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Task Force to Issue Final Consensus on Cloud Computing Arrangements

The Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) has agreed to issue a final consensus on its project to clarify the accounting for implementation expenses for a cloud computing arrangement that is a service contract. Voted on at a recent EITF meeting, Issue No. 17-A, “Customer’s Accounting for Implementation, Setup, and Other Upfront Costs (Implementation Costs) Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is Considered a Service Contract,” will include the following decisions in the final consensus: Businesses will be required to capitalize the implementation costs of a hosting arrangement that is a service contract using the guidance under Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use. Read More.

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SEC Proposes Rolling Back the Volcker Rule

Weeks after President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act , a bill to roll back systemic risk regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is taking aim at reversing another Dodd-Frank rule. In a 3-2 vote on June 5, the SEC issued a proposal to amend the Dodd-Frank Act’s Volcker Rule, which limits banks’ proprietary trading and prohibits them from owning hedge funds and private equity funds. The proposal would create new requirements centered on a bank’s trading activities, with an aim to alleviate the burden small- and mid-sized companies face in complying with the Volcker rule. It would also revise the exemptions. Read More.

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PCAOB Members Say Standard-Setting Projects to be Completed

The new Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) members say it is probable that some of the projects on the previous board’s standard-setting agenda will be finished. At this week’s meeting with the Standing Advisory Group, PCAOB chairman William Duhnke said that board members are currently reviewing its agenda and working to ensure that existing projects will remain intact. Duhnke noted that before moving forward, however, the PCAOB needs to complete an evaluation of its standard-setting agenda and discuss which projects will receive priority. Significant work has already been completed on three standard-setting projects. Last June, the PCAOB issued Release No. 2017-002, Proposed Auditing Standard—Auditing Accounting Estimates, Including Fair Value Measurements and Proposed Amendments to PCAOB. Read More.

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Senate Committee Aide Nominated to Open SEC Seat

Last week, President Trump announced that he would nominate Senate Banking Committee aide Elad Roisman to the open seat on the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Currently the chief counsel to Senate Banking Committee chairman Mike Crapo, Roisman was counsel to Daniel Gallagher from 2012-2014 when Gallagher was an SEC commissioner. Crapo stated that Roisman would be a valuable asset to the agency. The seat on the SEC became vacant when commissioner Michael Piwowar announced he would leave the agency when his term ends this month. Piwowar, however, did say he is open to staying until the Senate confirms his. Read More.

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Cherry Bekaert Responds to AICPA’s Proposed Amendments to Audit Reporting

In a comment letter last month to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”), Cherry Bekaert (“the Firm”) Partner David Bettler, CPA , affirms the Firm Partners’ support of the AICPA Auditing Standards Board’s Proposed Statements on Auditing Standards, Auditor Reporting and Proposed Amendments―Addressing Disclosures in the Audit of Financial Statements . Bettler states that the proposed standards and amendments will be useful to financial statement users, as well as improve transparency and the quality of audits. The two-page letter also features the Partners’ responses to the exposure draft questions considered by the Auditing Standards Board. Read David Bettler’s comment letter on AICPA.org.

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New PCAOB Members to Meet with Standing Advisory Group

Today in Washington, D.C., the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) five new members are holding their first meeting with the board’s Standing Advisory Group (“SAG”). The meeting will give Robert Brown, William Duhnke, Kathleen Hamm, James Kaiser and Duane Desparte an opportunity to update SAG members on the PCAOB’s standard-setting activities and hear the advisory panel’s thoughts on emerging issues that may impact an auditor’s work. The two-day meeting will also feature a presentation on audit firms’ implementation of Release No. 2017-001, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion and Related Amendments to PCAOB Standards. Issued last year, the rule. Read More.

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