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THIS WEEK'S TOPICS

  1. Free Report: Are Your Documentation Ducks in a Row?
  2. NASD Notes Dubious Records in 2003
  3. IRS Simplifying Business Tax Audits
  4. AICPA Proposes Standards For Accounting/Review Services
  5. Financial Planning Too Often Hung Out to Dry
  6. AICPA Launches Center For Public Company Audit Firms
  7. New Year's Resolution: Ten Tips For Organizing Your Finances
  8. Clifton Gunderson & Wooden & Benson Merge January 1
  9. 2004 Top Ten Technologies, According to the AICPA
  10. 2004 Workforce and Workplace Forecasts
  11. Internet Fraud Driving New Technologies For Online Payments
  12. JUST FOR FUN: The Sarbanes-Oxley Blues Jingle
  13. First 3-D Panorama of Spirit's Landing Site on Mars

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  1. Cause-Related Marketing: Embracing a Cause Just Makes Good Sense
  2. Creating Your Ideal Career
  3. America's New Breed of Millionaire: How to Find and Sell to Them
  4. Ten Things to Know About Bringing Home the Bacon in Your Firm
  5. Implementing a Performance-Based Compensation System

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  1. Free Report: Are Your Documentation Ducks in a Row?

This free report lays out the do's and don'ts of creating, maintaining, and retaining the forms you work with every day, from both a legal and practical perspective.

  1. NASD Notes Dubious Records in 2003

Records were set in 2003 in the securities industry, but not the kind that make people rich. The National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) reported that it had suspended or barred a record 830 people from the profession while collecting $32.6 million in fines for disciplinary actions.

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  1. IRS Simplifying Business Tax Audits

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will simplify its business tax audits and complete them in less than half the time. The change means that the IRS will focus on doing more less-detailed tax audits rather than fewer, more in-depth examinations.

  1. AICPA Proposes Standards For Accounting/Review Services

The AICPA's Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) has issued two exposure drafts of proposed Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS). One of the proposed Statements, "Standards for Accounting and Review Services," establishes a SSARS hierarchy.

  1. Financial Planning Too Often Hung Out to Dry

Taking the car in for service ranks higher on the "to-do" list of American investors as they prepare for 2004 than meeting with their financial advisor, according to a new survey released.

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. AICPA Launches Center For Public Company Audit Firms
  2. New Year's Resolution: Ten Tips For Organizing Your Finances
  3. Clifton Gunderson & Wooden & Benson Merger January 1
  4. 2004 Top Ten Technologies, According to the AICPA
  5. 2004 Workforce and Workplace Forecasts
  6. Internet Fraud Driving New Technologies For Online Payments
  7. JUST FOR FUN: The Sarbanes-Oxley Blues Jingle!

From time to time we come across, well, shall we say, interesting but not newsworthy information that we like to share with our members. Here is a song we came across called the "Sarbanes-Oxley Blues". You can listen to the jingle and enjoy! Make sure you have your speakers on!

  • First 3-D Panorama of Spirit's Landing Site on Mars

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    1. Cause-Related Marketing: Embracing a Cause Just Makes Good Sense

    Embracing a cause makes good business sense. Nothing builds brand loyalty among today's increasingly hard-to-please clients like a company's proven commitment to a worthy cause. Other things being equal, many consumers would rather do business with a company that stands for something beyond profits.

    1. Creating Your Ideal Career

    Do you love your job? Are you maximizing the career path that you're currently traveling on? Are you ready to attract your dream career; one that's aligned with your passions, strengths and talents? Do you have a strategy to easily transition from one career to the next with the least amount of risk or worry? Here's a list of questions that will assist you in discovering the ideal career for you. Create it first, then attract it.

    1. America's New Breed of Millionaire: How to Find and Sell to Them

    The new breed of millionaire often are not hidden away in the lap of pampered luxury. One percent of the households in America are in the high seven figure income category. The best way to sell to the highly affluent is to do a good job of networking. These earners don't respond to cold calls. They also are unlikely to answer surveys and telephone machine solicitation.

    1. Ten Things to Know About Bringing Home the Bacon in Your Firm

    After all the business development buzzwords and tactics (web sites, brochures, seminars, articles, speeches, coaching, motivating, compensating and on and on) have dulled to a whisper, a few simple things remain. It boils down to a few fundamentals to understand about life as a public accountant, and a few outcomes that will result.

    1. Implementing a Performance-Based Compensation System

    Compensation used to be defined as a fixed salary with annual increases. Today's compensation needs to reflect the "new" contract between employers and employees - where performance is rewarded regardless of effort or tenure. Pay-for-Performance ("PFP") systems tie compensation directly to specific business goals and management objectives.

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    1. Setting up new divisions

    My company is 23 years old and growing. We are a specialty construction company that deals in remodeling existing homes, mainly in kitchen & bath but now picking up flooring also and we provide custom cabinetry and counter tops for new construction. We are looking to me for the right answers and I need advice on where to look for these answers suggestions from people who have faced this issue before and survived it.

    1. Great Plains in home health care environment

    Has anyone integrated Great Plains and InfoSys' home health software? Any problems? Issues? would you do it again? Use another software?

    1. Sales and Use Tax Credits

    When a company incurs a credit for in their sales and use tax returns, does anyone have information whether a use tax credit can be used against a sales tax liability?

    DON'T MISS THE ACCOUNTING YEAR IN REVIEW

    1. AUDIT REFORM
      Audit reform continued unabated, as government, politicians, Wall Street and governing bodies grappled with who should be doing what to whom and how.
    2. ACCOUNTING SCANDALS
      Scandals remained front and center this year, and as Wall
      Street started digging itself out, reformers called for even harsher penalties against the "thieves" who soiled the
      reputation of corporate CEOs.
    3. IRS / TAXATION
      From finding additional revenues wherever it could to clamping down on tax shelter abuse, the IRS and local taxing authorities were more than busy this year.
    4. AICPA
      As the American Institute of CPAs continues to redefine itself in this post-Enron era, the boundaries of what they should - and should not do - are becoming clearer.
    5. POTPOURRI
      As usual, an array of interesting and bizarre stories have graced the accounting profession this year, and AccountingWEB was right there to bring them to your desktop.

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