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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. Report: Few Audit Committees are Implementing Key Practices
  2. PCPS/Texas Society of CPAs (MAP) Survey Now Available
  3. CPA Firm Trades In SEC Practice for Governance Practice
  4. Study: Success Linked to Risk Taking
  5. Car Donations; Rules Change at End of the Year, Beware
  6. Consumers Can Now Access Free Credit Reports, Fraud Alerts
  7. The Top Ten Year-End Tax Tips
  8. AICPA Launches Site for Auditors; Promotes Audit Quality
  9. Microsoft Issues New Critical Flaw
  10. IRS Enforcing IRA Required Minimum Withdrawals
  11. Grant Thornton Offers Year End Tax Tips for Businesses
  12. IRS Simplifies Tax Deposit Rules for Small Businesses
  13. H&R Block Offers Year-End Tax Tips; Rules for Saving Money

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  1. Organizational Behavior: We Need More Respect for Emotions in Business
  2. Attract and Retain Quality People by Developing Talent Now
  3. Protect Your Beneficiary's Inheritance

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THIS WEEKS RESOURCES
  1. Report: Few Audit Committees are Implementing Key Practices

As audit committees struggle implementing the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, fewer than one-third implement a majority of practices that lead to higher ratings of the financial audit process, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2004 Audit Committee Best Practices Report(SM) released last week.

  1. PCPS/Texas Society of CPAs (MAP) Survey Now Available

Local and regional firms across the U.S. reported revenue growth, salary increases and expansion of core service offerings in 2004 and feel optimistic heading into 2005, according to the 2004 PCPS/Texas Society of CPAs National Management of Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey. Check out all the trends uncovered.

  1. CPA Firm Trades In SEC Practice for Governance Practice

Many accounting firms expanded into providing corporate governance services in the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, but very few have also divested themselves of their own public company clients.

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  1. Study: Success Linked to Risk Taking

What's the difference between successful athletes, public figures, business leaders and regular folk like you and me? According to one man whose passion is learning the secrets of success, it's the ability to "go out on the skinny branches" and take risks.

  1. Car Donations; Rules Change at End of the Year, Beware

The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert last week to help taxpayers avoid potential pitfalls when they donate their automobiles to charities.

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. Consumers Can Now Access Free Credit Reports, Fraud Alerts
  2. The Top Ten Year-End Tax Tips
  3. AICPA Launches Site for Auditors; Promotes Audit Quality
  4. Microsoft Issues New Critical Flaw
  5. IRS Enforcing IRA Required Minimum Withdrawals
  6. Grant Thornton Offers Year End Tax Tips for Businesses
  7. IRS Simplifies Tax Deposit Rules for Small Businesses
  8. H&R Block Offers Year-End Tax Tips; Rules for Saving Money

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  1. Organizational Behavior: We Need More Respect for Emotions in Business

It seems the more educated we are, the more we try to rely on rational argument and extrinsic motivation to convince people to change their attitudes and actions about such things as diversity, generational differences, client service and client acquisition, succession planning, and flexibility - just to name a few emotionally-charged issues in the workplace.

  1. Attract and Retain Quality People by Developing Talent Now

A major challenge in the accounting industry today is attracting and retaining quality talent. This issue seems to be discussed everywhere: industry conferences, partner meetings, media outlets, and college campuses. What can firms do now that will help ease the strain? Here are some ideas to develop talent at all levels.

  1. Protect Your Beneficiary's Inheritance

An inheritance is the precious fruit of years of labor. It is an expression of love. Nowadays, more than ever, an inheritance is something that should be protected. All too often, inheritances are squandered or lost because of a lack of planning by those giving it. Read on to discover how to easily change that.

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