Smart Stops on the Web


The Law of the Not-for-Profit Land

The mission of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law is to assist in "the creation and improvement of laws and regulatory systems that permit, encourage, and regulate the NPO sector in countries around the world." The site contains an online library of legal opinions and self-regulation and tax documents.

A Path to Information

The Independent Sector's home page is also the home of both the Nonprofit Information Center and the Nonprofit Pathfinder. The center explains what constitutes the not-for-profit sector, its size and scope, volunteering and links to related resources. The pathfinder bills itself as "the global gateway to civil society research and innovation" and includes links to resources such as academic centers and other NPOs.  

Your Questions Answered

The Internet Nonprofit Center offers news items as well as a free weekly e-mail subscription to its online newsletter. But the most useful aspect of this site is its frequently-asked-questions section, which covers a number of topics, including accounting, audits, compensation, risk management and software.  

News for NPOs

The Nonprofit Online News site, like the one above, offers news items and a free weekly e-mail subscription to its online newsletter. Also available are newsletter issues from April 1997 through the present, as well as a section where NPOs can submit their own news items.  

The Source for Management

The NonProfit Times bills itself as "the leading business publication for nonprofit management." It includes an employment marketplace section and a resource directory. The magazine is offered free to full-time U.S. NPO executives "whose organizations qualify." Two other editions of their publication—for direct marketing and for financial management—are available.    


A "Secure" Site

Social Security Online features the agency's standard publications as well as pertinent news items, laws, regulations, rulings and a section on how to report fraud. Also interesting is Youthlink, which explains the importance of Social Security to children and teenagers.  

A New Way to Shop

If you're looking for a specific item or just don't want to bother comparison shopping, this site lets the stores come to you. Describe the item you want and forwards the request to the appropriate sellers. The sellers send you the item's price and other specifics by e-mail, and you choose the one offering the best deal. Item categories include antiques, books, computers and professional services.

  Opt to Take Stock of This Site

Employees who have received stock options as part of their compensation will find this site informative. They can research the value of their options and learn how to manage them. The site provides calculators and modeling tools as well as articles with recent finance news. The resource center posts frequently asked questions on options and equity pay and provides a global tax guide as well as a glossary of terms.

  A Portal for the Internet

If you're looking for information on any aspect of the Web, chances are this is a good place to start your search. This site, which calls itself "the Internet industry portal," contains 14 channels covering e-commerce and marketing, Web development, ISP resources, downloads and wireless technology. A mouse click on a randomly chosen Internet investing banner brought up the following site.

This site offers the latest regional, national and international news and Internet stock report. Information on venture capital and IPOs, as well as on mergers and acquisitions and mutual funds, is also available. And if you've invested in any of these well-researched Internet stocks, you'll want to monitor their progress on the following site.

The latest news bulletins and updates on the stocks you researched at the above site are available here. Feature columns track a stock's standing in the morning, at mid-day and at market close and report the latest on the most talked about Internet sites, such as Amazon, eBay and Yahoo.


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.