the availability of abundant information has expanded their knowledge of business in general. To be successful in this environment requires a different relationship with the client. Find out more today.

12. Book Recommendation: How to Acquire Clients, by Alan Weiss, PhD

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Ultimate Consultant Series--and you won't fall victim to the success plateau that undermines many consultants. If you feel that your work has become easier, it may be that you're not climbing "up" but rather moving laterally. And, sooner or later, your plateau will begin to erode and you'll find yourself on a decline. In How to Acquire Clients, Alan Weiss, internationally recognized consultant and author of the best- selling Million Dollar Consulting, shows you how to continue to move "up the mountain." Order Today!

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1. How to Effectively Delegate Work And Responsibilities

Effective delegation will not only give you more time to work on your area of expertise, but you will also give others in your firm the opportunity to learn new skills and achieve their goals.

2. Improving The Workplace - People Problems Perplex Supervisors

Research shows that supervisors do a much better job of handling job- related problems than they do handling people-related problems. Here are some reasons why.

3. How To Avoid Accounting Malpractice Suits

In this multi-part series, Mr. Cheffers examines a number of issues in easy-to-read white papers (available for download at the end of this story).

4. Analyze Sales Data With Excel Pivot Tables

This is just one in a series of Excel Pivot Table Tutorials
developed by AccountingWEB software consultant David Carter. The tutorials were originally developed for a UK audience, but the techniques work equally well for US needs.

5. Managing A Multi-Office Team

The multi-office group in its earliest stages may be perceived as being only for administrative purposes. To build the proper foundation requires that you, as a manager, invest time both in meeting with individual people and then in providing an opportunity for the entire group to become more orientated to a geographically diverse, team culture.

6. Outlook Tip: Create a Signature Block

Outlook Version - 2002. You can create a signature block that will automatically be added to the end of your outgoing e-mail messages by using Outlook's AutoSignature feature. Try this today!

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1. Can someone refer me to a resource on how to draft a
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for an auditor to examine documents and
procedures of a company suspected of making a false claim on work that it has performed?

2. What resources (i.e., reference, guidance & compliance) are available for small start-up firms. With limited budget for reference materials, and a budding clientele, I don't want to be caught short on compliance and documentation.

3. How to Handle With Overvalue of Contributions in Kind.
What to do with the overvalue of 100 that "B" contributes
without showing it as capital or as a loan.

4. I have two clients (husband and wife) who each are 100%
owners of their own S Corporations. Is there a way to merge these two corporations into one in a NON-TAXABLE transaction?

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