• Accounting update from the NAIC Spring 2014 meeting

    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2014 Spring National Meeting was held in Orlando, FL. A number of issues and statutory accounting changes, both substantive and nonsubstantive, were addressed over the course of the meeting. Highlights from some of the working group and committee meetings are summarized.
  • A framework for auditing mobile devices

    While mobile devices improve productivity and efficiency with increased mobility and functionality, they also, increase your risks, especially as worldwide laws and regulations regarding the privacy and security of data evolve.
  • Why it’s critical to show that opinions are reliable

    In a recent case involving securities fraud and breach of contract claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found that the lower court’s standard for reliability on Daubert grounds was too high; a plaintiff need not demonstrate by a preponderance of the evidence that the expert’s opinions are correct — just reliable. This article explains the court’s distinction between “typical” and “nontypical” securities fraud cases and how it made a difference in this case.
  • Valuing an S corporation

    The issue of whether valuators should “tax-affect” an S corporation’s earnings — that is, reduce earnings by an assumed corporate tax rate — continues to be controversial. The U.S. Tax Court rejected the practice in 1999, claiming that tax-affecting was inappropriate in valuing an S corporation. But in recent years several courts have embraced the concept, choosing a middle ground that better reflects an S corporation’s value. This article looks at a couple of recent cases, while a sidebar indicates that the Tax Court might revisit tax-affecting if the right case comes along.