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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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Tips from the Trenches, Part 1: See Excel in New Ways

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Welcome to Tips from the Trenches! This is the first of our ongoing Excel tips series. We’re Victoria and Kat, two Excel enthusiasts from Perkins. We’re kicking off by taking you spelunking through a tab of the Ribbon you may not have fully explored—the View tab. It’s got some gems you may not have mined…

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The Importance of Getting Clear on Your Company’s Communication Values

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Communication is king. With your significant other, children, co-workers, boss or clients, it’s the link that helps people understand what you think, feel, want, and do. But all too often, communication fails; not because of what you said, but because you failed to package it for successful delivery. Just as agreeing to do a task…

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