Summer Reading for Accountants

Good reads for accountants that are light enough for the beach.

Here's some light reading for your summer -- physically light, that is. While short (and mostly in paperback and e-format), we think these eight books from the past few months are all worth a look.

The Cheapest Places to Retire Series The Cheapest Places to Retire Series

CPA Thomas Corley has compiled a list of the cheapest places to retire in the U.S., and you can buy e-books of it in different slices to help advise your clients. The slices include variations based on the cheapest places by the beach.

Available at: The Rich Habits Web site

CPA Firm Succession Planning: A Perfect Storm CPA Firm Succession Planning: A Perfect Storm If, like so many other CPA firms, you are coming late to succession planning, you can find no better guide than well-known consultant Marc Rosenberg's monograph on the subject. And even if you think you know everything there is to know, you'll probably still find something here worth your time.

Available at his Web site.

Succession Transition Succession Transition Once you've read Rosenberg's book on succession, we suggest you pick up this light tome, which is the distilled wisdom of two recent leaders of Plante Moran -- Bill Hermann and Gordon Krater, who between them worked up one smooth transition.

Available at: Amazon

Together in the Cloud Together in the Cloud Once you've figured out your succession, you can turn to that other great burning issue of today: the cloud. Robert Chandler's primer is a quick, comprehensive introduction that will leave you eager to get cloudy.

Available on: The author's Web site.

Leading at the Edge Leading at the Edge What could be nicer on a hot summer day than to read about a trip to the frozen Antarctic? How about if it included a truly amazing adventure story, and a series of undeniably interesting leadership lessons?

Available at: Amazon

The 11 Laws of Likability The 11 Laws of Likability Well, who doesn't like being liked? Whether you're looking to get invited to that barbecue, or trying to gin up some new business, these laws will soon have you making -- and keeping -- friends with the greatest of ease.

Available at: Amazon

Financial Intelligence Financial Intelligence

If it looks like a comic book, that's because it is one -- and a very handy way to explain complicated topics in business and finance to your clients.

Available on: The Smarter Comics Web site

The Vigilant Investor The Vigilant Investor Learn how to protect your clients' investments, while at the same time reading about some spectacular investment scams (and some spectacularly stupid marks). Win-win!

Available at: Amazon

10 Ways to Destroy the Value of a Company

Klatzkin & Co.ís Stephen Klein shares the biggest mistakes business owners make

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Sources of Tax Confusion

Tax pros share their most confusing forms, clients and more

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Ready for Tax Season?

Tax pros share their pre-season to-do lists

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Most Outrageous Tax Deductions of 2016

The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants recently surveyed its CPA members in public accounting on the most outrageous tax deductions clients tried to take on their tax returns. The resulting list shows that, more often than not, clients just donít know which deductions are allowed.

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Beyond the Extenders: The Tax Legacy of 2015

Critical legislation and court decisions from last year

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Top Stories in Accounting in 2015

Our editorsí picks for what made news in the profession this year

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Meet the 2015 Best Midsized and Large Firms to Work For

An inside look at some of the best midsized and large workplaces in accounting

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Meet the 2015 Best Small Firms to Work For

An inside look at some of the best small workplaces in accounting

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Tax Alpha: Making the Most of RMDs

Helping clients make minimum distributions go further

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2016 in Numbers

Your peers' predictions for the next year in accounting

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