Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Firm Focus: Establishing Guidelines and Limits

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Firm Focus: Establishing Guidelines and Limits

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THE BUSINESS TRAVELER

This month the Journal inaugurates a new quarterly column dedicated to providing practical and money-saving information for CPAs to use in their business travel. The column provides tips and news for individual travelers and for those who manage their firms' travel budgets and arrangements.

A regular highlight of the Business Traveler column is a report on one firm's most effective travel strategies. In addition, this month's column provides insights into getting better value for lodging dollars and a review of a new series of books dedicated to the needs of women travelers.

At Altschuler Melvoin & Glasser (AM&G) in Chicago, establishing a travel policy was an important step toward gaining better control over firm members' travel expenditures.

"We set ranges of how much we'll pay for airfare, hotel accommodations, car rentals and so forth," explains Tamara Harris, AM&G's communications supervisor and travel coordinator. "Employees now have guidelines when making travel plans."

The firm also limits the number of travel agencies it uses so it gets accurate, comparable reports on travel expenditures. …

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