The Power of the New Multifunction Calculator in Windows 7


Q I’ve always been a critic of Windows Calculator. Is the calculator in Windows 7 any better?


A Yes, it’s much more functional than the earlier version. For example, no longer will you need to turn to Excel to calculate the number of days, weeks, months or years between two dates or to calculate mortgage payments.


The Windows 7 Calculator has been beefed up with Programmer, Statistics and Scientific modes. They include templates that calculate gas mileage, hourly wages, mortgage payments, leases and much more. It’s well worth taking a look at it.



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

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.