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CPA Journal Recognizes Most Innovative Stories of 2013

Published Date:
Jun 11, 2014

The CPA Journal—a technical periodical for certified public accountants, regulators, educators and financial professionals published by the New York State Society of CPAs, and one of the nation's oldest publications—has announced the winners of its 2014 Max Block Awards.

The annual Max Block Distinguished Article Award is named for a former managing editor of the publication and has recognized, for the past 39 years, outstanding work in technical analysis, informed comment and policy analysis. This year’s winners, chosen by the Journal’s editorial  board members, were recognized as the best of all the innovative and thought-provoking articles published in 2013.

The awards were presented June 17 at a ceremony at the Financial District offices of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the publisher of the monthly Journal which has nearly 30,000 subscribers.

The winners are:

Robert S. Barnett, JD, CPA, partner, and Elizabeth Forspan, Esq, associate. They received the award for outstanding article in the area of technical analysis for “Casualty Losses for Property Damaged by Hurricane Sandy: Maximizing Tax Benefits within the Rebuilding Process,” published in the February 2013 issue. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many homeowners suffered large numbers of unreimbursed losses. The authors reviewed the IRS rules regarding casualty loss deductions and the use of Form 4684.

​CPA Mark S. Warshavsky, who won for best informed comment for his article “The Role of Forensic Accountants in Litigation Cases,” published in the June 2013 issue. Warshavsky focused on the litigation aspects of forensic accounting by describing some noteworthy cases, the forensic accountant’s role, and the tools used during investigations.

Brian Daugherty, PhD, CPA, assistant professor at the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Denise Dickins, PhD, CPA, CIA, associate professor, College of Business, East Carolina University; Julia Higgs, PhD, CPA, associate professor, School of Accounting, Florida Atlantic University; and Kay Tatum, PhD, CPA, associate professor, School of Business Administration, University of Miami, received the award for outstanding article in the area of policy analysis for “The Question of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation: Would Investors Benefit?” published in the January 2013 issue. The authors analyzed whether mandatory periodic rotation of the audit firms of publicly traded companies is in improving financial reporting quality. 

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