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Revenue recognition: contract fulfillment costs

The new revenue recognition standard has been discussed extensively for the past few years and while most discussions focus on the technical issues, I like to discuss application of the standard, particularly on how it affects the construction industry. In a previous blog, I discussed the importance of adopting the new standard and how it …

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Evaluating a business as a going concern

During an audit, one thing that will be evaluated is your company’s ability to continue as a going concern. In layman’s terms, this means: will your company be able to stay in business in the near future? Making this determination is oftentimes not black and white, and there are several factors that both management and …

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Unclaimed property: a whole lot of money and no place to call home

What would you do with $1 billion? This astounding 10-digit figure is the approximate value of unclaimed property held by the State of Arizona and belongs to roughly one million current or former Arizona residents. Chances are one in seven of finding unclaimed property if you live in the Grand Canyon State! So, what exactly …

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3 Steps to a more efficient period close

When the end of the month rolls around, every accountant knows that it’s time to scramble. Closing out the previous month can be a hassle with filling out all the schedules, making the closing entries, correcting issues and checking to make sure nothing was missed. It can be a very time-consuming process, but there are …

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Bookkeeping services: when to hire a bookkeeper

Bookkeeping is the foundation for any successful company or business. However, for many business owners, it does not mean this task is any less mundane, confusing or time consuming and often, it is placed on the back burner behind other top priorities. While you may be thinking to yourself, “Yes, exactly!” – and understandably so …

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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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