A&A news December 2012

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Not a Good Year for IFRS Adoption in the US

It is no longer clear that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will recommend the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by US public companies.
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US GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy Now Available

On December 21, 2012, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced the availability of the 2013 US GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy pending final acceptance by the SEC.
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Kudos International Network

Kudos is a new, quality-based, international network of accountancy practices, specifically targeted at small and midsized accountancy practices. Member firms must adhere to strict quality procedures that will enhance the services they provide their clients.
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Auditing Standard No. 16 and Amendments to Other Standards Approved by SEC

The PCAOB has announced that the SEC approved Auditing Standard No. 16, "Communications with Audit Committees," and amendments to other PCAOB standards.
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FASB and CAQ Issue Forum Observations Summary

On December 12, 2012, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), in conjunction with the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), issued a summary of observations from two forums on disclosure effectiveness.
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Responsibility Reporting Is Getting More Attention

Surveys highlight increased prevalence and value of sustainability and corporate responsibility reporting for public companies, but lack of standardization and notable failures show that more needs to be done before these reports can be truly reliable.
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Economic Optimism among CPAs Continues to Decline

CPA decision makers, primarily CEOs, CFOs, and controllers, are becoming more pessimistic about the future of the US economy, according to the latest AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey.
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CAQ Statement on PCAOB Report, ICFR Inspection Findings

The CAQ has issued a statement from Executive Director Cindy Fornelli regarding the release of the PCAOB's report on inspection findings related to audits of internal control over financial reporting.
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PCAOB Board Member Sees Hurdles for Mandatory Firm Rotation

Speaking to reporters at the AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments, PCAOB board member Jay Hanson said implementation of mandatory audit firm rotation was unlikely.
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Private Companies Finally (May) Have Their Own Standards

As they grow their private companies, one of the last things - if not the last thing - owners want to spend time and money on is complicated financial reporting requirements.
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Small Businesses Unprepared for Data Breach

Data breach events are a growing risk for small businesses, but only a small percentage of companies with fewer than 250 employees have policies and procedures in place to protect against online intrusions.
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AICPA Committed to Constructive Dialogue with Regulators

One only has to look at the many complex issues on the agendas of the SEC and PCAOB to get an idea of the challenges CPAs face, AICPA Chairman Caturano said at the AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Development.
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Smaller Retailers Could Use a Holiday Boost

Holiday shopping is off to a solid start - good news for small retail companies, which have been experiencing weaker sales so far this year, according to preliminary data from Sageworks.
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ACCA/IMA Survey Finds Business Confidence Falls Again

Confidence in the global economy fell in Q3 2012, according to a worldwide survey of 2,550 finance professionals, with some 67 percent of respondents saying the global economy is stagnating or reversing.