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SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference

On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference in New York to share his views on the current and future state of financial...more

To Whom Does “Related Parties” Refer In A.S. No. 18?

In June of last year, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board adopted Auditing Standard No. 18 which “establishes requirements regarding the auditor’s evaluation of a company’s identification of, accounting for, and...more

Blog: Are Companies Making Progress In Preparing For The New Revenue Recognition Standard?

As former Corp Fin Director John White observed during the PLI Securities Regulation Institute last week, the new revenue recognition standard will represent a massive change for many companies. Perhaps with that in mind, SEC...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 20 - October 2015 (Global)

Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a 41-page report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends. The report aggregates data supplied by more than 2,600 private fund advisers on Form...more

FASB Updates Materiality Guidance

The Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") recently issued both a proposed Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") and a proposed concepts statement that address the issue of materiality in financial reporting. These...more

Blog: FASB Proposes Amendments Regarding The Concept Of “Materiality” In The Context Of Disclosure Requirements

FASB has issued two exposure drafts as part of its disclosure framework project, which is intended facilitate clearer communication of GAAP information required in notes to financial statements. The two proposals are intended...more

FASB Defers Effective Date of New Revenue Recognition Standard

Audit committees, CFOs and accountants everywhere are cheering as the FASB has deferred the effective date of its new revenue recognition standard. As a result, public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

EXTRA! EXTRA! FASB Eliminates Extraordinary Items; Impact on Section 162(m) Plans

Public company incentive plans that are designed to comply with the "performance-based compensation" rules under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code often include language that permit the exclusion of certain events,...more

Blog: Companies Breathe Sigh Of Relief — FASB To Propose Deferral Of Effective Date Of New Revenue Recognition Standard

According to FASB’s “Tentative Board Decisions,” the FASB board decided yesterday to defer the effective date of the new revenue recognition standard by one year. As a result, public companies will need to apply the new...more

The New Revenue Recognition Standards–What Lawyers Should Know

Last year, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which outlines a single comprehensive model for accounting for revenue arising from customer contracts. When it becomes effective (for fiscal...more

ISS Releases Four Sets of FAQs, Glass Lewis Provides an Update, and FASB and IASB Make Certain Decisions Relevant to Equity...

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have both released updates to their policies that outline how they will form recommendations to shareholders on how they should vote on governance,...more

FASB Eliminates Extraordinary Items Reporting

In January, the FASB adopted a final Accounting Standards Update that eliminates the requirement that preparers report events that meet the criteria for extraordinary classification separately in an income statement, net of...more

Blog: Will The New Revenue Recognition Standard Wreak Havoc On Existing Executive Compensation Arrangements?

Compliance Week reports on the “tectonic shift” anticipated to result from implementation of FASB’s new revenue recognition standard and the impact of that shift on executive pay. ...more

"Recent Regulatory and FASB Actions Impacting Auditors"

In one of several recent actions impacting auditors, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) have devoted heightened attention to related-party transactions,...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - December 2014

In this issue: - SEC Crowdfunding Rules Delayed Until October 2015 - Mega M&A Experiencing One of Biggest Booms in History - Some Small Business Owners Say Tax Break Extension Not Enough - 2014...more

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

Blog: Will FASB Delay Effectiveness Of The New Revenue Recognition Standard?

According to this article in Compliance Week, the FASB is considering deferring the effective date of the new revenue recognition standard. A decision will be made “no later than early second quarter” on whether to propose a...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

Good News For Companies Adopting Retrospective Approach To New FASB Revenue Recognition Standard

One of the critical questions that companies are facing under FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is whether companies that elect to follow a retrospective approach (applying the standard to both current and prior years —...more

FASB Defines Management’s Going Concern Assessment and Disclosure Responsibilities

A new FASB standard should diminish the current diversity in disclosures regarding substantial doubt about an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern, which has been caused, in part, by the absence of any GAAP in this...more

FASB Revises Going Concern Evaluations and Disclosure

Generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, presumes continuation of a reporting entity as a going concern as the basis for preparing financial statements unless and until the entity’s liquidation becomes imminent....more

SEC Staff To Issue Guidance Related To New Revenue Recognition Standard

With 700 pages of new rules released regarding FASB’s new revenue recognition standard, it’s no wonder that companies have a lot of questions about the rules. (For more on the standard, see this post .) According to this...more

Studies Provide Useful Data About Restatements Since 2003

Recent restatement studies released by the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and Audit Analytics show that an increasing percentage of restatements are filed by companies that do not disclose that prior financial statements are...more

FASB Works on Projects to Help Investors and Preparers

The FASB has a number of projects on its agenda that are intended to enhance the usefulness of financial statements for investors and to simplify the statements’ preparation. Among the projects are the following...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard Adopted

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) issued jointly written revenue recognition standards on May 28, 2014. The new guidance standardizes how companies...more

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