A better letter


Q: Can you point me toward a good website that provides default business letters and contract wording so I don’t have to prepare all of my business letters and contracts from scratch?

A: Instead of referring you to a website, I will instead direct you to Word 2013’s templates, which provide thousands of standard letters and contracts. To access these templates, from Word’s File tab, select New, and click the Letters category. Use the Category listing in the right pane or the Search box near the upper-left corner to refine your search, and then click the template to download from Microsoft’s template repository, a sampling of which is pictured below.



News quiz: College debt, stolen identities, and retirement planning

See how much you know about these developments and others in the Journal of Accountancy news quiz.


Preventing and detecting fraud at not-for-profits

Organizations in all industries must deal with the potential for fraud to occur, and design controls to prevent and detect it. Environment, policies, and controls can help organizations steer clear of problems.


The dangers of dabbling

To meet evolving marketplace needs, CPAs often look to diversify their service offerings. Firms can mitigate the risk of experiencing competency-related professional liability claims by implementing these basic steps.