The top stories of the year

The CPA Insider desk takes a look back at the newsletter’s most popular and informative articles.

December 16, 2013
by CPA Insider Desk

The past year has been an exciting one for the CPA Insider, which has chronicled the implications of new tax laws, offered insightful career and business development advice, and helped practitioners improve their technical skills.

With 2013 nearly in the books, our editors recently took a look back at the newsletter’s offerings to identify the columns and stories that proved to be both the most popular and most informative. After factoring in page views, editorial judgment, and time sensitivity, we came up with a list that, like Santa’s, has something for everybody. Without further ado, we present the top CPA Insider stories of the year.

Three Reasons Accountants Don’t Earn Enough
Accounting firms often work too cheap and don’t manage their practices like businesses.

A Dozen Public Accounting Ideas That Don’t Work Anymore
What CPA firms need to do to keep pace in a changing world.

The $54 Million Fraud
In the wake of the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history, the questions still swirl.

How to Stop Young CPAs From Leaving Public Accounting
Firms can take steps to lessen the migration of top talent and avoid the costs related to such departures.

How to Deal With Clients’ Price Complaints
Start by finding out if they’re really upset with your price—or with something else.

Take a Closer Look at These Four Clients Before Filing Their Returns
Preparers should consider extra due diligence as the IRS scrutinizes taxpayers and practitioners.

The Password Paradox
How do you balance security with usability? Here’s one way.

Ten Career Tips for Young CPAs
Observations of what made accomplished professionals successful can help build careers.

How to Raise the Rates You Charge Clients
You should be billing what you’re worth—and raising prices isn’t as hard as you might think.

How Soon Can You Retire?
CPAs need to factor in the frequency of their client visits, among other things, as they transition into retirement.

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