Add a New Credential
Institute members looking for a
new challenge can register at this section of the
AICPA Web site to take the November 15 or 30
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) exam. Other
resources include the BV Competence Assessment
Tool, Exam Candidate’s Reference Guide and Content
Specification Outline, a BV glossary and
explanations of exam terminology.
What’s It Worth?
CPAs can help clients value their
businesses by taking advantage of the free
valuation court case downloads at this Web stop.
Other offerings include an international
dictionary of business valuation terms, IRS
guidelines and links to the AICPA, Appraisal
Foundation and Institute of Business Appraisers.
Users also can join the discussion forum and read
more definitions of BV terms and tips of the week.
Valuable Valuation Data
Does your client have an
industry-specific valuation question? Find the
answer at this e-stop for information on a variety
of topics such as divorce, estate and gift taxes,
limited partnerships and technology valuations.
The Industry Resources section has reports on
compensation and salary surveys, financial and
operating ratios and sector outlooks covering more
than 250 industries. The legal and tax resource
sections have links to the federal tax code and
regulations, state and federal case law and tax
Plan a Successful Exit
Visitors can enter the Center for
Simplified Strategic Planning Web site through
this backdoor to go directly to the article, “The
Strategy of Succession Planning,” which teaches
retiring executives about some advantages and
possible pitfalls of succession planning. There’s
also a detailed outline of the article’s main
points if readers want to cut right to the chase.
CPA/ABVs can click on the link at the end of the
story for a free subscription to the site’s e-zine
Course and Direction.
Get the Buzz on the Family Biz
CPA/ABVs can go to the Business
Issues section of this site and click on
succession planning for information on topics such
as bringing in the next generation or developing a
written succession plan. Visitors also can read up
on the seven development stages of succession and
find answers to the questions “What are the
options?” and “Can there be more than one
For Females in Business
For more than 700 e-pages of
business resources, women thinking of starting
their own accounting firms will want to bookmark
this Web site. Users can find a free newsletter,
as well as free business software and legal forms
such as independent contractor agreements.
Visitors also can get a free daily planner and
read articles such as “The Power of Small Ideas”
or “Etiquette Tips for Business Lunches.”
401(k) All the Way
CPAs will find fun and practical
resources to share with clients who are
retirement-savings-plan sponsors or participants
at this Web site about “401(k) day”—when employers
spotlight the importance of their profit-sharing
and savings plans. For example, the Participant
Center includes the sections Fun and Learning,
with retirement-themed crossword puzzles,
word-find games and Retirement Ready, an
interactive board game to help assess savings
progress that CPAs can share with their clients.
The Plan Sponsor Center offers help on finding
service providers and tools for setting up your
own 401(k) day, such as a retirement calculator
and a glossary of plan terms.
Flush Out Fraudsters
Whether you’re looking for a
fraud specialist to help keep your company on the
up and up or you’re a specialist looking to expand
your client base, a visit to this Smart Stop will
help. You can register for free to find fraud
experts or to list your services, test your
knowledge of fraud with a multiple-choice quiz or
read articles such as “The Case of the Shrinking
For Would-Be Telecommuters
Interested in working from home
or have employees who do? Visit this e-site and
use its free self-assessment checklist to help
decide whether it’s right for you—and for them.
Users also can sign up for a free e-mailed
telecommuting minicourse, receive the
telecommuting tip of the week, read the guide,
Make a Case for Telecommuting, or
purchase the book 101 Tips for Telecommuters.