As you know if you have been reading this column over the last few years, I don't like celebrating New Year's Eve. First of all, a lot of people drink too much on December 31st, the restaurants charge as much as they can get away with, and driving at 4 a.m. is like driving in the midst of rush hour. Despite this, I still reevaluate what happened over the last year identifying what I think is significant. This exercise helps to put me in a more favorable position to deal with what the future holds.

Being in publishing, I do it now when I receive my December issue of Practical Accountant. Here's what I think were the important trends reported in the pages of the 2004 issues of Practical Accountant

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