Accounting & Auditing Research: Tools & Strategies

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Author: Thomas R. Weirich

ISBN-10: 0470506970

ISBN-13: 9780470506974

Category: Auditing

About the Author

Thomas R. Weirich, Ph.D., CPA, is currently the Jerry & Felicia Campbell Endowed Professor at Central Michigan University and was also a former chair of its School of Accounting. He earned a Doctorate in Accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as an M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from Northern Illinois University. He has served on special assignment as the Academic Accounting Fellow to the Office of Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

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Accountants finally have a book that focuses on research completed in the field. This resource shows them the basics of performing research in advanced financial, tax, auditing, and fraud. They’ll gain a better understanding of the basics of research tools so they’ll be able to select the right one. Information is presented on IFRS and the Codification, including step-by-step details and screenshots. With this information, accountants will have the tools to succeed in the field.

Preface. About the Authors. Chapter 1 Introduction to Professional Research. Learning Objectives. What Is Research. Research Questions. Nature of Professional Research. Critical Thinking and Effective Communication. Economic Consequences of Standards Setting. Role of Research in the Accounting Firm. Research and the CPA Exam. Overview of the Research Process. Summary. Discussion Questions. Appendix. Chapter 2 Critical Thinking and Effective Writing Skills for the Professional Accountant. Learning Objectives. Critical Thinking Skills. Levels of Thinking. Universal Elements of Reasoning An Example of Using Critical Thinking Skills. Effective Writing Skills. Punctuation Primer. Improved Writing Skills Required. Writing Effective E-Mails and Letters. Writing Memos to the File. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Chapter 3 The Environment of Accounting Research. Learning Objectives. The Accounting Environment. The Sec and the Standard-Setting Environment. Financial Accounting Standards Board. American Institute Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Other Organizations Influencing Standard Setting. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Reading an Authoritative Pronouncement. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Chapter 4 Financial Accounting Research Tools. Learning Objectives. Accounting Research Online. Database Research Strategies. FASB Accounting Standards Codification Research System. The Research Process. Locating GAAP Using the Codification. Examples Using the Codification. Sec Accounting for Public Companies. Sec Regulations and Sources. Accessing Sec Filings and Regulations. Cases to Practice Accounting Research. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Appendix.  Chapter 5 The Environment of International Research. Learning Objectives. International Accounting Environment. International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). IFRS Funding, Regulation, and Enforcement. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Research. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Chapter 6 Other Research Databases and Tools. Learning Objectives. Other Database Research Strategies. U.S. Accounting Research Tools. U.S. Government Accounting Databases. Financial Research Databases. Business Research Databases and Tools. Massive Legal Research Databases. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Appendix.  Chapter 7 Tax Research for Compliance and Tax Planning. Learning Objectives. Tax Research Goals. Tax Research Challenges. Tax Research Databases. Primary Tax Authorities. Steps in Conducting Tax Research. Professional Standards For Tax Services. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Appendix.  Chapter 8 Assurance Services and Auditing Research. Learning Objectives. Assurance Services. Auditing Standard-Setting Environment. Auditing Standard-Setting Process. AICPA Resource Database.  AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. Auditing Standards in the Public Sector. International Auditing Standards. Compilation and Review Services. Role of Judgment in Accounting and Auditing. Economic Consequences. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Appendix.  Chapter 9 Refining the Research Process. Learning Objectives. Method of Conducting Research. Lessons Learned For Professional Practice. Remain Current in Knowledge and Skills. International Complexities in Practice. Skills for the CPA Exam. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Appendix A. Appendix B.  Chapter 10 Fraud and Other Investigative Techniques. Learning Objectives. Definition of Fraud. Types of Fraud. The Fraud Triangle. Overview of a Financial Statement Fraud Examination. Business Investigations. Computer Technology in Fraud Investigations. Fraud Investigation Regulations. Summary. Discussion Questions. Exercises. Index.