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Office Humor: It’s Tax Time! Is Your TV a Business Expense?

Posted by Kari Hulac on Sep 17, 2014 4:22:00 PM

FAtc1As we head into the fourth quarter, preparing to meet tax season deadlines is a top-of-mind concern for many businesses.

Jan. 31, 2015, will be here before you know it, and that’s the deadline for businesses to send in 2013 W-2s and 1099s and turn in forms 941, 940 and 944 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Also mark your calendar for Feb. 28 and March 31 for paper and e-filing deadlines for W-2s and for 1099s.

State filing deadlines vary, but many fall on or around Feb. 28. Here’s a link to look up the tax deadlines for your state.

While we know it would be NICE if you could claim that fancy 70-inch plasma as a business expense, knowing what qualifies as such is something you might need expert help to determine.

The IRS says to qualify as a business expense the item in question must be “common and accepted in your trade or business” and “helpful and appropriate.”

Topics: Tax Season, Randy Glasbergen Cartoons, Office Humor

Salary Spotlight: Accounting Manager

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Sep 16, 2014 2:16:00 PM

RHFA_Blog_Accounting_Manager_9.2Maybe you’re a staff accountant looking to advance your career. Or perhaps you’re an experienced senior accountant interested in taking on a leadership role in your organization’s accounting department.

Regardless of where you’re coming from, you’ll find a job as an accounting manager to be highly rewarding — and the salary equally so, according to the 2014 Salary Guide from Robert Half. Read on to learn more about what it takes to become an accounting manager and what you can expect to earn. 

Topics: Salary Guide, 2014 Salary Guides, CPA, Accounting Manager, Staff Accountant, Accounting Employees, Salary Spotlight, Ledger Preparation, Intuit, QuickBooks, Financial Reporting

Recruiting Top Talent in a Challenging Market

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Sep 15, 2014 4:00:31 PM

RHFA_Blog_Recruiting_top_talent_in_a_challenging_market_9.15If you’ve tried finding skilled finance and accounting professionals lately, you may have been shocked at what you discovered: It is not as easy to locate candidates as you might have expected.

The job market is changing and it's often difficult for employers to find prospective hires with the requisite skills today. Recruiting top talent requires managers to think creatively and try new strategies.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Skilled Professionals, Alumni Networks, Recruiting Top Talent

4 Ways to Refresh Your Fall Work Wardrobe

Posted by Kari Hulac on Sep 11, 2014 9:06:00 AM

FA_0914_IMG_Blog_Businessman_NAM_ENGIt’s one thing to watch a Paris fall fashion show and quite another to know how to translate all that couture into anything remotely appropriate for a professional finance and accounting office.

But dressing for success doesn’t mean you cannot incorporate current trends into your work wardrobe. In fact, I’d argue that pulling a few of-the-moment looks into your usual line-up of suits and ties or blazers and skirts will make you look and feel more confident on the job.

1. Add some color.  While what this distinguished gentleman is wearing is completely appropriate for a job in finance, once he’s seated around a boardroom table, he might completely disappear into a sea of blue and grey pinstripe.

To freshen up this look for fall, just add a pop of autumn color on the tie. Try orange, gold or rust instead of the typical power red and pair it with a patterned pocket handkerchief in the same color family.

Another option that works for men or women who wear suits to work is to try a shirt in an unexpected trendy color. Pink pairs beautifully with blue or a very pale yellow or orange would complement it as well. If  you’re on the fashion challenged side, Pinterest is a great resource for getting fashion ideas. Check out our Robert Half Pinterest page or this men’s work fashion board . For women, hot colors this fall are silver, gray and electric blue. Get some inspiration from Ann Taylor.

Topics: What to Wear to Work, Workplace Attire, Work Wardrobe

Salary Spotlight: IT Auditor

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Sep 9, 2014 1:11:55 PM

RHFA_Blog_Salary_spotlight_IT_Auditor_9.23From a neighborhood bakery’s point-of-sale software to a Fortune 500 company’s intranet, most businesses rely on technology to further their development. A computer glitch can be more than just an inconvenience — it can cost organizations thousands or millions of dollars. So it’s no wonder that IT auditors are in high demand in almost every industry.

Much like a financial auditor analyzes a company’s processes to ensure compliance and accuracy, an IT auditor examines all technological infrastructure, from communications systems to software programs. Demand for skilled IT auditors is high — and so can be the salaries.

Topics: Salary Guide, Salary Spotlight, IT Auditor

It’s Here Already? A 10-Step Checklist to Prep for Tax Season

Posted by Stacy Dyer on Sep 8, 2014 12:46:00 PM

RHFA__Tips_to_prepare_for_tax_season__9.3Tax season may sneak up on individuals, but it should never sneak up on businesses. Yes, it’s September, not April, but it’s already time to start preparing to close the books on 2014 for your clients or your company. Gear up by making sure you have the staff, resources and processes in place to sail through the busiest time of year.

Here’s a handy 10-step checklist to help you map out your strategy for year-end and tax season:  

Topics: Hiring, Monday Management Minute, Tax Season, Year-End

3 Tips for the Post-Labor Day Hiring Season

Posted by Kim Christman on Sep 4, 2014 4:15:00 PM

RHFA_Blog__Tips_for_Post_Labor_Day_Hiring___9.1When the kids head back to school and the days are getting noticeably shorter, many business professionals begin the process of evaluating the year to date and planning for the future.

As the unofficial end to summer, Labor Day marks the start of the business planning season – including staffing assessments – for many companies. If you’re looking to bring new talent into your organization for the fall and winter months, here are three pieces of solid hiring advice:

Topics: Hiring Process, Hiring Advice, Social Media, Labor Day, Employer Brand, Hiring Season

Happy National Payroll Week! Hiring and Salary Trends for Payroll Professionals

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Sep 3, 2014 11:59:00 AM

RHFA_Blog__National_payroll_week_8.27As a payroll professional, the role you play serving companies and their employees is one worth celebrating. Along with Labor Day, this week marks National Payroll Week, an event that recognizes the ways in which payroll professionals contribute to the vitality of our national workforce.

Ensuring that employees get paid on time may be the best-known role of payroll professionals, but that contribution is just part of a much-larger set of indispensable responsibilities. Payroll professionals at all levels must wear many hats and be able to adapt to new technologies and regulatory requirements.

Topics: Salary Guide, American Payroll Association, National Payroll Week, Labor Day

Get a paycheck? Celebrate National Payroll Week Sept. 1-5!

Posted by Mark Coindreau on Sep 2, 2014 12:21:28 PM

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It’s National Payroll Week, the perfect time to learn how to maximize your paycheck, thank your payroll professional, impact your community and even earn a chance at a free vacation to Las Vegas – with spending money!

National Payroll Week, founded by the American Payroll Association (APA) and running from September 1-5, 2014, celebrates America’s workers and the payroll professionals who pay us. Together, through payroll withholding, we contribute and collect 68.9 percent of U.S. Treasury revenue. 

Topics: American Payroll Association, Payroll Professionals, National Payroll Week

Salaries, Declutter Your Desk and Honest Job Descriptions: August's Popular Posts

Posted by Kari Hulac on Aug 28, 2014 4:55:19 PM

clutterWe hope you already visit our Finance & Accounting blog regularly (Did you know you can sign up to receive an instant, daily, weekly or monthly email of the headlines?), but if you don't, each month we'll help you see what you missed with a recap of our more popular posts.

Here they are, in no particular order. Read on for more about everything from accounting and finance salaries to how not to lie with a job description.

Topics: Salary Spotlight, Randy Glasbergen Cartoons, Job Description

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