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  • A Questionable Decision in the Loving Appeal

    February 21, 2014

    The IRS should have the authority to regulate tax preparers.

  • Answers from the New IRS Commissioner

    February 20, 2014

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen took some time off from his busy filing season schedule to discuss some questions posed by our readers and staff.

  • Art of Accounting: Obsessed Leadership

    February 19, 2014

    I spend a lot of time with clients and I believe I have identified the one quality that most of my successful clients have—it is obsession.

  • Five Online Marketing Tips for Small Accounting Firms

    February 14, 2014

    With over 2.6 billion local searches performed monthly and that number growing by more than 50 percent each year, according to Small Business Community, it is more important than ever to focus on your accounting firm’s online presence.

  • Talk to Your Clients about Audits

    February 13, 2014

    Although audits are a fact of taxpayer life, they're not particularly pleasant, and they can take up a lot of otherwise free time. So what should preparers say to their clients about audits?

  • Art of Accounting: Roger Is My Only Client

    February 12, 2014

    Successful client relationships start when you treat each client as if they were your only client or your best client or most important client.

  • The Nanny Deadlines

    February 11, 2014

    With tax season in full swing, it’s a good reminder that families with household employees have some impending deadlines. As most tax professionals are aware, the often overlooked household employment taxes – or “nanny taxes” – present a unique set of challenges.

  • Reporting Standards Evolving to Help Private Companies

    February 10, 2014

    During 2013, the scene was set for significant changes in financial reporting for private companies and evolved into a battle between standard-setting bodies. All the changes centered on the desire to simplify, and therefore reduce the cost of accounting for private companies. The question is, however, is simpler good enough?

  • Three Things That Hold You Back from Growing Your Practice

    February 7, 2014

    My husband Doug and I have just returned from exhibiting at the AICPA Advanced Personal Financial Planning conference in Las Vegas. Some of the conversations we had with fellow exhibitors and attendees were simply too good to leave them in Vegas. Over and over, we were asked, “How do you grow your practice in the midst of the busy season?”

  • Give Them Credit (for R&D)

    February 6, 2014

    Businesses often take a risk in the development of new products and processes.

  • Relocating Your Office? How Smart Accounting Firms Do It Right

    February 5, 2014

    For many accounting firms, the process of upsizing or downsizing their office space can prove to be very difficult, and in some cases result in an unnecessary waste of money. For firms charged with watching the bottom line of other companies, make sure you are making the right decision for your firm.

  • Launch Content with a Laser, Not a Catapult

    February 5, 2014

    If you want your content to make a direct hit on your target market, aim with precision.

  • The IRS Is Not Your Client

    February 4, 2014

    Who is the tax preparer's client -- the taxpayer, or the IRS?

  • Art of Accounting: Why My Firm Merged with WS+B

    February 4, 2014

    The last thing on my mind was merging, but it happened.

  • How to Make More Money in Public Accounting

    February 3, 2014

    As a young accountant, I remember asking a manager how to make more money in public accounting.

  • Running Out of Rapport?

    January 31, 2014

    Business strategy means a lot to firms nowadays. Growth from new clients is stagnant at best at many firms these days. Your main initiative is to fend off the constant raiding of your customer base by smaller firms offering lower prices, or larger firms soliciting your partner base to join them and bring their clients with them.

  • Tax Proposals Sketchy in State of the Union

    January 29, 2014

    While President Obama mentioned taxes a number of times in his State of the Union speech last night, the details were scant.

  • Art of Accounting: Blown Covenants

    January 28, 2014

    One time, one of my clients had a very large equipment term loan from a bank and was in danger of being put out of business because the company had blown an essential loan covenant.

  • Best Practices for Admitting New Partners

    January 27, 2014

    As we work through the succession and retirement of senior partners in our firms, a lot of us are also reviewing and updating our internal documents and agreements.

  • Joint Return or Married Filing Separate: It’s Not Your Choice to Make

    January 24, 2014

    Here is a one-question multiple choice quiz for all return preparers.

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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.



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.