AICPA Issues Enhancing Audit Quality Report
Highlighting this year’s significant achievements to improve audit quality, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) recently issued Enhancing Audit Quality: 2017 Highlights and Progress (“Report”). The Report lists major accomplishments in areas such as peer review, single audits, and quality control. Separately, the Report addresses evolving talent needs and includes sections concerning the Uniform CPA Examination and Valuation credentials. Download Enhancing Audit Quality: 2017 Highlights and Progress at AICPA.org.
Tax Reform Could Impact Colleges’ Unrelated Business Income
If the proposed tax reform passes the Senate, colleges could lose their exemption from tax on certain income not connected to their academic mission. The proposal calls for expanding the unrelated business income tax and would include licensing royalties generated from the use of an institution’s name or logo. Colleges and universities with more than one unrelated business activity would also have to calculate the net income or loss from each activity separately and would not be able to offset income from one activity with loss from another. Several higher education groups believe the tax reporting changes could be burdensome. Read More.
Tax Court Says Country Club Must Pay UBTI Taxes
An Ohio country club may not deduct losses incurred from nonmember services. The Tax Court ruled that when Losantiville Country Club filed its annual Form 990-T, the organization did not show intent to profit from nonmember sales since its nonmember sales did not surpass the direct and indirect costs about those sales and thus it could not apply those losses to negate its taxable investment income. Losantiville had claimed losses against investment income earned from 2010 and 2012, resulting in no unrelated business taxable income (“UBTI”). More on the Tax Court ruling on Losantiville Country Club is available on the Journal of Accountancy website.
GASB Releases Fiduciary Activities Article
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) recently published an article covering its new guidance for governmental entities to help identify fiduciary activities, and determine whether and how business-type activities must report fiduciary activities. The article, Statement 84: Understanding Costs and Benefits: Fiduciary Activities, explains the board’s assessment of the expected costs and benefits of GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, and how the GASB concluded that the expected benefits exceed the cost. In addition, the article covers the board’s due process in implementing GASB Statement No. 84 and summarizes the standard’s costs and benefits.
Senate Proposal Levies Same College Endowments Tax as House
The U.S. Senate’s proposed tax reform would levy the same tax to private college endowments as the House’s version. Both the Senate and the House are calling for a 1.4 percent tax on net investment income, which will impact about 70 colleges with endowments over $250,000 per student. The focus on endowments is part of Congress’ recent attempts on how endowments can help reduce the cost of attendance at colleges and universities. More on the proposed college endowment tax is available on the Accounting Today website.
Gary Buesser Appointed to FASB
Financial Accounting Foundation Chairman Charles Noski has announced that Gary Buesser will replace outgoing Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Marc Siegel next year. A director and research analyst of a global firm, Buesser has more than 30 years of experience covering investment management with financial statements. He is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and served for two years as a co-chairman of the board’s Investor Technical Advisory Committee. Buesser will take Siegel’s seat on the FASB effective July 1, 2018.