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Design and Maintenance of Accounting Manuals: A Blueprint for Running an Effective and Efficient Department 4th Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0471415596
ISBN-10: 0471415596
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An updated manual for an evolving industry

The Fourth Edition of this classic resource shifts from an exclusive university emphasis to include all businesses and industries, reflecting the changing demands of this dynamic field. Revised and updated material includes procedural reviews of internal controls, tests of conformance to acceptable accounting principles, and reviews of the application of rules and procedures to ensure consistency and reliability. You can turn to this revised standard for a step-by-step plan to prepare pertinent and accurate accounting manuals, determine which formats to use, as well as maintain and update information. Other contents include details on the general accounting manual, a policy/procedure statement, forms manual, data processing manual, user manual, and information release system. Packed with over 150 examples of actual documents, this Fourth Edition offers comprehensive guidance on repairing and maintaining effective accounting manuals.

About the Author

Steven Bragg, CPA, CMA, CIA, CPM, CPIM, has been the Chief Financial Officer or Controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and auditor at Deloitte & Touche. He received a master's degree in finance from Bentley College, an MBA from Babson College, and a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maine. He has been the two-time president of the 10,000-member Colorado Mountain Club. Mr.. Bragg resides in Centennial, Colorado. He has written or co-authored several books.

Harry L. Brown is the former Director of Financial Affairs and an instructor in the School of Professional Accountancy at the University of Southern Mississippi.


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The primary question I receive is, why would anyone write so many accounting books? The story began in the early 1990s, when my former boss, Jan Roehl-Anderson, asked me to assist in taking over a book called Controllership from Jim Willson (correct spelling), who had been maintaining the book since the early 1950s. I liked the experience, and even found it relaxing (I must have issues!).

So... I had an idea for another book, called Just-in-Time Accounting, which the publisher accepted, and which got me on the track of doing management accounting books. Most accounting books up to that point had primarily dealt with accounting principles and not how to management the department, so this was a rich area for new books.

The Accounting Best Practices book, which is one of the top-selling accounting books in the country, started when I was bouncing around ideas for new books with one of my editors, John DeRemigis. He suggested the accounting best practices idea, and I said, "nah, there's not enough material." Four editions later and over 400+ pages long, it appears that he was right and I was wrong.

Writing became more intense in 2005, when John Wiley & Sons recommended me to the authors of the Wiley GAAP Guide as a new co-author. This is a seriously technical high-end accounting principles guide, and so was nothing like what I had written before. My first assignment was adding a hundred or so new examples to the book, which was absolutely frantic -- imagine becoming an expert on a really far-out accounting topic in one day, writing an esoteric example, and then hurrying on to an entirely different example the next day.

I have just finished writing Accounting Controls Best Practices, which is chock-full of control points for the most common accounting systems, as well as for best practices upgrades to those systems. And now, it is time for a break, if only for a week.

So... I am heading to the Western Pacific for some serious diving off a live aboard dive boat.

Steve Bragg

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