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The Past, Present, and Future of Forensic Accounting

At one time, the practice of forensic accounting was not recognized as a separate practice area distinct from auditing. Over the decades, the auditing function separated itself from fraud detection. As this occurred, forensic practice began to develop, and fraud investigation and litigation services began to be offered. As forensic practices followed their own separate path, the services provided changed into those of an investigative nature. Today, with the rash of cybercrimes being committed against every business connected to the Internet, the nature of forensic practice is poised to expand into new territory. This article reviews the history of forensic accounting, and makes predictions about what the future holds for this practice area.

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Publisher's Column
Perspectives

Case Studies in the New Recognition Guidance

For many years, FASB and the IASB sought to overhaul the guidance on revenue recognition, replacing industry specific conventions with a common, universal approach focusing on contractual arrangements. The result, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, focuses on the satisfaction of contractual obligations in order for revenue to be recognized.
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The New Normal

As CPAs face increased
professional scrutiny in an ever more litigious society, it has become clear that firms must take a proactive approach in protecting themselves. Statistics generally suggest that claims against CPAs have not only risen in number and severity, but are expanding into uncharted territory as technology poses new risks for data security.
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How to Avoid or Minimize
Fraud Exposures

Fraud cuts a wide swath across businesses and other organizations. The typical organization loses 5% of revenue each year to fraud, according estimates from the most recent Report to the Nations, a survey produced by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE 2014). When applied to the 2013 estimated gross world product, this revenue loss translates to a global figure of nearly $3.7 trillion.
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