Help! I need an Uber, the IRS is coming!

After going public last year, Uber reported in its first quarter report to the SEC that they were currently under audit by the IRS. The 2013 and 2014 returns are being examined but no other information is available at this time. I know what you all must be thinking; can they really go back that …

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The auditor’s role in detecting fraud

“How did the auditors not catch this? Isn’t it the auditor’s job to detect fraud?” It is a common misconception that fraud is detected by external auditors. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s 2018 Report to the Nations, tips are the most common detection method, at 40%, for occupational fraud while external audit …

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Plan terminations and partial plan terminations

Many plan participants may be surprised to learn that their employer can discontinue their 401k plan at their own discretion. The IRS considers a plan terminated once an official date of termination is established by the sponsor, the benefits and liabilities under the plan are determined, and all assets are distributed as soon as administratively …

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Contribution Schedule

An audit for an employee benefit plan, specifically a 401k plan, consists of many different tests and inquiries being performed. One schedule however, is always needed for the audit: a contribution remittance schedule. You might be wondering, “What exactly is a contribution schedule and why is it important enough to discuss in a standalone blog …

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Client service: the good and the bad

All of us, at one time or another, receive bad client service. Some examples may include: Phone calls not being returned, or e-mails responded to timely – if at all. Being unavailable at scheduled times for phone calls with the receptionist instructing you to call back later. Being kept waiting for appointments. A lack of …

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Malware from illegal video streaming apps: what to know

The use of video streaming services has increased significantly over the past few years. Streaming has been made easier through new technology like smart TVs, streaming boxes, and streaming sticks. These devices let you stream through services such as Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, and countless others. Unfortunately, there are some apps that give …

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Auditors get audited too?

Did you know that audit firms get audited by their peers? Just when you think that we as auditors don’t understand what it’s like to be on the other side of the table . . . think again! Firms in the practice of public accounting and members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants …

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Revenue recognition for contractors: uninstalled materials

The new revenue recognition 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. On a previous blog, I discussed contract fulfillment costs and how these costs are treated under the …

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Top 5 common 401(k) administration errors by restaurants

Many restaurant companies offer, or plan to offer, a 401(k) option to employees as a retention tool and as a way to remain a competitive employer in the industry. Administering your 401(k) plan can be quite tedious and allows many opportunities to make inadvertent errors which can create havoc with the Department of Labor (DOL) …

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Accounting for goodwill after acquisition

Over the years, the subsequent accounting for goodwill has been an area that has seen a lot of changes and our blog has tried to keep you up to date with all of these. Where do we stand now? First off, goodwill mainly arises from a business combination where the purchase price exceeds the fair …

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