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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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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2019 Retirement plan limits released

The cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for the 2018 tax year are out. These rates released by the IRS are used to adjust various tax provisions from the standard deduction and personal exemption to retirement plan limits. Here’s a comparison of the 2019 and 2018 retirement plan limits for 401(k), 403(b) and profit sharing plans: Why there are …

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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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Spousal consent for retirement plan changes

Many retirement plans require plan participants to obtain spousal consent prior to several events, including change of beneficiary, distributions and loans. Typically, the plans that most frequently require spousal consent for these changes are defined benefit plans, commonly known as pension plans. Defined contribution plans, such as IRAs or 401ks, may also require consent. Change …

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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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How to prepare a SEFA for a single audit

Single audits are designed to be a cost-effective way of determining whether federal grant money is being properly expended. It is up to the entity to establish and maintain a system of controls that will give reasonable assurance that the grant is being spent within the laws, regulations and specific conditions of the grant. If …

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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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