3 ways fraud experts use data analytics
September 27, 2021 Knowledge Center
3 ways fraud experts use data analytics

Forensic accountants have long used technological tools to uncover fraud schemes. But recent advances in “big data” have provided even better, more efficient techniques for identifying suspicious activities and dishonest employees. These are three common types of data analytics used by fraud experts: 1. Association analysis This method can help identify suspicious relationships by quantifying […]

No disaster scammer is safe from the NCDF
September 27, 2021 Knowledge Center
No disaster scammer is safe from the NCDF

What do COVID-19, major hurricanes and West Coast wildfires have in common? All three have attracted scam artists, who have bilked disaster victims, charitable donors, insurance companies and government agencies out of billions of dollars. Also, all of these disasters — and the criminals who take advantage of them — are the focus of The […]

EIDL program retooled for still-struggling small businesses
September 24, 2021 Knowledge Center
EIDL program retooled for still-struggling small businesses

For many small businesses, the grand reopening is still on hold. The rapid spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has mired a variety of companies in diminished revenue and serious staffing shortages. In response, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has retooled its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to offer targeted relief to eligible […]

Restating financial results
September 23, 2021 Knowledge Center
Restating financial results

In the first half of 2021, there was a surge in financial restatements. The reason relates to guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, requiring special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) to report warrants as liabilities. SPACs are shell corporations that are listed on a stock exchange with the purpose of acquiring a private company, thereby […]

Planning for year-end gifts with the gift tax annual exclusion
September 22, 2021 Knowledge Center
Planning for year-end gifts with the gift tax annual exclusion

As we approach the holidays and the end of the year, many people may want to make gifts of cash or stock to their loved ones. By properly using the annual exclusion, gifts to family members and loved ones can reduce the size of your taxable estate, within generous limits, without triggering any estate or […]

Disasters and your taxes: What you need to know
September 21, 2021 Knowledge Center
Disasters and your taxes: What you need to know

Homeowners and businesses across the country have experienced weather-related disasters in recent months. From hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe storms to the wildfires again raging in the West, natural disasters have led to significant losses for a wide swath of taxpayers. If you’re among them, you may qualify for a federal income tax deduction, as […]

How to conduct a remote fraud investigation
September 20, 2021 Knowledge Center
How to conduct a remote fraud investigation

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, most fraud investigations took place in the office or other work facility. This made it easy for investigators to gather and analyze data and interview suspects and witnesses in a face-to-face setting. But if your company allows employees to work from home — either temporarily or permanently — you may need […]

Financial reporting issues to consider in “going private” transactions
September 17, 2021 Knowledge Center
Financial reporting issues to consider in “going private” transactions

In the midst of mounting inflation, supply shortages, geopolitical turmoil, threats of cyberattacks and continuing COVID-19 concerns, public stock prices are expected to fluctuate in the coming months. This situation has unsettled shareholders and makes long-term strategic planning challenging. Now might be a good time to consider getting off the rollercoaster by taking your company […]

Best practices for reporting business-related T&E expenses
September 15, 2021 Knowledge Center
Best practices for reporting business-related T&E expenses

Many companies have resumed some level of business-related travel and entertainment (T&E) activities — or they plan to do so this fall. Unfortunately, these expense categories may be susceptible to incomplete recordkeeping and even fraud. So, it’s important for companies to implement formal T&E policies to ensure reporting is detailed and legitimate. Substantiating expenses Traditionally, […]

You can only claim a casualty loss tax deduction in certain situations
September 14, 2021 Knowledge Center
You can only claim a casualty loss tax deduction in certain situations

In recent weeks, some Americans have been victimized by hurricanes, severe storms, flooding, wildfires and other disasters. No matter where you live, unexpected disasters may cause damage to your home or personal property. Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), eligible casualty loss victims could claim a deduction on their tax returns. But there […]

With a self-directed IRA, you choose your own investments
September 13, 2021 Knowledge Center
With a self-directed IRA, you choose your own investments

If you’re the type who would rather order ala carte rather than a set entrée, you might prefer a “self-directed” IRA. With this option, you may be able to amp up the benefits of a traditional or Roth IRA by enabling them to hold nontraditional investments of your choosing that can potentially offer greater returns. […]

Protect your company from cyberattacks by adopting zero trust
September 10, 2021 Knowledge Center
Protect your company from cyberattacks by adopting zero trust

Some organizations struggle to prevent cyberattacks because they rely on cybersecurity tools and techniques that protect only their perimeter. Perpetrators who make it past a single line of defense (such as with a username and password) can gain unfettered access to the company’s network. They can then use ransomware to block access to data or […]