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International Crackdown: Tax Authorities Look to Employment Structures in Initiating Audits

In structuring their workforces abroad, taxes are a major driving force for employers—and if recent government initiatives are any indicator, employers should take care when considering the tax implications of their staffing...more

Oil and Gas: Managing Personnel Reductions and Asset Sales Under Increasing Government Audit and Enforcement Scrutiny

As oil enters the ninth month of sub-$50 per barrel prices – and natural gas languishes below $3 per MMBtu – the oil and gas industry confronts a challenging time of transition. Layoffs have already happened (or are...more

Compliance Audits as part of Environmental Due Diligence - It’s more than just a Phase

When Borrowers and their lenders think about environmental due diligence, they immediately focus on Phase I/Phase II/ Environmental Site Assessments. That’s a good thing, and is an essential requirement when acquiring real...more

The DOL Script

I had a client who had been undergoing a Department of Labor (DOL) audit. Their mistake? Years ago, a former participant asked for a distribution from this trustee directed profit sharing plan (so no 401(k)) and my client...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers

Volume V—The Land Mines Strewn Throughout the Data Room - M&A transactions, like most transactions in life, involve a cost/benefit analysis. Some cost/benefit analyses are relatively easy to perform. For example, if I...more

A Weak Link In Financial Data Security? Congress Presses FDIC On Its Data Breach Prevention And Response

On Thursday, May 12, the House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology Committee scrutinized the FDIC’s data, privacy and security measures and response plans in a hearing, after the FDIC suffered a spate of data...more

Check Your Inbox: OCR Continues to Verify Entity Contact Information for Phase 2 HIPAA Audits

Covered Entities need to continue to check their inboxes for emails from the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) requesting verification of contact information in connection with Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program. OCR...more

Breaking News: Texas Comptroller Publishes Retroactive Rule Targeting IT, Pharmaceutical Retailers; Clock Running on Comment...

On May 20, 2016, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts published proposed amendments to 34 Tex. Admin. Code 3.584 – relating to the reduced rate available under the Texas Franchise Tax for retailers and wholesalers – in...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part III

Today, I continue my exploration with Joe Howell about the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), its scrutiny of public company auditors and how its work impacts the corporate compliance function. Yesterday, I ended with...more

SEC Approves PCAOB’s Proposed Rules on Audit Engagement Partners; PCAOB Re-Proposes Auditing Standard to Increase Transparency in...

On May 9, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued an order approving the proposal of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (the “PCAOB”) to adopt new rules (Rules 3210 and 3211), a new form,...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part II

Today we have Part II of my exploration with Joe Howell about the PCAOB and how its work with public company auditors impacts anti-corruption compliance. I asked Howell about auditor rotation and what it means. Howell...more

Unclaimed Property Primer for Health and Property & Casualty Insurance

Background - Unclaimed Property: It’s not just about life insurance. The same contingency-fee unclaimed property auditors that targeted unclaimed life insurance proceeds are now turning their focus to other types of...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part I

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Workiva LLC. Howell has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a number of public companies, mostly in the technology space, and...more

Article 129-B Deadlines Are Approaching

As you may already be aware, institutions must file a certificate of compliance with the provisions of Article 129-B with the New York State Education Department, by July 1, 2016. In addition, by July 1, 2016, and once every...more

Blog: They’re Baaack! PCAOB Reproposes Disclosure Of “Critical Audit Matters”

Last week, after five years of outreach, the PCAOB once again attempted to make the auditor’s report more relevant and informative to investors by reproposing the auditor reporting standard, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit...more

New Auditor Disclosures and Filing Requirements

As expected, the SEC last week approved rules proposed by the PCAOB last December that further the PCAOB’s ongoing efforts to enhance audit disclosure practices. The rules require auditors to file with the PCAOB a new Form...more

A State Nexus Study: Avoiding Imminent Audits by Revenue-Thirsty States

We are seeing a heavy uptick in audit activity for closely held businesses, particularly in the area of sales and use tax audits to generate much needed revenue to fund services, entitlement programs and to meet budget...more

Partnership Audit Changes and Their Effect on Operating Agreements

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 contained several significant changes to the procedural rules for federal income tax audits and the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 19

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves PCAOB Rules Requiring Disclosure of Audit Participants - On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the proposed new rules and related amendments to auditing standards...more

You Skipped OVDP, now the IRS has initiated an Audit

Since 2009, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) has been available to Taxpayers who have foreign assets, foreign financial accounts, and foreign source income unreported for U.S. Income Tax and Bank Secrecy Act...more

SEC Approves PCAOB Transparency Rules

On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as expected, issued an order approving the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s rules requiring that accounting firms disclose in a new PCAOB form the names of audit...more

PCAOB Reproposes Revisions to Auditor’s Report to Require Disclosure about Critical Audit Matters and Auditor Tenure

On May 11, 2016, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued a reproposal of its auditor reporting standard. This action follows more than five years of active PCAOB consideration of whether the auditor’s...more

New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act Reforms Governance Rules for Nonprofits

Signed into law in 2013, the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act is designed to reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations (both not-for-profit corporations and wholly charitable trusts),...more

Blog: SEC Approves PCAOB Rule Requiring Identification Of Audit Engagement Partner On Form AP

On Monday, the SEC approved PCAOB rules requiring that, for each audit report, audit engagement partners be named on a new Form AP. The form will also disclose the names and Firm IDs, locations and extent of participation of...more

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