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The IRS has implemented a new verification process for taxpayers who want to access their online tax accounts and self-help tools that includes taking a selfie and submitting a photo of their driver’s license or passport to the third-party service, ID.me.

Questions:

  1. Why are they requiring this new authentication procedure?
  2. True or False: Selfies from the IRS will be merged with cold case files in every state.  (Obviously, this statement is not true, but what is the significance of asking this type of question in relationship to the new verification process?)
  3. What happened in 2015 with respect to IRS tax returns?     

Source:

Cohn, M. (2022). IRS begins requiring new ID system for accessing online accounts. Accounting Today, Jan. 21 (Retrievable online at https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/irs-begins-requiring-new-id-system-for-accessing-online-accounts?)

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Waiting for your order in the mail? Your goods may be stolen from rail cargo thefts; in other words, goods at rest are goods at risk.

Questions:

  1. Why is theft so rampant in Los Angeles for rail cargo like that of Union Pacific?
  2. According to the Guardian, what percentage increase in crimial rail theft has Union Pacific experienced in Los Angeles county since December 2020?
  3. On average, how many containers are compromised each day in Los Angeles county?
  4. What types of internal controls has Union Pacific been implementing and what additional internal controls do you recommend? 

Source:

Guardian staff. (2022). Discarded packages, shredded boxes: Photos renew attention on Los Angeles cargo theft. The Guardian, Jan. 15 (Retrievable online at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/14/los-angeles-cargo-theft-union-pacific)

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According to Babak Varjavandi, companies embracing location-based compensation send an unspoken message that people who live in more affluent areas are worth more to the company.

Questions:

  1. What are the positive effects of avoiding location-based pay cuts?
  2. How does Babak recommend that companies set up fair compensation plans in a remote work environments?
  3. What is the role that trust plays in the workplace?
  4. What was your impression of the program that the fintech company Stripe was implementing?

Source:

Varjavandi, B. (2021). Don’t let location-based salaries stall pay equity and diversity goals. BenefitsPro.com, Dec. 1 (Retrievable online at https://www.benefitspro.com/2021/12/01/dont-let-location-based-salaries-stall-pay-equity-and-diversity-goals/?)  

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On this MLK day, we take a look at diversity disclosures and the S&P as detailed by Richard Binder at BenefitsPro.com.

Questions:

  1. According to McKinsey & Company, how long will it take for Black workers to reach talent parity across all levels in the private sector?
  2. However, if promotion, attrition, and external hiring rates were best-in-class at each level across the participating companies, how long will it take for Black workers to reach talent parity accross all levels of the companies participating?
  3. Where did the S&P 500 scorecards assessing companies on racial justice and workplace equity disclosures used in this article originate?
  4. Which company scored highest in detailing diversity disclosures?

Source:

Binder, R. (2022) Diversity disclosure and the S&P: Which companies are doing the best? BenefitsPro.com (Retrievable online at https://www.benefitspro.com/2021/03/10/diversity-disclosure-and-the-sp-which-companies-are-doing-the-best/?)

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According to Accounting Today, the year 2021 saw some pretty outrageous business deductions.

Questions:

  1. Which deduction were you the most surprised about?
  2. Pick one of the deductions mentioned and write a paragraph to justify its legitimacy.
  3. What is the problem with a long-distance call to a client for $0.14?

Source:

Cohn, M. (2021) The craziest expenses of 2021. Accounting Today, Dec. 28 (Retrievable online at https://www.accountingtoday.com/list/craziest-expenses-of-2021?)

Emburse. (2021). For Full Report (See https://www.emburse.com/learn/).

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In a recent article in Accounting Today, Michael Cohn presents the standout states for the highest rate of business fraud.

Questions:

  1. Which state is the highest?
  2. Which state is the lowest?
  3. Which state were you most surprised about and why?
  4. Which state had the highest single amount per fraud?
  5. What was the difference in how SEON calculated business fraud hotspot rate with most fraud per person in the state?
  6. Which of the 3 measures used by SEON do you think makes the most sense and why?

Source:

Cohn, M. (2021). Which states are the worst for fraud? Accounting Today, Dec. 28 (Retrievable online at https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/some-states-found-to-have-highest-fraud-rates?

Varga, G. (2021). UK and US Business Fraud Hotspots in 2021. SEON, Dec. 13 (Retrievable online at https://seon.io/resources/business-fraud-hotspots/)

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According to the New York Times, a federal jury in California is struggling to reach a unanimous verdict on three of 11 charges against Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of Theranos.

Questions:

  1. What is the maximum sentence for each federal fraud count? How many counts of fraud is Ms. Holmes facing?
  2. What is the makeup of the jury?
  3. What could happen if the jury is unable to reach a verdict on all of the counts?

Source:

Woo, E. and E. Griffith (2022). Jurors in the Elizabeth Holmes trial are deadlocked on some charges. The New York Times, Jan. 3 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/03/business/elizabeth-holmes-theranos-trial.html)

 

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Last Wednesday, the CEO of Better.com, Vishal Garg, fired 900 employees during a 3-minute holiday Zoom presentation.

Questions:

  1. Where did CEO Garg “bad-mouth” the laid off employees, accusing them of stealing time from the company?
  2. What percent of Better.com’s workforce is this?
  3. What industry is Better.com in?
  4. Explain all the factors that are wrong with the CEO’s delivery of the news.

Sources:

Matthews, J. (2021) Better.com CEO blasts laid off employees, accusing them of ‘stealing’ by working only two hours daily. Fortune, Dec. 3 (Retrievable online at https://fortune.com/2021/12/03/better-com-ceo-attacks-laid-off-employees-blind-message-board/ )

Maruf, R. (2021). Better.com CEO fires 900 employees over Zoom. CNN.com, Dec. 6 (Retrievable online at https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/business/better-ceo-fires-employees/index.html

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A company. Lifepack, in Colombia is making eco-friendly plates out of the tops of old pineapple tops.

Questions:

  1. How old is the company?
  2. The company also makes cups that contain seeds. What types of plants can be grown with these products?
  3. About how many eco-friendly plates does the company turn out a day?
  4. What are the challenges to the company?

Source:

Rueda, M. (2021). Plates made from biodegradable scraps grow edible plants. Business Insider, April 22 (Retrievable online at https://www.businessinsider.com/lifepack-colombia-plates-pineapple-tops-crowns-2020-11)

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A recent Department of Justice (DoJ) press release indicates that John Piccarreto, Jr., 38, of Rochester, NY, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and filing a false tax return in connection with a Ponzi scheme.

Questions:

  1. What was Mr. Piccarreto’s sentence and the amount of restitution required?
  2. How many investors were defrauded?
  3. What did Mr. Piccarreto and his co-defendant, Mr. Parris, use the money for?
  4. When did the scheme take place and how did the defendants attract investors?

Source:

DoJ. (2021). Rochester Man Going To Prison And Ordered To Pay Millions In Restitution For His Role In Ponzi Scheme That Bilked Investors Out Of Millions Of Dollars. Department of Justice (Retrievable online at https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdny/pr/rochester-man-going-prison-and-ordered-pay-millions-restitution-his-role-ponzi-scheme)