The Internet



This site offers contact information for all U.S. government branches, agencies and offices.
It also includes access to nationwide press information, government 800 numbers, search engines and national libraries.

A Web of Accountants

Sponsored by AccountingWEB, Inc., this site offers free registration for its newswire service and the ability
to search its index of other accounting-related Web sites. Included are sections with practice management and Internet tips.

  Come to Your Census

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s site should interest most professionals. Aside from information on Census 2000,
it offers demographic profiles and projections by state, and statistics and analysis for topics such as foreign trade,
housing and income. Another feature is an application that generates detailed maps for anywhere in the United States.

Access to Health Care Information

This site, provided by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, has information on health care institutions.
One useful feature is Quality Check, which allows users to check references for all JCAHO-accredited institutions and professionals.


  Yahoo! for Insurance

If you’re looking for information on insurance, Yahoo Finance offers term life insurance quotes and home and
renters insurance information, as well as a glossary of terms and links to related Web sites. Topical articles and a FAQ section
on general insurance are also included.

Risk Managers Take Note

Insurance Services Office, Inc.’s site supplies risk managers with free statistical, actuarial and underwriting information,
as well as detailed summaries of recent studies and trends in the fields of insurance and risk management.

  More for Your Money

The Mony Group’s site offers financial strategies, seminar information, and tools and calculators in its Resource Center,
as well as a quick answer section for investment, insurance, savings, retirement and estate planning topics.

  Don’t Go Down With the Ship

The time it takes to type in the URL will be worth it. Research analyst Roy Brander has written an interesting essay titled
“The Titanic Disaster: An Enduring Example of Money Management vs. Risk Management,” which looks at the ship’s ill-fated
final voyage and the risk management steps that could have averted tragedy.


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.