2018 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference (13020)

Thursday, September 27, 2018 / Atlanta, GA

Learn best practices from national experts on tax fraud and what taxpayers need to know about the 2017 Tax Act; business interruption; attorney client and accountant client privilege; bitcoin and blockchain fraud risks; bankruptcy and the forensic accountant; conducting an anti-corruption audit; lessons from recent AML enforcement actions; and the anatomy of a bribe.

LIVE STREAM Attendance Option - Event Code: LS13020
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Event Status: CLOSED – Please contact the CPE Department at 404-231-8676, Opt. 3 or 800-330-8889, Opt. 3 for additional assistance.

Event ID: #13020

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $330.00

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Learn best practices from national experts on tax fraud and what taxpayers need to know about the 2017 Tax Act; business interruption; attorney client and accountant client privilege; bitcoin and blockchain fraud risks; bankruptcy and the forensic accountant; conducting an anti-corruption audit; lessons from recent AML enforcement actions; and the anatomy of a bribe.

Live Stream Attendance
Event Code:  LS13020  |  CPE Credit:  8 hours

Live stream allows you to attend the conference from your home, office or anywhere you can access the internet. You view the sessions in real time as part of the audience and have interaction with other attendees via chat areas.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

7:15 am-8:00 am
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-8:05 am
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 am-9:20 am
A - Attorney-Client Privilege and the Crime-Fraud Exception Credits: 1.5 GN

James W. Cobb

Sarah Brewerton-Palmer

Attorney-client privilege protects most communications between clients and their lawyers, however there are exceptions to every rule. Recent activity has brought some attention to crime-fraud exceptions. Discuss the newest developments and what is or isn’t protected by the attorney client privilege.


B - Business Interruption Claims: Best Practices for a Successful Recovery Credits: 1.5 GN

Joseph Galanti
Grant Thornton LLP , Atlanta, GA

Discuss why business interruption (B.I.) risk is important; explore the basics of B.I. coverage, such as triggers, common issues, and potential areas of recovery; discuss coverage for B.I. resulting from natural disasters and common coverage issues that may arise during the course of such a claim; review the claim process and how to calculate business income losses; and identify best practices for a successful recovery, including working with a forensic accountant, setting forth your claim in the best light possible to the carrier, and providing tips if coverage litigation is necessary.


C - Bitcoin, Blockchain and Fraud Risks Around Them (A&A) Credits: 1.0 AA

Jagruti R. Solanki, MBA, CPA, CGMA
AUDIT MANAGER / Aprio , Atlanta, GA

Take a deeper look into the risks around bitcoin and blockchain. Discussion will cover blockchain asset accounting; realized and unrealized gains/losses; tracking crypto transactions and its importance; audit considerations and risk; select best practices in how to account for blockchain and crypto transactions; and high-level tax considerations.


D1 - FCPA and Conducting an Anti-Corruption Audit (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Paul Greenspan
Alvarez & Marsal LLC , Atlanta, GA

Colleen E. Christensen
Georgia Pacific Corporation , Atlanta, GA

Anti-corruption enforcement continues to dominate the headlines, with eye-popping fines and penalties appearing in the news regularly. Receive a brief overview of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery laws, review recent FCPA settlements and enforcement trends, discuss the keys to an effective anti-corruption compliance program, and highlight best practices when conducting anti-corruption risk assessments and audits.

D2 - What Taxpayers Need to Know About the 2017 Tax Act Credits: 1.5 GN

Hale E. Sheppard, J.D., LL.M.
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry , Atlanta, GA

In December 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA), one of the most impactful pieces of tax reform legislation since 1986. The Act creates changes affecting U.S. taxpayers, both domestically and internationally, including lower tax rates, altered allowable deductions, mandatory deemed/constructive repatriation of offshore income, expansion of Subpart F income rules, and critical changes to ownership attribution rules relating to certain foreign entities. Review these changes and identifies future areas of dispute as the IRS tries to enforce the new law.


E1 - The Role of a Forensic Accountant in Bankruptcy Cases Credits: 1.0 GN

Ian Ratner, CPA, ABV, ASA, CFE
GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC , Atlanta, GA

Focus on the many roles that forensic accountants and litigation experts play in a typical bankruptcy case. Almost all parties to a bankruptcy require forensic accounting assistance from time to time. Identify the parties to a bankruptcy and why they might hire a forensic accountant and what special issues need to be considered in bankruptcy for the forensic accountant.

E2 - Tax Fraud in the Context of State Taxation (A&A) Credits: 1.0 AA

Richard C. Litwin
The Litwin Law Firm, P.C. , Atlanta, GA

Joshua K. Waites
Georgia Department of Revenue , Atlanta, GA

Technological developments in data analytics have facilitated the movement toward searching for and finding taxpayers that defraud the state by underreporting taxes, collecting taxes from customers and not reporting and remitting the taxes, withholding taxes from employees and not remitting the taxes and other efforts to evade or defeat taxes. Discussion will include (1) an overview of how the Department of Revenue determines whether to pursue a criminal or civil fraud case; (2) a survey of the applicable Georgia tax fraud statutes (criminal and civil); (3) some anecdotal examples of how the Department pursues tax fraud; and (4) a discussion of how to minimize liability where a taxpayer has committed fraud but has not been contacted by the Department of Revenue.


F1 - Documents Don’t Lie, People Do (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Scott P. Hilsen
KPMG LLP , Atlanta, GA

The truth is, everyone lies. It is part of human nature. But when a client lies to a CPA, it can have serious and sometimes criminal consequences. A critical aspect of an auditor’s work is reading people, not only spreadsheets. Knowing the behavioral signs to look for and the verbal clues to listen for can help you tell if someone is not being honest. After 25 years of investigating, litigating, and writing about corporate fraud and corruption, discuss strategies and tactics to detect deception.

F2 - Lessons Learned from Recent AML Enforcement Actions Credits: 1.5 GN

Jesse R. Morton, CPA/CFF, CFE, CACTS
Stout Advisory , Atlanta, GA

Scott Rosenbaum, CPA, CFE
Stout Advisory , Atlanta, GA

Examine an overview of several recent Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering-related enforcement actions from various bank regulators including, but not limited to, Rabobank, N.A., U.S. Bancorp, and Western Union. Analyze the facts and circumstances that led to the actions, the penalties and consequences of the compliance failures, and the practical lessons learned.


Conference Site

GSCPA Learning Center
6 Concourse Pkwy Ste 800
Atlanta, GA 30328



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Late Registration

$370 GSCPA Members, $470 Non-Members (after 9/24/2018)