AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 94
- The 2002 Winners: 101 Dumbest Moments in Business
- Recession, Internet Responsible For New Age of Business Meetings
- Survey Finds Credit Card Companies Raising Fees
- Some Out-of-State 529 Plans Face Taxes
- KPMG Survey Results Show R&E Credit Not Successful
- "Certified MBA" Designation Exam Set to Launch May 5
- IRS Tightens Loans to Pay Estate Taxes
- PDI Merges With PENCOR Publication Services
- Senate Panel Investigating Tax Shelter Abuses
- Free File And IRS E-File Available Through October 15
- Book Recommendation: Internal Control, A Manager's Journey
- How to Defend Yourself Against Receivables Fraud
- Ideas to Improve The Quality of Your Firm
- Ten Steps to Branding Your Firm
- Nine No-Fail Tips For Becoming An Undisputed Value Leader
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Business 2.0 has published its third annual listing of what it calls the most ill-conceived, embarrassing, and downright appalling developments of the past year," aptly dubbed the 101 Dumbest Moments in Business.
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A combination of a difficult economy, health concerns, terrorist concerns and a high comfort level with the Internet has resulted in a significant change in the way in which businesses conduct meetings that will likely continue into the future, no matter how much the economy might improve.
At a time when interest rates are low and personal bankruptcies are high, credit card companies have come up with new ways to boost revenues. Increasingly, customers are seeing new income-generating tactics, such as increased late fees and surcharges for overseas purchases.
Parents confounded by the over abundance of ways to save for college may face a new hurdle as out-of-state College 529 Plans become subject to income taxes in some states.
Congress created the Research & Experimentation credit program in the 1980s to provide an incentive for companies to engage in research and to level the international corporate playing field. The results of a survey by Big Four firm KPMG suggest that the credit program is not as successful as Congress may have envisioned.
11. Book Recommendation: Internal Control, A Manager's Journey, By K. H. Spencer Pickett 
Through the entertaining story of a manager's visit to the Caribbean, Internal Control: A Manager's Journey illustrates how control can be managed throughout an organization. In each chapter, Operations Manager Bill Reynolds learns the key concepts and techniques of internal control and discovers how to design, document, install, and monitor an innovative, efficient internal control policy. He discovers that effective internal control is based on risk assessment and should encourage innovation. He also learns important techniques for preventing, detecting, and correcting fraud. Order Your Copy Today! 
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1. How to Defend Yourself Against Receivables Fraud 
Fraud investigator Andy Wilson provided us with a list of self-tests that companies can use to measure how well defended they are against receivables fraud.
Nancy Blodgett, president of the management consulting firm, has extensive knowledge and experience applying performance improvement principles and methods in service-sector organizations. She shares some of her ideas with AccountingWEB.
3. Ten Steps to Branding Your Firm 
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, it becomes important for accounting firms to know what they stand for, how clients, referral sources and the business community perceive the firm. Here are 10 steps you can take to identify your firm's existing brand and map out your firm's differentiators to begin your branding efforts.
Providing the value that keeps a customer loyal is much more profitable than providing just average, non-differentiating value that pushes customers into your competitors' hands. Here are nine tips from Reidenbach on becoming what he calls an Undisputed Value Leader.
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1. Accounting For Gift Certificates. Our revenues, by category, do not take into account any GC's applied. Any assistance would be appreciated. 
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