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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. House Bill Would Simplify Older Taxpayers' Forms
  2. Google Offers Business Search Engine Appliance
  3. Interest Rates Drop for the Third Quarter of 2004
  4. Workplace Harassment is Not Just About Sex Anymore
  5. Beware of Medicare Drug Discount Card Fraud
  6. Survey Shows 87 Percent of CEOs Fail Candor Test
  7. Lack of Direction and Too Many Goals Keep Businesses from Achieving Top Goals
  8. Women Are Paid Less and Have Fewer Career Opportunities
  9. Lecture Circuit Beckons Some Ex-White-Collar Criminals
  10. Security Attacks on IT Systems More Than Double, Survey Says
  11. Companies Offering Cash Incentives to Healthy Workers
  12. Book Recommendation: How to Fix & Prevent the 13 Biggest Problems that Derail Business

PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER CONTENT
  1. Hold Your Managing Partner Accountable
  2. Seven Steps to the Litigation-Free Zone
  3. Finding the Best CRM System for Your Firm
  4. Ten Things Small Firms Can Do to Compete
  5. How to Manage a Rapidly Growing Business

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  1. House Bill Would Simplify Older Taxpayers' Forms

A new bill pending in the U.S. House would make filing taxes easier for Seniors. However, its chief proponent is considered extremely vulnerable in the fall election and there's no similar bill in the Senate if he is not reelected.

  1. Google Offers Business Search Engine Appliance

Google announced last week the availability of its next-generation Search Appliance, an integrated hardware/software search product that enables corporations, universities, and government agencies to deliver Google-quality search results on their intranets and websites.

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  1. Interest Rates Drop for the Third Quarter of 2004

The IRS announced last week that interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2004, will drop by one percentage point, returning to the levels held from last October through March of this year.

  1. Workplace Harassment is Not Just About Sex Anymore

Last year the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission resolved 87,755 charges of employment discrimination for $236 million in monetary and other benefits. Sexual harassment and gender-related claims made up only 30 percent of the cases. So what are employers doing wrong now?.

  1. Beware of Medicare Drug Discount Card Fraud

As the new Medicare drug discount card program begins, Medicare consumers should be aware of three common frauds including identity theft and "bait and switch" tactics, according to the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. Survey Shows 87 Percent of CEOs Fail Candor Test
  2. Lack of Direction and Too Many Goals Keep Businesses From Achieving Top Goals
  3. Women Are Paid Less and Have Fewer Career Opportunities
  4. Lecture Circuit Beckons Some Ex-White-Collar Criminals
  5. Security Attacks On IT Systems More Than Double, Survey Says
  6. Companies Offering Cash Incentives to Healthy Workers
  7. Book Recommendation: How to Fix & Prevent the 13 Biggest Problems that Derail Business, by Robert D Hisrich

Operating a small business presents entrepreneurs with a continuing series of problems that need to be solved--and, usually, the smaller the business, the bigger the problems. Small Business Solutions focuses on 13 crises that crop up again and again in most small businesses, and details how entrepreneurs have identified and successfully solved them.

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  1. Hold Your Managing Partner Accountable

Managing an accounting firm is not an easy task due to the nature of the ownership and the fact that too often everyone thinks that he/she is in charge. Look at the key areas in evaluating your managing partner. These areas should be part of the managing partner's job description.

  1. Seven Steps to the Litigation-Free Zone

While CPAs and finance professionals can't control the malpractice insurance market, there is still plenty they can do to limit their liability and risk and to protect their practices. Some cautious steps might even help to keep higher premiums at bay.

  1. Finding the Best CRM System for Your Firm

Customer Relationship Management, CRM, is one of the most important tools a company can use to remain viable. Here are seven steps to follow in determining and implementing a new system within your firm.

  1. Ten Things Small Firms Can Do to Compete

Great turbulence in the accounting profession, as well as in the business world itself, makes these difficult and unusual times. Can the small firm successfully compete? History says yes, if the firm follows at least some of the following points...

  1. How to Manage a Rapidly Growing Business

While some new business owners face the issue of not enough customers, others face the issue of too many customers/clients. Here is a list of 10 ways to deal with a rapid influx of new customers. The goal is a steady flow of the right customers/clients.

HOT TOPICS

  1. Somali Tax Preparers Accused of Seeking Unwarranted Refunds
  2. SEC Shoots Down Contingent Fee Loophole
  3. Nonprofit Executive Pay Placed under IRS' Microscope
  4. Audit Firm Settles $50 Million Class-Action Suit
  5. BDO Seidman Sued by Banco Espirito Santo over $170 Million Fraud

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