Is Your Company Vulnerable to Fraud – Part II: Fraud Indicator Checklist

HOW TO USE THE CHECKLIST 1. Review the concept for each internal control area and answer the questions following each section. 2. Each answer identifies an area that needs stronger internal controls. I. SEGREGATION OF DUTIES Concepts: • Certain accounting/bookkeeping functions are designed to cross-reference each other for accuracy.  If the same person is responsible for multiple duties, the …

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IRS Compliance Testing: Top-Heavy Test

In order to ensure that employee benefit plans do not violate certain standards that the DOL and IRS believe are important, plans are subjected to annual compliance tests. These tests are designed to ensure that the amount employees are deferring is within certain maximum limits and that plans are not operating in a manner that …

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Respecting Staff in the Workplace

  In the early 1980’s I had just become a partner in a 90-person Phoenix CPA firm.  I thought I had a pretty good idea of how to treat staff working for me – that is, from all the stuff I’d been taught in the management training courses I’d gone to, and from my own experiences …

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Thinking About A Leveraged ESOP Transaction? Part II

With proper planning and execution, a leveraged ESOP can provide benefits to all parties of the transaction, including the company, the owners, the employees and lenders. The Company The most significant benefit for the company is the tax deduction for the contributions to the ESOP, which are essentially returned to the company and available to …

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