Fraud

Look Out for These Five Fraud Perpetrators

Amy Buben

The Embezzler. The Common Thief. The Hacker. The Inventor. The Glutton. No, these aren't cartoon villains. They're all-too-real occupational fraud perpetrators who fleeced their employers of thousands — or even millions — of dollars. Although we've attached the names to actual criminals in cases reported by the U.S. Justice D... Look out

Security

Vendor Fraud: Know the Warning Signs

Tim Crosson, Jr.

When fraud strikes, the culprit might be sitting in your accounts payable department. This department is particularly vulnerable to fraud because of the volume of transactions it processes and the varying pricing and billing policies that vendors use. Here’s a close-up of common vendor fraud scams and ways to lower your risks. Phony vend... Learn the vendor fraud warning signs

Business-Tax

What You Need to Know About Filing Gift and Estate Tax Returns

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Have you made substantial gifts of wealth to family members? Or are you the executor of the estate of a loved one who died recently? If so, you need to know whether you must file a gift or estate tax return. Filing a gift tax return Generally, a federal gift tax return (Form 709) is required if you make gifts to or for someone during the y... Learn more about filing gift and estate tax returns

Tax

Treasury Warns of New Collections Scam

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Scammers are Attempting to Collect Past-due Tax Debts with Fake Letters Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be aware of a new scam making the rounds through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. In the scheme, taxpayers are sent what appears to be a government-looking letter about an overdue... Learn how scammers are attempting to collect past-due tax debts with fake letters

Prepare Now for New Medicare Card Numbers

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Throughout the next 12 months, Medicare will remove social security numbers from Medicare cards and mail new cards to consumers. This change will help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prevent fraud and identity theft, and protect financial information. Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers will replace the Health ... Learn More

5 Tips for Fraud Prevention in School Districts

Molly Fish

School districts are as vulnerable to fraud as organizations in the private sector. The types of fraud most often perpetrated in the education industry include procurement schemes, corruption (conflicts of interest, bribery, illegal gratuities and economic extortion) and skimming. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ most recent rep... Learn More

Make Sure Repairs to Tangible Property Were Actually Repairs Before You Deduct the Cost

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Repairs to tangible property, such as buildings, machinery, equipment or vehicles, can provide businesses a valuable current tax deduction — as long as the so-called repairs weren’t actually “improvements.” The costs of incidental repairs and maintenance can be immediately expensed and deducted on the current year’s income tax retu... Learn More

Three Questions to Ask Your IT Staff About Cybersecurity

Joe Malott

As a responsible party to the security of your companies data, it boils down to a simple question – when it comes to cybersecurity, how do you know that your organization is secure? Yeo & Yeo Computer Consulting is providing three questions, and a little background about each topic, so you can be confident when reporting to ... Learn More

Unclaimed Property – State of Michigan Filing Requirements

Kristi Krafft-Bellsky

It’s that time of the year when the State of Michigan would like all organizations to look through their bank reconciliations to determine if there are any uncleared checks that have reached a dormancy period as of March 31, 2018, that would require reporting to the state. A general rule of thumb is that the dormancy period is one year f... Learn More

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Beware of “Council for Corporations” Corporate Records Service Scam

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

The “Corporate Records Service” scam has resurfaced. Michigan businesses are receiving an official-looking form called the “Annual Records Solicitation Form” from the “Michigan Council for Corporations.” Although this document looks like an official government form, the Michigan Council for Corporations is not a government agency. They a...