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Users Mixed on Need for GASB Statement No. 42

Collecting information from Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) stakeholders, and financial statement users and academics, an independent Financial Accounting Foundation (“FAF”) team recently performed a Post-Implementation Review (PIR) of GASB Statement No. 42, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Impairment of Capital Assets and for Insurance Recoveries. Through its review, the team concluded that GASB No. 42 completely fixed some but not all issues essential to its need. Specifically, users have differing opinions on whether the standard establishes recognition criteria for impairments and requirements that properly assess the effects of impairments, both of which deemed necessary for capital asset impairments. Also,. Read More.

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GASB Adds External Investment Pools to Pre-Research Agenda

Approved at its Friday meeting, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has added External Investment Pools to its pre-agenda research plan. In its research efforts, the GASB will review whether the reporting requirements for 2a7-like external investment pools that function as money market funds were impacted by recent Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regulation changes. The GASB hopes to acquire enough information to help decide whether a project should be added to its current technical agenda. In July, the SEC issued Release No. 33-9616, Money Market Fund Reform; Amendments to Form PF to lower the possibility of investors seeking money. Read More.

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Measurement Date Clarity Requested for Reporting Pension Liabilities

As state and local governments prepare financial reports for their pension plans to comply with Government Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statement No. 67, Financial Reporting for Pension Plans—an amendment of GASB Statement No. 25, and No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions, several accountants are still confused which measurement date to use for recording liabilities. The issue was a hot topic among attendees at this week’s Government Accounting and Auditing Update Conference, attended by Cherry Bekaert Partner Patricia Pryor . Discussing the matter, conference attendee Jeff Markert remarked that state and local governments are confused about which date to use because. Read More.

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Higgins Highlights Corp Fin Initiatives in Congress Testimony

Promoting his division’s current initiatives and directives, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Corp Fin (“the Division”) Director Keith Higgins testified recently in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises. Some of the notables from Higgins’ testimony included: Review of Registrant Filings: Higgins stated that Corp Fin is dedicated to the financial statements and disclosures of the companies that make up 98 percent of total market capitalization. Based on the work completed thus far in fiscal 2014, Higgins believes the Division’s review of 4,500 reporting companies will be in. Read More.

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ASU No. 2014-14 to Help Creditors with Government-Guaranteed Mortgage Loans

Issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-14, Receivables – Troubled Debt Restructurings by Creditors (Subtopic 310-40): Classification of Certain Government-Guaranteed Mortgage Loans upon Foreclosure, impacts creditors with government-guaranteed mortgage loans, counting those guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Per the ASU’s amendments, a mortgage loan is required to be derecognized and a separate other receivable be recognized upon foreclosure if the conditions below are met: The loan includes a government guarantee that is inseparable from the loan prior to foreclosure. The creditor plans to transfer the real. Read More.

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GASB to Hold Three-Day Meeting Next Week

Preparing for a three-day meeting next week, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has released its Notice of Meetings . Scheduled Wednesday through Friday, August 20th-22nd, GASB’s meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. EST and cover topics like lessor/lessee recognition and measurement matters; fiduciary responsibilities; tax abatement disclosures; recognition issues concerning irrevocable charitable trusts; and the proposed technical plan for the rest of 2014. Cherry Bekaert has a team of professionals ready to serve governmental entities. Visit our Government page for more information.

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