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Q: While looking for a PDF file on the web, I tried including pdf, .pdf, and “.pdf” in my search criteria, but I still found mostly websites instead of PDF documents. Is there a way to search the web for PDF documents only?

A: When searching the web using Bing or Google, you can search specifically for PDF files only by including the phrase filetype:pdf in the search criteria. When using Yahoo!, include the phrase originurlextension:pdf in your search criteria.

Note: You can also search for Excel, Word, or PowerPoint files the same manner by substituting xlsx, docx, or pptx for pdf in above search phrases. (The suffix pdf refers to Adobe Acrobat’s Portable Document Format, while xlsx, docx, and pptx refer to Microsoft’s latest Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 2010/2007 file formats, respectively.)


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

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