April 7th, 2014
This is crunch week at accounting firms across the U.S. With the clock tick-tocking down to April 15th, lights will be burning late into the night — and in more than a few places, won’t be shut off at all.
At this point, there’s not much you can do about the late hours and the unhealthy lack of sleep. One thing you can do this week is to reject all the junk food and high carb, high fat foods that get ordered in for lunch and dinner. Read the rest of this entry »
February 25th, 2014
In collaboration with Latham & Watkins, the Managed Funds Association, trade group for the hedge fund and alternative assets industry, is out with a new hedge fund glossary. The MFA is offering the law firm’s Book of Jargon – Hedge Funds on its website. With some 900 terms, the glossary is a complete set of key terms, phrases, and definitions specific to all aspects of the global hedge fund industry. The Book of Jargon – Hedge Funds is also available as a free app that allows users to access the information on Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices.
February 7th, 2014
No sooner did you finish closing out 2013, then the 1099 and W-2 deadline popped up and now its month-end closing. No wonder your finance department is starting to yell “Uncle!”
Even if you haven’t looked at the calendar since 2013 became 2014, your accountants have, and they know they are only weeks away from a day that most of America’s dreads – April 15. Read the rest of this entry »
January 9th, 2014
Two leading accounting associations say 2014 could be the year that sees a new C-level executive taking an office in the C-suite: the Chief Financial and Technology Officer. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants are using January’s second observance of CFO Month to raise awareness of the tight connections between a company’s digital data and its financial performance. Read the rest of this entry »
December 24th, 2013
Optimism is running high among CFOs and other top finance executives who say 2014 is going to be a good year for the country, their own company, and hiring. The annual Business Outlook Survey by the Association for Financial Professionals found 52% of finance executives predicting the year may get off to a bumpy start, but it will pick up steam in the second half. This is the largest percentage of optimists since before the recession in 2008. The largest share expect the year will see a 2.1% growth in GDP. But 11 percent are are even more positive, and predict a 3% rise in overall national growth. The survey also revealed that finance executives now expect their companies to begin hiring, both in U.S. and abroad, with 43% anticipating expanding U.S. payrolls. AFPOnline.org
December 9th, 2013
With no less than 41 different state income tax reporting requirements, employer groups and trade associations have been giving their support to two bills in Congress that would simplify tax rules nationwide.
Instead of requiring state withholding and tax filings by both employer and employee after only a day of working in a state, the simplified rules would require non-resident workers to comply with local tax rules only after having worked in the state for 30 days.
Among the industries especially impacted by multi-state tax situations are staffing firms that place workers in short-term on-site positions, as well as employers with multiple offices across the country. Depending on where an assignment is located, an employer may have to pay state taxes and workers have to multiple income tax forms to file, just to get a modest refund of their withholding. Read the rest of this entry »
December 3rd, 2013
Do you know how much your company spends processing invoices? Twenty percent spend between $6 and $15 per bill, while a surprising 7.3% spend more than $16, up to $25 for each invoice.
A report on the cost of A/P processing says companies that process paper invoices could save significantly by switching to an electronic processing system. How much? Well, a survey by Iron Mountain says 31.1% of firms processing electronic invoices spend less than $2 per. Compare that to the 12.2% of their paper using counterparts who spend that little.
By going electronic, a mere .5% of companies spend from $16 to $25 per invoice.
CFODailyNews.com says companies don’t even have to fully automate to see savings. “In fact,” writes Jennifer Azara, “Many companies find they have better success with a phase-in approach rather than making all their suppliers jump in with both feet.”
November 1st, 2013
Finance leaders of some of the world’s largest companies are growing ever more concerned about their ability to recruit, retain and develop talent in their finance organizations. While nearly three-quarters of them have a talent strategy, 4-in-10 admit they are not optimistic about meeting talent demands in the future. Deloitte’s 2013 Global Finance Talent Survey found that “that the talent strategies in place today are insufficient, and finance leaders are finding them difficult to execute.” What’s more finance departments are finding themselves in a time of significant change, asked to meet new business needs and to work more closely — collaborate and partner — than they ever have before. However, Deloitte reports that finance departments were not designed for partnering and most have not placed much emphasis on those skills in hiring. Now, finance has new talent needs. Deloitte’s report examines the question: “Business leaders are inviting the finance team to step into a more strategic role,
but is finance ready to deliver?” Deloitte
October 21st, 2013
Concerned that schools are not properly preparing their undergraduate accounting students, the Institute of Management Accountants has launched a Competency Crisis site where the issue can be discussed as the profession searches for a solution. “The concern that we’ve had is that the curriculum at the undergraduate accounting level is not preparing the future accountant for what they’re going to do on the job,” says IMA president and CEO Jeffrey C. Thomson. Launched almost three weeks ago, the site is already attracting attention from accounting and finance professionals. The IMA is planning a publicity campaign using social media to reach the professions multiple constituencies. AccountingToday
October 18th, 2013
Financial professionals may be wizards at analyzing complex transactions, but explaining them in words plain enough for the rest of us to understand is a rare skill. Whether bankers, accountants or asset managers, too many insist on taking the long road to get to the point. It’s almost as if they believe the more words they use, the more impressive the analysis. Nothing could be further from the truth, says Susan Weiner, a chartered financial analyst and author of Financial Blogging: How to Write Powerful Posts That Attract Clients. She offers seven tips for improving the writing of financial professionals, beginning with examples from the most revered of investors, Warren Buffet. His “plainspoken style instills trust in investors,” she says, suggesting that writers read their “clunky sections” out loud. And while they’re at it, trim down too long sentences and too wordy paragraphs. MarketingProfs.com