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SMALL OFFICE / HOME OFFICE GET YOUR BUSINESS OFF THE as “The Official Business Link to the U.S. Government,” this site is a virtual one-stop shop for information on running a small business. Operated by the Small Business Administration, this Smart Stop offers guides on starting and managing a business, government contracting, taxes and a host of other topics.

2. Introducing the New  

BY Megan Pinkston
FIND IT FASTThe new provides access to more than 10 years of JofA archives through a new full-text search feature, easily accessible from anywhere on the Web site—just look in the upper-right corner of every page. And by performing a single search, you’ll get results not only from the JofA, but also from the Institute’s Web site,, and the AICPA Store,

3. Smart Stops on the Web  

BY Megan Pinkston
TAX A TAX,,id=118004,00.htmlThis Smart Stop from the IRS provides a host of basic tools for tax professionals, handily compiled onto one page for easy access. The information ranges from recent tax law changes to standards of practice and Circular 230 information to the contact info for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (see “The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel: An Opportunity to Collaborate With the IRS,” JofA, Sept.

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FRAUD / FORENSIC ACCOUNTINGHAVE FRAUD FEARS? no further than the AICPA’s offering of antifraud and forensic accounting resources. Click “Tools and Aids” to download Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide, which outlines principles for establishing effective fraud risk management. The paper was released jointly by the AICPA, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and The Institute of Internal Auditors (see “Highlights,” page 16).

5. Smart Stops on the Web  

BY Megan Pinkston
HUMAN RESOURCES PLAYING MATCHMAKER This mentor-matching site connects small business owners and entrepreneurs with experienced business owners and professionals. The program, an initiative of international economic development agency Mercy Corps, matches protégés with mentors based on their experience and expertise. Mentors must have three to five years of business ownership or management experience.

6. Smart Stops on the Web  

BY Megan Pinkston
WEALTH MANAGEMENT PFP CLASSES 2.0 Visit this site from the AICPA’s Personal Financial Planning Center to register for upcoming Web seminars on sophisticated IRA and AMT strategies and overcoming common challenges in PFP practices. Through the Web seminar format, participants can interact with fellow financial planning CPAs and earn CPE credit for select programs.

7. Smart Stops on the Web  

BY Megan Pinkston
TECHNOLOGY TRY BEFORE YOU FILE This collaboration between EDGAR Online, a business and financial information provider, and RR Donnelley, a print services company, can help you get up to speed on XBRL and interactive data. Track it in real time with the countdown clock, which ticks off the days, hours, minutes and seconds to an expected SEC preliminary ruling on XBRL.

8. Smart Stops on the Web  

BY Megan Pinkston
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BUILDING HR KNOWLEDGE Choose the “Insight” tab at this HR portal to access blogs and articles from seasoned HR professionals, including Jennifer Blanchard’s “Generation Y” column. As a new feature, content is organized by broad category, such as benefits and compensation, staffing or legal compliance, then more narrowly defined by multiple topic tags (there are hundreds).

9. Smart Stops on the Web  

BY Megan Pinkston
PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT MARKETING KNOW-HOW Looking to attract new clients or increase your firm's visibility? Visit this Smart Stop to access the AICPA's "CPA Marketing Tool Kit," part of the Institute's public accounting firm resources. The collection offers customer service and selling tips, client satisfaction surveys, PDF brochures and guidelines for becoming a media resource.

10. Smart Stops on the Web  

BY Megan Pinkston
SMALL BUSINESS SOX ASSISTANCE This site features content from the SEC’s Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404—A Guide for Small Business, a publication for small public company managers and their auditors as they begin to assess internal control over financial reporting. Sections such as “What Constitutes Effective Internal Controls?,” “Identifying Financial Reporting Risks and Controls That Address Them,” and “Do Your Controls Work in Practice?” guide small business managers through the assessment process for the first time.
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