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Accounting best practices /
Steven M. Bragg.
5th ed.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2007.
xiv, 490 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
9780470081822 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2007.
9780470081822 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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With price-cutting measures and tough competitive tactics a fact of business life, companies are often faced with a difficult dilemma-how to cut accounting department operating costs without cutting back on services to the company. Many financial and accounting managers do not realize that corporations can drastically cut expenses in all areas of their accounting department-without hiring an expensive outside consultant-by implementing the techniques known as "best practices." Accounting Best Practices, Fifth Edition offers the latest and most important information on these advanced techniques and strategies to help you increase productivity, reduce costs, and efficiently monitor a company's existing systems. This new Fifth Edition has been fully updated to include: An all-new chapter on accounting management Fully revised chapters on payroll and financial statements New best practices added to discussions on accounting management, payroll, billing, and inventory The latest tips on how to avoid missed billing The accounting department that strives to adopt best practices enjoys a host of benefits, not the least of which include improved customer service, cycle times, product quality, and profitability, as well as reduced error rates. Building upon his benchmark resource, renowned accounting authority Steven Bragg shows readers how to successfully improve both efficiency and accuracy in this excellent step-by-step manual of best practices. Accounting Best Practices, Fifth Edition will not only show you how to cut your business costs but will demonstrate how to optimize your company's effectiveness as well. Whether you've been searching for 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, Fifth Edition is here.
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Bragg delivers on his promise to reveal techniques and strategies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of an organization's accounting system. Areas covered include accounts payable, billing and collection, cash management, budgeting, cost management, commissions, inventory, payroll, general ledger, filing, and financial statement preparation. Almost 200 techniques are discussed, e.g., electronic data interchange, just-in-time inventory management, balanced scorecards, implementing activity-based costing and target costing, linking 401k plans, and payroll. The liberal use of flowcharts and exhibits facilitate understanding of complex issues. "People issues," a critical component of successful implementation of best practices, receive considerable attention. Appendix A provides a list of 19 recent journal articles or books as suggested readings. For the manager in a hurry, Appendix B provides an organized index of the best practices techniques for each area. "How to Use Best Practices" in chapter 2 is an excellent starting point, which should be reread after completing other chapters. This book is required reading for its intended audience of financial/accounting managers and auditors and is also recommended supplementary reading for courses in accounting information systems. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. R. Derstine; Villanova University
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"Bragg, a knowledgeable accounting practitioner and prolific author of accounting practice books, has updated this one-stop source of information...this volume is a comprehensive resource for the accounting profession." ( Choice; 11/2007)
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Praise for Accounting Best Practices, Fifth Edition "For a comprehensive, yet easy-to-read guide to fixing those all-too-common shortcomings in your accounting department, look no further than this excellent book. Steve Bragg provides hundreds of fixes, many of them requiring surprisingly little time or cost while providing a handy guide to common implementation pitfalls . . . I would recommend this invaluable book to anyone who is looking to enhance their existing processes, whether due to growth in their business, compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, or just as part of their ongoing improvement process." -Martyn Webster, CPA, Director of FinanceXenoPort, Inc. "This book is critical to running an efficient and accurate accounting department. The use of RFID technology to track documents is one of many valuable tools in this latest edition. A required read for the demanding accounting manager's role." -Jason Charet, CPA "I've used Steve Bragg's Accounting Best Practices books for years as a source of ideas for improvement. Like the previous editions, the Fifth Edition has a number of new, actionable best practices as well as refinements of those ideas reported in previous editions. The books are broad enough in their perspective so that nearly any organization could find ideas that could pay back the cost of the book many times over." -John Temmerman, Controller Evangelical Lutheran Church in America "What a great resource! I have been in the accounting field for over twenty years, and I was still able to gain insight into improving processes within my office. Thanks for putting it all in one book!" -Tina M. Thomas, CPA, CTP, Controller Goodman & Company, LLP
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'Accounting Best Practices' shows how to improve the efficiency of the accounting department, reduce its error rates, and provide better information to other parts of the company.
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-Tina M. Thomas, CPA, CTP, Controller Goodman & Company, LLP
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xii
Introductionp. 1
How to Use Best Practicesp. 4
Accounts Payable Best Practicesp. 18
Billing Best Practicesp. 81
Budgeting Best Practicesp. 103
Cash Management Best Practicesp. 129
Credit and Collections Best Practicesp. 145
Commissions Best Practicesp. 187
Costing Best Practicesp. 200
Filing Best Practicesp. 221
Finance Best Practicesp. 244
Financial Statements Best Practicesp. 266
General Best Practicesp. 295
General Ledger Best Practicesp. 333
Internal Auditing Best Practicesp. 352
Inventory Best Practicesp. 370
Payroll Best Practicesp. 414
Policies in Support of Best Practicesp. 445
Summary of Best Practicesp. 454
Supplier Contact Informationp. 471
Indexp. 483
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