Resources & Publications

May 2010
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Features

Getting Fit with Corporate Wellness Programs
By Peter C. Brewer, CPA; Angela Gallo; and Melanie R. Smith
About one-third of deaths in the U.S. are related to modifiable health-damaging behaviors such as smoking or poor eating habits. Implementing a corporate wellness program will not only help reduce that number, but it can also generate significant health- care cost savings for your company. Providing motivation, education, and a workplace that offers healthy choices can increase productivity throughout the organization, letting employees and the company as a whole reap the rewards of healthy living.


Excel-Based Budgeting for Cash Flows: Cash Is King! 
By Teresa Stephenson, CMA, and Jason Porter  
Part 4 of the six-part series on creating an Excel-based Master Budget discusses the creation of the Cash Budget, the first summary budget. The Cash Budget begins the process of summarizing the primary budgets in order to help make internal decisions for the company. It’s also useful for communicating with external stakeholders because it doesn’t provide specific details of the company’s operations.


Are Your Account Reconciliations Accurate?
By Jeff Adler, CPA  
Reconciliations provide the basic verification that a company’s reports are accurate, and they remain an important part of the accounting function. A standard reconciliation process shows outsiders—including external auditors—that the company has appropriate controls in place, while internally it ensures that management isn’t using bad data when making business decisions. Software designed for preparing account reconciliations can go a long way in effectively controlling and monitoring the process.


Beyond Compliance: The Value of SOX
By Marianne Bradford, CPA; Eileen Z. Taylor, CPA; and Joseph F. Brazel, CPA   
When the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) was first enacted, the anticipated costs of compliance generated a lot of headlines and plenty of concern. A survey of IMA members examines the effect that SOX compliance has had on public and nonpublic companies. The results suggest that many companies experience improvements in internal controls and financial accounting processes because of SOX-related efforts.

Columns

PERSPECTIVES
Practicing Pure Leadership


TOP LINE
Value in Volunteerism


TAXES
Transparency of Uncertain Tax Positions:
The IRS Vision


ETHICS
We Need More Whistleblowers


CAREERS
Should You Partner with a Headhunter?


FINANCIAL REPORTING
“Boundary Issues” in Financial Reporting


BEST PRACTICES
Wisdom at the Edge


IMA LIFE
International Language

Departments

SF BULLETIN
• Brian McGuire Named IMA Chair-Elect
• Health Insurance Reform Bill
• Senate Provides Some Pension Funding Relief
• Books: A Cash Crop


EXCEL
PowerPivot for Excel 2010


ACCESS
Macro Tools Design Ribbon


TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Microsoft KIN, Motorola DEVOUR, MacBook Pro, Casio Green Slim Projector


TECH FORUM
Part 2—Launching Joomla!, Drupal, and WordPress

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