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SEC Accounting Staff Speeches at Annual AICPA Conference

On December 8 and 9, staff members of the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant, including the SEC chief accountant in his first published speech since he arrived at the SEC, discussed various accounting and financial...more

Marketing an International Law or CPA Firm Network (Post 2 of 3):

This is the second part of a three-part post regarding how to market an international law or accounting firm network. Based upon a speech Ross Fishman delivered to Legus International’s Fall Conference, the first post...more

SEC Releases Accounting Bulletin to Update Guidance on Pushdown Accounting

On November 18, the SEC released a Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) to rescind portions of the interpretive guidance included in its SAB Series for what is known as pushdown accounting. ...more

What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Implementing the New Tangible Property Regulations

Over the last several years, the IRS has published a series of regulations and rulings that dramatically change how taxpayers must account for the costs of acquiring, repairing, improving and even disposing of tangible...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — Financial Reporting and Accounting Fraud

Today I’m blogging from Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, this year being held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not...more

How will the 11th edition of the Uniform System affect your management agreement?

Hotel Lawyer: New Uniform System of Accounts will affect your hotel management and franchise agreements. Are you ready? Commencing January 1, 2015, the hotel industry will have a new, significantly revised set of...more

IRS Updates Accounting Method Procedures for Repair Regs

In new Rev. Proc. 2014-54, the IRS modified the procedures to obtain the IRS consent to a change in method of accounting for dispositions of tangible depreciable property. This relates to the ”repair regulations“ finalzed...more

Defamation Action Regarding Fraudulent Accounting Claim Withstands Motion To Dismiss

Action by Greenberg against Spitzer for defamation based on public statements by Spitzer about Greenberg’s stewardship of AIG regarding, among other things, Spitzer’s assertion that Greenberg engaged in fraudulent accounting....more

PCAOB Urges Audit Committee Scrutiny of Revenue Recognition

The PCAOB recently issued Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 12, which outlines significant audit deficiencies relating to revenue that PCAOB inspections have identified. ...more

Accounting Is Not Only Important - It's Mandatory

Imagine how you would feel if you walked into your bank, asked for a summary of your account activity and the bank told you that it had no idea how much money was in your account or how it had been spent. Of course, this...more

Tax Talk -- Volume 7, No. 2 -- July 2014

In This Issue: - As FATCA Begins, IRS Rolls out Withholding Forms, Increases IGA Count - IRS Issues Final Circular 230 Rules Simplifying Written Tax Advice Requirements - Mortgage CCA Raises More...more

Evolving International Regulations on Client Data Put More Pressure on Accounting Firms

The world may be getting smaller, but the number of ways various countries approach confidentiality is growing. A mosaic of disparate regulations should give any auditor or accountant pause when providing services for clients...more

Proposals May Signal Direction of Future Tax Reform

After several years of hearings and forums intended to develop broad-based support for comprehensive tax reform, on February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-Mich.) released a draft tax reform...more

Public Meeting Does Not Clarify Direction of PCAOB’s Proposal to Expand the Auditor’s Report

While most commenters at the PCAOB’s April 2–3 public meeting on the Auditor’s Reporting Model proposal expressed support for additional reporting by auditors, the views as to the nature of such reporting were disparate and...more

SEC Administrative Judge Censures Accounting Firms Over Failure To Produce Work For China-Based Companies

On January 22, an SEC administrative law judge (ALJ) prohibited the Chinese affiliates of four major accounting firms from practicing or appearing before the SEC for six months for allegedly failing to turn over certain...more

U.S. Administrative Law Judge Suspends Chinese Affiliates of “Big Four” Accounting Firms

In a surprising turn in the long-running and widely reported dispute between the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms, on January 22, 2014, a U.S....more

SEC Task Force Scrutinizing Non-GAAP Measurements

A new Financial Reporting and Audit Task Force formed by the Securities and Exchange Commission is scrutinizing companies’ use of measurements that do not comply with generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP), according...more

Quirky Question #212, Montana Non-Competes

We are an accounting firm and recently fired an employee at will. We have always understood that Montana law disfavors non-competition agreements, therefore, our employment agreement provides that if the accountant provides...more

The SEC’s Renewed Focus on Financial Reporting and Accounting Fraud

In several recent public speeches, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced a renewed focus on financial reporting and accounting fraud, vowing to devote substantial resources to enforcement activities in...more

Managing Professional Liability Litigation Against Accounting Firms (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of a three-part series discussing the basic components of a professional liability lawsuit brought against an accounting firm and its partners and factors a firm’s managing partner should consider before and...more

Managing Professional Liability Litigation Against Accounting Firms (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a three-part series discussing the basic components of a professional liability lawsuit brought against an accounting firm and its partners and the factors a firm’s managing partner should take into...more

PCAOB Offers Guidance for Accounting Firms and Accountants Preparing Written Statements of Position

On September 19 and 20, 2013, the American Law Institute presented its annual course, Accountants’ Liability: Managing Risks in a Changing Environment. One highlight of the conference was a Public Company Accounting...more

"The SEC’s Renewed Scrutiny on Accounting Cases: Expected Focus Areas and How Companies Can Prepare"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has announced plans to reinvigorate its enforcement efforts with respect to accounting issues. These plans include adding dedicated personnel and using data...more

Managing Professional Liability Litigation Against Accounting Firms (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a three-part series discussing the basic components of a professional liability lawsuit brought against an accounting firm and its partners, and the factors a firm’s managing partner should consider before...more

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