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Report: A Critical Piece of the Business Puzzle

Practice Management SoftwarePractice Management Software: A Critical Piece of the Business Puzzle: There is no application more basic than practice management software for an accounting firm. While tax and write-up packages are used to deliver services to clients, practice management products are about running the business and turning the hours spent working for clients into invoices and payment. This special report looks at the leading practice management products, their major attributes and the evolution of the category as it adopts to mobile computing, operating in the cloud and more closely working with those other tools. Download and read for the expert’s insight and analysis.


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NJCPA Convention & Expo Reaches 10-Year Milestone

New Jersey CPAs have been at the forefront of innovation since before the turn of the century. And for the past decade, the NJCPA has brought together New Jersey CPAs every spring to learn, think out of the box and grow as trusted business advisors. CPAs have always played an important part in innovating and building business in the Garden State, and they'll play an even greater role in the future.


Facing the End of Windows Server 2003

MicrosoftAlthough it's not making as large a news splash as the ending of Windows XP, most tax and accounting professionals may know that Microsoft is ending its extended support of Windows Server 2003 on July 14. While many have already upgraded their servers or elected to let their software vendors manage their infrastructure in the cloud, we know from recent professional surveys that many firms are still using Windows Server 2003.


Thomson Tax & Accounting Revs Strong

James Smith, Thomson ReutersStrong performance in its corporate and professional segments drove growth for Thomson Reuter's Tax and Accounting business for the year ended December 31. That business recorded double-digit increases in both underlying profit and revenue while the company's high-profile financial services business continued to improve.


Experience and Niche Building Drive Success

Mark Feinsot, CPAFor Mark Feinsot, CPA, success didn't happen overnight. In fact, it took trial and error, and even some failure, to get to where he is today.


Block Offers Anti ID Theft Service

H&R Block is offering its customers protection against tax identity theft via an agreement with Equifax. The company says the Tax Identity Shield will provide tools and information to help clients combat ID theft, including the helping in obtaining an IRS Identity Protection PIN. However, the shield protects returns for tax year 2015, not those filed during the current season.


SEC Says Firms Ignored Possible Fraud

Arthur De Joya, De Joya GriffithTwo audit firms and seven partners in those firms are accused of ignoring signs that an stock promoter, who allegedly hid his control of several shell companies, was engaging in fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission has instituted a litigated administrative proceeding against John Briner, a Canada-based attorney, who had previously been suspended from practicing before the SEC with the securities registration of 20 of his purported mining companies revoked last year.


Video Use by Firms Likely to Rise

SocialCPAsThe use of video social media sites by accounting firms will increase this year as indicated by the 2014 Social CPAs Survey. Drawing from responses by 395 participants, the survey found that 38.3 percent of respondents plan to add YouTube or Vimeo to the list of social channels they use during 2015. Google+ also showed strong potential in the online survey.


Technology Outlook 2015: Cloudy

Roman Kepczyk, XcentricA lot of neat new electronic gadgets and devices will be introduced this week at the annual Consumer Electronic show in Las Vegas, Nev. Many will not have a direct impact on the technology at use at tax and accounting firms. Wearable devices and the new Panasonic Bread Maker with gluten-free baking mode probably are not on the buying list.


2015 Gadgets Wish List

Did you get what you want for Christmas? Perhaps not, but this list was sent to Santa before the holiday and, well he didn't bring everything. But you may be able to take the money from your exchanges and shop for something that's truly interesting.


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