Articles Tagged - Accounting

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

By Wiss, Posted in Accounting and Auditing

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.

Conducting an Internal Audit: What Your Business Needs to Know

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Fatima Wallizadeh When an internal audit is conducted, auditors set up in a conference room with boxes of files, stacks of binders and open laptops. They might stay for a day, a week or longer. But do you really know what goes on during an audit, and why doing one is so important to a company’s operations? Here is what happens during an audit, and how auditors work with their clients to help them improve their businesses. Learning the client It’s essential for auditors to learn about your... read more.

Nonprofit Accounting - Don't Get Tripped Up by Form 990 Requirements

By Wiss, Posted in Not For Profit

By Linda Curro What’s in the price of a ticket?  For nonprofit organizations that hold fundraising events and for the people who attend them, the answer is more complicated than it might appear. It’s important to get special event reporting correct because Form 990 has specific lines on the Revenue Statement to report fundraising events. The ticket price of every event carries two components within it – the donation amount and the entertainment benefit. Whether it’s a dinner,... read more.

You Cannot Automate a Relationship

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Ruth Raftery "Hello! My name is Samantha and I am an automated voice recognition answering service.  You can speak to me as you would with a live representative. Please tell me, what are you calling about today?" It seems many calls I make lately– whether to credit card companies or to other businesses – are answered by the type of technology that runs programs like "Samantha." In my experience, these systems can never actually answer the types of questions a person can.  Th... read more.

From Collator to Colorado

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

By Connor Doyle Hindsight is 20/20, but sometimes it takes time to get the full picture. My story begins at college graduation. I was bright eyed, bushy tailed, and without a job. One of my top accounting firm choices, Wiss & Company, had just turned me down for an internship. After an overly anxious two months, a last minute drop from the temporary positions in the Wiss tax department opened up with what I came to know as one of the most unglamorous jobs in accounting. I took a job as a Collator. It... read more.

The Power and Pitfalls of Pressure

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Connor Doyle There are few things done in the business world that are performed at a leisurely pace. Owners don’t wander through their fiscal year, money doesn’t change hands without intent, and bosses don’t demand 10% of one’s abilities within a project. More often than not, there’s an urgency to requests. There’s an unspoken agreement that a concerted effort will be made towards completion in a timely manner. With that request comes pressure, and with that pressure... read more.

Advice for Accounting Newbies: Words of Wisdom for Future Staff 1’s

By Wiss, Posted in Workplace Culture

By Danielle Patton Stepping into a brand new position in the accounting industry can be both exciting and intimidating. Even if you have acquired internships in the past, clocking in on your first official day as a Staff 1 will unlock access to a completely divergent domain full of new experiences and opportunities. To prepare yourself, here is some inspirational advice from our very own Wiss team, sharing some pointers on how to make your Staff 1 experience as unique and beneficial as possible! “B... read more.

Safeguarding Accounting Ethics

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Brian Harden Across industries, the most effective managers understand that leading by example is the best way to influence corporate culture. In the realm of accounting ethics, this concept is known as Tone at the Top. The premise is simple: Employees look to management for leadership, and odds are high that their behavior will mirror the conduct of their bosses. If managers act with honesty and integrity, employees will generally follow suit. By the same token, if workers see their superiors engaged... read more.

The Art of the Contract Schedule

By Wiss, Posted in Construction

By Mike Andriola When accountants hear the word “estimate,” most go into a panic. In an industry where accuracy and precision are paramount, the mere thought of a number not being exact can create a sense of unrest. However, in the construction industry, estimates are unavoidable. A slight one to two percent change in an estimate on a large contract could add or subtract a substantial amount of profit or loss to or from the bottom line. At Wiss, we work with our clients to strike the perfect b... read more.