Accounting fraud on the rise

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Smaller finance teams, more stressed companies and complex reporting rules are leading to more mistakes in mid-size and small company financial records, raising the risk of fraud going undetected, says an auditor.

A bi-annual survey of fraud in Australia and NZ by KPMG, released on Thursday, shows the level of fraud by individuals of more than $1 million rose 82 per cent between 2010 and 2012, while fraud by internal staff rose to 75 per cent of the total from 65 per cent.

via Warning on accounting fraud as pressures rise.

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Accounting future looks positive in UAE

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The future of accounting profession looks very positive in the UAE and the Middle East, according to industry experts.

The profession is quite important across the world and it will continue to grow in the country and GCC as well, they said at an accounting and auditing event held in Sharjah on Saturday.

Organised by the UAE-based ‘OpenThinking’, it was an open forum of accounting and auditing ethics from basic management to business process improvements and intricate decision-making policies.

The big picture is that the future of accounting profession should be very positive as all of the regional economies experiencing growth, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Middle East head Stuart Dunlop told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the event.

“We need to see Gulf nationals coming into the profession,” Dunlop said. “We live in Arab world, so we need to see more boys and girls in this profession from this part of the world,” he added.

via Business – Accounting future looks positive in UAE: Experts.

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Big chance for small business

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BizLaunch was unveiled yesterday in Johannesburg by Clive Pintusewitz, Standard Banks director of small enterprise development.

The new package, aimed at businesses within their first year, will enable small businesses to keep track of their cash, pay suppliers, deposit funds into a business bank account and get basic advice – all for just R90 a month.

Businesses that have been operating informally can also get BizLaunch, even if they have been in existence for over a year.

Other impediments that lead to closure include access to funding and markets, and cash flow management.

“We know that there is a big issue with small businesses and we want to see them grow. What we have done is to look at the needs of those businesses and packaged a solution that brings a lot of support to those businesses,” Pintusewitz said.BizLaunch offers unlimited transactional banking. They are targeting 80000 businesses in the current financial year.

“We have partnered with Softline Pastel, who are the leading accounting software to offer MyBusiness Online, which is a solution built specially for start-up businesses. What we have seen is that one of the reasons businesses fail is because they cannot track their finances and cannot manage invoices and payments,” he said.

“In our interaction with our clients we have learnt that small businesses fail because they do not get revenue. The second is managing your cost and stock. Also, when they have ordered the stock and the customers take time to pay, it creates a cash-flow problem.”

BizLaunch will be available at all Standard Bank branches.

Pintusewitz said for those who do not have access to a computer there was a mobile version if they have a smartphone, and soon an offline version will be available.

via Big chance for small business – Sowetan LIVE.

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Positive thinking: Inner accounting

DNA

One of the leading causes of depression and loss of energy is inner accounting. It is a continual feeling of being owed something. Trivial things like feeling grieved that someone didn’t greet one, or not take one’s phone calls, can make one unnecessarily feel neglected.

This amounts to keeping an account internally with the feeling of not being given one’s due, whether it is wanting that others should treat us better or being resentful of one’s talents not being appreciated. It causes a lot of negative thinking where one keeps repeating these thoughts, inviting depression and weakness of character. This weakness manifests much more when the chips are down and others do not sympathise with us.

via Positive thinking: Inner accounting – Analysis – DNA