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How to Calculate Damages that Can Withstand a Challenge—Fraud Files

How Can You Defend "Reasonable Certainty"?  Here are Some Tips One of the common issues raised when an expert calculates damages is “reasonable certainty.”  It is not uncommon for opposing counsel to suggest that the expert’s calculated damages are speculative, explain the editors at the Fraud Files blog.   The calculation of damages necessarily requires estimates and assumptions.  Something has happened, a ...

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FASB Extends Comment Deadline on Proposal for Accounting for Credit Losses—Accounting Web, PwC, KPMG, More

Key Concern is that FASB and IASB Continue Work Towards Common Standard Frank Byrt at Accounting Web reports that The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted March 28 to extend the comment deadline for its proposal to improve financial reporting on expected credit losses on loans and other financial assets held by banks, financial institutions, and other public and private organizations, as FASB a ...

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Caveat Emptor: Business Valuation in a 21st-Century Economy—VentureCapital.org

Past Performance is No Longer a Viable Valuation Tactic: Learn to Anticipate Future Prospects with Data Mining, Proprietary Benchmark Techniques, and a Close Look at Both Cash Flow and Capital Expenditures.    Caleb Slabbert, writing at VentureCapital.org, which bills itself as a non-profit organization that has been "a premier resource for both entrepreneurs seeking funding and for investors who want to he ...

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What Data Valuators Need from Physician Practices—and Why!

Physicians Practices are Undergoing Consolidation. Most Often, Practices are Acquired by Hospitals—and a Prerequisite to Acquisition by a Hospital is Having a Practice Valuation Performed. Here’s Why. Physician practices are increasingly undergoing consolidation, and any acquisition requires a valuation performed by an independent third-party valuator. Here’s the low down on what valuators need and why they ...

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Being Effective and Efficient

A Quick Initial Assessment of an Appraisal Assignment Can Help Determine Which Approach and Which Tools to Use. Here’s Why That Matters. Appraisers have a large toolkit. When we pursue certifications, the tests we have to pass and our demonstration reports show that we know how to use tools properly, and certifications demonstrate our competency. In the real world, we are also in this profession to make a p ...

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Best Intentions: The Letter of Intent, Seller Beware

Buyers and Sellers Have Different Relative Negotiation Advantages, and the Letter of Intent in an Engagement Helps Define Terms. Here’s How. While perhaps not the longest or most expensive document among those found in the in the M&A process, the letter of intent (LOI) may well be the most important, particularly to the seller. The LOI sets the tone for the transaction and serves as the road map for the ...

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Forensic Accountants Need to Know Private-Investigator Laws—Journal of Accountancy

Many States Require CPAs Practicing Forensic Accounting to Now be Licensed as Private Investigators.  The AICPA Provides an Online Guide. Jeff Drew at the Journal of Accountancy reports that the AICPA has made available to members an online guide detailing which states and cities require CPAs practicing forensic accounting to be licensed as a private investigator.  Here's more detail: ...

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Tax Court Settles Art Valuation Case—Accounting Today

Estate of Elkins Included Works by Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Henry Moore, Paul Cezanne, and Jasper Johns Roger Russell at Accounting Today reports that in the case, Estate of Elkins, 140 TC No. 5, the court applied Section 2703(a)(2) of the Tax Code in valuing the art, which included works by Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Henry Moore, Paul Cezanne, and Jasper Johns.  Section 2703(a)(2) of the Tax Code provides ...

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Bank of America Cuts Appraisal Staff by 5 Percent—Bloomberg, Appraisal News Online, HousingWire

70 Percent of the Work Appraisers Did at Landsafe, Bank of America's Appraisal Division, Was Related to Soured Home Loans   Bank of America Corp.'s appraisal division LandSafe reduced about 5% of its work force, beginning Feb. 22, Bloomberg News, The Appraisal Institute, and Housing Wire reported.   LandSafe had more than 1,000 employees, the report said.  Hugh Son at Bloomberg explains a bit about the move ...

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42 Appraisal Firms Form new Valbridge Property Advisors—Commercial Property Executive, Appraisal News Online, Valuation Review, More

Based in Florida and Employing 600 Personnel in 59 Offices, New Company Is Third Largest Firm Providing Commercial Real Estate Valuation Advisory Services  Forty-two independent CRE appraisal companies, with a total of 59 offices and 145 MAIs, have merged to form Valbridge Property Advisors (www.valbridge.com), Commercial Property Executive reports.  The new company, headquartered in Naples, Fla., will rank ...

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Payroll Audits Put Small Employers on Edge —Wall Street Journal

Tax Crackdown Comes as Use of Contract Workers Grows; Companies Find Rules Unclear Angus Loten and Emily Maltby at the Wall Street Journal report that some studies have shown that local businesses misclassify anywhere from 10% to more than 60% of their workers as independent contractors, and regulators are beginning to crack down in pursuit of more revenue.  An excerpt:  ...

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Tax Services Now Fastest-Growing Niche Service Ahead of Business Valuation —Accounting Today

Top 100 Firms in 2012 Also See Big Jump in Demand for Attest Services, Cash-Flow Forecasting and Management Accounting Today reports in its latest iteration of Top 100 Accounting Firms that the top two fastest-growing niches in accounting services are now international tax services and state and local tax services, edging out business valuation, last year's fastest-growing niche.   Danielle Lee reports (fre ...

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Book Reviews: New Wiley Titles on Fraud

Case Studies, Strategies for Detecting Fraud, and a Framework for Prevention Corporate governance legislation has become increasingly concerned with the ongoing resilience of organizations, and, particularly, with their ability to resist corporate fraud from the lowest levels to the upper echelons of corporate management. These titles offer both case studies on recent fraud cases as well as guidance for str ...

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‘Win-Win’ Transactions: Keys to Successful M&A Negotiations

Both Buyers and Sellers Should Follow a Careful Process to Realize a Successful Transaction. Here are Some Tips A successful business sale will ideally leave both the buyer and seller feeling the transaction was a success. Charles Andrews recaps questions that he asks sellers before accepting an engagement as a transaction advisor and lists ten steps defining a business sale process most likely to satisfy b ...

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Appraisal Distinctions: Earnings and Debt Play a Key Role in Determining Proper Use of Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

Choosing an Appropriate Weighted Average Cost of Capital Definition Sometimes Depends On Context Valuation principles generally hold that the value of a business is largely a function of return on invested capital and growth, writes J. Richard Claywell, since these are the primary drivers of free cash flow. But how does this cash flow relate to the asset and liability values on the balance sheet? ...

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Apple Loses Nearly Half of $1B Award in New Ruling —Reuters, Guardian, BVWire, Others

Judge Cuts Apple Award Versus Samsung, Sets New Damages Trial  Poornima Gupta and Erin Smith report at Reuters report that Apple Inc had a major setback in its mobile patents battle with Samsung Electronics.  On Friday, March 1st, a federal judge slashed a $1.05 billion jury award by more than 40 percent and set a new trial to determine damages. Here's more:   ...

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Where’s The Money?

Unreported Income Can Be Detected By Direct and Indirect Methods; Indirect Methods Examine Cash Inflows and Outflows. Here’s How. Joe Epps, CPA/CFF/ABV, CFE, CVA, explains how a forensic accountant goes about searching for unreported income—a commonly required practice in divorce and bankruptcy cases, contract disputes, and fraud investigations.  The direct method is simply reviewing financial statements fo ...

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Mercer Report Details “Levels of Value”—Mercer Capital

Why Estate Planners Need to Understand This Critical Valuation Element of a Buy Sell Agreement All businesses with more than one shareholder should have a current, well-written buy-sell agreement, asserts Mercer Capital. And for clients with valuation processes as part of their agreements, it is critical to understand "levels of value": Strategic Control Value, Financial Control Value, Marketable Minority V ...

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Key Points to Cover in Corporate Financial Status Reviews

The Impact of Fraud and Abuse Can Far Exceed the Value of Stolen Money—Civil Penalties Are Often Exorbitant Clients often look to their attorneys as trusted advisors on the issue of prevention of corporate fraud, waste, and abuse. In this article, Joe Epps identifies the impact occupational fraud and abuse has on a company; present governmental oversight issues associated with fraud and abuse; and several c ...

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