When accountants are called on to provide expert testimony, there is often a requirement to do detailed testing of the subject entities books and records. That testing can be carried out much more efficiently using dedicated data analysis software such as IDEA. IDEA can be used by forensic accountants to carry out a wide variety of investigations. Here are some examples of tests you could perform:

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  • Calculate damages based on historical data
  • Sort, stratify and summarize volumes of historical financial transactions data
  • Identify errors in data
  • Match and compare data from different sources
  • Easily perform sampling and evaluation or prediction of errors
  • Look for fraud in financial data
  • Match and compare bank account records to accounting system data
  • Calculate and analyze variances in accounts between periods
  • Review inventory valuations and identify obsolete inventory
  • Recap asset values and compare book and tax depreciation
  • Cross check debtor addresses and tax identification numbers to owners/employees addresses and tax identification numbers to identify related parties
  • Search for related party transactions
  • Analyze timing of payments
  • Match inter-bank and intra-bank transfer data
  • Check accuracy of trustee reports
For more information visit the IDEA product page.