AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 79

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  1. The 3Cs of Fraudulent Financial Reporting
  2. 2002 National MAP Survey Results Are Available
  3. Tax Season Opportunities For Improving Efficiency
  4. Policies to Help Accountants Avoid Risks of Conspiracies
  5. Blow The Lid Off The Old Way Of Accounting
  6. Lessons From Lawyers: How Not to Manage Staff
  7. New IRS Telephone Numbers Take Effect December 2
  8. IRS Announces 2003 Pension Plan Limitations
  9. IRS Closes Tax Shelter Loophole
  10. Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance - Seven Questions For Executives & Boards
  11. PwC Announces Its Global Code of Conduct
  12. Deloitte Tells How Firms Can Win Accounting Talent War
  13. SEC Proposes Audit Workpaper Retention Rules
  14. Grant Thornton Ranks Top Middle Market Concerns
  15. KPMG Offers Tax-Saving Tips for Year-End

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  1. How to Develop & Maintain Professional & Personal Goals
  2. Ten Quick Internet Tips To Save You Time
  3. Use Microsoft Outlook to Track Your Chargeable Hours!
  4. Excel Tip: Great Shortcut for Data Entry
  5. Giving and Receiving Performance Evaluations - CPAs
  6. Desktop Yoga? Helpful Stress Busters!
  7. Top Ten Steps To Effective Delegation
  8. Motivating Your Staff - Questions to Lead By
  9. Excel Tip: Alphabetizing a Column of First and Last Names by Last Name
  10. Five Quick MS Word Tips to Save You Time and Money

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1. The 3Cs of Fraudulent Financial Reporting

Faced with changes in business ethics and environments, auditors are being called upon to step up to a new standard of fraud detection. One way to facilitate discussions and communications in this area is to use the 3Cs model.

2. 2002 National MAP Survey Results Are Available

The annual Management of an Accounting Practice survey results are in and there are a few surprises. Making their appearance on the list of important issues facing accounting firms are two issues that didn’t make the top five list last year: seasonality/workload compression and the effect of the new regulatory environment on local and regional firms.

3. Tax Season Opportunities For Improving Efficiency

As another tax season approaches, CPA firms should spend some time reviewing their current processes for preparing tax returns. There is no question that returns are prepared faster today than they were two decades ago. However, for most firms there is still some substantial opportunities for improving the tax preparation process.

4. Policies to Help Accountants Avoid Risks of Conspiracies

Given all the recent criticism of accountants, the last thing in the world they would want is to be viewed as "walking conspiracies." Read how one association is protecting itself and its members.

5. Blow The Lid Off The Old Way Of Accounting

Business owners are sophisticated and demanding today. Economic conditions have created a focus on value provided, and the availability of abundant information has expanded their knowledge of business in general. To be successful in this environment requires a different relationship with the client.

6. Lessons From Lawyers: How Not to Manage Staff

After placing last in American Lawyer's ranking of law firms based on a survey of attorneys who had not yet made partner, Clifford Chance asked its staff the reasons for their discontent. The reasons could easily apply to accounting as well as law firms.

7. New IRS Telephone Numbers Take Effect December 2

As part of its continuing effort to provide better service, the IRS is making two new toll-free numbers available starting December 2.

8. IRS Announces 2003 Pension Plan Limitations

The Internal Revenue Service has announced its annual cost-of-living adjustments and dollar limitation adjustments for pension plans for tax year 2003. Many limitation amounts remain unchanged from 2002, but some key amounts have changed.

9. IRS Closes Tax Shelter Loophole

In September, 2002, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2002-65 that will close the tax loophole that enables certain types of tax shelters that have gained publicity lately. The IRS estimates that last year alone approximately 87,100 taxpayers used a tax device such as the one addressed in this Notice.

10. Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance - Seven Questions For Executives & 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. But according to Protiviti, businesses may need to take additional steps to preserve value for shareholders and build the public's confidence.

11. PwC Announces Its Global Code of Conduct

PricewaterhouseCoopers announced the firm's adoption of what is believed to be the accounting profession's first global code of conduct. This step follows the firm's release of its first-ever "showcase" annual report.

12. Deloitte Tells How Firms Can Win Accounting Talent War

In the latest in a series of speeches on the importance of integrity and quality, Deloitte CEO Jim Copeland explained why he sees a talent war ahead and what accounting firms can do to win the war.

13. SEC Proposes Audit Workpaper Retention Rules

The SEC approved proposed rules regarding the retention of audit documents, including e-mails and electronic records. A key open question is whether the rules will discourage auditors from committing disagreements to writing.

14. Grant Thornton Ranks Top Middle Market Concerns

Research by Grant Thornton identifies business planning in uncertain times as a top middle market concern and shows why companies are looking beyond traditional financial measures to boost their corporate IQs.

15. KPMG Offers Tax-Saving Tips for Year-End

Read 12 tax-saving tips prepared by KPMG's Personal Financial Planning unit. All are tips that individuals can use between now and December 31st to reduce their 2002 tax bills.

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1. How to Develop & Maintain Professional & Personal Goals

When it comes to setting goals, start off with what's important to you in life. Here are some helpful ideas to assist you in setting and achieving your goals!

2. Ten Quick Internet Tips To Save You Time

AccountingWEB has compiled a few tips, courtesy of Microsoft, to help you save time when you're online. These tips are for users of the Microsoft Explorer browser.

3. Use Microsoft Outlook to Track Your Chargeable Hours!

If you track your chargeable hours, as most of us do, here is an easy way to track your time spent on the phone with your clients. This is also helpful if you need to track your long distance calls.

4. Excel Tip: Great Shortcut for Data Entry

Here's a shortcut that will save time when you have a lot of data to enter in a block of columns and rows in your spreadsheet.

5. Giving and Receiving Performance Evaluations - CPAs

Performance evaluations can be stressful and confrontational, but they need not be. A successful performance evaluation system benefits both employer and employee. Proper preparation and openness to the process can generate a positive outcome.

6. Desktop Yoga? Helpful Stress Busters!

Does working under tight deadlines and pressure increase your productivity? We all know that during tax season we are all under pressure. Here are a few desktop Yoga moves to help you make it through the day.

7. Top Ten Steps To Effective Delegation

Executives and managers are often left feeling frustrated when their staff doesn't perform a task the way they expected. This can be eliminated by sharpening your communication and filling in the gaps that are often left open for interpretation. Here are some guidelines.

8. Motivating Your Staff - Questions to Lead By

Motivating employees is often exhausting and time consuming work. Managers provide incentives, set goals, acknowledge top producers, even use consequences or threats. Learn how tap into what might drives employees to motivate themselves.

9. Excel Tip: Alphabetizing a Column of First and Last Names by Last Name

How many times have you entered a list of names, first and last name in the same column only to find that you need to alphabetize the list by last name. Here's a quick method for sorting a list like the one above by last name.

10. Five Quick MS Word Tips to Save You Time and Money

Here are some tips to help you save time and money. Share these ideas with your staff.

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