AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 87

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  1. Document Processes to Ensure Business Success
  2. Discipline Done Right - Free Report
  3. Come Together Cooperatively to Serve Your Clients
  4. Ten Ways to Avoid Problems at Tax Time
  5. Bankruptcies Reached Record Heights in 2002
  6. Beware: IRS Does Not Approve IRA Investments!
  7. When Was Your Last Humor Audit? Tax Time Tee-Hee
  8. Credit Unions to Start Offering SBA Loans
  9. IRS Updates List of "Dirty Dozen" Scams For 2003
  10. Busy Season Stress Busters...Part One
  11. Book Recommendation: The Power of Focus

Special: Tax Tips - See Tax Tips Section Below

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  1. Seven Ways to Inspire Confidence in Your Staff
  2. Partners - A Little Disagreement Can Improve Revenues
  3. Low Cost Ways of Enriching Employee Experiences
  4. Tips to Avoid Back And Neck Pain While Using Your Computer
  5. Niche-Building in Professional Services Firms
  6. Providing Financial Services - Avoiding The Ten Traps
  7. How to Find Those Lost Computer Files

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1. Document Processes to Ensure Business Success

Document processes and improve. Document processes and improve. That should be the mantra for any successful development and forward progress within a business. Whether you are an employee or a leader, you can contribute to "sharpening the axe" by going through these three steps.

2. Discipline Done Right - Free Report

This free report will provide you with the information you need to create an air-tight discipline procedure for protecting your company.

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3. Come Together Cooperatively to Serve Your Clients

When you combine the words cooperation and competition, a new word emerges: Coopetition. Coopetition works when competing organizations come together cooperatively to serve a client.

4. Ten Ways to Avoid Problems at Tax Time

Looking for ways to avoid the last-minute rush for doing your taxes? The IRS offers these tips. Find out more today.

5. Bankruptcies Reached Record Heights in 2002

Last year was a record breaker for bankruptcy filings. There were a total of 1,577,651 bankruptcies in 2002, an increase of 5.7 percent over the previous year, according to data released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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6. Beware: IRS Does Not Approve IRA Investments!

Some investment promoters are trying a new tack this spring, touting their Individual Retirement Accounts as being "officially" approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Apparently some people are getting sucked in by the ads, or at least the government is afraid people won't realize that the ads are hype.

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7. When Was Your Last Humor Audit? Tax Time Tee-Hee

In this wild and crazy world, it is almost comforting to know that you will once again audit all the receipts you have stuffed into grocery bags. When was the last time you asked yourself, "Am I having any fun yet?"

8. Credit Unions to Start Offering SBA Loans

The SBA estimates that 1,500 credit unions will join the lending network, which helps finance existing and start-up small businesses. By including credit unions, the SBA expects to expand its pool of lenders by 30 percent.

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9. IRS Updates List of "Dirty Dozen" Scams For 2003

In an update of an annual consumer alert, the Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers to avoid falling victim to one of the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams. In the new 2003 ranking, several new scams have reached the top of the consumer watch list, including offshore banking and identity theft schemes.

10. Busy Season Stress Busters - Part One

Here are some ideas to help ease the stress of tax season from the members of AccountingWEB.com. Take a look today and add your comments and/or suggestions.

11. Book Recommendation: The Power of Focus, by Jack Canfield, Les Hewitt, Mark Victor Hansen

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1. Seven Ways to Inspire Confidence in Your Staff

Confidence happens when folks feel good about themselves. Here are seven ways to help organization inspire and retain your staff.

2. Partners - A Little Disagreement Can Improve Revenues

Believe it or not, too much consensus - where owners allow the majority to rule or in those rare instances when all owners really do agree - can harm your revenues and damage your ability to interact, plan, and run the firm cooperatively and profitably.

3. Low Cost Ways of Enriching Employee Experiences

Every employee wants to feel that he or she is a part of the bottom line in an organization. Below are just a few ideas to help you incorporate this attitude into your firm's culture.

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

Unquestionably, professionals spend more time at computers today than 20 years ago. Here are nine tips designed to keep your posture perfect when you're at the computer at home, at school, or at work.

5. Niche-Building in Professional Services Firms

Despite current challenges to the accounting industry as a whole -- accountants with a marketing flair continue to have considerable power to create and expand opportunities for their firms.

6. Providing Financial Services - Avoiding The Ten Traps

If you are considering adding financial services to your firm, here are the ten traps you want to avoid, along with a potential solution for each one.

7. How to Find Those Lost Computer Files

Whoops! Where did that file go? Your heart sinks as your computer file disappears into the depths of your hard drive. But all is not lost. There are some ways you can find those missing files. Here's how!

SPECIAL - TAX TIPS

1. Faster Refunds Through Direct Deposit

2. Tax Forms and Publications

3. Need a Copy of Your Tax Return Information? Call The IRS

4. Publication 17 - One Stop For Tax Help

5. Get Tax Information 24 Hours a Day

6. Which Form - 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ?

7. 2003 Filing Season Begins With New IRS Resources

8. Charitable Contributions

9. Taxability of Social Security Benefits

10. Free Filing in 2003

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1. A married couple are now separated and in the divorce process. The wife paid mortgage payments directly withdrawn from her checking account. Husband says he is taking the deduction, but wife's accountant says she is entitled since she made payments.

2. Comprehensive income is defined as all transactions/events that change the equity of an entity except transactions with owners (as owners). That would include prior period adjustments (corrections of prior periods). However, the effect of prior period adjustments does not go on the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

3. Tax reporting for professional gamblers. A potential new customer called me and asked me if I knew what tax rules were available for professional gamblers. My question is what make a person a "professional gambler" Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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