Resources

This page contains links to financial sites that might prove helpful.  

IMA

Institute of Management Accountants
The national site of the IMA, visit it to learn about all the benefits of membership.

Accounting

CFO.com
CFO.com provides news and articles on cutting-edge financial practices with the strategic insight and analysisand business tools and resources that help users to quickly find solutions and access the most relevant information on the Web.

Auditing

IT Audit
This web site is sponsored by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and is designed to be the premier information technology resource for auditors.

College Faculty Manuscripts

Peer reviewed manuscripts by college faculty.  Papers for in depth review of accounting topics.

Ethics

IMA Ethics Center & Helpline   www.imanet.org/resources_and_publications/ethics_center_helpline.aspx

Keep the ethics discussion going in your organizations! Professor Rief Kanan, MS,CPA,CFF,CFFA The Business Institute at SUNY New Paltz College  Email: kananr@newpaltz.edu

Financial Reporting

US Securities and Exchange Commision
The SEC web site www.sec.gov/divisions/corpfin/cffinancialreportingmanual.shtml has on it the Corporate Finance Reporting Manual this is a sixteen topic registrant’s manual about financial reporting requirements including non-GAAP requirements. It includes statutes, rules, and forms, compliance and disclosures interpretations, means of contacting the SEC about various issues, frequently requested material, and EDGAR.

EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system)
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires large US based public companies to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download information from this site and best of all - IT'S FREE. The site includes links to a complete list of filings as well as instructions and a tutorial on how to search the EDGAR database.

International Financial Reporting Standards Resources
IFRS has a website www.IFRS.com, which provides a comprehensive look at many of the topics necessary for timely compliance.  It includes topics like convergence and training. There are publications, SEC Staff papers, updates, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Private Company Financial Reporting
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) embarked on a major initiative to improve the FASB’s current standard-setting process considering the needs of private companies and their constituents of financial reporting.  Part of that initiative involves a new committee whose primary objectives are to provide recommendations to the FASB as the FASB sets accounting standards for privately-held enterprises. You will find the Private Company Financial Reporting Committee’s recommendations to the FASB issued to date.  In addition, you will find information about the PCFRC’s meetings and a link to get involved and join their Resource Group.

Fraud Prevention and Detection

Forensic Accounting Directory
This page contains links to over 35 sites related to fraud prevention and detection, Internet scams and accounting scandals.

Investments

The Investment FAQ
This site has been around for over five years and is a great resource to get answers for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) in over 20 investment topics including Bonds, Derivatives, Insurance, Real Estate, Software and Trading. The site also includes an index of over 100 investment related books.

Financial Crisis
Top headlines from around the world related to the global crisis, including financial news, articles, forum, dictionary with every common finance terms.

Small Business Assistance

The Small Business Administration
The SBA is responsible for helping small businesses with financing and winning contracts.  The website for help with loans, local resources, achieving business goals, programs and services is www.SBA.gov.

Small Business Development Center
This is different from the SBA.  It is where business go to grow.  The organization is under the wings of Rutgers University and there are 11 SBDC’s in the state of New Jersey.  The Centers provide services to entrepreneurs and small businesses who wish to establish their business in the local area.  They can help with business planning, marketing issues, and more.  In northwestern NJ serving Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties, please contact Ms. Dolores J. Stammer – Regional Director at 207 Main Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  Dolores’ phone number is 1-908-269-8475 and the web site is www.njsbdc.com  

In Essex County, the NJSBDC location is 43 Bleeker Street Newark, NJ 07102-1897 and their phone number is 973-353-5950.

Taxation

IRS
For information, to answer questions or get forms and publications or to reach the advocates staff please see their web site www.irs.gov.

NJ Division of Taxation
For information about NJ taxation statutes, rules, regulations, questions, and contacts please see their web site www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/.

Retiree Taxes
Kiplinger’s web site has a retiree tax map showing a state-by-state guide to help determine the most tax-friendly states for you and your assets in retirement.   You can sort the map by such categories as states, which do not tax Social Security benefits and states, which impose their

Technology

CMP's Tech Encyclopedia
Don't know your PC from a CPU? Just type in any computer term into this search engine, and an easily understandable definition pops up. This site contains over 20,000 computer terms and concepts. Great resource!

Strategic TechNotes
Strategic TechNotes is a free news service provided by the IMA. Published on a periodic basis, recent editions included a review of the PC Expo in New York and links to a free personalized portal from Oracle and a calculator to help figure out your tax rebate.

Cloud Security Alliance
The Cloud Security Alliance is an organization that deals with security issues when you've migrated your processing to the "cloud."  A web site that can help you deal with security issues and certification.

Consumer Information

FDIC
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published a new brochure, “A Borrower’s Guide to an FDIC-Insured Bank failure”.  The guide explains what to expect if the bank holding your mortgage or car loan fails and the FDIC acquires its loans.  You can read the guide on line at www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/borrowers.  There is also depositor information in case of bank failures on their web site at www.fdic.gov/consumers/banking/facts/index.html “When a Bank Fails – Facts for Depositors, Creditors, and Borrowers”.

Social Security Administration
For help with questions or basic information about this government program please call1-800-772-1213 or visit their web site  www.socialsecurity.gov.

Medicare
For basic information and updates about changes to this government program, please visit www.medicare.gov.  You can also call 1-800-633-4227.  You can get copies of the official U.S. government book about this program “Medicare and You 2011” and “2009 Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare” on this web site, calling these numbers or visiting your local Social Security Office.