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Going Concern Standard Approved by AICPA Board

January 23, 2017

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) has unanimously voted to finalize its guidance for going concern. Approved during the ASB’s four-day meeting in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month, the final standard includes recommendations from the comment letters regarding Proposed Statement on Auditing Standards (“SAS”): The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern. The standard will be issued SAS No. 132: The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, and supersede SAS No. 126, The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern (Redrafted), (AU-C Section 570).

SAS No. 132 will impact financial statement audits for periods ending on or after December 15, 2017. Audits of single financial statements, including balance sheets and certain aspects of a financial statement, will not be affected by the final standard.