Online Education for Managers
CPAs and business managers can
brush up on the basics of fraud as well as learn
detection and prevention strategies from articles
and case studies at this Web site. Titles include
“Business Intelligence in the Financial Services
Industry.” Fraud investigators can explore the
library section to read related content on money
laundering, regulatory compliance and risk
management and also “solve business problems” with
anti-money-laundering and financial services
Fraud or Frivolity?
CPAs acting as financial
consultants will want to visit this e-stop to find
out about broker misconduct and what distinguishes
a securities fraud case from a frivolous claim.
Users also can locate a securities fraud lawyer in
their area and get a free consultation.
Alex Kwechansky, public speaker
and author of the book Never Underestimate Who
Can Cheat You, gives users a better
understanding of fraud in publicly and privately
owned companies and how to spot and, hopefully,
thwart it at this Web site. The section Dirty
Deeds defines different fraud concepts including
embezzlement, insider trading and skimming, while
the section Here’s the Point outlines some of
fraud’s early warning signs.
Insure Against Fraud
CPAs looking to advise clients on
insurance fraud will find legislative news, the
Fraud Case of the Month and the Fraud Hall of
Shame at this Web site, first listed as a Smart
Stop in April 2002 in response to fraudulent 9/11
claims. Visitors to the Coalition Against
Insurance Fraud’s Web stop also can receive a free
sample of Insurance Fraud Weekly ePort.
The Internet Fraud Complaint
Center (IFCC) Web site, another Smart Stop worthy
of more than one mention and first listed in the
November 2001 JofA , now offers users
IFCC Warnings, which address credit card and
identity theft, employment scams and Internet
auction fraud. The section Internet Fraud
Preventive Measures offers tips on recognizing and
preventing online fraud.
Tax Time Once Again
Accountants and preparers gearing
up for tax season will find state and federal tax
forms and more than 200 articles on, for example,
capital gains, mutual funds and tax rules for
gifts, as well as tax calculators for investing,
retirement planning and home mortgages and sales
at Yahoo’s Tax Center. Visitors can use a glossary
of tax terms and a preparer’s checklist from
Grants for Growth
CPAs can point clients to small
business advice and links to financial services,
government grants and loans at this Web stop.
Visitors can find business plan templates,
checklists and frequently asked questions in
categories including home and Internet businesses
and sales and marketing.
Gratis Legal Advice
CPA consultants for individuals
and small business owners can tap into free online
legal expertise here. Categories include
bankruptcy, business, employment, estate planning,
financial, intellectual property and tax law. Each
one lists a series of general questions and
answers on that topic.
This Smart Stop, sponsored by the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “fosters strategic
alliances and investments for women and
minority-owned business leaders and entrepreneurs”
with webcasts such as “Advancing the American
Economic Agenda.” The Small Business Center allows
registered users free three-day access to
offerings such as articles, research and
statistics and the members-only weekly newsletter.
Research These Resources
The Brookings Institution’s spot
on the Web includes links to articles, papers and
transcripts on topics of interest to CPAs
including business, domestic and global economics,
education and governance. Users can read the
articles “What’s Ahead After the GDP’s Big Surge”
and “The Budget Outlook: Analysis and
Implications,” to name a few.
Just for Fun
The curious-minded can look here
for more than 2,100 clichs, euphemisms and figures
of speech and find their explanations. Users can
search by keyword to find related phrases. For
example, searching on the term stocks in
the business category returned results including
“Catch a falling knife,” which means buying a
stock as its price falls in the hope it’ll rise
again, only to have it continue to decline.