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Controls and programs to minimize fraud

In today’s environment, companies are often the target for fraud. In order to minimize threats, your company should have an effective system of programs and controls in place. These programs and controls work by discouraging individuals from performing fraudulent activities. The following conditions are generally present for fraud to occur: Incentive/pressure. Relates to finances, personal …

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First time audit expectations, preparation and planning

Recently, I read an article that the Pentagon failed what is being called its first-ever comprehensive audit. While the auditors did not note any instances of fraud from the audit, it uncovered several matters the Pentagon must work to address. The Defense Department was not surprised by this as they never expected to pass it …

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Understanding audit risk assessment procedures

Risk assessment is the foundation of an audit. For auditors, it is how we come to understand your company and plan our audit procedures to provide the most reliable information for you and the users of your financial statements. What is risk assessment? I will help you understand what is involved and make the audit …

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Is an agreed-upon procedures engagement right for you?

Recently, we covered the differences between audits, reviews and compilations. Those aren’t the only types of engagements our audit and accounting group performs. We provide various agreed-upon procedures and consulting engagements for several clients. Not only can these be a better fit to clients in certain situations, they can be less costly as well. Agreed-upon …

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Avoid getting caught in the cyber web

While technology continues to revolutionize business industries, its ever-changing nature constantly poses new risks that we must actively protect our businesses against. According to the Better Business Bureau’s Scams and Your Small Business Research Report, the sum of losses for small businesses due to cyberattacks amounts to approximately $7 billion per year (2018). These attackers …

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What can SOX do for nonpublic companies?

When you think about the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 – SOX – Section 404 what comes to mind? Large scale fraud that caused the act? Increased government regulation around financial reporting? Requirement of controls and the disclosure of the assessment of internal controls? One of the last words that might come to mind is efficiency. …

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Audit, review or compilation: what’s the difference?

As companies grow, have a change in financing needs or experience other evolutions to the business, a certain level of financial statement services from a CPA often becomes necessary. While it’s obvious that auditors can perform an audit of your financial statements, a review or compilation may be more appropriate, depending on your organization’s wants …

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Accounting careers: what do auditors do?

There are a lot of misconceptions about Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Most people associate CPAs with taxes, crunching numbers, cubicle isolation and monotonous tasks, among other things. However, quite the opposite is true. CPAs have a wide range of career paths, can hold a variety of positions throughout all types of organizations, work in all …

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Benford’s Law and the mysteries beneath the numbers

Accounting is centered on numbers. Every day accounting journal entries full of numbers are recorded, accumulating as each day passes. By year-end, the general ledger will contain hundreds of thousands of entries, if not millions. As we roll up our sleeves to perform the year-end close, we are tasked with making sense of it all …

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More than just taxes – what do accountants do?

Upon telling someone that I’m an accountant, the most common response I’ve received is, “Oh, so you do taxes?” I then explain that the only taxes I prepare are my own. There are several different areas of accounting and types of accountants, both internal and external. First, there are several types of internal accountants. An …

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