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SEC Appoints New Members to PCAOB

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) will soon receive five new members. Announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on December 12, the new members are as follows: Robert Brown: A law professor at the University of Denver, Brown previously served on the PCAOB’s Standing Advisory Group and the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee. William Duhnke: The staff director and general counsel to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Duhnke was a Republican staffer in the Senate Banking Committee. Kathleen Hamm: The Global Leader in Securities and Fintech Solutions at Promontory Financial Group, Hamm has prior experience with. Read More.

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FASB Standard Addresses New SEC Guidance

A new Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) features amendments to select Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) paragraphs under the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”). Issued as ASU No. 2017-14, Income Statement—Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220), Revenue Recognition (Topic 605), and Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), the standard amends the Accounting Standards Codification to incorporate the following SEC guidance: SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 116: SAB No. 116 aligns current SEC staff guidance with ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. This bulletin updated SAB Topic 13, Revenue Recognition, SAB Topic 8, Retail Companies,. Read More.

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Staff Guidance Published for Implementing Auditor’s Report Changes

New staff guidance by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) details updates to the auditor’s report that will be effective for audits during fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2017. Released on December 4, the staff guidance covers critical changes to the auditor’s report, including the disclosure of auditor tenure and a statement on auditor independence. Also covered under the guidance are requirements concerning Critical Audit Matters (“CAMs”). Auditors can communicate CAMs voluntarily, but auditor communication will be required for audits of large accelerated filers for fiscal years ending on or after June 30, 2019. For all other inspections, the requirement is effective for. Read More.

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Corp Fin’s Financial Reporting Manual Updated

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) has revised its Financial Reporting Manual , which provides informal guidance for Corp Fin staff members. Publicly available to help with the preparation of SEC filings, the updated manual includes revised guidance concerning the pro forma impact of adopting recently issued accounting standards. It also addresses the adoption of such standards after an entity loses its Emerging Growth Company status and clarifies the effective dates for certain public companies for Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and ASU No. 2016-02, Leases, by the Financial Accounting Standards. Read More.

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SEC Corp Fin to Tweak Cybersecurity Guidance

David Fredrickson of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) has announced that the SEC will update its 2011 document, Disclosure Guidance: Topic No. 2, Cybersecurity. A refresh of the commission’s cybersecurity interpretive guidance, the update would address investors’ complaints that public companies are not providing timely or informative disclosures regarding cyber-attacks on their computer systems. Fredrickson, Corp Fin’s chief counsel, noted that the SEC’s staff is considering updates to disclosure controls and procedures, as in how quickly are cybersecurity breaches identified and brought to the attention of senior management for proper disclosure. The commission. Read More.

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PCAOB Staff Inspection Brief Reveals Audit Problems Continue

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) inspectors continue to find the same issues during accounting firm inspections that were discovered in previous years. In its 18-page Staff Inspection Brief: Preview of Observations from 2016 Inspections of Auditors of Issuers, the PCAOB identified the following recurring audit deficiencies last year: Auditors’ assessments and responses to the risk of material misstatements Audits of internal controls over financial reporting (“ICFR”) Audits of accounting estimates such as fair value measurements Of the three audit deficiencies identified, the audits of internal controls were the most cited problem among accounting firms. The more common ICFR deficiencies. Read More.

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