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Perkins Pointers: Prepare for “Meet the Firms”

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Summer has officially ended and school is back in session, which means we’re in full-on “Meet the Firms” season. Not to worry, you still have time to prepare; this post will provide you with a few pointers to help you prep for this exciting event. Even if you’re not an accounting student, these tips can…

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IRS Tires of Valuation Disappearing Act

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IRS Proposes Regulations Restricting Discounts on Family Transfers Experts have been able to assist families transfer wealth between generations using methods that reduce the value of closely-held entities. By properly drafting the governing documents and deploying some valuation “slight-of-hand”, experts have been able to make 2+2=3. Though this is a great answer for family gifting, the…

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Perkins & Co Continues to Expand Female Leadership Footprint

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August 31, 2016 Portland, Ore. – Since its founding in 1986, Perkins & Co has been committed to placing women in positions of leadership, a commitment that started on day one with the company’s namesake, former founding partner, Cheryl Perkins. Today, Portland’s largest locally owned public accounting firm is excited to announce the promotion of…

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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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