During an audit, financial inaccuracies are typically uncovered that have broader business implications. Whether these inaccuracies are the result of fraud, mistakes, or ignorance, they can have deleterious effects. Internal audits may unearth problems that negatively affect financial statements and financing attempts, while federal tax audits can identify issues that result in costly fines and penalties.
Understanding which inaccuracies auditors find most often provides a foundation for self-imposed accountability. Focusing on areas where problems typically exist equips business owners with the information needed to improve financial accuracy and make smarter business decisions.
Furthermore, exercising extra caution around common problem areas protects the integrity of financial reporting, ensuring that the business’s financial position will be accurately represented to potential investors, existing shareholders, and state and federal authorities.
How many vacations should business owners take?
If you have to ask, you are not taking enough.
Americans are taking fewer (and shorter) vacations overall and this trend is magnified at the top of organizations. Business owners are less likely to take much needed vacation time than lower level staff, especially at small businesses and startups. In fact, only half of small business owners plan to take a vacation in the next year and of those, 26% will just take a few days off.
As head of CFO Selections corporate philanthropy initiatives, the question I get most often, especially now at budget time, from other company executives is, “What is the right amount of money to budget for donations?”
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