Professional Issues


PCPS—the AICPA Alliance for CPA Firms—and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants released the results of the 2004 Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey. The information, gathered from nearly 2,500 firms of all sizes across the nation, includes comprehensive benchmarking data on salaries, billable hours, service offerings and expenses. For the first time the research included questions on the methods top-performing firms used to achieve exceptional results; other questions focused on marketing, business planning and owner/partner issues. Among other findings, the data showed increased firm growth, profits and billing rates. The results are available at www.pcps.org/member/overview.html

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Cybersecurity threats proliferating for midsize and smaller businesses

This report details how SMBs can properly protect private information from breaches, design and implement a cybersecurity policy, and create safeguards for training and education.

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Test yourself on these often confused words

The spelling checker on your word processing program can do only so much to flag problems. Your best insurance is to learn the troublesome words that trip up writers and use them correctly by the standards of formal, written English.