Smart Stops on the Web


Case Studies and Reviews

CPAs at firms and companies can find case studies—with required actions and outcomes—for implementing nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, as well as reviews of customized packages at this site. Visitors also can use a compensation calculator and get an overview of stock-option-program designs.

Who Got What?

CPAs can find executive compensation summaries in the latest SEC filings from corporate America. Reports include base salary and bonuses, other compensation including restricted stock, and the value of any exercised options.

Compensation for Employee Owners

The Foundation for Enterprise Development site focuses on the topic of employee ownership including compensation and offers articles such as “Incentive Compensation and Pay-for-Performance” and “Employee Ownership in Tomorrow’s Company.” It also has links to information on other subjects, such as benefits packages, as well as an employee ownership quiz in the Interactive Tools section.


…And Compliance for All

CPAs can find links to articles on employee benefit plan compliance matters in the Benefits Buzz section of this Web site, as well as obtain expert advice in the Q&A Column. Users also can research current government laws, regulations and rulings related to human resources and benefit plans.

The Source for HR Information

Consultants can research human resources topics such as labor relations, legal and management issues, morale and motivation, safety and health, and training in this section of Visitors can learn how to negotiate and compare wages and can research present starting salaries in the Compensation Center section.

Be Their Guest

Benefits specialists and human resources personnel will find articles on a variety of topics in the HR Daily News section, such as “Pros and Cons of Defined-Contribution Health (DCH) Plans” and “Possible Pitfalls of E-Health Tools.” Users also can subscribe to’s free weekly e-zine and visit the job board to view or post resumes.


A Site With a Hire Purpose

Accountants looking to make a career or company change can register for free here, post resumes and research company profiles of member employers. Users short on daily surf time can take advantage of the job agent—an electronic headhunter that e-mails opportunities in a specific job field and location. These same features are also in effect for , which has merged with this site.

For the Giving Accountant

If you’re an accountant interested in donating your services, or an eligible not-for-profit organization looking for accounting services, search this site’s database. The Clearinghouse for Volunteer Accounting Services, initially only for the state of California, has gone national and offers its volunteers a free technical question-and-answer service for accounting, auditing and tax queries.

Interested in Investment Information?

This site, brought to you by the National Association of Securities Dealers, offers investors and advisers information, links to other financial resources and online brochures including “Investing and the Internet” and “Investing Safely.” It also includes a glossary of investment terms, as well as past and present NASD regulation enforcement actions.

Buy or Sell a Practice Here

This site provides sellers of financial services organizations a place to anonymously post their intent to sell as well as the details of their practices. Potential buyers can then search through these listings—by state or geographical area—and contact the sellers for more information. It also offers timely articles on creating transition plans and mergers-and-acquisitions pitfalls, as well as a valuation calculator.

Teach Your Children [To Invest] Well

Sneak in the back door at the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) site to read “A Parent’s Guide: How to Introduce Kids to the World of Investing” and “Money and Kids: A Parental Guide to Teaching Financial Responsibility.” Then head back to its home page— —and register for free to receive AAII’s investor newsletter via e-mail.


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.