2012 Holiday Gadget Wishlist
This year's must-have tech tools for office and home
You can keep all your lovingly handcrafted and hand-carved and handknit and handmade gifts -- all we want this year for the holidays are sleek tech gadgets, whether for the home or office. Which was why we were happy to see this gadget wishlist, from the very tech-savvy Robert Prusa, a client services manager at Xcentric, a cloud computing and technology consulting services company that serves CPA firms.
New areas of change that accountants should be on the lookout for
Tax-related identity theft is a continuing problem, with the National Tax Advocate reporting that the use of stolen Social Security numbers to collect fraudulent tax refunds increased more than 78 percent from 2011 to 2012, affecting nearly 450,000 individuals. Experian's ProtectMyID service offered the following advice for ways that taxpayers can protect themselves. A trustworthy tax preparer is an important part of the solution.
Are your prospects choosing another accounting firm just because of price? At every stage in the buying cycle (and the client service cycle) there are ways to boost your image to earn a premium fee and leave low-price competitors behind. Here are 10 simple revenue boosters to start now, courtesy of Christine Nelson of Ingenuity Marketing Group:
The IRS recently released statistics covering the year to May 10, 2013
The AICPA's annual list of IT priorities for accounting firms
Our monthly collection of statistics from the world of tax.
Help your clients avoid these common pitfalls
These five bad habits can make your confidential information -- and that of your clients -- easy to steal
A selection of tax cartoons from Philly tax firm Drucker & Scaccetti's 'Finding Humor in Taxes' exhibit
One last chance to test your tax knowledge with these final questions from the experts at the National Association of Tax Professionals.