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Restatements Fall Overall but Rise for Largest Companies

While the overall number of financial restatements by US public companies has decreased over the last four years, large company restatements have been on the rise, according to research conducted and published by Audit Analytics in the "2012 Financial Restatements: A Twelve Year Comparison" report.
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FASB Appoints New Members to Its Task Force and Advisory Groups

On March 11, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced the appointment of new members to the Emerging Issues Task Force, the Investors Technical Advisory Committee, and the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee.
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PCAOB Report Says PwC Failed to Remedy Audit Shortcomings

The PCAOB last week released its quality-control criticisms of audits conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers contained in the board's March 25, 2009, and August 12, 2010, inspection reports.
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FAF Releases Updated Print Edition of FASB Accounting Standards Codification

On March 11, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) released its latest version of the print edition of the Financial Accounting Standard Board's (FASB) "Accounting Standards Codification."
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IASB Floats Revised Proposals for Loan-Loss Provisioning

In a March 7 press release, the International Accounting Standards Board said it has issued a revised set of proposals for a model for recognizing credit losses on financial instruments that differs from one proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
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FASB to Review Business Segment Reporting Issues Based on FAF Review

FASB plans to discuss issues raised in FAF's review of Statement No. 131, Disclosures about Segments of an Enterprise and Related Information, with stakeholders and the SEC to determine whether further review of the standard is warranted.
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Accountants' Worries Range from Fuel Costs to Value of US Dollar

A new report, “Drivers of Change in the US,” is an analysis of a 2012 survey of 550 members of the ACCA and the IMA who were asked to rank their concerns about the changes and challenges facing the accounting profession now and in the future.
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UK Competition Commission Says Big Four Audit Dominance Not Best for Investors

The United Kingdom's Competition Commission (UKCC) says that the nation's audit market is dominated by the Big Four accounting firms, which has stanched competition for audit work from public companies to the detriment of their shareholders.
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PCAOB Announces Investor Advisory Group Members

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced March 1, 2013, twenty new and reappointed members of its Investor Advisory Group (IAG). These members will serve three-year terms ending in October 2015.
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PCAOB Gives Audit Firms a Mixed Review

The PCAOB issued a cautiously optimistic report on US auditors' performance, saying the Board found a reduced rate of "significant audit performance deficiencies" compared to its last review in 2007; however, the Board did note that problems persist.
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Private Company Trends Remain Positive in January

Private companies in the United States continued to grow sales and expand their net profit margins in the period ending in January 2013. Private company credit risk also appears to be improving, with the average private company's likelihood of default currently standing around 3 percent.
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Accounting Industry Leaders Want Changes to Corporate Reporting

In the wake of the international financial crisis, accounting industry professionals are taking a close look at corporate reporting and calling for reform.
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SEC Approves 2013 PCAOB Budget and Accounting Support Fee

On February 13, 2013, the SEC unanimously approved the 2013 budget of the PCAOB and the related annual accounting support fee as required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
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FASB/IASB Continue Insurance Contracts Reporting Project

The IASB continues its work with the FASB to develop an accounting standard for insurance contracts reporting that would improve on current US GAAP and coincide with IFRS.
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Indiana CPA Society Task Force Studies Integrated Reporting

INCPAS, through the work of a board-level task force, has released a white paper on integrated reporting. The paper defines integrated reporting and addresses and answers several key questions pertaining to it.
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FASB Clarifies Scope of Balance Sheet Offsetting Disclosures

On January 31, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2013-01, "Balance Sheet: Clarifying the Scope of Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities," which narrows the scope of ASU No. 2011-11, Balance Sheet: Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities," issued in December 2011.
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Private Company Credit Risk Shows Signs of Improving

Privately held companies in the United States, on average, have a slightly improved credit position than a year ago, according to new data from Sageworks Inc., a financial information company.
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NASBA Opposes AICPA's Proposed FRF for SMEs

The long-running debate over who's responsible for developing a framework for standards for financial reporting by privately held, small and midsized US businesses is far from over.
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AICPA Releases New Financial Instruments Auditing Guide

The AICPA recently released an updated guide that aids auditors in assessing the fair value of financial instruments. The publication is based on new standards resulting from the AICPA's Clarity Project.
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Accounting Fraud Prompts $580 Million Write-Down at CAT

Underscoring the importance of performing extensive due diligence before investing in the world's second largest economy, construction equipment giant Caterpillar got burned to the tune of $580 million.

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