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  1. Explanation of The Dividend Exclusion in The Bush Tax Plan
  2. Preventing Your Firm's "Enron"
  3. IRS Offers Amnesty For Taxpayers With Offshore Accounts
  4. Tips to Avoid Back And Neck Pain While Using Your Computer
  5. HIPPA Privacy Rule Takes Effect April 14, 2003 - Be Informed
  6. Targeting Those Caring For Elder Parents
  7. The Auditing Debate: What's the Real Issue?
  8. Scandal Sheet Keeps Track of Corporate Accounting Blunders
  9. SEC to Expand Definition of "Financial Expert"
  10. Communicating Pay Changes: Suggestions For 2003
  11. Book Recommendation: Excel Charts, by John Walkenbach

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  1. Practice Idea: Semi-Annual Client Check Ups
  2. Excel Tip: Rotating Text With an AutoShape
  3. Resume Fraud More Common Than You Think
  4. What Should You Do if Your Identity is Stolen?
  5. Technology Terms For Dummies - Top 20 Terms

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1. Explanation of The Dividend Exclusion in The Bush Tax Plan

President Bush announced an economic stimulus package on January 7 containing more than $670 billion in individual and business tax cuts over the next 10 years. The Treasury Department on January 14 published a fact sheet explaining the proposed exclusion and highlighting how it could stimulate economic growth.

2. Preventing Your Firm's "Enron"

Fraud specialist Gary Zeune offers 20 key insights on how to ensure that your organization doesn't turn into the next Enron.

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3. IRS Offers Amnesty For Taxpayers With Offshore Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service has announced a new program, the Offshore Voluntary Compliance Initiative, designed to round up promoters of and participants in offshore banking and credit card accounts.

4. Tips to Avoid Back And Neck Pain While Using Your Computer

Posture ranks at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. Unnatural alignment of the body can cause head, shoulder, neck, and back pain, and compromise neurological, digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular functioning. Here are nine tips designed to keep your posture perfect when you're at the computer at home, at school, or at work.

"The Partnership Book - A How To Guide"

What's involved in forming a partnership? How does one write a partnership agreement? This helpful e-book covers all the important partnership issues such as cash and property contributions, profit sharing, tax liability and buy-outs. Readers can take advantage of the standard partnership clauses provided or create their own customized agreement. All the forms for creating a partnership agreement are provided as tear-outs. Download this e-document today for just $ 39.99.

5. HIPPA Privacy Rule Takes Effect April 14, 2003 - Be Informed

Yes, another April deadline for you to meet. If you are an
employer sponsoring a self-insured health plan (medical, dental, vision, Section 125 plan or employee assistance program) you will be affected by the Privacy Rules of HIPPA. Are you ready?

6. Targeting Those Caring For Elder Parents

Helping a client who is caring for another opens up many
opportunities not only for deepening your relationship with the caregiver but also for connecting with members of the extended family and friends.

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7. The Auditing Debate: What's the Real Issue?

Any way you look at it, the audit business cannot continue much longer as it is. David Maister shares his thoughts about the Enron scandal and what is next for the profession.

8. Scandal Sheet Keeps Track of Corporate Accounting Blunders

Forbes online has created a Corporate Scandal Sheet to help all of us keep track of major corporate accounting scandals. The scandal sheet, which Forbes promises to update often, includes a summary of each accounting scandal, organized alphabetically by company.

9. SEC to Expand Definition of "Financial Expert"

Accountants and retired audit partners hoping to serve on
corporate boards may be disappointed to hear of changes in the SEC's definition of "financial expert." This has proven a highly controversial aspect of Sarbanes-Oxley rule making.

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10. Communicating Pay Changes: Suggestions For 2003

When you think of it, your organization's pay program is
really a powerful communicator of values and directions to your employees. Here are some of the trends in pay management that will need extra communications attention.

11. Book Recommendation: Excel Charts, by John Walkenbach

This book is intended for intermediate to advanced users who want to master Excel's charting feature. The book starts with the basics of chart making, and ends up with extensive coverage of creating charts with VBA. In the process, you'll find hundreds of useful examples, and learn insider tips and techniques that will enable you to make Excel do things you may not have thought possible. More than 150 example workbooks, an electronic (PDF) version of the book; a gallery of more than 250 charts (in the form of GIF files); four add-ins written by the author and "Bonus material" are included. Order Your Copy Today.

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1. Practice Idea: Semi-Annual Client Check Ups

It's now the beginning of tax season - why not send your top tier tax clients a reminder postcard asking them to call and make an appointment for a check up?

2. Excel Tip: Rotating Text With an AutoShape

If you use Excel's AutoShapes, you've probably discovered a
limitation: If you add text to an AutoShape, the text is not rotated when the AutoShape is rotated. Here is a helpful tip to fine tune the process.

3. Resume Fraud: More Common Than You Think

How many times have you received a resume from a potential
employee and said to yourself, "This person is a perfect fit!" Here are a couple of tips for spotting candidates that may be misrepresenting their qualifications during the interview process.

4. What Should You Do if Your Identity is Stolen?

Here we provide some helpful tips if you suspect you are or have been a victim of identity theft. Here is a step-by-step guide to clearing your good name.

5. Technology Terms For Dummies - Top 20 Terms

An online reference site provides definitions for technology terms - everything from firewalls to TCP/IP connections. The site, part of TechTarget's IT website network, turns tech jargon into accessible definitions that even your grandmother would understand.

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