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Perkins Milestones: Trina’s 15th Anniversary & Our Certified Scuba Diver

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Welcome to the second installment of our “Perkins Milestones” anniversary series. In case you’ve ever wondered why someone would choose the life of accounting, this series explores our employees’ career paths: what interested them in accounting, how they got to Perkins, and what Perkins means to them. (Missed our first one? Read up on Lindsay…

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Tips from the Trenches: Wrangling Formulas

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Welcome back to Tips from the Trenches! For our fourth series installment, we’re going to talk about tips to help you untangle formulas. First, let’s take a tour of the Formula Bar and the Formula tab of the Ribbon. This is the Formula Bar: You can add some rudimentary formatting within the formula editing bar by…

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Thompson Kessler Wiest & Borquist PC Set to Join Forces with Perkins & Co

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June 8, 2016 Portland, Ore. – Perkins & Co, the largest locally owned accounting firm in Portland, will merge with Thompson Kessler Wiest & Borquist PC (TKWB), an esteemed local boutique firm with more than 30 years of experience working in high-demand industries such as construction, real estate, manufacturing and international tax. The merger is scheduled…

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Perkins Milestones: Lindsay’s 10th Anniversary & Our Newest Beekeeper

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Welcome to the first of our anniversary series posts. We’re trying something new with our blog, so occasionally you’ll see an employee anniversary post peppered in, because we’d like to recognize those celebrating major milestone anniversaries at Perkins & Co. Our employees do a lot for us, and this is one way we’d like to…

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Be like Goldilocks: Find the firm that’s right for you

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In my last post, I encouraged accounting students to request informational interviews and office tours during the summer as a way to get a leg up on Fall Recruiting. If you’re a student, I hope you’re taking that advice to heart. If you’re an experienced candidate, please don’t tune me out just yet. This post…

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Is Your Partnership/LLC IRS Audit Ready?

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While celebrating the passage of the Protecting American from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act at the end of 2015, which contained pleasant surprises extending many taxpayer-friendly provisions, you may have missed something buried in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 signed into law on November 2, 2015. This “something” is a dramatic change to the way…

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Tips from the Trenches, Part 3: 18 Essential Excel Keyboard Shortcuts

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Welcome back to Tips from the Trenches! This is the third installment of our Excel tips series, and in this post we’re excited to share Excel keyboard shortcuts that will save your life (or at least your wrists).  The shortcuts outlined below will allow you to move around in Excel without touching your mouse. Why…

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Now’s the Time! Job Search 101 for Entry-level Public Accounting

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With the sun finally starting to grace us with its presence, cherry blossoms and tulips abound, and the end of your college sophomore year on the horizon, it’s time to get ready for securing that post-graduation job! Wait. What??? Oh yes, you read that right! Okay, okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but it…

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Tips from the Trenches, Part 2: Sum Faster, Sum Better

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Welcome back to our second installment of “Tips from the Trenches”. This particular series comes to you from two Perkins Excel enthusiasts: Kat and Victoria. Over the next few months, we’ll share various tips and tricks in Excel that we’ve picked up while in the world of accounting. Today’s post covers Excel’s SUM function, which…

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Evolution of Client Accounting Services

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Over the last several years, the speed of business, the connectivity, and the complexity of how businesses have been run have increased tremendously. Two decades ago, some businesses were still on paper general ledgers, but computers initiated the process of taking over. Nowadays, one can run a business from their tablet, smart phone, laptop, or…

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