Why So Many Documents for a Business Valuation?

The valuation and distribution of marital property is typically one of the most difficult and arguable issues to be dealt with in a divorce proceeding. The process can become considerably more complicated and expensive when the marital community owns an interest in a business. In such cases, a Forensic Accountant is often hired by the…

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Why So Many Documents for a Business Valuation (Part 3)?

Documents Needed for Incorporated Businesses There are specific documents concerning corporations that Forensic Accountants frequently request to review in a dissolution matter. Typical ones include articles of incorporation, by-laws, corporate minutes, stock certificate books, stock ownership lists, organograms and job descriptions of key officers. Articles of incorporation: Forensic Accountants want to know when the company…

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Why So Many Documents for a Business Valuation (Part 2)?

In the previous issue of Forensic Accounting Today, I consisely clarified the key reasons why Forensic Accountants request certain documents for business valuations. These included financial statements, tax returns, general ledgers and journals, paid bills, bank statements, canceled checks and brokerage statements, income tax audits, and stockholder and director minutes. (If you do not have…

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Where Spouses Try to Hide Their Assets

The party guilty of hiding assets and income during a marital dissolution proceeding is usually the spouse who is the major breadwinner, runs a business or handles the family finances. One of the valued tasks of a Forensic Accountant representing the more dependent party is to look for and uncover any hidden assets of the…

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What Is a Forensic Accountant?

By Ron J. Anfuso, CPA, ABV, CFF, CDFA, FABFA Forensic Accounting is the practice of accounting in support of litigation. A Forensic Accountant provides an accounting analysis suitable to the court that will form the basis for discussion, debate and ultimately judicial decision. A Forensic Accountant utilizes specialized accounting skills to conduct an investigation into…

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What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know about Analyzing and Dissecting Tax Returns

By Ron J.  Anfuso, CPA, ABV, CFF, CDFA, FABFA Family law practitioners need to be familiar with the numerous types of income tax returns that are essential for financial analysis relevant to several issues in dissolution of marriage cases.  These include matters such as child support, spousal support, division of property, tracing, and Family Code…

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