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Financial Control for Your Hotel


Michael M. Coltman (Author)
Book Description
Publication Date: September 1, 1991 | ISBN-10: 047129036X | ISBN-13: 978-0471290360 | Edition: 1
Financial Control for Your Hotel gives hotel general managers and finance executives a clear understanding of the techniques of cost control essential to the success of a motel or small hotel. This easy-to-use guide expands readers' understanding of everything from the basics of hotel finance to improving the bottom line. Industry expert Michael M. Coltman provides clear explanations for organizing the balance sheet and the income statement, as well as for handling purchasing and hiring--areas critical to profitability. Financial Control for Your Hotel also offers valuable guidelines on all areas of finance related to hotel operations, including pricing, income statement analysis, and budgeting. Special coverage of investments helps managers plan for long-term financial growth.

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Financial Control for Your Hotel gives hotel general managers and finance executives a clear understanding of the techniques of cost control essential to the success of a motel or small hotel. This easy-to-use guide expands readers’ understanding of everything from the basics of hotel finance to improving the bottom line. Industry expert Michael M. Coltman provides clear explanations for organizing the balance sheet and the income statement, as well as for handling purchasing and hiring—areas critical to profitability. Financial Control for Your Hotel also offers valuable guidelines on all areas of finance related to hotel operations, including pricing, income statement analysis, and budgeting. Special coverage of investments helps managers plan for long-term financial growth.

Product Details
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 1, 1991)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 047129036X
ISBN-13: 978-0471290360
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
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Principles of External Auditing


Brenda Porter (Author), David Hatherly (Author), Jon Simon (Author)
Book Description
Publication Date: December 9, 2008 | ISBN-10: 0470018259 | ISBN-13: 978-0470018255 | Edition: 3
This book provides a comprehensive and exacting introduction to the principles and practice of external auditing. It describes and explains, in non-technical language, the nature of the audit function and the principles of the audit process.
The book covers international auditing and accounting standards and relevant statute and case law. It explains the fundamental concepts of auditing and takes the reader through the various stages of the audit process. It also discusses topical aspects of auditing such as legal liability, audit risk, quality control, and the impact of information technology.

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From the Publisher
This book addresses the issues and principles of external auditing with specific reference to UK statutory and professional requirements. It strikes a sensible balance between the principles and practice of auditing and as such fills a gap in the market, appealing to academics and practitioners. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Principles of External Auditing has become established as one of the leading textbooks for students studying auditing in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Striking a careful balance between theory and practice, the book describes and explains, in non-technical language, the nature of the audit function and the principles of the audit process. Principles of External Auditing is a valuable source of reference for students, practitioners, academics and laypersons alike and it also provides an ideal foundation course for those taking auditing courses at university or for professional examinations.
The book covers both UK and International Auditing Standards and relevant statute and case law. It explains the fundamental concepts of auditing and takes the reader through the various stages of the audit process. It also discusses topical aspects of auditing such as legal liability, audit risk, quality control, and the impact of information technology.

This new edition of the text has been thoroughly revised and new chapters have been provided on the conceptual framework, internal auditing and environmental audits.

Other notable features of this second edition include:

All regulatory material has been updated, e.g. new material has been provided on corporate governance.
New sections have been added covering the audit expectation-performance gap, new audit methodologies and knowledge of the business.
The latest developments in legal liability - and how to avoid it - have been covered. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Brenda Porter BSc (Hons, Geog), BBS, PhD, FCA (NZ), CA (Scot), FCIS, Cert Ed is Reader in Accounting at Warwick Business School.

Jon Simon BSc (Hons, Econ), MA, MBA, FCA is Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at the University of Hull Business School.

David Hatherly BSc (Hons, Econ), Macc, FCA is Professor of Accounting at the University of Edinburgh Management School. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details
Paperback: 816 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (December 9, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470018259
ISBN-13: 978-0470018255
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Fixed Asset Accounting: A Comprehensive Guide


Steven M. Bragg (Author)
Book Description
Publication Date: March 31, 2011
Fixed Asset Accounting addresses the GAAP and IFRS accounting for all key fixed asset topics, including capital budgeting, interest capitalization, asset retirement obligations, depreciation, impairment, and disposal. The book delves into many other areas as well, including the record keeping, controls, policies and procedures, measurements, and auditing procedures related to fixed assets. There are review questions and answers at the end of every chapter.

Book Description
Publication Date: March 31, 2011
Fixed Asset Accounting addresses the GAAP and IFRS accounting for all key fixed asset topics, including capital budgeting, interest capitalization, asset retirement obligations, depreciation, impairment, and disposal. The book delves into many other areas as well, including the record keeping, controls, policies and procedures, measurements, and auditing procedures related to fixed assets. There are review questions and answers at the end of every chapter.

Product Details
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: AccountingTools (March 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0980069920
ISBN-13: 978-0980069921
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
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Accounting for Fixed Assets

Raymond H. Peterson (Author)
Book Description
Publication Date: March 15, 2002 | ISBN-10: 047109210X | ISBN-13: 978-0471092100 | Edition: 2
Strategies AND techniques for getting the most out of A COMPANY'S physical assets

Accounting for Fixed Assets, Second Edition presents comprehensive guidelines for effectively managing property, plant, and equipment in order to get the maximum benefits out of investments in these long-term tangible assets. Enhanced with numerous examples and illustrations, this new edition features essential material on government accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and practical computer programs.

Complete, up-to-date coverage of fixed-asset accounting includes:

  • Asset classification
  • Base unit
  • Asset value
  • Asset safeguards
  • Inventories of fixed assets
  • Extraordinary repairs
  • Written policies
  • Self-constructed assets

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From the Publisher
A thorough analysis of the issues surrounding fixed asset accounting, crucial to a corporation's balance sheet, it offers the definitive explanation regarding the statement on management accounting--property, plant and equipment--by the Institute of Management Accountants. Covers asset classification, base unit, inventories, asset value and protection. Special accounting situations are examined in regulated utilities, government and nonprofit accounting. Contains numerous examples and illustrations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
The savvy company manager and financial officer knows the importance of maximizing the benefits of investment in long-term tangible assets. Fixed assets such as property, plant, and equipment cannot simply be put in place and forgotten until they depreciate. A company’s profitability can be greatly enhanced by the careful management, control, and measurement of fixed assets.
Accounting for Fixed Assets is an authoritative source of advice and analysis on fixed-asset accounting. In addition to presenting completely updated material, this Second Edition features new material on government accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and practical computer software. Comprehensive coverage includes funding for government assets, establishing property record units, accounting problems of not-for-profits, asset database software, evaluation of software packages, and much more.

Written by one of the principal authors of the Institute of Management Accountants’ Property, Plant, and Equipment statement on management accounting, this book offers accounting professionals complete guidelines for applying accounting principles designed to maximize the benefits of investments in long-term tangible assets. This in-depth treatment takes readers to the heart of the contemporary debate surrounding such "cut and dry" issues as capitalization, amortization, depreciation, taxes, and fixed-asset inventory. Packed with numerous examples and illustrations, this practical book considers such crucial topics as asset classification, base unit, asset value, asset protection in manufacturing, government accounting, regulated utilities, and virtually every type of public and private, profit and nonprofit organization.

For controllers, government accountants, accounting managers, and auditors, Accounting for Fixed Assets, Second Edition offers very clear and practical advice–complete with numerous examples and illustrations–on how to get the most out of fixed assets and improve your company’s balance sheet.

From the Back Cover
Strategies AND techniques for getting the most out of A COMPANY’S physical assets
Accounting for Fixed Assets, Second Edition presents comprehensive guidelines for effectively managing property, plant, and equipment in order to get the maximum benefits out of investments in these long-term tangible assets. Enhanced with numerous examples and illustrations, this new edition features essential material on government accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and practical computer programs.

Complete, up-to-date coverage of fixed-asset accounting includes:

  • Asset classification
  • Base unit
  • Asset value
  • Asset safeguards
  • Inventories of fixed assets
  • Extraordinary repairs
  • Written policies
  • Self-constructed assets

About the Author
RAYMOND H. PETERSON is currently the principal of Ray Peterson & Associates, an accounting consulting firm in California. During his career, he has held positions as Director of Financial Accounting for Pacific Bell and Division Manager, Accounting Standards for Bell Communications Research. He also served as treasurer for a number of nonprofit organizations and for twelve years was a member of the Institute of Management Accountants Accounting Standards Committee.

Product Details
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (March 15, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 047109210X
ISBN-13: 978-0471092100
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Accounting Information Systems (12th Edition)


Marshall B. Romney (Author), Paul J. Steinbart (Author)
Book Description
Publication Date: January 13, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0132552620 | ISBN-13: 978-0132552622 | Edition: 12
The most comprehensive and flexible coverage of AIS.

The market-leading book that delivers the most comprehensive and flexible coverage of the four major approaches to teaching AIS. Accounting Information Systems also allows instructors to easily reorder chapters and focus the material to suit their course.

The twelfth edition covers all recent developments in AIS and how it has changed the roles of an accountant.

Product Details
Hardcover: 720 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 12 edition (January 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0132552620
ISBN-13: 978-0132552622
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
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U.S. Master Tax Guide (2012)


U.S. Master Tax Guide (2012) [Perfect Paperback]
CCH Tax Law Editors (Author)
Book Description
Publication Date: November 15, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0808026836 | ISBN-13: 978-0808026839
The tax professionals favorite quick reference meticulously researched to cover any issue affecting tax returns. The years significant new tax developments are conveniently highlighted and explained. Explanations are footnoted to provide accurate, legally-sound guidance on applying and complying with todays complex federal tax laws. Includes valuable practice tools to slash your research time; Cross-references to Internal Revenue Code and IncomeTax Regulations; Removable Quick Tax Facts Card for instant reference; Taxpayer specific return flowcharts; Rate tables, depreciation tables and checklists

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About the Author
CCH Tax Law Editors represent a highly experienced staff of writers, analysts and editors with professional designations including J.D., LL.M., C.P.A., M.B.A., M.S.A., M.L.S. and E.A. This experienced body of tax experts covers the full scope of U.S. federal and state tax as well as international tax, estate tax, planning issues, accounting and audit standards and all current tax law developments. CCH Tax Law Editors focus on providing expert analysis and customer-driven workflow solutions.

Product Details
Perfect Paperback: 1008 pages
Publisher: CCH Inc. (November 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0808026836
ISBN-13: 978-0808026839
Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Optimizing Back Office Operations: Best Practices to Maximize Profitability


Zahid Khalid (Author)
Book Description
Publication Date: March 8, 2010 | ISBN-10: 0470531894 | ISBN-13: 978-0470531891 | Edition: 1
According to industry experts, a typical one billion dollar company spends approximately $27 million on unnecessary working capital and inefficient processing functions because they lack visibility into the financial supply chain. Optimizing Back Office Operations: Best Practices to Maximize Profitability uses examples and case studies to show how cost optimization—and not cost reduction—in the core back office operations is the right approach to maximizing profitability and enterprise value. Implementation guidance is provided for Executives, CFOs, and Controllers on transitioning from outdated processes to a fully-optimized financial supply chain.

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Optimizing Back Office Operations
One of the key reasons for a company's failing to meet its profitability expectations lies in its back office. Think about it: a typical billion-dollar company spends approximately $27 million annually on unnecessary working capital and inefficient processing functions when they could be meeting profitability expectations with an increased concentration on their Financial Supply Chain.

Changing the focus from profits to profitability, Optimizing Back Office Operations: Best Practices to Maximize Profitability uses examples and case studies to show how cost optimization and not cost reduction in the core back office operations is the right approach to maximizing profitability and enterprise value.

Discover how you can put these best practices to work in the areas of:

  • Profits—the reason your business exists
  • Liquidity, growth, and financial flexibility
  • Cost: you get what you pay for
  • Capability: one size does not fit all
  • Financial supply chains
  • Working capital processes
  • Measuring capability
  • Optimizing accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, and treasury operations
Other topics of special importance include the profitability equation and related metrics; measuring capability; process benchmarking; process standardization; and enabling technologies. Invaluable cases illustrate that cost optimization is a viable strategy for sustainable profit maximization.

For company controllers, assistant controllers, and financial executives, Optimizing Back Office Operations is both an important source of useful, innovative ideas and a handy quick reference for day-to-day use. It is also an indispensable guide for financial analysts, internal auditors, public accountants, and anyone concerned with company financial and accounting operations.

Bringing together the science of process im-provement, the art of finance, and the enabling powers of information technology to make the case for a dependable approach to maximizing profitability and cash flow, Optimizing Back Office Operations illustrates the best practices to achieve sustainable profitability.

From the Back Cover
Put your financial supply chain to work for greaterprofitability
Historically, most companies have consistently focused on revenue-generating activities and invested heavily in organizational capabilities that support this effort. It's time to focus on the back office to meet the profitability expectations of your company.

Destined to become an essential desktop tool in helping you achieve sustainable profitability, Optimizing Back Office Operations provides practical guidance on:
  • Making the transition to a fully optimized financial supply chain from traditional paper-driven, outdated processes
  • How optimizing your back office makes a big, positive impact on your organization's profitability
  • A cost-capability optimization approach to maximizing profitability

Created as a result of conversations with several senior executives and colleagues who hold leadership roles in various functions that affect working capital, Optimizing Back Office Operations outlines the best practices and proactive strategies you can use to make the most of your financial supply chain.

Filled with case studies and insights, this is the one-stop resource you will turn to for the latest information and know-how on achieving sustainable profitability in the accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, and treasury functions.

The science of process improvement, the art of finance, and the enabling powers of information technology come together here to make the case for a dependable approach to maximizing profitability and cash flow—all through financial supply chain optimization.

About the Author
Zahid Khalid is Managing Partner at The Hardstone Group, a management consulting practice specializing in helping clients increase profitability through improvements in financial supply chain processes. He has authored numerous articles on finance and technology in various industry publications and is a frequent presenter at events related to working capital optimization. He can be reached via the firm's Web site: www.hardstonegroup.com.

Product Details
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 8, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470531894
ISBN-13: 978-0470531891
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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