Category Archives: Accounting & Auditing

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 […]

In recent years, a constant mantra of the AICPA’s peer review and technical staff has been that auditors are struggling with the risk assessment standards (primarily AU-C sections 315 and 330). Common deficiencies cited by the AICPA include: [1] auditors failing to gain an understanding of internal control when identifying the client’s risks; [2] incomplete […]

From those whose firms have recently gone through a peer review as part of the AICPA’s Peer Review Program (PRP), the feedback is consistent. Things have changed. While the underlying requirements of the PRP are the same, a review of a sample of an accounting firm’s engagement workpapers in order to assure compliance with applicable […]

The 2018 Yellow Book is effective for financial audits for periods ending on or after June 30, 2020. However, that does not mean that auditors can wait until 2020 to become familiar with the new standards. A prime example of why early familiarity is necessary lies in the area of independence. Under the Yellow Book, […]

IRS announced the 2019 COLA adjustments to retirement plan limits on November 1, 2018 in Notice 2018-83. Elective deferrals for 401(k), 403(b), etc. plans rise from $18,500 to $19,000, plus $6,000 for those age 50 or older. The limit on defined contribution accounts increases from $55,000 to $56,000. The definition of a key employee in […]