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Understanding Segregation of Duties

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Segregation of duties is the cornerstone of a company’s internal control structure.  Maintaining proper segregation of duties in core business process areas minimizes the opportunity for an employee to commit fraud against his or her employer.  Duty segregation protects both the employer and the employee.

The Importance of Evaluating Conflicts of Interest

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Regularly evaluating the conflicts of interest potentially affecting your company may not seem important to your business operations.  However, because employees, leaders and board members are constantly rotating through and making changes in their personal lives, it is key for a company to regularly review the conflicts of interest of individuals tied to the organization to ensure the con

Don’t Ask Your Co-Workers - Here’s a better way to get the best answers

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Puzzled by a tricky question from a client?  Looking for hard-to-find information? Stumped by a request from a partner or referral source?  

Proposed Changes to Materiality

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The AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board (ASB) recently released an exposure draft of a Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS)  and a Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) that would align the AICPA definition of materiality with the definitions used by the United States judicial system, the PCAOB auditing standards, the FASB, and the U.S.

Walking on Eggshells in a #MeToo World

Jennifer Flaa's Profile

When the #MeToo Movement went viral it reverberated through the halls & cubicles of business, we realized two things:

Stop wasting your time at meetings (sales or otherwise)

Maura Schreier-Fleming's Profile

You probably hate meetings if you’re like most people.

The Benefits of Recurring Revenue Streams

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In the past few years there has been an abundance of new types of subscription services available to consumers.  The concept of subscription services is not new...service contracts and leases are common recurring revenue streams that have existed for a long time; however, there has been a proliferation of monthly subscriptions for both necessary and luxury goods and services.  The typ

The Social Security Wage Base Projections Are Here!

Vicki Lambert's Profile

Every year we, in payroll, wait in anticipation for the social security (OASDI) wage base to be announced. This basically heralds in the year end/year beginning processing time.  But for some, maybe those responsible for employment tax budgets or financial reports, the wage bases for future years is a handy thing to have all at once and not just wait for it at the end of the year.

A Tale of Two Microsoft Excels

David Ringstrom's Profile

For decades Microsoft Excel followed a predictable pattern of a new update being released roughly every three years. Of course, Excel 2002 was an outlier, sandwiched in between Excel 2000 and Excel 2003. Then there was a four year wait for Excel 2007 while Microsoft worked to implement the new menu structure known as "the Ribbon".

Basic Steps to Conducting an Annual Fraud Check Up

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Fraud can be catastrophic for any size organization.  Often companies unknowingly allow fraudulent activities to happen because they have been complacent in their review of their current internal controls.  When a system is working it is easy to set aside evaluating it in favor of reviewing processes that are knowingly flawed.