Genuine Learning Blog
The Genuine Learning Blog is a video series designed to keep you abreast of the latest developments in accounting and auditing. This is a not a teaser, marketing tool. This blog breaking down new proposals from GASB, FASB, and the AICPA into short manageable videos. Watching this series will make you better informed than your peers!
The AICPA has issued a proposed ethics interpretation to help CPAs understand to what extent they can assist clients with implementing new accounting standards. The proposal identifies certain items as being nonattest services for which the normal rules for nonattest services would apply – management having SKE, management accepting responsibility, etc. On the other hand, it also identifies prohibited nonattest services the CPA can not perform without impairing independence. Comments are due December 20, 2021.
FASB has issued a proposed ASU addressing the accounting for investments in equity securities measured at fair value that are subject to contractual restrictions preventing the sale of those securities. The proposal clarifies that a contractual restriction on the sale of these securities is not considered part of the unit of account of the equity security which means it does not impact the measurement of fair value. Comments are due by November 14, 2021.
This week’s blog addresses part 2 of the IFR4NPO Consultation Paper. The second part of the paper focuses on NFP Specific Financial Reporting Issues. The project is looking for feedback on a variety of nonprofit specific financial reporting considerations. If you have a background in nonprofits, we encourage you to respond to Part 2 of the consultation paper by September 24, 2021.
The AICPA is in the process of updating the CPA exam and is looking for CPAs to give them feedback as to whether their plan meets the needs of the profession. The survey should take 20 – 25 minutes to complete but will provide useful feedback to the AICPA and NASBA on how to proceed with their plan to launch a new CPA exam in 2024. Survey closes September 7.
The AICPA has provided a Fraud Risk Frameworks document to help CPAs and their clients visual the types of fraud in 3 major sectors. The one pagers help put the most common types of fraud in a visual that can be used to generate discussion. The Frameworks were developed by the AICPA Forensic and Litigation Services (FLS) Fraud Task Force.
The AICPA has issued a TQA addressing questions about how for-profit and nonprofit entities account for the new restaurant revitalization and shuttered venue grants that have been received by many organizations. As there is no on point GAAP for for-profit entities, the TQA provides examples of guidance that can be applied by analogy.
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued a REVISED exposure draft regarding Notes to the Financial Statements. This is in preparation for a Concept Statement that helps determine what is “essential” for disclosure. The Board previously issued an ED back in 2020 and has made revisions based on the feedback received. Comments are due by October 15, 2021.
GASB has issued a proposed Omnibus Exposure Draft. The ED addresses implementation issues for leases, PPP and SBITA as well as targeted accounting guidance. It also addresses the delay in reference rate reform and LIBOR discontinuance. The Omnibus addresses a variety of topics that are not large enough to address in a standalone standard but that improve financial reporting. Comments are due September 17, 2021.
Have you ever wanted to influence the topics that FASB covers in its standard setting? Well, now here’s your chance. Today, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued its Invitation to Comment (ITC) that asks individuals to provide feedback on its future standard-setting agenda. The ITC offers examples of topics provided by various stakeholders during the consultation process but provides opportunity to give additional thoughts to what FASB should focus their time on. Comments are due September 22, 2021.
It’s time to wrap up the second quarter of 2021. The quarter was pretty slow for issuances of final standards. In this blog, we’ll give an executive overview of the standards issued in the second quarter by FASB, GASB and the AICPA. This will keep you up to date with the changes in financial reporting and auditing.
The AICPA and NASBA have issued information about the changes coming to the CPA exam. They have released the new model curriculum which provides insight into the 3 core areas of the CPA exam content (broadly described as accounting, auditing and tax with a focus on IT and data) as well as the 3 discipline areas (accounting, IT and tax). The topics are broken out into modules and learning objectives for a new look at what we expect from the CPA of the future.
The FASB has issued an exposure draft regarding the use of the discount rate alternative offered to nonpublic entities. After receiving feedback that the risk free rate was not as widely adopted due to relatively low interest rates, the FASB is now proposing permitting the use by class of assets as opposed to the current requirement at the entity level. Comments are due July 16, 2021.
The GASB has issued an exposure draft, Accounting Changes and Error Corrections an amendment of GASB Statement No. 62, to update an area of accounting that hasn’t seen much change. The original guidance came from FASB standards that date back to the 1970s. The GASB reviews the guidance through the lens of a governmental entity and provides definitions as well as accounting guidance on accounting changes and error corrections. Comments are due August 31, 2021.
President Biden has issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to look at financial risk related to climate change including potentially requiring public entities to disclose certain items. ESG disclosures are a growing area for disclosures and entities like the SASB and GRI have been providing best practices.
The AICPA has extended the comment period for the trio of Quality Management proposals from June 11, 2021 to August 31, 2021; likely due to the extended tax season and lots of other exciting happenings. They have also provided a few glossary documents that provide executive summaries about the proposals and a sample comment letter template for those who may not be comfortable with writing feedback from scratch. They are also hosting a series of round tables in May and June that are open to the public that will feature a summary of the proposed statements followed by a live Q&A. Each roundtable will offer up to 1.5 hours of CPE and be limited to no more than 50 participants.
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants® (IESBA®) has issued two new ethics standards. The first addresses fee-related prohibitions. Firms may not permit the audit fee to be influenced by the provision of services other than the audit to the audit client. In addition, they revised the non-assurance services rules to clarify the circumstances in which firms may provide nonassurance services to an audit or assurance client.
GAO has issued a technical update to Yellow Book. In a very rare move, GAO has made modifications to a handful of paragraphs in the 2018 Yellow Book. The updates address the concept of equity, SKE for nonaudit services and changes to evaluation of internal controls for performance audits. Updates were effective upon issuance.
The GASB has issued an exposure draft to amend the name of the comprehensive annual financial report to the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. The current spoken acronym is offensive in some cultures and reordering the terms will alleviate unintended insults. There are no changes to the contents or use of the report, just the title. Comments are due July 9, 2021.
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