Financial Reporting

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GASB Clarifies How Fair Value Should be Defined and Measured

A proposal issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on May 15 explains how fair value measurement should be defined for state and local government financial reporting.
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FAF Adopts Policy on GASB Scope of Authority

The FAF finalized a new policy on November 19 that provides the GASB with direction on what information it may incorporate into the financial accounting and reporting concepts, standards, and guidance that it issues state and local governments.
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New Toolkit on Pension Plans Available from GASB

The GASB is now offering a free online toolkit designed to assist preparers and auditors of state and local government pension plans with implementing new accounting and financial reporting standards.
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Called to Account: Preparing for Upcoming FASB Changes to Lease Accounting and Reporting

With the news that the FASB – in conjunction with the IASB – intends to formally move forward with plans that will fundamentally alter the way that leases are accounted for on financial statements, businesses are recognizing they will need to adapt.
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PCAOB Issues Alert No. 11 on Internal Control Audit Deficiencies

A staff audit practice alert issued by the PCAOB on October 24 let auditors know about a large number of audit deficiencies the PCAOB has seen in the last three years related to audits of internal control over financial reporting.
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Two GASB Insurance-Related Standards Receive Good Review

A post-implementation review of two accounting standards that were established to improve the consistency and comparability of reporting US state and local governments' insurance activities concluded that the standards achieve their purposes.
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CAQ Develops Resource on Audit Quality Reporting

The CAQ released a "Resource on Audit Quality Reporting" to highlight some important elements of audit quality US audit firms could consider in refining or developing their own reporting regarding their public company audit practice.
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SASB Provides a Remedy for Sustainability Issues Reporting

In an effort to provide public companies with a standardized framework for reporting the ESG issues that affect their industries, the SASB unveiled its first set of provisional sustainability accounting standards.
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Survey Highlights Top Issues That Keep CFOs Up at Night

According to the first-ever "CFO Pulse Survey," the two things finance executives worry most about are revenue growth and possessing the right talent to achieve organizational goals.
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Fitch: Lease Accounting Proposal Expected to Challenge Lessors

The changes to the guidelines for lease accounting that were proposed in the recent exposure draft from the FASB and the IASB will significantly alter financial reporting standards for both lessors and lessees, according to Fitch Ratings.
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FAF to Conduct Post-Implementation Review on GASB Standard

A post-implementation review will be conducted on a GASB accounting and financial reporting standard for state and local governments regarding the impairment of capital assets and insurance recoveries.
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IFRS Foundation Charts Progress Toward Global Adoption of IFRS

The IFRS Foundation has completed the first phase of an important initiative to assess the progress toward global adoption of IFRSs. The G20 has called for global adoption of a single set of high-quality financial reporting standards.
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Feedback Sought for FASB/IASB Lease Accounting Proposal

Interested individuals and organizations have until September 13 to offer their input on a revised exposure draft – "Proposed Accounting Standards Update - Leases (Topic 842)" – from the FASB and the IASB.
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US GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy Green-Lighted by SEC

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted the 2013 US GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy, which allows companies to use eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) in reporting financial statements.
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SOX Compliance Survey Shows Need for More Scrutiny on High-Risk Processes

Demand for added attention to high-risk processes, growing costs, and the increasing role of IT controls and testing reports are some of the key changes and challenges companies faced over the last year.
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New Report on Financial Reporting Fraud Released

A new research report examines auditor involvement in fraudulent financial reporting cases cited in SEC enforcement actions issued from 1998-2010. During the thirteen-year period, there were eighty-seven sanctions against external auditors in SEC fraud investigations involving publicly traded companies.
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FASB Issues FAQs on Proposal to Improve Accounting for Current Expected Credit Losses

On March 25, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) posted on its website a sixteen-page staff document that responds to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its proposed Accounting Standards Update, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15).
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New CAQ Guide Explains How Public Companies Manage Financial Reporting Risks

On March 21, 2013, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) released the "Guide to Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (ICFR)," a new publication for investors and the general public.
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GASB Offers Governmental Accounting Research System Online Platform

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has launched a new Governmental Accounting Research SystemT (GARS) platform – GARS Online. Previously, GARS was available only on CD-ROM.
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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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