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AICPA Committee Proposes Interpretation for Long Association

As part of its convergence project with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee has released the exposure draft, Proposed Interpretation –Long Association of Senior Personnel With an Attest Client). The proposal concerns independence threats when an attest client has a long association with senior personnel. The Committee’s proposed Interpretation would state that an AICPA member’s lengthy inclusion among the attest engagement team’s senior personnel could cause a familiarity threat with the attest client. The familiarity threat could also extend to the team’s operations, senior management of the. Read More.

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SBA Releases its Small Business Contracting Scorecard

On May 18, 2017, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released its annual small business contracting scorecard. This scorecard is a measure of how selected agencies are doing in regard to meeting their small business contracting goals. It should be noted that the scorecard only measures the performance of 24 agencies. Thus, it does not evaluate how all agencies are doing in meeting their small business goals. As described by the SBA, the annual Scorecard is an assessment tool which measures: (1) how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals; and (2) agency-specific progress. Read More.

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Gift Acceptance Policy Tips for Nonprofits

In a recent blog on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) website, Foundation of the Carolinas Vice President Alyssa Federico shares her insights on developing a gift acceptance policy for a nonprofit organization. According to Federico, a well-developed policy can protect a nonprofit from potential risks and educate staff members on when to decline gifts. Some of the guidance Federico outlines concerns handling non-cash gifts, the process for deciding whether or not to accept a gift, and determining what is required prior to acceptance. Federico’s blog can be read in its entirety on the AICPA website.

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FASB Rejects Pleas for More Implementation Guidance on Credit Loss Standard

As concerns mount regarding implementation of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Private Companies Practice Section Technical Issues Committee (“the Committee”) wants the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to provide more guidance on the standard. FASB members, however, have no plans to offer additional implementation guidance. Addressing the matter this week with Committee representatives, FASB members said that the board’s credit loss standard for writing down losses on bad loans contains sufficient accounting guidance and examples. FASB Vice Chairman. Read More.

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GASB Issues Exposure Draft on Debt Disclosures

On Wednesday, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) released an exposure draft that proposes guidance to improve debt-related disclosures in financial statements. Issued as Certain Disclosures Related to Debt, including Direct Borrowings and Direct Placements , the Exposure Draft offers guidance that would state which liabilities governments must disclose in their financial statements. Such liabilities include direct borrowings and direct placements. The proposed guidance would describe debt for disclosure purposes as a liability arising from a contractual requirement to pay cash or other assets to resolve a fixed amount at the date of the established contractual obligation. Leases and trade accounts payable would receive exemption from the guidance. In addition, the new. Read More.

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FASB Issues Update on Certain Financial Instruments with Liabilities and Equity Characteristics

Following recommendations from the Private Company Council, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-11, Earnings Per Share (Topic 260) Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (Topic 480) Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): (Part I) Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Down Round Features, (Part II) Replacement of the Indefinite Deferral for Mandatorily Redeemable Financial Instruments of Certain Nonpublic Entities and Certain Mandatorily Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests with a Scope Exception. Part I simplifies accounting for select financial instruments with down round features, a rule in an equity-linked financial instrument or embedded feature that offers a downward adjustment. Read More.

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