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  1. Summary of 2002 Tax Law Changes For Individuals
  2. FASB Issues FIN 46 to Curb Enron-Style Abuses
  3. SEC Softens Auditor Independence Restrictions
  4. Workplace Violence is Latest Business Concern
  5. Budget-Challenged Municipalities Step up Tax Collection Efforts
  6. Efforts Continue to End Junk E-Mail
  7. Free Report - HR Audit Step-by-Step Guide
  8. IRS Announces New Features For Tax Professionals
  9. What Are The Major Types of Internet Fraud?
  10. 2003 CPA Exam Dates And Information
  11. Book Recommendation: Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln

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  5. Ten Tax Season Media Opportunities

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1. Summary of 2002 Tax Law Changes For Individuals

There are plenty of changes to the tax law this year. Every
taxpayer is affected in some way by the new rules that affect individuals. Here is a summary of the major changes to the income tax laws that affect individual taxpayers on their 2002 tax returns.

2. FASB Issues FIN 46 to Curb Enron-Style Abuses

It took several decades to bring the issues to a head, but today's accountants have only weeks to come to grips with the new rules on special purpose entities (SPEs) like the ones that contributed to Enron's collapse.

3. SEC Softens Auditor Independence Restrictions

Accountants will be relieved to know that the SEC eased some aspects of its proposed auditor independence rules in response to concerns about restrictions on tax services and effects on small accounting firms.

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4. Workplace Violence is Latest Business Concern

For most people, going to work every day isn't expected to be a life-threatening experience. But more and more companies are finding there are risks in the workplace that have to be addressed as an insurance concern.

5. Budget-Challenged Municipalities Step up Tax Collection Efforts

When times are good and city coffers are bulging, the effort to get consumers to comply with obscure tax laws often is not strong. But with city and state governments facing budget crises all across the United States, any method of squeezing additional revenue has become an acceptable strategy.

"Estate Planning Basics" - E-Booklet

In order to make estate planning as painless as possible, Nolo presents Attorney Denis Cliffords new e-handbook, Estate Planning Basics. This e-book provides concise, straightforward and easy-to-read explanations of the major components of estate planning, so that regular folks don't have to spend hours wading through endless options (most of which apply to the wealthy). Download this e-booklet for just $21.99 today!

6. Efforts Continue to End Junk E-Mail

On January 17, nearly 600 spam-haters gathered at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the first-ever Spam Conference. Their goal? To rid the world of spam. Several proposals were seen as having some merit in dealing with the wave of unsolicited junk mail flooding corporate e-mail accounts.

7. Free Report - HR Audit Step-by-Step Guide

The free report "HR Audit" provides a step-by-step guide for systematically reviewing all aspects of human resources within a company, and ensuring that all governmental regulations and company policies are being followed.

"Tax Savvy for Small Business"

It is possible to run a profitable, honest business while minimizing taxes and staying out of legal trouble. How? This best selling e-booklet points the way, detailing year-round tax-saving strategies to help business owners: claim all legitimate deductions; maximize fringe benefits; keep accurate records; document expenses; survive an audit and more. Download this e-document for just $49.95 today!

8. IRS Announces New Features For Tax Professionals

The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new and expanded e-subscription service available through IRS.gov for taxpayers, tax professionals, small business owners and the news media.

9. What Are The Major Types of Internet Fraud?

With the explosive growth of the Internet, and e-commerce in particular, online criminals try to present fraudulent schemes in ways that look, as much as possible, like the goods and services that the vast majority of legitimate e-commerce merchants offer. Find out more.

"Getting More Referrals" E-Booklet

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10. 2003 CPA Exam Dates & Information

If you are preparing for the upcoming 2003 CPA Exam, here is a helpful outline of times, dates and what to expect on the exam!

11. Book Recommendation: Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln, by James C. Humes

Ever wish you could captivate your boardroom with the opening line of your presentation, like Winston Churchill in his most memorable speeches? Or want to command attention by looming larger than life before your audience, much like Abraham Lincoln when, standing erect and wearing a top hat, he towered over seven feet? Now, you can master presentation skills, wow your audience, and shoot up the corporate ladder by unlocking the secrets of history's greatest speakers. Order Your Copy Today!

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1. 35-Marketing Tips - Download - Free For Premium Members

CPA firms and businesses of all sizes are always looking for new ways to market their services and improve customer loyalty without spending all of their hard-earned money to do so. These thirty-five ideas will help you turbo-charge your marketing efforts. Download today for free!

2. Helpful Business Template Downloads For MS Office Users

Save time with Microsoft downloadable templates. Writing a
resume, managing organizational change, writing a business
plan, or sales letter? Helping a client prepare accounting and finance charts? Don't start your documents from scratch, use this helpful tool.

3. Achieving Year End Goals Takes More Than Good Intentions

While some enjoy the excitement of strategizing for the New
Year, others find themselves intimidated by the goal setting process. Running your business or managing your career without having goals in place would be equivalent to driving from New York to California without a roadmap. You're bound to wind up somewhere else other than your original intention.

4. Marketing During Busy Season? It's Easier Than You Think!

It happens every year. Firms get so bogged down during tax
season (and who doesns't?) that business development and
marketing get pushed aside. As you make your way through this tax season, here are a few simple strategies you can employ to keep generating new business all year and get the growth you're looking for.

5. Ten Tax Season Media Opportunities

Accounting firms have a great opportunity to leverage the media exposure the profession is afforded during tax season. Here are 10 events, which afford an opportunity to send press releases and a few tips on making the releases more newsworthy.

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