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  • Are You Still Talking?

    March 17, 2014

    The sales process of many professional advisors is flawed.

  • Art of Accounting: Be a Sounding Board to Your Clients

    March 14, 2014

    Entrepreneurs are the brightest, most focused and determined people I know. But it is also lonely for many of them.

  • Survey Says Corporate Tax System’s Uncompetitive

    March 13, 2014

    U.S. business executives are concerned about global competitiveness in light of the disparity between tax rates charged to their overseas competitors and the rates they are charged as U.S. corporations.

  • Accountability among CPA Shareholder Groups

    March 13, 2014

    The Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute of CPAs recently issued its annual Top Issues Diagnostic Report. For the fifth consecutive year, owner/partner accountability and unity has been cited among the top two issues for CPA firms comprising more than 21 professionals.

  • 5 Myths of the Third-Party Designation on Tax Returns

    March 11, 2014

    Many individual tax returns select a third-party designee, but even though this designation is widely used, its scope is often misunderstood.

  • How to Make the Most of Xero: 5 Essential Add-ons

    March 11, 2014

    Xero has been a revelation to small and growing businesses that were in need of top-notch small business accounting software.

  • Signs Your Clients Need Help with Charitable Planning

    March 10, 2014

    Charitable donations typically drop off after the surge at the end of the year, and soon after that clients can compile their list of their contributions from the previous year so they can provide this information to their accountants.

  • Expired Deductions May Change Business' Tax Filing Strategy

    March 9, 2014

    The conclusion of 2013 brought the end of 55 tax breaks, which will have serious ramifications.

  • Art of Accounting: Billing Methods

    March 7, 2014

    Pricing, billing and collecting fees for services are how accountants earn their livings.

  • No Drama in Obama Budget Proposal

    March 6, 2014

    There weren’t a lot of surprises in the President’s Budget, set at $3.9 trillion for fiscal year 2015, which was released on March 4.

  • The Wisdom of Telling Time

    March 5, 2014

    What time is it now? Seems like a simple question, you might say as you glance at your watch, cell phone or the clock on the wall. We all learned to tell time in kindergarten. How hard can it be?

  • Four CPAs in a Family

    March 4, 2014

    CPAs come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Each one has their strengths and weaknesses. And each one bases success off of what they see as success.

  • Accounting Alternatives for Private Companies Simplify Reporting

    March 3, 2014

    For the first time, private companies will be able to make two accounting elections that will simplify their reporting requirements and still be in compliance with U.S. GAAP.

  • Art of Accounting: What Consulting Is

    February 28, 2014

    There are three broad types of work CPAs do—financial reporting attestation and support, tax compliance and planning, and management advisory or consulting services.

  • Tax Reform Proposal: Why It Matters

    February 27, 2014

    If the tax reform proposal unveiled earlier this week by Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp is really “dead on arrival,” as some have suggested, why has virtually every organization with a stake in the tax process made an effort to comment on it? After all, it’s just a discussion draft.

  • It’s about Management Depth, Stupid!

    February 26, 2014

    Quite often in a CPA firm, the term “manager” gets lost in the shuffle of accountability.

  • Minding Your Own Accounting Business

    February 25, 2014

    How many times have you heard someone say, “Mind your own business?” For accountants, especially in these economic times, that just may be sage advice.

  • The Top 5 Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing a Technology Solution

    February 24, 2014

    Tax season has begun and clients are heading into accounting offices across the U.S. in the hopes of getting their tax returns filed as quickly and efficiently as possible. How can you address your clients’ needs, meet the government’s ever-changing requirements, and still maintain a manageable workload during this busy time? The answer is simple: embrace technology.

  • 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.

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