TaxVox The Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution offers its take on the government's latest tax moves on this blog. MortgageLoan Financial and Mortgage Calculators Calculate mortgage loans, auto loans, leases, stock options, college savings and more with the online calculators on this site. Accountability Central The Governance & Accountability Institute runs this site with links to news and information about corporate governance, financial reporting, shareholder activism and corporate social responsibility. Accounting Education.com Site features links to journals, news, book reviews, and online bookstores to help accounting students, educators and practitioners. Tax Info Blog Ryan Ellis & Associates offers regular news updates on "everything you ever wanted to know about taxes." Accounting Hall of Fame Ohio State University's Fisher School of Business showcases luminaries of the profession going back to 1950. Roth & Co. Tax Updates CPA firm's tax blog does a witty job of describing the latest news in the tax field. Taxalicious Blog site rides on the "wild side of taxes" with humorous commentary and videos. Gina's Tax Articles Texas CPA offers helpful advice to clients and potential clients via her blog. Reed Tinsley's Blog The latest on the medical profession from an accounting point of view, written by a healthcare accountant and physican CPA. Accounting Diary in Japan News about the accounting profession in Japan from Yoshinori Kawamura, an associate professor of accounting at Waseda University. Accounting.com Site offers employment listings, message boards and links to professional associations and standards groups. Careers in Accounting If you’re looking for a new job in the profession or to get into the profession, this site offers links to job boards, a handy overview of the profession and some recommended books to add to the old bookshelf.
Accounting Terminology Guide The New York State Society of CPAs offers an online glossary of accounting and tax talk, with everything from an abatement to a zero-coupon bond. Environmental Accounting Resources
The EPA’s environmental accounting resource page provides links to some helpful studies and guidance on calculating environmental costs in various industries.
This Web site for accounting students and other college students interested in accounting gives the lowdown on scholarships, internships, careers and other resources.
Billing itself as an accounting service Web dictionary, the portal contains links to hundreds of tax and accounting information and services.
The tax and finance portal for all things Canadian, this comprehensive site offers users access to events, news and happenings throughout the provinces as well recent blog entries on a host of critical issues affecting the Great White North.
The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers is the national membership and services organization for bookkeeping professionals. The 20-year old organization now boasts a membership of 30,000. The portal contains, job searches, continuing education, certification guidelines and even a chat room.
Jim Hamilton's Blog
Rarely does a securities-related event go by without eliciting an opinion from Jim Hamilton on his blog. Hamilton, a principal analyst at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, opines on a wide range of securities regulations, trends and events from his ringside seat.
A free online matchmaker, bringing together those interested in starting a business with business partners, board members, executives, skilled professionals, engineers and advisors.
Acquired by CBS Corp.'s CBS Interactive division in May 2007, Wallstrip.com is billed as the site where, “Stock culture meets pop culture.” The site takes a humorous slant in producing a daily show and regular blogging about financial news.
What page first pops up when you open your computer’s browser? To make the most of your time online, you might want to consider starting your surfing with Netvibes, a site that offers easy customization and a mammoth collection of feeds and modules to organize all the info you need into a single page -- such as calendars, news, blog updates, e-mail, to-do lists and weather.
The Original Form 1040
Talk about fun with taxes. The blog Political Calculations has recreated the original four-page Form 1040 online as a simple financial calculator, giving anyone interested in finding out what they’d have owed to the government back in 1913 a chance to easily figure it out.
Launched in 1994, GuideStar’s mission is to create a more transparent and accountable nonprofit community. The site provides data on more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations, such as searchable data from IRS Forms 990 and the IRS Business Master File, including comprehensive facts on employee compensation and grant activity.
Private Company Financial Reporting Initiative
As the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the American Institute of CPAs ramps up their joint effort to provide recommendations to the board on setting accounting standards for private companies, interested parties can keep up to speed at this Web site with what exactly is on the group’s plate.
CollegeRecruiter.com is the college accounting and finance graduates’ online repository for the latest job postings, career resources and services, counseling blogs, employment information and job-searching tools that they’ll need to land their first job.
U.S. Government Budget Tables
Want to see exactly how your tax dollars will be spent? The Web site of the U.S. Government Printing Office already has a table posted for the federal government’s 2008 fiscal year.
Launched by the International Federation of Accountants and its members in October 2006, the search engine recently expanded its resources to address the needs of small and midsized accounting firms. The site is designed to help practices easily locate information on a wide range of technical, marketing, human resource and other matters.
Electronic Privacy Information Center
In an age where data slips through the government’s fingers all too easily -- missing Internal Revenue Service laptop, anyone? -- the EPIC aims to focus public attention on issues of privacy, the First Amendment and other constitutional rights in the computer and electronic worlds.
So you’re covered when it comes to sharing the numbers logged into your spreadsheets, but what about collaboration on other documents? Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free Web-based word processing program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers.
The Federation of Tax Administrators
The federation is a nonprofit organization composed of the tax and revenue departments of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and New York City. Among tons of useful state-tax info on the site, the site provides a detailed explanation of which states allow taxpayers to directly e-file returns and which states require taxpayers to e-file through private companies for a fee. The map can be accessed directly here.
Andy Parker P.I.
This midseason replacement on NBC stars Andy Richter as an accountant who leaves a major firm to open his own practice. Early on, he discovers that the former tenant of his office space was a private investigator and it’s not long before he begins dabbling in crime-solving. NBC has already posted the first six episodes online here, and, as expected, hilarity does ensue.
A number of groups are offering podcasts on their Web sites, but the Small Business Administration is one of the few doing them well. SBA.gov is hosting a total of nine and has more planned for the future. And if listening to audio files isn’t your thing, downloadable transcripts are also available.
Get Rich Slowly
This personal finance blog is true to its name -- you won’t find any get-rich-quick schemes here. Besides reviews of books, magazines and software -- and an active forum -- the site offers interesting roundups from across the Web, such as a recent informative piece on red flags that can lead to a tax audit, which can be accessed here.
Launched in the summer of 2006 by Alvin Brown, a tax attorney in the office of the Internal Revenue Service’s chief counsel for 25 years, the IRS Forum’s discussion boards are designed to allow taxpayers and preparers to air their grievances with the agency in a public forum. The site’s ultimate goal is to help improve IRS oversight of potential agency abuses.
Instead of clogging your computer with instant messaging software, Meebo allows you to use a range of buddy lists from a central hub. Services from AOL, Yahoo, Google and MSN are all here, accessible from one clean interface.
The Simple Dollar
This finance site ran a month-long series during January 2007 called “31 Days to Fix Your Finances.” If a client’s resolved to take better control of their finances this year, this is a great resource. A wrap-up of the series is available here.
Having trouble communicating with your IT team? Sometimes they really are speaking a different language. WhatIs.com deciphers that techspeak on its site, a compendium of plain-English encyclopedic explanations from general computing terms like broadband to the more obscure jargon sometimes found in product manuals.
Yet another entrant into the search engine world, Cranky is trying to simplify things for its target audience of Internet surfers over the age of 50. The site shows just four Web sites in the nonadvertising section of each results page and works to make those sparser listings more relevant to the Baby Boomer generation.
Network for Good
It’s not too late to add one more resolution for the New Year. Since its November 2001 inception, Network for Good had helped more than 230,000 people find volunteer opportunities. Currently, the site allows users to search from among more than 36,000 opportunities.
It’s not free, but then, what proprietary analysis system created with the help of a Nobel Prize-winning economist ever is? Launched in 1996, the site provides personalized investment advice and portfolio management to 401(k) participants -- running through thousands of scenarios to forecast how likely it is that you, or your client, will meet future financial goals.
Hard to describe, but oddly addictive, this fun blog offers easy-to-understand graphical representation on the relationship between a wide range of topics. Taxes and personal finance show up on occasion, so yes, it merits a mention here.
A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office, GPO Access allows visitors to easily search or browse through the Federal Register, congressional bills and other government publications. Databases are updated based on their print equivalent and generally date back to 1994.
An open source site built on the same collaborative technologies implemented by Wikipedia, WikiCPA is article-oriented -- allowing anyone to edit and contribute to the collective knowledge and understanding of issues relating to the practice of CPAs. Established in May of 2006, the site had nearly 400 articles posted as the year’s end approached.
An offering from SourceMedia that launched in November 2006, AdvisorMax is aimed at the financial advisor audience. The site offers practice management advice, live coaching, advice from industry experts and discussion boards. Registration is required for a free two-week trial offer.
If you’re going to be making a donation around the holidays, check out the Better Business Bureau Web site at www.Give.org first. The site evaluates charities based on 20 standards, which range from making financial statements available upon request to ensuring that no more than 35 percent of contributions are spent on fundraising. About half of charities that are evaluated meet all 20 standards.
Feed the Pig
Looking at data revealing the poor spending habits of adults between the ages of 25 and 34, the American Institute of CPAs and the Ad Council unveiled their “Feed the Pig” public service campaign in October 2006. The site plays off the idea of an adult “spokespig” meant to evoke memories of a piggy bank, and provides free financial information and tools to help younger Americans take control of their finances.
Created by Intuit Inc., the site has compiled information on how to start a business -- outlining key steps on getting started and suggesting the tools and resources needed to accomplish each step. It also offers an online business community and profiles of successful start-ups.
Looks Too Good to be True
This site, built to educate consumers and prevent them from becoming victim of Internet fraud, was developed and is maintained by a joint federal law enforcement and industry task force. A number of consumer alerts and first-person tales from victims are housed on the site, which also offers a form to report scams directly to the feds.
The International Accounting Standards Board has given new life to its Web site through a dramatic redesign launched in October 2006. In addition to improved navigation, the site now allows online submission of comment letters, a dedicated news section, sections divided by specific projects and an improved search function.
Nest Egg Score
How do your saving and spending habits compare with the rest of the country's? This online quiz from brokerage firm A. G. Edwards will give you an answer and some financial tips to consider.
The Tax History Project
Established in 1995, the project provides scholars, policymakers, journalists and the general public with information on the history of U.S. public finance. Regular features include a virtual museum of American tax history and presidential tax returns, as well as analysis and commentary on contemporary tax debates. Footnoted.org
Veteran journalist Michelle Leder’s blog delves into the fine print of annual reports with an irreverent tone, as she breaks down how to spot the red flags oftentimes buried in corporate documents with real-world examples on a daily basis. Savingforcollege.com
Here's independent and objective information about 529 plans and other ways to save and pay for college. The site also offers a great breakdown of Coverdell Education Savings Accounts providers, an option some planners are beginning to tout for parents who don't have a lot to invest.
CCH Sales Tax Solutions
This redesigned CCH center is a great example of an easy-to-use Web site with the ultimate aim of making the software decision-making process a bit easier for the client. A number of tools are logically divvied up amongst two broad, but logical, categories -- "Products and Services" and "Industries."
Software Advice (Formerly RiverGuide)
This site is a resource designed to help contractors, architects and building owners research and select construction software. It provides a wealth of information for selection and implementation, as well as detailed software product profiles and side-by-side comparisons. The company plans to soon offer similar software guides for the retail, health care and hospitality industries.
Want to get some background info before the meter starts running on your attorney's billable hours? Thomson Corp.'s FindLaw is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, providing resources such as online search engines, cases and codes, legal news and an online career center, as well as a wide range of newsletters and message boards.
Caux Round Table
The nonprofit Caux Round Table is an international network of business leaders working to promote a moral capitalism. Through a collaborative process in 1994 -- long before anyone had ever heard of Enron or WorldCom -- the group developed its CRT Principles for Business to embody a vision for ethical and responsible corporate behavior. The site has an in-depth resources section, as well as helpful summaries of selected corporate responsibility codes and standards.
With the purpose of making accountancy licensing and CPE compliance simpler and more convenient, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy launched NASBAtools.com in July 2006. Every department within the organization collaborated to help create the comprehensive Web site, cross-referencing both new and existing NASBA services.
The Center for Women's Leadership
Located at Massachusetts' Babson College, the center is dedicated to the advancement of enterprising women around the world. The site includes info on education and outreach activities, as well as an interesting publications section, notably containing the college's annual Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report on Women and Entrepreneurship.
"The Official Business Link to the U.S. Government," the site offers a single access point to all government services and information to help small businesses operate under federal rules and regulations. It includes sections on business development, financial assistance, taxes, laws and regulations, international trade and more in a very clear and easy-to-navigate format.
Tax Foundation Podcast
The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group, has launched a new weekly podcast that can be downloaded directly from its Web site, or simply read as an old-fashioned transcript. The podcast launched in July 2006, with the dean of the Columbia Business School and former chairman of the President's U.S. Council of Economic Advisers, R. Glenn Hubbard, discussing options for reforming the country's corporate tax system.
Ed Slott's IRA Advisor
An expert in the field, CPA Ed Slott regularly publishes his "IRA Advisor," a newsletter focusing on tax and estate planning for retirement savings. His site focuses on financial planning, and he regularly breaks down the newest tax laws and runs an active online discussion forum.
Named after an old joke about dart-throwing, stock-picking monkeys, MoneyChimp provides sophisticated, but friendly, explanations on topics such as how to understand annual reports, valuation methods and portfolios, among other subjects. Everything here is created with a sense of fun -- visitors are invited to hit the site's "Chimp-a-Go-Go" feature to learn something random.
Do your firm's offices need a little, or a lot, of sprucing up? ServiceMagic's mission is to be the largest marketplace connecting homeowners to local, prescreened service professionals -- contractors categorized by more than 500 difference projects ranging from simple repairs and maintenance, to complete remodeling projects. The network is available in major metropolitan cities and is made up of nearly 40,000 professionals.
Looking to finally break through that pesky 100K salary ceiling? For job seekers tired of sifting through online opportunities targeted to the mid-level masses, this site offers more than 25,000 job listings a month -- ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups -- and all with salaries in the six figures. Limited access to the postings is free, and the site offers a variety of tiered access charges, including a reasonably priced, four-week option for $30.
The Ohio Society of CPAs
The society recently relaunched its Web site, which is built completely around feedback from members. New tools include a CPE transcript feature, a member directory, free member e-mail, a link library of popular Internet sites for CPAs, and online dues payment. The site also offers member service specialists who can respond to member questions in live chats during business hours, and a variety of resources for the public.
One of the newer additions to the game for search-engine supremecy, Accoona.com was launched in 2004. The company's technology works by seeking out the context of keywords, rather than keywords alone. A newly launched "SuperTarget" search allows users to search for items in the business category and narrow their search by categories such as region and annual revenues.
This is a great first stop for resources on changing your career or re-entering the workforce. There's plenty of info on industries, companies and salaries, as well as interviews with recruiters that delve into opportunities for experienced hires and what job seekers can expect from today's hiring process.
All right, so it's not exactly an accounting Web site, but Gas Buddy can definitely help with financial planning when it comes to charting summer road trips. Just click on a state and enter your zip code to find user-reported prices for gas in your neck of the woods.
Investopedia defines more than 4,500 finance and investment terms, from A Priori Probability (probability calculated by logically examining existing information) to Zombies (companies that continue to operate even though they are insolvent. Also known as Living Dead). But you probably knew those. Terms are explained in textbook style and in layman's terms and the dictionary is searchable by keyword, alphabet or through 15 categories.
Dinkytown Financial Calculators
The site, powered by KJE Computer Solutions LLC, offers more than 250 financial calculators tailored to answer specific mortgage, loan, credit card, auto, investment, retirement savings, tax and personal finance questions. NASD has reviewed the majority of the calculators.
Yes, you read that right. Arnold Chiswick, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a former member of the Queen's 1st Airborne Insolvency Division of the Royal Infantry, combined both of his professional skill sets on this site. The site showcases accountants in action -- jumping from tales of hikes to the North Pole, to deep sea diving excursions and missions in Baghdad -- and offers a network to get more accountants in on the fun.
The reliable CNet Web site offers a powerful search and compare feature that allows browsers to sift through thousands of products from home entertainment systems to specific memory and storage products for computers. CNet provides in-depth professional and user reviews, broken down into categories such as performance, service and support.
From Greg's Head
Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas PC, or PKF Texas, is a CPA firm of entrepreneurs and business advisors with Big Four backgrounds, and Greg Price leads the firm's consulting solutions practice. His blog focuses on wider technology trends that can often be tied back to the accounting field.
Don't Mess with Taxes
The blog of Texas-based Kay Bell, a former congressional staffer and journalist, focuses on tax news, tips, commentary and humor.
Where's My Refund?
Head to the Internal Revenue Service's Web site with your Social Security number, filing status and amount of expected return, and see by what date you can expect to have your refund check in hand. By April 2006, the site had already received more than 21 million requests, up 20 percent from a year earlier.
Value Your Money
The Texas Society of CPAs re-launched its consumer financial literacy Web site in March 2006, offering improved navigation according to a visitor's life stage, as well as downloadable podcasts from TSCPA members, E-newsletter registration and a real-time quick poll. A financial compatibility quiz is featured as part of the site's "Couples and Marriage" section.
Google Finance is omnipresent search-engine company Google Inc.'s foray into the crowded financial information genre. The Web site has some nifty bells and whistles, including stock-price charts that allow users to plot the effect of news events. Google's brain trust says the beta version, launched in March 2006, is just a start and won't carry ads, or offer original content, just yet.
"How Long is It?" (The U.S. Tax Code)
In the midst of tax season, one man -- bodybuilder and tech enthusiast Trygve Lode -- offers a humorous take on the question of just how long the U.S. tax code actually is. Features a round up of conflicting similes from many members of Congress. It's definitely bigger than a breadbox.
Coverage on just about every "What if?" tax scenario the authors could think of. The site is strong on investment and long-term planning questions, as well as tackling the AMT.
The personal site for Orange County, Calif.-based CPA Art Berkowitz includes a detailed Excel chart breaking down the out-of-state licensing rules for all 50 states. Berkowitz, a regular speaker on fraud, ethics and accounting, is always updating the chart (available directly at www.artberkowitz.com/Licensing.xls) as those requirements evolve.
IRS E-News Subscriptions
Subscribe to all the advance copies of tax guidance, and national and federal tax news a tax practitioner could ever want. Newsletters are also available for specialized categories, such as retirement news for employers, and updates for tax-exempt organizations or large and midsized companies.
Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
This one-page index unfolds to reveal a vast number of links to dozens of tax and accounting topics. There's no commentary or descriptions to be found, but unlike other link collections, this site somehow seems to know just what you're looking for and will guide you there in just a few clicks.
Enron: Legal Commentary blog
In addition to the TrialWatch blog, maintained by Houston Chronicle reporters on the fraud and conspiracy trial against former Enron execs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, this blog features unedited legal commentary from attorneys, many of whom have connections to other Enron cases.
China's largest homegrown E-commerce site is lead by Jack Ma, a former English teacher with an unpretentious style. Alibaba operates two online business sites -- Taobao.com, an online auction site, and Alibaba.com, its online trading site.
Consolidated Credit Counseling Service
Articles, worksheets and calculators to help those in debt set budgets, change spending habits and figure out just how much their debts will cost in the long run. A monthly newsletter is also available.
An independent publisher of plain language books on taxes and investing, Fairmark's Web site includes free tax tips, extensive online guides and an impressive tax message board maintained by tax attorney Kaye Thomas.
Launched on the 20th anniversary of E-file, the new section of the Internal Revenue Service's Web site gathers all of its electronic filing options in one place. For preparers, the site provides access to register for IRS e-services, submit inquiries on tax issues, or obtain a preparer tax identification number, among a number of other tasks.
An online accounting and finance organization that helps those toiling in financial posts for churches deal with a higher authority -- the Internal Revenue Service. The Minnesota-based organization offers tax services as well as tax and legal products.
Supported by the not-for-profit Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership this site is mostly about content, and organized into a handful of basic sections -- Starting Your Business, Growing Your Business, Rapid Growth, Social Entrepreneurship and Supporting Entrepreneurship.
The Association of Records Managers and Administrators
Established in 1955, ARMA International is a not-for-profit association and the leading authority on managing records and information -- paper and electronic. Its approximately 10,000 members include records managers, archivists, corporate librarians, imaging specialists, legal professionals, IT managers, consultants, and educators.
Launched by shareholder activist James McRitchie in 1995, the site reads like a blog and includes news, resources and links on all matters concerning corporate governance and shareholder activism. There's also PDFs of research reports here, alongside links to upcoming conferences and a network of consultants, auditors and software firms.
Ryze Business Networking
Simple, fast and free, the site's required registration is worth it to access the bulletin boards. Professional discussions are broken down either by geography or identity, creating a virtual networking space that isn't available anywhere else.
The Entrepreneurial Mind
Focused on small businesses, Jeff Cornwall, director of the Nashville, Tenn.-based University Center for Entrepreneurship Center, maintains this blog. Cornwall is a veteran business professor, author of several books on entrepreneurship and co-founder and former chief executive of a health care company.
With a host of high-profile cases highlighting the dangers of paying domestic help off the books, nervous taxpayers who haven't been filing taxes for nannies, baby-sitters, housekeepers and other employees are looking for help in this area. NannyTax relieves the taxpayer of the burden of bulky and onerous tax regulations that focus on domestic help payment filings.
A law site including FAQs on IRS audits, tax cheaters and protestors, and small-business taxes. The site's mission is to provide do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small businesses. Nolo has been offering plain-English books, forms and software on a wide range of legal issues since 1971.
Joint Committee on Taxation
The site for Congress' advisory committee, which is charged with monitoring federal tax policy and estimating the impact of proposed changes. The committee will be the first stop for any serious bill that might arise from the findings of the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform -- due to issue its report on Nov. 1.
The Appraisal Foundation
This nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the advancement of professional valuation was established by the profession in 1987. Its site has information on the uniform standards of professional appraisal -- used for real estate, personal property, business and mass appraisal -- and also includes current newsletters specifically about the foundation and providing updates for state regulators.
Run by accountant Eva Rosenberg, the site is designed to help clients better understand their own tax issues and communicate with their tax professional. Besides a regular "Ask Tax Mama" feature, Rosenberg's site offers a weekly podcast, newsletters for tax professionals and clients, and archived articles.
The United States Tax Court
Issued opinions from the U.S. Tax Court dating back to 1999 are easily accessible from the site, which also includes forms, fee schedules and case timetables to visitors though a very easy-to-use interface.
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
The comprehensive URL for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, which together with the Chartered Institutes, represents roughly 68,000 CAs and 8,000 students throughout Canada and Bermuda. The portal contains conference information, job opportunities, continuing education current events, opinion and trend pieces and also a directory of CA firms throughout the provinces.
The AICPA PCPS Firm Volunteer Center
A volunteer database created to provide individual members and firms impacted by Hurricane Katrina with contact information of CPAs around the country wishing to volunteer their resources to assist those in need. Among other categories, aid offerings on the site include office space, equipment, housing, tech support and temporary hiring of staff.
Council on State Taxation
Formed in 1969 under the Council of State Chambers of Commerce, COST now represents more than 500 multi-state corporations engaged in interstate and international business. The group works to ensure corporate taxpayers are represented on state tax issues often spanning a number of jurisdictions.
Computer Forensics Research and Development Center
Based at Utica College, the center opened in 1999 to bring together key organizations from the military, law enforcement, commercial industry, and academia, to help advance the emerging field of forensic information sciences. The site includes links to the center's two online journals and a number of white papers on contemporary economic crime management issues.
Updated by Paul L. Caron, a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the TaxProf Blog is a member of the law professor blogs network. While focused on tax law, Caron's site presents a daily mix of news and commentary targeted at both academics and practitioners and also includes links to a number of other tax professor blogs.
Quatloos.com is a public educational Web site that covers a wide variety of financial scams and has special sections devoted to tax scams and investment fraud. The site, maintained by nonprofit group Financial and Tax Fraud Education Associates Inc., also offers a number of forums moderated with a light-hearted touch by Quatloos staffers.
The Association of College and University Auditors
The Association of College and University Auditors is an international professional organization established in 1958 to focus on higher education and provide an arena to discuss professional problems and generate new ideas and methods in the field. Its listserv of more than 1,200 individual subscribers provides frequently asked questions and discusses issues brought by controllers, presidents and other administrators.
Tax Policy Center
Established in 2002, the Tax Policy Center is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, bringing together nationally recognized experts in tax, budget and social policy who have served at the highest levels of government. The center provides unbiased analysis about tax policy through model estimates, more than 400 publications and a comprehensive Tax Facts database.
The American Arbitration Association
The American Arbitration Association is a non-profit organization committed to the resolution of disputes through the use of arbitration, mediation, negotiation and other voluntary procedures. In 2004, more than 159,000 cases were filed with the association in a wide range of industries, including accounting. With 35 offices in the United States and Europe, the AAA provides a forum for hearing disputes, as well as a roster of impartial experts to resolve cases.
Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs that relies on Really Simple Syndication, a method for allowing Internet users to automatically obtain up-to-date information from their favorite sources. Indeed automatically compiles all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages -- and continues to add new Web sites every day. A recent search for "CPA" yielded more than 100,000 results from around the country.
Labeled the "gateway to statistics," FedStats provides users with a virtual reference shelf of statistics from over 100 federal agencies and categories, ranging from agriculture to transportation. FedStats also offers statistical profiles of states, counties, congressional and judicial districts. A "must bookmark" URL for all government numbers junkies.
One of the largest global accounting networks, the 28-year-old IGAF Worldwide, which began with a core membership of 10 firms, now boasts a membership roster of 140 firms throughout 61 countries. The organization's membership list is comprised primarily of regional full-service CPA and business advisory practices. In 2005, IGAF Worldwide member firms had over 945 partners generating roughly $789 million in annual revenues.
National Association of Tax Professionals
Founded 26 years ago, the Appleton, Wis.-based National Association of Tax Professionals is a nonprofit group focused on achieving excellence in taxation. The association has 40 professionals and 25 instructors on staff and its 17,000 members include tax preparers, enrolled agents, public accountants, accountants, attorneys, and financial planners.
The Analyst's Accounting Observer
Since 1992, The Analyst's Accounting Observer has been explaining front-burner accounting issues to both buy-side and-sell-side institutional investors and analysts. Published by R.G. Associates, the Observer's reports keep investors and researchers up-to-date on accounting issues in financial statements and where necessary, provides "remedial accounting lessons."
The beta version of Intuit's free online tax research Web site enables practitioners to post questions and answers. Built on a concept similar to Wikipedia, a Web-based free-content encyclopedia, most of the content will come from the users who submit articles. Two weeks after its launch, had roughly 8,000 pages of articles and references.
PCPS Firm Practice Center
The PCPS Firm Practice Center include tools, articles, PowerPoint presentations, charts and checklists on topics such as staffing, succession planning, marketing and practice growth, workload compression, keeping up with standards, and practice management, as well as several areas specifically tailored to firm specialties and a section dedicated to resources for firms with five or fewer staff members.
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy for Women
This site includes FAQs, articles and tools on money management and financial planning targeted specifically for women and organized by life stages, as well as a feature called "Ask The Money Dr."
The Institute of Internal Auditors
This site features an extensive list of resources for new and seasoned internal auditors, including information on the role of the internal auditor, a career center, discussion groups, online training, a glossary of terms related to internal auditing and benchmarking, and access to related publications and research reports.
IRS "Tax Stats"
The revamped Tax Stats page on the Internal Revenue Service Web site includes a wealth of statistical information on individuals, businesses, charities and IRS operations organized by category, making it easy to find the data you want. The page also includes access to the most frequently requested statistical information and popular IRS publications and products. In addition, the Statistics of Income Division has added revised table formats and updated report formats.
AICPA Accounting Education Center
The site, aimed at educators and created and maintained by the AICPA Academic & Career Development Team, contains information and resources related to education and curriculum development; career awareness; scholarships and awards; publications, reports, and studies; minority initiatives and work/life effectiveness and women's initiatives. It also includes a discussion forum for accounting educators.
Accounting Transition Advisors
The Web site for Accounting Transition Advisors, which focuses exclusively on merger and transition consulting for public accounting firms, offers a number of resources, including articles on mergers and acquisitions of accounting firms, and case studies of actual deals, as well as access to a free report, "7 Strategies to Make Your Merger or Acquisition Highly Successful."
IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Section
The Small Business/Self-Employed Section of the Internal Revenue Service Web site includes a number of free online resources to help the nation's 45 million small business and self-employed taxpayers with their tax responsibilities. In addition to resources and information on starting and operating a business, offerings include an online classroom with self-directed workshops for small business owners, and information on topics including employer ID numbers, employment taxes, and how to recognize and avoid tax scams. Small business owners can also make tax payments, find out how to set up and distribute retirement plans, and order free products.
A great resource for small business statistics, financial ratios and benchmarks -- edited by a CPA.
New York State Society of CPAs
In addition to information on the society and member services, the Web site of the NYSSCPA includes industry news, information for current and future CPAs, links to a number of professional resources and special sections on school board audits and Social Security, as well as information on conferences and events.
Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
Developed under the auspices of the Treasury Dept., the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel or TAP, is comprised of citizen volunteers from around the country who convene on a regular basis and help the IRS develop strategies to improve its customer service and satisfaction levels.
The President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform
Formed in January by President Bush, the bi-partisan tax panel is charged with examining a host of options to reform the bulky federal tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and pro-growth to benefit all Americans. The panel, which has already convened six times, is required to submit a "neutral policy options" report to Treasury Secretary John Snow no later than July 31, 2005.
American Society of Women Accountants
This 67-year-old organization was established to increase the opportunities for women in the often male-dominated fields of accounting and finance. From its origins as a small chapter in Indianapolis, its mission statement has never wavered -- to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession. Its membership includes partners in national, regional and local CPA firms, financial officers, controllers, academicians, financial analysts and data-processing consultants.
Congressional Budget Office
Created in 1974 to resolve a budgetary conflict between the legislative and the executive branches of government, the Congressional Budget Office provides House lawmakers with non-partisan and timely analysis that is required for the House budgetary process.
A wellspring of tax information, Tax Analysts is a non-profit corporation , which, simply put, has been actively stirring the pot on tax policy issues for 35 years. As evidenced by its tagline, "Respectfully disagreeable since 1970," the portal tends not to accept the party line and offers an array of tax magazines, books, databases and information resources for its users.
A comprehensive portal replete with tools, advice and resources to promote accounting diligence and help protect practitioners from mammoth malpractice claims that could potentially shut down a firm. The site now serves more than 2,000 firms.
The home page for fast-rising XBRL -- an acronym for eXtensible Business Reporting Language -- a more flexible version of the XML language but defined specifically for the exchange and reporting of financial information. XBRL applies "tags" to financial data allowing for greater transparency and easier interchange.
The American College
The American College is the nation's leading non-profit educator of professionals in the insurance and financial services industry and serves over 35,000 students on an annual basis. The school offers an array of specialized designation and continuing education programs.
A dream URL for the hard-core business news junkie.
CPArunner contains links to literally hundreds of maintream business publications such as the Wall Street Journal and USA Today as well as tax and accounting sites, portals of the nation's regulatory agencies, associations and top Internet Search engines.
Real Small Business
Advice and articles for small businesses owners on building, managing and marketing their businesses. Tips on everything from starting and structuring a business to employee compensation.
On this site, billed as "a nexus of information about the United States Congress," you'll find the status of legislation, the speeches of representatives on the House and Senate floors, voting records, campaign contribution summaries, and more. Users can track just the issues that interest them via e-mail updates and Real Simple Syndication feeds. The site cross-references all of its data, so speeches on the House and Senate floors are linked to information on the bills mentioned in the proceedings, congressmen are linked to the bills they sponsor, subject keywords are linked to the bills that match those keywords, etc.
Google Short Message Service
Need information, but don't have Internet access nearby? Google SMS lets you search for certain kinds of information -- such as phone book listings, word definitions, zip codes and product prices -- from a mobile phone or handheld device (such as a Blackberry), and returns search results as text messages, with no Web browser needed. Google doesn't charge users to send a query or receive results, but any fees your wireless provider charges for sending and receiving text messages will apply.
Find WiFi HotSpots around the world. Locate hotspots by address, city or country, or submit a hotpsot to be added to the list.
Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal
Produced by a team of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance practitioners, the SOCJ is a great source of information on strategies and techniques for gaining and maintaining compliance.
VSCPA Student Zone
This Virginia Society of CPAs site is a great resource for both students and accounting educators. The site offers loads of resources for educators at the high school and college levels, including accounting education programs, research, course material and career resources. It also includes a wealth of information for high school and college students, including information on the types of jobs CPAs have, education and licensing requirements, resources related to the CPA exam, profiles of CPAs and a quiz to help them determine whether a career as a CPA is suited to their work values.
AICPA Center for Public Company Audits
Information on regulatory developments, best practices guidance, and technical updates for firms that do audits of SEC issuers.
Articles, information and links to software aimed at stopping privacy-invading spyware and adware programs from taking over your PC.
Social Security's Future - FAQ's
With the potential colllapse of Social Security arising as one of the dominant campaign issues during the 2004 presidential election, the Social Security Administration has dedicated a page on its Web site to answer many of the most pressing questions surrounding the 60-year-old federal retirement program.
Short for "publish and subscribe," PubSub is a matching engine that tracks newly posted content and alerts users whenever a match to their query is produced. The site currently monitors Securities and Exchange Commission filings, press releases from major wire services, airport delay alerts, 6.5 million Weblogs and more than 50,000 internet newsgroups, with plans to add more streams of data.
Microsoft's answer to Google and Yahoo, the beta version of its new search engine answers fact-based questions and features a Search Near Me button that finds Web sites for given locations.
Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse
The Securities Class Action Clearinghouse provides detailed information on the prosecution, defense and settlement of federal class-action securities fraud litigation. The clearinghouse maintains an index of filings of more than 2,000 issuers that have been named in federal class-action securities fraud lawsuits since 1995, as well as copies of more than 7,000 complaints, briefs, filings and other litigation-related materials filed in these cases. The site also includes a Top Ten List of the largest year-to-date settlements of post-Reform Act lawsuits over $100 million.
CPA Financial Literacy Resource Center
This American Institute of CPAs resource center, aimed at helping CPAs get involved in financial literacy efforts, includes links to a free CPE course for CPA financial literacy volunteers, mobilization toolkits that include PowerPoint presentations for volunteer use in community literacy outreach efforts, and a list of state CPA society contacts for the 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy Effort.
Google's desktop search application indexes your local data to provide Google-style searching of your e-mail, computer files, chats and Web pages you've viewed. Google Desktop Search updates continually for most file types, which means, for example, when you get a new e-mail in Outlook, you can search for it within seconds. The index is stored on your computer.
This new meta-search engine aims to simplify online searching by breaking down results into related categories. Clusty queries multiple search engines and uses a "clustering engine" to organize results into folders with similar items grouped together. Users can also cluster results by source and by URL.
Billed as a "Cyber-Museum of Scams and Frauds," Quatloos aims to debunk a variety of financial scams and frauds, including tax scams, "Pure Trust" structures and "prime bank" frauds. The Hall of Tax Scams includes information on the latest scams as well as enforcement actions.
AICPA's Business Valuation and Forensic & Litigation Services Community
Resources, tools and information for CPAs related to business valuation and forensic and litigation services. Areas include antifraud/forensic accounting, economic damages, bankruptcy, family law, practice management, analytical guidance, rules and standards. ABV credential holders and members of the institute's BV/FLS section can also access premium content, such as sample engagement letters and current and archived editions of E-Valuation Alert.
FICPA's Hurricane Disaster Recovery Web site
The Florida Institute of CPAs has created a resource area to assist victims of Hurricanes Charley and Frances and to provide information for volunteers, CPAs in need of accounting-related disaster recovery resources, and the media. Resources include a help line to refer hurricane victims to volunteer CPAs, a referral service to match CPAs in need of temporary office space or other practice continuation support with CPAs who have resources to share, and links and information on federal and state tax forms and reference sections, as well as information on business disaster loans, handbooks and resources.
Tech Support Guy
A free, volunteer-run forum for posting and answering tech support questions related to software, hardware, operating systems, the Internet and networking.
Consumer WebWatch, a project of Consumers Union -- the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, says its aim is to "investigate, inform and improve the quality of information published on the World Wide Web." In addition to a list of sites that meet its guidelines, the watchdog group's site includes e-commerce ethics guidelines, research and links to organizations, agencies and professional groups related to consumer protection, privacy and other related Web issues.
Wall Street Executive Library
A Web directory of useful business information sources.
Just about any one who works will appreciate Scott Adams' popular comic strip about an engineer who works at a high-tech company.
Find annual reports for several companies all in one place. Visitors can search alphabetically, by company name, ticker symbol, sector or industry. Reports can be viewed in HTML or PDF format.
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