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April 17, 2012
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  Forensic Corner 
  • University assists FBI with breaking cybercrime ring
    University of Alabama professor Gary Warner and his students helped the FBI shut down a cybercrime ring that stole $70 million from U.S. companies. The group relied on data mining and social media research to locate and identify individuals involved. The perpetrators, many in Ukraine, targeted bank-account information from about 400 companies using Trojan software ZeuS. MSNBC/"Rock Center" (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advisory committee considers e-discovery sanctions
    The Federal Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure convened in March to discuss discovery rules for electronically stored information. The committee is considering changes that would address preservation requirements and sanctions under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The committee aims to develop a uniform rule for sanctions for parties that fail to preserve or provide electronic documents. Technology News (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Collaborative divorce offers a more amicable separation
    Divorcing couples might choose collaboration to ease the turbulence of separation. Instead of court proceedings, couples agree to a series of negotiations with expert assistance. Financial professionals can help analyze and divide assets and even educate a couple on financial planning and budgeting. Vail Daily (Colo.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Valuation Corner 
  • Mitchell case raises valuation issues for estate taxes
    A recent Tax Court case demonstrates the difficulty of valuing artwork and other property for estate-tax purposes. Questionable valuations could lead to examinations and litigation by the Internal Revenue Service. Clients can lessen the risks by ensuring property has received sound and consistent appraisals. The Tax Adviser (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How secondary securities markets affect fair market value
    Growth of secondary markets raises questions about the proper valuation of privately held securities. Whether secondary trading reflects the fair value of securities depends on factors such as information provided to participants and market orderliness. The Financial Accounting Standards Board provides guidance on measuring fair value in Accounting Standards Codification Topic 820. Law Blog (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Business valuation and estate planning go hand in hand
    Less than half of small-business owners have had their company valued for estate-planning purposes, according to a survey. Failure to properly value a business could create big problems for an owner's estate. For example, improper valuation could lead to tax consequences for heirs after review by the Internal Revenue Service. (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FVS member resource: MorningstarĀ® Cost of Capital Resources Center
    In your next valuation, use the most widely sourced valuation research in the industry, Morningstar's Cost of Capital Resources Center. Morningstar and AICPA's Forensic and Valuation Services Section joined forces to offer a promotion exclusively to FVS members to gain unlimited access to three of five CCRC modules: Industry Analysis, Peer Group Builder and Beta Reports. This promotion ends April 30. FVS members interested in subscribing to CCRC receive a 20% discount from the annual retail price. See CCRC promotion details. Not an FVS Section member? Join and save $50 when you use promo code FVE11. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AICPA FVS Events 
  • Back by popular demand! AICPA Business Valuation Web Seminar Series: "Core Competencies From the Nation's Leading Experts"
    Are you or your staff interested in learning more about one of the fastest-growing niche practice areas? Join us as we rebroadcast the AICPA Business Valuation Web Seminar Series, which provides best practices, proven strategies and timely information that will help you expand into this lucrative practice area. Register for all 16 events in the "Core Competencies" bundle (FVS members save $200) or all 10 events in the "Fundamentals" bundle (FVS members save $100). Not an FVS Section member? Join for bundle savings! Save $50 when you use promo code FVE11. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The Forensic and Valuation Services Section is designed to provide CPAs with a vast array of resources, tools and information about forensic and valuation services. The FVS Section serves CPAs who hold the Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics specialty credentials, members of the FVS Section, AICPA members and others.
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The Accredited in Business Valuation program provides specialized access to information, education, tools and support that enhance credential holders' ability to make a genuine difference for their clients and employers. ABV credential holders may brand or position themselves as premier business valuation service providers who differentiate themselves by going beyond the core service of reaching a conclusion of value and creating value for clients through the strategic application of this analysis.
About the Certified in Financial Forensics Credential
The Certified in Financial Forensics credential combines specialized forensic accounting expertise with the core knowledge and skills that make CPAs among the most trusted experts. The CFF credential encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas, including: bankruptcy and insolvency; computer forensics; economic damages; family law; fraud investigations; litigation support; stakeholder disputes and valuations. To qualify, a CPA must be an AICPA member in good standing, have at least five years of experience in practicing accounting, and meet minimum requirements in relevant business experience and continuing professional education.

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