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Consolidated and combined statements
Nipping fraud in the bud
Chance of IRS audit increases with income level
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In the  February edition of the Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C. (WEC)  A & A Advisor, you'll find information on practice issues with consolidated and combined statements, understanding fraud and the chance of an IRS audit increasing with income level.
Consolidated and combined statements: A look at some
practice issues
Certain business arrangements lead financial statement preparers to question whether consolidated financial statements are required, combined financial statements are needed, or separate financial statements of affiliated entities should be prepared.

The authoritative accounting technical literature guidance that is applicable in preparing consolidated or combined financial statements is in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (FASB ASC) Topic 810, Consolidation. The focus of discussions in these materials is on some of the more frequently asked questions associated with using the FASB ASC 10 technical literature requirements and guidance.

Contact WEC today to speak with one of our A & A experts and learn more about consolidated and combined statements.
Nipping fraud in the bud: Understanding it is key to stopping it
Among investigators and criminal profilers I work with, there is a common phrase that I hear over and over again: " To catch a crook, get inside the mind of a crook."

Make it your mission to know their method of operation - or modus operandi. It is the "how" and "why" of what criminals do best. As a fraud investigator, I need to know the motives, rationalizations and opportunities that are specific to the white-collar criminal, or fraudster.

These are the components, or legs, of what we fraud examiners call "The Fraud Triangle." Looking back on the scores of cases I've worked through the years, I often see similarities between legs of the triangle and, believe it or not, gardening.

By David Sawyer, CPA, CFE, licenses private investigator and partner with CPAmerica's Atlanta affiliate Frazier & Deeter, LLC
 To find out more on understanding fraud, click here.
Chance of IRS audit increases with income level
Just what are your chances of having your income tax return audited by the IRS?
It depends on how much money you make.
The average odds are approximately 1 in 100. In the latest figures released by the IRS, for tax year 2011, more than 1.4 million taxpayers were audited of 143 million tax returns filed.
But for Americans in higher tax brackets, the chances go up, with the wealthiest taxpayers having a 1 in 4 chance of hearing from the IRS.
To find out more on your chances of being audited, click here.
A & A Service Leaders
A & A Leaders
   Joanna G. Brumsey, CPA       Julie L. Sokolowski, CPA        Susan R. Einhorn, CPA         Angela R. Kerns, CPA
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