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Going Concern Standard Issued by AICPA Board

A new going concern standard has been released to replace Statement on Auditing Standard (“SAS”) No. 126 of the same name. Issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) this week, SAS No. 132, The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, provides clarity to financial statements and their associated disclosures. Several concepts of SAS No. 126 are retained in the new standard, but SAS No. 132 includes significant changes that impact: The auditor’s objectives and related conclusions; Financial support by third parties or the entity’s owner-manager; The period. Read More.

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Revenue Standard Working Drafts Released for Insurers & Software Companies

Two working drafts addressing implementation problems with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard have been issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Financial Reporting Executive Committee: Proposed Implementation Issues for Revenue Recognition: Insurance Entities (#9-1): Considerations for Applying the Scope Exception in FASB ASC 606-10-15-2 and 606-10-15-4 to Contracts Within the Scope of ASC 944. This working draft explains that contracts bound by the financial reporting requirements under FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 944, Financial Services – Insurance, are not impacted by FASB ASC 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Proposed Implementation Issues for. Read More.

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Going Concern Standard Approved by AICPA Board

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) has unanimously voted to finalize its guidance for going concern. Approved during the ASB’s four-day meeting in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month, the final standard includes recommendations from the comment letters regarding Proposed Statement on Auditing Standards (“SAS”): The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern. The standard will be issued SAS No. 132: The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, and supersede SAS No. 126, The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern (Redrafted), (AU-C Section 570). SAS No. 132. Read More.

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AICPA Committee Proposes Changes for Members in Business

The American Institute of CPAs’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee has proposed amendments to the interpretation of the “Knowing Misrepresentations in the Preparation of Financial Statements or Records” under the Code of Professional Conduct. Outlined in its exposure draft, Omnibus Proposal AICPA Professional Ethics Division: Proposed Revised and New Interpretations Applicable to Members in Business, the PEEC wants to expand the guidance under the “Integrity and Objectivity Rule” to include other responsibilities of a member in business when disclosing financial information or non-financial information and details not bound by reporting requirements. The PEEC proposes members responsible for financial information to. Read More.

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AICPA Auditing Standards Board to Meet in Florida

Starting Monday, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board will hold a four-day meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cherry Bekaert’s Melisa Galasso will attend a portion of the meeting as a member of the AICPA’s Technical Issues Committee. According to the meeting agenda , the Auditing Standards Board is expected to vote on proposed AU-C section 570, The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern. In addition, the board is expected to approve an exposure draft of proposed Statements on Auditing Standards No. 13x, Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements of Employee Benefit Plans. Read More.

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AICPA Publishes Revenue Recognition Audit and Accounting Guide

Offering guidance for applying the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has issued Audit and Accounting Guide (AAG): Revenue Recognition. The publication addresses issues to consider when auditors examine the revenue disclosed in financial statements, internal controls, fraud risks, and the assessment auditors must make on the accuracy of management’s estimates. The AICPA’s revenue recognition guide is based on the efforts of the task forces that worked under their Financial Reporting Executive Committee since the FASB issued its landmark standard and the International Accounting. Read More.

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