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Strippers call for voluntary “pole tax” to help education
Strippers in schoolLong Island exotic dancers rallied last week in favor of a voluntary, $5 “pole tax” that would go toward education. Dancers at Illusions Gentlemen’s Club in Deer Park believe a $5 surcharge added to the club’s admission could go toward after-school activities. One dancer told the New York Post that she wants to give back to her community because of state funding cuts to education.
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CPAbidding.com was launched in late April as a new way for individuals and businesses to find and retain CPA-related services. The Web site is free to use and helps connect individuals and businesses with CPAs.
Ryan becomes sponsor of North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee
Ryan, a Dallas-based tax services firm, recently announced that the firm has joined an exclusive group of North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee $1 million founding sponsors dedicated to making the first NFL Super Bowl in North Texas a success.
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Firm/State/People News
New Jersey CPA Society gives members new way to connect online
Social networkingThe New Jersey Society of CPAs has added a social networking site so its members can meet online, seek out colleagues, and form discussion groups. The site, NJSCPA Connect, already contains the business and contact information of its 15,500 members, but members can supplement their profile page with a photo, bio, interests, and other information.
Embezzling accountant cuts a deal
Usually accountants uncover stories like this one. Regrettably, sometimes they are the perpetrators.
National Association of Enrolled Agents installs new board members
The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), the organization that represents over 46,000 federally-licensed tax practitioners, has announced the installation of 14 members to its board of directors.
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Cloud Computing and Sales Tax Update
A recent article in the New York Times discusses how companies are moving to cloud computing. The article discusses how large "cloud computing" providers like Amazon are getting companies to use their resources and data centers, instead of companies creating their own data centers.
Excel 2010 + Fantasy Football = Victory
Our sister site AccountingWEB.co.uk and John Stokdyk lift the lid on the Excel 2010 KPI dashboard he used through the football season to pick his winning fantasy team. (Editor’s note: And by football, he’s referring to soccer.)
How to Stand Out from the Herd of Other CPAs
Do you ever wonder why clients are not beating down your doors for your accounting, auditing, and tax services?
A Dog Parade...Our Tax Dollars at Work
I teach performance-based budgeting to city leaders about a half-dozen times a year. At one point during the seminar, I ask the participants to discuss what their department does and what their goals are for the coming year.
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