Category Archives: Accounting & Auditing

Right now, not-for-profits (NFPs) are considering the role of ASU No. 2018-08 (ASU 2018-08), Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made, in the accounting for PPP loans. For example, NFP X received a PPP loan during 2020 and incurred and documented qualifying expenses in conformity with the PPP forgiveness provisions. At […]

On October 16, 2020, the SEC released an announcement that it adopted final amendments to Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X, dealing with auditor independence. The amendments reflect updates based on observations that the SEC has made over several years and are expected to reduce time-consuming audit committee, management, and independent audit review of possible or […]

As we enter the final stretch of 2020, not-for-profits are grappling with two new contribution standards. The first standard is ASU No. 2018-08, Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made. While this standard was issued in 2018, many not-for-profits are still implementing its guidance related to distinguishing contributions from exchange […]

Companies institute elaborate controls to prevent or detect fraud. We as public accountants devote a significant amount of effort on our audits toward preventing or detecting material fraud. For all that we do as a profession, the risk of fraud, and its potentially large impact, never go away. While we haven’t experienced another Enron or […]

In recent years, both the FASB and GASB have developed new leasing standards. While both standard-setters wrote their standards at essentially the same time and place, they came to different conclusions in certain key areas. However, one key area where both the FASB and GASB are in alignment is that to have a lease you […]

One of the more complex areas of financial reporting is accounting for convertible debt. Under current GAAP, there are 5 different accounting models which could apply, based on the facts and circumstances of the debt conversion feature. Each of these models have different accounting outcomes, ranging from the debt with the conversion feature being recorded […]

Over the past few months, the entire world has dealt with the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While potentially of a secondary concern, the aftermath of COVID-19 has also had a significant impact on the accounting and financial reporting functions of virtually all entities, for-profit and not-for-profit alike. Further, these continuing impacts of the coronavirus […]

There are many implications of the current COVID-19 pandemic. First and foremost is the consideration of the health and well-being of those impacted by the pandemic, including those who have contracted the disease, people caring for those who have contracted the disease and the healthcare providers and personnel in related fields who are treating these […]

The effective date of ASC Topic 606, Revenue From Contracts with Customers, is finally here for non-public business entities. All financial statements dated on or after December 31, 2019 will need to present revenue recognized under this new accounting guidance issued by the FASB. However, just because the deadline is here doesn’t mean that your […]

Data analytics and “big data” have become a game changer for internal auditing, as firms search for opportunities to provide more value to clients and respond to new regulations and increased pressure from stakeholders. Integrating data analytics into the internal audit approach isn’t easy, but the investment of time and money will help firms and […]