SEC Actions This Week: Accountants Gone Wild Jun10

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This week, the SEC dealt with some accounting fraud. In the two decades following the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, it’s been (relatively) rare, with executives at public companies choosing to get out in front of wrongdoing to avoid criminal charges and a lot of companies choosing to stay private rather than get caught up in the quarterly earnings chase

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Comparing Opportunity Zone Funds Jul23

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Investments in certain economically distressed communities, officially designated as Opportunity Zones, may offer multiple tax benefits that could be significant. The benefits include tax on long-term capital gains from other ventures being deferred, the deferred tax bill can be reduced, and any profits from the Opportunity Zone property might avoid tax altogether

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Valuation of Debt Instruments Jul16

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In May 2018, the AICPA’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Task Force released a working draft of an accounting and valuation guide: Valuation of Portfolio Company Investments of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds and Other Investment Companies (the “Guide”). The final publication is expected to be released in 2019 and is likely to become the “gold standard” that will be applied by investment fund valuation committees and their auditors in evaluating the fair values of portfolio companies. This article is part of a multi-part series exploring the key topics of the Guide and related implementation matters

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