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Quick Tips for Reducing Expenses

Smalloffice.com has put together a collection of tips for the savvy small business owner.
Practice Management

Purchasing Fraud: Detection & Prevention Checklist

Reprinted with permission by the Financial Management Network.by Leonard W. Vona, CFE, CPA Director of Internal Audit for the Research Foundation, State University of New YorkThe potential for fraud during any phase of the purchasing cycle is enormous. To detect fraud warning signs and save your organization untold dollars, add these steps to your next procurement audit: Focus your sample on the 3-5 year history of a particular purchase. What trends do you see and - more importantly - don't see?
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National Network of Accountants Founder Honored

Joe Tucciarone, CFP, founder of the National Network of Accountants, Woodbury, New York has been named as one of Accounting Today's Top professionals in financial planning. The list, compiled annually by Accounting Today, one of the nation's leading publications for the accounting profession, was released in May. The list consists of leaders and practitioners in the financial planning and accounting fields that have influenced CPA involvement in personal financial planning sector. "I am very honored to be recognized by Accounting Today.
Tax

House and Senate Join Forces to Change New Small Business Tax Ruling

The small business committee chairmen from the U.S. Senate and House have joined forces to ask Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers to rethink the recent release of Revenue Procedure 2000-22, which requires small businesses with average annual gross receipts of over $1,000,000 to use the accrual method of accounting.Previous law provided a threshold of $5,000,000 in annual gross receipts before the accrual method was required.
Practice

What A/P Managers Need To Know About Digital Signatures

Reprinted with permission from Financial Management Network. What Every A/P Manager Needs to Know About Digital Signatures and Encryptionor Julius Caesar’s Impact on Accounts Payable Mary Ludwig SchaefferOne of the biggest fears your boss has about the Internet is the lack of security. The solution to the security problem lies in encryption and digital signatures. A/P professionals need to understand that these new technologies are coming to accounts payable — quickly.
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Pivot Tables Turn On Financial Modeling

Consultant David Carter's latest tutorial shows accountants how they can make the most of the spreadsheets used in financial modelling and "What if" analysis by applying the power of the pivot table to produce reliable and trustworthy results.Carter's latest work, which follows in a long line of the ever-popular pivot table tutorials, is easy to follow and brings noticeable rewards. With it, accountants can manage sizeable spreadsheets for modelling and What if's with the minimum of effort.
AccountingWEB Life

ASPs Offer Cost and Time Savings to Small Businesses

By Sheri Jacobs, Director of Association Marketing and Business Development for SurePayroll.com
A&A

Auditors Clean Up with Non-Attest Services

A new survey from the Financial Executives Institute (FEI) finds that an overwhelming 85 percent of respondents say their auditors also provide 'non-attest consulting services.'Respondents claim the reason why this is so high is that they want the freedom to choose consultants, and rely on firms that already provide value to their company through services like audit.More than 60 percent also said that their auditors prepare or review tax returns apart from any tax accrual audit work.The survey was released to coincide with SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt's
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Online Calculator: How Much Does it REALLY Cost When Your Network Goes Down?

Stuff happens. Networks crash. But what is the cost to your organization when that happens? The REAL answer might surprise you. A good disaster recovery planning website www.drplanning.org offers a link to a Network Downtime Cost Calculator where you can calculate both direct and indirect costs of a network failure. IT specialists - you may want to run this calculator to help justify increases in the technology budget for the firm.
Practice

Internet Based Malpractice Insurance Now Available

Accountants, bookkeepers and tax preparers now have an alternative for malpractice insurance, available for the first time through the Internet through a new web site unveiled this week by one year old ePolicy.com, Inc. of Torrance, California.Shopping for insurance can be handled entirely through the Web, and coverage from major carriers is available within minutes.The malpractice insurance available through e-Policy is primarily for firms with 10 or fewer accountants or bookkeepers.
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Survey Shows Trade Secrets Are At Risk

More than half of US corporations are ill-equipped to protect their trade secrets, and do not have an established protocol to ensure their protection, according to a just-released survey of 200 top trial lawyers by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the American Bar Association.Survey respondents estimated that 40-70% of company records are kept in electronic form, but the security and accessability to that information is questionable.
Practice Management

Critical Factors in Receivables Handling

Written by James Herst, Performance Source, Inc., reprinted with permission by The Financial Management Network.Sellers can avoid bad debt losses through better handling of their receivables. Here’s some suggestions. Customer Records a KeyCreate and maintain accurate customer records, including full name of customer’s bank. Know names of those who approve payment, signs check and the superior of each at customer location. Call a new customer and tell your credit terms. Ask: Can you live with that?
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The Legal Audit: A How To Manual - Part II

Written by Annette S. Biesecker, Executive Vice President, Accountability Services, Inc., reprinted with permission by The Financial Management Network.In the first installment of The Legal Audit, we examined the various billing problems and irregularities that auditors should be aware of when conducting a legal audit.
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Analyst Fields CPA/Financial Services Conflicts

One of the most debated and discussed issues in the accounting profession is the one about commissions and contingent fees, and whether CPAs should be in the business of taking them.What would you do if you were faced with a situation involving accounting and consulting?Industry analyst Wilbur L. Ross Jr. recently sat down with a reporter from The New York Times to answer questions like this one, along with funding Internet start-ups, restatements of corporate earnings and the economy.You can find the full interview at the link below.
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IRS Shock Wave About to Hit Small Businesses

In a surprise move, the IRS, without seeking input from small business owners and other interested groups, is preparing to release a new set of guidelines that will require many businesses with revenue over $1 million to use the accrual method of accounting. These guidelines are due to be released next week.Current law requires that businesses with revenue over $5 million must use the accrual method of accounting. Most businesses with revenue that is beneath this threshold may opt to use the accrual method, or may use the cash method of accounting.
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FASB Awaits "Thank You" from Microsoft Employees

If a company awards stock options and later reprices those options, FASB rules require that the repriced options must be charged against profits. In a small company where the value of the options is minimal, this might not make much of a difference to the bottom line. But if you happen to be Microsoft, and you're looking at having to offset your profits with a $30 billion adjustment over the seven-year life of the options, you may want to rethink the repricing strategy.Microsoft issued options to its employees last summer, assuming the price of its stock would continue to rise.
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IRS Provides Tax Relief for Small Businesses

Businesses that must account for inventories and that have a three-year average of $1 million or less in gross receipts now have an option of using the cash method of accounting. Effective for tax years ending in December 1999, a new Revenue Procedure may result in tax savings for many small businesses.The IRS has issued Revenue Procedure 2000-22 which provides an exception to the accrual accounting rules for small taxpayers, which are defined as taxpayers with average annual gross receipts of $1 million or less.
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The Legal Audit: A How To Manual For Internal Auditors

Written by Annette S. Biesecker, Executive Vice President, Accountability Services, Inc., reprinted with permission by The Financial Management Network.No one can dispute that law firms sometimes engage in outright billing fraud. Consider: Webster Hubbell, once third in command at the United States Justice Department, plead guilty to charges that he had billed his legal clients fraudulently.
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Save Thousands on Conference Calls

Written by Bruce Judson - The Judson Group and reprinted with permission from The Financial Management Network.Last week I needed to set-up a conference call. To me, the process seemed unnecessarily difficult and costly: the conference call was expensive, needed to be scheduled with a telephone service operator in advance, and participants needed a special phone number and code to join the call. As I was setting all of this up, I kept thinking there must be a better service...
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Crowe Chizek Forms Investment Banking Subsidiary

Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, a leading accounting and consulting firm, today announced the formation of Crowe Chizek Capital Markets LLC. The wholly-owned subsidiary will provide investment banking services with a focus on sales and divestitures of closely held businesses with transaction sizes less than $100 million.

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