Manufacturing, Distribution, and Retail Guide (2006)

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CCH's Manufacturing, Distribution, and Retail Guide is the first guide of this kind to deal with the accounting, consulting, and taxation issues that confront accountants and auditors who audit or advise these types of companies. This Guide, unlike existing literature, is not geared to those who deal with public companies, but rather to the majority of accountants servicing the specialized needs of non-public manufacturing, distribution, and retail companies. The accounting and auditing section addresses concerns unique to these industries, including opportunities for auditors to increase efficiency and effectiveness. The consulting section offers numerous ideas for adding value to their clients' companies, as in costing, inventory management, reporting, financing, and mergers and acquisitions. The taxation section covers accounting methods, UNICAP, LIFO, research and development, and other essential tax planning and compliance topics. This edition includes new information on the Domestic Production Activities Deduction and features 7 new audit programs For major sections, a practical checklist is provided to ensure that key considerations are not overlooked. Also, "Practice Pointers" provided throughout point out, in plain English, how to apply the standards. "Observations" provide additional commentary on the application of standards, such as conflicts in the authoritative literature. In addition, important points are clarified by "Cases in Point" and standalone "Illustrations" demonstrate how to apply specific principles discussed. Material in this helpful resource can be located several ways: - Cross-Reference table shows the chapter in which a particular pronouncement is discussed - Index provides a quick topical page reference - Chapter Tables of Contents list all topics covered and the page on which they begin. To further assist accountants and auditors, the Guide comes with a free, companion CD-ROM containing extensive checklists, audit programs, and other practice aids that can be printed out "as is" or customized.

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William Wiersema, CPA, CPIM is a Principal, Director of Costs and Operations Consulting, Director of M&A Services, and Chairman of the Manufacturing and Distribution Group at Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd. He is also a member of the firm's audit department. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Wiersema has worked with accounting, cost, economic, and financial information. He has served as audit principal for numerous companies and has conducted specialized audits for banks and other institutions. As director of Costs and Operations Consulting, Mr. Wiersema has designed cost systems for more than 100 companies throughout the U.S. in dozens of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, services, and printing. He has also prepared fee studies for local governments. In the area of M&A services, Mr. Wiersema assists individuals and business entities with acquisitions, sales and mergers of privately-held companies. He has extensive experience conducting due diligence, creating business plans and projections, and assisting in negotiations with financial institutions. He also advises clients on post-merger integration issues and post-acquisition financial issues. Mr. Wiersema is the author of "Activity-Based Management: Today's Powerful New Tool for Controlling Costs and Creating Profits," an industry handbook published by the American Management Association, and "Steps to a Successful Service Shop." Mr. Wiersema has also conducted dozens of seminars and workshops on cost and management issues and M&A issues, and has written numerous articles for accounting and trade magazines. Mr. Wiersema graduated from Northwestern University with a Phi Beta Kappa in Economics. Before joining Miller Cooper, he was a Graduate Fellow in Accounting at the University of Illinois. Mr. Wiersema is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society, and the American Management Association. He is also certified in production and inventory management by the American Production & Industry Control Society.

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