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Providing Audited Financial Statements Late Leads to Charges of Custody Rule Violations

The SEC announced charges against an investment advisory firm and three of its top officials for violating the “custody rule” that requires firms to follow certain procedures when they control or have access to client money...more

SAS 125 Alert: Guidance Regarding Auditor’s Written Communication

In 2011 the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board published Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 122, Statements on Auditing Standards: Clarification and Recodification—fondly known as the Super SAS as it was a newly codified...more

I-9 Forms, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, EB-5 Visas, and Reform Q&A - This month in Immigration

I-9 Audits - A fine for a couple of I-9 violations pales in comparison to the $34 million settlement paid by Infosys in 2012 for repeated I-9 violations and omissions discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...more

SEC Approves PCAOB’s Auditing Standard No. 18, Related Parties

On October 21, 2014, the SEC approved Auditing Standard No. 18, Related Parties of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), as well as amendments to certain PCAOB auditing standards regarding significant unusual...more

Indiana Department Of Revenue Adds Back Manufacturer’s Substantial Inter-Company Interest Expenses Claimed On Corporate Income Tax...

In a September 2014 ruling, a multi-national manufacturer with Indiana locations protested the Indiana Department of Revenue’s decision to add back interest expenses claimed on its corporate income tax returns. Manufacturer...more

FPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures

"Pro-Active" Approach Already Resulted in Fines for Public Officials - The Fair Political Practices Commission has initiated a proactive approach to auditing and investigating gift reporting failures by government...more

A Very Scary Time of the Year: MTC Joint Audit Selection

With both Halloween and the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) Income Tax Audit selection nearing, taxpayers should prepare themselves for the possibility of being spooked in the near future. On Thursday, October 30, from 2-4...more

Worker Classification Litigation on the Rise — An Analysis of the Ninth Circuit’s FedEx Case and Its Lessons for Tax Practitioners

Abraham Lincoln reportedly asked, ‘‘If you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?’’ His answer was, ‘‘Four. Calling a dog’s tail a leg does not make it a leg.’’ Similarly, when businesses classify workers,...more

Upcoming Nationwide Transfer Pricing Investigation Against Outbound Service Fee And Royalty Payments

On 29 July 2014, the China State Administration of Taxation (SAT) released an internal notice to the China tax authorities at the provincial levels, in the name of "Notice on Antiavoidance Investigation against Large Amount...more

New IRS Appeals Procedures Complicate Tax Dispute Resolution

This article describes and evaluates the new IRS Appeals Office policy for handling IRS audit appeals. This new policy is known as the Appeals Judicial Approach and Culture (“AJAC”) Project. The stated goals of the AJAC...more

Foreign Charities and the Changing Landscape of CRA Charity Audits

There has been a flurry of recent scrutiny and activity in the areas of foreign and domestic charities – few foreign charities remain on the list of qualified donees since the changes to the definition of “qualified donee” in...more

New UK Mandatory Energy Assessment Scheme

On 17 July 2014, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (“ESOS”) came into effect, which implements various elements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012. ESOS requires companies over a minimum size threshold and some...more

The SEC's MCDC Initiative: Where To Go From Here

Issuers, underwriters and advisors in the municipal bond marketplace are facing unprecedented challenges from federal regulators in connection with both the issuance of bonds and ongoing post-issuance compliance. These...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - October 2014

In this issue: - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - EU DEVELOPMENTS - European Commission...more

Regulators Increase Scrutiny of Wall Street Lending

Federal bank regulatory agencies are significantly increasing their scrutiny of Wall Street bank lending, moving from annual reviews to a system of monthly audits in a major effort to curtail aggressive underwriting...more

Misclassification Initiatives Spread as Alabama Signs Formal Pact with DOL

On October 2, 2014, the Alabama Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or agreement to share information regarding independent contractor...more

Massachusetts Treasurer Demands National Mutual Fund Records in Multistate Unclaimed Property Audit

Late this summer, the Massachusetts Treasurer demanded mutual fund records on a nationwide basis as part of a multistate unclaimed property audit. Thirty-five (35) states are involved in the audit, but the Treasurer has...more

The Origins of the FCPA - Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Conclusion

This is the final part of an occasional series. The entire paper will be published by Securities Regulation Law Journal early next year. Conclusion: The FCPA Today - The FCPA was unique in the world at passage....more

Multistate Taxpayers Take Note! Recap of the First Day of the MTC Pricing Summit

On October 6, 2014, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) held the first day of a two-day meeting intended to educate state revenue authorities on corporate income tax issues surrounding intercompany transactions, and further...more

OFCCP’s New Scheduling Letter and Expanded Itemized Listing

As many federal contractors know, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) begins a compliance evaluation (or audit) by sending to the selected contractor a letter scheduling the audit. The listing of...more

GAO Issues Final Report with Recommendations to Improve Large Partnership Audits

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently issued its final report with recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of large partnership audits, a copy of which is available here. The GAO issued...more

Yes, Distortion is Enough: New York Tax Appeals Tribunal Clarifies Combined Reporting Requirements

On September 18, 2014, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal released its first decision interpreting New York State’s post-2007 combined reporting laws and, in doing so, answered a question that has been lingering in the...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons For Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Part Five

The Congressional debates - The revelations from the Watergate hearings and the Commission’s investigations and enforcement actions sparked two years of Congressional hearings. Those revelations also spawned a...more

Blog: Has The PCAOB Finally Reached A Compromise On Naming Audit Engagement Partners?

The saga of the PCAOB and its proposals to require identification of the audit engagement partner continues. Compliance Week reports, based on a newly published PCAOB standard-setting agenda, that the PCAOB is now...more

Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses

The recent criminal prosecution of several 7-Eleven franchisees, which arose out of a criminal alien employment investigation, as well as efforts by government agencies to treat franchisors and franchisees as joint employers...more

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