Auditing

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Standard setting for private companies on the docket of Financial Accounting Foundation

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.
Tax

House and Senate spar on repeal of 1099 reporting rule

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.
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Department of Labor, SEC prepare to change definition of 'fiduciary' while AICPA balks

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.
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Coming to a town near you: PCAOB forum series addresses emerging small business audit issues

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.
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FASB unveils XBRL 2011 taxonomy

Speakers at a recent FASB Webcast, XBRL 2011 Taxonomy Overview, presented an outline of what public company financial report preparers need to know about using the 2011 XBRL taxonomy.
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Historic moment for private company accounting standards; CPAs told they must support proposed changes

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.
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SEC adopts say-on-pay rules for executive compensation

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.
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IFRS 1: First-time adoption of IFRS

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.
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IFRS 2: Share-Based Payment

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.
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IFRS 3: Business Combinations

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.
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IFRS 4: Insurance Contracts

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.
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IFRS 5: Non-Current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations

The objective of IFRS 5 is to specify how assets that are classified as ‘held for sale’ should be presented and disclosed within a set of financial statements, and discontinued operations.
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IFRS 6: Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Resources

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.
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IFRS 7: Financial Instruments: Disclosures

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.
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IFRS 8: Operating Segments

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.
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IFRS 9: Financial Instruments

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.
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Nonprofits and International Financial Reporting Standards

Kurt Herdman of Schneider Downs explains how IFRS has and will continue to have an effect on nonprofit organizations.
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Global study shows new direction for internal auditing

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.
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Business opportunities make forensics, fraud examination credential worth investigating

Demand for forensic accounting services from businesses of all sizes has made qualifying for a second certification in forensics and fraud examination an attractive option for accountants.
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Buck and Schroeder join Financial Accounting Standards Board

The Financial Accounting Foundation has announced the appointments of Daryl E. Buck and R. Harold (Hal) Schroeder to the FASB. Buck and Schroeder will fill two additional seats on the FASB that were announced in August, bringing the size of the FASB board to seven members.

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