January 2021

Monthly Archives

  • Championing Diversity: Investing in Native CPAs

    In the Association of International Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) “2019 Accounting Graduates Supply and Demand Report,” a key statistic sparked a change. The report’s breakdown of accounting graduates by race and ethnicity indicated a serious problem: Native Americans only represented .03% of professionals with both a BA and MA in accounting. Individuals holding both degrees […]

  • The Surge in Unemployment Benefits Identity Theft

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe financial strain as millions continue to face layoffs, furloughs, and reduced hours. This spike in joblessness and hardship led to a record-setting 57 million people filing for unemployment benefits between March and September of 2020. This influx of unemployment filings has also brought on a surge in cases of unemployment […]

  • How Scammers Target Vulnerable Populations

    In 2019 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported approximately $2 billion in losses due to scams targeting private individuals, with estimates for 2020 appearing significantly higher. While loss due to scams is widespread and harmful, scams can be especially devastating to the most vulnerable members of society. Scams that specifically target vulnerable populations often go […]

  • Celebrities Who Started Their Careers in Accounting

    The utility of accounting careers and the analytical, mathematical focus of accountancy may be responsible for the stereotype of accounting being plain or dull. Bucking this stereotype, a number of celebrities’ careers began in accounting. Ranging from professional singers and athletes to bestselling authors, these famous individuals studied or practiced accountancy before they landed in […]

  • Detecting and Preventing Payroll Fraud

    Payroll fraud, or schemes in which employees use means to deceive employers into issuing undue payments, represents one of the most common forms of employee theft. Payroll fraud is always a possibility for any business that issues paychecks to its employees. Because of the many methods of perpetrating payroll fraud, a well-educated business is a […]

  • Busting Ghost Employee Schemes

    One of the first major cases of employee fraud to break in 2021 was a “ghost employee” scheme in which a computer technician working for Chicago Public Schools stole approximately $122,000.00 during a two-year period. This case, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times on January 6, saw the unnamed computer technician living in California and […]

  • Preparing for the Threat of Deep Fakes

    In 2018, hobbyists experimenting with machine learning and artificial intelligence reached a remarkable technological achievement with deeply problematic ramifications: the first widely circulated deep fakes. In a short amount of time, deep fakes have become a matter of public knowledge. They have generated widespread fear for their breach of personal privacy and potential for disinformation. […]

  • Trailblazers in Accounting: Kimberly Ellison-Taylor

    In 2016, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) chose its first African-American Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA. With her leadership experience at NASA, Motorola, and Oracle – as well as her active involvement in the AICPA – Ellison-Taylor was a natural choice for the position. During her term as Chairman […]

  • Making Connections to Encourage Accounting Students

    Universities, advocacy organizations, and accounting professionals are currently faced with an important question: what will it take to ensure a healthy, sustainable number of students majoring in accounting—especially among African American students? Data from AICPA “Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits Report” indicates the percentage of African […]