Forensic accounting, sometimes referred to as financial forensics or forensic accountancy, is a specialty practice area where accounting skills are utilized to investigate potential embezzlement or fraud through the analysis of financial information. This information is then eventually used in actual or anticipated legal proceedings, like litigation or disputes. In….
The late John Wooden once said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen”. While a college basketball coach (who happens to rank first in NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four appearances) may seem irrelevant to filing taxes, the truth is that paying meticulous attention….
Mark Twain once said, “I shall never use profanity except in discussing house rent and taxes.” Expletives aside, paying taxes is stressful to everybody, no matter what specific financial situation one might find themselves in. Almost always met with frustration, stress, and scrambling, tax filing season is something that everyone….
The accounting industry as a whole must continually evolve and progress in order to keep up with the changing demands and needs of the individuals and businesses in which they serve. Relatively speaking, forensic accounting is a fairly new profession. As society, the economy, technology, and relevant legislation shifts, forensic….
Choosing the right accounting firm can make or break an organization. For small businesses, using accounting software like QuickBooks or Quicken may seem like the logical solution. However, as public and private companies expand, the need for the right accountant or accounting firm becomes indispensable. While every company’s needs are….
There are several important tax return due date changes to note for 2016 tax returns prepared during the 2017 filing season. These changes were part of the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 and the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act. Effective January 1, 2017,….
As the clock strikes midnight, Americans celebrate and scream “Happy New Year!”, but many of those same people wake up the next morning with the realization that January 1st means tax season is rapidly approaching. Tax filing season officially starts on January 23rd, and while there is ample time before….
Testifying in a court case as an expert witness is often critical to the outcome of a lawsuit. Forensic accountants are typically called upon to utilize their accounting, investigative, economic, statistical, and research techniques and then apply them to a legal problem. Digging into a case to analyze, audit, and….
The title of a certified public accountant, or CPA, is one that many view as having a great deal of competence, experience, and being a trusted business advisor. This is due to the fact that becoming a licensed CPA requires the individual to possess these characteristics. There are 3 essential….