The Internet


Guidance on Accounting Careers

For college students interested in accounting careers, Accountemps has set up a site geared toward that end, with pertinent articles as well as advice on writing resumes and cover letters. Students can also access a database to research job requirements and pay rates for various temporary positions.

Help for CPA Exam Candidates

This online resource, from AccountingNet, gives students preparing to take the CPA exam guidance on how to study, strategies for taking it and tips on minimizing test anxiety.

Arlene Ravalo’s homepage should help students better understand the CPA exam process: she shares her personal experience of taking it and has a section for comments by others who have passed. She also includes a helpful list of links to 10 more accounting-related sites.


Ensuring Fair Insurance Rates

Quotesmith Corp.’s site provides instant quotes on insurance rates from 375 companies in the following areas: auto, medical, Medicare supplement, life (no physical exam required) and term life. Current fixed annuity rates are also available.

For the Politically Minded

The 1999–2000 online edition of the Almanac of Politics and Government is available under the heading “Guests” and includes detailed information and statistics on all things political—calendars, world governments, parties, documents, economics, history and all three U.S. government branches. Also included are links to other global, national and local government agencies.

A Credit to the Web

Central Data Technologies’ site includes information on thousands of open and closed Chapter 11 cases from more than 30 courts, including all active court sites in the Fourth Circuit and Washington, D.C., for registered users (registration is quick and free). Also available are links to other
bankruptcy resources.

A Search for Security’s Sake

This site was created by students in the Information System Security program at Algonquin College in Ontario, Canada, as a study aid for their one-year course, but it now has a permanent place on the Web. Over 6,500 security-related articles and links are included as well as message boards and chat rooms for related information.

Search and Shop

USA Global Link, Inc.’s site truly is a one-stop shopping experience. Members (membership is free) can find items of interest in dozens of categories, use the site’s price comparison engine to get the best buy and then go directly to the link for the seller’s site to purchase items.


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.