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Report Addresses Executive Compensation

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) last week released a guide to address out-of-control executive compensation issues, recommending that consultants could be the answer to some of the challenges facing corporate compensation committees.This 2003 Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission provides a specific set of principles and practices to guide boards and compensation committees in their deliberations over executive pay.
Practice Management

CEO Pay Increases, Outside Director Pay Also on The Rise

Median total compensation for outside (non-employee) directors of U.S. boards in 2003 is up from last year in all three major industry sectors covered in The Conference Board's annual study of outside director pay. The study is based on a survey of director compensation and board practices in 606 companies.The increased scrutiny of corporate governance practices in the wake of the recent scandals has put increasing pressure on members of boards of directors. Audit and compensation committees are especially under pressure to observe rigorous standards.
Practice Management

IRS Auditing Corporate Executive Compensation Packages

Some of America’s largest companies are being advised to ramp up their internal auditing efforts in anticipation of an Internal Revenue Service audit of executive compensation packages.Two dozen companies are already under the microscope with IRS auditors pouring over records covering corporate perks such as stock options, corporate jets, luxury apartments and other benefits, the Associated Press reported Friday. The IRS is not ruling out the auditing of executives’ personal returns as well."Executive pay packages have become much more complex.
Education & Careers

Strategic Vision - All Firms Need It

This article provided by Gary Boomer, CPA, of Boomer Consulting. Vision is important if your firm plans to grow and prosper. The large firms spend considerable resources on visioning and strategic planning. Building consensus and gaining input from staff, managers, and owners is important. Perhaps your firm is smaller and doesn’t feel it can spend the resources on strategic planning. Based upon what the well-managed firms do, at a minimum, your firm should have a one-page strategic plan with measurable goals.
Practice Management

Survey Reveals More Organizations Detecting Fraud

Spurred by new government regulations and demands by investors, more companies today are working to uncover fraud, finding it, and taking action against those who commit fraud, according to a new survey by U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP.The survey showed that 75 percent of respondents report they have uncovered fraud in their organizations in the last year, compared with 62 percent of executives responding to a similar survey in 1998. Employee fraud occurred the most frequently, although financial reporting and medical/insurance fraud were much more costly.
Practice

IMA Launches Sarbanes-Oxley Knowledge Network

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) announced this week the launch of its Sarbanes-Oxley Knowledge Network http://www.imaknowledge.org/sox. (Note: Registration is required.)The Network is a new and first-of-its-kind Web-based collaborative learning tool designed to aid financial professionals in understanding and implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the SOX Act).
Practice Management

PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2003 Revenues Increase by $2 Billion

PricewaterhouseCoopers announced last week that aggregated net revenues for fiscal year 2003 were $14.7 billion (compared to $13.8 billion in fiscal year 2002). With reimbursed client expenses included, aggregated gross revenues totaled $16 billion."Given the sluggish global economy, continued weakness in global capital markets and substantial regulatory changes in 2002-2003, we are pleased that our revenue figures held up so well," said Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr., CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited.
Practice Management

Keys to Effective Employee Communication

Employee communication is both simple and complex. We communicate with employees each day. Sometimes directly – when we respond to questions or requests, for example. Sometimes indirectly – when we issue new policies or send out a memo. Sometimes inadvertently – when employees observe our actions. Perhaps because communication takes place so naturally, we often fail to consider the process of communication as seriously as we should.
Practice Management

Teams at Work - Tips to Revive Tired Teams

Suzanne Willis Zoglio, author of Teams At Work: 7 Keys to Success, sheds some light on how to help build and foster team spirit and uncovers ways to rejuvenate once productive teams. Encourage innovation from the team. There's a little bit of entrepreneur in each of us, and being given the opportunity to take reasonable risk can renew member interest in the project. Identifying and improving on the work process may be just what a team needs for new energy.
Practice Management

Morgan Stanley Pays $50 Million To Settle SEC Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission this week announced the institution and simultaneous settlement of an enforcement action against Morgan Stanley DW Inc. for failing to provide customers important information relating to their purchases of mutual fund shares.
Education & Careers

CEOs Concerned About Threats to Their Corporate Reputation

In a new national study of nearly 200 American chief executive officers, 81% expressed concern over threats to their corporate reputations, citing customer service problems, financial irregularity, negative press coverage and employee misconduct as among the issues that have the greatest potential to damage their corporate reputation."The clear message today is that CEOs live in a fishbowl," noted Christopher Komisarjevsky, president and chief executive officer, Burson-Marsteller worldwide.
Practice

Winning and Keeping Clients

By Richard Murphy, Strategy and Finance ConsultantNo business goes anywhere without work to do. This is as true of an accountant's practice as anything else. The successful firm will recognize it. This means they need a positive approach to winning and keeping clients. Client cash is the lifeblood of the business.Many practices think the art of keeping and winning clients is concerned solely with brochures or websites. It isn't. It is a whole firm activity encompassing everything it does, and everything it wants to be.
Practice Management

Strong Manager-Employee Relationship Key to Worker Satisfaction, Survey Finds

Getting along with the boss is more important than pay or benefits when it comes to happiness at work, a new survey suggests.
Community News

Small Businesses Most Vulnerable to Payroll Fraud, Five Tips to Avoid Costly Fraud Schemes

Small businesses are often the most vulnerable and easiest targets for occupational fraud and abuse, and particularly payroll fraud, according to Fiducial, an international provider of professional business outsourcing for tax, financial and business services to small businesses.
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Key to Foiling Financial Fraud: Protect Honest Employees

Re-published with permission from White-Collar Crime Fighter, www.wccfighter.comAs the "Enron pattern" shows no signs of abating, it is clearer than ever that corporate book-cooking will remain a stubborn blemish on America's corporate image for, well, a very long time. For corporate, regulatory and law enforcement fraud-fighters, the question therefore is, "How can we at least reduce the number of Enron-type cases?"One obvious, yet often unpalatable answer is, let employees tell the truth...
Community News

KPMG Separates Legal Services, Discussing Formation of New Legal Group

KPMG announced this week that it will stop providing full-scope legal services, and that its associated legal network – KLegal International – is to be discontinued.Member firms of the KLegal International network are now discussing the formation of a new legal grouping that will be completely independent of KPMG, and which will work with KPMG member firms - where appropriate - on a non-exclusive basis. The announcement reflects changed market conditions, including the U.S.
Practice Management

IRS Expands Locations For Convention Expense Deductions

According to CCH, the IRS has updated the list of countries and locations included in the "North American area" for the purposes of the Code Sec. 274(h) convention expense deduction. Expenditures related to meetings and conventions in these locations generally can be deducted just as if they were held in the U.S. Comment. In today's global business environment, conventions and meetings are frequently held outside of the U.S. The IRS traditionally has taken a hard line toward deducting foreign convention expenses. Code Sec.
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Survey Finds Little Effect From SOX on Not-for-Profits

A recent national survey of not-for-profit business leaders and executives conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, finds that Sarbanes-Oxley has had little effect on not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States."It is now more than a year since Sarbanes-Oxley was enacted and still most not-for-profit organizations, including larger ones, have not made any changes to their board governance policies," says Bob Leavy, Grant Thornton’s national managing partner for the Not-for-Profit Industry Practice.
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Federal Court Blocks Tax Avoidance Scheme

A federal court has temporarily stopped a Colorado couple from promoting their "expatriation/repatriation" tax avoidance scheme.Chief Judge Lewis T. Babcock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado issued a preliminary injunction barring the couple from selling advice that encouraged individuals to renounce their “United States citizenship” for “American citizenship” and stop paying federal income taxes. The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday estimated that Austin Gary Cooper and his wife, Martha E. Cooper, charged as many as 2,000 people for their advice.
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Fannie Mae Issues $1.2 Billion Revision to 3rd Quarter Statement

Fannie Mae, the company that guarantees most of America’s mortgages, revealed a $1.2 billion mistake on its third-quarter earnings statement, which it revised on Wednesday.The revision took total accumulated other comprehensive income to minus $15.228 billion from its original statement of minus $16.364 billion and total assets shifted from $1.018 trillion to $1.019 trillion. Reuters reported that the revisions will only impact balance sheet items and would not affect the income statement.

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