Smart Stops on the Web

Free Web Seminars
Gratis membership to this Web site gains users access to online talks such as “Bridging Technology and Business Continuity Objectives” and “Ethics and Legal Mandate: Survival in the Sarbanes-Oxley Era.” CPAs also can read articles on business intelligence and activity-based management and receive e-mail newsletters.

A No-Cost Business Magazine
Accounting, corporate finance and risk management professionals will want to bookmark this Web site for monthly electronic issues or register for a free hard-copy subscription to the magazine Treasury & Risk Management. In addition, this site offers free buyer’s guides on accounting software and retirement services and a “People on the Move” column, which profiles professionals.

A Pretty Powerful Portal
This Web site bills itself as the “survival network for the brave new world of business.” And with literally hundreds of free links to information on knowledge management, the new economy and technology, aims to deliver something for everyone in business, knowledge management and information technology.

Management and Marketing Articles
Accountants in business and industry—as well as law and information technology professionals—looking for tips on running their firms and Web sites more effectively can find links to a large assortment of articles at marketing communications consultant Kaye Vivian’s site. Titles include “A Dozen Tips for a New Marketing Director” and “E-Commerce: How to Sell Services on Your Web Site.”

A Study in Ethics
The Illinois Institute of Technology Web site links to the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, which offers users codes of ethics links for various industries including business, communication, computing, finance and government. Visitors can find current online issues of the center’s periodical Perspectives on the Professions or have free hard copies delivered via snail mail.

Ethics and the Law
Looking for articles on the legal aspects of ethical business practices? This Web site includes links to stories such as “The Father of Modern Spam Speaks” and “Unauthorized Practice of Law on the Net,” as well as ethics opinions and recent announcements. Links for all 50 states help shed light on the role ethics plays for elected officials with information on candidate finance data and election agencies.

A Virtual Trip Back in Time
Accounting professionals and history buffs alike can listen to audio streams of SEC roundtable discussions and oral histories of past and present members’ involvement in the commission at its historical society Web site. Visitors also can peruse historical records and papers such as SEC annual reports, older photos and a list of chairpersons and commissioners dating back to 1934.

Download a Lending Library
Finance and managerial accounting students can check out loaner copies of the required texts for Sacramento City College professor Greg Burbage’s courses as well as view his “Study Notes for Financial Accounting.” Users also can link to CPA certifying organizations and exam information, and federal tax forms and instructions.

A Taxing Site
Since first listed as a Smart Stop in the September 1998 issue of the JofA (page 16), this Web site has grown to include feature articles and free e-mail bulletins for tax professionals on topics such as benefits and pensions, expatriate tax issues and corporate taxation. The site, which comes to you from the nonprofit Tax Analysts, also added a Tax History Museum link that includes information on Confederate War financing, for example.

For the Acrobatic Accountant
CPAs balancing work, chores, hobbies and romance can find information on all of these topics at this Web site for the free e-zine Jugglezine . Feature article titles include “The Zen of Desktop Management” and “Work-at-Home Parents’ Troubleshooting Guide.” Users also can read up on technology, time management and workplace efficiency.

Get Into Debt
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Public Debt Web site offers visitors data on the national debt outstanding and its interest expense. Other points of interest include “Fun Calculators,” “Just for Kids” and “What Are Your Bonds Worth?” “The Basics of Treasury Securities” answers frequently asked questions on the subject.


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.