Accounting & Auditing


   

FASB Makes Decisions on Leasing Standard Simplification

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has made decisions to reduce costs and ease the implementation burden of the Leases standard for preparers.

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FASB Proposes Reorganizing Consolidation Guidance

FASB issued a proposal on September 20 that would reorganize and clarify the consolidation guidance in FASB Accounting Standards Codification Topic 810.

Stakeholders told the board that the consolidation guidance is difficult to understand and navigate. Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Consolidation (Topic 812): Reorganization, is an attempt to address those concerns.

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AICPA Audit Documentation Resources

Through its enhanced oversights, the AICPA Peer Review Program has found that the most common cause of material non-conformity in audits is a lack of documentation. Peer reviewers will be increasing their emphasis on this area moving forward. The AICPA has a new, free toolkit to help you document audits appropriately and comply with standards. It includes a tool for evaluating SOC 1 reports, model working papers, and more.

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Not-for-Profit Statements Being Overhauled by ASU 2016-14

By Lisa A. Ritter, CPA, CFE

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) revised the not-for-profit reporting model in its Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, released in August 2016. ASU 2016-14 is effective for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2017. The most significant provisions of the update address four areas: classification of net assets, liquidity disclosures, functional expenses, and the classification and disclosure of underwater endowments.

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  Finding the Value in Fair Value

By Gretchen G. Naso, CVA

Over the past 15 years, fair value accounting has evolved to become a part of many private companies’ financial statements. This evolution has not come without controversy. Due to its heavy reliance on assumptions and professional judgment, fair value reporting is dismissed by critics as an art, not a science, and is often considered unreliable.

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    Time Is Running Out to Comply with the New FASB Revenue Recognition Standard
Planning for Lease Accounting Standard Should Be in Process, Too

By Kevin Bogle, KPMG LLP

Research indicates that some companies may have trouble meeting the reporting deadlines on at least one of two major accounting standards that financial statement preparers must implement over the coming two years. Revenue recognition – the more immediate, as it goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, for calendar-year-end public companies and Jan. 1, 2019, for calendar-year-end non-public companies – may represent a significant change, and one that many companies may be behind in implementing.

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