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The fast close toolkit / by Christine H. Doxey

By: Doxey, Christine H.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2020Description: xix, 412 p. ; electronic resource.ISBN: 9781119554493.Subject(s): Accounting | Corporate finance | Fiscal policy | Internal controlOnline resources: Download as an eBook
Contents:
Why the continued focus on the fiscal closing process? -- Key pain points and bottlenecks -- The components of the fiscal close -- Governing the fiscal close process -- The transaction accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close -- Introduction to the standards of internal control -- Roles and responsibilities during the fiscal close -- The general ledger and trial balance -- The common chart of accounts -- Cost centers -- The journal entry process -- Spreadsheet controls -- Checklists for the transaction accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close -- Sample policies for the transaction accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close -- Process narratives for the transaction accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close process -- Standards of internal control for the transaction, accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close process -- Corporate close and consolidation -- The number of consolidation points -- The number of closing cycles -- Post-closing entries -- Communication and accountability -- Financial statement assertions -- Checklists for the corporate close and consolidation process -- Sample policies for the corporate close and consolidation process -- Process narratives for the corporate close and consolidation process -- Standards of internal control for the corporate close and consolidation process -- Analysis and reporting (the final mile) -- Internal and external reporting -- Budgeting and forecasting -- Reduce fiscal close cycle times by moving your finance function to "dynamic" budgeting and planning -- Fixed assets and the capital budget -- The forecast process -- The fiscal close and strategic planning -- Analytics to detect financial statement fraud -- Checklists for the analysis and reporting process -- Sample policies for the analysis and reporting process -- Process narratives for the analysis and reporting process -- Standards of internal control for the analysis and reporting process -- The virtual close: myth or reality? -- Roadmap: benefits of the fast close -- Accelerating the close with automation -- Addendum: fast close tools and additional best practices.
Summary: Offers both strategic and practical methods to dramatically improve the fiscal closing process. Includes checklists, templates and process narratives.
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Why the continued focus on the fiscal closing process? -- Key pain points and bottlenecks -- The components of the fiscal close -- Governing the fiscal close process -- The transaction accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close -- Introduction to the standards of internal control -- Roles and responsibilities during the fiscal close -- The general ledger and trial balance -- The common chart of accounts -- Cost centers -- The journal entry process -- Spreadsheet controls -- Checklists for the transaction accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close -- Sample policies for the transaction accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close -- Process narratives for the transaction accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close process -- Standards of internal control for the transaction, accumulation, reconciliation, and sub-ledger close process -- Corporate close and consolidation -- The number of consolidation points -- The number of closing cycles -- Post-closing entries -- Communication and accountability -- Financial statement assertions -- Checklists for the corporate close and consolidation process -- Sample policies for the corporate close and consolidation process -- Process narratives for the corporate close and consolidation process -- Standards of internal control for the corporate close and consolidation process -- Analysis and reporting (the final mile) -- Internal and external reporting -- Budgeting and forecasting -- Reduce fiscal close cycle times by moving your finance function to "dynamic" budgeting and planning -- Fixed assets and the capital budget -- The forecast process -- The fiscal close and strategic planning -- Analytics to detect financial statement fraud -- Checklists for the analysis and reporting process -- Sample policies for the analysis and reporting process -- Process narratives for the analysis and reporting process -- Standards of internal control for the analysis and reporting process -- The virtual close: myth or reality? -- Roadmap: benefits of the fast close -- Accelerating the close with automation -- Addendum: fast close tools and additional best practices.

Offers both strategic and practical methods to dramatically improve the fiscal closing process. Includes checklists, templates and process narratives.

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