New AICPA Technical Questions and Answers Issued
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) recently issued a new Technical Question and Answer (“TQA”) and amendments for TQA Section 2220, Long-Term Investments. The new TQA, Section 2220.28, Definition of Readily Determinable Fair Value and Its Interaction With the NAV Practical Expedient, features amendments to TQA section 2220.18, “Applicability of Practical Expedient.” It eliminates TQA section 2220.24, “Disclosures—Ability to Redeem Versus Actual Redemption Request” and TQA section 2220.25, “Impact of ‘Near Term’ on Categorization Within Fair Value Hierarchy.” Section 2220.28 also offers guidance in understanding and applying the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) FASB Master Glossary definition “readily. Read More.
Report Recommends Improving Educational Quality at Colleges
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has issued a study calling for improved educational quality to help college students excel in the 21st century. In its report, “The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America,” the academy proposes a three-part strategy that ensures first-rate learning experiences, increased completion rates and reduced inequities among higher institutions, and controlled college expenses. While the academy believes technology will help boost educational quality, it anticipates some of its goals could take decades to accomplish. More on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences report is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.
Federal Student Aid Changes Proposed
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has released a proposal to significantly change how the U.S. government distributes student aid. Announced last week as the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform Act, the plan involves deregulating and restricting oversight of portions of federal aid programs. Proposed changes include simplifying student aid options, eliminating the public service loan forgiveness program, and changing the federal work-study program by distributing money to colleges based on student need. Learn more about the proposed changes to federal student aid is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.
FASB to Release Standard and Propose Transition Guidance on Leases
A final Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) and a proposed standard by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) aim to lower costs and make it easier for preparers to implement its leases guidance. The FASB will issue a final standard that gives organizations an optional transition practical expedient to reconsider their accounting for current land easements that are not presently accounted for in Topic Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 840, Leases. The standard also affirms that once the guidance is active, new or modified land easements must be reviewed under ASC Topic 842, Leases. Separately, FASB staffers were ordered to draft a. Read More.
AICPA Board Proposes Three Auditing Standards
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board recently issued the following exposure drafts of Proposed Statements on Auditing Standards (“SASs”): Proposed Statements on Auditing Standards, Auditor Reporting and Proposed Amendments―Addressing Disclosures in the Audit of Financial Statements: The Exposure Draft proposes amendments converge the AICPA auditor reporting standards with standards of the International Standard on Auditing by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (“IAASB”). The proposed changes address: Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements; Communicating Key Audit Matters in the Independent Auditor’s Report; Modifications to the Opinion in the Independent Auditor’s Report; and. Read More.
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FAFSA Mobile App Announced
In its efforts to update the federal student aid system, the Department of Education is planning to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) available via a mobile application. Office of Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer A. Wayne Johnson said the app would make it easier for students to file for federal aid and provide a modernized experience throughout the application process. Johnson also noted that the app could perform many of the functions that student loan servicers can provide borrowers via the web and telephone. The app will likely arrive in April. More on the future FAFSA mobile app is available. Read More.