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[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 contact information. The AICPA offers scores of CPA-specific resources, including exposure drafts, audit quality centers, antifraud and audit committee resources, and the PCPS Firm Practice Center. Also valuable is GASB's site offers the latest in governmental accounting 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 the sales of public and privately held companies, 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 The California CPA Education Foundation offers a wide variety of CPE 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, 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 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, this is your place! The California Department of Aging 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 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 community offering guidance and tools for various engagements, as well as an online discussion forum and webcasts. A cavalcade of estate planning resources run the gamut from basic guides to advanced planning techniques, with an emphasis on taxation resources. Pricewaterhouse Coopers maintains CFO 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 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 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 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, 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 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 State Society of CPAs provides this Accounting Terminology Guide, which helps to untangle the profession's most technical words and phrases.
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