Veteran investigator Cynthia Hetherington offers practical tips and guidance on how forensic accountants can use the open source information found on the internet to make themselves smarter, better investigators while staying within privacy laws.
Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of CPA.com, and Ron Quaranta, founder and chairman of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, examine tax and accounting issues related to cryptoassets and explore assurance opportunities blockchain is creating for accountants.
After nine years writing our Technology Q&A column, J. Carlton Collins, CPA, decided the end of 2019 was the right time to retire. In this episode, Collins talks about how he came up with the hundreds of technology topics he covered, how he became a good writer, and how he feels about ending his run with our most popular column.
In the world of tax law, words have statutorily set definitions or are interpreted by judges using precedent and reason. Annette Nellen, Esq., CPA, CGMA, walks us through four recent decisions by the U.S. Tax Court to show how the precise application of a word or phrase can make a world of difference.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made tax accounting easier for many businesses with average annual gross receipts of $25 million or less (inflation-adjusted to $26 million for 2019). The benefits include the cash method of accounting, exemption from UNICAP rules, exemption from some inventory accounting requirements, and more. But an “exception to the exceptions” denies these advantages to tax shelters, including “syndicates.” Chris Hesse, chair of the AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee, reveals where the traps lie.
With mergers-and-acquisitions activity on the upswing and Baby Boomers retiring in large numbers, many owners are now looking to exit their businesses. Fentress Seagroves, deals partner for the U.S. with PwC, outlines the steps business owners can take to ensure a successful transition and discusses the many ways CPAs can support them during this process.