AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 69

AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 69

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  1. IRS Updates Per Diem Travel Rates
  2. Making The Audit Process Work For You
  3. Economic Fallout Casts Spotlight on Pension Accounting
  4. Internal Revenue Service Ruling May Help Retirees
  5. Alert: Don't Let The "Bugbear" Bite
  6. IRS Cracks Down on Three Tax Shelters
  7. Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance - Seven Questions For Executives and Boards
  8. CFO.com Identifies Ten Top Technologies For CFOs
  9. Book Recommendation: Take On the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know

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  1. Dealing With Difficult Partners
  2. How To Make The Most of Your Time
  3. Tips On Keeping Your Top Talent
  4. Use Fill-in-the-Blank Form to Enter Excel Spreadsheet Data

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1. IRS Updates Per Diem Travel Rates

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Revenue Procedure 2002-63 providing new per diem rates for employee expenses incurred while traveling away from home for work. The rates can be used by businesses wishing to reimburse employees for unsubstantiated lodging, meal, and incidental expenses while traveling away from home.

2. Making The Audit Process Work For You

Just mentioning the word audit to some business owners is
enough to cause them to groan. The good news about audits is that at their core, they are designed to help your business run more efficiently.

3. Economic Fallout Casts Spotlight on Pension Accounting

Auditors of companies with large defined benefit plans would be wise to pay extra close attention to their clients' pension accounting this year, as investors and analysts cast a wary eye on corporate pension woes.

4. Internal Revenue Service Ruling May Help Retirees

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Revenue Ruling 2002-62 that may help certain taxpayers whose retirement funds are at risk of being depleted by a drop in stock values.

5. Alert: Don't Let The "Bugbear" Bite

A new attack first noticed on September 30th uses e-mail to launch an assault on computers running Windows operating systems. It has already infected computers in dozens of countries. The bug has been aptly dubbed Bugbear. It is rated "high risk" for both home and corporate users.

6. IRS Cracks Down on Three Tax Shelters

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that participants in three highly-complex tax shelters have a limited time span in which to settle up with the government and avoid the cost of litigation.

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7. Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance - Seven Questions For Executives and Boards

Corporate governance is the new watchword for U.S. companies working to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and requirements proposed by the major stock exchanges. Here is a seven-question checklist for senior executives and boards of directors that focuses on personal accountability for corporate governance and development of ethical business practices.

8. CFO.com Identifies Ten Top Technologies For CFOs

CFO.com recently sat down with a number of information
technology experts, tech-savvy CFOs and futurists to help sort through a myriad of new technology innovations to determine which ones will have the biggest impact on business over the next five years.

9. Book Recommendation: Take On the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know, By Arthur Levitt, Paula Dwyer

This is Levitt's no-holds-barred memoir of his turbulent tenure as chief overseer of the nation's financial markets. As working Americans poured billions into stocks and mutual funds, corporate America devised increasingly opaque strategies for hoarding most of the proceeds. Levitt reveals their tactics in plain language, then spells out how to intelligently invest in mutual funds and the stock market. With integrity and authority, Levitt gives us a bracing primer on the collapse of the system for overseeing our capital markets, and sage, essential advice on a discipline we often ignore to our peril - how not to lose
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1. Dealing With Difficult Partners

Every moment of misery is different, and every set of
circumstances in which partners find themselves confronting
their partners is different. Some general guidelines may help a managing partner or a concerned peer turn the miserable moments and conflicts around.

2. How To Make The Most of Your Time

Here are some helpful tips on how to make the most of your day! This extract from a "HANDBOOK TO SURVIVE" is a collection of writings on various subjects to help every man or woman survive in a rapidly changing, uncertain world.

3. Tips On Keeping Your Top Talent

With today's competitive labor market, it's essential for firms to retain their valuable creative and marketing professionals. The following management tips can help you keep creative ideas flowing - and keep your valued professionals on board long-term.

4. Use Fill-in-the-Blank Form to Enter Spreadsheet Excel Data

If you have already created a spreadsheet containing a list of information, and you need to make additional entries, here's a quick and easy way to add to the information already established on your spreadsheet.

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1. What percentage of small businesses in the U.S. use outside accounting or bookkeeping firms for their bookkeeping needs?

2. If CVP is used to assist in the preparation and monitoring of a budgeting system, within the context of both the manufacturing and service sectors of UK industry, what are the advantages and limitations of the technique? The manufacturing and service sectors tend to have a differing structure in the nature of their overall costs...what could this be?

3. If a taxpayer purchased a nonqualified variable annuity two years ago at a cost of $50,000 and now would like to surrender that annuity and the value of the annuity is now only $40,000, is the $10,000 loss deductible and if so where is it deducted on the 1040?

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