Additions to Checkpoint, including GAAP Reporter
The Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters has made a number of enhancements to its Checkpoint research platform, adding new resources and making it easier to sift through the significant amount of information it makes available. To start, it has added GAAP Reporter, which offers a wealth of insight and guidance for complying with and applying U.S. GAAP. Content includes common practices and pitfalls, illustrations of required disclosures, SEC comment letters, differences between GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards, and more, all organized to mirror the structure of the FASB Codification. Checkpoint also now includes Thomson Reuters News & Insight, which combines news and journalism with guidance and analysis from the company's PPC, RIA and WG&L brands. Finally, the platform's navigation has been enhanced to make it easier for users to organize, flag, annotate and follow up on the information they need.
Info on info returns
Tax Prep Partner Series: Information Returns
CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business
CCH has added Information Returns to its Tax Prep Partner Series of tax compliance guidance and practice tools. The new title focuses on 37 different tax reporting forms, including those for interest and dividend reporting, pension and IRA reporting, broker reporting, foreign entity and foreign account reporting, and more. With step-by-step analysis, interactive Q&As, checklists, worksheets and practice aids, and filled-in forms and examples, Information Returns should save preparers time and improve their productivity in handling these forms.
Actually special needs
Protected Tomorrows Financial Professional Membership
All clients think their needs are special, but some actually are. Serving clients with family members who have physical or mental impairments (or who have them themselves) means being aware of the specialized services they require, and advocacy firm Protected Tomorrows has created a Financial Professional Membership Program to help professional planners serve them well. It offers Web-based tools, resources, Webinars, CPE and more to help you identify special needs issues, approach them appropriately, and guide clients through them successfully. Different levels of membership are available, and the program can also connect you with special needs experts.
Demand planning features
With all the real-time financial and operational data floating around in servers and the cloud, companies really ought to be able to do something with it to become more efficient. For instance, they ought to be able to take that data and use it to more accurately forecast inventory levels - as they now can with the new Demand Planning features that NetSuite has built into its cloud-based accounting and business management solutions. Users can now integrate sales data with inventory management data to better manage both.
Registered Email, eSignOff and SecuRmail
Wake up: When people tell you they didn't get your e-mails, they're lying. They just didn't want to read them. While that can be emotionally painful if the people in question are your friends and family, it can be legally and financially devastating if they're clients. RPost offers a set of tools to let you send secure, encrypted e-mails, and get back proof that they were received - legally admissible proof that you can take to court when you sue your unresponsive friends and family for emotional distress. RPost also has electronic signature tools that make it easier to process contracts, change orders and other agreements by e-mail - all with proof that they were sent and received.
Digital Vault Exchange
No one has seen actual red tape since the end of WW II, 8-track tapes died in the 1970s, and while there may be a cassette tape under the passenger seat of your maiden aunt's 1992 Jetta, we doubt it's been listened to since 1997. And now tape is being challenged in one its last redoubts: data backup, which is moving to disks and online. Rather than carry backup tapes home with you, you can use services like Cintas' new Digital Vault Exchange, an easy-to-use online backup solution with high levels of encryption. Backups are easy to schedule and automated, so you don't have to remember them, and you can access all versions of saved files over the Web, so there's no shuffling through boxes of tapes. Soon tape will be reduced to children's art projects and wrapping presents, and we hear rumors that Apple plans to move both of those online soon.
Prophet Mobile Web
Sales prospects are like rashes and terrorist cells - they can pop up anywhere at any time. So it's important to be able to have access to the information that you need to handle a sales prospect wherever you go, which users of the Prophet OnDemand Outlook-based CRM solution can now do through the recently launched Prophet Mobile Web. Users with just about any kind of smartphone or other mobile device that has a Web browser can access information in Prophet, create and edit opportunities, make notes and much more.
Transend Migrator and Transcend Migrator Forensic Edition V. 10
There are few quicker ways to lose data than to try to migrate from one e-mail system to another - in moments, you can lose messages, calendar items, contact lists and much more. Transend Migrator, now in Version 10, makes e-mail migrations both easy and safe, whether you're upgrading to another system, or merging in another firm. Transend also has a Forensic Edition designed explicitly for e-discovery and compliance.
Back in the real world
With all the talk these days of encrypted e-mails, identity theft and data security, it's easy to forget that things in the real world need to be protected too, with old-fashioned things like barbed wire, snarling dogs, and locks. Videx's CyberLock line of electronic locks and smart padlocks update the old cylinder lock and are easy to install. Their electronic keys can be programmed with specific access permissions, and also record all openings and unauthorized attempts, as do the electronic locks themselves. They'll help make sure that while you're busy trying to protect all your digital stuff, someone doesn't make off with all your real stuff.
New and improved!
Among a number of improvements, CCH has added a new Categorized View to its IntelliConnect research platform to let users group search results by document type. ... Thomson Reuters has launched ONESOURCE Audit Manager, a tool to help companies manage and monitor tax audits, examinations and more within one country or across a global organization. ... AccuFund Inc. has launched Employee Portal, a Web-based component of its AccuFund Accounting Suite for nonprofits that lets employees view and update their employment information, as well as organizational news. ... Internet postage provider Endicia is now making its Dymo Printable Postage available through office supply superstores and office supply catalogs, including OfficeMax and Staples.com. ... Apex Analytix has released Version 11 of its FirstStrike payment and supplier assurance software. ... ARCSys has released updates for its ACL Calculator. ... Redcort Software Inc. has released an upgrade to its Virtual TimeClock software for Macs and PCs, to make it compatible with Apple's Lion OS and add a number of enhancements. ... Maxwell Systems Inc. has released Version 2.7 of its ProContractorMX construction business management software.
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