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Our strategy for uncertain times? Back to the basics
Attention, AICPA members: Meet your new volunteer leader. His name is Paul Stahlin, and he was elected chair of the Institute`s Executive Board during the AICPA governing Council`s annual fall meeting in New Orleans. Stahlin, of course, comes on board...
IFRS: Hurry up or wait?
There`s been a lot of chatter about IFRS out there recently, and it all seems to boil down to two themes: (a) It`s coming, and (b) we`re not ready. Take a recent AICPA survey, for example. In it, CPAs recognize...
Failure's fine, but get better along the way
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Tell me about it. I`m a lifelong Detroit Lions fan. Sunday after Sunday I tune in, expecting the Lions to win. Sunday after Sunday...
CPA: Ninth best job in America?
That`s what Money Magazine and PayScale.com say. They rank the top careers based on pay, projected job growth and quality of life, among other factors. To which I say: Only ninth? Heck, CPAs came in sixth in 2009. Given all...
A little perspective on those 18,000 XBRL errors
XBRL -- the data tagging language that`s supposed to save the world (or at least make it easier to understand) by delivering accurate, timely, transparent and standardized financial information -- is back in the news, thanks to one of those...
CPAs see signs of life in a down economy
Considering the pain the rest of the workforce is feeling these days, CPAs have to be counting their blessings. Consider: Accounting and finance professionals should see a 3.1 percent increase in compensation next year, according to Robert Half`s 2011 Sal
Private co. standards: 'Everyone is around the table'
So the blue-ribbon panel has had its say -- or, more accurately, a majority of the panel`s members have had their say -- about what a private company reporting model should look like. Specifically, they say it should look pretty...
Fun (and mind-blowing) stuff, courtesy of Windows 7
It`s been a while since I`ve written one of these fun tech posts, but I couldn`t pass up the opportunity to share this awesome article from PC Magazine. It`s called `Windows 7: The Top 10 Hidden Features,` and man, is...
Panel supports GAAP with exceptions for private cos.
For years now, the profession has been debating the need for a separate set of reporting standards for private companies. That debate is speeding toward resolution. Most of the members of a blue ribbon panel studying the issue say we...
PTIN registration system offline this weekend
If you haven`t registered for your preparer tax identification number (or PTIN) yet, you`ll have to wait a few more days to do so. The IRS has announced that its new online PTIN registration system will not be available this...

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