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Loss Prevention for Accountants: Avoiding Malpractice, Litigation while Keeping Your Clients Happy

The accounting profession first became a lucrative target for plaintiffs' lawyers after the savings and loan industry collapsed in the mid-1980s, and little has changed since then.
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CPA Objectivity Important When Valuing a Business

It has long been established that the CPA must meet certain standards of independence, objectivity and integrity when performing attest services. Similarly, certain standards are called into play when a CPA performs a business valuation.
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Cover Your Notes: Confidentiality Depends on Role of Accountant

A business owner calls a meeting to discuss the tax consequences of a particular business transaction. Two years later, the business is involved in litigation related to the transaction, and the plaintiff seeks to discover the outside accountant's notes from the initial meeting.
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Due Diligence Found Lacking in Recent Case

Exercising due diligence is a big deal to the IRS. CPA Tim W. Kaskey discovered that the hard way. He was disbarred for failing to exercise due diligence in preparing tax returns for a corporation and its husband and wife shareholders.
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Divorce Cases Hold Potential Liabilities for Accountants

Unfortunately, divorcing clients may attempt to increase the amount of money they receive by making a claim against their accountant. When clients divorce, accountants are put in a variety of uncomfortable positions.