Demystifying Valuation, Economic Damages + Forensic Accounting

When Does Computer Fraud Occur?

Most information in organizations is now created, managed, and stored electronically, which has caused an increase in the rate of computer-related criminal activity. There are four situations in which a computer device may be involved in a crime: when the computer is (1) the target of the crime, (2) the medium through which the crime …

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Vacancy Rate for Greater Phoenix Industrial Market Decreases in 2015

Fourth Quarter 2015 Stats Bode Well For Industrial Properties in Greater Phoenix Absorption 1.4 million square feet of space was absorbed in the fourth quarter of 2015 (Q4) which impressively was the 23rd consecutive quarter of positive absorption in the Greater Phoenix industrial market.  Net positive absorption for industrial space in 2015 was almost 8.5 …

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Can You Limit ERISA/Pension Fund Withdrawal Liability?

It’s no secret that pension plans around the country are in trouble. The financial crisis of recent years has not only affected the value of securities and other investments, but has contributed to the failure of key businesses, and has caused many pension plans to become underfunded. What may come as a surprise to contributing …

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The Fraud Triangle

In order for fraud to occur, there normally needs to be three conditions present: a pressure, an opportunity and a rationalization. This is known as the fraud triangle. The first side of the fraud triangle is pressure. Pressure can take many forms, and the pressures that motivate employee fraud differ from those that motivate management …

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The Amazing Court Reporters

I have testified at dozens of depositions and always had a court reporter present to transcribe my testimony. In my earlier days of testifying in a courtroom, a court reporter was always present. Today, court reporters in the courtroom are a rare sight. The courtrooms in Maricopa County Arizona Superior Court, for example, generally use …

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The IRS and Section 2036

The IRS continues to look at family limited partnerships (FLPs) and whether or not they have been formed for a sufficient business purpose. Section 2036 of the IRS Code provides that the gross estate should include the value of any property to the extent a transfer has been made but the decedent has retained 1) …

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When 50% is Not Half

You own 50% of a closely-held (not publicly traded) company that has been determined to have a fair market value of $3 million. Your ownership interest is worth $1.5 million, right? Maybe, maybe not. The value of a 100% ownership interest in a business includes the value of “control” – that is, the owner has …

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Taxpayer Victory in Personal Goodwill Case

In August of 2014, the U.S. Tax Court (the Court) made a decision in a case that addresses personal goodwill, the Estate of Adell v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2014-155. In this case, the decedent, Franklin Z. Adell, and his son Kevin formed The Word Network (The Word), a 24-hour television station that broadcasts urban religious …

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Greater Phoenix Office Market Looking Positive for 2016

Vacancy Rates Trended Lower for Fifth Consecutive Year in 2015 The chart below presents statistical data in the fourth quarter of 2015 for Class A, Class B and Class C office space in Metro Phoenix related to total inventory, vacancy, vacancy rates, net absorption, and average rental rates. Note that the Class A category had …

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When Should an Appraisal of a Non-Cash Charitable Contribution be Performed?

Taxpayers who make charitable contributions of non-cash property could be putting themselves in IRS penalty danger if the contribution is more than $5,000 and the property has not been appraised by a qualified appraiser who has issued a qualified appraisal report. A recent Tax Court case emphasizes the need for an appraisal report to be …

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