Forensic and valuation services

CPAs: Criminal-pursuing agents

For most CPAs, a lunch with clients is hardly a life-threatening experience. It’s different when you’re an undercover FBI agent posing as an accountant whose clients are mob bosses.

Finding growth in FVS

Forensic accounting and business valuation practitioners have unique business development challenges. A recent survey helps shed light on where they can expect to find future growth. Plus: Download "This just in: Forensic and valuation services expected to keep growing," an infographic highlighting key findings from The 2014 AICPA Survey on International Trends in Forensic and Valuation Services.

What’s your fraud IQ?

How well do you know how to prevent, detect, and respond to data breaches? Find out in this month’s Fraud IQ quiz.

How to price an owner’s interest in a CPA firm

Many accounting firms are facing a daunting challenge paying for partner retirements. Long-standing buyout agreements often aren’t calibrated for today’s demographic and market realities. This article shows how firms can assess and adjust the terms and types of buyout agreements to facilitate successful ownership transitions.

Surviving on cross-exam: Tips for expert witnesses

Understanding the cross-examiner’s objectives can help an expert witness prepare to take the stand. It is not difficult to identify foundational principles that, if properly understood and applied, allow you to “survive” cross-examination. Here are seven tips for forensic and valuation services accountants who serve as expert witnesses. Understand the

What’s your fraud IQ?

Do you know how to spot the red flags of a fraudulent transaction? Can you evaluate the warning signs? Find out in our Fraud IQ quiz.

Lessons from an $8 million fraud

Nathan J. Mueller’s fleecing of his employer, a financial services giant, is noteworthy because of the amount of money stolen, the many years the embezzlement lasted, and the internal control weaknesses that made the scheme possible. This article examines how the crime was committed and what organizations can do to protect themselves from similar losses.

Big Data tops issues facing forensic and valuation accountants

Electronic data analysis, also known as “Big Data,” is the most pressing issue that forensic and valuation services (FVS) accountants expect to face in the near future, according to survey results released Tuesday by the AICPA. A quarter of respondents to the 2014 AICPA Survey on International Trends in Forensic

New mentoring program helps CPAs interested in CFF credential

The AICPA established the Certified in Financial Forensics Mentor Program, which is designed for AICPA members interested in developing their skills and business practices in forensic accounting through the help of more experienced forensic professionals. CPAs who apply to the program will be paired with mentors who hold the AICPA’s

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A new line of business to consider

Technology assessments may open the door to new engagement opportunities for your firm. What is a technology assessment? How do you perform one? JofA Tech Q&A author J. Carlton Collins shows you in a detailed explanation.

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Maximizing the higher education tax credits

A counterintuitive strategy can save taxes by including otherwise excludable scholarships in gross income.