Smart stops on the Web.



A Great Place for Practical Resources
This site, maintained by the Steinberg Business Traveler Information Network, is a great resource if youre on the road. It includes information and links to sites on car services and rentals, regional and international airlines, mapping and directions and overnight delivery services. The network also links to the next four sites.

Hotel Sweet Hotel
The Hotel Guide lists 60,000 hotels around the world. Its database allows users to search for hotel rates, specific accommodations and available facilities. The site also provides online booking for many, but not all, hotels listed.

On the Road Again
The Metro Networks site provides information on local traffic, highway conditions and delays as well as local news updates and weather advisories. There are also links to more than 1,800 radio stations and 100 television stations that broadcast the sites reports.

Table for One, Two or More
For the business traveler in need of a good meal, the Savvy Diner personally contacts the restaurant you select and confirms your reservationwhether its for a small group or a large conferencewithin 24 hours. This site considers aspects of choosing a restaurant the business traveler might not be aware ofsuch as the proximity of restaurants to hotels and airports and the popularity and quality of the bistros they recommend.   For Info on the Go
SmarTravelers site provides information to business travelers on a citys traffic conditions, best routes, transit information and links to related city services. Currently SmarTraveler covers only the Boston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas, but the service will be expanded to include most major U.S. cities.

Technology for Insiders
The Institute of Internal Auditors has launched a new site to meet the technology needs of audit professionals. Read about Y2K, e-commerce, computer audits, network security and other key issues. Although aimed primarily at internal auditors, virtually every CPA should get something out of these pages.

The Complete PFP Toolkit
With feature articles, columns, news and stock quotes, this information site provides enough depth for sophisticated financial planners. However, the Morningstar site is also sufficiently user-friendly for practitioners who perform only occasional PFP engagements.

A Different Side of a CPA
The Culture Vulture site is devoted to intelligent discussion of cultural and intellectual issues. Although there isnt much here on accounting, its founder is a CPA. His attractive, intriguing site should dispel any myths that CPAs are dull.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.