Summer Reading for Accountants

Good reads for accountants that are light enough for the beach.

Here's some light reading for your summer -- physically light, that is. While short (and mostly in paperback and e-format), we think these eight books from the past few months are all worth a look.

The Cheapest Places to Retire Series The Cheapest Places to Retire Series

CPA Thomas Corley has compiled a list of the cheapest places to retire in the U.S., and you can buy e-books of it in different slices to help advise your clients. The slices include variations based on the cheapest places by the beach.

Available at: The Rich Habits Web site

CPA Firm Succession Planning: A Perfect Storm CPA Firm Succession Planning: A Perfect Storm If, like so many other CPA firms, you are coming late to succession planning, you can find no better guide than well-known consultant Marc Rosenberg's monograph on the subject. And even if you think you know everything there is to know, you'll probably still find something here worth your time.

Available at his Web site.

Succession Transition Succession Transition Once you've read Rosenberg's book on succession, we suggest you pick up this light tome, which is the distilled wisdom of two recent leaders of Plante Moran -- Bill Hermann and Gordon Krater, who between them worked up one smooth transition.

Available at: Amazon

Together in the Cloud Together in the Cloud Once you've figured out your succession, you can turn to that other great burning issue of today: the cloud. Robert Chandler's primer is a quick, comprehensive introduction that will leave you eager to get cloudy.

Available on: The author's Web site.

Leading at the Edge Leading at the Edge What could be nicer on a hot summer day than to read about a trip to the frozen Antarctic? How about if it included a truly amazing adventure story, and a series of undeniably interesting leadership lessons?

Available at: Amazon

The 11 Laws of Likability The 11 Laws of Likability Well, who doesn't like being liked? Whether you're looking to get invited to that barbecue, or trying to gin up some new business, these laws will soon have you making -- and keeping -- friends with the greatest of ease.

Available at: Amazon

Financial Intelligence Financial Intelligence

If it looks like a comic book, that's because it is one -- and a very handy way to explain complicated topics in business and finance to your clients.

Available on: The Smarter Comics Web site

The Vigilant Investor The Vigilant Investor Learn how to protect your clients' investments, while at the same time reading about some spectacular investment scams (and some spectacularly stupid marks). Win-win!

Available at: Amazon

The 2016 MP Elite

The fifth edition of our annual report highlights eight outstanding accounting firm leaders.

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CPAs Giving Back

Illinois CPA Society holds its 7th annual CPA Day of Service

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10 Habits That Threaten Your Firm’s Data Security

EFilecabinet CEO Benoy Tamang shares the bad practices that are endangering your firm’s and your clients’ critical information

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7 Things You Need to Know About Private Tax Collectors

H&R Block’s Jim Buttonow shares critical facts about the upcoming IRS program

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10 Ways to Turn Accountants into Consultants

Maureen Schwartz, executive director of the accounting association BKR International, and some of her colleagues describe 10 ways that firms can turn even the newest accountant into a better consultant.

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The Top People in Public Accounting – 2016

The most influential people in the field of accounting, as chosen by their peers

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Top 10 Productivity Tools for Accountants

Leaders in the field pick their favorite efficiency-enhancers

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ACA Pitfalls for 2016

7 questions to help protect your business clients

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Xero Recognizes Outstanding Partners at Xerocon 2016

Every year, Xero recognizes app, bookkeeping and accounting partners that have performed well the previous year. These are the 2016 award winners.

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The HR Helpline

Consultants Tamera Loerzel and Jennifer Wilson of ConvergenceCoaching answer tough HR questions.

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