Smart Stops on the Web


Be Your Own Boss
CPAs thinking of going out on their own should bookmark this URL for start-up basics including information on Small Business Administration funding and venture capital. Find a nine-part series on how to write a winning business plan, links to state business assistance e-stops and a hiring checklist. Money Matters has articles on home-office deductions and tax planning. For lighter fare read the Funny Pages.

Small Biz Banter
Read commentaries and case studies on cash management, corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley at this Smart Stop. Also find articles on banking, family-owned businesses, fraud and security, the 2004 Securities Class Action Filings Study and a six-part series on women business owners. Small and emerging companies can find IT answers and virus update alerts.

Start-Up Basics
CPAs advising entrepreneurs and small business owners can find information on credit and collections, projections and purchasing and cost control in the accounting link at BusinessTown’s home page. Each category has links to articles, a featured book and related Web sites. Other sections offer a business loan glossary, business plan templates and overviews on corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships.

Spotlight on the Soloist
CPA sole practitioners and small business advisers can find free articles from Fortune Small Business here. Topics include building business back up after a disaster, the winners of Fortune’s student business-plan contest and entrepreneur profiles. The site also offers a start-up resource guide and a list of the top 50 small-cap stocks.

Templates and Tools
This Web stop offers entrepreneurs information on everything from raising capital to retirement planning. The Templates section includes sample business and marketing plans and checklists on buy/sell agreements and data warehousing. Business How-Tos gives visitors tips on building their own Web sites and marketing their services. Also check out the site’s large collection of financial calculators to estimate the alternative minimum tax and estate tax, car lease payments and long-term investment yields.

Industry Advances
CPAs handling payrolls can find an overview and regulatory compliance information here on the latest trend—the paycard. Read case studies on AMC Theater and the Summer Youth Employment Program’s successful implementation of this new e-pay system. Go to Links for state and federal government labor, revenue and tax agencies, to Publications to find a guide to state payroll laws or to Payroll Patty for career advancement advice.

Think Ahead
CPA/financial planners can find the SeniorFinances newsletter and a retiree financial guide to share with their clients at this Web stop. Sections of the site offer information on investing and managing retirement income, long-term care and reverse mortgages. The Links section has car and medical insurance quotes and information on marketing your services to senior citizens.

Sites to See
Want to know the top 25 Google e-searches of the month or the most popular Web sites for the year? Go to the directory page for Web Traffic Station for the answers, as well as a search engine with a menu of categories. The site’s Business section offers users a link to, while Employment has staffing solutions. Visitors can find investment Web site links and a small business link to the AICPA.

Hit the Road, Jack
Companies and individuals planning out-of-state and office moves can request free quotes from up to 10 moving companies at this Web site. Here, visitors can find links to commercial insurance services, home equity loan providers, lawyers and moving and packing tips, or use the U.S. Postal Service Web site link to change their mailing address online.

Irreverent Investment Ideas
Read about Greg Newton’s adventures in the capital markets at his blog where he provides “alternative thoughts on alternative investments.” Visitors to the site can read articles on a whole host of topics including hedge funds, inflation and options, and they can find Web site links to SEC administrative proceedings dating back to 1995 in the Regulators section. While you’re at it, check out Moron du Jour, where Newton not only points out people in the news that have made missteps, but also pokes fun at himself for making an investment faux pas or two.


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.