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!
GAO has issued two COVID fraud related reports. This week’s blog looks at the first one which focuses on some of the insights and lessons learned from the fraud in the COVID-19 response. GAO has made both Congressional as well as agency recommendations to help prevent similar fraud in the future.
The AICPA is proposing changes to the peer review standards. This update includes proposed changes for quality management with effective dates that would tie to the QM implementation. But there are other changes that are also included referred to as Omnibus changes that will be implemented earlier. Due to the release in November, the AICPA has provided a longer comment period with comments due May 2024.
While we often think of accounting and auditing when we think standards, tax professionals are also subject to standards which are changing effective January 1, 2024. We’ll review the key changes impacting tax professionals!
This blog will cover the second phase of the International Non-Profit Accounting Guidance by looking at Exposure Draft 2 and its proposed guidance for nonprofits. The goal of the INPAG project is create a global nonprofit financial reporting framework. ED2 focuses on providing guidance that amends current IFRS for SMEs which will serve as the base of the new guidance. The ifr4npo website has great explainer videos that details the proposals. Comments are due March 15, 2024.
The AICPA has released their 2023 National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey Executive Summary. This summary can help firms benchmark themselves against the industry and see trends. Over 1100 firms participated in helping to understand trends in compensation and fees. The AICPA releases median information so firms can see where they fit in the big picture.
The GASB recently proposed to separate out disclosures of various types of assets to help users understand the types of assets. Due to the creation of new assets like lease assets and subscriptions assets in GASB 87 and 96 there have been questions about how disclosures should be presented. GASB’s proposal would separate out intangible assets, lease assets and subscription assets separately by their respective classes of assets. Comments are due January 5, 2024.
The AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board has issued a proposed SSAE to conform the attestation standards with the new quality management suite. Comments are due December 1, 2023.
On October 5, the Office of Management and Budget proposed changes to the Uniform Guidance. One of the most noteworthy changes is a proposal to increase the Single Audit threshold to $1m. There are also changes proposed to the title of 2 CFR 200 as well as changes to various sections. Comments are due December 4, 2023.
This blog will review the accounting, auditing and ethics standards issued or proposed during the 3rd quarter of 2023. We’ll also review some resources that were issued by various standard setters that can be useful.
Last month the FASB issued their investor outreach report which outlines the outreach performed by the FASB to get feedback from investors as part of their due process. This weeks blog takes a look at some of the statistics presented in the report.
OMB has updated regulations with respect to the domestic preferences provisions in the Build America, Buy America Act of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The updates come after public comment was sought. The effective date for the revised guidance is October 23, 2023.
In August, the FASB issued Chapter 5 of the Conceptual Framework, Recognition and Derecognition. The chapter addresses the criteria that would be used to determine when an element should be recognized in the financial statements. As concept statements are not authoritative there is no effective date.
The FASB has issued a new Concept Statement around the Reporting Entity. While concept statements are not authoritative GAAP they are the theory that underlies GAAP used by the board to develop ASUs.
The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) has proposed a Sustainability Disclosure Taxonomy. The proposal addresses a taxonomy for the disclosure requirements in IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 to facilitate digital reporting of sustainability-related financial information. Comments are due September 26, 2023.
Each year like many nonprofits, the FAF issues their annual report and posts it to their website. The FAF provides an excellent overview of the work of both the FASB and GASB boards. 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the FAF, so this year’s report also includes a great history lesson. If you are interested in learning more about the boards and their mission, this is a great place to start!
At the end of July, the FASB proposed new disclosure requirements that would require public business entities to provide more disaggregated data around their income statement expenses. Unlike the recent income tax disclosure proposal, this proposal only impacts public business entities. It is in response to a request from investors to provide more granular information to assist users in understanding the company’s cash flows. Comments are due October 30.
In June, the FASB proposed changes to the accounting for purchased financial assets. Based on feedback obtained in its post-issuance review of CECL, stakeholders found the guidance on PCD vs Non-PCD assets confusing and unhelpful. FASB is proposing removing the distinction and expanding the accounting for PCD assets to most purchased financial assets. Comments are due August 28.
On July 21, the Office of Chief Counsel at the IRS issued a memorandum to address noncompliance with ERTCs. The memorandum provides responses to various scenarios that employers have been trying to make to qualify as “eligible employers”. Companies have been trying to take advantage of supply chain disruptions during the pandemic to receive tax credits, even though they might not be eligible to receive tax credits. This problem has been placing auditors in uncomfortable situations, as auditors now need to consider NOCLAR with ERTCs as well as revenue recognition issues.
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