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Cherry Bekaert Managing Director Moderates NC TECH Talk Panel

Earlier this month at NC TECH TALK LIVE in Cary, North Carolina, Jonathan Kraftchick, CPA, moderated the “Ethics in Artificial Intelligence” panel discussion. Kraftchick, Managing Director of Training and Development for Cherry Bekaert’s Assurance & Accounting Services, shared his thoughts on the challenges and questions artificial intelligence raises in the technology sector. A recap of the panel discussion is available on the NC TECH website.

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FinREC Releases Working Drafts for Implementing Revenue Standard

Last week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) issued industry-specific working drafts featuring proposed guidance for implementing Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). The working drafts, which could be added to Audit and Accounting Guide: Revenue Recognition, are as follows: Aerospace and Defense Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue # 1-5: Transfer of Control on Non-US Federal Government Contracts — Clarification on Whether a Contract Priced at a Loss Could Qualify for Over Time Recognition in Accordance with FASB ASC 606-10-25-27(c): This proposal clarifies FinREC. Read More.

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Phil Shechter Discusses Tax Reform with South Florida Legal Guide

In a recent interview with South Florida Legal Guide, Cherry Bekaert’s (“the Firm”) Phil Shechter, CPA, discusses the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on both individual and business taxpayers. Shechter, the Firm’s National Leader of Litigation Support Services, provides general information on tax reform affecting individual tax rates, mortgage interest deductions, small businesses and pass-through entities. Read Phil’s full interview on the South Florida Legal Guide website. Additionally, if you seek guidance on forensic and litigation matters, Cherry Bekaert’s Forensic & Litigation Advisory Services team is ready to help.

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Drug Companies Want FASB to Postpone Lease Standard

Nine pharmaceutical companies seek a one-year delay in the effective date of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). In a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), the companies said the new guidance for embedded lease agreements creates complications in implementing the standard before the 2019 effective date for public companies. Specifically, the pharmaceutical companies face issues with meeting the lease standard’s requirement of determining the fair value of an embedded lease contract. Drug makers regularly work with third-party manufacturers to make medicine or medicine ingredients. The contract could include an implicit asset that might be identified. Read More.

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How Startups Can Account for SAFE/KISS Agreements under GAAP

Finding a way to raise capital that doesn’t have a lot of risk attached to it is a big, keep-you-up-at-night concern for startups. Conventional capital-raising tools, such as convertible notes and shares of stock, come with risks and significant costs for entrepreneurs and business owners. These risks can include losing operating control of the company they built or having to pay back large amounts of debt to investors even if the company fails, to name only two. A new mechanism for raising capital early in a startup’s development is something called a simple agreement for future equity, or more commonly. Read More.

Planning for the New Business Interest Expense Deduction Limitation

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) signed into law on December 22, 2017, some important changes have been made with respect to the deductibility of business interest expense for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Under prior law, business interest expense was generally deductible in the year in which the interest was paid or accrued, except that corporations were subject to certain limitations under IRC Section 163(j) (“the earnings stripping rules”). TCJA created a new limitation, which replaces the “earnings stripping rules” and applies to all businesses, regardless of form, on the deductibility of net. Read More.

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