Kansas City lawyer Bruce R. Hopkins had already written a guide to the law of tax-exempt organizations, which summarized the law regarding these unique entities - but that wasn't enough for some.
Those demanding critics wanted planning guidance and techniques to elucidate those laws and relate them to everyday practice. So Hopkins has now written a companion volume, "The Planning Guide for the Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations," which offers strategies and commentaries to help accountants, lawyers, board members and managers grapple with this ever-expanding and evolving body of law.
Designed to be used in concert, the two books represent an invaluable resource for those who plan for, or advise, tax-exempt organizations.
John Wiley & Sons
Faced with a complex or unfamiliar accounting situation, busy accountants will be glad to have the fourth edition of "The Encyclopedia of Journal Entries" at their side. With over 1,000 journal entries with explanations, as well as exceptions and qualifications to generally accepted accounting principles, the encyclopedia is well-indexed, so you can find just the example or advice you need.
It was prepared and reviewed by no less than 38 accounting Ph.D.s, most of whom are also CPAs, under the expert guidance of Gordon S. May, a professor emeritus of accounting from the University of Georgia, and is up to date and in conformity with GAAP as of Jan. 1, 2004.
American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers
The federal Form 1040 constitutes the vast majority of many a tax preparer's business, so Kleinrock Publishing, a division of ATX, has created 1040 Essentials, a new reference library that specifically tackles the form, as well as key topics across federal taxation. Written in plain English and available in print, online, or on CD, 1040 Essentials includes Kleinrock's 1040 Library, Total Tax Guide, 1040 Quick Answers Guide, and 2004 Federal Tax Update.
Price: $100 plus shipping and handling.
For those who enjoy a good corporate train wreck, "Optical Illusions" tells the story of how AT&T spin-off Lucent, once the sixth-largest corporation in America, lost 99 percent of its market value at the turn of the century. New York Times bestselling author Lisa Endlich, once a vice president at Goldman Sachs, draws on her access to hundreds of participants and once-sealed court documents to show how the contrasting leaderships styles of CEOs Henry Schacht and Rich McGinn, and the loss of executives like current Hewlett-Packard honcho Carly Fiorina, helped turn what was once a hot prospect into a dud.
She also ties Lucent's tale of woe into the larger saga of the telecommunications industry. Full of fascinating details (like the story of how the company came by its much-mocked new name and logo), "Optical Illusions" is a great disaster story.
Simon & Schuster
You may know that the U.S. Marine Corps has a well-earned reputation as one of the country's premier military units. What you may not know, given the reputation of its "jarheads," is that the USMC also has a highly developed leadership paradigm that has underpinned its battlefield success for over 200 years.
Marines-turned-consultants Dan Carrison and Rod Walsh explain their beloved Corps' leadership secrets in "Semper Fi," a business bestseller that has recently been released in paperback that offers invaluable lessons for your business. Among them: the importance of studying the past, creating a sense of mission and a "culture of courage," leading from the front, avoiding a "peacetime mentality," and biasing your people toward victory.
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