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Connecticut was once a tax haven. Those days are long gone. Now, it suffers from a branding problem. It is perceived as a state providing its constituents with one of the highest tax burdens in the country. According to some studies and pundits, this appears to be somewhat accurate. However, other findings show that it is more in the middle of the pack.

Grant-making is the heart of the private foundation industry and most commonly the largest expenditure. With grant‐giving in the billions of dollars annually, grant disbursements warrant proper due diligence. Due diligence has the potential to provide insight into critical attributes and the level of alignment between the Foundation’s mission and the goals of the grantee.

Recently, the AICPA released the first Statement on Standards for Forensic Services (SSFS). The statement was issued by the Forensic and Valuation Services Executive Committee of the AICPA (FVS Executive Committee).

In a progressively complex financial landscape, corporations are facing a growing number of civil claims filed by shareholders and other stakeholders alleging financial fraud or misappropriation of assets or funds. In response, building a civil defense becomes much like a game of chess – a match of skill and strategy.

While hope springs eternal, it’s probably safe to say that we will never be 100% inoculated against cybercrime. That’s why being on high alert continues to be the way to go.