Blog Archives: 2014

The Top Five Things You Need to Know to Prepare for the New Tangible Property Regulations

By now you have likely heard about the new tangible property regulations. These new rules, which were a decade in the making and are almost 400 pages long, are expected to affect every taxpayer that uses tangible property in its business.

The rules are complex and their impact is widespread. We at Clark Nuber are evaluating our clients and the impact of the implementation of the rules in each client situation. Below are the top five things you should know to prepare for a conversation with your CPA.

1. Capitalization Policy

Do you have a capitalization policy for your business?

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Fraud Lessons Learned – The Barry Minkow Case

International Fraud Awareness Week is drawing to a close. In the spirit of understanding history so we are not doomed to repeat it, I would like to share one more post this week. Like a Swiss Army knife, this story has a little bit of everything. If you’d like to read about a case involving fraudulent financial reporting, a Ponzi scheme, securities violations, credit card fraud, or even mail fraud or tax evasion, this is the case for you.

Barry Minkow was the centerpiece of what is arguably the largest fraud of my generation, and perhaps many others before and since. Barry was the founder and CEO of ZZZZ Best (pronounced “Zee Best”),

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The Rise of Forensic Accounting

This week is International Fraud Awareness Week.  The business of fraud has been going on for ages, but the general practice of forensic accounting was only really formalized about 100 years ago.  The following infographic, produced by New England College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, takes you through a forensic accounting journey that starts with the formation of the FBI in 1908 and ends with Bernie Madoff in 2009, with a lot of information about the “industry” of forensic accounting included as well.  Enjoy!

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Set the Tone, Don’t Break It

Earlier this year, I attended a workshop where the discussion leader used this music video to demonstrate the power of social media. The more I thought about it, the more I thought it was a terrific demonstration of what not to do when it comes to setting a positive, winning tone at the top.

You may have heard of the “broken guitar” saga undertaken by Dave Carroll and his creative way to resolve his frustrations. The story is worthy of some attention, and his resolution was certainly effective. However, once I finished watching the video and basking in the genius of its creation,

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Ponzi – The Man and the Scheme

A common fraud scheme that typically makes the news is known as a Ponzi scheme.  Have you ever wondered why a Ponzi scheme has that name?  Did you know that it was named after a famous fraudster named Charles Ponzi?

The family of schemes known as Ponzi schemes has lasted long after Charles Ponzi departed this world, yet it was born from a business model that wouldn’t make any sense at all today.

In recognition of International Fraud Awareness Week, which is going on right now, I thought it would be interesting to share some background on one of fraud’s forefathers.

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