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The Top Accounting Technology Stories in 2013

Our editors’ picks for the biggest technology stories in 2013

Technology is permeating many aspects of a CPA’s life, in how they improve their practice and better serve their clients. Here, in no particular order, are the stories we felt were most noteworthy related to the tech products our readers use or recommend, as well as the trends surrounding them.

Intuit Re-Aligns Intuit Re-Aligns

In July, the top small business product maker refined its focus and made accounting a top priority, re-aligning its Accountant Division and selling off its health group and financial services units.

Getting Cloudy  Getting Cloudy

Long-standing desktop software vendors took bigger steps to commit to cloud products, even as more firms and their clients made the switch.

SAP Slows Business ByDesign  SAP Slows Business ByDesign

The enterprise software maker realized that it needed to re-adjust the focus for its midmarket cloud ERP product, and in October announced that it would slow development on Business ByDesign. Then in December it announced some new capabilities for the product.

Sage Focuses on its Core Sage Focuses on its Core

Deciding to focus on “core products,” in February the company chose to divest its nonprofit and nearly all CRM offerings, including ACT/Saleslogix.

Getting Appy Getting Appy

Increasingly mobile practitioners are becoming hungry for apps to make them more productive out of the office — and vendors are responding with a flood of options.

Big Data or Big Hype? Big Data or Big Hype?

The ability to slice and dice client and industry data for potentially big financial gains is now seen as a holy grail for the future of SMBs and firms, but it is all they say it is?

Cash for Cloud  Cash for Cloud

Investors ponied up serious dollars this year to support cloud business and accounting tools; some of the big winners were Xero, Acumatica and

Staying Secure Staying Secure

Security remains top of mind for firms at all levels, as threats rises all around, and methods of stealing data or spread viruses proliferate.

More Taxpayer Misconceptions

Apparently, there’s no end to the ridiculous things taxpayers believe

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Dumbest Employee Excuses for Being Late

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.

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Common Taxpayer Misconceptions

The NAEA’s collection of ridiculous things tax clients believe

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

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

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Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014

As companies gain more affordable access to new technology and platforms, they also seek to make smarter investments. As we begin 2014, James Cashin, partner at McGladrey, has identified 10 common strategies in how companies are capitalizing on their IT investments to best implement process improvements and increase performance.

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Most Unusual Sales Tax Changes Last Year

The Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters has compiled its annual sampling of quirky sales tax changes passed or implemented in 2013.

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Strangest Tax Deductions

The Minnesota Society of CPAs recently conducted its annual CPA member survey about the most strange and unusual tax deductions proposed by clients. The responses included everything from pets and wedding rings to gifts not given.

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A Taxpayer Bill of Rights?

The Taxpayer Advocate proposes a list of rights — and responsibilities

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The Top Stories in Accounting in 2013

Our editors’ picks for the biggest stories in accounting in 2013

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10 Ways to Attract Talent and Show Off Your Firm’s Assets

Is your firm attracting the right kind of candidates—or any candidates? Dawn Wagenaar, a principal at the accounting and professional consulting agency, Ingenuity Marketing Group, offers 10 ways for firms to attract the hottest talent.

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