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ABOM Embezzlement

Fraudulent Billing/Cash Disbursement Schemes (Part II of III) This article represents the second of a three-part series discussing the potential for embezzlement within a firm or organization by its Accountant Bookkeeper Office Manager (ABOM). Part one discussed how the ABOM could mishandle incoming cash receipts to commit fraud. This article will be discussing how an ABOM can mishandle outgoing cash disbur ...

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Patent and Trademark Infringement Damages Calculations, Appraisal Actions and Denial of Suit Seeking a Purchase Price Adjustment

Case Law Four cases are presented in this article that provide valuation, litigation support professionals, and M&A advisors insight regarding how courts are addressing damages claims, challenges to experts, appraisal action challenges, and claims of fraud and breach of contract in connection with M&A transactions. Although the cases are from Delaware and California, they provide insight for readers ...

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Social Capital’s Backdoor Unicorn IPO

We have recently discussed the changing dynamics of the IPO market and startups’ shifting perspectives in regards to going public.  Public offerings have not all gone wrong this year, but latest rounds of unicorn IPO flops appear to have dampened some investors’ outlook on the traditional IPO route.  Nevertheless, unicorn investors still need liquidity and are turning to creative ways to get the IPO pipelin ...

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Five Reasons You Should Join a Professional Association

Personal commitment and synchronized teamwork is what it takes to be an active member of professional associations.  The work may not be physically challenging, but when you partner together and work towards a similar goal, you can achieve great things. To read the full article in CPA Practice Advisor, click: Five Reasons You Should Join a Professional Association. ...

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Two Types of Diversity Training that Really Work

Effective Exercises for Diversity Training Evidence suggests diversity training that asks employees to see the world from others' perspectives or to form specific goals is especially effective.  The personalities of employees might affect which techniques provide the best results for them. To read the full article in Harvard Business Review, click: Two Types of Diversity Training that Really Work. ...

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ABOM Embezzlement

Cash Receipts (Part I of III) This article represents the first of a three-part series discussing the potential for embezzlement within an organization by its accountant/bookkeeper/office manager (ABOM). ABOM is considered one of the most trusted employees within an organization, making them prime candidates to commit internal fraud. On a daily basis, an ABOM may be dealing with incoming cash receipts, cash ...

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Treasury Ends myRA Retirement Savings Program

Due to “extremely low” demand and high costs, the Treasury Department announced that it is ending the myRA retirement savings program.  Treasury says it is notifying participants about the ending of the program and giving them information on how to move their myRA savings into Roth IRAs. To read the full article in The Tax Adviser, click: Treasury Ends myRA Retirement Savings Program. ...

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The Unintended Effects of Rules Aimed at Stopping Financial Crimes

Legitimate customers and transactions are being hit hard by a system designed to stem the flow of dirty money.  Many international banks have pulled in their horns since the global financial crisis, lending less and shedding customers. To read the full article in The Economist, click: The Unintended Effects of Rules Aimed at Stopping Financial Crimes. ...

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How to Steer Clear of Office Drama

Beware of conflicts and gossip, which can damage your career.  Office gossip and drama can lead to professional discord, reduced productivity, lower morale, and a breakdown of teamwork, collaboration, and good customer service.  Cheryl Meyer explains the pitfalls of this potentially disastrous practice. To read the full article in AICPA, click: How to Steer Clear of Office Drama. ...

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The 10 Unimpeachable Commandments

Practical Applications in Unimpeachable Neutrality Expert witnesses in the fields of forensic accounting, matrimonial litigation, and business valuation must possess a thorough understanding of the applicable standards, case law, evidentiary rules, and regulations specific to each engagement to effectively help the court understand the facts and evidence. The already daunting task of interpreting these rule ...

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EBT or EBITDA

Which Measure is Best for Normalization? Analysts face a potentially major issue when using EBT as the starting point for normalizing future earnings using traditional business valuation fundamentals. An issue arises when assumptions used in forecasting key expenses for normalized earnings differ from the way those expenses were calculated in the historical EBT. Key expenses that can have a large impact on ...

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Fiduciary Rule Final Stand: ‘Please Rethink This’

The future of the fiduciary rule is up for grabs, again, and clients, advisers, and firms are jumping in to make their voices heard at a crucial moment.  Via a public commentary board, the Department of Labor is hearing feedback on whether it should make changes to the fiduciary rule and delay the regulation's second stage of implementation.  Scroll through to see some of the most passionate and insightful ...

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What Proposed Regulations on the Fractions Rule Mean for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Understanding the fractions rule can enable tax-exempt organizations to invest in partnerships that hold interests in debt-financed real property without being subject to the tax on unrelated business income under Section 512.  Michael Hoffman, CPA, Washington, explains. To read the full article in The Tax Advisor, click: What Proposed Regulations on the Fractions Rule Mean for Tax-Exempt Organizations. ...

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Retirement: 10 Questions to Ask

Questions for a Retirement-Preparedness Gut Check Pre-retirees should examine whether they direct too much money to goals other than retirement savings, take advantage of employer matching, and structure savings so enough pretax income is set aside.  Jonathan Clements states that other important considerations include how retirees will spend time once they stop working and whether there is a danger of outli ...

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Business Interruption

A Unique Assessment of Commercial Damages Business interruption is a form of commercial damages that may include both breach of contract and torts. While it is not common for financial experts to be hired in business interruption situations, some claims require their expertise. Unlike a traditional lost profit analysis, business interruption calculations are unique. Any expert asked to make such an analysis ...

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Evidence of Actual Monetary Loss is Required

When Calculating the Exemplary Damages Cap In a recent Texas Court of Appeals case, the jury awarded plaintiff $15,000,000 in exemplary damages; the Court reduced this amount citing section 41.008(b)(1) of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, which caps exemplary damages at two times the amount of "economic damages," plus up to $750,000 in non-economic damages.  The question on appeal was whether t ...

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Trends Influencing the Fair Value of Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Investments

In Mercer Capital’s most recent issue of Portfolio Valuation: Private Equity and Venture Capital Marks and Trends, they provide a brief digest and commentary of some of the most relevant market trends influencing the fair value of private equity and venture capital portfolio investments.  Key highlights are covered in their Third Quarter 2017 newsletter. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financia ...

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Bitcoin Seeks Recognition from U.S. GAAP

The FASB is conducting early stage research about developing an accounting standard for digital currency and the technology that underpins it.  With the use of digital currency increasing, proponents say inconsistent accounting practices are becoming a problem. To read the full article in Thomson Reuters, click: Bitcoin Seeks Recognition from U.S. GAAP. ...

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Six Traits of Leading Finance Functions

CFOs are eager to make the finance function more efficient and useful.  Samantha White, CGMA Magazine senior editor, explains what leading finance functions have in common. To read the full article in CGMA Magazine, click: Six Traits of Leading Finance Functions. ...

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