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June 30, 2008

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TSCPA and AICPA's PCPS join forces again for National Map Survey
PCPS and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) are pleased to introduce the new and improved PCPS/TSCPA National MAP Survey for 2008. The Survey's rich history makes it the leading benchmarking survey for the CPA profession. Thus, the co-branding by both organizations is consistent with the dedication and commitment that drive both groups to assist and serve CPA practitioners.

Workers change commuting styles in response to higher gas prices
Feeling pressure at the pump, many workers are changing their commuting habits to ease the financial burden of rising gas prices, a new survey shows. More than four out of 10 (44 percent) professionals interviewed said higher gas prices have affected their commutes, up from 34 percent two years ago when a similar survey was conducted.

Override of farm bill veto retains tax incentives
The Senate Thursday, in an 82-13 vote, completed its override of President Bush's veto of the $300 billion Farm Bill, legislation that has prompted widespread criticism for being bloated and benefiting rich farmers.

Blogs!

What have you got to say today?

Bill Kennedy, CA.IT, PMP:
Energized Accounting
When you grow up . . .

Have you ever been asked to speak to a class of high school seniors about choosing an accounting career? I did it for several years. The lawyer beat me hands down every time. His room would be brimming with kids, where I would be lucky to have a few die hards whose parents were accountants....

The K2 Team:
Accounting Technology Talk and More!
Notes from the Road and Travel Tips

We're in our second quarter "mini busy season" here with K2, and the last few weeks have seen us present technology conferences in Connecticut, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Oregon (where I will speak today). We're also preparing for our first CPA Firm Technology Symposium in Overland Park, KS on 6/10. Since this is a new, all-day course, I've been working with Val Steed, K2's CEO, on prep for this course so we have plenty of material and other collateral to help our participants use technology in their firms as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Featured Book

Emerging Real Estate Markets:
How to Find and Profit from
Up-and-Coming Areas
by David Lindahl
How a Dirt-Poor Landscaper Cracked the Code to Emerging Market Real Estate Investing - and Built a Financial Empire.

While many real estate markets have cooled off, there are major hot spots throughout the country that are booming due to population growth and urban expansion. These emerging markets are where the next wave of big-time real estate profits will be found. In Emerging Real Estate Markets, David Lindahl shows you how to find these markets, get started investing with little of your own cash, and maximize your profits.

Editor's Note

I don't know about you but I'm pretty excited about some of the books I have piled up for my summer reading. Even though I'm not in school any more, I still set aside time in the summer for the books I look forward to all year. Some of them are quick reads, light fiction, and others are more in depth. There's still time to get your favorites added to the AccountingWEB 2008 Summer Reading list. Click the link below to send an e-mail with your suggestions for our list, and next week we'll share the results with all of our readers.

Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
editor@accountingweb.com



Small Business News

Don't feel trapped in your job
Only 54 percent of employees feel they have a good future with their current organization. Why do they feel this way? Some have doubts about the future of their organization. They fear that the company could go out of business, merge with another, or be acquired. More often they feel their performance is not valued.

Firm/State News

Former E&Y partner charged with insider trading
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former partner at Ernst & Young LLP, his friend, and his friend's father in an insider trading scheme that resulted in nearly $600,000 in illicit profits.

Student News

Don't let your online community turn off an employer
Everywhere you look, a new online community seems to be taking the world by storm. As these online communities ingrain themselves in our lives, so, too, does the complexity of how they can affect us professionally.


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