Best Practices for Data Backup

As an organization you are responsible for the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all documents in your care. Your organization should have formal, routine backup procedures in place to ensure you have access to essential information in the event that your documents, files or even your computer systems are damaged, lost, stolen or otherwise unavailable. …

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The Importance of Courtroom Demeanor When Testifying

It was a bit unnerving to me when I looked over at the jury and saw two of the jury members dozing. This actually happened to me early in my career providing litigation support services as a CPA expert witness.  As a former police officer and detective on the Tucson, Arizona Police Department I had …

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How to prepare a SEFA for a single audit

Single audits are designed to be a cost-effective way of determining whether or not federal grant money is being used properly. It is up to the entity to establish and maintain a system of controls that will give reasonable assurance that the grant is being spent within the laws, regulations and specific conditions of the …

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Hardship Distributions – IRS Guidelines

According to the IRS website, a retirement plan may, but is not required to, provide for hardship distributions. If a 401(k) plan provides for hardship distributions, it must provide the specific criteria used to make the determination of hardship. For example, a plan may provide that a distribution can be made only for medical or …

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