|Value for Your Business |
The AICPA’s Business Valuation and Forensic Litigation
Services Center offers members case studies on fraud schemes, a
practice management toolkit and a definition of the month. Read
the full text of an exposure draft on valuation service
standards and get tips on how to conduct an inquiry interview or
an interview with a CEO or CFO. Help your clients develop
internal controls with a risk management checklist and a list of
common auditing deficiencies.
Answers for Accountants
CPAs interested in switching to investigative and
forensic accounting can get an overview here from Alan Zysman,
CA and certified fraud examiner, of Toronto’s Zysman Forensic
Accounting Inc. His to-the-point e-site offers a detailed
explanation of what it takes to become a forensic accountant
and how to approach assignments. Also get an overview of
investigative accounting and litigation support.
A Valuable Site
Looking for information and news on business valuation?
Visit this Web stop for BVWire, a free weekly update with the
latest valuation court cases, practice tips, a definition of
the week and questions and answers on valuations of start-ups.
There’s also free downloads of IRS BV guidelines, an
international glossary of terms and free issues of the
newsletter Business Valuation Update, as well as
links to other BV associations such as the AICPA and the
What’s It Worth?
The e-calculators here can help you determine cash flow,
financial ratios and business valuation as well as estate tax,
retirement planning, investment returns and 401(k) savings.
The Tax section has a 1040 calculator and the Tax Planning
Update newsletter offers advice on how to reduce estate
taxes and draft buy-sell agreements. Users also can get
marketing tips and links to franchise and small business
Free membership to this e-stop gets CPAs and their
entrepreneurial clients a valuation guide with tips on
business appraisals and pitfalls associated with them. Users
can find a due diligence checklist, simple- and long-form
nondisclosure agreements and a buyer profile. The Resource
Center offers the M&A Advisor with archived
articles on e-mail strategies during an M&A, “Lessons for
Dealmakers” and tips on small business valuations. Business
Planning Tools includes sample business and marketing plans
and e-calculators to determine cash flow and start-up costs.
|Take a Tech Tip |
CPAs looking for IT consulting advice can find it at this
Smart Stop. Sign up for a free subscription to current and back
issues of the Small Business Computer Advisor
e-newsletter, whose topics include Outlook shortcuts for
Web-based access, a review of spyware software and tips for
Macintosh users. Find hints for taking better digital photos and
sign up for virus alerts via e-mail. Small and midsize
businesses can request free guides on e-mail management and spam
control, IT outsourcing and PC security.
Hear Her Roar
Visitors to the American Women’s Society of CPAs
(AWSCPA) e-home can get links to information on accounting and
tax research, financing and women’s issues. Those interested
can become members online and look for work in the Career
Opportunities section, find affiliates and get the scoop on
awards and scholarships. The AWSCPA began in 1933 with nine
women CPAs and now has more than 2,000 members in all areas of
accounting, with a focus on gender equality, the glass ceiling
and work and family issues.
An Uncle Sam Site
Tax professionals looking for a summary of the Tax
Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 can find it
in the legislation link on the U.S. Senate Committee on
Finance Web site, along with the act’s full text and estimated
revenue effects. Users also can find legislative archives back
to 2001 and read a history of the committee on finance from
the Civil War to the present. Go to Links at the bottom of the
home page and visit sites for the IRS, Social Security
Administration and Congressional Budget Office.
Tips for Tenderfoots
Whether you’re starting an at-home business or just need
a refresher course on the rules of the game, this
entrepreneurs’ e-page offers checklists for starting a
business, marketing plans, tips on how to write a contract and
small business tax deductions you may be able to claim.
Visitors also can find articles, links and discussions on
immigration law and intellectual property, and advice on
buying, building or leasing office space. Get a laugh or two
in the Business Humor section as well.