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AICPA Against Adding ESOP Appraisers to Fiduciary Definition

The AICPA gave its support to Senate Bill 273 and House Bill 2041 that would block a 2010 proposal by the Department of Labor to change its definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to include appraisers of ESOPs.
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Affordable Care Act Makes It Less Likely That Businesses Will Hire New Employees

The Affordable Care Act is decreasing the likelihood that businesses will hire new employees, according to a new survey by Sageworks, a financial information company.
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NASBA and AICPA Reconcile Differences on FRF for SMEs

The NASBA and the AICPA have put aside their differences regarding the non-US GAAP financial reporting framework the AICPA introduced last month, and they have teamed on a decision-making tool that will help small businesses decide whether the framework is right for them.
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Survey: Almost Half of CPAs Know about AICPA FRF for SMEs

Nearly half of CPAs say they are familiar with the new Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs) released by the AICPA on June 10, according to a recent special report by Thomson Reuters.
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Maryland CPAs Praise Court Ruling on Contributory Negligence

The Maryland Court of Appeals on July 9 voted five to two against changing the state's 166-year-old contributory negligence doctrine, which prevents people from collecting damages in a lawsuit if they contributed to their injuries in any way.
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FASB Standards Update Defers Certain Benefit Plan Disclosures

The FASB published a new accounting standards update on July 8 that defers indefinitely certain disclosures about investments held by nonpublic employee benefit plans in their plan sponsor's own nonpublic equity securities.
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House Backs Bill That Prohibits Mandatory Firm Rotation

The US House of Representatives on July 8 approved legislation that would prevent the PCAOB from implementing a system of mandatory rotation for audit firms.
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GASB Proposal Looks to Ease Transition to Pension Standards

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on July 2 issued for public comment a proposed statement on the transition provisions of GASB's new pension standards for state and local governments.
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Joint Roundtable Meetings Set on Lease Accounting Proposal

The FASB and the IASB will host five joint public roundtable meetings in September and October on their revised proposals on lease accounting that were published in May.
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FASB Issues Three PCC Proposals for Public Comment

The FASB on July 1 issued for public comment three accounting proposals from the PCC in response to concerns raised by private company stakeholders about the complexity of certain aspects of US GAAP.
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Statements Regarding Retirement of FASB's Seidman and GASB's Attmore

The FAF and the AICPA released the following statements regarding the retirement on June 30 of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Chairman Leslie F. Seidman and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Chairman Robert H. Attmore.
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FASB Proposes Improvements to Financial Reporting of Going Concern Uncertainties

On June 26, 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a proposal intended to improve disclosures of uncertainties related to an organization's ability to continue as a going concern.
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Will He Stay or Will He Go: Finance Leaders Focused on Bernanke's Future at Fed

In boardrooms across the country, finance executives share a common question: Will he stay or will he go? All eyes are on Ben Bernanke amid speculation that he will cede the top spot at the Federal Reserve.
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CAQ and AAA Auditing Section Announce Inaugural Awards

The CAQ and the AAA Auditing Section announced four awards as part of a new program designed to facilitate accounting and auditing academics' ability to obtain access to audit firm personnel to participate in their research projects.
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GASB Seeks Public Input on Two Measurement Concept Proposals

The GASB is seeking public comment on a proposed concepts statement it issued on June 20 that would guide the GASB when establishing standards regarding the measurement of assets and liabilities for state and local governments.
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Confirmation.com Audit Service Helps FBI Uncover Fraud Scheme

A North Carolina man who was the owner and operator of an investment fund that defrauded investors of approximately $6 million over a seven-year period agreed to plead guilty to securities fraud in US District Court on June 17.
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FASB Approves Deferral on Certain Benefit Plan Disclosures

The FASB voted on June 12 to indefinitely defer certain disclosures about investments held by a nonpublic employee benefit plan in its plan sponsor's own nonpublic equity securities.
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NASBA Advises Private Companies Not to Use AICPA Framework

Stating that it would "significantly weaken the financial reporting of private companies," NASBA is recommending to privately held businesses that they not use the FRF for SMEs that was introduced by the AICPA June 10.
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Three Private Company Accounting Proposals Backed by FASB

The FASB on June 10 endorsed three accounting proposals from the Private Company Council in the hopes of addressing concerns raised by stakeholders about the complexity of certain aspects of US GAAP for privately held companies.
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AICPA Unveils New Non-GAAP Framework for Financial Reporting

The AICPA's FRF for SMEs provides a new accounting option for preparing streamlined, relevant financial statements for privately held, owner-managed businesses that are not required to use US GAAP.

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