Phone Scam Alert: People Posing as Social Security Employees
Last year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a warning about suspicious phone calls from people claiming to represent the SSA. In one specific case, Kentucky residents who used a certain law firm to assist with applying for Social Security benefits were receiving the bogus calls. The caller would offer people $9,000 from a compensation […]
How to Prevent Employee Expense Fraud and Abuse
According to a survey conducted by software provider Chrome River, employee expense fraud costs American businesses more than $2.8 billion per year. About 19 out of 20 employees claim to submit accurate, honest expense reports, but those who commit fraud claim an average of $2,448 in false expenses per year. Some report as much as […]
Should I Buy Equipment for My Business? If So, When?
Investment in infrastructure is something almost every business needs to do at some point. Do you need a new computer system? Do you need new equipment for your manufacturing plant? Do you need new service trucks for technicians in the field? Do you need a new printer/copier? These investments are often substantial, but they’re essential […]
What Should Your Company Do When Cash Gets Tight?
Every business goes through ups and downs. Many have mechanisms and safeguards in place to compensate for the “downs.” However, even the best-laid plans sometimes don’t pan out due to unpredictable events, and the result can be a temporary cash shortfall. Some businesses get dangerously close to the point at which they won’t be able […]
Have You Reviewed Your Business Processes Lately?
When a customer calls your business with a question about your product or service, or a problem that needs to be resolved, what happens? Who fields that call? How is the call routed based on the customer’s question? What information should be collected? How is that information recorded and reported? Or does the person who […]
8 IT Security Fails that Put Businesses and Their Data at Risk
LFL Veritas thanks Evan Berk of Certus Technologies for sharing his expertise for this blog post. Most conversations about IT security focus on highly sophisticated, well-financed cybercriminals and the advanced techniques they use to access and steal data. For example, zero-day threats are capable of exploiting a vulnerability on the same day the vulnerability is […]
Are You Tracking Mileage and Travel Expenses the Right Way?
If there’s one task at tax time that most people don’t prepare for, it’s providing documentation that allows you to take deductions for mileage and travel expenses. Although IRS audits overall may be relatively rare lately, these deductions are almost always reviewed, so it’s safer to play by the rules. In some cases, the IRS […]
When Kids Turn 18, Your Role in Their Healthcare Changes
It’s the nightmare scenario for any parent. Your 18-year-old son is off to college. The campus is about a five-hour drive. Late one night, you get a call from a friend who says your son was in a serious car accident. He’s unconscious in an ambulance and headed to the local hospital. Emergency surgery is […]
When Was the Last Time You Reviewed Your Employee Handbook?
When we meet with clients, it’s not uncommon for the client to mention a dispute with an employee about overtime, disability, health benefits and other issues. The first question we always ask is, “Is it covered in your employee handbook?” Unfortunately, many companies don’t realize that the employee handbook should be a priority until after […]
Should You Move Your Accounting System to the Cloud?
According to the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report, 95 percent of respondents are using the cloud. In fact, 85 percent are using multiple clouds. But what exactly is the cloud, or cloud computing? What are the pros and cons? Does it make sense to move your accounting system to the cloud? To be […]