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LEXISNEXIS STARTS TAX CENTER LexisNexis has established an online Tax Center, a tool that provides access to a variety of tax research material, including content from CCH, TaxAnalysts, Kleinrock, and Matthew Bender.

A variety of different packages are offered for different kinds of tax practices, including base packages with federal and state information needed by most practices.

PROMETRIC TO DEVELOP EA EXAM

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Thomson Prometric will design a new examination for Enrolled Agents as part of a 10-year, $12.5 million contract with the Internal Revenue Service.

Prometric will use job analysis techniques to convert the current two-day paper test to a computer-based format. The new Special Enrollment Exam is expected to be ready during the fourth quarter. Candidates will be able to take the exam during an eight-week period, held four times during each year. They will not be required to take the entire exam in the same sitting.

CERIDIAN NAMES VP

Ceridian, which makes payroll and human resource products, has named Steven Rodriguez to the position of vice president of its Human Resources/Payroll Services division.

Rodriguez is responsible for directing the sales force that markets the company's HR and payroll outsourcing products to mid-market companies. He was previously vice president of sales with Automatic Data Processing.

PENSOFT ADOPTS FLAT FEES

Peninsula Software of Virginia has implemented a flat-fee-per-transaction structure for its payroll processing services, replacing the previous tiered pricing.

The Newport News, Va.-based vendor said that the new arrangement was made possible through negotiations with InterceptEFT, which offers electronic funds transfer services, including ACH processing, credit-card processing, and remote deposit.

PPC GUIDES ON CHECKPOINT

Thomson's RIA operations has placed more than 90 accounting, auditing, and tax titles from Practitioners Publishing Company on its Web-based Checkpoint research platform.

These included the Guide to Public Company Audits, Guide to Audits of Small Business, Guide to Compilation and Review Engagements, and the 1040 Deskbook. Content from the International Accounting Standards Board is also now available.

INTUIT RAISES FORECASTS

Because of strong sales of TurboTax during tax season, Intuit has boosted its outlook for fiscal 2006, which ends July 31.

The company says it expects revenue to reach $940 million to $945 million, a 13 percent jump from the year-ago period, compared with its prior guidance of growth between 5 and 9 percent. It expects earnings per share will rise by 14 percent, compared to prior guidance of a rise of from 6 percent to 9 percent.

RIVET NABS CSI DEAL

Creative Solutions has become the latest company in the tax and accounting software marketplace to agree to support XBRL applications from Denver-based Rivet Software.

Customers will be referred to Rivet for the purchase of Dragon Tax, an XBRL enabler, and Dragon View, an XBRL viewer, says Teresa Mackintosh, vice president of marketing for Dexter, Mich.-based CSI. If they identify themselves as CSI users, they receive free email support. CSI had XBRL support in the first version of Creative Solutions Accounting. "We were ahead of the pack," says Mackintosh. We stripped XBRL features out and we are integrating with Rivet."

INTUIT SEEKS FINANCIAL SERVICES VP

Intuit is seeking an executive to help it market products to financial institutions, including its Customer Central, the former TekPortal data aggregation technology that Intuit purchased last summer.

The company's advertisement on Monster.com for a vice president and business leader calls the new job one of the few crucial positions in the company.

RED MOON GETS VERTEX APPS

Red Moon Solutions, a Sarasota, Fla.-based software company, has acquired three applications from Vertex, which makes tax compliance software.

Red Moon has picked up Fixed Assets Manager, Like-Kind Exchange Matching, and WorldPro. The last application assists human resource personnel in managing international work assignments.

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