Mobile computing is one of the hottest trends in the consumer sector today. Driven largely by video, web-browsing, gaming, and other just-for-fun applications, it has quickly moved from gadget status to a must-have for consumers.
The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) has announced the formation of a Trustee Working Group to address the important topic of accounting standard setting for nonpublic entities.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, a bill repealing the health care reform law provision that requires businesses to furnish 1099 statements to corporate vendors. The House bill has been returned to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate.
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the government group responsible for educating Americans about how retirement and health and certain welfare plans work, has proposed that the definition of the term "fiduciary" be updated.
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has announced the 2011 schedule for its Forum on Auditing in the Small Business Environment. The first of seven events will be held in Boston, MA, on Thursday, April 28.
The final report of the Blue Ribbon Panel to the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) recommended a new, separate standard-setting board for private companies and modifications to U.S. GAAP for private companies.
On January 25, 2011, the SEC adopted new rules regarding shareholder approval of executive compensation and the golden parachute compensation arrangements as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
The objective of IFRS 1 is to make sure that a reporting entity who adopts IFRS as its financial reporting basis prepares financial statements that are transparent for users and comparable over all the periods presented; provides a suitable starting point for reporting under IFRS; and can be generated at a cost that does not exceed benefits to users.
The objective of IFRS 2 is to outline the reporting requirements that an entity who undertakes a share-based payment transaction should make in their financial statements. It outlines the requirements an entity is to reflect in its profit and loss account (statement of comprehensive income) and balance sheet (statement of financial position) the effects of share-based payments.
The objective of this IFRS is to deal with the information that an entity provides within their financial statements about a business combination and the effect of this combination on the financial statements.
The objective of this IFRS is to deal with the financial reporting for insurance contracts by an entity that issues insurance contracts. An insurance contract is defined as a contract under which one party (the insurer) accepts significant insurance risk from another party (i.e. the policyholder) by agreeing to compensate the policyholder if a specific uncertain future event (the insured event) adversely affects the policyholder.
The objective of this IFRS is to deal with the financial reporting requirements for entities in the mineral extractive industry. Exploration for and evaluation of mineral resources is the search for mineral resources (e.g. oil, natural gas and similar non-regenerative resources) after the entity has obtained legal rights to explore in a specific area.
The objective of IFRS 7 is to deal with the disclosures required in an entity’s financial statements in connection with financial instruments. Before the issuance of this IFRS, the disclosure requirements were contained within IAS 32. IAS 32 now contains just the presentation requirements of financial instruments.
The objective of this IFRS is to deal with the information that an entity should disclose in its financial statements to enable users to evaluate the nature and financial effects of the business activities and the economic environment in which the business operates.
This standard was released in November 2009 and is intended to completely replace IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement by the end of 2010. IFRS 9 only deals with the classification and measurement of financial assets. A consistent theme of IFRS 9 is that it requires financial assets to be classified on initial recognition at amortised cost or fair value.
In the next five years, the focus of internal audit activities will differ significantly from current practice, and it's important that internal auditors at all levels – not just the chief audit executive – keep up-to-date.