Top Jobs in Seattle

February 28th, 2014

Attention software developers ─ Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing is recruiting for a direct hire position in the Seattle office of an international company. The right candidate will join the organization’s Software Development and Testing team.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3 years of experience working with software testing, test plan development, and overall software quality assurance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field.

Think you have what it takes? Click here to apply for this position.

Software Developer Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of software developers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2012 to 2022 ─ which is double the total of 11 percent for predicted for all occupations. Rapid growth rates are due to the major increase in demand for computer software.

The BLS notes that software developers held approximately 1 million jobs in 2012. Industries employing the greatest number of these professionals include:

  • 32% ─ Computer systems and design services
  • 9% ─ Computer and electronic product manufacturing
  • 8% ─ Manufacturing
  • 7% ─ Software publishers

Working as a Software Developer
Software developers are in charge of the entire development process, from start to finish. They’re tasked with creating applications that people want and making them user friendly. When functioning issues arise, it’s the development team’s responsibility to fix them. Most software developers work very closely with others, as the job is a very collaborative process.

Most software developers work full-time. Long hours are common, as more than 25 percent reported working more than 40 hours per week in 2012, according to the BLS.

Job duties of a software developer vary, but typically include:

  • Analyzing user needs
  • Designing modules piece-by-piece
  • Crafting models and diagrams to assist programmers in writing code
  • Continuous maintenance and testing of applications
  • Careful documentation of applications to use for future reference and maintenance

 

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Tax Break Saves Wealthiest Americans $100 Billion

February 21st, 2014

Some of America’s wealthiest residents have managed to find a loophole that has saved them millions ─ and in some cases even billions in estate tax payments.

In an attempt to curb U.S. economic inequality, billionaires are required by federal law to pay estate or gift taxes of 40 percent on funds left to their children. For example, 80-year-old billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has legally navigated his way out of paying about $2.8 billion in gift taxes since 2010, by moving the roughly $7.8 billion he’s given to his children in and out of more than 30 trusts.

Adelson is not alone in this tactic. SEC filings reveal that hundreds of major executives have utilized these tax shelters. In fact, Bloomberg reported that Richard Covey, the lawyer who discovered the loophole, estimates his discovery may have cost the federal government more than $100 billion since 2000. This represents approximately one-third of all estate and gift taxes the U.S. has collected in the past 14 years since then.

Is the Estate Tax System Voluntary?
It seems the estate and gift tax has become an optional fee for those impacted by it. The popular tax shelter, called the Walton grantor retained annuity trust or GRAT, makes it easy for the wealthiest people in the country to avoid the tax.

The practice discovered by Covey is one of a few methods that work together to make this tax essentially voluntary.

While meager efforts have been underway by President Obama and other Democratic lawmakers to mend the loophole since 2009, no real progress has been made.

In fact, there’s even a strong argument to do away with the tax all together.

GRATs a Common Estate Planning Practice
GRATs have become a common estate planning practice for America’s wealthiest citizens. JPMorgan Chase & Co. even has a special unit dedicated to processing GRAT paperwork.

Bloomberg reported that both Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has set up a GRAT. Lloyd Blankfien, head of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has also done so.

It seems unlikely that the GRAT loophole is going away anytime soon. In each of his annual budget plans, President Obama has included a proposal to limit the GRAT practice, but hasn’t made it a pressing issue.

Both the House and the Senate have committees working on comprehensive tax overhaul bills, yet neither has plans to address estate or gift taxes.

Campaign donations is largely believed to be a main reason the issue isn’t pushed. Wealthy donors don’t want the loophole to be eliminated and politicians want to please them.

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5 Habits of Happy CPAs in Spokane

February 14th, 2014

If you think overtime, high levels of stress, and general discontent are just part of the job for a CPA, you couldn’t be more wrong. Many CPAs in Spokane are loving life and their jobs by following healthy habits. These professionals have chosen to take control of their lives, instead of letting their career control them.

5 Tips on Becoming a Happy CPA

Ready to learn the secrets behind some of the happiest CPAs in Spokane? Use these five tips to make a positive change in your life:

  1. Clear Your Workspace: No one can achieve maximum productivity in a chaotic office. Take the time to organize your files and clear your desk off so you actually have room to work. Open the blinds to let some sunlight in, start using a desk lamp instead of bright florescent lights, and add some personal touches to your area to make it more comfortable.
  2. Maintain Strong Relationships: CPAs have a reputation of being anti-social workers who spend all day crunching numbers, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Developing strong relationships with your colleagues and clients helps you get referrals, advance professionally, and always have someone to talk to when you’ve had a difficult day.
  3. Mind a Life Outside of Work: Having a reason to leave work at the end of the day is an essential element to your personal happiness. Working as a CPA can be a high-stress job, so you need a way to relax. Spending time with friends and family, exercising, cooking, reading, or anything else you enjoy serves as a great outlet to channel your stress.
  4. Take Care of Yourself: When faced with a mountain of work, many CPAs charge through it quickly to get everything accomplished as soon as possible. This may work in the short-term, but will quickly lead to a burnout. Take care of yourself by eating properly, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks throughout the day to give your eyes a rest from the glare of the computer.
  5. Stay Focused: Keeping your eye on the big picture instead of getting wrapped up in the day-to-day helps you focus on your future goals. Concentrating on where you’re going allows you to feel a greater sense of job satisfaction and keeps you motivated to always do your best work.

 

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4 Questions Accountants Should Ask in a Job Interview

February 7th, 2014

When preparing for an accounting interview, it’s important to remember you don’t just need to have responses to common questions rehearsed and ready to go ─  you’ll also need to be ready with a list of questions.

At the end of the meeting, there’s a very good chance the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. If you think this is a mere formality, you’re sorely mistaken. This is a very common tactic used to evaluate your level of interest in working for the firm. Use this opportunity to ask educated questions, showing that you’ve done your homework on the firm and are genuinely interested in learning more about it.

4 Questions Every Accountant Should Ask an Interviewer
It’s important to remember that a job interview isn’t just the time for the firm to decide if they want you on their team ─ it’s also your chance to see if it’s a place you want to work.

Ask these four questions on your next accounting job interview to gain a deeper insight into the firm and demonstrate your extensive knowledge of the field:

  1. What opportunities are available to help me grow my career?
    At first glance, this question may appear presumptuous, but it’s not. Asking about future career growth shows the firm is part of your long-term plan. The firm doesn’t want to waste time grooming you, only to have you move on to other opportunities in a few years, after gaining more experience.
  2. What types of clients would I be working with?
    Clients are an accounting firm’s top priority, so demonstrating a deep interest in them from the start is a great way to make a good impression. Tailor your questions as much as possible, by asking about specific clients and industries you know the firm covers. This shows that you’ve both done your research on the firm and are genuinely interested in their clients.
  3. How has the firm responded to (insert specific industry regulation)?
    Showcase your up-to-date knowledge of accounting rules and regulations by choosing a recent issue and asking how the firm responded to it. Ask how it impacted their clients and what type of adjustments the firm has been forced to make to be compliant with future strategies.
  4. What types of internal technology programs does the firm utilize?
    Every firm has a different way of doing things. This is your chance to get a glimpse of the firm’s internal processes and procedures, to see if you’d be comfortable working there. Probing into daily life at the firm also shows the interviewer you’re genuinely interested in what it would be like to work there and are trying to envision yourself as one of the team.

 

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