Considerations in valuing a non-compete agreement

Non-compete agreements are often implemented when a business is purchased to prevent the seller from competing with the purchaser. These agreements, referred to as Covenants Not to Compete, contain restrictions which often include a specified length of time and geographic area in which the seller is prohibited from competing with the purchaser. These agreements are …

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Converting a C Corporation to an S Corporation: Potential Tax Implications

In recent years, the number of companies converting from C corporation status to S corporation status has increased dramatically. One of the main reasons is to avoid double taxation. C corporations are taxed at the corporate level for federal income tax purposes. Additionally, the C corporation shareholders are also taxed on any capital gains realized …

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Forensic Accounting & Alternative Solutions to Resolving Disputes

As a forensic accountant, I was recently involved in the mediation process of a very complex divorce case. Due the nature of the case, preparing for trial would be a long and expensive process for my client. In addition, in order to resolve the issues satisfactorily for both parties, a creative, and somewhat nontraditional, approach …

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AZ Child Support: FAQs of a Forensic Accountant

The Arizona Child Support Guidelines provide a standard of support for children and are based on both the needs of the children and the ability of the parents to pay. The Guidelines provide specific calculations to perform in order to determine the proportional share that each parent should pay based on various factors. In order …

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In Federal Tax Court Your Report Is Your Testimony

The level of detail and the manner of explanation in a valuation report for tax compliance purposes is extremely important as the report serves as the expert’s direct testimony in Federal Tax Court. It’s interesting to observe the important steps that families take to protect their assets – hiring top wealth management teams, tax consultants, …

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My Employee Stole From Me, Should I Seek Criminal Prosecution?

Has your company ever been a victim of employee fraud? After discovering the fraud, you probably first experienced a mixture of emotions including disbelief, shock and anger, as well as uncertainty about what approach and next steps you should take. One question business owners grapple with is whether to file criminal charges against the dishonest …

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Deposition Testifying Tips for Beginners – Part II

We continue with more tips for the first-time deposition testifier. Read Part I here. More Easy Questions – You will be asked some more really easy questions related to such topics as the name of your employer, and a bit about your work history including your current position.  You may also be asked whether you …

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Deposition Composure

The court reporter had a foreboding sense that the deposition was not going to go well.  Mr. Kruft, who was pushing 80 years, was being deposed.  And, he was clearly expressing a great deal of annoyance at the questions being fired at him by the examining attorney.  He also did not like the smug demeanor …

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Deposition Mental Toughness

If you have never testified at a deposition involving a civil litigation matter but you soon will, it’s possible you will have some of the feelings I had the first time I had to testify.  Just before the hour of your testimony arrives, you may end up experiencing (pick one): a) stress; b) fear; c) …

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