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Accounting best practices /
Steven M. Bragg.
imprint
New York : John Wiley, c1999.
description
282 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0471333662 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : John Wiley, c1999.
isbn
0471333662 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
3669181
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 270) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Steven M. Bragg, CPA, CMA, CIA, CPM, CPIM, has been the Chief Financial Officer or Controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young. He has authored fifteen books on a variety of accounting and other business topics
Excerpts
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With price-cutting measures and tough competition tactics a fact of business life, companies around the world are often faced with a difficult question: How can a thriving corporation reduce its accounting department's operating costs, while still providing the largest possible range of services to the entire company? Since many professional accountants are only trained to process transactions and issue financial statements, the responsibility of reducing costs often falls to an outside consultant-an expensive and often complicated decision. What many financial and accounting managers do not realize is that there is another option to this economic dilemma. Corporations can drastically cut expenses in all areas of their accounting department operations-from accounts payable to payroll-by simply understanding and implementing the techniques known as "best practices." Accounting Best Practices reveals the latest and most important information on these advanced techniques and strategies which have been proven to increase productivity, reduce costs, and efficiently monitor a company's existing systems. Through using best practices, it is possible to slash your accounting costs and increase the speed of processing transactions, while shrinking the amount and frequency of errors. This revolutionary book will not only show you how to cut your business's costs, but will demonstrate how to optimize your company's effectiveness as well. Compiling a list of best practices accumulated through years of running accounting departments firsthand and incorporating his proven corporate consulting service experience, accounting expert Steven Bragg covers a wide range of areas, including accounts payable, billings, collections, and cash processing. These best practices, when used in conjunction with one another, can produce pathbreaking changes which radically improve whole functions, and introduce safe changes for gradual integration within the accounting department of any company with a minimum of difficulty. Through understanding this blend of best practices, accounting and financial managers alike will certainly find the right changes that can be implemented in their department structure-regardless of corporate intransigence. If you've been searching for the right ways to cut costs in your accounting department, or just want to offer more services without the added expense, look no further. Accounting Best Practices is here.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-12-01:
Bragg, an accounting practitioner, updates his 1999 edition (CH, Mar'00) with 50 new accounting best practices, additional real-world examples, revised appendixes, and a chapter on finance. Through a series of concise explanations of 250 best practices, he explores in 16 chapters the adaptation of contemporary technology and managerial practices to traditional accounting and finance procedures such as billing, budgeting, cash management, collections, financial statements, general ledger, inventory management, and payroll. Excellent use is made of illustrative materials. Although many practices are standard procedure in today's organizations, the book serves as an excellent review of contemporary business practices for the professional accounting, finance, or managerial practitioner. The book is not, however, a how-to manual, and a thorough knowledge of accounting systems, business practices, and managerial leadership is a prerequisite to its fruitful use. A suggested reading list and a list of the best practices from each chapter conclude the presentation. Recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections and professional libraries. S. R. Kahn University of Cincinnati
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Summaries
Main Description
Everything you need to know to turn your adequate practices into Best Practices Accounting Best Practices provides you with the most advanced techniques and strategies available today to help your business cut costs and improve accounting operations-regardless of your company's size or holdings. Whether you are targeting specific areas or simply need a comprehensive overview, the leading expert in the field of accounting best practices shows you precisely how to tailor best practices to fit your needs. Featuring an easy-to-read format, and covering a wide variety of accounting areas, including billing, budgeting, cash management, collections, commissions, costing, filing, financial statements, general ledger, inventory, and payroll, this essential accounting reference will help enhance and optimize your financial bottom line. In addition, you'll also find: * Complete details on the latest best practices implemented by companies today * Flowcharts of some of the most complex best practices available * Several concise indices of best practices, classified by type of result and functional area within the accounting field * Numerous appendices cross-referencing the best practices to help you easily customize the best practices for your business * And much more Whether you are an accounting or financial manager, an internal or external auditor, or even if you consult accounting operations, you'll find Accounting Best Practices an indispensable resource-and perfect for all your fiscal needs.
Long Description
Everything you need to know to turn your adequate practices into Best Practices Accounting Best Practices provides you with the most advanced techniques and strategies available today to help your business cut costs and improve accounting operations-regardless of your company's size or holdings. Whether you are targeting specific areas or simply need a comprehensive overview, the leading expert in the field of accounting best practices shows you precisely how to tailor best practices to fit your needs. Featuring an easy-to-read format, and covering a wide variety of accounting areas, including billing, budgeting, cash management, collections, commissions, costing, filing, financial statements, general ledger, inventory, and payroll, this essential accounting reference will help enhance and optimize your financial bottom line. In addition, you'll also find: Complete details on the latest best practices implemented by companies today Flowcharts of some of the most complex best practices available Several concise indices of best practices, classified by type of result and functional area within the accounting field Numerous appendices cross-referencing the best practices to help you easily customize the best practices for your business And much more Whether you are an accounting or financial manager, an internal or external auditor, or even if you consult accounting operations, you'll find Accounting Best Practices an indispensable resource-and perfect for all your fiscal needs.
Main Description
-Tina M. Thomas, CPA, CTP, Controller Goodman & Company, LLP
Bowker Data Service Summary
While accounting executives, auditors and consultants exhaust methods of enhancing accounting operations, new best practices are being invented annually. This book includes coverage of accounts payable, billing, collections and cash processing.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
How to Use Best Practicesp. 4
Accounts Payable Best Practicesp. 17
Billing Best Practicesp. 66
Budgeting Best Practicesp. 87
Cash Management Best Practicesp. 110
Collections Best Practicesp. 128
Commissions Best Practicesp. 154
Costing Best Practicesp. 167
Filing Best Practicesp. 184
Finance Best Practicesp. 206
Financial Statements Best Practicesp. 225
General Best Practicesp. 253
General Ledger Best Practicesp. 290
Internal Auditing Best Practicesp. 308
Inventory Best Practicesp. 325
Payroll Best Practicesp. 346
Summary of Best Practicesp. 376
Indexp. 389
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