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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.

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Joint Transition Resource Group Preps Agenda for Initial Meeting

Following the creation of its Joint Transition Resource Group for Revenue Recognition (“the Group”) last month, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) are preparing for the advisory panel’s first meeting. Scheduled for July 18th, the meeting’s agenda will cover four issues identified by the boards. Based on feedback from companies, auditors, investors and regulators, the issues addressed during the meeting include: Calculating intangible goods and services revenue; Modifying revenue for additional fees and charges; Including royalties and intellectual property licenses into a revenue amount; and Incorporating amortization or write-down expenses into a revenue amount. Read More.

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Revised Proposal to Focus on Auditor Reporting Changes

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”; “the Board”) staff is working on a revised proposal that reflects changes to the auditor’s reporting model. Based on Release No. 2013-005, Proposed Auditing Standards on the Auditor’s Report and The Auditor’s Responsibilities Regarding Other Information and Related Amendments, the updated proposal will make available additional information on audit reports for investors. Despite investors praising the change, public organizations and accounting firms believe the new disclosure requirement will expose private company matters that should be kept confidential. In their opinion, management should be accountable for divulging such information, not auditors. Over the past few. Read More.

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