AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 90


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  1. Five Steps You Can Take To Minimize Employment Liability
  2. When Financial Aid Isn't Enough
  3. New Government Web Site For Women Entrepreneurs
  4. Professional Trends in Accounting For 2003
  5. Busy Season Stress Busters Part Four!
  6. TAX TIP: Don't Be Taken In By Tax Scams
  7. Special Software Helps Executives Analyze Financial Statements
  8. Are You Teaching Your Employees to Steal? (Part 3)
  9. Nonprofits Without Audit Committees Risk Financial Disaster
  10. Book Recommendation: The Fifth Discipline, by Peter M. Senge

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  1. How Am I Doing? Employees Want To Know!
  2. Ten Tax Season Media Opportunities
  3. Excel Tip: Locate Phantom Links in Your Workbooks
  4. 25 Ways to Improve Your Personal Image
  5. Premium Member Special: Internet Tips

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1. Five Steps You Can Take To Minimize Employment Liability

The number of discrimination lawsuits increases every year.
What follows are five practical steps that you should consider implementing to minimize the likelihood of being embroiled in employment-related litigation.

2. When Financial Aid Isn't Enough

Students who fill out financial aid forms - a frustrating and disappointing undertaking - know all too well that loan options and financial aid packages still result in unmet need. There is a viable and affordable solution for students in need of money for rent, books, or even car payments.

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3. New Government Web Site For Women Entrepreneurs

In recognition of the growing number of women-owned businesses, the federal government has created a one-stop resource Web site for women entrepreneurs. The site is a collaborative effort of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Labor.

4. Professional Trends in Accounting For 2003

A number of important developments will affect accounting
professionals in 2003. New regulations, changing job
responsibilities, emerging technologies and specialties,
and a more moderate hiring climate are a few of the key
issues. Individuals who adapt quickly to these trends will
be in the strongest position for career advancement this year.

5. Busy Season Stress Busters Part Four!

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6. TAX TIP: Don't Be Taken In By Tax Scams

The IRS reminds taxpayers not to fall victim to a variety of tax scams. These schemes take several shapes, ranging from promises of special tax refunds to illegal ways of "untaxing" yourself. The IRS urges people to avoid these common schemes.

7. Software Helps Executives Analyze Financial Statements

As executives face the brave new world of Sarbanes-Oxley and increased corporate accountability, they don't have to go it alone. Two Canadian firms have updated and enhanced their analytical software for financial executives and audit professionals to use to ensure the accuracy and reliability of business operations.

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8. Are You Teaching Your Employees to Steal? (Part 3)

Generally, three things have to be present before someone
commits fraud or embezzles: need, opportunity, and
rationalization. This is known as the "triangle of fraud."
Read part three today!

9. Nonprofits Without Audit Committees Risk Financial Disaster

In the wake of Enron and other business scandals, the audit
committee of a company's board of directors has resurfaced as a key tool for preventing fraud and ensuring sound financial management. But in the nonprofit world, the boards of many organizations operate without audit committees in the mistaken belief that charities do not need them.

10. Book Recommendation: The Fifth Discipline, by Peter M. Senge

The Fifth Discipline has turned many readers into true believers; it remains the ideal introduction to Senge's carefully integrated corporate framework, which is structured around "personal mastery," "mental models," "shared vision," and "team learning." Using ideas that originate in fields from science to spirituality, Senge explains why the learning organization matters, provides an unvarnished summary of his management principals, offers some basic tools for practicing it, and shows what it's like to operate under this system. The book's concepts remain stimulating and relevant as ever. Order your copy today!

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1. How Am I Doing? Employees Want To Know!

Research shows that employees crave performance feedback but that their supervisors are doing a poor job of giving it to them. 60 percent of employees say that they don't receive ongoing feedback about their job performance throughout the year. Here are some reasons why supervisors avoid providing feedback.

2. Ten Tax Season Media Opportunities

Accounting firms have a great opportunity to leverage the media exposure the profession is afforded during Busy Season. Here are 10 events which afford an opportunity to send press releases and a few tips on making the releases more newsworthy.

3. Excel Tip: Locate Phantom Links in Your Workbooks

You may have encountered the "phantom link" phenomenon. I've never known Excel to be wrong about identifying links, so there's an excellent chance that your workbook does contain one or more links, but they are probably not formula links. Follow these steps to identify and eradicate any links in a workbook.

4. 25 Ways to Improve Your Personal Image

A bad personal impression gives a message that is not always accurate. Poor eye contact gives an impression that you are disinterested. To succeed, you need respect. Find out more about how you can improve your personal image today.

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1. Credit Card Payments From Clients. If you do, how long have you been accepting them? What percentage of clients pay by credit card? Has it improved your collections?

2. I work in Canada, many of my Canadian tax clients must obtain an "ITIN" in order to report business or other income earned from the US, or to be claimed as a dependant for a US filer. These people are not eligible for a SSN, but must get the ITIN. I understand that an acceptance agent may certify their documents and assist in processing the W7 application for ITIN. I have scoured the IRS website and sent e-mail requests, but have not received an answer. Do you know the acceptance agent application process?

3. Is a Love Offering Income? A singing group performs at
various churches. They do not charge a fee to the churches.
Some of the churches have taken up a collection (Love Offering) which goes to the singers. Is this income to the singers? The money goes directly to the singers, it is not deposited into the church account and then paid to the singers. My thinking is that these are gifts and therefore excludable from income.

4. Rental agreement between company and director for use of home as office. I am looking for a sample license agreement between a company and its directors to account for payments made to the directors for use of their home as office.

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