AccountingWEB Resource Guide - Issue 121

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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

  1. Insurance Associations Concerned About IASB Standard
  2. IRS Launches Online Tools to Help Access Client Information
  3. PCAOB Solicits Nominations For Advisory Group
  4. Survey Finds Little Effect From SOX on Not-for-Profits
  5. Overcharged Investors May Receive Refunds, January Deadline
  6. Small Businesses Most Vulnerable to Payroll Fraud
  7. IRS Reminds Some Refinancing Costs May Be Deductible
  8. Trend Setters: Company to Format, Release Earnings in XBRL
  9. IRS Expands Locations For Convention Expense Deductions
  10. Is Your Cash-Value Insurance Policy in Danger?
  11. Book Recommendation: Leading For Innovation & Organizing For Results

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  4. Seven Barriers to Becoming Customer Focused

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    THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

    1. Insurance Associations Concerned About IASB Standard

    Seven major insurance trade associations have asked the IASB to take another look at its Exposure Draft 5, Insurance Contracts, which is also referred to as Phase I of the Insurance Contract Accounting project. The seven insurance companies are particularly concerned with how insurance assets and liabilities will be valued-fair value or market value-under the proposed rule.

    - More Finance News

    2. IRS Launches Online Tools to Help Access Client Information

    The IRS has launched the first of a suite of Internet-based
    business tools that give tax professionals and financial
    institutions easier access to client information.

    - More IRS News

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    3. PCAOB Solicits Nominations For Advisory Group

    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is now soliciting nominations for members of a standing advisory group that will assist the Board in carrying out its standards-setting responsibilities for auditing. The deadline for submissions is December 22, 2003.

    - More PCAOB News

    4. 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.

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    5. Overcharged Investors May Receive Refunds, January Deadline

    About 450 securities firms will contact mutual fund investors over the next three months about possible refunds totaling at least $85 million.

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    6. Small Businesses Most Vulnerable to Payroll Fraud

    7. IRS Reminds Some Refinancing Costs May Be Deductible

    8. IRS Expands Locations For Convention Expense Deductions

    10. Is Your Cash-Value Insurance Policy in Danger?

    11. Book Recommendation: Leading For Innovation & Organizing For Results, Francis Hesselbein, Peter F. Drucker Foundation

    This is the second volume in the publisher's "Wisdom to Action" series. As in the previous volume highlighted last week, the editors gather a collection of articles written by well-respected businesspeople from around the world. Filled with specific examples of the hands-on work needed to make innovation a reality for leaders and their organizations, this book offers a wealth of thoughtful and incisive essays that will help leaders everywhere take their organizations and communities to a new level of excellence. Order your copy today.

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    1. The Ten Commandments of Goal Setting

    Success is a choice. You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you. Find out how you can turn your goals into reality.

    2. Fraud Challenges: Digital Evidence Management

    In the wake of an economic downturn which has left those spared from layoffs either working daunting hours under stress or not busy enough to feel secure, firms need to foster a community feeling and sense of purpose as well as facilitate positive communication.

    3. Key to Foiling Financial Fraud: Protect Honest Employees

    As 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?"

    4. Seven Barriers to Becoming Customer Focused

    Successful companies today are the ones that revolve their
    business around their customers. They focus on adding value by designing processes such as technology, training and employee compensation systems to support a strategy of customer-centricity that penetrates all areas of the organization, resulting in a concerted effort towards providing superior value.

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    1. Study: Audit Firms Still Bend Rules to Benefit Big Clients

    2. "Heads should roll" at The SEC, Says NY Attorney General Spitze

    3. Microsoft Puts Bounty on Heads of Internet Attackers

    4. Insurer Balks at Paying Fines For Xerox Executives

    5. States Band Together on Tax Authority For Online Purchases

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    1. I am a UK practicing accountant moving to Florida. I wish to purchase a tax prep and accounts prep business there. Could any one point me in a good direction for info?

    2. I am currently using spreadsheets for my budgets for a small to medium size manufacturing business. The information has expanded so much I am not reassured that the formulas are correct all the time. Any suggestions?

    3. I am trying to use the excel sumif function based on a group of cells where the reference cell is populated with data (name) using a drop-down list for restricted selection. The sumif function does not seem to "read" the data in the reference cells(populated by the drop down list). Any thoughts?

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