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Helpful Links

Business expenses—how to reduce expenses; a checklist.

Business plans—useful for new or growing businesses. Be sure to click on “Writing the plan” and “Using the plan” in the lefthand column.

Business records retention—to see how long to keep different kinds of business records.

Business scams—current ones, how to guard against.

Business start-ups—checklists for new businesses.

Business start-ups—selecting the right entity (sole proprietorship, S corp, LLC, etc.).

Business structure—comparisons (sole proprietorship v. S corp v. LLC, etc.).

Credit and Collections—the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, section by section.

Domain names—find out what names are available before you try to register a name.

Fax worldwide via e-mail—free trial on faxing from any place in the world to any place in the world.

Home-business scams—current ones, how to guard against.

Management—free library comprises 72 categories including finance, benefits administration and compensation.

Social Security Statement—request a personal statement online.

Strategic Planning Process—basics.

Taxpayer Advocate Service.

Trade magazines by industry—free.

Wages—by geographical area and occupation.

Dictionaries and Glossaries

Abbreviations—used in business

Abbreviations—used on the Internet (in e-mail, chatrooms, etc.)

Accounting terms—dictionary.

Area codes—quickly find  the area code for a geographical location—or find the geographical location of the area code that you are dialing.

Banking terms—for paper, EFT, AMT and other transactions.

Business tax, financial, and real-estate terms—a glossary.

Nonprofit organization (NPO) accounting terms—a glossary

SIC codes—get the SIC number for any industry or specialty.

Synonyms—a thesaurus.

Words, phrases, translations—a dictionary

Forms

Business forms—download invoices, purchase orders, check requests, employment applications, loan agreements, real-estate contracts, etc.

Legal forms—contracts, loan documents, and other forms by state.

IRS Current Forms and Publications

1099 A and C Instructions (2009)

2012 W-2 and W-3 Instructions (does not include forms).

Employer-provided benefits—how to tax, Publication 15-B Fringe Benefits.

I-9—pdf of Employment Eligibility Verification.

Internal Revenue Manual.

IRS forms (8109-B etc.) by mail—instead of pdfs or online.

Market Segment Specialization Program Audits—obtain a copy of the IRS Examiner Training Manuals for your industry or profession.

Standard Mileage Rates for 2009

Tax withholding and estimated taxes—Publication 505.

Withholding tables—Publication 15-T.

IRS Prior-Year Forms and Publications

Forms and publications for years: 2002-2011—hard-to-find forms

IRS—by Industry or Profession

Agriculture—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Automotive—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Bartering Tax Center—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Construction—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Entertainment—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Gas Retailers—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Manufacturing—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Money Services Business (MSB) Information Center—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Real Estate—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Restaurants—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Tax professionals—IRS rules, regulations and resources

Nonprofit Organizations (NPOs)

Financial management guide for non-profit organizations—Although the material says 2008, it is usable now.

Accounting—Nonprofit financial accounting issues explained.

Accounting—Nonprofit financial accounting issues explained—up-to-date FASBs

California Association of Nonprofits—offers numerous resources for NPO’s.

Contributions—FASB Pronouncement No. 116 “Accounting for Contributions Received and Contributions made”

Databases—how to choose the right one for your NPO; what to look for in a database. (There is a range of freeware, offering applications as varied as finance, dances and hobbies, so don’t give up if the first one is not suitable.)

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR NPOs.Financial Accounting Regulation for Nonprofit Organizations

Financial statements—FASB 117 “Financial Statement of Not-For-Profit Organization.”

Form 990—how to read it and what it means.

Governmental Accounting Standards Board—for government entities.

GuideStar—all kinds of information for NPOs. Free registration may be required.

Management—free library comprises 72 categories including finance, benefits administration and compensation and includes NPO topics.

NPO links—useful links for NPOs (be sure to scroll down).

Other revenue (UBIT)— rules, regs and reporting.

Reporting regulations—for the states.

Reporting regulations—IRS rules and regs.

Revenue from exempt-purpose activities—rules, regs and reporting.

Revenue from public support— rules, regs and reporting.

Software—a list of available NPO software

Tax—Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits

Practice Marketing

Marketing—how to make a good first impression as an accounting professional when meeting a client or in a job interview.

Marketing—Various short articles on how to build a practice—more sources.

Practice Resources

Depreciation—rate tables with explanations.

Discounts rate—and secondary rates and seasonal rates for all months and years from the Federal Reserve Bank

EIC (or EITC)—how to use the income tax withholding and advance earned income credit (EIC) payment tables.

FASB (Financial Standards Accounting Board)—full, summary and status of all statements

Financial ratios—for the balance sheet and income statement.

Independent contractor vs. employee?

IRS interest rates for under-/overpayments—updated monthly.

Tax due dates—federal, state dates for corporations, fiduciaries, individual, partnerships, payroll tax returns, and sales tax returns.

Zip code + 4—USPS look-up.

Zip codes—all cities within a zip code.

Zip codes—all zip codes for a town or city.

Zip codes—USPS look-up.

Software

Accounting software buyer’s guide—lists available software with company address, phone number and thumbnail description.

Accounting software—a fill-in-the-blanks process that tells you which kind of accounting your business or client needs.

Payroll software buyer’s guide—lists available softw4are with company address, phone number and thumbnail description.

Tax software buyer’s guide—lists available software with company address, phone number and thumbnail description.

Zip/unzip—excellent free (for 30 days) software that zips and unzips huge files for e-mailing.

State by state

Sales tax rates—state-by-state sales taxes.

State departments of labor—state-by-state labor offices, commissioners, directors, and secretaries.

State by state revenue departments—state by state.

State tax forms—state by state.

State-by-state taxes—Each state’s income tax, sales tax, etc.

Tools and templates (help for small firms)

Balance sheet template—for a sole proprietorship can be modified for corporation or partnership. Change account titles or format as needed. Spreadsheet calculates subtotals and totals for specified period.

Business plan templates—from Microsoft Office.

Cash flow budget template—worksheet for 6-month cash budget includes most inflows outflows. Modified as needed.

Customer account statement template—track charges and payments on customer’s account, send at month end to remind of balance due.

Daily cash sheet template—plug in daily amounts and spot discrepancies (from theft, misrecorded credit-card purchases, etc.).

Income statement template—for a sole proprietorship can be modified for corporation or partnership. Change account titles or format as needed. Spreadsheet calculates subtotals, totals and net income for specified period.

Loan application and bank review form template—shows what the bank will ask for and how it will use your data to make a decision on your loan.

Monthly bank reconciliation template—plug in bank balance, deposits in transit, etc. and ledger Cash balance for instant totals that show if the amounts reconcile.

Personal bank statement template—when owner’s financial position is required. Spreadsheet asks for the typical information (personal assets, liabilities, sources of income, etc.). Fill it out, get a snapshot of how you look.

Training (sites that teach useful accounting concepts)

Accounting concepts and definitions—for learners.

Accounting cycle—defined in plain English, including all terms used.

Adjusting Entries—thumbnail definition for learners.

Business ratios—common ratios for income statement and balance sheet—for learners.

Chart of accounts—basics for learners.

Financial Ratios—basic ratios for learners.

Internal Controls—basic what, when where, how an