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5 Other Systems for Paying Partners

Money falling from the sky; moneyon whiteWhy Balanced Scorecard is MBO in new clothing.

By Marc Rosenberg
Partner Comp: Art & Science

There are many partner compensation formulas, some performance-based and some not, some more subjective than others.

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The systems below are less common than others, but some firms are attracted to them, especially small firms.

5 Ways Tech Makes Your Work Easier

tech finger blueYour clients may be asking about these already.

By Sandi Leyva
The Accountant’s Accelerator

After over 30 years in this profession, accounting has never been more promising and more exciting. The main reason is technology is driving data entry costs so low that it’s just about to disappear. That means we can finally focus on helping small businesses get more out of their accounting dollars through more analysis and better tools.

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Here are five areas that I believe are essential to serving clients best:

Tax Filing Season 2016 Ends on Positive Notes

Chart of IRS statistics for week ending April 22, 2016.
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Pros handled 58 percent of e-filings.

By CPA Trendlines

After weeks of falling statistics, the 2016 filing season closed on positives in every category but one – .

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There were 136.53 million individual income tax returns filed by April 22, with the April 18 deadline falling within that week. The total returns received were up 1.7 percent from 2015. Total returns processed numbered 129.46 million, up 0.9 percent. That puts the processing rate to date at 94.8 percent.

E-filing receipts totaled 122.55 million, up 2.6 percent. Tax professionals prepared 70.86 million, up 0.5 percent, and 51.68 million were self-prepared, up 5.7 percent.


The Big Eight: Harsh Realities for Firms Today

banana peelThe times call for bold plans and determined management.

By Domenick J. Esposito
8 Steps to Great

Most CPA firms are good at planning but poor in implementation and accountability. I say – no pain, no gain. Let’s stop talking about doing it, let’s do it. Hope is not a strategy.

MORE from DOMENICK J. ESPOSITO:  The Coming Battle below The Big Four  |  Seizing the $10 Trillion Opportunity | Learning to ‘Run with the Big Dogs’ | The CPA Success Formula: Ties that Bind  |  8 Steps to Great: The Vast New Opportunities for Smart, Aggressive Firms | More...

Here are the eight realities and key challenges facing all CPA firms today, and particularly those that are striving to become mid-market sustainable brands: READ MORE →

9 Things to Stop Doing Now

Businessman in dark gray suit raise his hand in action of stop and word "stop" on his red palmStop devaluing yourself and the profession.

By Martin Bissett
Passport to Partnership

The thing about accountants is that they occupy, should they wish to, a unique position in the minds of their clients. We know it as most trusted advisor.

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Simply put, if you are a trusted advisor, you’re supposed to

Which Social Media Should You Use?

Social media words on cubesDon't pick a platform at random. Make an informed choice.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

According to Quicksprout research, 75 percent of people are somewhat likely to share content they like online with friends, co-workers and/or family members. Forty-nine percent do it at least weekly.

MORE ON SOCIAL MEDIA: What Is Social Media? | How Social Media Works with Accountants’ Top 5 Marketing Goals

In the same study, 86 percent of marketers stated that social media is important for their business, while 89 percent stated that increased exposure was the number one benefit of social media marketing.

How to Merge Sole Practitioners

Two businessmen shaking hands21 issues to consider.

By Marc Rosenberg
CPA Firm Mergers: Your Complete Guide

When considering a merger of sole practitioners, there are numerous critical issues to negotiate. Twenty-one, in fact.

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1. Method/system for splitting the profits. Keep in mind that if you devise a system that essentially revolves around making each solo a profit center, as if they still had their own firms, it will tend to discourage the two of you working together as one firm.

Pay Varies When Performance Varies

Closeup shot of a caliper measuring the word "Goals"Plus ways to measure both objective and subjective performance criteria (yes, it can be done).

By Bill Reeb and Dominic Cingoranelli
CPA Trendlines / Succession Institute

An important point to keep in mind is that we, as human beings, have good months and bad ones, good years and bad ones.

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What is going on in our personal lives has a lot to do with how we perform in our professional ones. Therefore, if someone is going through a difficult time, such as a divorce, death in the family, major conflicts with extended family, etc., we can expect those events to spill over into our work life.