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AICPA Issues Exposure Draft on Revised Interpretative Guidance

Prepared by its Professional Ethics Executive Committee (“PEEC”), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has released an exposure draft on potential revisions associated with the organization’s interpretative guidance for professional conduct. Issued on August 29th for public comment, Omnibus Proposal of Revised Interpretations proposes a limited exception to the interpretation of “client affiliate” under the Independence Rule, as well as the definition of “attest client” concerning a firm or individual completing an attest engagement. Per the proposal, the “client affiliate” limited exception would be used when an accountant’s independence is impaired due to an attest client being acquired. Read More.

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IESBA Releases Exposure Draft to Improve Independence Standard

Addressing stakeholder concerns about independence and ensuring threats caused by the long association of audit firm personnel with an audit client receive attention on audit engagements, the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (“IESBA”) has released Proposed Changes to Certain Provisions of the Code Addressing the Long Association of Personnel with an Audit or Assurance Client. Issued as an exposure draft for public comment, the IESBA’s proposal focuses on threats associated with familiarity and self-interest, which could occur from a long association with the audit client and fears of losing the client. Changes proposed to the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants consist. Read More.

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FASB Announces Agenda for Board Meeting

With a board meeting set for tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. EST, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has released a notice of open meetings: Insurance—targeted improvements to the accounting for long-duration contracts. FASB will discuss long-duration contracts improvements, particularly modifying assumptions and discount rate. Leases . Discussions will continue on FASB’s May 2013 Exposure Draft, specifically reviewing nonpublic business entity discount rate, related party leasing transactions, accounting for sale and leaseback transactions, and leveraged leases. Financial statements of not-for-profit entities . Ongoing discussions will continue over not-for-profit disclosures, such as cost allocations. Open discussion. If need be, FASB will discuss small issues on technical projects or. Read More.

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Standard Setters Still at Odds over Lease Project

At their July 23rd joint meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) resumed efforts to converge U.S. GAAP and IFRS. In particular, the top focus was FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2013-270, Leases (Topic 842), and IASB’s Exposure Draft (ED) No. 2013-6, Leases. Conflicted on recognizing the gains for sale-leaseback transactions, the boards continue to have opposing attitudes toward their lease accounting project. During the meeting, FASB agreed to allow sellers of assets to recognize the full gain from the time of the transaction. On the conflicting end, IASB agreed to let. Read More.

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GASB Announces Fair Value Measurement and Application Webinars

Open for registration, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has announced the dates and times for two, one-hour educational webinars covering its exposure draft, Fair Value Measurement and Application . The first webinar, Fair Value Measurement and Application: A CPE Webinar for State and Local Government Financial Statement Preparers and Auditors, will occur on July 15th. On July 17th, the GASB will host its second webinar, Fair Value Measurement and Application: A Webinar for State and Local Government Financial Statement Users. Both webinars have a scheduled start time of 1:00 p.m. EST. Targeting areas related to their audiences, the webinars will cover topics like the proposed definition of fair. Read More.

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