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Accountants, financial professionals, human resources personnel, and business people throughout the country are putting the tips and ideas from AccountingWEB's Workplace Fitness section to good use. Our daily Workplace Fitness newsletter is generating positive comments and thank you notes every day from readers. This popular daily feature will run through April 18.

In the spirit of good health and fitness, we're kicking off a little contest. The first five AccountingWEB subscribers who submit a workplace exercise photo (the more people in it, the better) for the Workplace Fitness Image Gallery (see bottom-right of the page) will win a bottle of Vim & Vigor Tonic that's even more valuable than what Granny concocted on "The Beverly Hillbillies."

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Standard setting for private companies on the docket of Financial Accounting Foundation
The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) has announced the formation of a Trustee Working Group to address the important topic of accounting standard setting for nonpublic entities. The establishment of the Working Group represents a major development in the FAF's ongoing work on this key strategic priority. Read More...
This year's Oscar swag bags are filled with tax consequences for nominees
Besides getting to don designer clothing and jewelry and pose for hundreds of photo ops on the red carpet, the members of the motion picture industry who are lucky enough to present or be nominated for an Academy Award also receive bags of goodies. Read More...
IRS looking at $1.1 billion windfall if 2007 returns miss the filing deadline
Refunds totaling more than $1.1 billion may be waiting for nearly 1.1 million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 18, 2011. Read More...
Eligible small business tops most sought-after tax advice list for February
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Pacino and Scorsese added to the list of Ponzi scheme victims
Al Pacino, who may be best known for the Godfather movies  about the notorious Corleone mob family, is now finding he's up against a real foe... the Internal Revenue Service. Public documents show Pacino owes the IRS nearly $188,000. Read More...
Tax scams on the front burner at the IRS
In case you're thinking that maybe Wesley Snipes has a good point when it comes to lowering income taxes, the Internal Revenue Service wants to remind taxpayers (or non-payers, as the case may be) that it does not plan on ignoring many of the more common arguments made by individuals and groups that oppose compliance with federal tax laws Read More...
Jackson Hewitt launches social media sweepstakes
To help inject added excitement into this year's tax season, in case preparing and filing tax returns isn't exciting enough, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service has launched two social media initiatives: the Jackson Hewitt's Got My Back photo sweepstakes and the Win Win with the Big Check video contest. Read More...
Illinois CPA firms announce merger
Gene Barinholtz, formerly part of Schaumburg, IL-based Barinholtz & Horwitz, has merged his team and their practice with the certified public accounting firm of Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd. (KRD), also of Schaumburg.  The merger will create one of the top 35 CPA firms in the Chicago area. Read More...
Company announcements: Week of March 7, 2011
Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of March 7, 2011. Read More...
Lease accounting: Another reason to change it
The FASB has been going back and forth on a new accounting standard for lease accounting.  I for one was glad to see them back off of their proposal to force every lease onto the balance sheet. Read More...
Why aren't they screaming?
Why aren't the pension plans screaming blue murder?  Why aren't they foaming at the mouth and demanding justice?  Why are there no dire predictions about the millions of retired people who rely on fixed rate investments in an era where interest rates are being kept artificially low to stimulate the economy? Read More...
Opinions, expert opinions and fiduciary responsibility
“It is not advisable…to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener” Ayn Rand Read More...
The culture club
The word culture has many different meanings.  What it means to me, may not be the same thing it means to you, or the next guy.  But what does it mean to our firms?  A culture is a set of shared beliefs, values, customs and behaviors of people in an organization that is viewed both internally and externally.  Culture impacts a firm and should be a priority.  Basically, it's the personality of an organization.  How does your firm's "personality" come across? Read More...
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