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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 […]

One of the most highly touted aspects of tax reform is the cutting of the corporate tax rate from a maximum rate of 35% to a flat rate of 21%.  Many corporations showed their gratitude for the tax cut by paying out bonuses to their employees or promising to boost the economy in other ways. […]

It’s that time of year again, where unscrupulous “entrepreneurs” (i.e., scammers) are extremely active trying to defraud the U.S. government and its taxpayers out of billions of dollars of tax money. From phone calls to phishing, scammers will go to any lengths to get at your money. And now, with the massive Experian data breach, […]

Note: This post, originally published on March 15, 2017, has been updated to include changes brought by the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. These changes are indicated in blue italics. Our high net worth clients often want to get their children interested in finance and investing at a young age. Along with this desire […]

Among the many questions around tax reform, one question those in real estate might be asking is whether or not all business interest will be deductible. The answer to this question is likely, “yes.” However, under tax reform, starting in 2018, your interest expense may be limited to 30% of adjusted taxable income. Through December […]

Retailers making sales in other states (aka, remote sellers) have new use tax reporting obligations in some states where they are not obligated to collect sales taxes. Several states have new rules impacting remote sellers, including requirements that remote sellers must report to customers when use tax is due on a sale.  Remote sellers are […]

Washington state has long been home to iconic manufacturers. Whether they’re dealing in aerospace, wood products, medical devices or electronic gadgets, manufacturers contribute significantly to our state’s economy today. As part of our initiative to be a valued business partner to manufacturers, we have joined with our global alliance partners to gather valuable manufacturing benchmarking […]

This article by Marcel Schwantes references a statement by Warren Buffet about hiring practices. Mr. Buffet states that you should generally be looking for three things in job candidates: intelligence, energy, and integrity. However, if candidates don’t have integrity, you needn’t bother with the first two qualities. The concept of integrity also plays a major […]

COSO Series Articles Part 2 of 6: The following article is part two of a six-part series exploring the high-level basics of the COSO Integrated Internal Control Framework.1 In this installment, we will address the Control Environment, which is the foundation of an effective organizational internal control system. COSO defines the Control Environment as the […]

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