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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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Tax reform complicates year-end tax planning

Get your clients ready for tax season with these year-end tax planning strategies, which address how to make the most of recent tax law changes, such as the new deduction for qualified business income and the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes.

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What RPA is and how it works

Robotic process automation is like an Excel macro that can work on multiple applications, says Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA. RPA can complete routine, repetitive tasks such as data entry, freeing up employee time from lower-level chores.