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Private Company Advocacy Group Seeks Additional Revenue Standard Guidance

As private companies prepare to comply next year with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Private Companies Practice Section (“PCPS”) seeks relief from the accounting changes. In its January 17 letter to the FASB, the PCPS requested permission for private companies to use less constricting interpretations for certain aspects of FASB Accounting Standards Codification 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. The PCPS believes the FASB’s landmark standard impacts private companies by requiring strong consideration of recognition and measurement disparities and disclosure differences for specific conduit debt obligors. Accordingly, the PCPS. Read More.

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FASB Continues Discussions on Disclosure Framework Project

During a discussion at last Wednesday’s meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) made the following decisions on proposed FASB Concepts Statement, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting—Chapter 8, Notes to Financial Statements: Nonprofits and private companies must be retained on the notes to financial statements. A discussion on the possible negative consequences of disclosures will be included. The disclosure of changes in line items not easily understood will be considered. The disclosure of alternative measures clearly useful in reviewing prospects for future cash flows will be considered. No disclosure objectives were established without giving specific requirements on how those objectives. Read More.

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AICPA Group Seeks Academic Research on Audit Work of Private Companies

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Assurance Research Advisory Group (“ARAG”) is seeking proposals for academic research on the auditing process. Announced by the ARAG on June 1, the research will be used to help the AICPA’s standard-setting efforts for private businesses and the Enhancing Audit Quality initiative. Proposals are due Tuesday, October 6. Grants funding academic research efforts will be announced before February 28, 2018.

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Private Company Council Discusses Accounting Overload

During its December 13 discussion on the Private Company Decision-Making Framework (“the Framework”), the Private Company Council voiced concerns about accounting compliance overload among smaller private companies. Accounting overload has gained the PCC’s attention while financial statement preparers implement key standards by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). The PCC wants to resolve complexities that small private companies face when preparing their financial statements. As a result, the PCC voted against a formal review of the Framework, and asked FASB staff members to produce recommendations for deciding which companies are within the scope of the Framework. Check out the Journal of Accountancy for more on the PCC’s efforts to address accounting overload for small companies.

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Private Company Council, FASB Members Meet to Discuss Projects

Private Company Council (“PCC”) members gathered Tuesday to discuss the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) ongoing projects. With FASB staff members also on hand to provide updates, the PCC provided feedback on the following matters: Financial instruments—hedge accounting. During talks on the FASB’s effort to simplify hedge accounting, the PCC asked the FASB to make a decision on whether to offer an exception for private companies when fulfilling their hedge documentation and effectiveness testing requirements. Consolidation reorganization and improvements. Several PCC members still want private companies under common control to be exempt from the variable interest entity guidance under Topic. Read More.

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Debt Classification Accounting Guidance Proposal Coming

On Wednesday, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) unanimously voted to issue a proposal that would help companies distinguish between debts that are due much sooner and debts that do not require payments for at least a year. The FASB agreed to move its debt classification guidance proposal forward despite criticism from its Private Company Council and the AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section Technical Issues Committee. Members of both organizations said the proposed changes will increase a company’s number of debts classified as “current”, thus putting their creditworthiness at risk. In addition, some private companies have previously argued that the amendments. Read More.

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