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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. Achieving Corp. Ethics Standards a Gradual, Deliberate Process
  2. Tough Rules for Private Entities Could Burden Small CPA Firms
  3. IRS Issues New Pension Interest Rate for Defined Benefit Plans
  4. Administrative Professionals Are Vital Communication Liaisons
  5. Hey, They Tried: Tax Deductions that Wouldn’t Fly
  6. Microsoft Warns of Four Security Flaws
  7. Most Americans Say Job Creation More Important than Tax Cuts
  8. Forbes Releases List of Top 25 Fastest-Growing Big Companies
  9. Meeting Whistleblower Reporting Requirements
  10. Book Recommendation: Clients for Life

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  1. SOS from Financial Institutions: Stop Excessive Spending on Risk & Compliance
  2. Executive Compensation Emerges as Top Corporate Governance Issue
  3. Five Ways to Build Your Business
  4. Client Centered Referrals

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FREE SUBSCRIBER RESOURCES
  1. Achieving Corp. Ethics Standards a Gradual, Deliberate Process

Newly released research from Deloitte & Touche LLP, finds that while most companies have taken the initial steps toward establishing a code of ethics, a limited number are actively monitoring adherence to the programs.

  1. Tough Rules for Private Entities Could Burden Small CPA Firms

CPAs at small firms are worried about proposals to extend the tough rules of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to private and nonprofit entities. A task force of the AICPA is studying the matter, and more than 20 states are considering more stringent requirements.

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  1. IRS Issues New Pension Interest Rate for Defined Benefit Plans

Last week, the Treasury department and the IRS issued a new interest rate for pension plan funding. The new rate implements the Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004, which President Bush signed into law on April 10, 2004.

  1. Administrative Professionals Are Vital Communication Liaisons

Administrative professionals play a vital role in facilitating the flow of information and communication in today's office. They also serve as key front-line public relations ambassadors for their managers and their organizations. Administrative Professionals Week is April 18-24, 2004. Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 21.

  1. Hey, They Tried: Tax Deductions that Wouldn’t Fly

If you’ve ever thought about claiming your dead parents as dependents, think again. An elderly client believed she met the five tests to claim dependents on her tax return. Here are a few outlandish attempts at tax deductions. Some worked, some did not.

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. Microsoft Warns of Four Security Flaws
  2. Most Americans Say Job Creation More Important than Tax Cuts
  3. Forbes Releases List of Top 25 Fastest-Growing Big Companies
  4. Meeting Whistleblower Reporting Requirements
  5. Book Recommendation: Clients for Life by Jagdish N. Sheth and Andrew Sobel

More than 15 million people in this country earn their living by serving clients, and their numbers are growing every day. Unfortunately, far too few develop the skills and strategies needed to rise to the top in a world where clients have almost unlimited access to information and expertise. Clients for Life identifies what clients really want and lays out the core qualities that distinguish the client advisor -- an irreplaceable resource -- from the expert for hire -- a tradable commodity.

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  1. SOS from Financial Institutions: Stop Excessive Spending on Risk & Compliance

A recent survey of leading financial institutions found wasteful spending and duplication of efforts around risk management and financial transparency, due to the absence of data standards.

  1. Executive Compensation Emerges as Top Corporate Governance Issue

Executive compensation has emerged as the top corporate governance issue this proxy season. Compensation panels are being scrutinized at unprecedented levels and shareholders are voting "no" on them when a disconnect between pay and performance is observed.

  1. Five Ways to Build Your Business

Is this going to be your year for turning the power of marketing and sales on in your business? If your answer is yes, here are five keys to success.

  1. Client Centered Referrals

Referrals are not just for your benefit. Clients want informed referrals to resources that can help them, too. When you have cross-referral arrangements with other service providers, you add greater depth to your clients’ business support team.

HOT TOPICS

  1. April 15 - A Lighthearted Look at an Infamous Date
  2. Microsoft Warns of Four Security Flaws
  3. Group Calls for IRS Action against Gay Marriage Tax Filers
  4. IRS, States Going after Tax Shelter Client Lists
  5. Believe It or Not: Texas CPAs Share Their Funniest Tax Tales

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