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AICPA Revenue Recognition Task Force Issues Exposure Drafts

In response to Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) Revenue Recognition Task Force has issued the following revenue recognition exposure drafts for comment: Brokers and Dealers Issue 3-4: Underwriting Revenues Telecommunications Issue 15-8 – Determining the Transaction Price Comments on the exposure drafts are due January 2, 2018. The AICPA is seeking comment on the issues. The comment period ends January 2, 2018.

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Investor Advisory Group Seeks Audit Standards for Non-GAAP Measures

Regulators searching for a reliable way to evaluate non-GAAP financial measures so that they aren’t misleading to investors should define their standards based on key performance indicators (“KPIs”) for specific industries.  This guidance is the latest recommendation to come from a working group of the Investor Advisory Group (“IAG”), which is part of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”).   Many public companies feel that U.S. GAAP metrics don’t reflect how they manage their businesses as well as some non-GAAP metrics do. However, non-GAAP measures pose an issue for auditors.   The IAG’s working group is trying to balance. Read More.

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Debt Presentation Rules Change for Healthcare Companies

Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organizations will calculate debt much differently under the new revenue rules put forth by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). Under the new rules, which public organizations have to comply with for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, discounts that healthcare organizations regularly give for procedures will no longer be considered bad debt. Instead, total revenues will include an adjustment for the amount the organization doesn’t expect to collect.   For example, if a hospital charges $1,000 for a procedure but agrees to take $400 for the service from an uninsured patient, under the. Read More.

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New AICPA Technical Questions and Answers Issued on Public Businesses

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has issued new Technical Questions and Answers (“TQAs”) offering guidance for related terminology and other matters concerning public business entities. Section 7100, Definition of a Public Business Entity, features 16 new questions and answers to help a company determine its status as a public business. Included in the TQAs is detailed guidance addressing depository institutions, broker-dealers, insurance companies and nonprofits. A press release on Section 7100 is available on the AICPA website.

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AICPA Board Releases Exposure Draft for Leases Interpretation

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee (“PEEC”) has issued an exposure draft, Proposed Revisions to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct: Leases Interpretation, which proposes updates to the independence guidance for leases under the Code of Professional Conduct. The proposed amendments relate to Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases, which was released last year by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Upon the standard’s release, the PEEC assumed a project to review its leases interpretation. After its review, the PEEC agreed to update the interpretation for consistency and to address situations that could threaten independence. The exposure draft offers guidance for situations wherein a covered member. Read More.

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Senate Bill Gives Sarbanes-Oxley Exemption to Small Banks

Banks holding less than $1 billion in assets could receive an exemption from the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404(b) under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Under S. 1962, the Community Bank Access to Capital Act of 2017, the proposed Senate bill frees smaller banks from the more complicated and expensive reforms under Sarbanes-Oxley. S. 1962 also requires public companies to hire an external auditor to attest to management’s internal controls over financial reporting. The bill’s co-sponsor, Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), stated the proposed measure would promote growth among community banks and help them support their communities. Section 404(b) advocates. Read More.

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