Resource Guide - Issue 132

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THIS WEEK'S TOPICS
  1. Companies Offer Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance "Kits"
  2. ICMA Announces Enhancements to CMA Certification Program
  3. Businessmen Specialize in Catching Tax Preparers’ Mistakes
  4. Live Webcast: The IRS Casts Eagle Eye on Tax Shelters
  5. Alert: Check Carefully Before Applying for Offers in Compromise
  6. Does Corporate America Need CPOs?
  7. AICPA Board Approves Third Term for Barry Melancon
  8. FTC Hotline to Assist Small Business Recovery from Web Scam
  9. "Current Liability" Rules Could Change Under FASB Plan
  10. Tax Protester’s Defense: I’m Delusional
  11. Book Recommendation: Risk From the CEO and Board Perspective: What All Managers Need to Know About Growth in a Turbulent World

PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER CONTENT
  1. Top Ten Interview Bloopers...and How to Avoid Them
  2. Inserting Fields to Calculate Percentage in Excel with Pivot Tables
  3. How to Take Charge of Overwhelming Projects
  4. View Outlook Inbox and Your Calendar at the Same Time

Don’t miss this week’s Tax Tips, Hot Topics and the Member Q&A Forum all in this issue of the Resource Guide!

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FREE SUBSCRIBER RESOURCES
  1. Companies Offer Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance "Kits"

Five companies have joined together to create software "tool kits" to help companies comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

  1. ICMA Announces Enhancements to CMA Certification Program

The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) Board announced last week several enhancements to the CMA and CFM certification programs, effective July 1, 2004.

  1. Businessmen Specialize in Catching Tax Preparers’ Mistakes

Tax clients often worry that their preparers may have missed something, or that they’re not getting the full refund they deserve. Capitalizing on those worries are two Colorado Springs, CO businessmen, who are by building a booming business by specializing in filing amended tax returns.
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  1. Live Webcast: The IRS Casts Eagle Eye on Tax Shelters

This week’s "Tax Talk Today" informs tax professionals about tax shelter abuse. The live Webcast will cover an IRS report on trends seen in tax shelter activity, issue identification, legal guidance, analysis of shelters, and review the current IRS tax shelter regulation and compliance strategies. Find out how you can participate today.

  1. Alert: Check Carefully Before Applying for Offers in Compromise

The IRS has issued a consumer alert advising taxpayers to beware of promoters’ claims that tax debts can be settled for "pennies on the dollar" through the Offer in Compromise Program. Find out more.

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. Does Corporate America Need CPOs?
  2. AICPA Board Approves Third Term for President, CEO Barry Melancon
  3. FTC Hotline to Assist Small Business Recovery from Web Scam
  4. "Current Liability" Rules Could Change Under FASB Plan
  5. Tax Protester’s Defense: I’m Delusional
  6. Book Recommendation: Risk From the CEO and Board Perspective: What All Managers Need to Know About Growth in a Turbulent World, by Mary Pat McCarthy, Tim P. Flynn, Rob Brownstein

What all managers need to know about growth in a turbulent world. Especially in these turbulent times, good risk management is about exploiting opportunities for growth while protecting value already created. To do this, corporate leaders must, first and foremost, learn to manage the chain of cause and effect between risk and shareholder value.

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  1. Top Ten Interview Bloopers...and How to Avoid Them

We’ve all heard stories of job candidates who looked great on paper but who were absolute disasters in person. With fewer and fewer interview opportunities available in this competitive market, it’s essential to make the best possible first impression. You can learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the top 10 worst interview blunders.

  1. Inserting Fields to Calculate Percentage in Excel with Pivot Tables

With a PivotTable, you can insert additional data fields that you have already used and change the calculation function by which you create new calculated columns. Here are some step-by-step instructions.

  1. How to Take Charge of Overwhelming Projects

You know you need to tackle that high-priority project, but you make a few phone calls, sort through yesterday's mail, and before you know it, it's lunchtime. Here are a few ideas to help you complete critical tasks and stay organized during those overwhelming projects.

  1. View Outlook Inbox and Your Calendar at the Same Time

Would it be useful for you to be able to view both your Outlook calendar and inbox at the same time? Instead of clicking back and forth between the two, you can open them side-by-side for easier access and viewing. Here is a tip to enable you to accomplish this.

IRS TAX TIPS

  1. Confused about Roth IRA Contributions? Follow these Simple Rules!

If you’re confused about whether you or a client can contribute to a Roth IRA, follow these simple IRS Rules for contribution.

  1. How to Figure Your Advance Child Tax Credit

Taxpayers who plan to claim the Child Tax Credit on their federal income tax return should not claim the full $1,000 per child if they received an advance Child Tax Credit payment check in 2003. The payments were actually an advance on the credit’s 2003 amount, when the maximum for each child rose from $600 to $1,000. Find out more!

HOT TOPICS

  1. CPAs Predict More Audits of Small Businesses
  2. Fraudulent E-Mail Schemes Warning From the Treasury Department
  3. Representative Stearn Calls for GAAP Overhaul
  4. New York Goes After Internet Sales Taxes
  5. Investors Believe That Sarbanes-Oxley Will Protect Investments

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