Fast Close: A Guide to Closing the Books Quickly

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 16, 2009 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
Praise for Fast Close: A Guide to Closing the Books Quickly

"Steve captures the essence of the problems affecting the financial close process within corporations of all sizes; from the period close of subledgers and general ledger through financial reporting, and the relationship and interdependencies of governance, people and technology. A must-read for the corporate controller."
—David Taylor, ACMA, MBA, VP Strategy, Trintech Inc.

"Fast Close: A Guide to Closing the Books Quickly, Second Edition is a must-read for today's busy controllers. Steven Bragg points out everything that can be done outside the close that you just never realized didn't actually have to be part of the month-end close process! Very commonsensical approach!"
—Kathleen Schneibel, mba, cpa, Controller/CFO for Hire, KMAS Consulting LLC

"A well-executed 'fast close' can bring many valuable benefits to any company, from improving organizational performance to transforming accounting executives from financial historians to trusted advisors. In Fast Close, Second Edition, Steve systematically breaks down the steps required to achieve a fast close in both public and private companies, providing financial executives with tips, checklists, and a cost-effective road map to implement fast close procedures in virtually any company."
—Matthew Posta, Esq., CPA, Vice President of Finance, Key Air, LLC

FROM THE FIRST EDITION

"This is an outstanding book in which Steve reveals his secrets to a fast close. Having personally experienced his (one-day) fast close for years and enjoyed the beneficial impact on my company, I highly recommend this book for all financial officers who desire to have a large, favorable impact on their company."
—Richard V. Souders, President and CEO, Kaba Workforce Solutions

 

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Contents

Your Current Closing Process
7
Conducting a Review of the Closing Process
19
Alter the Timing of Closing Activities
31
Revise the Contents of the Financial Statements
47
Standardization and Centralization
61
Closing the Inventory Function
69
Closing the Billing Function
93
Closing the Payroll Function
101
Closing the Cash Processing Function
137
Impact of Automation on the Closing Process
143
Closing the Books of a Public Company
153
Controls for Financial Reporting
165
Ongoing Improvements in the Closing Process
177
Appendix B Fast Close Policies and Procedures
185
Soft Close Checklist
197
Index
205

Closing the Payables Function
111

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About the author (2009)

STEVEN M. BRAGG, CPA, 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 Colorado Mountain Club, is an avid alpine skier and mountain biker, and is a certified master diver. Mr. Bragg resides in Centennial, Colorado. He is also the author of Accounting Best Practices and Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual, both published by Wiley.

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