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Auditing Standards Board Issues Standards for Public Comment

During its three-day meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, last month, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) moved forward on issuing proposed clarified attestation standards Chapter 8, “Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization,” and Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS), An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That is Integrated With an Audit of Financial Statements, for public comment. If both become final, then Chapter 8 would replace the current AT Section 801, “Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization”, and the proposed SAS would supersede AT Section 501, “An Examination of an Entity’s. Read More.

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Corp Fin’s Higgins Discusses Disclosure Rules Project

Looking to improve company filings and other information important to investors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance’s Keith Higgins announced that the agency will continue work on its long-term project to simplify disclosure rules by tackling smaller changes first. At a U.S. Chamber of Commerce-hosted (“the Chamber”) event on July 29th, the director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) remarked that his staff is currently brainstorming smaller changes that are clear and can be completed faster than more complicated items. Made a top priority by SEC Chair Mary Jo White, the disclosure. Read More.

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Standard Setters Still at Odds over Lease Project

At their July 23rd joint meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) resumed efforts to converge U.S. GAAP and IFRS. In particular, the top focus was FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2013-270, Leases (Topic 842), and IASB’s Exposure Draft (ED) No. 2013-6, Leases. Conflicted on recognizing the gains for sale-leaseback transactions, the boards continue to have opposing attitudes toward their lease accounting project. During the meeting, FASB agreed to allow sellers of assets to recognize the full gain from the time of the transaction. On the conflicting end, IASB agreed to let. Read More.

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Participants Wanted for SASB’s Consumption Sector Project

Continuing its efforts to create sustainability accounting standards for over 80 industries and ten sectors, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (“SASB”) is looking for experts to help its Industry Working Groups (IWGs) for the consumption sector. Seeking individuals knowledgeable in areas like market participants, corporations and industry associations, and other stakeholders, participants will provide feedback on disclosure items regarding material sustainability for the consumption industries. The consumption sector project is divided into two segments. Starting August 6th, the Consumption I IWG features industries producing items such as meat, poultry, agricultural products and beverages. On October 29th, the Consumption II IWG will include industries like. Read More.

Corp Fin’s Higgins Responds to Lawmakers’ IFRS Questions

With tension mounting among lawmakers requesting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) propose a rule on IFRS adoption, Keith Higgins addressed the agency’s consideration of the international standards. At the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises on July 24th, the director of SEC’s Corporation Finance Division referenced Mary Jo White’s May speech by reiterating her expectations to use IFRS more aggressively and have a clear strategy on the standards by year’s end. Higgins, however, did not mention whether U.S. companies would have the option to adopt IFRS. Reflecting a letter sent by members of. Read More.

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Senators Propose Merging Internet Tax Bills

With the House of Representatives recent passing a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, a group of Senate Democrats are moving forward with their 10-year extension proposal to merge the bill with the Marketplace Fairness Act. If successful, the proposal would unite a bill that gives states power to charge sales tax on online purchases with the bill prohibiting states from imposing taxes on Internet access. Although a vote could occur as early as this week, several lawmakers have little interest in the proposal. Visit The Hill for the complete story. Visit our website to find out more about our. Read More.

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