Financial Reporting

A&A

Auditor Independence and Audit Firm Rotation

On March 21 and 22, 2012, the PCAOB hosted a public meeting to obtain further input on ways to enhance auditor independence, objectivity, and professional skepticism, including through mandatory rotation, or term limits, for audit firms.
A&A

IRS Ends Tax Rule Unpopular with Small Businesses

The IRS has eliminated an unpopular rule relating to how credit card and debit card payments are accounted for on tax returns, prompting relief from small business owners.
Community News

Big Win for Accounting Profession in New Jersey Supreme Court

In a unanimous decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court on February 16 reversed an Appellate Court decision in a case brought by a third party that found KPMG LLP guilty of negligence for failing to uncover accounting fraud by a former client, Papel Entities.
A&A

Calcbench Named the Grand Prize Winner of the XBRL Challenge

Calcbench, an open source application that consumes corporate XBRL data and performs comparative analytics, was named the winner of the XBRL Challenge at the XBRL and Financial Analysis Technology Conference on February 29. The contest is for developers of applications that leverage XBRL-formatted data in the SEC EDGAR database.
A&A

FAF: Post-Implementation Reviews on FASB and GASB Accounting Standards

Accounting standards governing financial reporting for business combinations, operating segments, and government deposit and investment disclosures will be the next subjects of post-implementation reviews conducted by the FAF, the oversight body of the FASB and the GASB, the FAF announced.
A&A

Study Shows Benefits of Shareholder Involvement in Auditor Selection

In December 2011, the SEC gave GE, Alcoa, and others leave to exclude from their 2012 annual meetings the proposals of shareholders calling for rotation of the companies' external auditors. This was counter to a decades-old rule excluding from proxy materials proposals that will affect firms' "ordinary business."
Tax

The Ins and Outs of New Reporting Rules in 2012

New cost basis reporting rules now apply to Form 1099-B sent to investors and to the IRS. But other onerous reporting rules for businesses and landlords scheduled to take effect in 2012 have been repealed. If you're confused, you're not alone. Here's a brief recap on what is and isn't taking place this year.
A&A

Governments and Private Companies Exploring Benefits of XBRL

Congress is beginning to mandate the use of XBRL to track spending and improve transparency in government reports. Bills that contain language calling for the implementation of data standards, such as XBRL, have not yet passed into law, but the requirement could become part of the final payroll tax cut bill.

IASB Chairman Expects SEC to Approve IFRS

Speaking at a seminar in Moscow on IFRS, Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the IASB, said that he expected the IASB and the FASB to make progress on their remaining convergence projects in the coming year. Hoogervorst also predicted that the SEC would eventually approve IFRS for US companies.
A&A

FASB Is Viewing Private Company Standards through a Different Lens

In advance of a formal decision by the FAF on a differential framework for making exceptions and modifications to GAAP for private companies, the FASB has taken steps to identify and make decisions/tentative decisions regarding current accounting standards.
A&A

IFRS Update: SEC Decision Still Months Away

James Kroeker, the SEC chief accountant, said last week that the SEC staff will need "at least a few more months" to complete its work on a report to the commission that will show the impact of adopting IFRS on US companies and capital markets. The SEC will study the staff report before making a decision.
A&A

FAF Rejects Independent Standard Setting Board for Private Companies

A new council with the authority to identify, propose, and vote on specific improvements to U.S. accounting standards for private companies has been proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF).
A&A

Privately held companies are overwhelmingly in favor of separate reporting standards

Nearly 2,500 letters were sent to the Financial Accounting Foundation demanding the creation of an independent separate board to develop different standards for privately held businesses. According to the AICPA's review, 99 percent of privately held businesses are in favor.
A&A

New XBRL and proposed 2012 US GAAP financial reporting taxonomy released

The IFRS Foundation, the oversight body of the International Accounting Standards Boards (IASB), has announced that it has completed the first part of its project to address requests for extensions to the IFRS XBRL taxonomy.
Technology

Seven tips for your first filing of detailed footnotes in XBRL

As organizations have completed their year-one SEC requirement with block note tagging in XBRL, they are preparing for the next major milestone: filing their detailed footnotes (DFN) in XBRL.
A&A

AICPA says U.S. companies should have option to use IFRS as issued by IASB

The SEC is expected to decide later this year whether, and if so, how, public companies in this country should incorporate IFRS into their financial reporting. The AICPA thinks public companies should be given the option of using IFRS as issued by IASB.
A&A

A move toward separate accounting standards for private companies begins

For all those private companies frustrated with being forced to spend $25,000 on a valuation of intangible property or goodwill, or spending hours drafting disclosures that users may not read, or being burdened with a myriad of other financial reporting responsibilities, there may be some relief on the way.
A&A

MACPA embraces XBRL in case study for private companies and nonprofits

Historically, the conversation about XBRL has centered on public companies, thanks to its promise of delivering timely, accurate, and transparent financial information to investors. That conversation is beginning to shift.
A&A

'Hey there, Bob Pozen' YouTube video addresses complexity in financial reporting

Steven Zelin, aka "The Singing CPA," and Edith Orenstein, AccountingWEB blogger for Financial Executives International (FEI), have teamed up to create a music video celebrating the third anniversary of the SEC's Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting.
A&A

Private companies, auditors pressure Financial Accounting Foundation for separate standards

Auitors, private company executives, and lenders have submitted comment letters to the Financial Accounting Foundation in support of separate standards for private companies.

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