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TARGETED & AT YOUR FINGERTIPS "Fingertips" is a 1963 number-one hit single recorded live by "Little" Stevie Wonder for Motown's Tamla label. Wonder's first hit single, "Fingertips" was the first live, non-studio recording to reach number-one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States.  


[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FASB's site provides quick access to authoritative statements, publications and exposure drafts. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's website features information on rules and enforcement, as well as inspection reports and whistleblower whis·tle·blow·er or whis·tle-blow·er or whistle blower  
One who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority: "The Pentagon's most famous whistleblower is . .
 contact information. The AICPA offers scores of CPA-specific resources, including exposure drafts, audit quality centers, antifraud and audit committee resources, and the PCPS PCPS Primary Care and Population Sciences
PCPS Partners for Child Passenger Safety
PCPS Pleasant Corners Public School (Canada)
PCPS Plymouth Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (UK) 
 Firm Practice Center. Also valuable is GASB's site offers the latest in governmental accounting Governmental accounting is an umbrella term which refers to the various accounting systems used by various public sector entities. In the United States, for instance, there are three levels of government which follow different accounting standards set forth by independent, private  standards, including exposure drafts, statements and interpretations. AuditNet provides resources for auditors, managers and administrative personnel looking to update their company's documentation for compliance with standard business practices

BUSINESS VALUATION Business Valuation Resources offers financial and transactional data relating to relating to relate prepconcernant

relating to relate prepbezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc 
 the sales of public and privately held companies privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
, control premiums, minority discounts and marketability discounts. You can pay per inquiry or buy an annual subscription. First Research provides (for a fee) industry analysis and market research, featuring quarterly updates, state profiles, e-mail alerts and a database of more than 140 industry profiles.

CAREER RESOURCES's classifieds provide the perfect medium to assist you in making smart career decisions. It's a virtual community where employers and CPA professionals connect. The Accountants Inc. 2005 Compensation and Benefits Guide offers California-specific information so you can determine your worth in your area. Robert Half's 2005 Salary Guide isn't available online, but you can order this desktop reference and add it to your bank of salary data.

CONTINUING EDUCATION continuing education: see adult education.
continuing education
 or adult education

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). The California CPA Education Foundation offers a wide variety of CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Communications equipment that resides on the customer's premises.

CPE - Customer Premises Equipment
 courses and conferences--online, on-site and resort offerings--helping you to meet your 80-hour requirement.'s master calendar allows you to search events by chapter and register online.


AccountingWEB provides news and information about the CPA profession, as well as career, practice, CPE and other resources. SmartPros has something for everyone--accounting and auditing, personal financial planning Financial planning

Evaluating the investing and financing options available to a firm. Planning includes attempting to make optimal decisions, projecting the consequences of these decisions for the firm in the form of a financial plan, and then comparing future performance against
, HR, tax, technology and more. News from around the globe is presented daily. WebCPA offers daily news and online editions of Accounting Today, Accounting Technology and Practical Accountant, plus industry rankings and columns.

ELDERCARE eld·er·care
Social and medical programs and facilities intended for the care and maintenance of the aged. CalCPA's Personal Financial Planning Committee has assembled a statewide list of localized eldercare resources. From homecare providers in Sacramento to the Social Security Administration office in San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , this is your place! The California Department of Aging The California Department of Aging (CDA) is a California state department that over sees the execution of the Older Californians Act and the Older Americans Act.[1] References

 offers updates on California's laws, regulations and legislative bills affecting the elderly, as well as information on legal aid services.

FINANCIAL PLANNING Financial Planning Interactive offers industry news, practice management tips, surveys, forums and educational opportunities. CalCPA's Estate Planning Estate Planning

The overall planning of a person's wealth, including the preparation of a will and the planning of taxes after the individual's death.

Contrary to popular belief, estate planning involves much more than preparing a will, and it is not only for the
 Committee offers an estate planning discussion board, which provides an open forum for asking and answering estate planning questions. Yahoo Finance offers customizable features to keep track of business and finance, and is a great resource for market news and information on just about everything finance-related. The AICPA's Personal Financial Planning Center is a PFP PFP - Plastic Flat Package  community offering guidance and tools for various engagements, as well as an online discussion forum and webcasts. A cavalcade cav·al·cade  
1. A procession of riders or horse-drawn carriages.

2. A ceremonial procession or display.

3. A succession or series: starred in a cavalcade of Broadway hits.
 of estate planning resources run the gamut from basic guides to advanced planning techniques, with an emphasis on taxation resources. Pricewaterhouse Coopers maintains CFO See Chief Financial Officer.  Direct Network, a hub of news and analysis aimed at the CFO, featuring technical alerts, SOX resources, industry-specific resources and more.

INDUSTRY The Small Business Administration offers help on developing a business plan, getting a business license and establishing patents and trademarks. The California Chamber of Commerce is loaded with resources for California businesses. Don't forget to sign up for "Labor Law labor law, legislation dealing with human beings in their capacity as workers or wage earners. The Industrial Revolution, by introducing the machine and factory production, greatly expanded the class of workers dependent on wages as their source of income.  Extra," an e-mail update on human resource issues. The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission's site features its popular internal control framework, as well as information on its emerging enterprise risk management framework. CFO's online magazine for financial executives offers daily news and feature articles, as well as coverage from CFO Europe, CFO Asia and the technology-specific CFO IT.

INTERNATIONAL The International Federation of Accountants' website features news and information on international accounting standards, guidance and resources for CPAs in the global marketplace. Charged with developing a single set of global accounting standards, the International Accounting Standards Board An editor has expressed concern that this article or section is .
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 website features project summaries, standards and exposure drafts.

LEGAL FindLaw is overflowing with free legal resources with searchable databases of federal and state cases and codes that can be browsed by jurisdiction and practice area. The state's California Law California Law consists of 29 codes, covering various subject areas, the State Constitution and Statutes. See also
  • Statute
  • Bill (proposed law)
  • California State Legislature
External links
 page is a clearing-house of California law codes, with searchable databases of the 29 codes that make up California law, as well as the state constitution and statutes.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT CalCPA's Management of an Accounting Practice Committee has sample letters and memos, a comprehensive disaster recovery planning guide and the MAP Doctor Hotline. CAMICO provides professional liability insurance to CPAs. Policyholders get access to risk management tools, a loss prevention hotline and even tax advice. The Group Insurance Trust of CalCPA offers quality, cost-effective insurance to the owners and employees of CalCPA member firms. The site features quotes, enrollment forms and plan information. The Society of Human Resource Management is a clearinghouse of information on workforce studies, regulations, management ideas, conferences and seminars. It also boasts HR tools and sample forms. Curious about the licensing laws in other states? Then check out this resource from the Idaho Board of Accountancy, where you can get all the information you need.

REGULATORY The U.S. Department of Labor site offers compliance assistance and resources on workers' compensation workers' compensation, payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. , workplace health and safety, retirement, health benefits, disability, training and many more employment-related issues. Visit the SEC website for recent notices, orders, bulletins and other information on accounting and auditing. The California Board of Accountancy's site offers the latest in licensing requirements, including changes to CE requirements, regulatory updates, renewal information and more. The California Employment Development Department's website features information on how to control unemployment insurance rates; filing a paid family leave, disability or unemployment claim; payroll tax Payroll Tax

Tax an employer withholds and/or pays on behalf of their employees based on the wage or salary of the employee. In most countries, including the U.S., both state and federal authorities collect some form of payroll tax.
 information; and more.

TAX The IRS' dynamic website is not just for downloading tax forms; among its features is breaking news and information for tax professionals. The California Franchise Tax Board's website provides information on e-filing, downloadable forms, tax amnesty programs and more. Spidell Publishing's site is devoted to California tax and offers breaking news, notice alerts, seminar schedules and product information. This well-organized tax and accounting website gives links to everything imaginable, from academia to software. also offers a vast collection of no-frills but exhaustive links. Both sites are maintained by CPAs.

TECH SITES Software, hardware, training--CalCPA's Technology Committee has the goods on just about anything you can do with a computer, including links to a number of sites we couldn't fit in here. The Extensible Business Reporting Language is an emerging financial reporting language that looks to increase the transparency and ease-of-use of financial data for those internal and external to the reporting process. CNet is a techie's dream: product reviews and comparisons, technology news and advice--all with a focus on personal technology.

OTHER The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 State Society of CPAs provides this Accounting Terminology Guide, which helps to untangle the profession's most technical words and phrases Words and Phrases®

A multivolume set of law books published by West Group containing thousands of judicial definitions of words and phrases, arranged alphabetically, from 1658 to the present.
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