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Tax Services Now Fastest-Growing Niche Service Ahead of Business Valuation —Accounting Today

Top 100 Firms in 2012 Also See Big Jump in Demand for Attest Services, Cash-Flow Forecasting and Management Accounting Today reports in its latest iteration of Top 100 Accounting Firms that the top two fastest-growing niches in accounting services are now international tax services and state and local tax services, edging out business valuation, last year's fastest-growing niche.   Danielle Lee reports (fre ...

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Book Reviews: New Wiley Titles on Fraud

Case Studies, Strategies for Detecting Fraud, and a Framework for Prevention Corporate governance legislation has become increasingly concerned with the ongoing resilience of organizations, and, particularly, with their ability to resist corporate fraud from the lowest levels to the upper echelons of corporate management. These titles offer both case studies on recent fraud cases as well as guidance for str ...

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Scoping an Engagement: Questions to Consider Before Any Appraisal, Part II

Difficulties Sometimes Complicate a Valuation Engagement. Here’s How to Anticipate and Derail Potential Disasters With Solid Upfront Client Conversations Conversations with clients are critical to ensure both owner and appraiser are in agreement about standards in a final report, the length of time the process will take, what the final report will look like, and how much it costs. In this second installment ...

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Scoping an Engagement: Questions to Consider Before Any Appraisal

Difficulties Sometimes Complicate a Valuation Engagement. Here’s How to Anticipate and Derail Potential Disasters With Solid, Upfront Client Conversations Conversations with clients, both current and prospective, are critically important to ensure both owner and appraiser are in agreement about what standards will be used to produce the final report, how long the process will take, and what it will ultimate ...

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The Fed Gets a Bubble Cop —New York Times

Watch Out, Wall Street!  The Federal Reserve, a Primary Banking Regulator, is Trying Harder to Spot Speculative Excesses Peter Eavis at The New York Times Dealbook reports: In a speech on Thursday, governor Jeremy C. Stein, who joined the Fed last year, focused on parts of the financial markets that show signs of overheating. He went into considerable detail, citing metrics that appear designed to spot bubb ...

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CPAs Moving Into Mobile App Business —Journal of Accountancy

Want to Develop and Publish a Mobile App?  Demand is Real and Growing.  A Compelling Idea, Solid Plan, and Choice of App Marketplace are Key.  Jeffrey Drew at The Journal of Accountancy reports that with the digital delivery of products and services emerging as a top technology trend, CPAs are beginning to explore the development of mobile apps. What they have found so far is that the path to the Apple App ...

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Boundaries in Business Appraisal

Appraisers Should Focus on Objectivity and Competence and Be Ready and Flexible to Deal with Unanticipated Challenges—From Vague Case Law to New Evidence to Erupting Personalities. Rand Curtiss expounds on his philosophy that business appraisal is about boundaries: limits on what we can do. Every work challenge is filled with a large number of people, each of whom have different boundaries. Business sellers ...

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Post Office to Stop Delivering Letters on Saturdays —Accounting Today

Six Days of Package Delivery and Five Days of Mail.  Does This Mean Stamp Prices Will Go Down by 16¢?   Michael Cohn at Accounting Today reports that the U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday that it will end Saturday delivery of letters starting in August, but will continue to deliver packages, in an effort to cut costs.  More: The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion an ...

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How IRS Taypayer Advocate Can Help CPAs’ Clients —Journal of Accountancy

The IRS Has a Nationwide Organization of Approximately 2,000 Taxpayer Advocates to Help U.S. Individual and Business Taxpayers Resolve Problems.   Here's How It Can Help Advisors and Your Clients.  Nina E. Olson is the IRS’s National Taxpayer Advocate. Since 2001, she has led the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), a nationwide organization of approximately 2,000 taxpayer advocates who help U.S. individual and ...

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A Foolproof Approach To Writing Complex Excel Formulas —Search Engine Land

Annie Cushing is on a Mission to Rid the World of Ugly Data.  Learn About Data Collection, Analytics, Technical SEO, Analysis, and Beautification.   Annie Cushing,  a Senior SEO at SEER Interactive, a Philadelphia-based online marketing agency, explains that "There comes a time in a marketer’s life when making pretty charts with a predefined dataset just doesn’t cut it. "And finding the sum and average of a ...

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Closing Tax Loopholes Could be Key to Budget Deal, Obama Says —New York Times, CBS News, and Washington Post, Associated Press

Obama's New Vision: No Further Increases in Tax Rates; Instead Focus on Eliminating Loopholes and Deductions  And just last week all the pundits were saying any sort of serious budget deal was dead.   Now, The New York Times, CBS News, and Washington Post/Associated Press report that president Barack Obama said future deals with Congress on the U.S. budget could set aside the option of raising tax rates and ...

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Survey: 86% of Young Investors Ready to Fire Parents’ Advisor —Financial Planning

Firms Need to Update Technology, Use Social Media, and Hire Younger Advisors, Says Tom Nally of TD Ameritrade Institutional Rachel F. Elson at reports at Financial Planning:  Advisory firms need to start hiring young financial advisers to attract and keep the business of Generation X and Y investors, who will have accumulated $28 trillion of personal wealth by 2018, up from $2 trillion in 2011, said Tom Nal ...

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Get Your Cash Faster: 7 Shrewd Tips —Inc.com

Cash Flow is the Most Important Financial Item for a Small Business Owners to Pay Attention To. Here's How to Speed it Up.   Cash flow--how cash flows through your organization from sale to invoice to receipt--is the lifeblood of a small company, writes Eric V. Holtzclaw at Inc.com.  And speeding up your cash flow allows you to do more and gives your company more stability.  Here are seven tips:   ...

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100 Small Banks Use JOBS Act to Stop Reporting to SEC —Washington Post

For Nearly Five Decades, Securities Law Allowed Banks with Fewer than 300 Shareholders to "Deregister," Now, Banks With Under 1200 Shareholders Can Do the Same Under Provisions of the JOBS Act    Dina ElBoghdady reports some interesting news this week in the Washington Post:  about 100 small banks have stopped reporting financial details about their operations to the SEC since the JOBS Act was enacted in Ap ...

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Seth Godin: Why Small Businesses Fail—Inc.com

On Marketing Mistakes Generally, Bad Marketing Messages in Particular, Social Networking, and More Geoffrey James at Inc.com writes: "A few months ago, I traded emails with best-selling author Seth Godin on the subject of marketing inside small businesses. The more I read over the interview, the more I realize that his advice is priceless."  Here's an excerpt of the interview.  Read the whole piece for the ...

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12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013 —Inc.com

Jewels from Seth Godin, Harvey Mackay, Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and Others on Success, Vision, Health, and More  This set of inspirational thoughts for the new year will galvanize you into action.  "At the start of every year," writes Geoffrey James, Sales Source columnist at Inc.com, "I create a list of quotes to guide and inspire me for the next 12 months. Here are the quotes I've selec ...

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Small Firms Say LinkedIn Works, Twitter Doesn’t —Wall Street Journal Plus: YouTube Starts Charging

Six Out of 10 Small-Business Owners Buy Business Benefits of Social Media; 41% Prefer LinkedIn; Only 3% Vouch for Twitter  Not that that stopped Twitter from getting a $9B valuation this last week.   Emily Maltby and Shira Ovide report that the Wall Street Journal and Vistage International recently surveyed 835 small business owners.  Here are the results. ...

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“Linked Out”: A Response to a Business Valuation Standards Discussion

There Are Different Standards. They Have Different Places in Various Appraisals. Here’s Why. Jim Hitchner considers various responses to the query:  “When valuing an operating company, is it necessary to mention USPAP in addition to SSVS 1 when talking about the standards adhered to?”  Good question. There were lots of answers from various valuators in a recent discussion.  Here’s Jim’s take on it all. ...

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