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Are You Subject to FATCA?

It’s a fact – FATCA is here. What is FATCA? How does it impact you or your company? If FATCA does apply, are you or your company compliant with its various requirements? These are just a few of the questions that individuals and companies must address as they relate to the provisions of FATCA, short…

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The U.S. Ranks Number Nine in Financial Literacy

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the statistics on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) which surveyed students in 18 countries on their knowledge and skills in dealing with financial issues. The OECD reports, “PISA included an assessment of students’ financial literacy – the first international survey of its kind.…

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Data Analytics: A Valuable Investigative Tool

“Time is money” is an age-old expression deeply rooted in the lexicon of most individuals and businesses, especially those that derive their income by providing a service to others. In forensic and litigation support engagements, some of the most daunting tasks involve the procurement and analysis of large, disparate datasets. The ability to efficiently combine…

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Tracking Data Theft By Thumb Drive

The theft of electronic information is rampant in today’s business world. It can be done by a disgruntled employee, a hacker looking to steal identities, or business partners looking to leave and start anew. USB devices are a convenient way to transfer files among colleagues, but they also serve as the primary means of data…

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Frank Pina Selected to Receive the Annual NJBIZ Forty Under 40 Award

Frank Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, managing director of The Mercadien Group, principal in Mercadien, P.C., Certified Public Accountants, and a leader of its forensic and litigation support practice, has been selected to receive the NJBIZ 2014 Forty Under 40 award, celebrating New Jersey’s most accomplished business professionals under the age of 40. Mr. Pina…

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Lisa Thouin Elected to the Board of Trustees of Enable Inc.

Lisa M. Thouin, CPA, CGMA, managing director of The Mercadien Group, principal in Mercadien, P.C., Certified Public Accountants, and co-leader of its Nonprofit Services Group, has been elected to the board of trustees of Enable Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with permanent and chronic physical or cognitive disabilities and senior citizens to…

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Mercadien Hosts Seminar on Risk Management for Nonprofit Executives

More than 30 chief and financial executives of New Jersey nonprofit organizations attended The Mercadien Group’s complimentary breakfast seminar, “How to Manage Risk,” at its offices on August 5, 2014. Part of the firm’s ongoing Nonprofit Revenue Enhancement Seminar Series, and qualified as continuing professional education (CPE), the two-hour forum identified numerous risk areas faced…

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MidJersey Chamber of Commerce Honors Sherise Ritter as Citizen of the Year

Sherise Ritter is living proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Growing up in Hamilton Square, one of her earliest altruistic experiences was helping her mother raise money for Deborah Hospital. That’s where the spark first ignited her affinity for helping others and keeping herself busy. “My mom has always been a…

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File & Suspend: A Social Security Strategy

The file and suspend Social Security strategy received media attention after the 2015 fiscal budget was released by the White House earlier this year. The Obama administration, in their budget narrative “proposes to eliminate aggressive Social Security claiming strategies, which allow upper-income beneficiaries to manipulate the timing of collection of Social Security benefits to maximize delayed…

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The New VUCA Paradigm

Mercadien’s Nonprofit Co-Services leader, Lisa Thouin, and I attended the AICPA’s Not-For-Profit (NFP) Industry Conference, a three-day event in Washington, D.C., where we learned about industry trends, developments on the accounting and reporting fronts, and current product and service offerings. While we had refreshers on nonprofit accounting, advanced 990 issues, accounting for contributions, as well…

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