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Rob Nance, Publisher The mighty Kansas Jayhawks have fallen from the NCAA menís basketball tournament, wreaking havoc in brackets across the land. I enter the contest every year at the firm where I once worked, performing poorly in all March Madness efforts. Itís all in good fun, but itís out of my control. What is within my control is my personal fitness. In that spirit, we have kicked off the Workplace Fitness Challenge. Please be sure to read Managing Editor Gail Perryís write-up on the right side of the page here. Jump up and participate!

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How the health care bill will impact individuals, businesses
Insurance Claim Form The new health reform bill was signed by President Obama Tuesday. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the health care overhaul will cost $940 billion over 10 years, and will cover 32 million uninsured individuals.
Auditors called on the carpet over Lehman collapse
The controversy surrounding the demise of Lehman Bros. spells trouble for the audit profession as it, once again, finds itself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. How was such a large investment bank allowed to collapse?
Threats to IRS increase after fatal plane crash
Internal Revenue Service watchdogs are looking into more than 70 reports of threats or inappropriate comments made to agency workers following a private plane crash into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, that killed the pilot and an agency employee last month.
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Book Review: "Fitness 9 to 5" provides clever exercise options for the desk worker
Fitness 9 to 5 Presenting the ultimate multitasking solution, "Fitness 9 to 5" is designed for the office worker who needs exercise. Most of the 69 exercises presented here can be done "at your desk, at the board meeting, or while taking calls."
Mythbuster: Is Flash bad for your Web site ranking in search engines?
Search engines read the Flash Web site content much as they would an image or video. Consequently, Web sites written in HTML will be ranked higher than those created with Flash.
What’s your tagline?
Your tagline is really a tangible way to motivate yourself to be the person and project manager you want to be. We all make resolutions at the start of a new year, but the key is finding the way to motivate ourselves long after the ball drops. Try the tagline, and see how it works for you.
Tips for applying green thinking to project management
When we think of project management, how can we apply some green thinking to our projects? Here are several ways to bring some green ingenuity to your everyday project management.
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Firm/State/People News
Crowe Horwath helps employees maintain work-life balance during busy season
Child's Drawing For accountants in tax and auditing practices, the busy season (January 2 to April 15) is understood as a time when extra hours and working Saturdays are a given. To help ease that burden, public accounting and consulting firm Crowe Horwath LLP offers benefits targeted to helping its people maintain work/life balance.
INSIDE Public Accounting launches 20th annual survey and analysis of firms
The Platt Group and INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) have officially launched their 2010 Annual IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms. The annual IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms is one of the longest running CPA firm financial and operational benchmarking surveys in the nation.
Two IRS employees indicted for theft of government money
Two IRS employees in Covington, KY, were charged in a 29-count indictment for stealing thousands of dollars in money orders.
AccountingWEB wants to help you claim a bigger deduction on your waistline
AccountingWEB, the leading online media company for accountants, is pleased to announce a contest where the biggest loser might as well be the biggest winner. If you're like many accountants and online publishing types that regressed into bad habits during banquet season, and had to write off several trips to the gym during tax season, AccountingWEB is here to help you get back on track and in shape for bikini season.
QuickBooks 2010 on Demand
QuickBooks 2010 on DemandCo-authored by AccountingWEB's Gail Perry, QuickBooks 2010 on Demand is a task-based reference book, designed to appeal to the QuickBooks user who wants the answer to questions in a hurry.
We're giving away 25 copies to readers who post questions or answers in our Q&A during March. Entry is easy - Post in our Q&A section and become one of 25 winners of QuickBooks 2010 on Demand. Winners will be selected at random and names of winners will be posted on AccountingWEB in April. Share your curiosity, Share your knowledge.
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"Amazon Tax" Laws: Unwise and Unconstitutional?
Joseph Henchman, tax counsel, director of state projects at The Tax Foundation, has published a report on the hazards of states imposing "Amazon Tax" laws.
What does the HIRE Act mean to your clients - and you?
You already know the HIRE Act HR 2847 was signed into law. I had a nice, long chat with CCH Principal Federal Tax Analyst Mark Luscombe and Eric Smith, IRS spokesman, in order to get you more clarification on the new law.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Act) – Tax Provisions
Here is a summary provided by the Journal of Accountancy of some of the major tax provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Establishing Materiality Levels That Reduce Audit Work
The concepts of materiality included in SAS No. 107 provide a framework for audit quality. They also provide opportunities for saving time by considering risk of material misstatement at both the financial statement and assertion levels.
Q&A
Minority Interest accounts in consolidated f/s using QuickBooks Pro 2010
I need to consolidate several small companies into a holding company using QuickBooks. One of the subsidiaries has a noncontrolling shareholder. How should I set up the consolidated chart of accounts to properly reflect the noncontrolling interest, both on the balance sheet and income statement?
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QuickBooks listing of inventory items and sales
Can anyone help me resolve my QuickBooks 2010 issue? I have entered all my inventory list of items with price and cost for each item. However, anytime I generate a P&L statement, it records all the inventory items as sales even though I have not made any sale yet or generated an invoice for a potential sale.
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