January 29, 2015

The Burden of Accounting and Taxes on Small Business

The small business mentoring organization SCORE has compiled some new statistics demonstrating how much time and money small businesses spend each year on accounting, taxes and payroll administration.

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January 27, 2015

10 Conversation Starters Clients Love to Answer

It’s often a challenge to get clients to open up when they come in for their annual appointment during busy season. Maureen Schwartz, executive director of the global public accounting firm association BKR International, offers these 10 conversation starters to ask your clients.

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January 26, 2015

Deflationary Spending: PwC Expects Super Bowl to Generate $206 Million for Phoenix

PricewaterhouseCoopers is forecasting Super Bowl XLIX will generate approximately $206 million in direct spending in the greater Phoenix area, and that’s not adjusting for deflation, so to speak.

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January 23, 2015

IRS and Treasury Plan Rules for Charter School Employee Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have issued a notice saying they anticipate issuing proposed regulations that would permit a state or local retirement system that is a governmental plan to cover public charter school employees if certain requirements are satisfied.

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January 22, 2015

Prepare for New Revenue Recognition Standard, Even if It’s Delayed

The Financial Accounting Standards Board is still in the process of deciding whether the revenue recognition standard that it converged last year with the International Accounting Standards Board should be delayed to allow more companies to adjust to it before the new rules take effect in 2017. But that doesn’t mean companies should wait in case there’s a postponement.

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January 20, 2015

Valuations Can Offer New Business for Accountants

Accountants who offer business valuation services can bring in new business for their practices, although perhaps not as frequently as they would get from more familiar bread-and-butter services.

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January 15, 2015

States Tax Poor More Heavily than Ultra-rich

A new report finds that every state tax system, with the exception of the District of Columbia, taxes its poorest residents at significantly higher tax rates than the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers.

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January 14, 2015

IFAC Standards Boards Seek Nominees

Four of the International Federation of Accountants’ standard-setting boards are looking for new members with the right stuff.

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January 13, 2015

WithumSmith+Brown Unleashes Latest Music Video

WithumSmith+Brown can always be counted on to release a fun video every year to coincide with their annual State of the Firm celebration, and this year the firm pulled out all the stops.

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January 12, 2015

Top 10 Craziest Expense Report Claims

Certify, a provider of travel and expense management software, has created an amusing infographic of some of the Top 10 Craziest Business Expenses that were reported last year.

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