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  • Most Important Tax Benefit for Tax Executives

    July 17, 2014

    The tax reform proposal put forward by House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp earlier this year attempts, like other proposals before it, to broaden the base and lower the rates.

  • Business Owners Need to Keep a Close Eye on Potential U.S. Tax Changes

    July 16, 2014

    One of the most closely watched and discussed issues in Washington this year is tax reform.

  • To C or Not to C

    July 15, 2014

    One of the first, and perhaps most important, decisions a business owner initially makes is the type of business entity to select.

  • Building Your Bench for Succession

    July 14, 2014

    Thousands of firms are working through the succession and retirement of senior partners and deciding along the way whether or not they can pull it off internally and stay independent.

  • Art of Accounting: How I Owned a Printing Company and Restaurant

    July 11, 2014

    My childhood dream had two parts. One was to have my own CPA practice and the other was to own a bunch of businesses. The CPA part worked out great. The businesses part did not.

  • Rising Economy Generates Activity in Sales of Businesses

    July 10, 2014

    The trend is up in the business-for-sale marketplace, according to the latest BizBuySell survey of business brokers.

  • Cash Balance Plans Give Savings a Tax-Advantaged Boost

    July 9, 2014

    In 2014 many of the country’s high-income earners will keep less than they pay in taxes.

  • What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

    July 8, 2014

    Every now and again, being an executive coach brings me into conversations with a fascinating subset within the CPA world—the CPAs who want to be something else when they grow up.

  • Business Intelligence in the Mid-market

    July 7, 2014

    Why do the top companies invest so heavily in business intelligence? Profits.

  • Art of Accounting: High Fees Should Be a Client’s Goal

    July 3, 2014

    One time I had three clients who were on the board of directors of the same NYSE-listed company. Two of them questioned every bill and every hour spent, and their fees were fairly low for people of that caliber. The third person did not seem to care what he paid, and his fees were quite high.

  • Effective Teambuilding and What We Can Learn from Thomas Jefferson

    July 2, 2014

    One of the keys to success for companies is choosing the right person for the job. Selecting the right people greatly improves your chances for success—whether you are building a CPA practice, staffing a client team or climbing Mt. Everest.

  • Are Your Clients Cheating on You?

    July 1, 2014

    Roughly one in three clients uses multiple accounting firms to meet all of their needs, according to a recent survey by consulting firm L. Harris Partners.

  • Accounting Profession Needs More Women Leaders

    June 30, 2014

    The gender scale of the workforce that makes up the accounting profession has officially tipped in favor of women, with more than half of all accountants being women (53 percent). What has not yet tipped in women’s favor are the statistics around women holding leadership positions.

  • Art of Accounting: Hot Shot Sales Manager Is Not Such a Hot Shot

    June 27, 2014

    A client decided that to grow her business she needed a top-tier sales manager and recruited someone from a much larger competitor.

  • There Are So Many Things Wrong with the Annual Filing Season Program

    June 27, 2014

    Tax blogger Robert Flach sees many flaws in the IRS's proposed new voluntary program.

  • Never Stop Growing

    June 26, 2014

    Now that school is out (unless you live in a part of the country still making up for lost “snow days”), it’s easy to get caught up in the general euphoria and take a vacation from thoughts of tax preparation for the summer. But now is precisely the time preparers need to keep communication lines open with their clients, according to Chuck McCabe, president of Peoples Income Tax and The Income Tax School.

  • Let’s Revisit Some Basic Business Assumptions

    June 25, 2014

    All too often in the practice of accounting we are predominately attentive to adhering to the concepts and conventions promulgated by the “accounting gods.”

  • The Emotions of Accounting and the World Cup

    June 24, 2014

    Last week, my team was able to achieve the highest of highs and lowest of lows. We celebrated in acquiring a new client that we sought to work with for the past two years. And we booed (or sighed in despair) when a colleague advised the firm that he would be transferring to a company in a different city. We hooted and hollered when the U.S. scored a goal to go up 2-1 on Portugal and we cried (literally for some of us) when Portugal scored in the last 30 seconds to tie the game.

  • Making Yourself Indispensable: How to Be a Promotable Accounting Employee

    June 23, 2014

    In American corporate culture today, you can expect that many employees in any field hope to become part of upper management one day.

  • Art of Accounting: Am I Happy?

    June 20, 2014

    My father was dying—too young and too soon. He succumbed over a nine-month period to coronary heart disease. Today his life could have been extended, but not in 1976.

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