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Payroll as Profit Center

Date: March 24, 2014

Learn how new technologies and new approaches are turning an old service offering into a new source of profit and client satisfaction.



2014 Top 100 Firms/Regional Leaders

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: March 7, 2014

Our annual ranking of the top firms in the country and of the leaders in various regions shares the secrets of success in public accounting.



Working With Nonprofits

Date: February 26, 2014

Nonprofit clients will need more help going forward. As the nonprofit sector begins to feel the effects of a slow recovery, not-for-profit organizations will need to rely on accounting firms to stay ahead of the curve.



2014 TAX SEASON KICKOFF

Date: December 24, 2013

It's almost that time of year again, so we've put together our annual guide to the issues preparers will facing and the strategies that will get them through.



THE 2013 BEST FIRMS TO WORK FOR

Date: November 26, 2013

Our annual ranking of the top workplaces in accounting includes data on what makes them so successful, and in-depth conversations with leaders at the top-ranking firms in all categories.



2014 TAX SEASON PREVIEW

Date: October 30, 2013




The IRS may have pushed the start of tax season back for a bit, but itıs still more or less just around the corner, and our special report highlights some of the most important issues facing tax preparers in 2014.



Growing Your Tax Practice

Sponsor: Liberty Tax Service
Date: October 11, 2013




A successful tax practice can add significant revenue to your firm. But adding revenue usually means adding new clients. And that’s not only far from easy to accomplish, it also takes significant time—time that you probably should be spending managing your practice and performing billable work. Read this eBook, Growing Your Tax Practice, and see how you can boost your tax practice, your revenue, and your profitability, by partnering with a leader in Tax Preparation.This eBook provides you with a solid foundation for investigating all your options. After reading it, you’ll have a clearer understanding of the franchising process, and the opportunities that partnering with a leader in the field can provide.



Beyond Payroll

Date: September 24, 2013

Even as more and more firms are finding profit in offering payroll services, some are pioneering a whole set of practice areas that are natural extensions of payroll. From HR and benefits services to help with the Affordable Care Act, find out where the opportunities are ³beyond payroll.²



The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting

Date: August 28, 2013

Our annual list of the thought-leaders and change-makers who are shaping the profession.



The Cloud and the Changing Landscape of Accounting Software

Date: August 28, 2013

The cloud isn't just changing how you access accounting software -- it's changing the software itself, as the capabilities and unique aspects of the cloud lead software vendors to create very different tools. This report takes an in-depth look how accounting software is changing under the influence of the cloud -- and how accountants are changing along with it.



Prescription for Confusion (and Profit)

Date: August 28, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has many of your business clients confused and worried ­- which is why it¹s a great opportunity for accounting firms to demonstrate their value as trusted advisors.



Paperless: Next Steps

Date: July 30, 2013

Just scanning paper documents is only the beginning ­- going paperless opens up whole new areas of efficiency, as well as new ways to work and new service offerings.



VAR 100: Filling the Toolbox

Date: July 30, 2013

Our annual report on the top accounting software resellers in North America not only ranks them by revenue, but explores the new strategies, new products and new services they¹re employing to boost their bottom lines.

Note: In addition to the accounting/ERP products listed, Minneapolis-based InterDyn BMI also represents Intacct.



2013 Wealth Magnets: Top Firms by AUM

Date: June 21, 2013

Our annual ranking of the top CPA financial planners by assets under management is an invaluable benchmark for this growing area, and includes their strategies for boosting their clients¹ returns ­ and building their own staffs.



It’s pay(roll)day

Date: May 22, 2013

They’re not just a loss-leader anymore, or something you only offer because clients demand it -- payroll services are now a profit center for more and more accounting firms.



Inside the Top 100

Date: April 19, 2013

This annual feature takes an in-depth look at five of the most dynamic firms on our 2013 list of the Top 100 Firms: McGladrey, Macias Gini & O'Connell, Grassi & Co., Mountjoy Chilton Medley, and Wiss & Co.



Wealth Management: Which Rich Niche?

Date: April 19, 2013

The rich are different from the very rich -- and the strategies and services that financial planners offer each are different as well. This report looks at the different approaches firms need to take to serving mass-affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients.



Seeing Your Way into the Cloud

Date: February 27, 2013

In this special report, pioneering firms and tech experts share their experiences and best practices in moving accounting practices to the cloud.



Nonprofit Niches

Sponsor: Accounting Practice Sales
Date: February 5, 2013

Many accountants look on serving nonprofit organizations as a potentially lucrative niche – but it’s actually a set of niches, with different varieties of nonprofits requiring different skill sets and experience. Our field guide identifies some of the more interesting sub-niches.



Tax Season Kickoff: 2013

Date: January 4, 2013

Our annual guide highlights the most important issues you need to be aware of going into the 2013 filing season, which is shaping up to be one of the most complicated ever.



Sales & Use Tax: Understanding The Issues

Sponsor: Thomson Reuters
Date: September 25, 2012

Sales & Use Tax: Understanding The Issues

You Can’t Afford Not to Know!


Sales and Use Taxes aren’t a simple part of your practice. And with the move from brick-and-mortar to the internet and cloud, an already complex service that you offer your clients gets more difficult and convoluted every day.


This easy to understand eBook will lead you through the morass of an ever changing and ever more complex area of practice.



Navigating the new tax preparation landscape

Sponsor: Liberty Tax Service
Date: September 14, 2012


Navigating the New Tax Preparation Landscape


Under current circumstances, nearly any individual can hang out a shingle that proclaims him or her a tax preparer. Unless someone winds up on the IRS’ Problem Preparer list, there’s really not any way for a potential client to tell if a preparer has the proper experience and training. Every one of these unqualified preparers is putting a smudge on your reputation.


But on December 31, 2013, this is all going to change. That’s the date that new IRS regulations on tax preparer certification go into effect. If you don’t already fall into one of three categories—CPA, Attorney or Enrolled Agent—and you’re not covered by a blanket exclusion such as working under the direct supervision of a CPA or other excluded person, you’re going to have to take and pass the Registered Tax Preparer Test.


This easy-to-understand eBook, “Navigating the New Tax Preparation Landscape,” explains what you can expect from the new “Registered Tax Return Preparer” (RTRP) title and what you need to do to prepare yourself to obtain it. And it points you to invaluable resources to help you ace the big test.


You will also learn how to capitalize on the new regulations with practical suggestions on ways to apply the certification to grow your client base, enhance the perception of your competence and take your practice to the next level.



The Top 100 Most Influential People

Date: August 31, 2012

One of our most eagerly anticipated (and hotly debated) lists, the Top 100 People names the thought-leaders and change-makers who are shaping the accounting profession.



Wealth Magnets: The Top Firms by AUM

Date: July 30, 2012

Our annual ranking of the top CPA financial planners, including their top strategy for dealing with a volatile market: keeping in close contact with their clients



Cloud Warriors

Date: July 30, 2012

If you can access all your information, applications and clients while you’re out of the office, what do you need an office for? Cloud-based technologies are helping these accountants get more clients, expand their businesses, and free themselves from their offices.



The VAR 100

Date: June 26, 2012

Our annual ranking of the top accounting resellers in North America



The Firm of the Future

Date: June 26, 2012

What will the accounting practice of tomorrow look like? And how can you prepare for it?



Navigating the Latest Complexities of Tax and Accounting

Sponsor: Thomson Reuters
Date: November 16, 2011




Education is Key to Understanding Today’s Hottest Issues

The unstable economy, stringent regulations and the advent of new tax laws continue to deluge the tax and accounting profession as industry professionals work to stay atop of the latest developments in order to remain current and better serve their clients.


Navigating the complex tax and accounting landscape is no small feat, and there are undoubtedly a few hot button issues that have risen to the top of industry discussions.




Cultivating Possibilities: Change from Within to Grow Your Practice

Sponsor: Ran One
Date: September 26, 2011




It goes without saying that most accounting professionals want to grow their businesses. However, few would probably admit that the biggest obstacles to reaching their goals are self-imposed.


People are creatures of habit. And unfortunately, often fall into repetitive, self-limiting patterns of behavior and thought that become entrenched without them even fully realizing what's happening. As a result, the basis for large-scale problems, such as stagnant busines growth, has often been slowly creeping into daily life without anyone noticing the warning signals... until the situation reaches a crisis point.


In this eBook, you'll gain special access to:


  • Introduction to learning to look within to create growth
  • Masters Experiment—a novel approach to cultivating your possibilities
  • Interviews with successful Masters Program participants
  • Video Q&A with Bill Carlino, Editor-in-Chief, Accounting Today
  • Additional resources for growing your practice

 



Growing Your Accounting Practice With Franchising

Sponsor: Liberty Tax Service
Date: September 2, 2011




Going into a new business venture is a major life decision, as well as a major ongoing commitment. Yet, it's one that tugs at the soul of many CPAs and accountants who are tired of laboring for a large corporation or an owner who reaps a good chunk of the benefits they generate – and for others who are looking to accelerate growth of their existing accounting practice. Fortunately, tax preparation is a unique business with a lot of opportunity due to the underlying fact that every adult American, regardless of income or stature, is legally obligated to file an income tax return every year – that's a lot of potential customers for the taking.



Understanding and Meeting the Demands of a Complex Global Economy: International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS) and More

Sponsor: Epicor
Date: June 1, 2011



The adoption of international accounting standards is not only an inevitability, it's a necessity. Multinational, multi-company, multi-currency, and multi-tax and compliance issues mandate that financial professionals all speak the same language. And, in reality, more than 100 countries in Europe, Asia and other key locations have already endorsed and are in the process of adopting International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to accomplish just this objective. Thus, many multinational companies are already affected by the statutory and reporting requirements of their foreign subsidiaries. View this eBook to learn more.




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Trends in the Accounting Profession

April 18, 2014

Jim Metzler, former AICPA vice president of small firm interests, and founder of Metzler Advisory Group, talks about how the CPA profession is changing.

Lessons in M&A: Client and Staff Retention

April 14, 2014

Transition Advisors president Joel Sinkin talks about what firms should do after a merger to retain their clients and staff members.

Are You Missing These Growth Opportunities?

April 2, 2014

Gale Crosley of Crosley + Company discusses the practice areas and international opportunities that firms often overlook in trying to grow.

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Dumbest Employee Excuses for Being Late

March 31, 2014

Running a little late could have big repercussions, especially at a firm in the midst of busy season. From escaped zebras to must-see TV, employers told CareerBuilder some of the most memorable excuses they've heard from tardy employees.

Common Taxpayer Misconceptions

March 19, 2014

The NAEA’s collection of ridiculous things tax clients believe.

The 10 Fastest-Growing Firms in the U.S.

March 10, 2014

The firms with the highest 2013 revenue growth in our Top 100 Firms/Regional Leaders list.

Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014

March 3, 2014

As companies gain more affordable access to new technology and platforms, they also seek to make smarter investments.

Strangest Tax Deductions

January 31, 2014

The Minnesota Society of CPAs recently conducted its annual survey about the most strange and unusual tax deductions proposed by clients.

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