Simon's Says - Issue #15 - February 2016
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Happy Leap Day!


We make the most of Leap Day every four years and 2016 is no exception!  One more working day during tax season is a welcome bonus for the whole Simon's team as well as our clients!  Because we are so accustomed to using mathematics and analytics as part of our every day process, we thought we'd share the mathematical formula and history of leap year with you today.

A leap year is a year containing one additional day added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Julius Caesar first introduced leap years over 2,000 years ago. His formula used the single rule "if the year can be evenly divided by 4 it is a leap year" which, over time, added too many leap years. Still, this wasn't adjusted until the advent of the Gregorian calendar fifteen hundred years later which produced a much more accurate result that is still in use today.

It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle around the Sun. So if we didn't add a day to our calendar every four years, we would lose almost six hours off of our calendar each and every year. In only twenty years we'd lose nearly five days and within a generation or two our seasonal and social patterns for everything from farming to holidays would change dramatically.

Because the difference isn't an exact six hours per year a small adjustment must be made to account for this eleven minutes and fifteen seconds - which is where Julius went wrong! - so the final criteria for identifying a leap year reads like this:
  • If the year can be evenly divided by 4 it is a leap year.
  • If the year can also be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
  • The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.
In 2016, you've got yourself a leap year because it is evenly divisible by 4 and is not evenly divisible by 100. The last time the third criteria came into play was the year 2000, a leap year, because it is evenly divisible by 4, 100, and 400! Though many of us might prefer an extra summer day, the leap day is added to the shortest calendar month instead. So we get an extra day during tax season to work your accounts this year!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Simon's Releases Updated Placement Form


For clients who use the Simon's Placement Form Excel file to send us your placements, we have updated it to include clearer instructions on how to use it. Please be sure to use the "BLANK" tab to enter your placements. This tab has not changed so the columns that run across the top and the order they appear in are the same. Please use the button above to download the new form or click here. Thank you! 
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NEW DATES NOW AVAILABLE:
Simon's Client Access Web Online Training


This live monthly online webinar series covers many subjects related to using Simon's CAW system and is catered each month to the individuals who sign-up for the webinar. Sign-up for any newly scheduled dates for 2016.

Important Notice for Clients Contacting Simon's Client Services Department


For Clients that prefer to use email versus our Client Access Web (CAW) Reporting and Placement system to communicate with Simon's regarding your accounts, such as: reporting direct payments, issues related to insurance adjustments, disputes, recalls and placements,  we ask that you direct those concerns to ClientServices@SimonsAgency.com.

In an ongoing effort to provide our clients with the best customer service we are implementing this change in order to most effectively address your questions in a timely manner.  For those clients who use CAW, you may still submit these items through that system as you do now and can disregard this notice.
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