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REVIEW: WorkGroup Scanners 2014

The sleepy little category that used to be computer scanners came awake in the last year, and the impact on the accounting marketplace is impressive. A half dozen vendors offer robust, duplex scanners in both color and grayscale that automatically correct for misfeeds and work transparently with software that can tab, index and bar-code individual documents for better client file management.


REVIEW: Website Builder Software 2014

One of the best sources for new clients is your website. And yet, many accountants and CPAs still do not have one. The majority of the firms in my area do not and that is mind boggling, as for a small cost per month or year and a little TLC, you have can have a great referral source with very little effort. If you are one of those firms, we have some very good and affordable solutions for you.


REVIEW: Trial Balance, Engagement Software 2014

Tscalehe subject of product life cycle has stirred some lively debates in the year past, as firms come to realize that individual service lines – and the firm itself – may have a limited cycle that eventually requires either a revitalization of services or the loss of some revenue as the industry moves on to something else. Nowhere is that more evident than in the traditional accounting functions of trial balance and engagement software.


REVIEW: Sales and Use Tax Software 2014

A sales tax is a tax paid to a governing body for the sales of certain goods and services. It differs from a use tax, which is assessed on tangible personal property purchased for use, storage, or consumption in a locality regardless of where the purchase took place. While those definitions may be clear, the remittance of these taxes is not. The collection, accounting and remittance of sales and use taxes has always been a mess, and is hardly less so in 2014.


REVIEW: Budgeting Software 2014

budget art orange man.Budgeting is a pest. It's one of those detailed, fiddly tasks that every manager has to do at least once a year. Tabulating the previous year's expenses and comparing them to estimates is tiresome, and generating estimates about new projects and associated costs is not much better.


Special Report: Fund Accounting, The Cloud and Accountability

Fund Accounting Special ReportThe Internal Revenue Service estimates that there are more than 1.5 million organizations in the United States that qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) of the US Tax Code.  That’s a decline of some 22 percent over 2010 levels, and despite a recent increase in applications for some types of tax-exempt entities, it is clear that the challenges facing Nonprofit organizations are intensifying.

  • 42% of survey respondents report that they do not have the right mix of financial resources to thrive and be effective in the next 3 years.
  • 1 in 4 nonprofits has 30 days or less cash-on-hand.
  • Over the next twelve months, 39% plan to change the main ways they raise and spend money.
  • 23% will seek funding other than grants or contracts, such as loans or investments.

Fund Accounting Specia Report  Sponsored by: Accufund  Serenic Software


Review: Invoicing Software 2013

InvoicingFew things in accounting software are what they were 10, or even five, years ago. It is not just the advent of cloud computing that has changed the landscape. Entire new categories of software have entered the profession, along with new jargon and new opportunities.


REVIEW: Low-End Accounting Systems 2013

Small biz artThere are two very significant developments in the marketplace for small business accounting systems. The first is that virtually none of the major players were heard of prior to 2012. The second is that all of the major players are cloud-based.


REVIEW: Time and Billing Software 2013

A couple decades ago when most of us got started, time and billing software was rather primitive stuff. Most of the advantage of using, say, Timeslips or a similar program was that it tied into the network and allowed the cost accountants to generate reports fairly easily that showed everyone's hours with cost and account breakdowns. But the software tended to be standalone stuff that didn't integrate well with many other products.


REVIEW: Fixed Asset Software 2013

Fixed asset management software is a great tool that can help your clients manage their business and find other effective ways to save tax dollars. As a tax expert, you can appreciate (pun intended) the benefits to having your clients fixed assets updated monthly.


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