SEC Commissioners Receive Senate Approval
For the first time in over two years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) will soon have a complete five-member complement. On December 21, the U.S. Senate confirmed Hester Peirce and Robert Jackson as the market regulator’s next commissioners. The vote occurred following Senator Tammy Baldwin’s decision to lift a hold on both nominees after they answered questions on her financial regulatory priorities. A senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, Peirce will replace Daniel Gallagher. Jackson, a Columbia University law professor, takes over for former SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar. Gallagher and Aguilar left the SEC near the. Read More.
SEC Official Asks Public Companies to Focus on Key FASB Standards
Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) official Michael Dusza is advising public companies to consider how the adoption of several standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) could impact their financial reporting controls. During a speech last month in Washington D.C., Dusza stressed that the accounting changes for revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses are likely to create significant challenges when public companies test internal controls during the adoption phase. Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606), is effective January 1, 2018 for public business entities. ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), will be. Read More.
Topics: COSO, Credit Losses, FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326), Internal Control Reporting, Internal Controls, lease accounting, Leases (Topic 842), Public Companies, Revenue Recognition, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC"
FAST Act Investment Advisors Rules Amended
In the final rule, Amendments to Investment Advisers Act Rules to Reflect Changes Made by the Fast Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) offers amendments to the provision that defines a venture capital fund and the rule implementing the private fund adviser exemption in the Investment Advisers Act to reflect changes by Title LXXIV, Sections 74001 and 74002 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”). As part of the new amendments, the venture capital fund definition under Title LXXIV, section 74001 of the FAST Act will include small business investment companies. The SEC is also amending the. Read More.
Topics: Assets Under Management, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act "FAST Act", Investment Advisers Act of 1940, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Small Business Investment Companies, Venture Capital Fund
New SEC Interpretive Guidance Addresses Tax Reform
In response to the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has released interpretive guidance to help public companies and auditors adapt to the tax changes and comply with accounting for income taxes. The first guidance is in the form of Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 118 (Topic 5.EE, Income Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). Under SAB No. 118, companies preparing their 2017 fourth-quarter and end-of-year financial statements and regulatory filings will be allowed to provide what the SEC calls “reasonable estimates” and “provisional amounts” for tax-related line items.. Read More.
Topics: Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations "C&DIs", FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Income Taxes (Topic 740), Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Staff Accounting Bulletin "SAB", Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Reform
William Duhnke Sworn in as PCAOB Chairman
Longtime Republican staffer William Duhnke was sworn in last week as chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”). Replacing Chairman James Doty, Duhnke previously served as an aide to Alabama Senator Richard Shelby and was the staff director and general counsel for the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. In his first act as chairman, Duhnke appointed Francis Dymond as the PCAOB’s chief of staff. At the same event, former Treasury Department counselor Kathleen Hamm was sworn in as chair to the PCAOB. Duhnke and Hamm were appointed as new PCAOB members in December by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The remaining newly elected members, Robert Brown, Duane DesParte and James Kaiser, will be sworn. Read More.
PCAOB Standard-Setting Update as of December 31, 2017
The following reflects the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) updated standard-setting agenda as of December 31, 2017: Auditing Accounting Estimates, Including Fair Value Measurements: Considering a recommendation for the next PCAOB action. The Auditor’s Use of the Work of Specialists: Considering a recommendation for the next PCAOB action. Supervision of Audits Involving Other Auditors: Reviewing comments on the supplemental request for comments and planning the next steps. Going concern: Covering outreach, monitoring, and research efforts. Along with the release of its revised standard-setting agenda, the PCAOB has added four projects to its research agenda. The projects involve quality control standards, changes in the use of data and technology in audits, the auditor’s role. Read More.