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Audit Sampling in Forensic Accounting – Could Something be Missed?

Audit sampling techniques may permit errors or dishonesty to go undetected. Audit sampling occurs when a review of less than 100% of a population occurs. Determining how the size of a population is used in an audit sample is...more

So You Want To Sell Your Business… PART 4 of 4 – Engaging Advisors to Assist in the Sale

The time has come. You have well-thought-out reasons to sell your business. You have put your business in the best possible position for sale. You are ready to devote significant time and money to the sales process. Market...more

Should Professional Service Providers Assume Greater AML Vigilance Responsibilities?

Because they are known as “gatekeepers” in the financial industry, Professional Service Providers (PSPs), Bankers, Brokers, Realtors, Casino Managers, Trust Fund Managers, Money Managers, etc., carry a level of responsibility...more

SEC Settles Insider Trading Action With Corporate Controller

The Commission filed another settled insider trading action. The case centered on a tender offer by Koch Industries, Inc. for Oplink Communications, Inc., announced before the market opened on November 19, 2014. Following the...more

SEC Staff Throws Funds a Lifeline on Auditor Independence (For Now)

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided temporary relief from the headache created for funds when the failure to meet the provisions of the so-called “loan rule” may disqualify fund auditors from being...more

[Event] The 2016 Accountant Liability Update: Strategies for Success and Risk Avoidance - June 23rd, Waltham, MA

LeClairRyan invites you to join us for a free half-day seminar: The 2016 Accountant Liability Update, Strategies for Success and Risk Avoidance. The stakes could not be higher or more challenging. It is not your father's (or...more

While Some Parents May Not Agree to Pay the Cost of Their Child’s Law Degree, Maybe the Government Will?

Earlier this week, United States Tax Court Judge Richard T. Morrison ruled, in the case of Emmanuel A. Santos v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2016-100 (May 17, 2016), that the government will not pay the cost of a taxpayer...more

Minnesota Department of Revenue Publishes Revenue Notice Addressing Location of a Taxpayer’s Attorneys, Accountants, and Bank...

On February 1, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Revenue (the “Department”) issued Revenue Notice # 16-01 (available here), in which the Department explains how it will view the location of a taxpayer’s attorneys,...more

"Income at KPMG legal up 53 per cent"

That is the headline this morning from the Global Legal Post, a publication that compiles legal news from around the world. The context is the UK, where changes in legal regulations now permit nonlawyers to own and control...more

Just say sorry

I once referred work to an accountant for a retirement plan audit. He did a terrible job and there were issues regarding his ability to do the work. Making a lousy referral is even worse than doing poor work of your own...more

CPA-Client Privilege Doesn't Extend to Criminal Proceedings

It's Monday morning and your client, who recently retained you for estate tax planning advice, informs you that the IRS is auditing her income tax returns from the past three years. In reviewing her tax returns and financial...more

Case Summaries: Expired Appeals

Clark v. Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (Complaints Inquiry Committee), 2015 ABCA 271, concluding that an appeal of disciplinary findings to the Court of Appeal should not be restored after it was deemed...more

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

The UK Government recently announced that it has shelved its plan to introduce a new corporate criminal offence for failing to prevent economic crime. However, corporates should still beware other potential criminal...more

Staffing Your Estate Plan

A good estate plan can significantly reduce taxes, streamline transfers of assets after your death, sidestep costly public probate proceedings and minimize family squabbles over inheritance. But if you don’t have the...more

Blog: Do Hiring Practices Lead To Earnings Management?

Yes, according to a study from academics at the University of South Carolina, reported by Reuters. The study showed that U.S. public companies tend to favor hiring accountants “who show a willingness to flatter corporate...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - States are Accommodating Crowdfunding Offerings While the SEC Continues to Ponder Crowdfunding Rules - The SEC first proposed rules in October 2013 for the crowdfunding exemption which was included in...more

2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2015 Regular Session of the Florida...more

FASB Defers Effective Date of New Revenue Recognition Standard

Audit committees, CFOs and accountants everywhere are cheering as the FASB has deferred the effective date of its new revenue recognition standard. As a result, public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

EBSA Releases Plan Audit Quality Report, Recommends Stricter Plan Audit Standards

The DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released a report assessing the quality of audit work performed by certified public accountants with respect to financial statement audits of retirement and welfare...more

DOL Report on Quality of Independent Plan Audits Shows that Plan Sponsors Must Continually Monitor Plan Compliance

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released “Assessing the Quality of Employee Benefit Plan Audits,” a comprehensive report reviewing the quality of audit work...more

[Event] The 2015 Accountant Liability Update, A Game of Risk: To Play or to Win? - June 25, Waltham, MA

LeClairRyan invites you to join us for a free half-day seminar The 2015 Accountant Liability Update, A Game of Risk: To Play or to Win? Predictability. Focus. Staying on Point. On a familiar playing field – you can make...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 10 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - One of the earliest, and certainly one of the most famous, computers of all time is HAL 9000, the sentient computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with...more

Accountants Can be Either Inside or Outside Privilege Protection

Lawyers and accountants have always had an uneasy relationship, and that tension extends to the attorney-client privilege context. Accountants can either be inside or outside privilege protection. ...more

6th Circuit Holds that Accountants Conducting Financial Arbitration Can Also Make Legal Determinations

A new case from the Sixth Circuit addresses whether accountants who are resolving a dispute about payments made under an agreement can also make legal determinations about the same agreement. In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Accountant is Holder of Privilege, No Testamentary Exception

Late in the March term, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Brunton v. Kruger, an opinion with potentially significant implications for Illinois accountants. Brunton posed three related questions about the...more

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