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Tax Extenders You Can Count On

“Tax extenders, temporary tax provisions that are reinstated by Congress on a regular basis, have been a recurring part of the tax arena for years. Most of the current group up for debate have expired at the end of 2013, and their eventual extension will be...

New-age challenges for employee privacy

By Michael Giardina “An individual’s online behavior and presence may seem like their own business, but when it comes to on-the-job use of social networks, the rules have changed. And as benefit managers and their HR teams do their due diligence to try to find...

IRS Permits Some Deductions for Local Lodging Expenses

BY MICHAEL COHN “The Internal Revenue Service has issued final regulations on the deductibility of expenses for lodging when an individual is not traveling away from home, permitting them in some cases for taxpayers who pay or incur local lodging expenses. In TD...

Mandatory Partner Retirement Becomes an Issue at Firms

BY MICHAEL COHN “The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been questioning some of the Big Four accounting firms about their policy of requiring their partners to agree to retire at a specific age. The general counsel at Deloitte LLP testified about the...

ADP Sees Wage Growth Accelerating in Private Sector

By Michael Cohn “Payroll giant ADP has released a new report indicating that wage growth has been accelerating since the beginning of last year. The company’s new quarterly Workforce Vitality Index The Index, which is part of the ADP Workforce Vitality Report,...

Art of Accounting: Growing with a Client

By Edward Mendlowitz “Last week I told the story of how we were hired to prepare corporate tax returns at a much higher fee than the client said they wanted to pay. This client grew to become our largest client. Here is how it happened. We completed the initial...

2 simple questions you must ask your staff

By Wendy Keneipp “Why is the idea of helping employees so intimidating? The phrase “performance review” conjures up memories and horror stories of the dreaded annual event, either given or received, and these stories seem to paralyze even the best into...