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AICPA Adds Two More Audit Interpretations on GASB Pension Rules

The AICPA's Auditing Standards Board this week issued two new audit interpretations intended to help auditors navigate GASB's pension accounting guidelines for state and local governments.

Download GASB’s New Proposals for Retiree Benefit Plans

Three exposure drafts the GASB approved in May – two regarding other postemployment benefits and one on requirements for pension plans that fall outside of the board's pension rules – can now be accessed free of charge.

Improving Retiree Benefits Reporting Focus of New GASB Exposure Drafts

Proposals would significantly improve financial reporting of other postemployment benefits, such as retiree health insurance, as well as establish requirements for pensions and pension plans that are outside the scope of the rules the GASB published in 2012.

AICPA Issues 3 Audit Interpretations on Pension Standards

The interpretive guidance is intended to assist both plan and employer auditors who are auditing state and local government entities that have implemented recent GASB pension accounting standards.

Pension Accounting Standard Stays on Course: GASB

The implementation of a pension accounting standard for state and local governments is still on schedule, after the Governmental Accounting Standards Board last week decided not to delay the timetable of when the new pension guidelines take effect.

New GASB Toolkit Provides Resources on Pensions

A new online pension implementation toolkit from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) supplies preparers, auditors, and users of state and local governmental financial reports with numerous resources on pension accounting and financial reporting standards.

GASB Makes Fix to Pension Standards

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has corrected a potential issue with the transition provisions of accounting standards on pensions for state and local governments.

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.

GASB Proposal Looks to Ease Transition to Pension Standards

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on July 2 issued for public comment a proposed statement on the transition provisions of GASB's new pension standards for state and local governments.

GASB’s New Pension Standards Now Available

On August 2, 2012, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) published standards intended to improve the accounting and financial reporting of public employee pensions by state and local governments.

Guidance on ERISA Notice for Underfunded Pension Plans

The IRS has provided new guidance on notice requirements under the ERISA for single-employer defined plans, like pension plans, when the plan fails to meet certain funding levels (Notice 2012-46).

Treasury Proposes New Rules for Annuity Options in Retirement Plans

The U.S. Treasury and the IRS have proposed a package of regulations and rulings intended to encourage retirees to invest some proceeds of their retirement accounts in annuities. Retirees have shown no interest in this type of investment because they are reluctant to invest their entire retirement account in an annuity.

IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations for 2012

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2012. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2012.

FASB, GASB: Accountants can be heard on upcoming controversial issues

A series of hearings and roundtables scheduled by the standard-setting boards during October will address two controversial issues: (1) the GASB proposals on accounting for government pensions, and (2) standard setting for private companies and nonprofit entities.
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