PCAOB Looking to Move Forward with Audit Participant Disclosure Standard
As part of a major initiative to help investors receive more information about auditors and their work for public companies, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) is looking to adopt rules based on the proposed Release No. 2013-009, Improving Transparency Through Disclosure of Engagement Partner and Certain Other Participants in Audits. Hoping to issue the new rules soon, the proposed requirement of disclosing the lead partner on an auditor’s report has received the most attention. However, several financial professionals argue that investors may favor details regarding other audit participants. Under Release No. 2013-009, the names of outside firms and. Read More.
FASB Releases 2014 & 2015 UGT Implementation Guides
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued the Final 2014 UGT Implementation Guide, U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy (UGT) Implementation Guide, Insurance Industry: Concentration of Credit Risk Disclosures . Following the 2014 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy, the guide offers examples to assist UGT users understand the reinsurance-related concentrations of credit risk disclosures. In addition, FASB has issued a Proposed 2015 UGT Implementation Guide, U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy (UGT) Implementation Guide, Disposal Groups and Discontinued Operations . The proposed guide features examples of how users should model disclosures disposal groups and discontinued operations, and follows the 2015 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy draft. Comments on the proposal are being accepted in writing and electronically until October 6th. Not viewed as authoritative, the guides are considered as documents that explain how the UGT. Read More.
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.
Topics: Audit, Capital Markets, Division of Corporation Finance "Corp Fin", Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", financial services, Government Sponsored Enterprises, Keith Higgins, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC"
Chamber of Commerce Seeks Additional Information on PCAOB’s Related Parties Standard
Citing lack of analysis in the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) related parties standard concerning the financial impact on emerging growth companies and their auditors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“the Chamber”) has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to send Release No. 2014-002, Auditing Standard (AS) No. 18—Related Parties, back to the PCAOB for additional details. In a comment letter to the SEC on July 28th, the Chamber’s sentiments reflect their belief that the PCAOB hasn’t been thorough in assessing the standard’s costs on emerging growth companies. Issued in June and awaiting SEC approval, AS 18. Read More.
Unbilled Accounts Receivable: Real or Imagined Assets?
Unbilled accounts receivable (A/R) represents recorded revenue that has not yet been billed on a contract. There can be many different reasons for having unbilled A/R recorded on the balance sheet (B/S). Government contractors with cost reimbursable contracts tend to have greater unbilled accounts that stay on the B/S longer. The most common reasons for unbilled A/R are the following: Timing differences: These can exist due to the normal timeframe of processing employee timesheets and invoices through the accounting system. These amounts should be billed as soon as possible in accordance with contractual terms. Rate variances: These can exist when. Read More.
PCAOB Concept Release on Audit Quality Indicators to be Published
Working the last two years on its audit quality indicators project, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) staff is eying the summer publication of a concept release on measures to review an auditor’s work. Currently one of three initiatives the PCAOB is focused on to improve audit quality, the proposed document would offer improvements to firms’ policies and practices, and study whether the quality control standards should be modified. Per the PCAOB’s Office of Research and Analysis, the planned indicators could include: industry expertise; staffing; partner workload; staff utilization; outsourcing; the audit firm’s management practices; PCAOB inspection results; and. Read More.