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  • Art of Accounting: Employees Have Better Memories than Bosses

    May 2, 2014

    I was lucky to get my second job in accounting, but I received a salary that was $5 lower than my first job (which I had been fired from), so I took the job.

  • Corporate Tax Reduction to be Paid for by Smaller Companies

    May 1, 2014

    Despite delays in expected tax reform, companies are engaging, modeling and planning in order to manage uncertainty, according to survey findings released at Ernst & Young LLP’s Ninth Annual Domestic Tax Conference in New York.

  • Before You Book That Post-Tax Season Trip to Aruba

    April 30, 2014

    Congratulations! You have made it through another beast of a busy season. You have cajoled clients and staff, put in long hours, and are beginning to forget what your family and friends look like.

  • Managing and Motivating Accounting Professionals

    April 29, 2014

    I interviewed professionals in charge of human resources at reputable accounting firms to find out how they successfully manage and motivate accounting professionals. I’m confident that if you read on, you’ll learn a thing or two.

  • Leadership Management: Are You Growing or Dying?

    April 28, 2014

    Most firms and companies do not like the word “failure,” but in the new concept of leadership management it is an entrepreneurial talent that only the long-term successful firms and companies will exhibit.

  • Art of Accounting: Working for a Putz

    April 25, 2014

    Early on in my career, I was assigned to work with a manager on a half dozen monthly clients.

  • Key Issues for Tax Prep Business Owners

    April 24, 2014

    As a tax preparation business owner for more than 30 years, Chuck McCabe considers his success due in part to being proactive in structuring his business policies and procedures.

  • Throw Work-Life Balance Out the Window

    April 23, 2014

    Accounting firms love to talk about work-life balance. Leaders of accounting firms are consistently pitching their firm as the leader in work-life balance.

  • You Can Come Out of Hiding Now—Tax Season Is Over

    April 22, 2014

    Ah, tax season. We look forward to it all year! Or expect it all year, or dread it…let’s just say we are all aware of this annual event.

  • Please Stop What You're Doing

    April 20, 2014

    Accountants needs to stop engaging in these self-destructive behaviors.

  • Art of Accounting: Employees Need to Speak Up

    April 18, 2014

    I started my third job one year and seven months after I graduated college. I was hired as a “junior” but felt I was more experienced since I was doing “higher level” work at my previous job.

  • Small Business Sales Continue at High Level

    April 17, 2014

    The number of purchases and sales of small businesses, at an all-time high in 2013, continues to show evidence of a reviving economy. This is good news for baby-boomer business owners eager to retire and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to own their own business.

  • Accountants, Make the Most of Your Tax-Time Meetings with Business Clients

    April 14, 2014

    Accountants who meet with business clients to deliver tax returns during busy season are understandably pressed for time and attention. These brief meetings, however, are an important part of developing and cementing your role as a trusted advisor, and they can pave the way for cross-selling additional services to existing clients.

  • Art of Accounting: The Vanishing Write-up

    April 11, 2014

    Write-ups are extinct. When I started in 1963, most small CPA firms primarily did write-ups. After I started my practice in 1969, it became an embarrassment to say I did write-ups. It connoted something beneath my “professional” status. I think a problem today is that write-ups no longer exist for younger staff.

  • Class Lives under Tax Reform

    April 10, 2014

    While the tax code definition of useful life for business assets is intended to correspond to their actual life, this isn’t always the case.

  • AICPA Issues Accounting and Valuation Guide for IPR&D

    April 9, 2014

    The AICPA recently issued an Accounting and Valuation Guide on assets acquired to be used in research and development activities, replacing a practice aid it issued in 2001 for in-process research and development.

  • Best Solutions for Accountants to Reduce Acquisition Costs and Minimize Client Onboarding

    April 8, 2014

    Every accountant who wants to thrive, or at least survive in the ultra-competitive economy of today, must make sure that they take all the necessary steps to achieve maximum efficiency in all areas.

  • The Leading CPA

    April 7, 2014

    There’s been a shift in our industry over the past 20 years to commoditize mainstream accounting services.

  • Top 10 Lessons in Financial Literacy

    April 3, 2014

    April is National Financial Literacy Month, and in recognition of the importance of the topic New York-based CPA John Vento is partnering with members of Congress from the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus to speak at high schools and universities in the New York metropolitan area.

  • 10 Things to Consider on a Form 990

    April 2, 2014

    As most exempt organizations know all too well, preparing a Form 990 can be a time consuming and complicated process.


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