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  • Seeing Conflict as a Strategic Consulting Opportunity

    December 27, 2013

    As CPA firms continue to differentiate themselves, many are turning to strategic consulting services as a way to offer a unique proposition to the business owner.

  • Year-End Tax Tips and Reporting Checklist for Accountants

    December 24, 2013

    With the New Year right around the corner, business owners are likely scrambling to identify tax credits they can take advantage of or a tax professional to help them ensure they’re properly reporting their tax information for 2013.

  • A CPA’s Christmas Wish List

    December 23, 2013

    ’Tis the time of year when children daydream of possibilities. And, if you have ever seen a letter to Santa written by a seven-year-old, you know that the little ones often swing for the fences.

  • Year-End Tax Planning until the Ball Drops

    December 19, 2013

    “It’s never too late for tax planning,” a wise CPA once told me. “You’ve got till the ball drops to take action, and if you do it later than that, then you’ve got an early start for next year.”

  • Laughter from the Grave: Cold Calling for Clients

    December 17, 2013

    Mark Twain once said, “The report of my death was an exaggeration,” upon learning that a newspaper carried his obituary. Talk about a bad way to start your day!

  • Prenuptial Encounter

    December 16, 2013

    Prenuptial agreements are essential in many situations, but it is always awkward for one of the blissfully in love parties to bring it up. Prenups consider the possible failure of the happiest thing in the two people’s lives.

  • Abraham Briloff: A Memorial

    December 14, 2013

    Abraham Briloff passed away recently at the age of 96. Those who love accounting and value truth in corporate annual reports will greatly miss him.

  • The Road Ahead For Taxes and Washington

    December 13, 2013

    As 2013 recedes in the rearview mirror, it is understandable that tax professionals look to the road ahead regarding taxes and Washington.

  • Top Ten W-2 and Form 1099 Reporting Myths

    December 12, 2013

    As we come down to the wire for the beginning of busy season, it’s important to review some of the things we may already know, or think we know, about reporting and filing requirements.

  • The 10 Habits of Happy CPAs

    December 10, 2013

    My amazing discovery is not only that happy CPAs exist, but that they are not singularly defined by industry, job title, age or gender. Rather, what sets them apart from the rest of the grouchy crowd is what they do differently.

  • Top Six Questions Companies Should Ask Before Going International

    December 5, 2013

    The increasing globalization of the economy is resulting in more small and medium-size businesses seeking to expand internationally. While companies are extending their products and services across borders, many don’t consider the compliance and planning issues that come with doing so.

  • Perception Becomes Reality

    December 2, 2013

    Is reality what something actually is or what people perceive it to be? Jack Welch of GE fame once said that reality is “seeing the world as it is rather than as you wish it were.”

  • Accountants Have Opportunity to Service Hard-Hit Legal Profession

    November 26, 2013

    It’s no secret that the legal profession has been facing a host of challenges in recent years, including layoffs and consolidation at many large firms and a steep decline in enrollment at many law schools as students who graduate are confronted with astronomical debts from their student loans and grim job prospects.

  • Call Me Before You Do Anything

    November 25, 2013

    I have always told my clients to call me before they did anything major or new financially to see if there was anything tax-wise that could be done to help them.

  • Odd Accounting: Why Accounting for Collection of Previously Written Off Accounts Makes No Sense

    November 25, 2013

    In many businesses the accounting for accounts receivable utilizes the allowance method to provide a reasonable estimate of the net collectability of the firm’s trade receivables.

  • Best Practices for the Tax Business Owner

    November 22, 2013

    Last week I moderated an Accounting Today Webinar, sponsored by SurePayroll, on the 2014 Tax Season Toolkit.

  • Ring in the Tax Savings Before You Ring out the Year

    November 21, 2013

    With only weeks remaining in 2013, many Americans have finalized their financial planning for the year, thinking they’ve done all they can to maximize tax savings. But many do not know there are still a number of opportunities to do some last-minute finagling to save as much as possible.

  • 3 Business Tax Moves to Make Now

    November 20, 2013

    Some big-dollar tax deductions that affect businesses are set to expire in 2013, so now’s the time to make sure your company considers taking advantage of them for the current tax year. Doing so may allow you to buy more equipment, send less to the IRS, or both.

  • Value Consulting

    November 19, 2013

    People can learn new skills and either do nothing further or use it to grow.

  • Act Now to Take Advantage of Next Year’s Tax Changes

    November 14, 2013

    Unlike last year, tax planning for 2013 is not hampered by uncertainties over a looming fiscal cliff. Unfortunately, there is always some uncertainty and a few expiring provisions to warrant special attention by taxpayers.

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