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Going Concern Standard Issued by AICPA Board

A new going concern standard has been released to replace Statement on Auditing Standard (“SAS”) No. 126 of the same name. Issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) this week, SAS No. 132, The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, provides clarity to financial statements and their associated disclosures. Several concepts of SAS No. 126 are retained in the new standard, but SAS No. 132 includes significant changes that impact: The auditor’s objectives and related conclusions; Financial support by third parties or the entity’s owner-manager; The period. Read More.

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Blackbaud Institute Issues Charitable Giving Report

Blackbaud Institute has released its fifth-annual Charitable Giving Report, which offers the most up-to-date insight and trends on nonprofit fundraising. The latest edition covers how nonprofit fundraising performed in 2016, and includes information on the overall and online fundraising trends, the impact of mobile giving, and how #GivingTuesday shapes year-end fundraising efforts. Download Blackbaud Institute’s Charitable Giving Report here. An email is required for downloading the report.

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Nonfinancial Assets Guidance to Coincide with FASB Revenue Standard

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) latest Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) clarifies guidance to help determine when gains and losses on nonfinancial assets should be recognized. Issued as ASU No. 2017-05, Other Income—Gains and Losses From the Derecognition of Nonfinancial Assets (Subtopic 610-20): Clarifying the Scope of Asset Derecognition Guidance and Accounting for Partial Sales of Nonfinancial Assets, the amendments clarify the term “in substance nonfinancial asset” to inform financial reporting professionals which transactions are part of the nonfinancial asset derecognition guidance. The FASB had failed to define the term in ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic. Read More.

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2016 AP Program Participation Results Released

More students are taking advantage of Advanced Placement courses. According to the 2016 AP Program results from College Board, participation in the program has almost doubled to 1.1 million students since 2006. In that same span, the number of U.S. public high school graduates that passed AP exams increased from 14.3 percent to 21.9 percent. College Board CEO David Coleman contributes the 2016 results to students’ expanded access to the AP Program. More on the 2016 AP Program results is available on Inside Higher Ed.

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Auditor Strikes Back: Appreciating Depreciation

The Selected Areas of Cost guidebook replaces Chapter 7 of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) Contract Audit Manual (“CAM”). One of the 13 sections that have been rewritten and updated covers depreciation. Below we will take a deep dive into some of the new updates. When a contractor typically owns tangible personal property which provides services for a number of years, that cost is recorded as an asset (rather than expense) in the year the asset is acquired. According to the matching principle, a portion of the asset should be reported as an expense during each period of the. Read More.

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Private Companies Receive Exemptions from Hedge Accounting Document Requirements

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) proposed changes to hedge accounting guidance will offer private companies a break from documentation requirements. At its February 15 meeting, the FASB agreed to exempt private companies from providing all documents that disclose any risk management activities. Instead, they will have to prepare a “statement of intent to hedge” featuring the hedging instrument, hedged item/transaction, the potential risk of the hedged item/transaction, and the method used to review effectiveness. In addition, private companies will forego performing an effectiveness test to affirm a hedge accounting method until the issuance of their financial statements. Most of. Read More.

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