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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. Companies Delaying 401(k) Deposits, Costs Workers Millions
  2. Business Roundtable Supports Auditor Liability Cap
  3. Vendors Bid to Operate .Net Domain
  4. Auditors Hesitant to Use Judgment, Fear Challenges
  5. Mid-Sized Firm Competes for Clients Through 'Staff Olympics'
  6. AICPA Addresses Fraud in Audit Committee Guidance
  7. California to Offer Amnesty to Tax Cheats
  8. Nearly Half of Workers Financially Ill-Prepared for Retirement
  9. Study: Which Metropolitan Areas Are the Most "Financially Fit?"
  10. Majority of Workers Believe Their Bosses Lack Integrity, Fairness
  11. IRS e-file Now Available; Free File Opens Third Year

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THIS WEEKS RESOURCES
  1. Companies Delaying 401(k) Deposits, Costs U.S. Workers Millions

Some companies are taking weeks to deposit workers' 401(k)contributions, earning interest on the money that should rightfully go to employees. According to MarketWatch, depositing 401(k) deposits can take as long as seven weeks, enough time for employers to earn short-term interest on the period between the deduction and deposit.

  1. Business Roundtable Supports Auditor Liability Cap

At a time when U.S. firms are more reliant than ever on quality accounting and auditing services, the influential Business Roundtable is supporting liability caps for auditors. The Roundtable is worried that the Big Four accounting firms could soon shrink to three or fewer firms if Congress doesn't act to stem the liabilities the firms face when things go wrong.

  1. Vendors Bid to Operate .Net Domain

The bids are in and now it's up to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to decide what company will be the next to operate the dot.net domain, which accounts for nearly one-third of e-commerce activity.

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  1. Auditors Hesitant to Use Judgment, Fear Challenges

Recent events have made auditors skittish about using their judgment in their work, as they fear challenges by lawyers, the media and regulators, Robert Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) said in a statement.

  1. Mid-Sized Firm Competes for Clients Through "Staff Olympics"

A friendly competition at a mid-sized Philadelphia-area accounting firm may translate into new clients and positive exposure for the company.

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. AICPA Addresses Fraud in Audit Committee Guidance
  2. California to Offer Amnesty to Tax Cheats
  3. Nearly Half of U.S. Workers Financially Ill-Prepared for Retirement
  4. Study: Which Metropolitan Areas Are the Most 'Financially Fit?'
  5. Majority of Workers Believe Their Bosses Lack Integrity, Fairness
  6. IRS e-file Now Available; Free File Opens Third Year

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  1. And the Goal of Prospecting Is...

Think about the intention or the end result of your prospecting efforts. It's probably not what you think. Rather than focusing all of your energy on making the sale, first determine if there's a good fit between you, your prospect, and what you are selling.

  1. Meeting and Greeting: Strategies for Getting Off To A Good Start

A day in the life of every businessperson is made up of a series of meetings and greetings. Whether you are making the initial contact with a client or a colleague, you want to get off on the right foot. Doing so will make the first encounter and subsequent ones go smoothly and easily.

  1. Managing the Sales Negotiation Process

Part of a good salesperson's skill is to learn to read people and situations very quickly. However, when it gets down to negotiating, you have to take everything you see and hear with a grain of salt.

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