In January 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reported its annual False Claims Act (“FCA”) statistics for recoveries resulting from civil settlements and judgements in fiscal year (“FY”) 2020 (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020). The FCA is the DOJ’s most powerful tool in combating false claims submitted to the government by individuals and companies. Most FCA cases brought by the government target those that operate in the healthcare industry.
Cybercrime is a fast-growing threat to U.S. companies, with data breaches, phishing scams, ransomware and malware all now part of the corporate security vernacular. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made matters worse, causing more security threats now that more people are working from home on less secure networks. Security is not just an IT concern; it is an organization-wide risk with far reaching implications that also affects the operational and financial aspects of companies as a whole.
As you begin the process of selling your business, it’s important to make sure that you have a grasp on the current market landscape. While conducting general market research is a starting point that allows business owners to get a pulse on the industry, it often leads to misunderstandings and raises more questions, particularly as owners try to get a feel for what similar companies are selling for.
Countless businesses across the country have been forced to close their doors as COVID-19 continues to spread. As business owners seek to recover losses suffered due to shelter-in-place orders, many business interruption insurance claims are being denied under the assumption that closed businesses have not experienced a “direct physical loss of, or damage to, property.” In turn, business owners are taking insurers to court.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to rattle financial markets and the broader global economy, it also has added even greater uncertainty around fair value measurements, a financial reporting requirement that many businesses have long found challenging.
As a business owner, you probably think of all the things you would like to do once you sell your business and enjoy your next venture. Or perhaps you have plans to travel, learn new skills and achieve personal growth. To do all of these things, however, it is essential that you make plans now to strengthen the value of your business prior to exiting.
Most people think of due diligence from the point of view of a prospective buyer. While that is typical, it is now becoming more common for business owners to conduct their own due diligence to fix any weaknesses within their company in advance of a potential sale.
Exit planning for business owners is not only about the numbers – the value of your business and your personal financial plan. It is also about planning for that next chapter in your life.
On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) into law. It is the most comprehensive tax reform seen in the United States since President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Tax Reform Act.
I am sure this headline has you thinking, what do a nice summer drink, a low humming sound and an insurance policy have in common? Absolutely nothing, but in this article, we’ll see how all three are changing the age-old insurance industry on a daily basis.
It is no secret that healthcare regulatory compliance is front and center in the eyes of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The recent statistics on employee theft is shocking. According to one US source, 75% of employees admit to having stolen at least once from their employer—and employee theft costs a company on average 7% of their annual revenues each year.