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Four skills you need to succeed in a career at sea

Choosing a career at sea is not something that you should dive into without doing your research first. It is a different way of life and therefore different skills are needed. You may have studied hard at school or university; alternatively you may have a very impressive CV. These things will all stand you in good stead; however, a career at sea is not your run-of-the-mill job and there are certain niche skills that you will need. Problem solving ... [Continue Reading]

How To Get An Awesome Job In Engineering

Credit Do you feel your current employment solution keeps bringing you down? Are you spending more than seven hours each day out of the house for little more than the minimum wage? Then retraining to become an engineer could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. There are plenty of well-paid jobs available in this industry, and most of them are easy to come by if you have the right qualifications, and you show willing. With that in mind,... [Continue Reading]

How Entrepreneurs Could Impress on Dragon's Den

If you’ve ever watched Dragon’s Den, starring the likes of Kelly Hoppen, Deborah Meaden, and other smart multimillionaires; you’ll know that it’s an extremely nerve wracking experience...definitely not for the faint hearted. However, if you’ve got a product that you believe in, it could be worth getting yourself on screen for a chance of investment and the best marketing help out there. Here’s how entrepreneurs could... [Continue Reading]

Common Tax Issues That Small Business Owners Face

Around tax time, Uncle Sam often hits small businesses the hardest. One of the biggest reasons why small businesses are hit so hard is because many of the tax laws and structures are difficult to navigate, which leaves bootstrap companies in the lurch. When it comes to small business accounting, it is important to not only know how to navigate the waters of tax law – you also want to be aware of some of the common problems that small businesses... [Continue Reading]

Finding the Best Car Insurance Deal for a Student

The past few years has not been very fair on students and their families. Student maintenance loans have been decreased while student fees have increased. The cost of living has risen across the board and jobs are scarce. Not only that, but EU legislation has seen to it that the cost of car insurance has risen for women in particular and for young people in general. It seems as though it’s never been more financially difficult to be a student. ... [Continue Reading]

5 Helpful Accounting Tips for Startups

When you have a start-up business, you want to make sure that you do all that you can in order to make sure that your company offers a great product, provides impeccable customer service and perhaps, most importantly, earns a profit. Especially since according to many reports, nearly half of all new businesses close their doors within the first five years of opening them. Well, when it comes to keeping your finances in order, one of the main things... [Continue Reading]

5 Helpful Accounting Tips for Startups

When you have a start-up business, you want to make sure that you do all that you can in order to make sure that your company offers a great product, provides impeccable customer service and perhaps, most importantly, earns a profit. Especially since according to many reports, nearly half of all new businesses close their doors within the first five years of opening them. Well, when it comes to keeping your finances in order, one of the main things... [Continue Reading]

Is Debt Settlement a Viable Debt Relief Strategy?

Many Americans are struggling with large amounts of credit card debt. According to NerdWallet the average American household has over $7,000 outstanding on their cards and that amount increases to over $15,000 if you only look at indebted households. Not being able to pay your bills for one month can send you into a bad downward debt spiral that may seem impossible to escape. If you have more debt than you can pay back, debt settlement may be an option... [Continue Reading]

Important Tax Tips

Tax time can be a stressful experience for anyone. A careful attention to detail as well as proper planning helps relieve some of hassle that accompanies this thorny issue. Following the right steps ensures fewer potential difficulties throughout the entire process.  Arrange All Necessary Materials Before Preparation Arrange everything needed to correctly prepare taxes beforehand. Common forms include W2s and the 1099 form. Other additional... [Continue Reading]

5 Ways to Streamline Payroll Management for Your Business

If you’re someone who happens to run your own business, then you already know that it comes with a lot of demands. You have to make sure that you provide great products and/or services. You have to keep your website and social media accounts updated. You have to do all that you can to keep your customers satisfied. If you have a staff, you have to provide them with what they need in order to be productive. And, you also have to make sure that... [Continue Reading]

5 Small Business Accounting Tips to Prepare for a Financial Audit

You don’t need to have your masters in accounting to know when your small business is about to be hit with an audit. When it comes down to it, the IRS will surely let you know when they are about to storm your offices and invade your books. It can be an invasive experience, but it can really help if you are prepared. Preparing for a financial audit is a little bit like preparing your business for a potential financial tsunami. If you don’t... [Continue Reading]

Accounting & Tax News

Hertz (HTZ), Don't It? – Accounting Mistakes and Retracted Guidance Have ...
Hertz (HTZ), Don't It? – Accounting Mistakes and Retracted Guidance Have ...

Art of Accounting: Start with the Cash
The next morning we met the controller and accounting staff. I told my assistant that we would start with the balance sheet. I would do the cash and he would do everything else. He was elated that he wasn't “stuck” with the cash and that he would work ...

30 Years Of Accounting Lessons: Penman, Piotroski, Beneish [Part IV]
Nissim and Penman (2001) argue that the preceding literature on financial statement analysis (e.g. Ou and Penman, 1989; Lev and Thiagarajan, 1993; Abarbanell and Bushee, 1997) is characterized by a lack of structure in the selection of relevant ...

Ex-Daley Aide's 'Unsophisticated' Accounting Led to $90K Swindle: Attorney
What's more, his attorneys say, Lee's accounting methods are "unsophisticated and quite disorganized," leading to more confusion in his bookkeeping. Lee faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the theft count and three years on the tax count, ...

Communication flaw led to accounting errors in DIA minority contract
An investigation into the largest minority contract awarded by Denver found that communication errors led to a massive accounting gap that threatened to undermine the integrity of the city's disadvantaged-business program. Denver's Office of Economic ...

Good accounting is vital
Great accounting is vital for each and every business, but too many are lacking in this area. Most use standard income statements and balance sheets, but there is much more information business owners need that is not available in these basic financial ...

Two former ACS execs to pay nearly $675000 settlement in SEC accounting probe
Two senior executives of a Dallas-based information technology company that's now part of Xerox Corp. have agreed to pay nearly $675,000 to settle allegations that they mischaracterized transactions to inflate the company's revenue and mislead ...

Tax Prep Chains Make Moves into Accounting
H&R Block and Liberty Tax have been expanding from traditional tax preparation services into other areas such as bookkeeping as they reach out to service small business clients year-round, giving traditional accountants some extra competition. On ...

Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants
Steven Davis of the University of California, Davis, and Robert Socolow of Princeton (best known for his work dividing the climate challenge into carbon “wedges”) have written “Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions,” a valuable new paper in ...

People Issues Are Major Challenges for Accounting
Many of the biggest concerns for accounting firms in the future relate to people issues, according to Illinois CPA Society president and CEO Todd Shapiro. In his opening keynote for the 34th Annual Midwest Accounting & Finance Show, Shapiro discussed ...

AICPA announces 2014 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop graduates
“Over the course of two intensive days, the Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop provided these impressive students with professional skills development and a greater understanding of what a career as a CPA is all about,” said Kim Drumgo, AICPA ...

JM Wilson Promotes Russell to Accounting Supervisor
Portage, Mich.-based property/casualty MGA and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Crystal Russell to accounting operations supervisor. Russell is responsible for payment and account reconciliation of company accounts and assisting the ...

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