Accounting

Hauke accounting firm to pay $1.8M in fraud settlement

July 22, 2014
Jeff Newman
DeWitt & Shrader PC, an Indianapolis-based accounting firm that worked for convicted Ponzi schemer Keenan Hauke, has agreed to settle a state lawsuit, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday.
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Former CEO sentenced for federal tax evasion

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Joseph C. Scott, 54, the former CEO at KSM Profit Advisors LLC, was convicted of underreporting his income taxes from 2005 to 2009, resulting in unpaid taxes of nearly $600,000.
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State plans conference to examine tax structure

June 4, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
More than 200 local and national tax professionals and policy makers will participate in the Indiana Competitiveness and Simplification Conference on June 24 at the Indiana Government Center.
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State has $400 million in unclaimed property

May 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller is encouraging people to check an online database to see if they can lay claim to unclaimed assets.
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City controller floats idea to change retirement plans

April 23, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
If the plan is carried out, new city employees wouldn't be eligible for pensions through the Indiana Public Retirement System. Instead, they would have a defined-contribution plan similar to the 401(k) plans offered by private-sector employers.
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Removing false homestead exemptions to yield bonanza

April 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County stands to receive tens of millions of dollars from property owners who’ve been claiming false homestead deductions when this spring’s tax bills are collected.
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Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

April 14, 2014
Associated Press
Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service's ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s.
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Trustee takes over Deca Financial Services

March 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Fishers-based bill-collection firm Deca Financial Services LLC missed a March 17 deadline to come up with more than $11 million to avoid involuntary Chapter 11 reorganization sought by its creditors.
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IPS terminates CFO after disagreement over budget

March 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Public Schools has fired its chief financial officer for “unsatisfactory work performance” one week after Superintendent Lewis Ferebee publicly disagreed with a financial assessment that said the district had a $30 million budget deficit.
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Company must pay back Indiana businesses

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
A company has agreed to refund to nearly 1,200 Indiana businesses the money they paid for services that they erroneously believed were required by law.
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Same-sex marriage tax benefits nixed by Senate

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers voted to change a tax bill Monday, a move allowing the state to keep its current policy, which does not recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes.
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Indianapolis-area mergers and acquisitions in 2013Restricted Content

January 25, 2014
The deals on this list do not include a transaction price.
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Brownsburg town council head named new state auditor

August 15, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday morning he had selected Dwayne Sawyer for the position. Sawyer has been a member of the Brownsburg Town Council since 2009 and became its president last year.
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Dunbar Cook deal an omen of more accounting mergers

July 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Accountants point to aging partners at firms who are looking to retire, more complex regulations and an attractive local business climate as reasons out-of-town accounting firms are looking this way.
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Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $680K

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Fifty-three-year-old Karen Armacost of Franklin admitted to forging hundreds of checks between 2007 and 2012 from the Greenwood Orthopaedics surgical group.
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Former country club controller gets 2 years for fraud

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
Officials say Denise Abrell defrauded the Country Club of Indianapolis of $400,000 by writing checks to herself and using the club's credit card without its knowledge.
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Auditors: Tech issues, worker rush led to state tax errors

December 17, 2012
Associated Press
Auditors investigating Indiana's Department of Revenue are saying outdated technology and a work culture that sacrificed accuracy for speed led to $526 million in tax errors from the state.
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Budget-writing Indiana lawmakers hear from agencies

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's budget picture is slowly taking shape, but the big questions about tax collections, tax cuts and how much will be spent on education remain to be seen.
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Indianapolis accounting firm settles with Fair Finance trustee

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Somerset CPAs PC will pay $500,000 to settle litigation brought by the bankruptcy trustee of Fair Finance Co., the Ohio-based firm that convicted financier Tim Durham used to conduct a major Ponzi scheme.
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Florida payroll provider moving to Indianapolis, adding 59 jobs

October 26, 2012
Beyond Payroll LLC, which said it will add the jobs by 2106, is leasing 2,000 square feet of space in the downtown Stutz Building.
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Answers on $526M in tax mistakes expected in December

September 10, 2012
Associated Press
Auditors reviewing $526 million in tax errors made by Indiana's tax collection agency said Monday they will investigate whether state employees are knowledgeable enough to track tax collections and whether the state has adequate internal controls to guard against future errors.
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Three local accounting firms crack national top-100 listRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Blue & Co. LLC, Katz Sapper & Miller LLP and Kemper CPA Group LLP are the only three locally based accounting firms to make Inside Public Accounting’s latest annual top-100 list.
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Meridian CPAs folding into larger Somerset firm

July 13, 2012
Four principals and about a dozen other staff accountants and support staff at Meridian will join Somerset in August. Somerset is Indianapolis' seventh-largest accounting firm, based on the number of local full-time employees.
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Hauke receiver files suit against his former accounting firm

July 9, 2012
Scott Olson
The lawsuit accuses convicted money manager Keenan Hauke's former accounting firm of negligence for failing to monitor Hauke's bank accounts, enabling him to use investor funds for his personal use. Hauke was sentenced in March to 10 years in prison.
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Indiana hires Deloitte to assess $500M in mistakes

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state budget leaders picked international accounting firm Deloitte on Monday to determine the scope of an external audit looking at how the state lost track of more than $500 million in tax revenues.
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