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Supervisors beware—an Oklahoma company has taken fake excuses to a new level.

The Excused Absence Network produces software templates to create legitimate-looking excuse notes that appear to come from local doctors and hospitals, available for purchase for about $25. Other forms offered include a phony jury summons and funeral notices.

While the company’s disclaimer states the notes are “for entertainment purposes only,” at least one customer did not take the warning to heart. The Associated Press reported that a New Jersey woman was arrested after using one of the company’s notes to avoid an appearance in traffic court.

A CCH survey found an unscheduled absenteeism rate of 2.3% for 2007, down from 2.5% in 2006, though there were no exact figures on the cost of fake absences to companies.

Joseph T. Wells, CPA, CFE


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.