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The fraud triangle is the cornerstone to occupational fraud theory and illustrates the three elements that need to be in place for a perpetrator to successfully execute a fraud scheme. This concept, and its three major tenets, have been at the heart of fraud theory for over 40 years. Those three tenets are pressure, opportunity, […]

By Nicole Lyons, CMI On May 14th, 2018, the Seattle City Council, after much political wrangling and public debate, enacted a new employee hours tax (referred to as the “head tax”) on businesses in the city. The ordinance was signed by Mayor Durkan on May 16th and the tax will take effect on January 1, […]

With the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), many clients want to know if the tax benefit of federal research credit (R&D credit) is still available. The TCJA did not directly change the general rules related to the R&D credit.  The R&D credit is available to taxpayers who develop new or […]

When it comes to fraud and theft, manufacturers are inherently at risk because of the nature of their operations. Not only do manufacturers have traditional fraud risks associated with cash management processes as well as cyber-security risks facing everyone today, they also have non-cash assets that can be valuable. In this article, a manufacturer carried […]

By Nicole Lyons, CMI Taxpayers taking advantage of any one of the available State of Washington tax incentives – including tax deferrals, reduced B&O tax rates, exemptions, and credits – may be required to file an Annual Report or Annual Survey. Some incentives require that both the report and the survey be filed, while other […]

If you receive payments from a donor or client based in the European Union (EU), then a new law taking effect on May 25, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will require your compliance. The regulation centers around accountability for the personal data of individuals and is applicable to anyone doing business with an […]

Suppliers for Microsoft who handle sensitive information are likely aware that the Supplier Security and Privacy Assurance (SSPA) program data protection requirements were updated to address the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming out of the EU. GDPR will take effect on May 25, 2018. Suppliers need to be aware of these new requirements to […]

Many parents and loved ones are concerned about funding their children’s education, and it’s no wonder. According to College Board’s recent “Trends in College Pricing” report, average tuition to attend a public four-year institution has increased 213% from 30 years ago. However, there is an option to help with these costs – the 529 plan. […]

COSO Series, Part 3 of 6: The following article is part three of a six-part series exploring the high-level basics of the COSO Integrated Internal Control Framework.1 The following article provides a high-level overview of the second component of the framework: Risk Assessment. There are numerous types of business risk that can impair an organization’s […]

Lately, we have heard more conversations around the importance of quality of earnings (QoE) reports, likely due to the growing M&A activity in the region. The Association for Corporate Growth recently circulated the Citizens Bank 2018 report on Middle Market M&A Outlook, noting that 56% of sellers are currently involved in M&A activity or plan […]

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