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PCC Slams Income Tax Disclosure Plan

At its December 4th meeting, the Private Company Council (“PCC”) criticized the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) proposal to add effective disclosures to Accounting Standards Codification 740-10-50, Income Taxes. The plan would require additional details about income taxes to be disclosed in the footnotes of a company’s financial statements. Members of the FASB’s advisory group, however, said that the extra details would be a burden on private companies and worthless to most financial statement users. In particular, PCC members slammed the requirement for companies to disclose the reconciliation of its effective tax rate and statutory rate. While U.S. GAAP requires public companies to. Read More.

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FASB Discusses Phase 1 of Nonprofit Accounting Project

On Friday, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) met to discuss Phase 1 of redeliberations for its proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. In particular, the discussion focused on the following issues: Methods of Presenting Operating Cash Flows. The FASB agreed not to require the direct method of presenting operating cash flows, but will continue to allow nonprofit entities to use the direct method or indirect method. The FASB also decided to no longer require the indirect reconciliation if a nonprofit entity uses the. Read More.

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AICPA Releases Additional Technical Q&As for Guidance on ASU No. 2013-07

To be used as implementation guidance for accounting, auditing and applicable industry matters, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has released new technical staff practice aids under (a) TIS Section 6931, Financial Statement Reporting and Disclosure—Employee Benefit Plans and (b) TIS Section 8900, Predecessor Auditors. Published in a questions and answers format, TIS Sections 6931.18 through 6931.30 help practitioners understand the accounting impact of Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-07, Presentation of Financial Statements—Liquidation Basis of Accounting, on single-employer pension plans. Some of the sections cover topics like Definition of “Imminent” Under Liquidation Basis of Accounting for Single-Employer Defined Benefit and. Read More.

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Staff Audit Practice Alert Issued for Going Concern

Reminding auditors to continue abiding by its current standards in spite of recent U.S. GAAP changes related to recognizing a company’s ability to continue as a going concern, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) has issued Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 13 , Matters Related to the Auditor’s Consideration of a Company’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern. The alert informs auditors to reference the appropriate financial reporting framework, U.S. GAAP or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), to review management’s going concern evaluation and its related financial statement disclosures. Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 13 also advises auditors to continue using PCAOB AU sec.. Read More.

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AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board Releases Proposed Statement on Auditing Standards

Featuring conforming amendments related to sections in Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 122, Statements on Auditing Standards: Clarification and Recodification, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board has issued an exposure draft for proposed SAS: An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That Is Integrated With an Audit of Financial Statements. The Auditing Standards Board decided to remove existing AT section 501 information from the attestation standards and incorporate within generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) because the attestation requirements required the examination be performed with an audit of the financial statement. Along with the. Read More.

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IFRS 10 and IAS 28 Amendments Released

Effective for annual periods starting on or after January 1, 2016, amendments to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 10, Consolidated Financial Statements, and International Accounting Standards (IAS) 28, Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures (2011) have been released by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”). Issued as “Sale or Contribution of Assets between an Investor and its Associate or Joint Venture,” the amendments address inconsistencies concerning requirements in both IFRS 10 and IAS 28 (2011), related to the sale or contribution of assets among an investor, and its associate or joint venture. The significance of these amendments is that a. Read More.

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