Dec13
Alternative Minimum Tax Relief – AMT Vexes Democrats and Republicans

Like a pesky fly that you swat away from your face but then returns a few minutes later, the Alternative Minimum Tax (“AMT”) is once again vexingfly on cat's nose AMT lawmakers and citizens alike.

It appears no one likes the Alternative Minimum Tax – although some like the revenue it generates for the Treasury. According to Bloomberg,

“The minimum tax was created in 1969 to prevent 155 wealthy Americans from eliminating tax liabilities by claiming excessive deductions, credits and exemptions. The tax works by replacing common deductions such as those for medical expenses and state and local taxes with a flat exemption when the itemized deductions become too large relative to income….Because the exemption was never indexed for inflation, the levy has ensnared a growing number of Americans as incomes and the value of deductions rise. “

How Many Americans Should Pay AMT?

For most of its existence, the AMT has affected less than one percent of taxpayers in any one year. However, estimates indicate that under the current law and exemption, up to 22 million taxpayers would owe additional taxes under AMT in 2007. That is a quite an increase since the law was instated in 1969 to beat extra taxes out of 155 wealthy people. In fact, to get to 22 million taxpayers affected in 2007 from 155 taxpayers affected in 1969 requires nearly a 37% annual growth rate.

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Oct 7
Careers in Accounting

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The first thing that most people think of in regards to careers in accounting is the public accountant. While public accounting (recognized by the CPA designation) is one of the most prominent accounting fields, the many available careers in accounting cannot be categorized so easily. In fact, public accounting itself has many different career choices within the category.

Over the next few weeks the focus of several of my posts will be on the many varied careers available in the accounting and finance world. If there are any specific careers that anyone would like to see an overview of, please let me know and I’ll do my best to include it.

Oct 4
New Author for DoubleLedger!

Greetings everyone!  My name is Tiffany Bradford and I am the new author for DoubleLedger, Know More Media’s accounting blog. Accounting and finance are entrenched in all of our lives, whether we work directly with these areas or not – they are an integral part of any organization.

I have extensive experience in accounting and finance, as well as degrees in business and accounting. I am a freelance writer and I work extensively online, writing about many different business topics and person finance subjects as well. I am the Feature Writer for Accounting on Suite101. I am currently finishing my Certified Management Accountant (CMA) licensing so you will likely hear quite a bit regarding this particular certification in the weeks to come. 

In this blog I hope to cover both hot news items (from an accounting viewpoint) in the business world, in addition to providing guidance on many accounting subjects from simple to more complex issues. I also plan on discussing accounting certifications and programs. Please feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to answer them. Comments and topic suggestions are always welcome as well.

Welcome to DoubleLedger!

 

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Jun22
A-Systems Professional Accounting Software: Simple, Affordable QuickBooks Alternative

Frustrated by QuickBooks?  Look at A-Systems professional accounting software for businesses.  It's simple, affordable and robust.

While QuickBooks is extremely popular, many of its users complain about its complexity and high price.  On the other hand, A-Systems software has emphasized simplicity since its beginnings in 1978.

Yup, 1978.  Did you know that A-Systems was actually the first company to make PC accounting software?  Its JobView construction software started way back then, but the newest version has received a 5-star rating (out of 5, of course) from The CPA Technology Advisor.  JobView gives you accounts payable and receivable tracking, a report writer, inventory and point of sale tracking.  It's an affordable alternative to QuickBooks.

A-Systems also offers Visual Bookkeeper point of sale software.  A great thing about this program is that it updates automatically every calendar year so you don't have to purchase annual updates.  Also, Visual Bookkeeper is easy to use.  The installation CD comes with multimedia training to help even beginners understand what to track and how.

 

Find out today how A-Systems accounting software can meet your business needs!

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Nov23
Types of Writers on this Blog

Do you love to read about this topic? Do you have an expertise or a passion in this topic? Love to write? Want to make money writing?

We are Know More Media, a rapidly growing network of business-related blogs. We are always looking for quality voices to contribute to this blog. We seek the types of writer with an authentic, competent, clear, and honest voice. We invite any skilled writer with an expertise or passion in this topic to consider contributing to this blog.

Click to find out more about becoming a Know More Media Author, or go to the “Write for us” link on this page.

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Nov21
Double Ledger - An Accounting Discussion

You've come to the right place for conversations about the business of of accounting.   We will discuss the latest rules and regulations that impact the accounting world.  We will evaluate the most current accounting software packages and rip those that don't make the grade and embrace those that make life so much easier.  We will discuss who is hiring and evaluate life for one of the Big 8 6 5 4 (shall we keep going?) accounting firms or talk about what life is like out on your own. 

We will expound upon GAAP and International Accounting Standards.  We will talk about the scandals and the reformers.  We will explore the different aspects of accounting, whether it be  auditing, tax, or management accounting.

We hope you come to Double Ledger not just to passively read, but rather to actively participate in our online conversation.  Add your comments to our blog posts, suggest new topics to us, and let us know how you think we can improve.  The Web allows us to bring content to you on a continuing basis, but it also lets you share your own thoughts about accounting.

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