Ransomware on the Rise in Government Agencies

  |  April 24, 2018

There’s a serious wake-up call gaining notice within the offices and agencies responsible for protecting our public infrastructures. Cybercriminals are embedding ransomware in government email addresses in a “phish” for staffers who will unsuspectingly download their malware. Once unlocked, the malware encrypts the agency’s data and can disrupt the operations of whatever office it enters.

A March 2018 ransomware attack on the City of Atlanta shut down the operation of multiple city offices, locking out access to services and interrupting court cases and arrest warrants. Read more. Read More

Tax Reform and Choice of Entity Considerations

  |  April 2, 2018

All pass-through entities, including partnerships and S corporations, should evaluate their choice of entity as a result of tax reform and the new reduced corporate tax rate of 21 percent (previously 35 percent). Converting from a pass-through entity to a C corporation requires thoughtful consideration, analysis, and planning. Read more. Read More

IRS Issues “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scam List

  |  April 2, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service has released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams with a warning to taxpayers to remain vigilant about these aggressive and evolving schemes.

This year's “Dirty Dozen” list highlights a wide variety of schemes that taxpayers may encounter throughout the year, many of which peak during tax-filing season. The schemes can run the gamut from simple refund inflation scams to technical tax shelter deals. A common theme throughout these: Scams put taxpayers at risk. Read more. Read More

Connecting Risk and Strategy: How Are U.S. Organizations Handling ERM Today?

  |  March 21, 2018

A just-released survey from the Pool College of Management at NC State University reveals that about one-third (32%) of organizations in the U.S. survey group do minimal to no formal assessments of strategic, market, or industry risks.

The survey has been conducted each year since 2009, providing an opportunity to observe shifts in trends. It covers a broad range of industries and provides some useful insights about the level of sophistication in risk oversight, highlighting many of the challenges associated with strengthening it. An increasing number of U.S. organizations embrace the concept of enterprise risk management (ERM), but there is noticeable room for improvement in how they are managing the process.

Read more about the changes in the marketplace that are likely influencing this trend at the Journal of Accountancy. Read More

Contractors, Don’t Wait to Act on Revenue Recognition

  |  March 7, 2018

Jan. 1, 2019, is quickly approaching. For most privately held construction companies, this is the implementation deadline for the new revenue recognition standard, Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The time to act is now, especially for contractors with projects lasting over 12 months. A contract that starts now, but extends into 2019, will be subject to the new standard. 

In discussing the implementation with many people in the industry, the responses range from “Can’t you just tell me what to do?” to “I just need to write a memo; we’re not changing anything.” Why is there such disparity in responses regarding the implementation of an accounting standard? Read more. Read More