The Importance of Audit Documentation

By Wiss, Posted in Accounting and Auditing

By Zul Kareem Numbers don’t lie, but they also don’t talk. Instead, clearly documented words in a work paper speak for the numbers, and in the case of audit documentation, this is how an auditor proves to others -- including, perhaps, a court of law -- that an audit was thoroughly and effectively executed. Despite the critical nature of this task, auditors often question whether the effort it takes to provide sufficient documentation is worth the end result. A competent auditor always believes... read more.

Breaking the Accountant Stereotype

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By Wiss Associate Think of an accountant, and what do you picture? If you follow the common societal stereotype, you may envision someone with a pocket protector and a beige plastic raincoat who goes to bed cuddling his calculator, with no emotion and no social competence. A person who would rather recite the square root of pi than eat pie. Think of an entrepreneur, and you probably picture an entirely different image. Beyond the sheer sophistication of the word “entrepreneur” itself, these a... read more.

Accounting and Finance: A Forbidden Love

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By Connor Doyle Accounting, our Romeo, and Finance, our Juliet. Two houses, both alike in dignity, in fair New York City, where we lay our scene, from ancient bond break to new maturity, where credit balance makes cash on hand burst seams. Accounting and finance, though both safely under the business umbrella, are divergent in ideology. Finance wants to spend and raise money for the future of a business while accounting wants to keep track of all that has happened in the past. But, both often use informati... read more.

Preparing for a Financial Audit

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By Randy Cohen “We’re being audited.” Those three little words can strike fear into the heart of any executive. Nobody likes the prospect of an outsider combing through the books and potentially exposing errors. Yet as unpleasant as a financial audit can be, with the right attitude and approach, it can prove a valuable tool for improving your business — and an auditor can be viewed as a trusted adviser instead of as an adversary. The key to an efficient and successful financial au... read more.

Focus on Your Process: Take Full Advantage of Your Accounting Software

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By Carolyn Hall  Your business can be using the best accounting software in the world, but unless your team is following standard processes, you’re not taking full advantage of your investment. Here’s how to make sure your system is running efficiently and that you have the right people and processes in place. When setting up a new system, lay out all of the steps involved and continue to communicate to team members throughout the lifecycle of a product or service. Project management s... read more.

Are you Taking Advantage of IC-DISC Tax Benefits for Exporting?

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By Chris Colyer If you are an exporter, IC-DISC is worth taking notice of — especially under current economic conditions resulting from a strong U.S. Dollar. The acronym stands for Interest Charge – Domestic International Sales Corporation, and small- to medium-size American exporting companies can take advantage of this tax classification to their advantage. The dollar’s strength is not an advantage for sellers of U.S. goods. In fact, it’s just the opposite — an economic rea... read more.

Protecting Your Personal Information During Tax Season

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Protecting Your Personal Information During Tax Season By Wiss Associate  As accountants, we understand that your identity is just as important as your financial well-being.  With tax season just around the corner, scammers will use this opportunity to get access to personal information.  Some common strategies include receiving calls from: A self-proclaimed “Governmental Agency” U.S. Treasury or IRS Sweepstake entry representative We’ve all heard stories of s... read more.