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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TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 has two new mapping capabilities. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, demonstrates how to make masterful 2D and 3D maps in Excel 2016.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS enforcement, a hot job, and audit value

The IRS’s 2016 Data Book, a “hot job” of particular interest at this time of year, and insight into how executive and audit committees view the insights from financial statement audits received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.