Accounting and the Effective Use of LinkedIn

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Jeffrey S. Berdahl, CPA/PFS is a Shareholder with RLB Accountants in Lehigh Valley, PA.

By Guest Blogger, Jeffrey S. Berdahl, CPA, PFS

LinkedIn can be an effective marketing tool to enhance your firm’s and your professional image, and it really only takes a few minutes each day or every week. It is a great way to enhance your network and to continue to build relationships, but, like networking, you need to be focused on a process, continue to enhance and update your profile, and stay active.

Here are some things you can do with LinkedIn to help you cultivate referrals, reach potential clients, and grow your business. Continue reading

Windows 8: What Are The Advantages?

By Guest Blogger, Thomas G. Stephens Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA | K2 Enterprises

Microsoft 8Many professionals and organizations are leery of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8. Unfortunately, if you choose not to upgrade to Windows 8, you may be missing a number of great features designed to allow you to work more efficiently and securely. The following features may help you understand why, or if, Windows 8 is right for you. Continue reading

President Misses the Mark on Inversion Blame

By Guest Blogger, Ed Jenkins Jr., CPA

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Ed Jenkins Jr., CPA is an instructor of accounting at Pennsylvania State University in University State Park.

In President Obama’s press conference on Aug. 7, 2014, he blamed the wave of corporate inversions to escape the 35 percent statutory corporate federal tax rate on “accountants going to some big corporations… and saying we found a great loophole.” The President’s statement is off the mark. It was Congress, not accountants, that enacted the incredibly complex international tax regime in the first place. In addition, as The Wall Street Journal “Lawyers and Firms” blog reported on Aug. 5, 2014, the genesis of the promotion of inversions was a 2010 bicycle ride through Europe during which attorneys from Skadden Arps cooked up the scheme. So, it seems, attorneys have a good bit more responsibility than do accountants. Continue reading

How to Start a Business

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Jeffrey S. Berdahl, CPA/PFS is a Shareholder with RLB Accountants in Lehigh Valley, PA.

By Guest Blogger, Jeffrey S. Berdahl, CPA/PFS

Starting a business is big decision. It involves many hours of planning and making key financial and personal decisions. Once you have made an evaluation that this is for you and that you are ready to take a leap forward, consider these key steps to help you plan, prepare, and manage your new business.

Write a Business Plan – This is the roadmap to how you will start and run your business successfully. Continue reading

Remote-Controlled Business

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A recent survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that almost a quarter of the U.S. workforce did some or all of their work at home in 2013.

Working outside of the office isn’t a new concept for CPAs, but the continuing rapid pace of mobile growth has fostered an explosion in the size and scope of the mobile workforce. A recent survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that almost a quarter of the U.S. workforce did some or all of their work at home in 2013. I recently spent a couple years as part of the rising tide of remote employees, and I quickly learned that there are several challenges that go along with the benefits of working from home.

The first thing that I realized was that I needed to approach work with a different strategy than I had while I was in the office. Continue reading

Big Changes Ahead for Ethics Code

EthicsThe AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) recently released a reformatted Code of Professional Conduct. The new code is greatly improved and much easier to use. It is divided into sections based on practice areas, topically organized, and searchable. It also includes links to nonauthoritative practice aids. The language has been modernized to enhance clarity, and the code applies standard drafting conventions, uses consistent wording, uses the active voice, removes legalistic terms, minimizes the use of qualifiers (such as usually, ordinarily, normally), and eliminates footnotes. Continue reading

For of Those to Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required

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PICPA President Jerry Maginnis writes about “CPAs Give Back” in his op-ed article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The above headline is a quote from President John F. Kennedy that was recently mentioned in an op-ed article written by PICPA President Jerry Maginnis. CPAs have a long tradition of volunteerism and giving back to the communities in which they live and work. The PICPA has been fortunate to be able to count thousands of our members among those who give back to the profession through service in leadership, on committees and task forces, and by sharing their expertise or insight to students and the general public on matters such as financial literacy. But the volunteer spirit of the CPA community goes far beyond service to the PICPA. Many of our members also provide pro bono work to charities, serve on nonprofit boards, and volunteer for local community organizations. Our 11 PICPA chapters also get into the volunteer spirit by organizing activities and fundraisers to support local causes. Continue reading