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FASB Q&A Issued for Staff Accounting Bulletin on Tax Reform

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has published a Staff Q&A regarding whether private entities and nonprofits can apply Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 118 (Topic 5.EE, Income Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). In its Staff Q&A, the FASB says it does not oppose private entities and nonprofits applying the Securities and Exchange Commission’s interpretive guidance for tax reform . The document also notes that such companies and organizations that employ SAB No. 118 would comply with GAAP. SAB No. 118 was issued in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The guidance allows an entity, in certain situations, to include in its financial statements. Read More.

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AICPA Offers Advice to Nonprofit Accounting Staff

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) is offering nonprofit accounting staff members tips on how it should approach the latest accounting standards updates and newly signed tax reform. The tips are aimed to help how nonprofits select new board members, manage significant projects, prepare for the annual audit, and address tax compliance. Check out the AICPA’s four tips for nonprofit accounting staff on its AICPA Insights blog.

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FinREC Proposes Industry-Specific Implementation Guidance for Revenue Standard

Five working drafts have been issued to help several industries implement Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. The working drafts were published earlier this month and are as follows: Healthcare Industry: Health Care Entities Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #8-10: Performance Obligations Telecommunications Industry: Telecommunications Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #15-6: Impact of Enforceable Rights and Obligations on Contract Term Nonprofits Industry: Not-for-Profit Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #11-5: Not-for-Profit Subscriptions and Membership Dues Time-Share Industry: Time-Share Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #16-8: Allocating the Transaction Price & Transfer of Control and Time-Share Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #16-10: Contract Costs Produced by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”), the proposed guidance will become part of the next version of the Audit and Accounting Guide: Revenue Recognition. Comments on the working drafts are due February 1, 2018.

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Report Recommends Improving Educational Quality at Colleges

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has issued a study calling for improved educational quality to help college students excel in the 21st century. In its report, “The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America,” the academy proposes a three-part strategy that ensures first-rate learning experiences, increased completion rates and reduced inequities among higher institutions, and controlled college expenses. While the academy believes technology will help boost educational quality, it anticipates some of its goals could take decades to accomplish. More on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences report is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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Federal Student Aid Changes Proposed

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has released a proposal to significantly change how the U.S. government distributes student aid. Announced last week as the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform Act, the plan involves deregulating and restricting oversight of portions of federal aid programs. Proposed changes include simplifying student aid options, eliminating the public service loan forgiveness program, and changing the federal work-study program by distributing money to colleges based on student need. Learn more about the proposed changes to federal student aid is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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FAFSA Mobile App Announced

In its efforts to update the federal student aid system, the Department of Education is planning to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) available via a mobile application. Office of Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer A. Wayne Johnson said the app would make it easier for students to file for federal aid and provide a modernized experience throughout the application process. Johnson also noted that the app could perform many of the functions that student loan servicers can provide borrowers via the web and telephone. The app will likely arrive in April. More on the future FAFSA mobile app is available. Read More.

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