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SEC Approves Amendments to PCAOB Rules

With most taking effect June 1st, amendments to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s rules (“PCAOB”; “the Board”) conforming to the Dodd-Frank Act have been approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Adopted by the PCAOB, the rules reference audits, and auditors of brokers and dealers in the Board’s provisions. Further, the rules make certain that the PCAOB can carry out its oversight power, which was established under the Dodd-Frank Act regarding audits, and auditors of brokers and dealers registered with the SEC. The amendments include provisions such as: Adding references to audits and auditors of broker-dealers in. Read More.

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Standard on Going Concern to be Published in June

Approved by a 5-2 vote, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) will publish a standard requiring management to make a quarterly evaluation of a company’s financial well-being. Per the accounting standard, companies must disclose in its financial statement and to investors if there is “substantial doubt” regarding its survival. The FASB anticipates publishing the standard in June. The May 7th decision ends a near half-decade dispute regarding how generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) can attain doubts concerning a company’s survival odds. Currently, the external auditor handles such uncertainties for a company. According to critics, however, the downside to this. Read More.

AICPA Auditing Standards Board to Meet in Las Vegas

Scheduled for May 13th-15th, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) will meet to cover various matters. Taking place at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the ASB’s meeting will discuss numerous topics like: The Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification exposure draft; Proposed statement, An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That is Integrated With an Audit of Financial Statements; An International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board update; An update on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; and The ASB Work/Strategic Plan. For meeting information and materials or the three-day agenda , visit the AICPA’s. Read More.

Corp Fin’s Higgins Aims for Improved Disclosure Effectiveness

Speaking at the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Spring Meeting, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance’s (“Corp Fin”; “the Division”) Keith Higgins pointed out how the SEC can make the current disclosure regime more effective. In his April 11th speech, the Director of Corp Fin touched on multiple actions the Division may carry out, including: New requirements might be suggested if Corp Fin finds any potential gaps in disclosure or chances to improve the clarity of information given to investors. An examination into whether disclosure documents can be improved upon through use of structured. Read More.

PCAOB Seeks Standing Advisory Group Nominations

With 14 members’ terms expiring this year, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) is currently seeking potential replacements for its Standing Advisory Group (“SAG”). The PCAOB is looking for individuals with a combination of experience in accounting, auditing, corporate finance or governance, and/or investing in public companies. Also, nominees are recommended to have experience in auditing or financial reporting associated with broker-dealers and smaller public companies. The SAG, which meets two or three times a year, helps the PCAOB on numerous topics concerning standard-setting and other activities. Such topics have included how auditors detect fraud, changes to the auditor’s. Read More.

FASB and IASB Make Progress on Joint Standard

Moving closer to a final standard that will mandate companies to add most of their lease liabilities on balance sheets, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) have come to an agreement on several provisions of their lease accounting project. Meeting on April 23rd via videoconference, the boards sought to curtail differences that are keeping them from creating a joint standard for FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-270, Leases (Topic 842), and IASB’s Exposure Draft No. 2013-5, Leases, as well as offer more clarity about lease contract revisions. Most notable from the four-hour meeting,. Read More.