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In the Zone: Accounting & Auditing
November 3, 2010    
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Editor's Note
Gail Perry, CPA, Managing Editor The end of the year is approaching, and if you're thinking about getting a fresh start in 2011, you're probably thinking about doing some budgeting. Some people are getting an early start, according to a USAA survey. Consumers plan to cut back on their holiday spending budgets, no doubt hoping to jumpstart their savings for next year when the expected tax increases will take a bigger bite out of their paychecks.

Companies need to do some reassessing, too, even though it's difficult to plan when Congress keeps tinkering with its own budget. Maybe I've just got politics on my mind after staying up most of the night watching election returns. In any case, we've assembled a collection of budget-related articles that might help you get the year-end planning juices flowing.

Best wishes,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
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Consumers expected to tighten belt with holiday spending budgets
While the National Retail Federation is predicting a modest 2.3 percent increase in holiday retail sales this year, some consumers are not planning to open their wallets too far – or at all.
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Blog: A dog parade…our tax dollars at work
I teach performance-based budgeting to city leaders about six times a year. At one point during a seminar, I asked the participants to discuss what their department does and what their goals are for the coming year.
Small Audit Webcast Series Begins November 12 Larry Perry
Larry Perry will begin teaching his popular Small Audit webcast series starting November 12. This series of 15 live webcasts provides start-to-finish guidance on how to plan and complete high-quality small audits efficiently. Each webcast in the series may be attended individually: $69 for 2 CPE hours. For your best value, register for the Full Series (30 CPE hours for $495).
Budgeting survey discloses causes of CFO headaches
Centage Corporation and The Institute of Management & Administration conducted a budgeting survey to examine difficulties faced by CFOs related to budgeting, planning, forecasting, and reporting.
Blog: Business owners shocked to find they are insolvent – really?
It would seem elementary that monitoring the accounting and finances of your business is an essential control for effective management. Why, then, are so many business owners guilty of having no idea of the financial position of their company?
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