Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are accounting standards and procedures that are used by companies within a particular jurisdiction to prepare financial records and statements. These principles... more +
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are accounting standards and procedures that are used by companies within a particular jurisdiction to prepare financial records and statements. These principles are intended to create consistency in documentation across companies and industries. Consistent documentation assists investors to better analyze potential investments and assists regulators to detect potential fraud and/or wrongdoing. less -
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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

Blog: Some Ways To Shorten 10-Ks And 10-Qs

I loved this column from Compliance Week by Scott Taub, former deputy chief accountant and former acting chief accountant at the SEC. It’s full of common sense ideas about how to shorten 10-Ks and 10-Qs, both of which seem to...more

Posting Non-GAAP Financial Measures on Social Media

It is well documented that companies now use social media for all kinds of communications, including “traditional” SEC disclosures. As the scope of the social media disclosures continues to expand, some companies are starting...more

MIND THE GAAP—Use of Non-GAAP Measures in IPOs

A new report released last week by PwC US analyzed the use of non-GAAP measures (NGMs) in IPOs and found that nearly 60% of the IPOs surveyed included at least one NGM, and approximately 95% of IPOs with NGMs included between...more

When the Whistle Blows, What Follows?

Real estate investment trust American Realty Capital Properties (“ARCP”) recently announced the preliminary findings of an Audit Committee investigation into accounting irregularities and the resulting resignation of its...more

Following FASB: Leases, Revenue Recognition Proposals On the Horizon

There are two proposals making their way through FASB that will have far-reaching implications for most financial statements—including those of private companies. Even though neither of these proposals has been finalized,...more

FIO Focus, No. 63: Federal Reserve Requests Financial Data to Study Effects of Capital Framework on Nonbank Financial Companies...

On September 30, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Board) invited firms substantially engaged in insurance underwriting activities to participate in a voluntary data collection exercise known as...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

This Court’s Ruling Puts The Opinion In Auditor’s Internal Control Opinion

A brief ruling issued this week by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan makes it clear that an auditor isn’t always liable even when a subsequent auditor uncovers fraud. In Oaktree Capital Mgmt., L.P. v. KPMG, 2014 U.S....more

Pre-Filing Consultation of SEC Staff Regarding Venezuela Operations May Be Appropriate in Certain Circumstances

In a recent meeting, a representative of the SEC accounting staff noted that the SEC staff is focusing on how companies with operations in Venezuela are affected by the various foreign currency exchange mechanisms in...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

Revenue Recognition - Are You Ready for New Principles-based Rules?

As you read this, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board were expected to issue final rules on revenue recognition. The new rules are principles-based, providing a framework...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 51: Legislation Introduced to Clarify Collins Amendment

Concerns that minimum leverage and risk-based capital requirements required under section 171 of the Dodd-Frank Act would be applied to insurance companies have been addressed in S. 2270, sponsored by Susan Collins (R-ME),...more

FASB to Eliminate Special Accounting Rules for Development Stage Entities

The FASB decided in February to direct the FASB staff to draft a final Accounting Standards Update that will eliminate the special accounting treatment for development stage entities. The final update is scheduled to be...more

FASB Revised Guidance Will Decrease Discontinued Operations Treatment

The FASB recently issued an Accounting Standards Update that should reduce reporting of discontinued operations (disc ops) in some circumstances. The revised standard provides that only the disposal of a part of an entity...more

SEC Files Settled Financial Fraud Actions

The SEC filed financial fraud actions against drug store giant CVS Caremark Corporation and its Retail Controller, Laird Daniels, CPA. CVS was charged with “intentional misconduct” based on alleged violations of Exchange Act...more

Top Disclosure and Governance Tips for 2014

The proxy and annual reporting season is upon us and, as with other things, it is best to be prepared. Here are some thoughts for publicly traded companies to carry through the season and help plan for the remainder of the...more

Private Company GAAP Arrives

Two GAAP alternatives for private companies have been released by FASB. The alternatives were created by the Private Company Council, or PCC. ...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

SEC CustodyFest Vol. 3: Jason Returns

In this last chapter of SEC CustodyFest, we visit Knelman Asset Management Group. For this case, I’m mostly interested in discussing a change to the SEC’s custody rule, Rule 206(4)-2, from 2010....more

TSX Staff Notice Guidance Impacts IPO Plans

On November 7, 2013, the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) issued a Staff Notice to Applicants, Listed Issuers, Securities Lawyers and Participating Organizations (“Staff Notice”) that provides guidance for companies considering...more

FRB, FDIC, OCC AND NCUA Issue Joint Supervisory Guidance Concerning Troubled Debt Restructurings

The FRB, FDIC, OCC and NCUA (collectively, the “Agencies”) jointly issued guidance to financial institutions entitled InterAgency Supervisory Guidance Addressing Certain Issues Related to Troubled Debt Restructurings (the...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What You Need to Know 2013 Edition

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

The Auditor’s Report: Is “Pass/Fail’” Enough?

In August, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) issued a proposal that calls for enhanced communication from Auditors—in addition to the traditional Pass/Fail opinion—in Audit Reports (PCAOB Release No....more

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